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What’s happening at Tutu’s House?

For more class details and a comprehensive monthly schedule go to and click on “newsletter.” There are no fees to participate in Tutu’s House programs, although donations are very much appreciated. Please call 885-6777 for more information, and/or to register for classes.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 with Susan Akeo, AARP certified instructor; classroom refresher course designed for drivers 50 years and over, though younger drivers are welcome. All participants receive a certificate upon completion of course which may allow you to receive a discount on your insurance. Registration is required by calling 885-4789 (evenings).

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Health care from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, hosted by Lorraine Urbic. This visionary documentary tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken health care system? Award-winning filmmakers follow dramatic human stories, as well as leaders, fighting to transform health care at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government and the U.S. military. Following the 99-minute video, there will be an opportunity to share reactions and talk about steps we can each take to be part of the solution.

SELF-MASSAGE for SHOULDERS and NECK from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 with Chikako Hoshino-Powers, certified massage therapist. Massage is one of the easiest ways to attain and maintain good health and well-being. Some headaches, insomnia, aches and pains, tension and stress can all be alleviated with our hands. Health benefits provided by massage include better blood circulation, muscle relaxation and improved range of motion, and increased endorphin levels. Bring one large and two hand towels.

MBSR TOOLS for WELLNESS and RELAXATION from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 with Bernie Schreck. Here’s your opportunity to do something good for yourself! This workshop is based on a highly regarded wellness program called Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). You will learn about the vision of Mind/Body medicine; how simple mindfulness practices of yoga; and meditation are powerful tools to tap into your own inner resources for self-care to enhance your health and well-being.

TUTU’S QUILTERS from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday, with Kathy Lukens, for beginners and experienced; learn quilting Hawaiian style while meeting a great group of people; initial supplies are provided or bring something you are working on. Good company and encouragement guaranteed.

PLAY HANAFUDA from 12:30 to 2 p.m. every Monday, with Elaine Loo and friends; Hanafuda (“flower cards”) is a traditional Japanese card game based on images related to nature and the seasons. No experience is needed to join this group of enthusiasts.

FIT~4~FUN for Women from 8 to 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday, with Kathy Cazimero, fitness enthusiast; this low impact cardio/strength workout includes stretching, leg exercises and weight training which supports bone mass integrity as we age. Please bring your own weights to work on arms, shoulders, legs and overall body balance. Athletic shoes, a towel and comfortable clothes required. Good exercise = Energy = Fun!

ADVANCED UKULELE from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday, with Aunty Marjie Spencer; join other experienced players of all ages to learn more about the ukulele through friendship and song. Bring your own ukulele and 3-ring binder for music.

TUTU’S HOUSE WRITERS’ GROUP from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Tuesday, hosted by avid writers John Holland and Eila Algood; a supportive environment for writers at any level of writing skill and experience. Participants are invited to read their work and request from the group the type of feedback they would like.

KNITTING AND KNITTING SUPPORT from 12:30 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, with Gretchen Geisler, lifetime knitter; for ages 10 to adult, and all skill levels. Bring your projects, get your knitting questions answered, and visit with other knitters. Beginners will be guided into a suitable project.

BEGINNER’S YOGA from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 9 and 30, with Kiyomi Falcon; yoga has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns and muscle strain; relaxes mind and body; centers attention; sharpens concentration and frees the spirit. Kiyomi also incorporates meditation practice into this class.

GENTLE HEALING YOGA from 1 to 2 p.m. every Wednesday, with Mana Takei. Healing through yoga comes from learning to listen to our breath and being mindful of what helps our body relax and re-energize. Calming the mind with our breath opens us to flexibility, while stretching brings our body into wholeness. It is through mutual regard and coordination of mind and heart that we extend aloha to ourselves and each other. We will learn at least 10 fundamental poses in this slow and gentle session.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, (except April 24) with Dave Fouts. This book, written as a teaching guide to support one’s spiritual journey, deals with universal themes while emphasizing practical applications. Participants will read from, and discuss, the writings in this book. All are welcome.

KEGEL CORRECTLY FOR CONTROL for women, from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, with Marilyn Nishi, Hawaiian Rehabilitation Services physical therapist. Most women have been told to do “Kegels”; however, pelvic muscles must be trained correctly in order to control common symptoms of overactive bladder such as urgency, frequency and leakage. Learn how to correctly strengthen the pelvic floor muscles; identify bladder irritants, and improve your bladder health. Next month Nishi will lead a series of “Core and More” classes for strengthening and training these muscles.

RESTORATIVE YOGA from 12:30 to 1:30 every Thursday, with Zettelyss Amora, RYT, integrative yoga therapist; from arthritis to asthma, back pain to cancer, or just basic stress, Restorative Yoga Therapy promotes healing on all levels of being. This guided practice will turn on your body’s healing powers and is suitable for all body types and health conditions.

SCRABBLE MEETUP from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday, hosted by Annabel Spielman and friends; open to all ages and skill levels (including beginners) with emphasis on good sportsmanship, fair play, flexibility, open mindedness, patience and communication in a social environment. The idea is to have fun, as well as stimulate our brains.

EZ STRETCH AND TAI CHI from 3 to 4 p.m. every Friday, with Corine Tilson, certified clinical hypnotherapist and Energy Practitioner. Meditation takes many forms, and this gentle, easy program integrates mind and body with light stretches and simple beginner tai chi moves. Enhance your flexibility, and feel the power of your own vibrant energy. Breathing will be a main focus.