Community Center offers new classes, events

Thursday, December 30, 2021
Eureka Springs Community Center members play pickleball in the gym last week.
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Whether you want to run a few miles on the treadmill or learn self-defense techniques, the Eureka Springs Community Center has something for you.

Activities director Cathy Segur recently reported that the community center is diversifying its class offerings, introducing classes such as 5 Animal Qigong, Ex-Chair-Cise, Yoga and Wing Chun Self-Defense. Segur said the community center continues to offer Zumba classes, as well as Zumba Gold classes.

“It’s not as intense as a regular Zumba class and it’s not as high-impact as a regular Zumba class,” Segur said.

Zumba is one of the most popular classes, Segur said, offered on Mondays and Tuesdays every week. Segur added that the 5 Animal Quigong class, an ancient Chinese practice for health and longevity, is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“It’s really growing in leaps and bounds,” Segur said.

Instructor Jason Selgado teaches both 5 Animal Qigong and Wing Chun Self-Defense, Segur said. She said she’s thankful for everyone who teaches classes at the community center and is hoping to keep that momentum going.

“I’m trying to get some more classes,” Segur said. “Pickleball is always growing, so I’m in the process of organizing some pickleball lessons. A lot of people from the community are calling me or stopping in to say they became members and really want to learn how to play, so we’re going to offer those clinics in 2022.”

Segur said the community center will offer a three-part knitting class soon, scheduled for Jan. 15, Jan. 29 and Feb. 12. It costs $25 for members, Segur said, and that includes all the supplies you’ll need. For non-members, it costs $35.

“I can only take a maximum of 10 people, because it’s one person teaching it and she can manage that group size well,” Segur said. “It’s going to be here in the community room.”

In addition to the classes, Segur said, the community center remains a hub of activity for local events. Segur said she is especially proud of the wellness fair held this past November. Public health is a big deal, Segur said, and that’s why the community center has offered COVID-19 vaccine clinics. The most recent clinic took place on Dec. 16.

“With COVID being on the rise again, I think the more people get vaccinated, the sooner we can hopefully get back to a normal life,” Segur said. “The community center is centrally located and it’s a good place to offer vaccine clinics.”

Segur said the community center has gift certificates for sale. It costs $60 for an individual membership, Segur said, and $100 for a family membership.

“If you’re not sure what to get somebody, that would be a great gift and it would allow them to use the gym and any other amenities we have,” Segur said.

The community center has something for everyone, Segur said.

“We are a gathering place, and it has done so much for so many people,” Segur said. “It’s not all about fitness. We have knitting classes and a pottery studio and a woodworking studio. I’m trying to diversify a little bit, because those activities promote wellness as well.”

Segur added, “If you’re making some kind of pottery or you’re knitting, it’s still good for the soul and good for you.”

Over the past six months, Segur said, memberships have gone way up.

“Myself and the staff are very enthusiastic about getting people in here and giving them an alternative of where to exercise,” Segur said.

An exciting upcoming event, Segur said, is the Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Jan. 8. Segur said the event is open for boys and girls between 8 and 13 years old.

“This is a preliminary free throw contest to go to district, state and regionals,” Segur said. “The six national champions will have their name on display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.”

The event is free because the local Elks group is paying for it, Segur said. She thanked the group for helping out.

“It’s amazing because we are a community center,” Segur said. “We want to get children as well as adults in here. I’m really trying to build the kid programming. Now the kids can get vaccinated, too, so it’s good to see them moving and getting off their digital devices.”

Segur added, “Having the Elks sponsor this and opening up the gym for the community is a win win for everybody.”

With more classes and events, Segur said, 2022 is looking bright.

“The schedule is definitely getting much fuller than it was before,” Segur said. “I still get people to say, ‘I didn’t know we had a community center,’ so one of the biggest things I want to make sure of is that people know we have a community center here and everyone is welcome.”

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