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January 14, 2022


Your Guide to Health, Beauty & Fitness


Your Guide to Health, Beauty & Fitness

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New Playhouse gives kids thrills while parents chill JAKE MENEZ


he Playhouse is a relatively new spot in Brentwood designed with both young

children and their parents in mind. The space, located at 3901 Walnut Ave. in

The Playhouse in Brentwood is an all-in-one play area, toy store and party venue for kids up to age 5 that also offers parents a chance to socialize and unwind as well.

Brentwood, is an all-in-one play area, toy store and party venue for kids up to age 5 that also offers parents a chance to socialize and unwind as well. “When I was a new mom with my daughter, I would often choose to stay home rather than deal with the anxiety of bringing my baby to the places I used to enjoy,” explained founder Mariah Boveé. “Then one day, I discovered the magic of a local indoor play space, and the rest is history.” After experiencing the feeling of community provided by a space where parents of young children can get together, Boveé made it her goal to travel to as many similar businesses in her area as she could before moving to Brentwood. Although the indoor play areas she visited inspired Boveé to make one of her own, she designed The Playhouse with as much emphasis on the parents’ experience. “The places I was visiting were clearly designed for babies and young kids, but I

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wanted to design my space for adults too,” she said. “My space would have seating for adults, have calm, neutral colors, play relaxing music, have snacks and – the most important thing – coffee!” While parents relax with a compli-

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mentary cup of coffee, kids have different activities to choose from in the play area filled with playhouses and toys to entertain children. Although The Playhouse is designed with those ages in mind, there are also activities available for slightly older

children as well, according to Boveé. The Playhouse also includes an on-site toy store full of toys and games designed to keep children entertained long after they finish their play session. A popular item from the toy store, according to Boveé, is the jars of Play-Doh she makes herself and sells nationwide online as part of a monthly subscription service. Originally slated for May 2020, the opening of The Playhouse was delayed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, Boveé began to make and sell the Play-Doh kits by setting up an online store as well as at local pop-ups and the Brentwood Farmers Market. Once “the time felt right” to Boveé, The Playhouse officially opened its doors in August 2021 and attracted the community as both a party venue and a place for open play sessions. “The most rewarding part of the business is seeing the moment the parent walks into the play space and takes a sigh of relief,” Boveé said. “Seeing that moment of relaxation [from parents] while sipping a cup of free coffee. Parents that come here usually make friends as quickly as their children do. It’s really sweet to see two moms exchange numbers after attending a play session.” More information on booking play sessions and party reservations, as well signing up for Play-Doh subscriptions and more, can be found at www.theplayhousebrentwood.com.


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Health club welcomes in the new year with new classes DAWNMARIE FEHR


elta Valley Health Club (DVHC) has been in Brentwood since 2002,

and to celebrate the new year, the fitness center just released a new group exercise schedule for 2022. Andy August, the club’s fitness director, said it features more than 50 group classes each week. “We listened to our members and added more yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and spin classes to our already awesome class line-up,” August said. “We also started an eight-week fitness challenge in our popular MX4 program.” August has been at Delta Valley for 13 years, working as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and coach for the club’s MX4 classes – small group training focused on individual fitness progression. “The MX4 program incorporates ON THE COVER: Delta Valley Health Club trainers, from left, Andy August, Toni Hill, Ty Bell, Lisa Noia, Jennifer Lehrer, Clarice Griffin and Jennifer Johnson (seated), are excited to help clients in the new year.

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Delta Valley Health Club, which opened in 2002 in Brentwood, has a full exercise line-up for its customers in the new year. cardio, power, strength and endurance in a 45-minute workout that is both challenging and beneficial for all fitness levels,” she said. DVHC offers a Pilates studio with instructors for both private and group Pilates reformer classes. For those inter-

ested in a more custom workout, personal trainers are available to fine tune their clients’ fitness journeys. The campus includes a full-size basketball court, indoor rock-climbing wall and an aquatics building with a lap pool and separate pool for swim lessons. August said there is programming

for all ages, from kids to adults. “Our childcare facility offers safe entertainment for kids ages six months and older,” August said. “If your kids want to participate in a fitness program of their own, our Fit Kids classes are just the thing. These hour-and-a-half long classes are designed by a personal trainer specifically to engage kids aged 8-12 in fun and fitness activities.” Since many New Year’s resolutions include a commitment to health and wellness, most gyms see membership go up each January. August said now is a good time to join the club, “because it’s always a good time to join.” August said a big selling point is the country club feel and welcoming environment. “Here at DVHC we are a family,” she said. “It’s a true honor to work with such incredible people and to work for a health club that has served the Brentwood community for almost 20 years. The entire DVHC team is looking forward to a great year ahead of us.” DVHC is located at 120 Guthrie Lane in Brentwood. For more information or to become a member, call 925-240-2990 or visit www.deltavac.com. The club is offering a January promotion. Sign up for a month-to-month membership and get MX4 and Hydromassage free for January or pay your membership in full and receive two months of membership free.

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How does hand washing remove germs?

The CDC notes that soap and water worked into a lather trap removes germs and chemicals from hands. Water is a vital component of hand washing, especially when it’s applied to hands before soap. Water helps develop a better lather than people will get when applying soap to dry hands. That’s important because a good lather forms pockets known as micelles that trap and remove germs from hands.





is not necessary for anyone outside of professional healthcare settings. Studies have found no added health benefit of using antibacterial soap as opposed to plain soap and water. So consumers should not fret if they can’t find any antibacterial hand soap on their next trip to the grocery store.

Should I use warm or cold water?

According to the CDC, when combined with soap, water removes the same amount of germs whether it’s warm or cold. Water’s role in handwashing is to help create a lather, and lathers can be created with hot or cold water.

Why is it important When should I wash to wash hands for 20 my hands? Hands should be washed any time seconds? they are visibly dirty or greasy. The CDC Prior to the pandemic, many people likely had no idea that proper handwashing calls for washing hands for 20 seconds. So why so long? The CDC notes that studies have found that hands need to be scrubbed for 20 seconds in order to remove harmful germs. Washing for anything less than 20 seconds runs the risk of leaving germs on your hands.

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