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January 2024

Happy New Year!

There is no better time to connect with Next – and your community.

We are excited to present a week of possibilities – from January 22 through January 26, many of our most popular offerings will be complimentary for members, and future members alike. This is your chance to try that class you have been thinking about, play a new game, learn a new skill and enjoy the fellowship of others.

Next is a vibrant tapestry of shared laughter, meaningful conversations, and a support system that turns challenges into triumphs. Whether it's the warmth of familiar faces or the excitement of discovering common interests, these connections fuel a sense of belonging and make the journey more colorful.

There is a lot to choose from – join us for one, or all of the following classes, clinics and programs!

Strengthen your body:

Pickleball Skills and Drills: Tuesday, January 23, and Wednesday, January 24, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Join a licensed pickleball instructor for a clinic covering some of the basics of this very popular game. All levels welcome.

LeBlast® Chair Fitness; Monday, January 22, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. A fun workout based on the dances seen on “Dancing with the Stars,” combining all aspects of physical fitness.

Flow Yoga: Wednesday, January 24, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. A slow yet strong flow practice suitable for all who may be interested in expanding their yoga practice.

Tai Chi for Beginners: Wednesday, January 24, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Improve your physical health and promote a calm state of mind in this class suitable for all levels.

Low Impact Aerobics: Thurs,day,January 25, from 9 to 10 a.m. We’ll get things warmed up with some small movements, then transition into some basic moves to get our heart rates up.

Learn a new game:

Maj Jongg: Thursday, January 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. Join us for an introductory Maj Jongg lesson and an overview of this popular game.

Canasta: Wednesday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. This is a great opportunity to try a beginner lesson or get a refresher of this fun card game.

Learn a new skill:

Calligraphy: Friday, January 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. Develop a flair with a lesson in simple calligraphy and take your handwriting to the next level!

Photography: Tuesday, January 23, from 10 to 12 noon. See firsthand some of the Photography Club’s amazing work and get a few pointers to make your photos look their best.

Enjoy a Native American Performance:

Native Dance & Cultural Program: Thursday, January 25, at 6 p.m. Reg Pettibone, HoChuck Nation Member and Champion Powwow Dancer, will perform at Next.

Together, we create memories, celebrate successes, and navigate through the twists and turns with a shared sense of camaraderie. Whether you are an extrovert that thrives on socializing or an introvert who values more intimate gatherings, Next is a warm and welcoming place to stay active and connected to your community. Visit the Next website for a full list of offerings at

Cris Braun is Executive Director of Birmingham Next


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