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Westfield Memorial Library offers Origami Workshop and Yoga Series

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The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to host an origami workshop on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Total Body Renew Yoga on three consecutive Thursdays at 7 p.m.: Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Participants will learn basic origami folds and how to make a simple winter bouquet to take home. Materials will be provided.

Origami expert and arts teacher Joy Ann J. Cabanos will teach the class how to make an exquisite winter flower bouquet. No experience with origami or particular artistic talent is required — the instructor makes it an easy and fun craft for adults.

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Cabanos is a mixed-media artist, poet and arts educator who teaches painting and origami in county and after-school programs, as well as in private workshops. She is passionate about sharing the Arts and helping others tap into their own creativities.

Total Body Renew Yoga will be presented by yoga teacher Lorraine Harwelik. According to Harwelik, the class is for anyone who feels stiff, sore or grumpy.

“Do your joints feel like they need a grease job?” she asked. “Did you know that you can upgrade your body's strength, flexibility, and agility? Total Body Renew Yoga can increase your efficiency and overall comfort level.”

This system of yoga movements is designed to help class members unlock their movement and comfort potential by safely warming and releasing muscle fibers and increasing the joints' range of motion.

Lorraine M. Harwelik is a registered yoga teacher, certified herbalist, and licensed New Jersey educator. She has presented many well attended programs at the library including, Yoga for Gardeners and the Health Benefits of Herbs.

Participants can take one, two or all three classes, but classes are small, so registration is strongly suggested.

The programs are open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit www.wmlnj.org and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908-789-4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library — the community’s destination for discovery and ideas — engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908-789-4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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