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Branford Features Father’s Race & Festival W

alking and running are popular means to bet-

ter health. They enable time outdoors, are free, can be done alone or with groups, relieve stress, and improve energy. This Father’s day, the 32nd An- nual Branford Road Race on the town’s Green offers a chance for family members of all ages to run/walk in community and add extra meaning to the exercise through options for philan- thropy. The Sunday, June 17 event includes a Recreational/

Fun Run of one mile (kids only) at 9:30 a.m., Recreational/ Fun Walk of two miles at 10:10 a.m. and the Competition Run/Race of five miles at 10:15 a.m. Before June 15, entry fees are $28 for the 5-mile, $12 for the walk, and $10 for the fun run. On race day, the entry fees are $30, $14, and $12, respectively. Those wanting to Run/Walk for a cause can choose from among nine official charities this year (log onto, click button that says run or walk for a cause). Anyone can make a donation to the charities and race participants who make a $200 donation get free entry. Among other highlights of the day will be the opportunity to enjoy the Branford Festival on the Green (details at Branford- with food and free activities.

For information, call 203.481.5933, visit, or register at

toughest times. Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., from June 26 through August 2. Travel- ing this summer? Summer Yoga organizers confirm that’s no problem since attendees can replace missed sessions up to four times during the summer with YCYC’s extensive class offerings. Fee for the twelve class course is only $99. Indi- viduals can register themselves, or offer the class as a gift to a favorite teacher or school staff member.

YCYC is reachable at 39 Putnam Avenue in Hamden, CT, 203.287.2277, See ad on page 23.

School Staff: For All You Do, 3 R’s are For You


ith school out for summer, many teachers and staff who do so much for students can take time to focus on

caring for themselves. Your Community Yoga Center (YCYC) in Hamden is thrilled to offer a six-week Summer Yoga ses- sion for all school employees, The Three R’s of Summer: Re- lax (and appreciate life), Renew (strength and flexibility) and Release (stress and tension). This program is open to partici- pants at all levels. No prior experience is necessary. Begin- ners and experienced Yogis can all deepen their practice. Participants will learn breathing techniques, movement and meditation that they can use throughout the year to support well-being. As a former classroom teacher, Andrea Cashman understands the stress that educational workers are under all year long. She and colleagues, Lani Rosen (also a class room teacher) and Kellie Codianna, are ready to help participants find peace and wellness for this summer, and techniques that can be brought back in the fall to sustain them through the


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