Staff Writer John Coffelt
With the New Year, people’s thoughts turn to resolutions. This year, forget losing weight or saving money try something different. And remember, set your goals low enough that you will be able to keep them. Try a new activity Manchester is full of great opportunities to learn a new activity. From yoga to Zumba, there are a wealth of instructors available at the Manchester Rec. Complex that offer classes. If art is your thing (again, you don’t know until you try) think about auditioning for one of Millennium Repertory Company’s upcoming shows. Next auditions will be for “Noises Off,” Directed by Noel Clements. Look for more details at www.millenniumrep.org/current-season. Or get footloose with a dance class at Duck River Dance, which offers classes that vary from ballet (yes, adults are welcome, no pink tights required) to tap. Go to Duckriverdance.com for more information. Try your hand at paining or glasswork at Black Iris Arts. Gallery with hands-on workshops. A venue for local artists in different genres-glass, painting and wood. Find Black Iris Arts on Facebook. Transformation Wellness and Marital Arts, at 101 S. Woodland St., offers High Intensity Interval Training options for gaining strength as well as instruction in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Israeli martial arts Krav Maga. Learn to play an instrument at Family Music Center. According to center information, “We teach over 20 different types of instruments. We have Dedication, years of practice, loads of talent, and a love of music are only a part of what it takes to launch a career as a successful professional musician.” Family Music center is located 111 N. Spring St. Take time to read a book If you’re seeing this, then you’re a reader, but when was the last time you finished a book? Coffee County Manchester Public Library makes checking out books easier than ever with new access to the RBdigital library. According to RBdigital, “Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and a key provider of digital content to the library and school market. Books and Audiobooks titles from major publishing houses are distributed along with exclusive audiobooks titles produced by Recorded Books and narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides libraries with both digital content (through its proprietary RBdigital platform) and physical productions (which include CDs and MP3-CDs).” The library still offers connection to the READS platform which also provides access to ebooks and audio books. Simply go to Coffee County Manchester Public Library’s website at http://coffeecountylibrary.org. The library’s annual author signing will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 13 at 1005 Hillsboro Boulevard. Try one (or more) family meals a week at the table According to UT Extension’s Belinda Letto, “One benefit of eating meals together is the effect on strengthening family bonds. Family meals provide a daily time for the whole family to be together.” In a recent column she quotes Dr. Christopher Sneed, Extension Specialist with UT Extension, who says family meals serve as a time for children to learn positive food habits. Additionally, for those who are watching their weight, home cooked meals are normally lower in calories than restaurant fare and allow the opportunity for portion control. Take an unnecessary road trip Authors from John Steinbeck to Jack Kerouac have discussed the appeal of the open road, but you don’t have to tour the whole southwest to get a taste of Americana. Try an impromptu weekend outing. Simply pick a place on the map that sounds interesting, tell someone where you’re going and go. Leaving behind the GPS, the advanced booking and detailed itinerary forces independence, but allows one to experience the freedom of not having those. Some possible ideas for destinations, tour the Biltmore Hotel in Ashville, N.C., the Bell Witch Cave in Adams, Tenn. or even “Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon” in Lumpkin, Ga.