GEARS Sets Schedule August 26, 2016
GEARS has posted its upcoming programs. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for members and nonmembers. To register or for more information, including detailed trip itineraries, readers may call GEARS at 367-0355 or visit www.getintogears.org.
Aquacise, for individuals age 14 and up, will be instructed by Bonnie Leibold from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 6 to Oct. 13, in Patton Pool at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. The heart-healthy exercise will take place in shallow water and will focus on stretching, strengthening, endurance moves, balance building, and cardio exercises.
Cize Live! will be offered to individuals age 14 and up on Tuesdays, Sept. 6 to Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Village Memorial Hall Gym. Heidi Watts will instruct the class, which will feature music video-like routines choreographed to popular songs. No experience is needed.
Gymnastic classes for girls and boys ages 6 to 12 will be instructed by Cassie Ernest and Angela Varney. Programs will be held at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, on Thursdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 13. The beginner class (Class A), for children who have not taken gymnastics to learn basic skills, will be from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. The intermediate/advanced class (Class B), for older children and children who have some gymnastics experience, will be from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.
STRONG by Zumba, taught by licensed Zumba fitness instructor Amy Fleming, will combine HIIT, bodyweight exercises, and strength conditioning led by music. The class, for individuals age 14 and up, will take place on Thursdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall Gym.
Various yoga classes for individuals age 14 and up will be instructed by Michelle Pelna on Thursdays, Sept. 8 to Oct. 20, in the Masonic Village Lodge Meeting Room. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. Gentle/Beginner Yoga, to be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., is a slow and mindful class for any fitness level to learn fundamental yoga postures. Vinyasa Yoga, set for 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., will aim to detoxify, strengthen, and lengthen muscles. Previous yoga experience is a plus but not required for the Vinyasa class, and modifications will be offered.
Hatha Flow Yoga, taught by Charla Lorenzen, will be offered to people age 14 and up on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Village Carpenter Chapel. The class incorporates seated and standing yoga poses, conscious breathing, and meditative focus. Participants should wear layers of comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Discover Dance, set for Mondays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17 in the lobby at the GEARS Community Center, will aim to help dancers develop body awareness, gross motor skills, rhythm, and flexibility. Mary Kondash and Gabrielle English will be the instructors. Class for children ages 3 to 5 will be from 5 to 5:45 p.m., with class for children ages 6 to 9 from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Water Aerobics, for people age 14 and up, has been set for Mondays and/or Wednesdays, Sept. 12 to Nov. 16, from 7:15 to 8 p.m. at the Masonic Village Patton Pool. The class will combine aerobic conditioning and resistance training while being gentle on individuals' joints.
A Niagara Falls and Toronto Adventure trip will be held from Sunday to Thursday, Sept. 25 to 29, with a 9:30 a.m. departure on Sept. 25 from the parking lot of MoviE-town, 700 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown. Tripgoers will spend four nights at Michael's Inn, a family-friendly property within walking distance of the falls. Guided tours of Niagara Falls and Toronto will be offered, and there will be an IMAX presentation. Passports are required. The fee is based on double occupancy.
A bus trip to King of Prussia Mall will be offered on Black Friday, Nov. 25. The bus will depart the parking lot at Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., at 8:30 a.m. There is a cost to attend.
Troop 97 Scouts Take Sailing Trip August 26, 2016
Londonderry Township's Boy Scout Troop 97 recently traveled to Islamorada in Key West, Fla., for a sailing adventure. The Scouts took part in the weeklong National High Adventure Sea Base Coral Reef Sailing program, which was created by the Boy Scouts of America in 1980. Sea Base is designed to build character, foster citizenship, and develop physical, mental, and emotional fitness. The values that Sea Base strives to instill are found in the Scout Oath and Law. The crew of six Scouts and two leaders sailed on the New Horizon, a 48-foot sailboat, through the Florida Keys in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
The heat index went up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, but there was plenty to do to keep the Scouts' minds off the heat. The crew lived on board, steered the boat, swabbed the decks, tended the sails, manned the anchor watch, cleaned the head, cooked in the galley, and caught fish for their meals.
The crew caught bait fish first and then used the bait fish to catch the big game. Garrett Little caught a barracuda that was more than 3 feet in length. The barracuda was promptly thrown back into the ocean, as barracuda are extremely bony and therefore not easy to eat. Jake O'Donnell caught a 30-inch, 25-pound bonita, which is in the tuna family. The Scouts grilled their fish and had a feast.
The trip also included snorkeling. The Scouts were able to swim around the wreckage of a Spanish ship that sunk in the Keys in the late 1700s. The boat has disintegrated over the years, but four of the ship's canons are still lying on the ocean floor. During their swim, the Scouts saw hundreds of tropical fish, as well as moray eels, electric eels, sting rays, sea turtles, barracuda, and an 8-foot shark. They also saw colorful coral and sea ferns.
The Scouts primarily slept on the deck under the night sky and were treated to calm seas, clear skies, and shooting stars. One morning they were greeted by a school of dolphins that swam alongside the sailboat.
Sea Base hosted a conch luau for the Scouts at the conclusion of the trip. The luau consisted of a seafood feast, island music, and games in the sand.
Troop 97's upcoming events include a Gettysburg weekend of camping and historic hikes, an Appalachian Trail hike/campout, Harrisburg International Airport's Disaster Drill, and Hill Island camping. For more information, readers may contact Kevin Little at 944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 944-2766. Troop 97 is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.