WHAT: Nia Fitness Fundraiser Jam
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Henderson County Athletics and Activity Center, 708 S. Grove St., Hendersonville
WHY: Millions of children in this country qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs. But what happens when these same children go home on weekends? According to Nia-certified brown belt instructor Lia Barth, this is where the BackPack Program for Kids steps in to help.
“Sponsored through local churches, the program supports elementary school students by collecting and distributing nonperishable foods that are sent home with needy kids on Fridays for consumption over the weekend,” says Barth.
Nia, a sensory-based movement practice, fuses martial arts, dance and healing arts. “Nia is moving with comfort and pleasure to improve body mechanics and pain,” explains Barth. “We want people to realize that it doesn’t have to hurt to be fit. And it’s so much fun.”
Benefit-goers need not have any Nia experience to attend the fundraiser, which will feature free classes that exhibit the fundamentals of the practice, including musical accompaniment from Robin Tolleson, drummer for local funk/soul act the Secret B-Sides. Suggested donation for the fundraiser is $15, and all proceeds will be donated to the BackPack Program through sponsor St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church.
Attendees should plan to bring water and wear comfortable clothing to participate in the fitness activities.
For more information, contact Nia-certified black belt instructor Denise Medved at 290-2344 or Barth at firstname.lastname@example.org. — Michael McDonald