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Rec Notes - March 4, 2011

Posted: March 3, 2011 3:49 p.m.
Updated: March 4, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Team up for PAL baseball

Get in on the fun with PAL baseball, a non-competitive T-ball league for youth of all ages with disabilities and special needs and children who don’t like the physical competition of other leagues.

Team “pals” will provide assistance to players on the league. Teams are mixed with all ages – from 5 to adult -- and gender.

Registration for PAL baseball will be held through March 11 at the Kershaw County Recreation Department. The registration fee is $25.

Volunteers are also needed to help coach and serve as PAL players each Saturday at 9 a.m. April 2-May 21. If interested, contact Deneese Davis at 425-6009.

The PAL baseball program is sponsored by the Rec Department and the Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.

For more information, contact the Rec Department.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a physical exercise and martial art that has been practiced in China for thousands of years.

The free-flowing relaxation exercise consists of a special arrangement of movements known as the form. The form is many separate movements strung together to produce one continuous sequence lasting for several minutes. Within the form, there are five fundamental principles -- relaxation, Yin/Yang, turn waist, keep body upright and beautiful lady hands.

Combining the forms and principles of Tai Chi will help create overall good health. The word TAI means “great,” while CHI is translated as  “vital energy or powerful life force.”

Relax and enjoy good health with Tai Chi classes, which are held at the Old Armory. Classes are offered at 7 p.m. Mondays and/or 10 a.m. Tuesdays when minimum registration is met.

The fee for the six-week session is $25. Instructor is Taylor Chestnut. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

Gymnastics

Gymnastics classes are offered by the Kershaw County Recreation Department and Wateree Gymnastics of Camden.

Classes are divided by age and offered each Wednesday. Topics include gym safety, mounts and dismounts, over, under and through, cartwheels, nutrition, strength, balance and coordination and working as a team.

The cost for the classes, held at the Recreation Department building, is $25 per month. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

Line dance steps

The chance to learn the Electric Slide and other popular steps is here. And with the addition of morning classes, there’s a session to fit almost any schedule.

Line dance is a great stress reducer and emotional release as well as good exercise, providing much the same benefits as low-impact aerobics. Increase energy, improve strength and muscle tone. Age is no factor. And you can build your stamina while having fun. Come with a friend or spouse or come alone; you don’t need a partner for line dance.

Join the morning or evening sessions of line dance classes, all held on Mondays. Morning classes begin at 9:30 a.m. for beginners and 10:30 a.m. for improvers and intermediates. Night classes for beginners are from 6 to 7 p.m. Intermediate classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. The classes are held at the Recreation Department building.

The cost is $15 a month or $4 per class. Instructor for line dance is Ann Segars, licensed by BMI-ASCAP, National Teachers of Line Dance. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

Yoga

Yoga relieves tension and improves physical and mental health.

Yoga classes at the Kershaw County Recreation Department/office building regularly meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Instructor Scott Freiberg says those who practice yoga look younger and experience improvement in general health, personal appearance, mental outlook and emotional stability, regardless of age or present physical condition.

The cost is $36 for four weeks. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

Tonetics

Want to get in shape without all the running, jumping and bouncing? Try Tonetics -- a deep-muscle exercise class involving walking, stretching, bar usage and more.

The purpose is to tone and lose inches, while working all major muscle groups to achieve an all-over muscle fitness.

The class meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Recreation Department building. The five-week course is offered at a cost of $20.

The instructor is Pam Boheler. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

Ballroom dancing

Learn to glide across the dance floor with ballroom dancing classes..

The class, for youth and adults, meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Old Armory on DeKalb Street. The cost is $10 per person and $15 per couple for the four-week session. Instructors will be Al and Kay Roberson. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

Tae-Kwon-Do classes

Get a good workout while learning self defense methods with beginning Tae-Kwon-Do classes.

The classes are conducted each Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. for ages 6 to adults at the old armory. Children will learn self-confidence and self-discipline and adults will master self-defense while getting the ultimate workout. Instructor is Marvin Nelson of the Tae-Kwon-Do Academy in Lugoff.

The fee per month is $20 a month. Classes are held at the Recreation Department building. Pre-registration is required; call the Rec Department office for more information.

 (For further information, call the Recreation Department at 425-6009 or 425-6010 or visit www.kershaw.sc.gov and click on departments and services.)

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