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Halcyon Neighborhood Association E-News 12/10/12


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Items appearing in the HNA E-News are deemed to be of general interest to neighbors but do not necessarily reflect the views of Halcyon Neighborhood Association (HNA), its Steering Committee, or the Editor. The EditorŐs introductory comments express her personal viewpoint.

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1. HNA Annual Fundraising Appeal

2. Holiday Safety Tips from the BPD

3. November Crime-Watch Reports

4. Whole Foods Market News: Community Meeting, Weds. 1/9/13, 8:30-9 a.m.

5. New Waste Bin Pickup Plans & Neighborhood Response

6. Hosts Still Needed for Post-Holiday Progressive Potluck, Sunday, January 27, 2013

7. Berkeley Election Results

8. Berkeley Police Collecting Toys for Tots

9. Buy Local Berkeley News

10. Chickens Available to a Good Home

11. New BORP Fitness Classes at the Ed Roberts Campus



EditorŐs Introductory Note:


HereŐs wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season! If you appreciate the role Halcyon Neighborhood Association plays in making this a safer, more engaged, and more neighborly community, we hope youŐll consider pitching in as part of our annual fundraising appeal (see item 1).


—Nancy Carleton, HNA Co-Chair and E-News Editor,



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1. HNA Annual Fundraising Appeal


HNA doesnŐt have a formal membership structure or require annual dues because we wanted to keep participation as broad as possible. At the same time, we incur various expenses during the course of a year, including paper for flyers, photocopying and ink cartridges, supplies for events in the park (such as the bouncy castle at this yearŐs anniversary celebration) and disaster preparedness drills, and other miscellaneous costs, and by yearŐs end our coffers are depleted. In addition, each year we raise funds to enable us to supplement and enhance the supplies in our neighborhood disaster preparedness supply shed (these items are intended to benefit the entire neighborhood in the event of disaster and include first aid, search & rescue, and communications supplies plus items for command center setup in Halcyon Commons park; they are not intended to substitute for individual household preparedness, but they will help us save lives and minimize disruption after a large earthquake).


There are three ways you can respond to this appeal: (1) Make a financial contribution directly to HNA (not tax-deductible, but allows us maximum flexibility), and mail or drop off your check to HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, 3044 Halcyon Court, Berkeley, CA 94705; (2) Make a tax-deductible financial contribution with check made out to Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP, our nonprofit fiscal sponsor), earmarked Halcyon Commons, and mail or drop off to HNA Treasurer Susan Hunter, 3044 Halcyon Court, Berkeley, CA 94705; or (3) Make a direct donation of any of the items listed in our Disaster Supply Cache Wish List found on our HNA website. Contact to arrange to drop them off.


No contribution is too small (or too large!). Our neighborhood associationŐs health and vitality depend on your ongoing support! And in the event of a big earthquake, some of our lives may very well depend upon it too. Please pitch in!


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2. Holiday Safety Tips from the BPD


EditorŐs note: The following tips come from the Berkeley Police Department.


Holiday Safety Tips

The holiday season is always a special time of year. Unfortunately, many communities experience some increases in crimes during the holiday season. The Berkeley Police Department would like to offer a few holiday safety tips to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season.



- Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

- Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.

- Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.

- Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.

- Park as close as you can to your destination.

- Park in well-lit areas.



- Try to shop during daylight hours when possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

- Stay alert to your surroundings.

- Avoid overloading yourself with packages.

- Walk with a sense of purpose -- show you are calm, confident and know where you are going.

- DonŐt store packages in your vehicle while you continue to shop, thieves watch for this kind of activity.


At Home

- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it is for a few minutes.

- Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows/doors of your home.

- If you leave for an extended period of time, have a friend or family member watch your house and pick up newspaper and mail.

- Consider having packages delivered to a trusted neighbor if you are not home to receive them. Packages left on doorsteps can be easily stolen.

- Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.


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3. November Crime-Watch Reports


EditorŐs note: The number of crime-watch reports tends to go up a bit around the holidays. Please be especially aware of your security and your surroundings (see some holiday-related tips from the Berkeley Police in item 2). Our HNA Facebook group at!/group.php?gid=292160762499 often lists breaking crime reports in between E-News editions. If youŐre a neighbor who isnŐt yet part of this closed Facebook group, youŐre missing out! Remember, we rely on neighbors to fill in the details of crimes in our neighborhood, so, in addition to being sure to file a Police report, please email to pass the word on to your neighbors, or share it on our Facebook page, so we can all stay aware and vigilant!


HNA Steering Committee member Mikel Delgado submitted the following summary of crimes in or near the neighborhood. Thank you, Mikel!


11/3 theft Telegraph @ Ashby
11/5 vehicle theft Deakin @ Ashby
11/6 residential burglary Webster @ Deakin
11/6 felony theft Shattuck near Emerson
Also three assaults all near Shattuck and Emerson, 11/2, 11/8 and 11/11

11/13 Telegraph b/w Webster and Prince theft from person
11/15 Woolsey @ Telegraph theft

11/15, 11/16, 11/24 thefts on/near Telegraph -- one a felony (between Webster and Ashby)
11/20 auto burglary Prince @ Halcyon
11/23 stolen vehicle Telegraph near Woolsey
11/27 stolen vehicle on Ashby near Telegraph (near Alta Bates, I think)


A Prince Street neighbor reported to our HNA Facebook group:


ŇFriday night [Saturday morning, December 1] a car in front of my house was broken into between midnight and 8 am; the back passenger seat window was smashed; unfortunately the person had left lots of things in the car, which were all stolen; a police report was made.Ó


Another neighbor responded in the comments:


ŇSame thing here on Prince at the corner of Halcyon, but it was his rear windshield. I'm not sure if he filed a police report or not.Ó


A Halcyon Court neighbor reported the following:


ŇAround 11:30 p.m. tonight [Saturday, December 1] two individuals, in white shirts and dark pants (couldnŐt see faces) were running from the back of my house alongside of the house that is not publicly accessible (IŐm on Halcyon at the northwest end of the park). There was some noise beforehand, which led me to look out the window. I reported it to the police. DonŐt know what they were trying to do before running, but at least there was no break in. Be on the alert.Ó


And Wheeler Street neighbor submitted the following report:


ŇI am a recent resident of the 3000 block on Wheeler Street, just south of Ashby. Last night at around 2:30 a.m., we had a suspicious event where a woman in her 20s or early 30s came to our door and rang the door bell numerous times. When my roommate answered the door he said she looked very surprised and with her hand over her mouth, asked if she could come in for a minute. He said no and she started to back away from the door. Ten minutes later the doorbell rang again, but hesitated to answer so he woke my husband and I up. When he finally went to the door she was gone. We have a feeling and think it may have been something with bad intentions -- maybe they thought it was only girls living in our house -- itŐs my husband and I, another couple, and two girls upstairs -- and was surprised when our roommate answered. She was acting very suspicious and may have had a partner or car waiting in the street. There was something off about it and just wanted to report our suspicions and alert our neighbors in case they experience similar things.Ó


A neighbor reported the following to our Facebook group:


ŇNov. 18 at 22:06: A white male, about 23-27 yrs. old, about 200-250 lbs., clean shaven, with blue eyes wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, navy blue shorts with a white side stripe, black NIKE waterproof sandals came to the SRF Temple at Shattuck & Woolsey, he began trying and pulling on both front doors and peeking and pulling on every window on Shattuck. He suspiciously began to look around and then began trying to see if any of the Woolsey windows were unlocked or open by trying to push on them. He then suspiciously began to tamper with the security gate and began pulling on it and looking for keys that may have been hidden. I confronted the man asking him, ÔWhat are you looking for?Ő He said he had read the sign out front and was looking for information. I told him this is a very funny way to be looking information by try all of the doors and windows on the building!! I asked him did he want some information I can give it to him. He then mumbled Ônever mind,Ő walked across Woolsey Street, and stared at the building. I continued to watch him as slowly walked east on Woolsey. Within moments he was walking back towards Shattuck west on Woolsey, trying to hide his face under the hood. He crossed Shattuck and then began peaking the windows of the law office on the opposite corner. This all was more than curious and really was suspicious and this young man was definitely up to no good.Ó


Another neighbor replied in the comments:


ŇAbout two months ago my boyfriend and I were confronted by someone matching this description near Prince and Dana. We were walking home after dark, around 10 p.m., and he tried to stop us by saying he was conducting an art survey. We said sorry, no thank you and continued walking when he became rather hostile and started following and shouting at us. I have no doubt in my mind that he was considering robbing us. There's a slight possibility that this could be the same person, and if so, we might have somebody who is potentially dangerous in the neighborhood.Ó


A hit-and-run accident was reported on Prince Street (following a getaway from a robbery on Telegraph):


Ň[A] Subaru has been damaged by a hit & run (which also damaged the car of someone picking up a child at the Model School) [on November 13]. The Police are out there now completing the report (the owner will need to get that report number for insurance. At least it appears that no one was injured. From what I understand from the witnesses, someone was making a getaway after stealing a laptop at Mokka cafe on Telegraph at Dowling and in backing up his car ran into the two parked cars (damage to the Subaru is less extensive than to the other car, which was pushed up over the curb into the PG&E pole near the church [and appeared to be totaled]).Ó


Another neighbor posted on Facebook:


ŇIŐve had two pinhole punctures in the sidewall of two separate tires in the last month that has required the replacement of both nearly new tires. The guy at the tire shop said that this is not an accident and that somebody probably did it. Has anybody else in the neighborhood had this problem in the last couple of months? I usually park on Fulton Street between Ashby and Prince. The police told me that they have seen an increase of this sort of thing in the area and recommended sending out a note to the Neighborhood Association about it.Ó [EditorŐs note: There have been some reports of tire slashings just north of Ashby, in the Le Conte neighborhood.]


And a report from a neighbor on Essex Street:


ŇOn Wednesday, November 7, around 3:30 p.m., we called police to report a suspicious young man going between two houses on Essex Street. He had been walking up the street slowly, looking around, and watching us as we were leaving our house, going back and forth. We went back inside to call police, and he ducked in between the houses. He emerged within ten minutes with nothing in his hands other than a piece of paper. He may have heard us knocking on our neighbor's door. Since the police had no yet arrived, we called back and told them he had left our block and was on Adeline. He was about 5'7'' tall, pudgy, African-American, 19-22 years old. At the time, he was wearing a gray polo type shirt with red stripes, dark blue pants, and brown shoes. One of his eyes seemed to be infected. A neighbor reports seeing a police car and a policewoman checking out the area, after we left.Ó


And some good news reported to our Facebook group:


ŇI was up late last night [November 17], studying Italian and listening to the beautiful sounds of the constant downpour outside when, around midnight, I was startled by a gentle knock on my front door. I peered through the tiny hole in the door to see a young woman, dripping wet. I didnŐt recognize her, but she said my first name: [formal version]. My friends call me [by my nickname] so who was she? Why was she at my door at midnight in the pouring rain? I opened the door and she extended her hand, with my wallet in it, asking, ÔIs this yours?Ő IŐd apparently dropped it from my pocket earlier in the evening when IŐd dashed over to Whole Foods and decided to leave purse behind to travel lightly. I didnŐt even realize IŐd dropped it. There it was, completely intact, all cards, cash, etc. snugly tucked in there, though soggy overall, having spent the evening in the elements. I was simultaneously shaken to have unknowingly lost it, and overcome with gratitude for the basic goodness and neighborliness of this young woman, who quickly slipped away into the night. I only had time to dash across my living room floor, throw open the window and call out to her a heartfelt ÔThank you so much!Ő I donŐt know if this woman is on HNA Facebook, but if so, you have brought so much joy, not just for the hardship the loss of my wallet would have been, but even more so, for the restoration of my faith in the caring nature of humanity. Thank you, thank you.Ó


An incident involving gunshot at the Ed Roberts Campus on November 29 was reported on Berkeleyside:


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4. Whole Foods Market News: Community Meeting, Weds. 1/9/13, 8:30-9 a.m.


EditorŐs note: News from Whole Foods Market courtesy of Jim Hallock.


Drop-In Progress Meeting, Wednesday, January 9, 8:30-9 a.m.

(usually on the first Wednesday of each month)

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Whole Foods Market (check in at Customer Service)


Jim Hallock

Community Relations Team Leader

Whole Foods Market Berkeley

3000 Telegraph Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94705


P: 510-649-1333 ext. 260

F: 510-649-1474


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5. New Waste Bin Pickup Plans & Neighborhood Response


EditorŐs note: Many neighbors expressed concerns about the CityŐs new instructions regarding placement of waste and recycling bins in the street on pickup days, especially as it relates to the parking situation in our already heavily parked neighborhood. One of our Steering Committee members has drafted a letter to the City so we can pass on some of these concerns, and we are currently working on the next draft before submission. If you wish to express your opinion on this or any other City issue, you can write to the City Council directly by cutting and pasting the list below.,_Recycling_and_Yard_Waste.aspx


City Council Contact List:,,,,,,,,,


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6. Hosts Still Needed for Post-Holiday Progressive Potluck, Sunday, January 27, 2013


EditorŐs note: HNA Potluck organizer and Steering Committee member Tory Finn sent the following announcement. (And please be sure to mark your calendars for this fun annual event!)


Dear neighbors:


Our January Post-Holiday ŇProgressive PotluckÓ is one of my favorite neighborhood events; thereŐs always a great turnout, and itŐs a great way to meet our neighbors and enjoy the community we so value in Halcyon.


If you havenŐt hosted before or if youŐve enjoyed hosting in the past, please consider being a host for one course in January. We need a total of FOUR hosts (Appetizers, Salad, Main Course, Desserts). Hosts usually provide paper plates, cups, napkins, etc., but other people can help with those resources if needed. If you are willing to host, I will assign your course based on the routing that makes most sense; we usually start further west and move eastward to end up at Webster/Halcyon. (Please note that our city councilmembers and members of our Police Department are always on our invitation list and may show up at your home if youŐre one of the hosts.)


Please contact me if you are interested in hosting one of the courses on January 27 — even if youŐre not sure whether you can or if you want more info. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you all in 2013!


Tory Finn

HNA Potluck Coordinator


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7. Berkeley Election Results


EditorŐs note: Everyone ends up hearing the presidential and major state results, but given local coverage is minimal, so in case any of you missed it, here are the Berkeley election results, along with links to some analysis of the breakdown on controversial or close measures.


Berkeley Election Results with 100% reporting plus provisional ballots counted (from

* Mayor: Bates was reelected with 54.09%; Worthington received 21.74%; McCormick 11.35%; Wahl 4.39%; Jacobs-Fantaussi 4.25%; Runningwolf 3.81%
* School Board (2 seats open): Judy Appel (30,013); Beatriz Leyva-Cutler (22,267) [Tracy Hollander in third place with 15,528, followed by Norma Harrison with 3,332]
* Rent Stabilization Board (4 seats open): Judy Shelton (19,738); Judy Hunt (17,930); Asa Dodsworth (17,8551); Alejandro Soto-Vigil (16,869) [Igor Tregub in fifth place with 16,659 votes, with the remaining three candidates behind him; along with Shelton, Dodsworth, and Soto-Vigil, Tregub was one of pro-Tenant Convention-selected slate members, so one of the members of the landlord-backed TUFF slate (Judy Hunt) made it onto the Board]
* Council District 2: Darryl Moore 58.68%; Denisha Delane 28.17%; Adolfo Cabral 12.64%
* District 3: Max Anderson 60.35%; Dmitri Belser 39.11%
Council District 5: Laurie Capitelli 54.25%; Sophie Hahn 45.40%
Council District 6: Susan Wengraf was the only candidate on the ballot and received 93.71%

[Where totals donŐt add up to 100%, there were some write-in votes.]
* Measure M passed with 73.29% (needed two-thirds)
* Measure N failed with 37.63% No (needed two-thirds to pass)
* Measure O received 60.00% Yes (but irrelevant since N failed)
* Measure P passed with 89.08% Yes
* Measure Q passed with 85.36% Yes
* Measure R passed with 65.92% Yes
* Measure S failed with 52.30% No
* Measure T failed with 50.51% No
* Measure U failed with 76.73% No
* Measure V failed with 61.40% No


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8. Berkeley Police Collecting Toys for Tots


Berkeley, California (November 5, 2012), This year the tradition continues. The City of Berkeley Police and Fire Departments (BPD & BFD) are teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corp Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2012, to give back to the community. Each year toys are given to Berkeley children who might not otherwise receive any toys during the holidays. It is expected that members of BPD will give over 3000 new toys to youth during this yearŐs event. The goal of the program is to deliver a message of hope to youngsters whose families are in need and to support each of them in becoming responsible, productive community members and future leaders.

TOYS FOR TOTS is open to all City of Berkeley families who pre-register through Eden

I & R, Inc. All registrations must be made through Eden I & R Inc. and can be done by calling 2-1-1. The Berkeley Police Department does not accept registrations. The following are requirements for eligibility:
* Applicants must verify Berkeley residency with a utility bill that contains their name and address.
* Applicants must have photo identification.
* Applicants must have a Client Code Number that is assigned at the time the application is made over the phone.
* Applicants must personally show up for the toy distribution – no substitutions can be accepted.
Qualifying families can register anytime after November 7, 2012.

Registration ends at 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 2012. Toys will be given out to registered families on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Ronald T. Tsukamoto Public Safety Building, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. People wishing to support TOYS FOR TOTS are invited to drop off new unwrapped toys at any of the CityŐs fire stations and the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building. Members of the city's police department said they hope to give 3,000 new toys to local children during this year's event.


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9. Buy Local Berkeley News


EditorŐs note: Councilmember Max AndersonŐs office submitted the following item.




New Mobile App Makes Seasonal Buying in Berkeley Fun and Easy

Buy Local Berkeley announces a comprehensive campaign to inspire holiday shopping in Berkeley. For the first time, regional consumers can access more than 100 seasonal coupons from independent Berkeley businesses just by using their smart phones. The free app is powered by Chinook Book which is known across the Bay Area for terrific eco offers.  Now Berkeley shoppers can download a free Chinook Book app ( to their smart phones to get special deals on unique, Berkeley-only gifts.


Look for posters, banners and ads in print and online publications promoting this first-of-its-kind effort to make local holiday shopping in Berkeley fun and easy. Numerous merchant associations and businesses (Downtown Berkeley Association, Minuteman Press, North Shattuck Association, Elmwood Merchants and Fourth Street) contributed funds along with the CityŐs Office of Economic Development to make the broad promotional push possible. In addition, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Ecology Center, Livable Berkeley, Bay Nature and Transition Berkeley all plan to let their members and subscribers know about this special new way to access the best Berkeley gift ideas.


Here are just some of the special events to enjoy the holidays in the Berkeley neighborhoods where special offers await holiday shoppers:


Strolling Musicians

Evenings of Tuesday, December 18th and Friday December 21, in the spirit of the season, Elmwood Merchants Association will have strolling musicians every weekend in December in the afternoon. Join them for caroling. , No special talent required -- music sheets provided!

Location: Elmwood Merchant District (College Ave.)


Holiday Sing-alongs

Noon on Saturday 12/15, Sunday 12/16, and Saturday 12/22 and Sunday 12/23. 


Fourth Street is reviving the traditional holiday sing-along!  Join the musical merriment in singing all of our favorite songs alongside SF City Choir.

Location: Near PeetŐs on 4th Street


Buy Local Berkeley, who is spearheading the campaign, is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and financially supported by its independently-owned member businesses and a contract with the City of BerkeleyŐs Office of Economic Development. Buy Local Berkeley works to grow a vibrant local economy by promoting the more than 80% of Berkeley businesses which are locally-owned and independently operated.  The four-year-old effort works closely with the City of BerkeleyŐs Office of Economic Development and the CityŐs merchant associations to market local retailers through events and promotional efforts and to educate consumers about the community, economic and environmental benefits of buying from independently owned, Berkeley retailers. A number of studies have demonstrated the added regional economic benefit of shopping at locally owned independent retailers.  The difference ranges from 35-100% greater economic activity in the region due to shopping at local independent stores. Buying locally also strengthens the economic base of the community by ensuring that tax dollars stay where they are spent, creates jobs for local people and enriches the community by offering a unique shopping experience. Moreover, shopping near where you live helps protect the environment by walking or riding shorter distances to nearby retailers.


For more information about the Shop Your Holidays in Berkeley Campaign please contact: Susan Silber: 415-806-8955 or


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10. Chickens Available to a Good Home


EditorŐs note: A nearby neighbor submitted the following announcement.


I have five adult chickens available (I live in the immediate area).  A Rhode Island Red, a Buff Orpington, an Ameraucana, and two Silver Laced Wyandottes. I can give you info on how to care for chickens and resources. Setting up a coop is not too hard, and chickens are fun and entertaining pets which donŐt require much work. You can turn them loose in your yard and they will eat your weeds. They love to join and lend a hand (or a leg) when you are gardening and digging, hoping that you or they will turn up a worm or an insect. They are about three years old.  You neednŐt take all five of them. 





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11. New BORP Fitness Classes at the Ed Roberts Campus


EditorŐs note: News received from the BORP Fitness Director.


The BORP Fitness Studio is adding new classes for the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. For further information please email


Starting Monday November 26th Yoga for Round Bodies from 5:30-6:30 with Ashley Crockett

This class is specifically designed for people with round bodies. In this class weight is not an obstacle or a limitation. Through our journey we will increase our flexibility, strength, and endurance while becoming healthier with each breath. We will explore pranayama (breath work), asana (postures), meditation, and relaxation in a loving environment. Beginners are encouraged to take this class.


Starting Wednesday December 5th Chair Yoga from 11-12:15 p.m. with Kathryn Zaccarello

Yoga is a wonderful internal practice that shows you how to give back to yourself through the practice of slowing down. This class will explain what yoga is and why this style is beneficial to people of all ages, and how it can help improve our overall health and lives. This class is available to all levels (even brand new students!).


Starting Tuesday December 4th Guided Meditation from 8-9 p.m. with Julia Richardson

Class will begin with a lesson of technique for physical posture during meditation, which will be referred to as a "breathing exercise." Two techniques are demonstrated, one seated using a bolster or zafu as support and one seated in a folding or wheel chair. Students will be guided in a meditation to quiet, relax and open the mind and heart, nourish serenity and explore self-awareness. Qualities will be explored such as generosity and kindness. Following, there will be guided mild yoga to stretch out the body. Towards the end of class, students are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experiences, if they wish. Bolsters and chairs will be available in a limited number, so you are encouraged to bring your personal accessory.


Starting Wednesday December 5th All Levels Yoga Blend from 7:30-8:30am with Julia Richardson

A dynamic and balanced workout incorporating flow, long held positions, meditation and exploration with breath to create a clear, relaxed, energized state. This class is Level 1 through 3. Postures are accessible for all levels of skill, so students of all degrees of experience are encouraged. Variations are given for students with injuries. The class series will include optional backbends, twists and inversions. Themes will also be explored such as unselfconsciousness, comfortably self-collected solitude and generosity. Topics of overall well-being will be covered from healthy diet to stress management.


As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact Fitness Coordinator Reba Knickerbocker at


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