By Kerry Taylor

I hope everyone has enjoyed Christmas and I wish everyone a Happy New Year! We have a couple of January birthdays at our house, so we get to celebrate just a little longer after the holidays. 

Winter has arrived in our mountains and the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center was closed for a day until the parking lot was safer. Be sure to call the Center on winter days for information on hours of operation. We will have a message letting you know if we are closed on bad weather days.

We have new classes and activities for the month of January – see below for more details.  Also, be sure to register for lunch with your friends and spend the day at your Senior Center for a break from the cold rainy days we’ve been experiencing!

Tai Chi

Fridays at 11 a.m.

If you are wondering “Can I do Tai Chi?” The answer is yes! Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.

In fact, because Tai Chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Are you looking for a way to reduce stress? Then Tai Chi is for you! Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.

Tai Chi is often described as meditation in motion. Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Our Tai Chi instructor is Bob Hechemovich and the cost is $5 per class.

Answers about Body Donation

Monday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m.

Do you have questions about body donation? As an alternative to organ and tissue donation for transplant, body donation is a perfect alternative.

AJ with Restore Life USA will be here to provide information and answer questions about this important topic.

Cutting Your Winter Power Bill & Other Tips

Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 9:30 a.m.

Lynnsey and Joseph from Erwin Utilities will be here to give information on cutting your power bill, tips for winter emergencies and answer questions. You will not want to miss this very informative and fun class!

Book Club

Wednesday, Jan. 16,

at 2 p.m.

If you like reading a variety of books and meeting new people, come join us! We will discuss the book, “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. The next book selection will be “The Blessings of the Animals” by Katrina Kittle. Come join us! 

Yarn Bombing

Thursdays in January at 9:30 a.m.

The Yarn Bomb project is being organized by Erwin RISE. Bring your yarn and needles to this weekly workshop at the Senior Center in January. Help beat the winter blues by knitting or crocheting a piece of art to be installed on trees, poles or anything that stands still in Erwin! 

For more information about any of these events, please contact the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center at 743-5111.