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Recent funding makes makes new exercise class in the park, for seniors and locals possible.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Madras residents gather in the park for their first outdoor tai chi class.Twenty-two Madras tai chi students took over the pavilion at Sahalee Park for their first outdoor class on a sunny morning, July 17.

Local sisters, Carolyn and Joy Harvey began offering tai chi exercises this spring at their Local Motion studio, and now have 30 students in four classes.

Some funding was recently received from the Central Oregon Council on Aging to support the "Tai Chi for Arthritis" program to help seniors and others stay fit.

This summer, students have been learning the 29 initial tai chi moves, and this fall, will start learning 73 additional moves.

Longtime promoters of community health and fitness, the Harvey sisters are encouraging more people to join the classes.

"Come and try tai chi. It's good for the brain, for balance and strength," said Carolyn Harvey.

For more information, call or text Joy Harvey at 541-460-8442.


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