Area briefs

Photo contest deadline nears

TROY — Get your cameras ready for Brukner Nature Center’s ninth annual Photo Contest “It’s About Wildlife” coming to the Heidelberg Auditorium this winter.

Whether your photos are from your backyard or North American travels, show how they support BNC’s slogan, “It’s about Wildlife!”

Visit the center’s website or stop by the main building to pick up a brochure with full contest details. This event is open to all photographers of all ages.

Entries are now being accepted through Monday,Dec. 11. All photographs displayed will be for sale, but may not be picked up until March 15.

A 25 percent commission on sales will benefit BNC’s mission to promote wildlife conservation through environmental education.

Get moving at YWCA

PIQUA — Dea Davis will facilitate a new session of “Healthy Moves” with a four-week session beginning Monday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the YWCA.

“The class will focus on improving balance, relaxation and breathing,” Davis said. “The movements will be gentle, smooth and continuous with emphasis on gaining strength and better balance. This program enhances one’s overall health and quality of life.”

Potential new students are welcome to observe a class before signing up, according to YWCA Program Director Beth Royer-DeLong.

For more information on membership requirements or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Cardio yoga coming up

PIQUA — Join Katie Nardecchia for a new five-week session of Cardio Yoga at the YWCA Piqua beginning Dec. 13. Classes will run from 6:15-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights.

“Cardio Yoga is vigorous exercise with cardio, strength building, core work, ‘Asanas’ and meditation all wrapped into one. It’s a great mental workout with more calories burnt,” Nardecchia said. “Each class will begin with centering which involves emphasis on the breath. This allows participants to become centered and grounded for the practice.

Throughout the class a variety of “asanas,” (postures), will be taught and practiced. Some of these postures are seated and some are standing. According to Nardecchia, “The standing postures help us with balance which becomes increasingly important as we get older.”

Classes end with relaxation which leaves those in the class feeling rejuvenated and most importantly, present in the moment. Students should bring a bath towel, sash and mat to class.

“Interested students can take both the Monday night yoga classes and/or the Cardio Yoga class and really get a workout,” Nardecchia added.

For more information on membership requirements, class fees or registration, visit the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.