Dietrich Theater offers free chair yoga classes


More Than Movies - Erica Rogler



We have exciting class news for you at the Dietrich Theater: Chair Yoga will be back in 2016. And it will be free.

We just received word from the Wyoming County Community Health Foundation that they will be sponsoring this weekly class series throughout the year — How generous!

Chair Yoga is one of our most popular classes at the Dietrich with a class size averaging between 12 to 18 people weekly. Taught by registered yoga teacher Donna Fetzko, chair yoga provides all of the benefits of traditional yoga without having to get on the floor. It’s great for those who are looking to strengthen their body, increase mobility in their joints, improve balance and flexibility and experience an overall sense of well-being all with the aid of a chair. No experience is necessary, plus Donna offers adaptations to suit participants’ needs. Classes will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Monday mornings.

So whether you are a new or a returning Chair Yoga student at the Dietrich, join us and experience the benefits. Call the Dietrich at 570-996-1500 for more information or to register. We recommend consulting with your physician before attending.

For those interested in taking a traditional yoga class, Simply Yoga will be offered from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays on an ongoing basis with Donna Fetzko, who has been teaching this class at the Dietrich for several years and has built up quite a following. She teaches in a user-friendly, safe and effective YogaFit style. The class focuses on learning proper yoga poses, breathing techniques, relaxation exercises and more. Admission is $10 per class or $50 for a series of six classes. Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel or water.

We will also start our visual arts classes for kids this Friday. Amy and Steve Colley will teach students how to make unique 3D collages in Trash to Treasures classes. Not only will they learn about art but they will learn to think outside the box and learn about recycling and reusing ordinary household items in this class. I always love to see the creations that students make in these classes. With paint, bottle caps, paper towel tubes, egg cartons, buttons and more as building blocks for their projects, students design whatever they can dream up — from robots to boats to trains to wild animals.

Classes for students ages five to 12 years will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 8 through 29. Admission is $40 for the series and all materials are provided. Preschool classes will be offered on the same days but in the mornings from 10 to 10:45. Admission is free, thanks to support from the Dietrich Fundraising Committee. To sign up, call the theater.

Then at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, the Dietrich will host a special presentation for all ages to enjoy. Brought to us by the North Branch Land Trust, renowned South African conservationist, animal behaviorist and owner of the magnificent 40,000-acre game preserve, ChaZen Nature Preserve, Joe Viljoen, will present a program about ChaZen, the land and animals of South Africa and his lion, leopard and wild dog breeding program. It sounds so fascinating and I’ve heard that Joe Viljoen’s photos are fantastic. Come and learn about his work with animals and how it is strengthening the prides, packs and herds of the indigenous animals of South Africa.

To make a reservation for the program, contact the North Branch Land Trust at 570-696-5545 or email romanansky@nblt.org. Tickets will also be available at the door as long as they last.

Oh, and be sure to save the date of Jan. 17 for our at 2 p.m. encore presentation of National Theatre Live’s “Treasure Island.” Bring the entire family. Call the theater for reservations. Tickets will also be available at the door.

As you can see, the Dietrich is so much more than the movies!

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More Than Movies

Erica Rogler

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or news@theabingtonjournal.com.

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