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Women learn Lions Club gives to Chandler parks
self-defense at yoga studio
A $5,000 grant to help
pay for improvements to
Chandler’s Joyful Yoga Studio hosts a women’s-only self-defense class from 1 to
Snedigar Sports Complex
4 p.m. Sat., Sept. 19.
was recently given to
Tyler Thorstad, a 26-year veteran instructor of women’s self-defense classes,
the Chandler Parks and
teaches students skills such as speed versus strength, leverage over brute force,
Recreation Department
hand strikes and powerful kicks, and how to command presence, escape ground
by the Chandler Ojo Rojo
positions and gain dominant positioning. Personal protection devices will also be
Lions Club. The donation
discussed.
is just the latest in a series
The program cost is $29 per person. Joyful Yoga Studio is located at 3900 W. Ray
of contributions made by
Rd. in Chandler.
the Lions over the years
Register by calling 480-726-6399 or emailing syd@joyfulyogastudio.com. For
for Snedigar Park.
details info, visit www.joyfulyogastudio.com.
“The Lions have
helped to fund armadas,
sidewalks and picnic
areas,” Parks Department
Assistant Community
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Gilbert offers fi tness to homeschoolers
Services Director Dave
DONATION: John Olson, president of the Ojo Rojo Lions Club,
McDowell says. “Now
right, presents a check to Chandler Parks and Recreation Board
Chair Damon Testa for Snedigar Sports Complex improvements.
Extracurricular fi tness classes are now available for home-schooled youths
we are designing a new
through the Town of Gilbert.
entrance and information area for the Little League fi elds and this donation will
“Homeschool Kids Fitness” emphasizes self-esteem, teamwork, coordination
help with that project.”
and fl exibility by incorporating cardio games and strength, and is taught by a
Ojo Rojo Lions Club President John Olson estimates the local club has donated
certifi ed local homeschool mom. Classes are held every Wednesday from 12:30 to
more than $30,000 to the Parks Department in recent years, funded by a
1:15 p.m. for ages 5 to 8 and 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. for ages 9 to 12, Aug. 19 through Oct.
concession stand the club operates at Snedigar Park six evenings a week and on
28.
Saturday mornings throughout the spring Little League and soccer seasons. He
“Homeschool Kids Yoga” focuses on developing the child’s body awareness,
says most club members are employed full-time but raise about $20,000 a year for
listening skills, coordination, fl exibility and strength in a fun, positive manner,
the community.
using simple exercises and games. The class is for 5- to 11-year-olds and is also
“We could use a few more good members so we could do even more,” adds
taught by a certifi ed local homeschool mom. Kids Yoga runs from 12:30 to 1:15
Olson.
p.m. on Mondays, Aug. 17 through Oct. 26.
The Chandler Ojo Rojo Lions Club, one of three Lions Clubs in greater Chandler,
Classes cost $45 per student for the entire session. Students should bring a yoga
also contributes to agencies such as Leader Dogs for the Blind and Camp Tatiyee
mat and water to all classes.
for people with disabilities. Membership is open to both men and women
Sessions are held at McQueen Park Activity Center located at 510 N. Horne St.
interested in serving. Contact Olson at 602-684-4006 or olsonjd@cox.net.
in Gilbert. To register, visit www.GilbertRecreation.com or call 480-503-6225. For
more info, call 480-503-6294.
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