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I hope you are staying balanced in this crazy winter weather. This newsletter contains winter classes, volunteering and a chickpea recipe.

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St. Louis Park Rec Center Classes all in Wolfe Park 3700 Monterey Dr, SLP, MN 55416

The website has been updated and you will be redirected to the new site and will need to create a new account. Here is the link to register for the next series starting in April. https://webtrac.stlouispark.org/

Please contact me first if you want to drop in to any of the current classes I will make sure we have space.

Monday current session session 2/25 – 4/1 Vinyasa Flow Yoga time 11:30am to 12:30pm and at night Express Strength and More Core 6 to 6:45 PM.

Wednesday Express Cardio Strength and Core Circuit current session 2/27 – 4/3 time 6 to 6:45 PM and is followed by Gentle Yoga time 7 to 7:45 PM.

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NEDA

Many options exist for volunteering. If you feel like you don’t have time to make it a weekly or monthly commitment some options are for one time help. Many charities and events need volunteers and some roles are for very good causes. I am a team captain for Race for the Cure a yearly event. As a volunteer I taught yoga for the first time at the National Eating Disorder Association walk last Sunday. See the picture above it was very fun (you might have seen me on TV in Minnesota our event was on the news). I have taught Meditative Movements for cancer survivors at Glida’s club. My cooking club has made meals for Children’s Crisis Nursery. I have sold merchandise, checked in other volunteers and stuffed race packets for the Loppet. I’ve had many, many other fun and fulfilling volunteer gigs over the years.

Why volunteer? You can back give to causes you believe in. You can honor a loved one who has passed away from earth. You can meet new people who have similar interests. You can attend events for free, in addition to charities I have ushered at plays and got to see awesome concerts. You can use skills you don’t get to use in your current job. You can learn new skills from organizations that offer training to volunteers. You can increase your flexibility. Some organizations might ask you to commit to whatever role they need and they and you won’t know until the last minute. In some roles you can even get exercise.

Here is my advice for volunteering. If you are not flexible find out what the position entails. One of my few unhappy experiences was handing water to elite athletes in a race. They each had their own labelled bottle and if handed incorrectly I could have hurt their time and even lost them a close race! Too much pressure for this kid. If you are a planner like me, make sure the event is well organized and roles are clear. Choose a cause you are passionate about. Treat it like a job, be on time and let people know if something comes up and you can’t make it. If you can, choose a role that fits your personality. If you don’t like talking to strangers don’t volunteer to be the greeter at an event. I don’t volunteer for outside positions at the Loppet anymore. One year of four hours in -20 temps was enough for me. If you are uncomfortable volunteering alone enlist some friends to sign up too.

If you want to read more here is an article from a source I like called help guide, you might need to copy and paste the link https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm/

PS I did not volunteer to make the Loppet luminaries shown below because I would have been outside in this very cold winter weather.

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For a good vegetarian option with protein I modified a falafel and burger recipe and made these vegan chickpea patties.

1 can drained chickpeas

1 clove of garlic chopped

1/2 small onion, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp parsley flakes

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup tapioca starch and 2 tbsp olive oil

Mix chickpeas, garlic, onion and parsley in food processor. Hand mix in baking powder and starch or flour and add 2 tbsp olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees on parchment until brown and slightly crisp.

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Stay safe and warm for the rest of winter!

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