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Thursday, December 12, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Pagi Eleven LEISURE LINE Concluded from p. 3 per week Norwalk residents $49, non-residents $56.40. BOOTCAMP! 3-2-1 GO! Are you ready to really kick your fitness into high gear? Join Jason Collins for challenging work- outs that have the ability to push your limits or simply give you more variety. The intensity is up to you! All fitness levels are welcome! This class will teach you ba- sic functional bodyweight movements to include the squat, push up and much more!.These workouts are de- signed to optimize the 10 pillars of fitness (Cardio, Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Speed, Coordina- tion, Agility, Balance and Accuracy). Your results will be tracked week to week so you can see your own progress! Class structure will include warm up, tech- nique/form practice, workout, finisher and cool down. You will need to bring the following to class: 5'-1" PVC pipe (for stretching and teaching to01), one baseball, jump rope and water/towel. Registration Dates: Decem- ber 23 through January 3; Dates: January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, February 4, 6, 11, 13, 25, 27; Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays; Cost: $49 Norwalk resident, $56.40 non- resident; Class Time: 8-9 p.m. (new time); Location: Oviatt Multi-Purpose room (door #16); Minimum/ Maximum: 10/20. NORWALK FAMILY TAE KWON DO Maria Boden is the new head instructor of the school which is under new ownership and offers programs for ages 5 through adults. The classes are separated by rank (beginners and advanced) and students meet twice a week. Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the Oviatt gym or multi-purpose room. Times will vary depending on location due to school activities. We also offer a Little Dragon program designed for children ages five to seven. Little Dragons meet twice a week. This program is run concurrently with the begin- ning class. All programs consist of hand and foot techniques, forms, self-defense, lessons and instructions on topics such as respect, self-discipline and perseverance. Com- petition is also available for those students who are in- terested. Competition teaches sportsmanship, gives con- fidence and allows the students to use the skills they have learned in class. Families are strongly encouraged to join and train together. We found that the kids learn better when one or both of their parents/guardians are learning along- side of them in class. Cost per session: Little Dragons (twice a week): Norwalk resident $46; Non-resident $53; Family Tae Kwon Do (ages 8 and above), first family member: Norwalk resident $57.50, non-resident $66.25; Second and third family members: Norwalk resident $28.75 each, non-resident $33.25 each; Maximum Fam- ily Fee: Norwalk resident $115;-non-resident $132.50. Cost of testing for belts and competition is extra. Anyone registering for Tae Kwon Do after the reg- istration deadline has passed will be required to pay a $15 late fee in addition to the cost of the program. Registration Dates: December 23 through January 3; Session Dates: January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, Feb- ruary 4, 6, 11, 13, 25, 27, March 4, 16; Days: Tuesda3// Thursday; Time: 6-8 p.m. (New time); Location: Oviatt Multi-purpose room (door #16). WINE! WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? The word is getting out about Iowa's delicious wine, as some of the state's best white wines that are begin- ning to pick up awards in national competitions. Cold- climate grape hybrids are fueling a growing Iowa wine industry. Join us in a class setting to learn all about the wine industry in the great state of Iowa! During this class you will learn about the different variety of grapes grown in Iowa, the process of making wine and have the opportunity to sample diverse wines from Two Saints Winer35 a local winery. Registration Dates: De- cember 23 through January 3; Class Date: January 18; Time: 6:30-8 p.m.; Location: Main Street Montessori School; Cost: $5; Minimum/Maximum: 12/30. OPALS- Senior Citizen Programs (Older People with Active Life Styles) SENIOR CITIZEN EXERCISE Everyone age 55 and older is invited to attend a free exercise program that will include stretching and ton- ing. We will meet at the Norwalk Christian Church lo- cated at 701 Main St. This program will run until the end of May. Days: Monday and Thursday; Time: 10- 10:30 a.m. SENIOR CITIZEN WII BOWLING Do you miss the game of bowling? Not quite as spry as you used to be. We invite you to try the game of Wii bowling. This game mimics actions performed in real life bowling without having to travel to a bowling alley: Each week teams will be assigned for those who show up and we will have a little competition. This program started October 3 and will continue until March. (Will take off during the holidays.) Place: Norwalk Public Safety Bldg; Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m. WELL-SEASONED POTLUCK (The meat as well as the people) All are invited, a e, 55 or older, to attend a potluck dinner to enjoy and ~ocialize with the Parks and Recre- ation staff. Meat, tableware and coffee/beverage are pro- vided. Dust off the cookbooks and be creative to bring a side dish and/or dessert to share with everyone. After the meal we will have some form of entertainment from local talent. Let us know your email address and we will send out reminders with what meat we plan to have on that day. Call the office to register two days before the event. Dates: January 3, February 7, March 7; Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Place: Norwalk Public Safety Building. Be Wary of Utility Scams Scam artists continue to target Iowans by threaten- ing to disconnect their electric or natural gas service. This year alone, more than 400 Iowans reported a call or encounter with a scam artist to their [' cal utility pro- vider. Now, as the winter heating season approaches, Iowa Governor Terry Bransiad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and a group of Iowa utlities and utility associations are warning lowans abort common warning signs and trends in each scam atOempt. "The people attemptng to scare Iowans are using the fear of going without eectric or natural gas service and they are unscrupulou in their attempts," said Mark Douglas, president of he Iowa Utility Association. "As an industry, we are w rking hard to help customers avoid getting caught of guard and becoming the next victim." The scam artists hwe used a variety of schemes and are primarily targetingustomers of various ethnicities. Right now, the most coamon scam starts with a phone call from the scam ~rtist claiming to represent a customer's utility compmy and instructing the customer , to make an immediate payment to avoid disconnection. Often, the caller reque ,ts that the customer purchase a prepaid debit card ant call back with the information from the card. In other stuations, the scam artist requests personal credit card inormation in order to fix a piece of equipment. While these scares ~ary and can involve any utility provider, the ways to a'oid falling victim are the same. "Trust your instincts[f you get a strange feeling from the caller, do not provte them any personal informa- tion," said Governor Bmstad. "The best way to know your utility is on the otbr end of the line is to call them. When in doubt, hang u on the caller and call the num- ber for your utility." If customers have corerns about a call they received, they should contact the" utility provider. Utility repre- sentatives can confirm hether the company contacted the customer and can:onfirm bill payments, service work or a service cal to any address. Beware that scammers can spoof cller-ID displays, which means that they can mask the all's true origin and make it ap- pear as if it the call is oming from a utility company. Tips for customers: *Do not provide Socal Security numbers, credit card or bank account infornation to anyone who requests that information durin an unsolicited phone call or an unannounced visit. *If someone calls claiming he/she represents a local utility provider and denands immediate payment, de- layed payment througl a Green Dot or pre-purchased card, or personal infornation, customers should hang up and call the custome" service number on their utility bill. Do not give in tc a high-pressure caller seeking personal information. *Customers should never allow anyone into their home or business for an unannounced visit to check on electrical wiring, cable or phone lines, natural gas pipes, or appliances unless they scheduled an appointment or are aware of a confirmed problem. Any time a utility employee arrives at the door, customers should require that the employee show proper identification. When in doubt, confirm the visit with the utility company. Customers should report attempted scares to local law enforcement. They also can notify the Iowa Attor- ney General's Consumer Protection Division by visit- ing IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov or 888-777-4590. H OLIDAY QIFT IDIGAS A Handmade Olive Branch Is A Gift Of Peace That Feeds The Hungry (NAPS)--Holiday shoppers looking for a beautiful, hand- crafted gift that symbolizes peace and "gives back~ to peo- ple in need can join Lindsay Olives annual holiday tradi- tion. The handmade wreath of olive, bay and eucalyptus branches can hang as a fra- grant front door welcome to family and friends or festively decorate the dining table. This year, proceeds from the wreath sales go to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), the old- est and largest national orga- nization in the United States representing those programs that provide meals to people in need. Fresh Green Olive Branches This year, Lindsay Olives has created a wreath that affers a fresh, aromatic twist on the traditional olive branch wreat~ Using fresh, green olive branches along with fragrant branches from bay and euca- lyptus trees, the lush green- ery is handwoven together to create a 20-'inch round wreath. Each wreath is handmade to order to ensure long-lasting freshness. The branches are harvested from California groves and, over time, dry to a beautiful silvery green. Available through December, the Lindsay Olive Holiday Wreath is packaged gilt-ready with a colorful gift card. Silvery Green~This hand- made olive branch wreath is a gift of peace that also helps eliminate hunger in the U.S. Oldest Tree On Earth The olive tree is one of the oldest trees on Earth. According to Greek mythol- ogy, the olive tree was a from the goddess Athena. Archives of ancient civiliza- tions dating back thousands of years refer to the olive branch as a symbol of peace and goodwill The holiday wreath is available at www.lindsay olives.corn or by calling (800) 765-2029. The wreath is $50, plus shipping. Orders will be accepted through December 31, 2008, but to ensure deliv- ery by Christmas, orders must be placed by December 11, 2008. Expedited shipping is available. To obtain more information about MOWAA or to locate a local Meals On Wheels pro- gram, visit www.mowaa.org. tcrtclr.1 n:ln Spicing Up Holiday Parties (NAPS) Adding an authentic Mexican twist to the traditional holiday menu and drink list can add some spice to this year's festivities. Party experts suggest ~erv- ing up dishes and cocktails that add distinctive flair and flavor to your get-togethers. "In Mexico, the holidays, or/as fiestas, are times of cel- ebration, spirit and sharing, marked by bold tastes and This spicy Tomato-Mango flavors," explainschef Salsa coupled with a Roberto Santibanez. Mistletoe Margarita can add He offers these two recipes flair to holiday festivities. to help holiday pa~ygoers toes, cored side up, on a capture that spirit. They're small baking pan and lmke both made with Tequila until charred and so~-ned Cazadores? Reposado. Made to the core, 20 to 25 min- from 100 percent blue agave, utes. Peel the tomatoes the spirit has a smooth,and chopcoarsely, retain- authentic flavor that can be ing the seeds and juices. used in a variety of cocktail Stir onion, llme juice, and food recipes or can be habanero and salt with enjoyed on its own. tomatoes and taste to be sure that salt level is just Tomato-Mango Salsa right. Stir in mango mix- ture and cilantro just 1 firm, ripe mango, before serving. Serve with peeled, pitted and tortilla chips or vegetable diced (% inch) crudit6s. 3 Tbsp. Tequila Makes 2% to 3 cups. Cazadore~ Reposado 2 tsp. sugar, to taste Mistletoe Margarita (depending on sweetness of mango) 11/, parts Tequila 1 lb. tomatoes, cored Cazadores" Reposado % cup finely chopped 2 parts pomegranate red onion juice 1 TI)sp.~eshlimejuiee %part sour mix " 2 tsp. m/need habanero % part triple sec chili (% chili), % part grenadine including seeds Splash of fresh llme IVs tsp. fine salt juice 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro Shake ingredients and pour into rocks glass. Toss together mango, Garnish with a slice of tequila and sugar in a bowl lime. and let macerate for one hour. Preheat a toaster For more recipes, tips and ove~ to 450 F. Place tom- " ideas, visit www~c0~ Upon occasion, a horse's shoes were put on back- ward~the toe In back and the heel in front---to mis- lead a pursuing enemy. It was used in the 11th cen- tury by King Alfonso in his escape from Toledo, Spain.