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McLaren offering Arthritis Foundation’s Tai Chi class

FLUSHING — McLaren’s Wellness Program is offering the Arthritis Foundation’s joint-friendly Tai Chi, free introductory class beginning March 8 and running Saturdays until April 12.

There are six sessions total (full commitment recommended to get the full benefit from the class).

This class will take place at McLaren Physical Therapy and Sport Medicine- Flushing, 2500 N. Elms Rd., Flushing from 9-9:45 a.m.

Wear loose comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring water to drink as needed during exercise.

The class is taught by instructors who have undergone special Arthritis Foundation training and certification.

The Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi program is designed for people of varied ages and physical abilities seeking a joint-friendly exercise routine, including people with mild to moderate arthritis.

The benefits of Tai Chi may include reduced pain and stiffness, improved concentration and memory, greater balance, increased flexibility, enhanced muscle strength, and improved ability to cope with stress and depression.

Registration: Call 810-342-5563. – G.G.

Kidney group to meet

FLINT — The Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group will meet March 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington.

The featured speaker will be Jan Miller, LPC/Patient Services Manager, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan. The topic is “Leukemia.”

Details: Call 810-232-8233, 810-762- 8226. The meeting is open to the general public. March is Kidney Cancer Health & Awareness Month. Be sure to have your kidneys checked. – G.G.

UM-Flint’s Wyatt program to revisit AutoWorld

FLINT — In 1984, the doors of AutoWorld opened to great fanfare and celebration in downtown Flint. Less than a decade later, this uncertain combination of museum and theme park closed its doors for good.

On Feb. 21, at 4 p.m., Happenings Rm., UCEN, Andrea Burns, Ph.D., from Appalachian State University will present, as part of the 2013-14 Wyatt Lecture Series “A Unique Place in All the World: The Making and Unmaking of AutoWorld.”

Burn’s will look at how AutoWorld’s demolition in 1997 dealt a crushing blow to those with a deep investment (both financial and emotional) in the institution’s promise to revitalize Flint’s postindustrial economy, and transform the city’s identity into a cultural destination that attracted tourists and residents alike. – G.G.

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