Moo Town News
"Oh What A Beautiful Morning"
By Judy Borello
"Exercise for life and let's have fun" started at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station on Monday, Oct. 17, and will last through Wednesday, December 14.
The teachers of the class are Theresa Elaine and Kathleen Roach (as not in pot). Their credentials are from the National Association of Physical Fitness for Seniors. They also welcome people with physical impairments who are not of the senior variety. I've known Theresa, one of my best friends, since the late sixties. She has a big open spirit and attires herself in very colorful outfits. She has taught many of our children how to swim by teaching the "Water Dog" classes every year (many years for Terry).
Kathleen Roach, a public nurse at Health and Human Services in Pt. Reyes Station. I met Kathleen right after my aneurysm some five years ago. She was terrific, compassionate, caring and listens very carefully to your ailments. With her astute, quick mind she assesses your needs and gets the show on the road to your recovery. When I first was taken to Kathleen by Theresa, I could hardly walk. It was very painful to take a step. Now I'm much better and out of pain most of the time.
The classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Dance Palace Church and if you hear a joker say, "We've come to address you not to undress you. Classes are free but pay at the door, have a good seat, but sit on the floor," pay no attention because the classes are free and there are chairs available.
A big thanks to the County Dept. of Public Health, the Dance Palace, and Health and Human Services for giving us this great opportunity to better our lives.
I've attended the first two classes so far. The first was getting aquatinted and the gruesome twosome (Kathleen and Teresa) led us into a chorus of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," which sets the mood, especially on gloomy days. Then they start in teaching your exercises which you can do either in your chair or standing up as Frank Sinatra sang "Nice and Easy Does it Everytime." The music in the background is terrific!
Lo and behold, Dick and Jackie McFarland came to the class and I was so excited to see then since they ran the Old Western Saloon for me for at least 15 years. What a "sunshine" couple they are!
The "gruesome twosome" ended the class with a duet of a little ditty going something like this:
"We're saying good-bye and walking out, but we're leaving our feet with you." No! No! That's not it.
"They're leaving us, but their hearts stay with us!"
The second class was even better. We played "draw" volleyball and danced and it was quite awesome when Jim Polese grabbed Teressa Elaine and danced a "mean" swing, and Better Ober, our 93-year old physical phenomenon grabbed me with a do-se-do and pretty soon everyone was doing a rendition of the Virginia Reel.
And of course in between all this fund the teachers were putting us through our paces by breathing techniques and target exercises for diverse muscles in our body.
The participants who have signed up for this class are Barbara Rossi, Betty Ober, Judy Borello, Leorna Enders, Lupe Garcia, Marcia Brown, Rik Crowe, Ruby Morris, Joyce Greenwood, Marjorie Genolio-Krause, Meg Linden, Maria Reynoso, Sally Shoff, Peggy Campbell, Jim Polese, Bonnie Tank, Jackie McFarland, Donna Svirsky, Nancy Sakellar, Doris Allen, Dick McFarland, Lottie Stein, David Baty, Louise Landreth and Guadalupe Gonzales.
A lot of us still attend exercise classes at Walnut Place on the first and third Tuesday every month and on Thursdays... Classes on Tuesday start at 10:30 a.m. and on Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. The teacher is Rebecca Hunter, another very kind and talented lady who knows her stuff. If it wasn't for Rebecca and this class I would not walk at all!
With a very cheerful demeanor she turns your body into a more agile and nimble piece of art or work as the case may be.
And the crowd that hangs out in Walnut Place is extremely nice and very humorous. Once in a while you even get a glimpse of the oldest hippy-artist and soulman scooting around in his go-mobile, Frank Cerda.
PS What a great community we have surrounding us with people like Rebecca, Teressa and Kathleen. Believe me, they are not in it for the money. It's the love of helping people. Take advantage of it. It will do you good.
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