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Those who took the recent Muay Thai class taught by JD Scarberry learned proper footwork and basic combinations while practicing. (Photo provided)

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Amputee Center has announced its community wellness activities scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

The purpose of this programming is to provide attendees with the opportunity to explore some of the many fun and interesting activities available in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Classes can be found on the Amputee Center Facebook page under the Events tab and on the website at

Courses are free for amputees and most courses are free to the general public.

In general, there is no limit to the number of participants, but due to the nature of some programs, class sizes may be limited. If this happens, the Facebook announcement will offer instructions on how to register in advance.

From left to right, Gail Teed and Kim Davis take part in the Wellness Drum Circle and don’t miss a beat. (Photo provided)

So far this year the following courses have been offered: Wellness Drum Circle, Self Defense and Muay Thai.

Upcoming courses include:

* April 5: Introduction to energy healing, Amy Sillers

* April 22: Introduction to bonsai, Ki No Kaze Bonsai Club, pre-registration required

* May 3: The Bonny Method of Guided Meditation in Music, Brent Beeson

* May 24: Personal habitat: Transformation in the Ohio of the Appalachians, Julie Zickafoose

* September 6: Introduction to Bungee Fitness, Toni Holbrook, pre-registration required

* September 27: Drumming Rhythms & History-Lawrence Greene

* Oct. 4: Introduction to Silks, to be determined, pre-registration required.

* Oct. 25: Introduction to essential oils, Amy Sillers

* Nov. 1: Paint & Wine BYOB, Kristen McCutcheon, pre-registration required

* Nov. 22: Introduction to ballroom dancing, John Polasko

* December 6: Decorating cookies, Tiff’s magic cookies

* December 27: Introduction to Yoga, Project Yoga MOV

The nonprofit amputee center, 2311 Ohio Ave., provides a place of physical and emotional support for individuals and families coping with the trauma of losing a limb. Activities include a monthly blender where amputees and their caregivers can receive inspiration, as well as learn tips and tricks, from others who share their same journey. Every Thursday afternoon, amputees can stop by the center to explore resources, chat with a peer, or learn about fitness classes and other programs available for area amputees. For more information about the amputee center, call (304) 699-2373.

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