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Opportunity to learn Tai Chi Chuan

A free, introductory class of instruction in Tai Chi Chuan with Thomas Lynch will be offered Wednesday, July 17, at the Center for Independence, 640 Gunnison Ave.

Students will perform chi kung and tai chi as part of the class. No prior experience is necessary to participate in this class. This type of exercise has been used in China for many generations to improve health, recover from disease and improve resistance to illness.

Lynch has studied Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan from Master Kai Ying Tung of Los Angeles for over 25 years.

Tai Chi Chuan consists of breathing exercises performed in conjunction with a series of body postures. The movements, performed in a slow, sequential pattern, are designed to improve balance and alignment and enhance agility and coordination.

To RSVP or for more information about the class, contact Tom Lynch at 970-263-4000 or at coloacusoc@gmail.com.

Avoid the hassle of paperwork

Parents, whose kids are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school, can now apply for the benefit online at ApplyForLunch.com, which can also be accessed from District 51’s website at http://www.d51schools.org/food.

Step-by-step help will be given along the way throughout the online process. If your student qualified for meal benefits in the 2012-13, their benefits will expire on Sept. 20, 2013, unless a new application is received.

Parents who have questions about the online free and reduced meal application process should contact Connie Branca in the District 51 Food Service Department at 970-254-5181 or email her at connie.branca@d51schools.org. Printed copies of the application will also be made available at the schools’ front offices or the Food Service office at 2248 E. Main St.

Grand Valley Health Fair moves to spring 2014

Organizers of the Grand Valley Health Fair have recently announced its decision to move the annual event to March 21-22, 2014. The event will take place at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Earlier this year, organizers voted to discontinue their affiliation with the Denver 9HealthFair and become an entirely locally sponsored event.

More than 40 community partners are engaged in the planning process with the mission to improve access to free or low cost screening and to promote health-focused awareness among our diverse population.

For more information, visit http://www.grandvalleyhealthfair.org.

Palisade Theatre Camp

Youth are invited to explore their creative side through a mini theatre camp planned for July 24-27 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Palisade gym. The program is open to ages 7-12 and will feature the basics of theatre, script reading, set design, and a performance at the conclusion of camp. Cost is $40; register by July 19 at 970-464-5602 with Sabrina Jackman.

Grab a pint

Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s annual fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society is July 13-18 at their 12th Street location, where brewers have created a special beer for the 8th annual MS Week at The Creek called The Philanthropy Ale.

The Philanthropy Ale is a straw-colored summer ale. It is crisp, medium-bodied, and lightly hopped. The ale will be sold for $3 a pint all day, every day from Saturday through Thursday. All of the sales from this beer throughout that time will be donated to the Colorado Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Suicide prevention presentation set

A presentation about suicide prevention is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the Mesa County Central Library’s Community Room, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction.

Sonja M. Encke, psychiatric nurse practitioner and suicide prevention coordinator for the VA Medical Center, will share information about how to recognize when someone may be considering suicide and what to do about it. The program is open to the public at no charge.

Free kids lunches

Free summer meals for youth ages 18 and under are being offered at the following local sites:

• Chipeta Elementary School, 950 Chipeta Ave. — Monday-Thursday. Breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• Racquet Club Apartments, 2915 Orchard Ave. — Wednesdays only, lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Kimwood Park, 3200 Downey Ct., in Clifton — Sunday, Monday, Tuesday only, lunch 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Visit http://www.hungerfreecolorado.org/resources/summer.html for more information.

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