1. Discover this new form of Qi Qong, founded in the ancient Chinese art of T’ai Chi. T’ai Chi Chih is an inner discipline cultivating awareness of the energy all about us and within. It is particularly well adapted to our fast-paced and stress-filled lives and has the potential to enhance awareness of the body/mind relationship. The regular practice of T’ai Chi Chih produces wonderful benefits by circulating and balancing what the Chinese call “Chi”. The 20 non-impact movements are easy to do, and are adaptable to anyone’s comfortable range of motion or disability. The movements require only a few feet of space and no special clothing or equipment. They can be done in a small apartment or almost anywhere. They have a calming and centering effect which dissolves tensions and enhances creativity. Benefits come from balancing the “chi” and each individual will have their own health benefits, if practiced! An effective STRESS-RELIEF technique. People that practice on a regular basis say that it: • Relaxes & relieves stress • Improves coordination, balance and flexibility • Gives more energy & stamina when needed • Improves sleep • Relieves back pain & headaches • Regulates blood pressure and metabolism • Increases mental clarity, concentration and creativity • Strengthens the heart, lungs, bones & immune system • Benefits arthritic joints and improves circulation

    Beth Preston has a Standard Designated Teaching Credential (California) with approximately 25 years of teaching behind her. She has taught in several Adult Schools and City College community service programs. Other subjects include: Folk Guitar, Basketry and miscellaneous exercise and craft classes. She has experience with the Older Adult programs including the frail and dementia. Currently, she teaches T’ai Chi Chih at Boeing’s Health & Fitness, Snohomish YMCA and in her home studio.

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  2. Glide across the floor with the greatest of ease while taking this beginning ballroom class. Learn the classic Foxtrot, romantic Waltz and the sizzling Tango. Leading and following techniques are stressed throughout the course. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. No experience necessary.

    I received my teachers certification in 1987 from Let’s Dance Productions and have been teaching dance in the Northwest since then. I have taught at several colleges, YMCA’s and a few festivals, including the NW Folklife Festival in Seattle. Ballroom dance has changed my life and brought me much joy, I hope to pass this on to others.

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  3. Barbara Wyatt is a well known local artist who started her career as a ceramic artist at Edmonds Community college 14 years ago. She shows her work in galleries as an ongoing contributing artist in Kirkland, Pioneer Square and Stanwood. Her speciality is the addition of natural materials to her finished pieces. She has expertise in wheel, handbuilding and a combination of other skills used in the construction of her organic forms.

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  4. Neil McNeill has been studying and investigating the paranormal since 1993. Neil is a member of the Rhine Research Institute, the Parapsychological Association, and the Seattle Consciousness Education and Research Society. He continues advanced studies with the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research. Neil’s work has appeared on "Evening Magazine," KOMO-4 News, Seattle Times, North County Journal, and made Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s "most sought-after" adult education classes.

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  5. Ray has worked in photography for over 20 years – as educator, stock agent, editor, photographer and business consultant. He teaches and consults on the business of art and on photography across the US. Ray received Bellevue College’s 2008 Margin of Excellence Award and the North American Nature Photography Association’s 2006 Recognition Award for making a difference with his photography and its 2003 Fellow Award for career contributions in nature photography. His photography is widely published. His primary interest is in coaching new talent and in having art and especially photography seen and sold.

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