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Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 12:00 am

Tai Chi class at NW church starts Jan. 6

“A Taste of Tai Chi” is being offered at a Northwest church beginning Thursday, Jan. 6.

Longtime tai chi instructor Elizabeth Reed is teaching a short series of four classes to the public so students “can sample this ancient Chinese exercise,” a release said. A second series follows in February and March for continuing students. Class sessions are at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive.

Tai chi has existed for centuries “as an exercise to improve health. It is a series of quiet supple movements — the quiet to cultivate the spirit; the supple to cultivate the body. This gentle exercise is performed in a calm and peaceful manner, emphasizing relaxation, balance and coordination.”

No special clothing is necessary for tai chi, “just comfortable apparel that permits movement,” the release said.

The first class is free, so people can “find out what tai chi is all about.” The fee is $30 for four classes. Reed may be reached at reedeliz@gmail.com or 510-269-3414.

‘Music in Disguise’ at TSO’s Just for Kids

Two performances of “Music in Disguise,” part of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just for Kids series, are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8.

The TSO Piano Trio performs at 10 and 11:15 a.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. It’s a block south of Grant.

Just for Kids is “a popular series of fun, informal, interactive chamber ensemble concerts lasting 45 to 50 minutes,” a release said. The performances use humor, story-telling, demonstrations and participation to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments in “an entertaining and kid-friendly environment to families including those with very young children.”

Programs are presented the first Saturday morning of each month in October, November, January, February, March and April. There is ample free parking at the Tucson Symphony Center.

Admission is free, with a suggested $3 per person donation. For more information, call the TSO Box Office at 882-8585 or visit http://www.tucsonsymphony.org">www.tucsonsymphony.org.

‘Treecycle’ at Naranja site until Jan. 16

Oro Valley Kiwanis Club members have begun their annual “treecycle” Christmas tree gathering at the Naranja Town Site.

Residents can bring their Christmas trees to 660 W. Naranja between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Sunday, Jan. 16.

Trees are being chipped. People can pick up chips at the town site for use as mulch.

“Treecycle” is a fund-raiser for Kiwanis, and contributions are welcome. For more information, call Phil Trenary at 229-4868.

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