Grace Cottage expands its Community Wellness offerings

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TOWNSHEND — If you are one of the many who has pledged to take better care of yourself in the New Year, and you can get yourself to Townshend, then you are in luck. There are a variety of free to low-cost classes and programs available at the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center. Perhaps there is one that is right for you or someone you care about.

CLASSES:

Yoga: Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00. Fridays, 3:30 - 5:00. $5/class. A gentle yet invigorating class that focuses on breath work and poses. Prior to first class, call 365-3649.

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention: New Level 1 class starts January 10 and runs for 8 weeks. Tuesdays, 1:30 - 2:30. Free to qualified participants. A 'sun-style' class designed for seniors and those with physical limitations, focused on balance and avoiding debilitating falls. Pre-registration required by January 5: 365-3753.

Tai Chi/QiGong: New class starts Jan 5th. Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00. $5/class. This class is intended to promote both balance and serenity with a degree of physical exertion.

Dance Meditation: Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00. $5/class. 45 minutes of dancing to lively percussion followed by 15 minutes of meditation. Prior to first class, call 365-4201.

Strong Bones: Monday/Wednesday: 10:30-11:30 & 5-6. Tuesday/Thursday: 8:45-9:45 & 10:30-11:30. $3/class. A popular strength and balance class for older adults. Participants generally go 2x/week on a regular basis. Prior to first class, call 365-3649.

GROUPS:

Men's Coffee Hour: Wednesdays, 8:30-10:00. January 4 - February 22. Free. An 8-week series of casual lectures on topics such as the history of agriculture in Vermont, the West River Railroad, and Windham County forestry. Come to one or all. For more info: 365-3762.

Cancer Support Group: Mondays, 1:00 -2:30. January 2 - February 20. Free. A safe environment for sharing experiences and learning from others who are dealing with cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery. Prior to first session, call 365-3715 x6.

Weight Loss Support Group: 2nd Tuesday of every month. 10:30-Noon. Free. A bit of education about a chosen topic of the day, followed by discussion, friendly advice and encouragement. Prior to first session, call 365-3715 x5.

Living Alone Support Group: 3rd Wednesday of every month. 10:15-11:45. Free. Informal, facilitated group focused on the challenges of living alone. Prior to first session, call 365-3753.

All classes and groups meet in the Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center at 133 Grafton Road, Townshend. More information is available at www.gracecottage.org.

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