Crown Point Parks starting Zumba class
August 21, 2012 2:22PM
If you have cable TV, you certainly have noticed the many infomercials for Zumba, a popular dance class that combines a strong Latin beat with easy-to-learn dance moves.
This form of exercise is anything but boring. Move to the music while toning your muscles and giving your heart a great workout.
Crown Point Parks is starting a class from 7:30 to 8:25 p.m. tonight and running through Sept. 27. The cost is $42 for residents or $55 for non=residents. There’s still time to register by calling 661-2271 or going online to crownpoint.in.gov.
Bring a towel and a bottle of water, because you’re sure to work up a sweat.
As we move toward autumn, Highland Parks would like to remind you about its self-defense programs for children, youth and adults. These four week sessions begin the first Monday and Wednesday each month.
Little ones will learn the basics, such as kicks, rolls and punches. The class is fun for boys and girls, and teaches coordination and self-confidence.
Youth classes for ages 8-12 build on the basics and begin to incorporate escape techniques.
The adult class, ages 13 and older, offers basic and advanced techniques that could provide a decided advantage in the event of armed or unarmed attacks.
The cost is $30 per session for the children’s class, and $50 for youth and adult.
All classes are at the Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln St. For times or to register, visit the website highlandparks.org or call 838-0114.
Our local chapter of Wild Ones will view “A Chemical Reaction,” the award-winning documentary about the use of pesticides and herbicides in lawn care in North America. It will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond.
I know, at first, the subject matter might not sound intriguing. However, the film promises a “heart-warming, inspirational, human interest story” centering on a growing movement to reduce the use of herbicides and pesticides, especially around homes and schools.
Wild Ones is a volunteer group with a mission to educate all ages about the beauty and use of native plants.
For more information, call 844-3188.
Mark your calendars; the Crete Park-A-Palooza is coming Saturday, Sept. 8. Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Park, 1550 Sangamon St.
The incredible schedule of free activities includes a bounce house, obstacle course, bungee run, hay rides, water blaster and touch-a-truck.
More interested in the food? See if this doesn’t whet your appetite: ribs, Polish sausage and cheeseburgers, popcorn, pizza, ice cream and more.
When you’re finished filling your tummy, stroll over to the beer garden and enjoy the live music.
Park-A-Palooza promises great fun for all ages.
Teachers, if you’re looking for fall field trips, consider the group tours at Buckley Homestead in Lowell.
Students will get an up-close, personal look at Indiana history from the late 1800s. They will visit the schoolhouse, farm and cabin, with a chance to converse with authentically dressed interpreters who are ready to answer their questions about this interesting period of our local history.
For more information or to schedule a morning or afternoon tour in September or October, call 769-7275. A $2 fee per person fee (including teachers and chaperones) applies.