Because of bad weather, the holidays, illness and general forgetfulness, I hadn’t gone to Jazzercise Lite since before Thanksgiving. So I was apprehensive about going to class last week. I was afraid the rest of the group had learned the dances and the moves and that I would be the clumsiest person there. But I went to class and stood in the back so no one could see me flub up. My fears were groundless. Kit Sayers, the instructor, gives clear instructions and demonstrates the moves at a good pace. By the end of the hour, I had made it through and felt great. I’m definitely going to get in the habit of going regularly from now on. Morning classes in Jazzercise Lite are on Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. It’s fun and makes you feel good.
We also offer a series of Yoga classes in March Tuesday afternoons at a cost of $50 for five classes. Seated Yoga resumes on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Essex residents continued a winning streak at a cribbage tournament Feb. 15, when Pete Allard placed first and Dale Packard took second place, narrowly beating out Alex Hamel. Also, we added a new twist — whenever anyone scored 19, they put a dime in the pot. (It is impossible to score 19 in
cribbage, so a zero hand is called 19.) By the end of the day, there was over $3 in the pot, which went to the person with the lowest score of the day, Mike McKenzie. The next tournament is March 15 at 1 p.m. and all ages are welcome for an afternoon of fun.
AARP volunteers give income tax assistance on Friday mornings at the Center. Call 878-6940 for information.
In March, Anne-Marie Dennis and June Keenan offer classes on knitting and crocheting. Call the center to sign up.
Essex Senior Citizens meets March 4 at Holy Family Parish Hall, where the board will host a luncheon for $2. On March 11, St. Pius and Grace Methodist churches host a soup and sandwich luncheon for $2 at Maple Street Park. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day March 18 with corned beef and cabbage and enjoy Champlain Echoes, an a capella group at St. Pius for $5. Tickets are required and available from Renata McGrath or at any prior luncheon.
Make your plans now for a trip on a Premier coach to see “Table Manners” at the Lake Winnipesaukee Playhouse July 16, Members pay $52 and non-members $60. Lunch is on your own. Tickets are available now for members of the Senior Center and Essex Senior Citizens. See Lou Ann Pioli at the Center for your ticket.
The Senior Van provides free transportation for Essex residents aged 60 or more anywhere in Essex Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays mornings. For a reservation, call 878-6940 the previous business day between 9 and 11:45 a.m.