Recs and Reads
By Anne McKay Garris
To help you keep all those good New Year's resolutions may I suggest the shining new facilities at the Beach Recreation Center and Library. Enjoy a breathtaking water view as you cycle, or weight lift away the pounds in our brand new exercise room. Exercising to music, and with other people, is said to increase motivation -- and most of us need our motivation increased. Take your pick! At the Beach Recreation Center there's both sociability and good exercise in the Zumba, Line Dancing, Yoga, and early morning Breathwalk sessions.
Early in January, the Library/Recreation Center will be offering all of us, no matter how disabled or "slowing down" we may be, a chance for fun and games. Ask your nearest teenager about Wii. That's the computer program where you sit happily in a chair, or stand in one place and play tennis, bowl, box. Stay tuned for announcements about this new adventure.
Maybe your resolution is to improve your mind, or your imagination, or your understanding of the world. Right there at the same spot as the recreation center is our small but beautiful library which offers you a window on the world through the sources beyond its walls you can access. Computers are available for your use. An extensive collection of books, beyond what you will find on the well-stocked shelves, is available.
If finding a new hobby is on your mind, check out the writer's encouragement group and the programs on growing plants in beach soil. Or you might want to attend the Book Talks by our former librarian, Linda Hamrell. The Friends of the Clearwater Beach Library and Recreation Center are also planning a book discussion group. If you would like to have input into what kinds of books would be discussed, sign on to the FCBLR web site at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your ideas.
Hopefully, many have vowed to be a benefit to the community in 2009. One way you can do it is to use the Library and Recreation Center. The Clearwater City Commissioners are keeping a close eye on how much we use the facilities. If they are not adequately used, they will be closed because of the budget crunch. Your participation can help keep that from happening.
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