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Nia is dancing through life with a thankful heart

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Nia instructor Mary Milner leads a class through a Nia workout. The class is held twice a week at the West Linn Adult Community Center.

The non-impact physical conditioning program called Nia has been in existence for nearly 30 years, but it’s only been available at the West Linn Adult Community Center for a few months. It combines martial arts and dance in a workout set to music of varied genres.

The instructor is Mary Milner, a longtime West Linn resident who’s been practicing and teaching Nia for more than a decade. Milner’s also a whole health coach and a massage therapist. She’s cheerful, energetic, an accomplished dancer and she goes non-stop for the entire 45-minute class.

Students are encouraged to follow Milner’s lead. The movements are not complicated, sometimes quite slow and very gentle. And if you get lost, it’s no problem. Just pick up the dance again when you can.

The gentleness of the dances is deceptive, however. You will definitely work up a sweat and will need some water during the class.

One of Milner’s students, Ron Sczesny, said of the class, “It allows you to let yourself go and feel alive. It’s like an awakening.”

Nia meets 11:15 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all lunches listed below are subject to change but only for the better.

Friday, Nov. 15

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas hold 'em poker.

Lunch entrée is pork tenderloin.

Monday, Nov. 18

Tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge, exercise for all. Lunch entrée is red beans, sausage and rice.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle, Ukulele Strummers.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing, pinochle, and board meeting. Soup and sandwiches will be served at noon.

Thursday, Nov. 21

Computer instruction (by appointment), Share Singers, bus trip to Alpenrose Dairy, foot clinic, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge, exercise for all.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop. A wide variety of Christmas items are available including Madame Alexander dolls, beautiful Lenox collectibles and festive holiday decorating items. One hundred percent cashmere scarves are now available as are 100 percent silk scarves. Matching glove and hat sets are available in a medley of colors. Other gift ideas? Hand-made soaps, locally made. The shop is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. Cash, checks and well-behaved children are always accepted.



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