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Center & Venture at Riverbend Park – 6/26/21

Center & Venture at Riverbend Park – 6/26/21

Published: June 24, 2021

Do you count on nature to calm you when you’re frazzled? Are you eager to get outside after a long week of work and family obligations?

The library is partnering with Dr. George Place, director of the Cooperative Extension and a certified personal trainer and tai chi instructor. Twice-monthly, he’s inviting people to join him at one of the county’s parks for a two-part session of gentle exercise. For the first 30 minutes, he’ll be leading tai chi movements (the ‘Center’ part). Afterwards, he’ll accompany participants on an hour-long hike (the ‘Venture’ part).

These events are designed to be a one-two punch to help people improve their health and feel more at peace. Enjoying physical activity in an outdoor setting is an age-old technique for coping with stress and achieving more personal contentment.

Center & Venture is suitable for all fitness levels and will take place next from 8:30-10 am at Riverbend Park (6700 NC Hwy 16, Conover) on Saturday, June 26. To register and complete the required waiver, please visit

Next month’s sessions will take place on Tuesday, July 6 from 3-4:30 pm at Riverbend Park (6700 NC Hwy 16, Conover) and Saturday, July 10 from 8:30-10 am at Bakers Mountain Park (6680 Bakers Mountain Rd, Hickory).