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What’s happening at Tutu’s House?

For more class details and a comprehensive monthly schedule, visit and click on “newsletter.” There are no fees to participate in Tutu’s House programs, although donations are very much appreciated. Call 885-6777 for more information, and to register for classes. Tutu’s House will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

NIA ~ FITNESS FOR BODY, MIND, EMOTIONS AND SPIRIT from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, with Megan MacArthur. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice drawn from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts that empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music and every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves corresponding with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday, 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.

QUANTUM CHI GUNG from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 and 29, with Dr. Angela Longo. Using simple fluid motions with the arms in the shape of the infinity sign (a lazy eight) we will move in gentle dance-like movements, linked with the breath to energize living.

RESTORATIVE YOGA from 12:30 to 1:30 Thursday, May 23 and 30, 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 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., every Friday except May 17, 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. Our motto: “You can easily be your best by making just a little progress every day.”

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 to support bone mass integrity as women 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!

PLAY HANAFUDA from 12:30 to 2 p.m., every Monday (except May 27), 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.

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., every Tuesday except May 21, 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.

STRESS RESILIENCE from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, with Michael Aronowitz, PhD, Waimea private practice psychologist, with over 25 years’ experience working with people to overcome stress and distress and live joyful lives. Stressors in relationships, at work, parenting, or financial can be overwhelming; but it doesn’t have to be that way. Learn about tools and strategies to help you get through whatever you’re going through and to build your resilience to stress.

LOOK GOOD … FEEL BETTER FOR CANCER PATIENTS from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, with Theresa Beisley, American Cancer Society volunteer, cancer survivor and licensed cosmetologist. This program is for all women who recently completed, or are currently undergoing, cancer treatment. Receive will skin and nail care demonstrations, make-up application, as well as wig and head covering techniques for those experiencing appearance-related side effects from cancer treatment. Learn skills to better cope with skin changes and hair loss. Registration required by RSVP to Hawaii Island ACS Field Office at 935-0025. Free cosmetic kits are provided to each participant.

RELIGION AND CULTURE IN WEST AFRICA: A Land Less Traveled from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, with Susan Bailey Harris, fine art photographer. Explore West Africa with Susan as she shares images from her month-long journey to the countries of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina-Faso, and Mali, and will explain some of the story behind some of the images. West Africa is a land where visitors are still a novelty but where they are warmly welcomed.