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The Top Seven Mental Benefits of Sports You already know that sports are beneficial for your physical health. But there is more good news - sport participation can positively affect your mental health. Improve your mood - Want a burst of happiness and relaxation? Get involved in a physical activity. Whether you are playing sports, working out at a gym, or taking a brisk walk, physical activity triggers brain chemicals that make you feel happier and more relaxed. Team sports in particular provide a chance to unwind and engage in a satisfying challenge that improves your fitness. They also provide social benefits by allowing you to connect with teammates and friends in a recreational setting. Concentration - Regular physical activity helps keep your key mental skills sharp as you age. This includes critical thinking, learning, and using good judgment. Doing a mix of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities is especially helpful. Participating in this kind of activity three to five times a week for at least 30 minutes can provide these mental health benefits. Source:

Reduce Stress - When you are physically active, your mind is distracted from daily stressors. This can help you avoid getting bogged down by negative thoughts. Exercise reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body. At the same time, it stimulates production of endorphins. These are natural mood lifters that can keep stress and depression at bay. Endorphins may even leave you feeling more relaxed and optimistic after a hard workout. Sleep - Sports and other forms of physical activity improve the quality of sleep. They do this by helping you fall asleep faster and deepening your sleep. Sleeping better can improve your mental outlook the next day, as well as improve your mood. Healthy Weight - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend sports participation as a healthy way to maintain weight. Individual sports, such as running, cycling, and weight lifting are all particularly effective ways to burn calories and or build muscle. Staying within a recommended weight range reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.

Confidence - Sports provide you with a sense of mastery and control, which often leads to a feeling of pride and self-confidence. The regular exercise that comes with playing sports can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. As your strength, skills and stamina increase through playing sports, your self-image will improve as well. With the renewed vigor and energy that comes from physical activity, you may be more likely to succeed in tasks off the playing field as well as on it. Leadership - Team sports such as soccer, baseball and basketball are breeding grounds for leadership traits. Because of the opportunity to train, try, win or lose together, people involved in sports are naturally more inclined to adopt a “team mindset” in the workplace and in social situations. The team mindset leads to strong leadership qualities over time. Speak to your doctor before beginning any sports activity. Make sure that your heart is healthy enough for strenuous exercise. There is no shortage of reasons to find a sport to get involved in. Pick one and get moving!

Update: What’s in a Name? Is this program for me? Walk with Ease (WWE) is a program implemented by the Active Lifestyles Program utilizing a training grant provided by the National Recreation & Park Association specifically for individuals with Arthritis. The first six-week sessions taught by certified instructors were a great success. There were forty-seven individuals that attended the classes throughout Newport News. Individuals completing the class stated increase in stamina, weight loss, pain reduction, increase in walking duration and speed and more understanding of body mechanics. One individual increased her endurance and laps from one lap during the first week of class to eleven laps during the last week of class. This program has shown that social exercising is a successful option for maintaining fitness routines. The class utilizes a five step process: Warm-up, Pre-Walk Stretching, Walking, Cool Down, and Post-Walk Stretching. Fall sessions begin the week of September 11 and November 6: • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, MWF, 7-8 am; • Doris Miller Community Center, MWTH, 10:30-11:30 am; • Courthouse Way Community Center, MWF, 2-3 pm. Participants continue to walk between sessions and venture to other locations. Instructor Angelia Edwards is planning on taking recent graduates with her to walk in the One City

Marathon in March 2018. For more information, call 5914853. Registration is FREE but required. (Student Walk With Ease handbook provided.) The Active Living Every Day (ALED) kicked off its first session during the spring at Pinecroft Apartments for residents and neighbors. Participants were given basic steps on how to increase their activity level throughout the day. Certified instructors, Barbara Coleman and Tracey Ferguson, teamed up to provide the twelve-week course once a week. They shared a wealth of knowledge and exercise routines for the group. “It is a great program and I am privileged to have the opportunity to implement this program and promote active lifestyles. It has been a challenge to encourage participants to change a lifetime of sedentary habits but I will continue to do so even if it is one person at a time,” stated instructor, Tracey Ferguson. Fall sessions are FREE and begin Friday, October 13. For more information, call 926-1483. Registration is required. Support for Walk with Ease was provided in part by Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Newport News.

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arold Wood will do anything Fascinating Islands Around the World If you have ever dreamed of visiting just one of the many island around the world, you will not want to miss Geoffrey & Dr. Martha Tennille’s presentation of their favorite 20+ islands of the more than seventy that they have set foot on. Some you may have heard of; Greenland, Iceland, Tahiti, and some you may not; Yap, Corregidor and Faroe Islands. Included in this presentation will be islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. Attendees will receive items to take home and have the opportunity to ask questions. Tuesday, October 24, 2017 2:00P Brittingham-Midtown Community Center Free with Reservation. Call 591-4853

for a laugh... well almost anything! He will amaze you with his award winning illusions and tickle your fancy with his wit and charm! How? Because Harold is one Family Friendly, Funny, Entertaining Entertainer!


has been a full time magician in Virginia for over 35 years. He will be performaing some of his favorite close-up magic routines; entertaining and mesmerizing you in the process.

his event is sponsored by the Kolonial Klowns of Williamsburg

and is FREE and open to the public. You don’t want to miss this chance to see Harold live, up close and personal!

Thursday, September 14, 2017 Denbigh Community Center 6:30 - 8:00pm FREE with reservations Call 812-7900

Don’t Miss These Events!

Ignite Your Passion !

Peninsula Dance Party Saturday, August 12 & Friday, September 8, 2017 6:30 - 10:00P FREE with Reservations Denbigh Community Center Call 812-7905

Pool Party & Fashion Show Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11A - 2P $8pp* Doris Miller Community Center Call 247-8603

Savor the Flavor of Fashion Annual Fashion Show presented by the Fashion Elegantés Modeling Club Friday, September 15, 2017 4 - 7 pm, $10pp* Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (No tickets sold at the door) Call Angelia 591-4853 th

9 Annual Lifelong Citizenship Awards Ceremony Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:00A (By Invitation Only) Brittingham-Midtown Community Center Call 926-1465 *For all events requiring a purchased ticket - please be aware that tickets are non-refundable.

September 25-29, 2017 ~ Celebrate at each Center Monday: Billiards & Card Tournament (HSC) ~ 11A - 4P Tuesday: (two events) • International Restaurant Tour (DCC) ~ 10:30A • Line Dance Party (CWCC) ~ 10A -1P Wednesday: Mah Jong Tournament (NNN) ~ 11A Thursday: Make It & Take It Craft (DMCC) ~ 1P Friday: Fun & Fit (BMCC) ~ 7A - 12P Pre-Registration is required. Contact center directly.

Fall Fish Fry Friday, October 13, 2017 11A - 2P $10pp* (Advance Sales Only) North Newport News Community Center Call Carla, 591-4850

Pickleball Clinic Thursday, November 9, 2017 10 - 11:30A, $5 pp* (Pre-registration required) Brittingham-Midtown Community Center Call Amy, 591-4853

Yuletide Greetings Program Knights of Columbus Hall (13451 Nettles Dr.) Wednesday, December 13, 2017 11A - 2P FREE - Pre-Registration Required Call Centers Directly

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September 2017 National Senior Center Month

SENIOR COORDINATOR Angelia Edwards - 591-4853

Masters in Aging!

COORDINATOR Barbara Hutchko - 926-1465

The Active Lifestyles Program is honored to serve the community and provide programs for active living. This issue highlights activities to engage any skill level and interest. In honor of National Senior Center Month, we are joining senior centers across the country to celebrate the ways we “Empower, Engage, Enlighten and Enrich” the lives of our participants while promoting positive aging experiences; focusing on the theme: “Masters in Aging!”


Beverly McGowan, Ann Jordan & Janice Miller E-mail: Website: Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism website:

PARKS, RECREATION & TOURISM’S ADMINISTRATION Michael D. Poplawski - Director Tammy Jordan - Assistant Director - Recreation Sean Clark - Superintendent of Recreation Programs Fountain Plaza Two, 700 Town Center Dr., Suite 320 Newport News, VA 23606 926-1400 / Fax 926-1460

Please join us for an array of daily activities, trips and upcoming events. We love newcomers and old friends alike. We are ready to point you in the right direction to find the activity that fits your interests so you will have the most beneficial experiences. If you are unsure of which program to begin, you are welcome to observe an event. Join us during the week of September 25-29 for a week of active aging as we join the International Council on Active Aging to “Ignite Your Passion” to lead a purposeful life. We are also excited to have new faces working with Active Lifestyles to expand programs and services. Sports and adventure will be the focus for the coming months. Thank you again for allowing us to bring life to your years. Please tell your friends about our programs. We thrive on engaging our 50+ citizens to lead more active and prosperous lifestyles.

For Telecommunication Assistance use: VA Relay 7-1-1 For instructions go to Supervisor ervisor - Active Lifestyles Pro Program ro og


Meets to address major issues, to assist staff with program planning and improvement projects, and to enhance public awareness, while promoting a positive image of aging. The citizens on the Committee share a concern for others and provide a means by which participants can address issues pertinent to services provided by Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Committee members are: • Iris Allen-Brunson (DCC • Carol Hollingsworth (DCC) • Catherine Askew (BMCC) • Eric Jackson (HSC) • Estella Brown, 2017 Chair • Donald Livingston (DCC, DAV) • Bessie Burke (DMCC) • Mary Mills (DCC) • Eva Forehand (BMCC) • Sonja Mitchell (VA Coop Ext.) • Delores Griffith (BMCC) • Clarice Moody (DCC) • Mabel Guthrie BMCC) • Kristina Warren (Food Bank of VA Pen) • Patricia Haley (DCC) • Vera Willis (DCC) • Alberta Hatcher (NNN) To better serve its participants, the Active Lifestyles Program maintains membership in, and the support of, local and national organizations.

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Page 10.....DCC - Denbigh Community Center 15198 Warwick Blvd. NN, VA 23608 Ph. 812-7900

Active Lifestyles Advisory Committee. (BMCC) Mondays - 9:30A • September 11 & November 13

Page 11.....BMCC - Brittingham-Midtown Comm Center 570 McLawhorne Drive NN, VA 23601 Ph. 591-4853

Alcoholics Anonymous (HSC) Wednesdays - 7:00P • August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 • September 6, 13, 20 & 27 • October 4, 11, 18 & 25 • November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 28 • December 6, 13, 20 & 27

Page 12.....CWCC - Courthouse Way Comm. Center 14302 Old Courthouse Way NN, VA 23608 Ph. 886-7929 Page 13.....DMCC - Doris Miller Community Center 2814 Wickham Avenue NN, VA 23607 Ph. 247-8622 Page 14.....NNN - North Newport News Comm. Center 605 South Avenue NN, VA 23601 Ph. 591-4850 Page 15.....HSC - Hilton Senior Center 605 Hilton Blvd. NN, VA 23605 Ph. 247-2451 or 247-2453



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Mental Benefits of Sports WWE & ALED Updates Up-and-Coming Events Fascinating Islands Around the World Magic & More Contacts Community Centers & Meetings Trips & Travel Classes, AARP Driving Classes, Fitness & Sports Casino Trips Program Highlights

Cover Photos Courtesy of: Newport News Tourism Office & Active Lifestyles Program

Adding Life to Your Years!

Carver Alumni Association (NNN) Tuesdays - 6:00P • August 8, September 5, October 3 & November 7 Daily Press Retirees Board (NNN) Thursdays - 5:30P • August 17, September 21, October 19 & November 16 Fashion Elegantés (BMCC) Tuesdays - 1:30P • September 5, October 3 & November 7 Hampton Roads Doll Club (HSC) Wednesdays - 11:00A • August 23, September 27, October 25, November 22 & December 27 NAACP Membership (NNN) Thursdays - 7:00P • August 10, September 7, October 12 & November 9 Narcotics Anonymous (NNN) Fridays - 7:00P • August 4, 11, 18 & 25 • September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 • October 6, 13, 20 & 27 • November 3, 10, 17 & 24 NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) (BMCC) Mondays - 10:00A • September 11, October 9 & November 13 North NN Civic League (NNN) Mondays - 7:00P • August 7, October 2 & November 6

All Senior and Community Centers’ Active Lifestyles Program will be closed on the following dates. Monday, September 4, 2017 - Labor Day Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24, 2017 - Thanksgiving Inclement Weather Policy: All Active Lifestyles programs, classes and senior centers will be closed when City Offices are closed or delayed. In addition, the Active Lifestyles Program will be closed when all Parks, Recreation & Tourism programs are closed. Please call 926-1400 or 926-1446 for program-specific closings and updates.

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Featured Trip Memphis, TN & Tunica, MS

Memphis’ first settlers were Native Americans who were drawn to the area’s bluffs overlooking the river. By building their settlements on the Fourth Chickasaw Bluff, it protected them from flooding, and the mighty river allowed them easy transportation access. Explorer Hernando DeSoto and his army were the first Europeans to see the lower half of the river. They set up camp near the site of Memphis and claimed the land for Spain. During the next 200 years, the city would be claimed by the French and the English. In 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state admitted to the Union, but the city of Memphis didn’t come into existence until more than 20 years later. In 1818, the Chickasaw Indians sold the land to the U.S. government and three Tennesseans decided to incorporate a new town.

Memphis, TN and Tunica, MS October 15 - 21, 2017 Early fall is a great time to head South where the temperature is still warm without being hot. Memphis is our desitination and the city offers an abundance of activities to keep you entertained. On this trip you will tour the famous Beal Street - home of the Blues, fine restaurants and great music. You will spend your nights in Tunica, Mississippi; giving you guided day trips to Memphis that include the National Civil Rights Museum, and more. You will return to Tunica where you can enjoy the evening fun at a Tunica Casino, spend time. shopping, or relax with friends.

$648 per person (payment plan available) Contact Carolyn at 812-7909 There is a pyamid in Memphis! Inside the structure is the world’s tallest free-standing elevator that you can ride to the 32nd floor where you can enjoy lunch and view the aquarium. Photo Policy: During Active Lifestyles classes, trips, daily programs and special events, you may be filmed or photographed on behalf of the Active Lifestyles Program. Your participation serves as permission for use of your image.

Future President Andrew Jackson, along with John Overton and James Winchester, saw the financial possibilities of having a city on the bluffs, and called the place Memphis, which translates roughly into “place of good abode.” In the 1840s, the city began to boom, thanks mainly to the “white gold,” or “King Cotton,” that was growing in nearby farmlands. By 1850, Memphis was the largest inland cotton market in the world, an industry that relied on slavery. The city’s location and its reliance on slave labor would prove to be a volatile mix in the near future. Memphians were firmly entrenched on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War. In 1862 the Battle of Memphis took place – a 90-minute fight between the Confederate gunboats and the Union Naval forces – and the Confederate flag flying over the city was taken down and replaced with a United States flag. Memphis rebounded quickly from the war, as many merchants realized that the Yankee money was actually worth more to them than Confederate money. Memphis’ prime location along the Mississippi River was one of the reasons for its early success, but it also contributed to the city’s first failure. The city didn’t enjoy the sanitary conditions that it does today and much of the area was prone to flooding, which led to the breeding of mosquitoes. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1873, 5,000 cases of “yellow jack” were reported, and more than 2,000 deaths. At the start of the summer, the city’s population was 40,000 citizens, and 25,000 left before the quarantine. Five years later, the epidemic returned and nearly wiped out the entire city. Those who were able fled the city, leaving behind a catastrophic economic situation that forced the city into bankruptcy. Meanwhile, a wealthy black businessman named Robert Church, Sr. began buying up land around town, primarily on Beale Street. He built Church Park and Auditorium as a place specifically for blacks and helped make Beale Street an integral part of daily life for the city’s African Americans. His son, Robert Church, Jr., began the NAACP here in 1917, and Solvent Savings Bank, which became the largest black-owned bank in the world by 1921. The park named in his honor is still on Beale Street. Source:

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Mid-Week Retreat The Trifecta of trips! May 2 - 4, 2018

Urbanna Oyster Festival Friday November 3, 2017 $15pp transportation (Food and incidentals on your own) Call Carolyn at 812-7909

Graves Mountain Apple Harvest Festival Saturday October 7, 2017 $57pp transportation (Food and incidentals on your own) Call Carolyn at 812-7909

Lancaster Sight & Sound Theater • • • • •

September 7 & 8, 2018 Two days and one night Three meals Three-hour guided Amish tour Reserved seating for the production of Jesus Lunch & shopping at Rockville Mall (on your own) Price to be determined. For details, call Lucy at 247-2451

Making a cash or check payment for any trip is as easy as stopping at any center. For Credit Card payments you can call Carolyn or Lucy from the convenience of your home or visit ActiveNet to register online Reminder - A convenience fee is applied in ActiveNet. Payment & Refund Policies: We accept cash, checks or money orders (payable to City of Newport News), and charge cards for trips and activities. Identification is required when making a payment in person with a personal check. Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism offers the ActiveNet system that makes registering for trips easy and convenient. Go to and create your personal account that will allow you to register for trips online and from the comfort of your own home. A valid e-mail address is required. Be aware that ActiveNet assesses a convenience fee for this online service. Trip Policy: Registration is on a first-come/first-served basis. Travel Insurance for all overnight trips is recommended and available through the bus/tour company. A trip will be canceled if minimum reservations are not reached by deadline date established by the travel company and/or the Active Lifestyles Program.

This Trifecta includes stops at Harrington Raceway & Casino and Ocean Downs Casino. Spend your nights in deluxe lodging at Dover Downs. • Exclusive Motor Coach Transportation • 2 Nights Lodging • Two Breakfast Buffets • Total of $110 in Bonuses $271.00 ($50 non-refundable deposit) Contact Lucy for details and registration

For more Casino Trips see page 15.

International Restaurant Tour Make Tuesdays about food and fun! Enjoy lunch at local restaurants that feature food with flavor and flair! • • • • •

August 29 - Mango Mangeaux September 26 - Abuelo’s Mex. Restaurant October 31 - Kebob House November 30 (Thursday) - Pho 83 December 19 - Yannas’ Taverna 10:30am departure $6 pp for transportation Lunch & incidentals on your own.

Call Carolyn at 812-7909

Barn Dinner Theater A live theatrical production of “Black Nativity” Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trip Refunds: Refunds will only be given with a written request prior to the trip’s cancelation deadline date. There will be a 10% processing fee; based on the total cost of the trip, for all refunds.

$121 per person includes transportation, luncheon buffet and performance.

Special Events Policy: No refunds will be given unless the event is canceled.

This trip is currently SOLD OUT!

Register Early! If a trip has “Sold Out” request to be placed on the waiting list. You will be notified if there is a cancelation.

Accepting “Waiting List” names at this time. Call Lucy at 247-2451

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Active Lifestyles Instructional Classes - Fall 2017 Registration for Fall 2017 Classes begins September 4, both on-line or in person. Most Fall classes begin the week of October 9, 2017 and conclude December 8, 2017. Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism offers the ActiveNet system that makes registering for classes easy and convenient. Go to and create your personal account that will allow you to register for classes online and from the comfort of your own home. A valid e-mail address is required. Be aware that ActiveNet assesses a convenience fee for this online service. Winter 2018 classes begin January 8, 2018 with registration beginning December 4, 2017. Call 926-1400 for assistance. Stay Active; Join an Activie Lifestyles Class Feeling Bored - Take an Active Lifestyles art class and discover your many hidden talents. For any class that requires being physically active, students should first seek the advice of their doctor.


• Drawing - Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Levels (Fri) • Realistic Drawing & Sketching - (Wed) • Water Media - (Wed) • Advanced Oil Painting - (Thur) • Oil & Acylic Painting - (Tues) • Oil Painting & Other Mediums - (Wed) • Ceramics - Beg & Adv (Wed) Classes range from 1.5 to 5 hours. Tuition ranges from $45 - $80 per class.


• Line Dance - Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Levels (Mon, Tues & Wed) • Tap Dance - Beginning & Advanced Levels (Fri) • Belly Dance for Seniors (Tues) Classes range from 1 - 1.25 hours. Tuition ranges from $35 - $40 per eight-week class.


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Yoga - Beginner & Advanced (Mon, Tues & Thur) Tai Chi - Level I & Level II (Tues & Thur) Essentrics: Aging Backwards - All Levels (Mon & Wed) Movin’’ On - All Levels (Mon, Wed & Fri) Classes range from 45 to 75 minutes. Tuition ranges from $35 - $80 per class.

COMPUTER CLASSES • Courthouse Way Comm Center (Mon, Tues & Fri) • Doris Miller Comm Center (Wed) Pre-Registration required for all classes. Call 926-1400

Class Information For a list of classes with complete descriptions go to Class information can also be found at Click on the Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 Magazine, then select Active Lifestyles (pages 10 & 11). Instructional Class Policy: See Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism Magazine or go to for refund details.

Dancing is Fun... for the Body and the Brain Frequent Dancing makes us Smarter! er!! The 21-year study of senior citizens,, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New w York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study suggests: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. There can be cardiovascular benefits, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: The only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia, bicycling & swimming - 0%, doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%, playing golf - 0%, dancing frequently - 76% reduction. That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical. Participation in mentally engaging activities lowers the risk of dementia by improving these neural qualities. Dancing integrates several brain functions at once – kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional – further increasing your neural connectivity. Do all kinds of dancing lead to increased metal acuity? No, not all forms of dancing will produce the same benefit, especially if they only work on style, or merely retrace the same memorized paths. Making as many splitsecond decisions as possible is the key to maintaining our cognitive abilities. Remember: intelligence is what we use when we don’t already know what to do. When it comes to preserving (and improving) our mental acuity some forms of dancing are significantly better than others. Those forms of dancing with the most use of full intelligence are those that require “a Lead and a Follow”. The more decision-making we can bring into our dancing, the better. Those who fully utilize their intelligence in dancing, at all levels, love the way it feels. Both leading and following benefit from a highly active attention to possibilities. That’s the most succinct definition for intelligent dancing: a highly active attention to possibilities. If you can’t take classes or go out dancing four times a week, then dance as much as you can. More is better! Source: New England Journal of Medicine

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50+ Competitive Play

Competitive and recreational opportunites available for serious competitors and leisurely athletes. Call 591-4853 or 812-7905.

OPEN RECREATION All levels welcome at Denbigh Community Center.

PICKLEBALL Tuesdays & Fridays (9AM - 12 NOON) - BMCC Thursdays & Fridays (1 - 3PM) - DCC Wednesdays (2 - 3:30PM) - DMCC. Score points for prizes!!

50+ CO-ED CORN HOLE Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:00PM - DCC


9:00 - 10:00AM - BMCC

Boot Camp for Seniors Use a variety of interval stations to help you reach your fitness goals and get set to enjoy life to the fullest! - All Levels Monday, Wednesday & Friday* 8:00 - 9:00A (BMCC) FREE class Call 591-4853 to register. * Call to confirm schedule

AARP Defensive Driving Courses

$15 for AARP Member and $20 for Non-AARP Member. NO MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE AT CLASSES! (Fee made payable to AARP) Time: 9:00  A -1:00  P (All locations & dates unless noted)

Hilton Senior Center, Ph 247-2451 (reservations required) ed)) • October 11 & 12, 2017 - Wednesday & Thursday • January 10 & 11, 2018 - Wednesdy & Thursday • March 14 & 15, 2018 - Wednesday & Thursday Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, Ph 591-4853 53 • August 8 & 10, 2017 - Tuesday & Thursday • October 10 & 12, 2017 - Tuesday & Thursday • February 6 & 8, 2018 - Tuesday & Thursday Denbigh Community Center, Ph 812-7909 • October 24 & 25, 2017 - Tuesday & Wednesday Doris Miller Community Center, Ph 247-8622 • August 23 & 30, 2017 - Wednesday - 10:00A- 2:00PM* *Note time difference.

This is a refresher course for all registered drivers. Thee is no minimum age requirement to take this two-day course. To register, call the Center directly. Visit:

Staying Fit & Healthy at Any Age! Sports are a great way to keep us young, fit and healthy. As we age, however, the opportunities for sports diminish. The Active Lifestyles Program would like to provide our ages 50+ community of sports enthusiasts a place to go and play the games they enjoy! The results of a recent survey are being compiled so we can implement new programs. Options include sport-specific clinics, seasonal leagues, tournaments, or play-for-fun days. That said; the Active Lifestyles Program is looking to rev up our Athletic Program! If you want to try something new or get back to playing a sport you grew up playing, learn how to play one you like to watch or one that you may have only played a few times but enjoyed; we’re the program to participate in! An Athletic Focus Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 13, to discuss, and get input on the preferred sports and activities. The meeting will begin at 2:00pm at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center (BMCC) and is open to persons interested in participating in team / individual sports. The Athletic Program will kick off with a Senior Day at Stoney Run on Thursday, October 5. There will be softball, kickball, soccer, music, dancing, hot dogs and FUN! BMCC will provide a Pickleball Clinic on Thursday, November 9, from 10:00-11:30am. The $5 fee will get you tips and pointers on how to better your serve and volley. Active Lifestyles is looking forward to serving the athletic needs of the Active Lifestyles participants! If you are interested in attending the Athletic Focus Group meeting or serving on the committee, please contact Amy Couser at 591-4853. The success of our programs relies on the input of others. Current options for staying active include:

• Year-round Pickleball at Brittingham-Midtown, Denbigh and Doris Miller Community Centers • Year-round Boot Camp at Brittingham-Midtown • Pickleball Clinic – November 9, 2017 • One City Marathon – Start training now for March 2018 • 19th Annual Senior Amateur Golf Classic – May 2018 • Virginia Senior Games – Start training now for May 2018 • Year-round fitness and dance classes

Athletic Focus Group Meeting Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:00P Brittingham-Midtown Community Center For information and to attend, call Amy - 591-4853

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Carolyn McClees (Trips) Recreation Specialist e-mail: 757-812-7909 Barbara Coleman Recreation Specialist e-mail: 757-812-7905 15198 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA 23608 Phone: 812-7900

DAILY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS 9am - 4pm, Monday through Friday

9:00A 10:30A

MONDAY Morning Stretch (Low Impact Exercise) Pinochle Card Game (single & double deck)

8-9A 10:30A

TUESDAY Learn to play Bridge Boredom Busters - Enjoy a variety of self-guided games or bring your own to share.

9:00A 10:30A

WEDNESDAY Morning Stretch (Low Impact Exercise) Pinochle Card Game (single & double deck)

10A-1P 1-3P

THURSDAY Learn to play Bridge Indoor Pickleball & Cornhole

9A 10:30A 1-3P

FRIDAY Morning Stretch (Low Impact Exercise) Bridge Game and Quiddler Card Game Indoor Pickleball & Cornhole & Table Tennis

Bunco Blast! It’s all in the roll of the dice. Move from table to table. Sign up early and enjoy this fast-paced game! Lunch and prizes included.

Mondays: August 21, September 18, October 30 & November 20, 2017 10:30 AM $5 - Lunch Advance Registration Required - 812-7909

LUNCH BOX LEARNING • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10A $5 It starts in the gut! (Part II) - Learn the importance of a happy gut and the foods that help.

• Thursday, November 9, 2017 11A $6 Create a feather angel Christmas ornament Registration required, contact 812-7905

Diabetes Education & Support Program Tuesdays: October 10 - November 14, 2017 1:00 - 3:30pm FREE with registration Six-week class that helps better your understanding of how to manage your diabetes symptoms and the importance of working with your healthcare provider. Regisgter at 812-7909 or 933-2606

Optimal Health Program SPECIAL DATES 7 - Mon 10A

AUGUST 2017 Eye Disease and What You Can Do to Prevent It

SEPTEMBER 2017 11 - Mon 10A Aromatherapy with Gigi Fykes 20 - Wed 10A -12P Grandparents Have Fun Also! • Cornhole & Vollleyball • Talent Show • Flu Shots • Senior Self Defense (10:15A)

Join us on the last Friday of each month at 1:00 PM with Kateryna Bilanovych, MD August 25, 2017 - Good Fats & Bad Fats & Why? September 29, 2017 - Stress October 27, 2017 - Aging • Explore energy and nutritional needs. • Discover overall health approaches, physical activities and positive aging techniques. FREE Advance Registration Required - 812-7905

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August 2017 4 - Fri 10:30A 7 - Mon 1-2P 9 - Thu 10-11A 11 - Fri 10-11A

Rubber Stamping Club Afternoon Tea & Brain Trivia (free): National Peach Month: Sample a Healthy Peach Smoothie, $2pp Mind, Body & Spirit Series: Music & Adult Coloring (free)

September 2017 7 - Thu 2P 8 - Fri 10:30A 15 - Fri 4-7P 29 - Fri 10A

Mind, Body & Spirit Series: Thirty minutes of Relaxing Meditation while listening to music Rubber Stamping Club Fashion Show “Savor the Flavor of Fashion” $10pp Active Aging Week at BMCC Fun & Fit” (free)

Angelia Edwards Senior Coordinator e-mail: Amy Couser Recreation Specialist e-mail: 570 McLawhorne Drive Newport News, VA 23601 Phone: 757-591-4853 Fax: 757-591-4568

October 2017 2 - Mon 10-11A National Spinach Lovers Month: Sample a Healthy Spinach Smoothie, $2pp 6 - Fri 10:30A Rubber Stamping Club 12 - Thu 2P Mind, Body & Spirit Series: Thirty minutes of Relaxing Meditation while listening to music (free) 13 - Fri 11A Fall Fish Fry is Back! Held at North Newport News, $10 24 - Tue 10-11A Financial Seminar: “Outsmart the Scammers” Pre-register by Oct 17 27 - Fri 10A Bingo Blast - Bring 3 $1 prizes

November 2017 3 - Fri 10:30A 9 - Thu 10-11A

Rubber Stamping Club National Pomegranate Month: Sample a Healthy Pomegranate Smoothie, $2pp 14 - Tue 10-11A Financial Seminar “Standing Guard: Protect What You Have Worked For” Pre-register by November 7 16 - Thu 2P Mind, Body & Spirit Series: Thirty minutes of Relaxing Meditation while listening to music (free) 17 - Fri 10A Bingo Blast - Bring 3 $1 prizes

Ignite Your Passion!

Fun & Fit Day • 7:00A - Walk With Ease

• 8:00A - Boot Camp • 9:00A - Pickleball • 10:00A - Bingo Blast Friday, September 29

Beverages & Snacks FREE with Registration Call 591-4853

DAILY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS 7am - 4pm Monday through Friday MONDAY Walk With Ease* 7:00 - 8:00A Indoor/Outdoor Track Walking Club 7:00 - 8:00A Boot Camp for Seniors 8:00 - 9:00A Bridge (advance level) 10:30A TUESDAY Indoor/Outdoor Track Walking Club 7:00 - 8:00A Indoor Pickleball* 9:00A - 12:00P Morning Chat (Coffee & Social Hour) 9:00 - 10:00A WEDNESDAY Walk With Ease* 7:00 - 8:00A Indoor/Outdoor Track Walking Club 7:00 - 8:00A Boot Camp for Seniors 8:00 - 9:00A Brain Trivia & Board Games 9:00 - 10:00A Pinochle (double deck) 9:00A - 2:00P THURSDAY Indoor/Outdoor Track Walking Club 7:00 - 8:00A Brain Trivia Games 9:00A - 10:00A FRIDAY Walk With Ease* 7:00 - 8:00A Indoor/Outdoor Track Walking Club 7:00 - 8:00A Boot Camp for Seniors* 8:00 - 9:00A Indoor Pickleball* 9:00A - 12:00P * Call to confirm schedule

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Active Lifestyles Program

DENBIGH CRAFT & KNITTING CLUB Monday & Thursday 10:00A - 12:00P Call 812-7909 or 926-1446 for more information


COMPUTER CLASSES. Instruction is free. Mondays: 12:30 P / 1:30P & Fridays: 1P / 2P / 3P Pre-registration is required. Call 926-1400

Tanika Houston Active Lifestyles Center Supervisor e-mail: 14302 Old Courthouse Way Newport News, VA 23608 Phone: 757-886-7929 Fax: 886-2707

TECHNOLOGY TUESDAYS Be smarter than your smart phone 2:00 - 3:00PM Learn to use your smart phone for email & social media. BEGINNER BASICS COMPUTER CLASS Tuesdays, Beginning October 9, 2017 1:00 - 2:00PM Instruction is free. Pre-registration is required Call 926-1400

SPECIAL DATES S AUGUST 2017 Afternoon Tea Social

10 - Thu 2-4P

BEGINNER BEADING CLASS Thursdays, Beginning August 3, 2017 1:00 - 2:00PM $5pp

SEPTEMBER 2017 Sept 8 - Oct 13 - Fri 2P Wilbur Investments presents: Personal Finance for Mature Adults (Must Pre-Register by September 1)

14 - Thu 2-4P

Afternoon Tea Social

10 - Tue 10A 12 - Thu 2-4P 31 - Tue 11A-2P

OCTOBER 2017 Fire Prevention Week - Fire Safety! Afternoon Tea Social Fall Harvest Masquerade, $8pp

9 - Thu 2-4P

NOVEMBER 2017 Afternoon Tea Social

SUMMER SESSION is OPEN Monday, Wednesday & Friday 2:00 - 3:00P FREE! Call Tanika at 886-7929 Heart Health Quiz ANSWERS You took the quiz, now see how well you did.

5 - Tue 11A-2P 14 - Thu 2-4P

DECEMBER 2017 Winter Dazzle Decorating & Lighting Afternoon Tea Social

Ignite Your Passion!

Line Dance Party Tuesday September 26, 2017 10A - 1pm FREE with Pre-Registration Hats not required!

Call Tanika at 886-7929

1. 2.

True - The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body. True - Hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes increase


False - A heart attack begins slowly: a feeling of pressure or

the risk of heart disease. discomfort in the chest, arms, neck, or back, a shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and lack of energy. 4. True - “Better safe than sorry” 5. False - Women are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than from breast cancer. 6. True - Smoking is one of the top risk factors for heart disease. Exposure to secondhand smoke may raise your risk by 30%. 7. False - It is not all in the genes! Quit smoking, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol level, and increase physical activity. 8. True - Lowering your cholesterol through diet and lifestyle changes can cut your risk. 9. False - Inactivity can lead to a downward spiral of decline. 10. True - Preventing another heart attack will include a cardiac rehabilitation program. 11. True - Find the low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-sodium items on the menu. Go for baked or broiled and skip dessert. 12. True - Stressful emotions can raise your blood pressure, causing your heart to work harder.

August, September, October & November, 2017

Active Lifestyles Program

DAILY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS 10am - 4pm Monday through Thursday

WEDNESDAY 10:00A Morning Walk 1:00P Computer Basics Beginner (Sept 6-Oct 25) (pre-registration required) 2:00P Pickleball/Baskeball/Cornhole in Gym THURSDAY 10:00A Morning Walk/Cognitive Health Activities 10 - 11A Belly Dance for Seniors (pre-registration required) 10:30A Games & Crafts


MONDAY 10:00A Morning Walk 10:30A Games & Crafts/Adult Coloring/Special Groups 1:00P Social Time & Table Games TUESDAY Open Recreation

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Carla Veney Recreation Specialist e-mail:

Walk With Ease SUMMER SESSION is ongoing. FREE!

Shacanna Garcia Program Facilitator e-mail:

11:00A - 12:00P Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Donzella Knight Program Facilitator e-mail:

Call Carla at 247-8603 Ann Jordan Program Facilitator email: 2814 Wickham Ave. Newport News, VA 23607 Phone: 247-8622 ext. 308 Fax: 247-8728

Nutrition Education Need guidance in eating right? Join us on the following Thursdays: • September 28 • November 30

• October 26 • December 14


11A - 12P FREE Sponsored by: VA Cooperative Extension Program

Chronic Diseases & How to Manage Them October 5 - November 9, 2017 1 - 2:30pm Presented by Alisha Anthony Virginia Department of Health & Peninsula Health Workers Network

16 - Wed 11A

AUGUST 2017 Pool Party & Fashion Show

SEPTEMBER 2017 11 - Mon 10:30A Sunshine Reflection Group

Bring your concerns and questions to this six-week class and learn how to manage your symptoms. Call 247-8622 to register

Ignite Your Passion! Make It & Take It Craft Party Use your recycling skills to create something fun!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 1 - 3pm Congratulations to Lucy Vann and Carla Veney upon their graduation from Pathways to Learning. L to R: Lucy Vann, Sean Clark (Superintendent), Tammy Jordan (Asst. Director), and Carla Veney.


All materials provided Reservations required. Call Donzella at 247-8622

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Carla Veney - Recreation Specialist e-mail: Ann Jordan - Program Facilitator e-mail: Shawn Jackson - Program Facilitator 605 South Avenue Newport News, VA 23601 Phone: 591-4850 or 591-4851 Fax: 591-4901

Celebrating a Special Occassion? North Newport News Community Center (NNN) and Hilton Senior Center (HSC) are available for weekend rentals as well as limited weekday rentals to celebrate those special events. Contact Carla at 591-4850. HSC


Resident Rate - 3 hours minimum

Rental Rates

$75 per hr.

$65 per hr.

Non-Resident Rate - 3 hour minimum

$100 per hr.

$80 per hr.

Resident Sunday Rental - 3 hour minimum

$95 per hr.

$95 per hr.

Non-Resident Sunday Rental - 3 hour minimum

$125 per hr.

$125 per hr.

$25 each item

$25 each item

Equipment: Pool table, TV/VCR (HSC), TV/Piano (NNN)

DAILY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS Closed - Monday 10am - 5pm Tuesday through Friday Tuesday 10:00A - 5:00P Pinochle Card Players 10:00A - 5:00P Domino Players Wednesday 12:00P - 5:00P Pinochle Card Players 12:00P - 5:00P Domino Players 10:00A - 5:00P 2:30P - 4:30P

Thursday Open Sewing & Crafts Bingo/Pokeno (2nd Thursday of Month)

Friday 10:00A - 3:00P Mahjong 12:30P - 5:00P Pinochle Card Players

Ignite Your Passion !

Mah Jong Tournament Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11:00A - 3:00P Light Refreshments & Prizes Free with Registration Call Carla 591-4850

LIKE TO PLAY POKENO AND BINGO? 2nd Thursday of the month. Bring three $1 gifts. Call Carla to sign up!

How much do you know about taking care of your heart? Take the Quiz and answer True (T) or False (F). 1. The heart is a muscle. ___ 2. Many diseases & conditions can contribute to the risk of heart disease. ___ 3. A heart attack always begins with sharp chest pain. ___ 4. The best thing to do if you experience heart attack symptoms is to call 911 right away. ___ 5. Women need to worry more about breast cancer than heart disease. ___ 6. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your heart. ___ 7. If you have a family history of heart disease, you have exactly the same risk yourself. ___ 8. High blood cholesterol is one of the top risk factors for heart attack. ___ 9. As we grow older it is best to rest as much as possible. ___ 10. Even a person who has suffered a heart attack should exercise. ___ 11. It is possible to eat a “heart smart� diet even if you dine out often. ___ 12. Emotional stress & anxiety can worsen a heart condition. ___ Take the American Heart Association quiz and check your answers on page 12.

August, September, October & November, 2017

Active Lifestyles Program

Travel with Lucy to some of your favorite casinos that are a few hours from Newport News. Leave the driving to us as you relax in the comfort of the motor coach.

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MGM Grand

Lucy Vann - Center Supervisor email: ph: 757-247-2451

With shopping at Fashion Centre in Pentagon City Saturday, October 14, 2017 $55pp Saturday, October 13, 2018 $55pp

605 Hilton Blvd. Newport News, VA 23605

Two for One Saturdays! $50pp Harrington Raceway & Casino (DE) & Ocean Downs Casino (MD) • • • • •

August 5, 2017 December 30, 2017 February 24, 2018 August 4, 2018 December 29, 2018

Payment in full required one month in advance. 6:00A departure - estimate 10:00P return

DAILY SCHEDULED PROGRAMS 11am - 5pm Monday - Friday Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00A-12:00P Koffee Klatche-Chat: Third Wednesday of the month

11:00A 11:00A 11:00A 11:00A

Upholstery Class (Mondays) (fee) Morning Stroll (treadmill available) Open Table Games, Cards & Billiards Pinochle - Bid Whist - Billiards

10:30A 11:00A 11:00A 12:00P 1:00P

Tuesday Tai Chi (fee) Morning Stroll (treadmill available) Pinochle - Bid Whist - Billiards Mid-Day Line Dance Fun Pokeno

Contact Lucy at 247-2451

May 2-4, 2018 Dover Downs “Midweek Retreat” The Trifecta of Casino trips! See Trips, page 7, for details.

Ignite Your Passion!


Tournament Time!

Friday 11:00A Open Table Games, Cards & Billiards 11:00A Sportsman Player’s Day 11:00A Pinochle - Bid Whist - Billiards Mid-Day Tuesdays Line Dance Fun Casual. Great Exercise. Meet New People. 12:00pm FREE Have a doll collection? Want to learn more about dolls? Join the

Hampton Roads Doll Club

Monday, September 25, 2017 Pinochle, Bid Whist & Billiards 11A - 4P FREE - Light Lunch Included Advance Registration you better call Lucy today! 247-2451

2017 Meeting Dates: Wednesdays 11AM • August 23 • September 27 • October 25 • November 22 • December 27 Hilton Senior Center (HSC) is available for weekend rentals as well as limited weekday rentals to celebrate those special events. Contact Carla at 591-4850. See Page 14 for More Information.

Adding Life to Your Years!





Our thanks to the 2017 Tournament Sponsor


Farmers Market

S d ~F i tF li ht Score A Awards First Flight Players 50 - 59 with their score 1st Place: Danny Hilling & Steve Laxton - (62) 2nd Place: Charles Fleming & Arthur Manley - (67) 3rd Place: Bill Haynes & Jerry Haynes - (67)

Skill Awards ~ Deer Run Course Score Awards ~ Women’s Division 1st Place: Beth Brannan & Carolyn Gaghan - (76) White Tees (Players 50 - 69) Closest to Pin, Hole 16 - Mike Ancel 2nd Place: Susan Nixon & Charo Aquilar - (78) 3rd Place: Nora Lambiotte & Diane Harwood - (79) Longest Drive, Hole 13 - Mark Short

Score Awards ~ Mixed Player’s Division Players 60 - 69 with their score 1st Place: Steve Widden & Kim Pauley - (68) 1st Place: Jeff Fleishman & Steve Griggs - (64) 2nd Place: Jim Osborne & Debra Osborne - (76) 2nd Place: Mike Ancel & Jay Hehn - (64) 3rd Place: Al Riutort & Sharron Kitchen Miller - (79) 3rd Place: Don McMahan & Frank Yarborough - (68) Players 70+ with their score 1st Place: George Skinner & Jim Miskell - (64) 2nd Place: Roy Nickerson & Chuck Wise - (65) 3rd Place: Nelson Betts & Wayne Jackson - (68) Score Awards ~ Second Flight Players 50 - 59 with their score 1st Place: Vic Tanner & Dave Robinson - (71) 2nd Place: Deck Hankins & Pete Paine - (71) 3rd Place: David Jones & Chris Jones - (73) Players 60 - 69 with their score 1st Place: Barry Lowe & Dale Cruz - (73) 2nd Place: Ray Smith & Tim Ballew - (75) 3rd Place: John Stokes & Ben Baxter - (76) Players 70+ with their score 1st Place: Steve Iseley & John MaCrino - (72) 2nd Place: Jeremiah Barry & Rick Barry - (74) 3rd Place: Chris Artis & Willoughby Sharp (75)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 123 players enjoyed a warm and sunny day of golf with friends and acquaintances. Women and mixed teams played on the Cardinal Course; while men played on the Deer Run (Championship) Course. Following the tournament, a full course lunch was served and awards presented. As always, our many thanks to Greg Overton and his staff for another professional tournament.

Green Tees (Players 70+) Closest to Pin, Hole 12 - Roy Nickerson Longest Drive, Hole 10 - George Skinner Green Tees (Women) Closest to Pin, Hole 5 (Deer Run) - Kim Williams Longest Drive, Hole 6 (Deer Run) - Kim Williams Straightest Drive – All Players Straightest Drive, Hole 18 (Tie) Tony Auby & Dean Spangler Skill Awards ~ Cardinal Course White Tees (Players 50 - 69) Closest to Pin, Hole 14 - Steve Widden Longest Drive, Hole 11 - Steve Widden Green Tees (Players 70+) Closest to Pin, Hole 5 - Rick Biege Longest Drive, Hole 12 - Don Felling Green Tees (Women) Closest to Pin, Hole 7 - Jane Squires Longest Drive, Hole 16 - Betty Sprinkle Straightest Drive – All Players Straightest Drive, Hole 16 - Diane Harwood

The Active Lifestyles Program held their first annul Brain Health Fair on April 29 at BMCC. Vendors and “active” demonstrations took place throughout the day. In additional to Humana, vendors included Jen Care, Lemmata Chiropractic, LLC, and Faye LaBelle, Active Lifestyles Art Instructor. Samples of natural juices were offered by Holistic Wellness Solutions. Activities that showcased Active Lifestyles classes included Line Dancing, Essentrics: Aging Backwards, and Tai Chi. A volunteer group of women, led by Active Lifestyles Instructor Barbara White (Right) won Shacanna Garcia, agreed to give Belly Dance a try. a door prize presented by Humana representative, Tashawa Joyner.

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Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism's Active Lifestyles Fall 2017 Newsletter  

Discover all of the classes, programs, trips, and events offered for Fall 2017 by the Active Lifestyles Program in Newport News, VA.

Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism's Active Lifestyles Fall 2017 Newsletter  

Discover all of the classes, programs, trips, and events offered for Fall 2017 by the Active Lifestyles Program in Newport News, VA.

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