Instructor adding new spice to Zumba classes at Lutheran Home
This year will be the fifth year that Ann-Marie Searle, licensed ZIN Zumba instructor, has been teaching Zumba Dance-Fitness at The Lutheran Home at Toledo, 131 N. Wheeling (corner of Seaman and Wheeling), on the border of East Toledo/Oregon.
She is looking forward to 2014 being the best year yet. “This year, I will be implementing some new classes that I’ve never offered before,” she said.
Searle says the popularity of the dance-fitness program has skyrocketed in the area since she became licensed in late 2007.
“A Zumba class is ‘officially’ a combination of dance and fitness moves, with the music being at least 70 percent Latin and international/world music and no more than 30 percent American music,” Searle said. “In any one of my classes, you might find a salsa song by Enrique Iglesias, a hip-hop song by Pitbull, a cumbia song by Fonseca, a reggaeton song by Daddy Yankee, and many other rhythms and artists too numerous to mention.
“A Zumba class is like taking a musical trip around the world in one hour,” she said. “Combine that ‘trip’ with pumped-up energy and a room full of enthusiastic participants ranging in age from their 20s into their 70s, and you have a huge calorie-burning, exercise-in-disguise party that gives you a physical and mental high.
Between doing Zumba and walking, Searle has lost 85 pounds and kept it off, she said. Searle and her team of instructors, including Scott Searle and Joanne Allred, teach Zumba classes at the Lutheran Home at Toledo, every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
New participants are invited to come and try a free class. Punch-card discounts will be offered through Jan. 15. For a complete class schedule and more information, call 419-381-2225 or email
The Ability Center of Ottawa County will host the Ottawa County Emergency Services Olympics Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Sutton Center in Port Clinton.
The event will include a series of competitions between 14 Port Clinton-area Fire/EMS and police departments. Events will include Uno, air rifle, basketball shooting, taco eating, quiz bowl and more. This year, the Olympics will kick off with a Wheelchair Obstacle Course hosted by The Ability Center of Ottawa County office. Each participant will have to roll through a series of obstacles while using a manual wheelchair. After the event, visitors and viewers will be invited to take a whirl at the obstacle course. For more information, call Tory Thompson at 419-734-0330.
Shingles vaccine seminar
Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle will host a seminar on the shingles vaccine Thursday, Jan. 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Rite Aid Pharmacy and Gentiva Home Health are co-sponsoring the event.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that people 60 years of age or older get vaccinated. Almost one of three people in America will develop shingles during their lifetime. The risk increases as people age.
The seminar will include a question-and-answer session. RSVP to Jaime Brown at 419-833-8917.
Individuals with questions about COPD, medications, asthma or pulmonary rehab are invited to attend monthly “Better Breathers Club” programs held at Heartland of Oregon, 3953 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Meetings will be held Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Complimentary lunch will be served. The 2014 dates include Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15 and June 19. January’s topic is,” Disease Review/Overview of Pulmonary Disease.
For more information, call 419-698-4521.
Terra offering winter workouts
Lifelong Learning at Terra State Community College is offering a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.
A number of fitness classes are being offered this winter. Due to the college being closed for inclement weather, most of these classes have not yet begun.
The schedule includes:
• Personal Training – 10 sessions for $250 or 20 sessions for $475
• Group One-on-One – Sessions and hours vary. $40 per hour
• Mommy and Me Fitness – Mondays, 9 to 10 a.m., for nine sessions. Cost: $27
• Zumba – Mondays, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m., for six sessions beginning Jan. 27
• Fit for Life-Body Works – Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. OR 4:15 to 4:45 p.m., for 19 sessions. Cost: $60
• Running and Walking – Mondays and Wednesdays, 2 to 2:50 p.m., for 12 sessions beginning Jan. 27. Cost: $55
• Get Your Groove On – Mondays, 5 to 5:45 p.m., for nine sessions. Cost: $50
• Drenched-Kickboxing – Mondays, 5 to 5:45 p.m., for nine sessions. Cost: $50
• Hula-Hooping – Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., for 19 sessions. Cost: $75 or just Mondays for $55
• RPM Cycling – Tuesdays, 6:45 to 7:45 a.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
• Angie’s Boot Camp – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:25 a.m., for 12 sessions beginning Jan. 28. Cost: $50
• Yoga – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 to 11:55 a.m., for 12 sessions beginning Jan. 28. Cost: $50
• Lunch Time Cycle – Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 12:50 p.m., for 12 sessions beginning Jan. 28. Cost: $55
• Pump Up the Volume – Tuesdays, 5 to 5:45 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $50
• Niki’s Boot Camp – Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost:$55
• Insanity – Wednesdays, 7 to 7:45 p.m. or Fridays, 5 to 5:45 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
• Revamped – Wednesdays, 5 to 5:50 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
• Blast Off – Wednesdays, 6 to 6:50 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
• Restorative Yoga – Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
• Sculpt and Spin – Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
• The Best of Both Worlds – 6:15 to 7 p.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
• Cardio Mix-Up – Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m., for 10 sessions. Cost: $55
For full class information, visit www.terra.edu/learning. To register or for more information on these classes, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.
On Jan. 7, State Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Rep. Robert Cole Sprague (R-Findlay) jointly introduced a bill to designate the first Friday in May as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness & Education Day.
“Designating a day for education and awareness about prescription drug abuse will help inform Ohioans about the dangers of misusing prescription medication – especially the very addictive pain killers,” Rep. Sheehy said. “Even after the attention surrounding this epidemic lessens, we will still have this day to educate Ohioans about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.”
HB 399 was inspired by Kyle and April Schalow of Holland, Ohio, who founded the RX Memorial Foundation in August 2012 to bring awareness to the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The couple have received local recognition for their activism and have testified before the Ohio House Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform Study Committee.
The bill must pass in both the House and Senate before the Governor signs it into law.
Save the date
The Answer for Cancer will present, “Paint it Forward,” fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life of Oregon Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 from 5-9:30 p.m. at Forrester’s on the River at The Docks in East Toledo.
The event, designed to “uncork the artist” in participants, will include food, wine and painting. Tickets are $55, which includes art supplies, hors d’oeuvres, a wine ticket, participation in a wine pull, and entry into a basket raffle. No painting experience is necessary; instructors will offer step-by-step guidance.
Advance tickets are required; open to 21 and over only. For tickets and more information, call 419-267-2559 or visit www.theanswerforcancer.com.