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Riverdale Centre kicking off 2011 with classes

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

It is a common tradition to begin a new year by doing something new, and different, such as going on a diet, or starting a new fitness routine. It is usually called a New Year's Resolution.

While something coming up next year in the City of Riverdale is not exactly a resolution, it is something new.

Riverdale is poised to offer its first recreation classes in January, at its new Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services.

From Jan. 10, 2011, to Feb. 19, 2011, there will be 15 fitness and dance classes, three art classes, and five lifestyles and professional development classes offered.

The Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services opened in October, and has tapped Eric Thomas as the center's facility manager.

"This is our first time offering classes at the center, and we're very excited about that," Thomas said. "That [the classes] was the leisure part of our name. Our goal was to be able to provide wellness and fitness programs to the residents of the city. It is all part of the City of Riverdale's new fitness initiative, 'New Year, New You.'"

Interested persons have until Jan. 7, to sign up for the classes. The Riverdale Centre is located at 7210 Church St.

Thomas emphasized residents must sign up for a membership in order to enroll in the classes.

There are several membership levels including an annual membership, a six-month membership, and a monthly membership pass. The annual membership prices are $220 per year for an adult Riverdale resident, $240 for an adult non-resident, $160 for a Riverdale youth, $180 for a youth who is not from Riverdale, $100 for senior citizens who live in Riverdale, and $120 for senior citizens who live outside of the city. Interested persons may contact the center for pricing information on other memberships.

Annual memberships can also be paid for on a monthly installment plan, Thomas said.

The fitness and dancing classes offered include "Gutt & Butt," "Sexy Stilettos," "Full-Figured Fitness," "Total Body Workout," "Cardio Challenge," "Mixed Martial Arts Cardio," "Hip Hop," "Liturgical Dance," kickboxing, basic basketball, introductory cheerleading, Zumba, Chicago-style stepping, African dance, and salsa.

The center's art classes are scheduled to include mosaics and clay, introductory drawing, and introductory acrylics. All three arts classes have $48 sign-up fees.

The lifestyles and professional development classes are scheduled to include beginning chess, "Fearless Speaking," "Public Relations for Small Businesses & Non Profits," "Intro to Grant Writing," and "Money Matters."

The "Money Matters" class is free, while the beginning chess class has a $48 sign-up fee. The remaining lifestyles and professional development classes each cost $75.

For more information on the classes, call (770) 909-5300.