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Reiche Community Room Schedule – February

About the Activities and Presenters

Introductory Bridge Lessons

Have fun with other beginners and those who would like to review the game. This class will start with the basics of how to play bridge: evaluating different hands, when to bid, how to communicate with your partner. Bridge is good mental exercise. The classes will be an opportunity to meet neighbors
and have an enjoyable time.

Katherine Charbonneau, has been playing bridge for over 20 years and knows she still has much to learn about the game.

Card Making for Beginners

This class will focus on card stock, decorative paper, folding and stamping. All materials to make three cards with envelopes will be provided along with detailed instructions so that the student can go home and make more on their own with their own supplies.

There will be follow-up sessions in November & December. All supplies will be provided. Limited to 10 participants.

Faith Garnett began teaching card making in 2009. She sells her work at craft fairs, through private sales and online.

Die Well Death Education

We are all going to die, so why don’t we talk about it? Do our best toprepare for it so we can facilitate the “best death” possible for ourselves? While it can be overwhelming to think and talk about, talking about it does not “make it happen,” and once you have taken the steps to prepare the best you can, you can live your best life with the confidence and comfort of knowing that you have prepared for the inevitable. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your loved ones. It all starts with a conversation. Let’s have that conversation.

Leona Oceania has always been fascinated with death and baffled by the fact that we don’t talk about the one thing that is going to happen to all of us. She has trained to become an End-of-Life Doula, a Home Funeral Guide, a Life Legacy Facilitator, and a Death Educator. She also serves on the board of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine, is the facilitator of the Portland Death Café, and is a volunteer with a local hospice organization. She has built a bookcase coffin with the prodigious Chuck Lakin, which is currently in use as a bookcase in her living room until it is needed as a coffin.

Felting

Learn to make small figures out of wool – animals, houses, trees and more. Explore needle felting pictures and as a method for repairing or embellishing textiles. All supplies will be provided. Limited to 10 participants.

Paulina Bondarava is from Belarus. She taught hearing impaired youth and is experienced at different arts, including watercolor and silk painting, batik, and tie-dye.

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg is an ancient game first played in China in the 1300s and brought to the U.S. in the mid-1920s by Joseph Babcock who encountered the game on a ship on the Yangtze River.
The game had a strong revival in the 1950s, and today is regaining its popularity as a way to find community across generations and to keep our brains sharp! Our classes will be both introductory for new players or refreshers for those who haven’t played for awhile.

Genie Nakell had played some Mah Jongg as a teen, but after buying a
beautiful set in the 1990s, she needed to relearn. Her mother-in-law taught Genie and her husband how to play during a visit. This morphed into a love of the game and to teaching friends and couples how to play. Genie has taught 16 women and men to play and plays in three games per week, both online and in-person. Genie also has taught a group of women living at the Atrium to play.
As Genie describes, “I taught 5th grade for three years when I was just out of college, and teaching Mah Jongg combines my love of teaching with my love of the game. Combining the beauty of the Mah Jongg tiles themselves, how they feel, and the clicking sounds the tiles make as you move them around,
having fun with friends playing an ancient mentally stimulating game is what Mah Jongg is all about.”

Qigong/Tai Chi

Qigong/Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese mind-body exercise that is about moving more of your body parts with ease and awareness, opening up energy flow, circulation, and enhancing balance and strength. Tai chi is relatively easy to learn and, for many, it often continues as a lifetime journey.

Karen Morency has been teaching Seated, Low Key, and Water Tai Chi/Qigong since 2007. Being a Mechanical Engineer by training and with her knowledge of energy healing, Karen shows students how to move out of compensatory patterns into optimum ease of flow and movement.

Tai Chi Chih

T’ai Chi Chih is made up of 19 moves and 1 pose. It is a form of Moving Meditation, and with regular practice, it has been clinically proven to help with sleeplessness, ADHD, blood pressure, balance, stress, and much more. It’s a “user-friendly” form, doable just about anywhere, at any age, seated or standing. Just dress comfortably, wear shoes you feel balanced in, footies, or go barefoot.

Sara Leonard has been been a Certified T’ai Chi Chih instructor in the Greater Portland area for several years and was a student for several more. She came to T’ai Chi in search of better health, a way to combat stress, find better balance in life, bring blood pressure down. She has found that and a lot more.

If you would like to look up information on T’ai Chi Chih, simply go to taichichih.org.

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