Brewster Council on Aging -- January Events

*NEW* Pain Relief (Alexander Technique) Class Mondays, 11:30am – 12:30pm Begins January 6 $10.00 per class Brewster COA Do you experience back or neck pain? Do you want to learn how to be more balanced, coordinated and have less pain? Come and learn how to relieve your pain holistically and naturally by learning how to “undo” unhelpful habits of both body and mind! Please bring a yoga mat. The January 6 class is FREE! $10.00 per class. Our instructor, Helen Manzella, is a Certified Alexander Technique teacher. She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course and Tommy Thompson's Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge, a 3-year 1,600-hour program.

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*NEW* Tai-Chi Made Easy Mondays, 1:30 - 2:30pm Begins January 6 $10.00 per class Brewster COA It’s a new year and time for something different! This brand new class doesn’t require any prior experience or ongoing commitments, and there is no special equipment necessary. Come and learn about Tai-Chi and the many physical and spiritual benefits. Also known as “moving meditation”, Tai-Chi can help improve balance, core strength, flexibility, and provide a mindbody connection as a source for stress relief. This class will not focus on learning a particular form or sequence of movements. Instead, the essential elements of Tai-Chi will be explored: breathing, basic stances, Tai-Chi postures, and the development and awareness of the life-force called Chi. Classes will also present Push Hands: a dynamic 2-person exercise aimed at cultivating awareness of our personal energy and that of another utilizing the circular movements inherent in Tai-Chi. Wearing loose-fitting clothing is recommended. The January 6 class is FREE! Our instructor, A. Jay Zahn, is a long-time practitioner and has studied related martial arts, breathing exercises and meditation.

*NEW* Expressive Movement Class Fridays, 11:30am – 12:30pm Begins January 10 $10 per class. Brewster COA This class will teach you all about how to expressively move your body and how to strengthen the mind/ body connection. We will utilize a variety of expressive movement forms from Authentic Movement to improvisation. Classes will be set to music from around the world. No previous dance experience is required. Please bring a yoga mat. The January 10 class is FREE! $10.00 per class. Our instructor is Helen Manzella, an improvisational dancer.

*NEW* EZ Fourth Wall Line Dancing: New Session Wednesdays 8:00 - 8:45am Begins January 8 $4.00
New students are welcome in this brand new session! This course is designed for those with some dance experience who are accustomed to picking up new material with ease and are interested in learning technique. In this class we’ll explore how to push past the Fourth Wall (the conceptual barrier between dancer and audience) and find a connection to an audience.

*NEW* Blood Pressure and Glucose Testing Fourth Tuesday of every month: January 28 10:00am to 12:00pm Brewster COA, 1673 Main St.
A nurse from the VNA will check your blood pressure and listen to your health concerns (glucose testing will also be available). This FREE service does not require an appointment and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Census Program Monday, January 10 1:00 - 3:00pm Are you looking to make some extra money in 2020? The Census Bureau currently has a variety of job openings in preparation for conducting the 2020 Census. A representative will be on hand to discuss the opportunities available. You are invited to attend this presentation to find out more about these positions and how to apply for them. Please contact the COA at 508-8962737 to reserve your seat.

The Silvering Screen Film Series
“Ladies in Lavender” Wednesday, January 22 12:30pm Brewster Fire Station Street (behind the COA) We are continuing to show a series of movies whose producers have used older actors to make a statement about the second half of life. Our sixth presentation will be “Ladies in Lavender”. This movie, starring Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, is about two older women who discover a mysterious young man near death on the beach by their home, and take him in. The film is FREE. This is a program of the Brewster Council on Aging, and we thank the Brewster Fire Department for the use of the room. Please contact the COA at 508-896-2737 to reserve your seat. Light refreshments will be served

Spanish for Beginners – Last Chance to Sign up! We are looking to possibly have a “Spanish for Beginners” class. This would be a 1½ hour class for 6 weeks during the months of February and March. The fee will be $60.00. If you are interested please call Lisa Donovan, our Program Coordinator, at 508-896-2737 to ask any questions and to let us know if you would like to participate.