Aerobics instructors 'keep the classes going' SOUTHWEST--Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

NEIGHBORS

November 06, 1992|By KATHY SUTPHIN

A leadership adventure into the world of low-impact aerobics that began three years ago has proven to be an uplifting experience for Mount Airy exercise instructors Anne Olson and Mari Uzzo.

The slim and trim exercise enthusiasts encourage cardiac fitness in the Mount Airy community by planning, choreographing and teaching the popular local program, "Body and Spirit Aerobics."

"It's something we feel we can give to the community," said Mrs. Uzzo. "I really enjoy it -- it gets me motivated to get out and do it." They are former students of Body and Spirit instructor Marcie Harne, who stepped down from the position three years ago to devote her energies to home-schooling her children.

"Mari and I wanted to keep the classes going, so we volunteered to be the instructors," said Mrs. Olson.

"It's definitely a good way to keep your weight under control," added Mrs. Uzzo.

Classes are offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Calvary United Methodist Church at 403 S. Main St. Baby-sitting is available during morning sessions at the cost of 75 cents per child.

A recent addition to the fitness schedule has been evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, 1134 Long Corner Road.

Mrs. Olson explained that exercises are choreographed to contemporary Christian tunes that have been recorded by vocalists such as Amy Grant and Michael Smith. Describing the music as "uplifting," she added, "It's a way of celebrating God in a different way."

Classes include a half-hour of low-impact aerobics and a half-hour of a variety of conditioning exercises.

The pay-as-you-go fees have remained at $1 per class. Tennis shoes are required, and mats or thick towels are recommended for the floor work. Information: (301) 831-6052 or (301) 831-5785.

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Mount Airy's "Christmas in Old Town" will be held on Dec. 4, 5 and 6, and the planning committee is sponsoring a fund-raiser for the event in the downtown Main Street business district this weekend.

Local businesses and organizations will give patrons the opportunity to prepare for the holidays with a portion of the proceeds going to the committee. The hours of the fund-raiser will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Information: (301) 831-0096 or (301)829-2112.

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Volunteers from Mount Airy's Fire Company and Auxiliary are devoting their attention to the move into the new fire station on North Main Street. But a fund-raising Country Sunday Breakfast is planned for Dec. 13 at the Firemen's Activities Building, fire company member Janet Kipe said.

The breakfast will provide one of the last opportunities to purchase raffle tickets for a beautiful queen-sized quilt and matching pillow which will be raffled on Dec. 14.

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