Do you actually still make New Year's Resolutions? Every year, the newscasters – needing a topic of discussion – talk about what resolutions they have made for the following year. Yet, it is generally accepted that after one week of adhering to the plans they are forgotten in the rush to get on with our lives.
However, if you could make only one resolution or change in your life this 2014 consider this: Make note of how often you are inactive – sitting in a chair watching television, eating a meal, on the computer, reading a book. Try to spend more time getting up and walking – go to the kitchen, check the temperature outside, take the dog for a walk, sweep the drive. Seriously, just getting up and down without help can be a chore by itself.
One of my friends sent an email to me about the current "going green" notion. You know, recycle the newspapers, cans, plastics, etc. The gist of her message was that we were already going green when people our age were kids. We returned our soft drink bottles to the store (for the deposit) and they were returned to the factory to be cleaned and re-used. We used manual push lawn mowers which mulched the lawn and gave us a good exercise. We didn't have central air and heat which contributed to the loss of ozone layering, or cars for each member of the family...the list goes on and on. Think about it; it's always fun to remember "the good old days."
All of our classes begin this week. A listing can be found on our meridianms.org website.
Classes are open to adults 21 years of age and up. Adults over the age of 55 get half off the price! Now, with the exercise classes you are welcome to try at least one class free to see "if it fits" for you. Call me at (601) 485-1812 if you have any questions about classes.
Naturally, some of them fill up just from returning class members, but don't be discouraged; I can probably get you in the following session in the springtime. Our classes must have at least six people in them to be able to hire an instructor. (In no way does that cover the cost of paying that instructor – we are a community center provided to the citizens in our area, including Alabama, for "MWR" – or, morale, welfare and recreation.)
We do offer classes which for some unknown reason do not always have enough interest. We would love to fill them as we have instructors who want to teach. They are: Thursday morning Pine Needle Basket Weaving (& gourd work), Monday night and Wednesday afternoon Colored Pencil Drawing Techniques, Thursday afternoon Basic Sewing, Monday night Stained Glass and Monday night Decorative Painting.
As a community center, we try to offer what we think people would enjoy taking. For instance, we have two literary instructors who take time out to teach both reading and writing classes. Steve Owens will again instruct a five-week class in "Life Writing," which came about from his interest in sharing family history with other family members. Katherine Horne wants to continue her interest in reading and discussing various writers, whether it be civil war stories or science fiction – the group chooses the topic and she suggests the writers to study.
Some of you may have gone to Sandy's Organic Restaurant on Fifth Street when it was open. She specialized in quiche and soups with a focus on breakfast bars that she is now selling wholesale to coffee shops. I ran into her at the Farmer's Market over in Jackson last month and she told me she would love to share her cooking and life experiences with us at the center. She comes most recently from Martha's Vineyard, where she had a shop, again in organic cooking.
We have mentioned the unique crochet bags made from plastic shopping bags – I bought a Dollar General yellow bag purse at the Christmas in the Highlands festival. The lady who makes them has promised to come to our crochet class and show us how she makes them. I am hoping for a Tuesday morning class, possibly on the 28th of January. We'll put another notice in the paper if that is the actual date; no fee will be charged, it's a simple "Show and Tell."
Tom Milhorn has offered us another day to teach computer lessons – on a Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. for five weeks. That is in addition to his Monday night and Thursday morning class. Phyllis Millet still teaches a Wednesday morning class. If you received a new computer this Christmas and need a class in Windows 8, call and let me put you in one of our classes. It's just the basics: going online, setting up an email account, saving files (and finding them all again). The rest is up to you.
I've been approached by two young ladies who want to offer a short seminar about The Search. You may have found this to be true for you: When you search for a particular item, you are hit with dozens (hundreds?) of sites to explore. They are interested in showing us how to fine hone our search so that you do not get lost in the maze of all the wonderful sites found on the internet. Want to be our first guinea pigs for this seminar? Call and let me know what is your best time to come and spend an hour or so with the ladies.
Okay. Your main objective now is to decide which class you want to take – go online to meridianms.org and choose a time and class that is best for you. Then call me to register. At this late date (classes begin tomorrow), you can bring your payment to class rather than mailing it in to me.
Meridian Activity Center is sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department of the city of Meridian. We are located off 29th Avenue and 36th Street (This is the best approach due to all the dead end streets in this residential area) – 3300 32nd Ave. Phone, (601) 485-1812.
• Barbara Wells is director of Meridian Activity Center. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org