Meridian Star

Life

June 29, 2014

Big Purses Make Your Hips Look Smaller

MERIDIAN —     What we learn from the wisdom of cartoon characters! Wasn’t it Maxine who told us she did not exercise because it spilled her coffee? For the years I spent in Japan my sister mailed me every Cathy cartoon from the newspapers. She was the voice of our (feminine) culture in those days. This past May month (Older Americans Month) the Council on Aging promoted a Fashion Purse and Tea Party. Last year we held a Fashion "Hat" Party but thought it would be fun to look at various styles of ‘high’ fashion by changing the fashion show to a Fashion "Purse" Show. Mary Bernard won this year for her alligator handbag (see photo). We are seeing only the back side of the genuine alligator hide purse, the rear legs showing. The front shows the head and smiling teeth! She has had it since she was a little girl and it has been kept in pristine condition.

    This year “The Power of the Purse” returns with another exciting auction to be held at the Meridian Little Theatre on Thursday, August 21 at 6:00 p.m. It is promoted by United Way, Phil Hardin Foundation and the Meridian Rotary Club. Proceeds go to the “Imagination Library” which is a 60 volume set of books compiled by Dolly Parton to advance the love of reading in children. Meridian Activity Center has forms for parents to complete to enroll their preschool child. I only mention this exciting event as it is for a great cause and as I attended and bid on several purses in the heat of the moment and won a couple. (Thus paying for at least 3 or 4 children’s reading pleasure!)

Center Activities

    Returning to Meridian Activity Center activities: We are still promoting exercise as an excellent way to stay fit and live longer and better! This past week Cynthia McLelland began a Zumba Gold class on Monday mornings from 10:00 until 10:30. The class is free and we feel anyone who enjoys dancing will like this class. It is a “Gold” class and considered low impact. However she is also planning to teach a Monday night class from 6:45 until 7:30 and she will gear it to the level of the class. Come give her a try—just call me first so I can let her know she DOES have interest. (What we all love so much, just someone to be interested!) Phone 601-485-1812.

    It has always been a problem: Finding the Meridian Activity Center. Well, we are not at the Mall or Downtown. The best approach to find us is from 29th Avenue, which runs parallel to Poplar Springs Drive. Turn on the cross street 36th Street heading West, or look for our little signs at that intersection, follow the arrow, over 3 blocks to 32nd Avenue. We are located at 3300-32nd Avenue – at the end of two dead end streets. Don’t read anything sinister in “dead end” –  we definitely ARE  NOT that!

    Another evening class we want to have again is the Tai Chi class with Matthew Brown which would be held on Thursday from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. He is a dedicated instructor who works full time at East MS State Hospital. Tai Chi is a centuries old Chinese martial art designed for self-defense and to promote inner peace and calm. The practice strengthens muscles and joints to promote overall conditioning, increased endurance and improved balance --- Don’t we all need that?! There is no impact or physical contact; the emphasis is on slow, flowing motions and controlled movements. Again, please phone 601-485-1812 if you want to attend the class.

    Continuing classes are Slimnastics and Zumba in the afternoon at 4:30; Yoga in the mornings; Seated Exercise and Floor Exercise in the morning; Free Yoga with Pat Monday and Thursday evenings; Strength Training in the mornings (Remember: You can recover strong bones!)

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