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This article appeared in a March 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
El Centro College is partnering up with one of Dallas' most popular urban parks — Klyde Warren — to provide three special classes this spring. Sketching, Tai Chi and Creative Writing 101 classes will be held in various locations within the park starting March 12 through the end of April.
Saturday, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2 from 8 – 9 a.m.
Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan, or Tai Ji) is an internal Chinese martial art. It is known throughout the world for its slow, meditative forms and healthful benefits. Medical research has found evidence that tai chi improves balance and general mental health. The slow, rhythmic motions stretch the muscles and joints, stimulate balance, coordination, mental focus, and promote overall health and well-being. Although Tai Chi in America is mainly studied for the health benefits, at advanced levels it is an effective form of self-defense focusing on neutralizing or redirecting the force of an opponent. This class provides an introduction to the practice of Tai Chi for physical and personal development. It is a small sample of the many Continuing Education and Credit Hour programs available to the community at El Centro College. Class is free and open to all ages.
Tuesday, March 15, April 12 and May 10 from 6 – 7 p.m.
The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games RoomCreative Writing 101 With El Centro College: Need some dedicated time and a scenic location where you can brainstorm your next short story or novel? Would you like a group to share your work-in-progress and get feedback from a novelist and college professor? El Centro College English professor Samantha Mabry Schulze is facilitating Creative Writing 101 with you in mind. Come as you are and bring your ideas and questions to this informal workshop open to writers of all levels of experience! Class is free.
Saturday, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 1 – 3 pm. The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games RoomEl Centro College art instructors lead participants through the park to sketch urban scenes of downtown Dallas. Participants should bring a sketchbook and their choice of media.
Class will meet by the game cart in The Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room. Class is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit klydewarrenpark.org.