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Lose weight wth healthy diet and belly dancing

Clarksville Commons in Clarksville will host host a belly dancing class in its community room through Feb. 23.
Clarksville Commons in Clarksville will host host a belly dancing class in its community room through Feb. 23. (Howard County File)

We are one month into 2019 and many New Year’s resolutions already have been kicked to the curb. According to a survey conducted by the news website Insider, the most popular health resolution for this year was losing weight by eating healthier and exercising.

A local wellness program seeks to cover both of those bases with the help of an unconventional type of exercise—belly dancing. The eatery Koshary by Misteka and AAA Physical Therapy are joining forces to offer a new program where eating a healthy, hearty vegetarian diet and staying active are both delicious and fun.

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Participants will take part in the unique Egyptian experience of belly dancing. Consisting of complex movements of the torso that focus on core and hip muscles, the dance is generally performed barefoot. This low-impact exercise can help relieve back and joint pain, increase bone density, help weight loss and reduce stress levels.

Classes begin with a short healthy-living lesson by a professional trainer, followed by 45 minutes of belly dancing exercise. After class, dancers receive a plant-based meal from Koshary. The program is held the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., in the community room at Clarksville Commons. Space is limited, so advance tickets are recommended. An introductory price of $9.99 per class is available through Feb. 23. For more information, contact info@clarksvillecommons.com.

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The Village of River Hill will host an all ages bingo on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Claret Hall. Since Howard County Public Schools are closed for the day, this would make a great family activity. Attendees can play 15 games of bingo for prizes while hanging out with friends and enjoying cold weather treats like hot chocolate. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per person, which can be paid in advance or at the door. Pre-registration is requested by calling 410-531-1749 or emailing events@villageofriverhill.org.

A more upscale experience will feature poetry, wine and vegan chocolate. Author Rissa Miller will read from her new book, “Goodnight, Poet,” on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the eco-gift shop Nest, 5809 Clarksville Square Drive. Not your high school teacher’s poems, Miller’s collection of soothing poetry on simple, kind and romantic gestures is topical as Valentine’s Day approaches. Miller, a working artist living in Maryland, has worked for five publications, including The Baltimore Sun. She currently is the senior editor at the Vegetarian Journal magazine, the event coordinator for Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and an officer in the Maryland Writer’s Association. For more information, call Nest at 443-535-0212.

If you are planning an event this year, here is an opportunity to check out local venues. Claret Hall will hold an open house on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. This event is a great way to find out more about rental space availability at Claret Hall and The Meeting Room. Guests can also learn about upcoming community events such as the Master Gardeners programs and the annual flea market. Refreshments will be served. Raffles and discounts on rental space will be offered.

The Oak Ridge Community Church will host a Daddy Daughter Luau on Feb. 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane. The event will include dinner, dancing, door prizes, games, an ice cream bar and a free portrait. Cost is $20 per dad. Daughters are free. For more information, contact fatherdaughter@oakridgecc.org. Register at oakridgecc.org.

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