Tai chi offers benefits for older adults

Life Time Fitness Ambassador Laurence Berkley demonstrates movement in Tai Chi at the Life Time Athletic in Summerlin on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Michael Quine Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88s Life Time Fitness Ambassador Laurence Berkley demonstrates movement in Tai Chi to student, Connie Kellers, at the Life Time Athletic in Summerlin on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Michael Quine Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88s Life Time Fitness Ambassador Laurence Berkley instructs student, Connie Kellers, in Tai Chi at the Life Time Athletic in Summerlin on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Michael Quine Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88s Tai chi is nothing short of ferocious if you ask Laurence Berkley. The 77-year-old Sifu, or tai chi teacher, has traveled the world — destinations such as Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar and Spain — over the past 50-plus years, mastering the art of flexibility and balance. Today, he’s the oldest trainer at Life Time in Summerlin, where, under the moniker “fitness ambassador,” Berkley shares his love for the martial art in one-on-one and small group classes. “I got very interested in fitness — which it wasn’t called that in the ’60s, it was just called exercise,” said Berkley, who acknowledges he resembles a modern version of the character Pai Mei from Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill: Vol. 2.” Two karate teachers in the Los Angeles area, where Berkley lived at the time, turned him on to tai chi and yoga after Berkley received his black belt in karate in 1963. On a recent Wednesday, Berkley lifted his arms and legs, demonstrating for a student a set of proper movements in the practice of tai chi. He wore a white robe-and-pant set, sported a silver ponytail with a thick beard to complement, and broke the martial-art mystique with a pair of red-and-black sneakers, a look his manager at the gym recently approved, he said. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, using Continue Reading

New businesses lagging on the East Side

New businesses lagging on the East Side By Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje December 30, 2017 Updated: December 30, 2017 6:33pm Photo: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS Image 1of/3 CaptionClose Image 1 of 3 Cassie Kim talks to her husband, Jongman Kim, about their plans for the evening at their East Meadows apartment in San Antonio on Dec. 15, 2017. Cassie Kim talks to her husband, Jongman Kim, about their plans for the evening at their East Meadows apartment in San Antonio on Dec. 15, 2017. Photo: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS Image 2 of 3 Cassie Kim and her husband, JongMan Kim, talk at their East Meadows apartment as they get ready to go out for the evening in San Antonio on Dec. 15, 2017. Cassie Kim and her husband, JongMan Kim, talk at their East Meadows apartment as they get ready to go out for the evening in San Antonio on Dec. 15, 2017. Photo: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS Image 3 of 3 Cassie and Jongman Kim leave their East Meadows apartment to go see “The Nutcracker” at an East Side landmark, the Carver Community Cultural Center. Cassie and Jongman Kim leave their East Meadows apartment to go see “The Nutcracker” at an East Side landmark, the Carver Community Cultural Center. Photo: Lisa Krantz / San Antonio Express-News New businesses lagging on the East Side 1 / 3 Back to Gallery By some measures, life has improved inside EastPoint, a 3.5-square-mile area on the historically blighted East Side, where since 2011 more than $200 million in federal grants and other public and private money has sought to reduce poverty. Most Popular 1 Assistant to council the Continue Reading

Kiss 2017 goodbye with one of these 7 New Year’s Eve events

Good news for anyone ready to shift gears, rev up and burn rubber into the new year, leaving 2017 far, far away in the rear view mirror: There are oodles of New Year’s Eve festivities happening around Madison. Hit up any given bar or club around town, from neighborhood favorites like the Harmony to downtown destinations like Lucille, and odds are there will be music, food and dancing to be had. On top of that, restaurants from Fuegos to Red Sushi are putting together special menus for the occasion, while neighborhood institutions like the Goodman Community Center are hosting fundraising events. For those who need a bit of inspiration while figuring out their new year's itinerary, here’s a rundown of seven events going down on Sunday night that stand apart: Latin Fiesta at Club Voodoo For those who are serious about getting in some ballroom-style dancing, Club Voodoo, 802 Atlas Ave., on Madison’s far east side is hosting a veritable all-night marathon of Latin dance that starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until 8 a.m. The night features salsa, bachata, merengue and cumbia, along with some hip-hop, reggaeton and electronic tunes for those looking for some looser forms of club dancing. Ticket prices are TBD. Free session at Dragonfly Hot Yoga Dancing’s one thing, but for those who want to truly greet 2018 as a sweaty exhausted mess, Dragonfly Yoga, 610 Junction Rd. in Fitchburg, is hosting a night of free Vinyasa yoga. The class starts at 10:45 p.m., and lasts until 12:15 a.m. That New Year’s Eve ‘70s Show at the Crystal Corner Bar For those who wallow in ‘70s nostalgia, or those who just like the look of bell-bottom jeans, the Crystal Corner Bar, 1302 Williamson Street, has the party for you. One of Madison’s most popular rookie musical acts, Woodrow, will hold down the fort with a collection of covers from the era, as will folk rock outfits Imaginary Watermelons and the Lower 5th. This party will set you back Continue Reading

Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2016 detox cleanse cuts tomatoes, gluten, dairy, red meat, caffeine, alcohol, added sugar and more

Warning: Gwyneth Paltrow’s new detox may cause dry-heaving — but she swears it’ll be worth it. The lifestyle guru revealed her 2016 cleanse on Goop on Friday — and one thing is for certain: you won’t eat much. THE TOP CELEBRITY TRANSFORMATIONS OF 2015 Paltrow’s weeklong diet bans: n gluten — so say goodbye to wheat products, rye, barley, bulgur and couscous, which those with celiac disease are aware can cause inflammation. n dairy — no more milk, yogurt, cheese and butter. Dairy products can cause inflammation even if you’re not lactose intolerant. n corn — which basically eliminates the entire American diet. Corn - you guessed it - can also trigger inflammation. n soy - processed soy products can make it harder for the body to absorb minerals, which is counterproductive to detoxing. n caffeine — productivity be damned! Your daily java makes the body more acidic and fires up the adrenal gland - all no-nos during a detox. n alcohol — see above. Also, alcohol taxes the liver, which is supposed to be getting a rest right now. 8 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS TO MAKE 2016 YOUR BEST YEAR n any added sugar — the sweet stuff spikes the body’s insulin levels, which leads to storing more belly fat, raising bad cholestoral, and throwing hormones out of whack - which triggers skin problems and actually makes you crave more sugar. n red meat - it makes the digestive system - which you are supposed to be rebooting - work harder to break it down and get it out. n shellfish — shrimp, crab and lobster can cause inflammation in the joints. n white rice - the processed grain packs less nutritional value than brown rice, and isn’t as effective in removing toxins. n “nightshade” fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and potatoes — because they can cause inflammation resulting in bloating, gas, Continue Reading

Makin Waves with CC Coletti Band at Russtival

When popular rocker CC Coletti was a little girl growing up in Hunterdon County, her big sister used to have parties with music provided by the cover band Ground Zero.Coletti said she was in awe of the band and wanted badly to hang out at the party, but her mom wouldn’t let her.On Sept. 24, the rock ‘n’ roll universe will come full circle. The well-known singer -- who established her career as a backing vocalist for Meat Loaf and since has released two original CDs – will share co-lead vocals for a reunited Ground Zero headlining day one of Russtival.The growing annual fundraiser fights pancreatic cancer and provides financial aid to students and the needy in memory of beloved musician and audio-visual engineer Russ Perry. Nine years ago, the founding member of Ground Zero died in his 40s just months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.Russtival VIII, being conducted at the Clinton Elks Lodge in the Pittstown section of Hunterdon County’s Franklin Township, marks the second consecutive year that Coletti is performing at the fundraiser and the first time she will appear at both days of the event. On Sept. 25, the CC Coletti Band – also bassist TJ Jablonski (Coletti’s husband), former Noel Redding/Spin Doctors guitarist Anthony Krizan, and Jim Ruffi -- once again will headline.Russtival VIII also will feature What the Funk?, The Harrison Brothers Band, Bones Weedsley, Gypsy Rose, 90 Proof, and Phido on Sept. 24, and Vinyl Approach, Nick Clemons Band, Freight, The Electrosonix, We May Be Right, IDB (Grateful Dead tribute), and Leather & Lace with Russel Perry Jr., the festival namesake’s son, on Sept. 25. Both shows are from noon to 8 p.m. and will feature an impressive array of donated raffle items. For more about Russtival, visit www.facebook.com/russtival.Coletti also will perform with her band, which sometimes includes Matt O’Ree drummer John Hummel, on Sept. 23 at Gladstone Tavern, Continue Reading

2017 Summer Guide: Rainy Day Fun

When the weather is unbeachable, and fun seems unreachable, you need some rainy day ideas.This is especially true if you have kids, but grownups need options, too. Because nobody wants to hear any whining. So, pull it together, grownups.After all, the sun will come out eventually. You just gotta get through the day... 1. TELL ME A STORY...Browse the shelves at Book Towne, 171 Main St. in Manasquan.  Author appearances frequently are scheduled. Story time for children ages 3 to 5 takes place at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.Book Towne is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more info, call 732-722-7255 or go to booktowne.com.Or, go to a library. Storytimes, arts and crafts, exhibits, lectures and performances abound at all the branches of Monmouth County Library and Ocean County Library, as well as the municipal libraries. Check the schedules for the county libraries throughout the summer:  monmouthcountylib.org and theoceancountylibrary.org. WATCH: Why we love lighthouses 2. SEE THE STARSLearn the stories of the stars at the Robert J. Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College, off College Drive in Toms River. The varied schedule includes one-hour star shows for all ages, along with special events like "Pajama Night" and laser shows. General admission is  $10, or $8 for seniors 60 and older, $7 for children 12 and younger or Ocean County College students. There's also a "Family Pack" admission for two adults and three children for $35. For more info, call 732- 732.255.0343 or go to ocean.edu. 3. PAINTLife is a blank canvas. Splatter it with paint at Pinot's Palette, where you can re-create themed paintings under the guidance of an instructor, all while enjoying BYOB wine and snacks.You can find Pinot's Palette in Red Bank, Manalapan, East Brunswick and Wall. A new Pinot's Palette is "coming soon" to Brick. For more info, go to Continue Reading

Quick Chek Festival sails into New Jersey with hot air balloons, skydiving and a human cannonball

The 29th annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning sails into Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J., this Friday for three days of highflying fun. North America's largest hot air balloon and music fest boasts more than 100 balloons taking flight in five mass ascents (in early morning and at sunset) just 42 miles outside the city. New balloons making their debut including a 120-foot-tall butterfly, a 112-foot-long blue shark from Brazil, plus the 100-foot-tall Unique Photo/Sony SnoBird penguin decked out in a Hawaiian shirt and shades. The fun blasts off on Friday with Balloons, Tunes & Booms, including the first mass balloon ascent at 6:30 p.m., ABBA the Concert at 8 and fireworks at 9:30. Saturday brings "Summer's Biggest Block Party" with ascents at 6:30 a.m. and p.m., plus the Barenaked Ladies rocking at 8 p.m. during the hot air balloon evening glow show. Sunday wraps up with a Health & Wellness Day featuring mass ascents at 6:30 a.m. and p.m., plus sunrise yoga, Jazzercise and Zumba workouts, the ­Running With the Balloons 5K & Fun Run, plus Meat Loaf in concert at 4 p.m. Jennifer (The Cannon Lady) Smith and the Red Bull Air Force skydiving team perform daily. Hot air balloons come in all shapes and sizes ... and characters. (Mike Dennis/Quick Chek Festival) Balloons by the numbers -100 Number of hot air balloons from around the world expected to attend this year's fest.U.S. flag. Fri. 1-10 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. & Sun. 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; $30 adults, $15 kids, children 3 & under free. Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station, N.J. Visit balloonfestival.com for complete schedule, directions and tickets. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Summer’s Hot 100: What to hear, see and do in NYC

There's nothing like Memorial Day weekend to get you planning hot-weather events and escapes. To help you celebrate summer, here are 100 amazing things to hear, see and do in the best city on earth!WHAT TO HEAR 1. "The Wiz." R &B queen Ashanti plays Dorothy in this latest staging of the ’70s pop-soul re-think on “The Wizard of Oz.” At City Center, 131 W. 55th St. (212) 247-0430. 2. Summer Reading Program Kick-Off party. Join the Brooklyn Public Library for the beginning of reading season as the chick-rock group Care Bears on Fire perform live. June 4 at 3:30 p.m. Free; 1 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, (718) 230-2100. 3. Brooklyn Music Festival. Reggae, dancehall and calypso heat up Aviator Sports & Recreation, Floyd Bennett Field. June 21, 50 Aviator Road, Brooklyn. For more information, go to BrooklynMusic Festival.com. 4. “All Points West.” The largest alterna-rock festival on the East Coast hits Liberty State Park the weekend of July 31. This second annual fest sprawls through three days of groovy rock bands, headlined by the Beastie Boys, Tool and Coldplay, who close the day-long shows, Fri., Sat. and Sun. respectively. Single-day pass $89, three-day pass $199. Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, N.J., (212) 307-7171. 5. Beyonce channels her inner “Sasha Fierce” at the Garden on June 21. The latest live extravaganza from the sex-bomb singer promises to be her most elaborate — and, if we’re lucky, drag-queen-ready — event to date. $20.75-$175.75; Seventh Ave. between 31st and 33rd Sts., (212) 307-7171. 6. Depeche Mode plans to prove synthpop never dies by spreading their S&M-tinged gloom through the Garden on Aug. 3 and 4. Reach out and touch faith. $49.50 to $129.50, (212) 307-7171. 7. Taylor Swift, modern country music’s first true teen idol, makes her live New York debut in the most public way possible — at the Garden Aug. 27. $24.50 - $79.50, (212) 307-7171. 8. Black Eyed Peas. The Continue Reading

100 summer must-dos in NYC

Online Contest: The Daily News' Great Summer Giveaway YOGA-TASTIC Forget the gym and work out for free in the heart of Manhattan. There's free yoga in Union Square Park every Wednesday at 3 p.m. (E. 14th to E. 17th Sts., between Broadway and Park Aves., www.unionsquarenyc.org ). 'MORNING' MUSIC Two Johns for the price of none. ABC's "Good Morning America" hosts free summer concerts every Friday morning at 7 in Bryant Park. Catch John Mayer on July 20 and John Legend on Aug. 3. Get there early (41st St. and Sixth Ave., www.abcnews.go.com ). BE GRRRREAT Win tickets!www.chelseapiers.com ) RIVER VIEWS Take in the city from the pier at the River Cafe in Brooklyn and enjoy the all-natural ice cream of the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, in the '20s fireboat house next door (1 Water St., 718-246-3963). GO HARRY POTTER CRAZY No shame in liking Harry, grownups. The McNally Robinson bookstore hosts the Harry Potter Party for Grownups only on July 20, starting at 10 p.m., for the midnight release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." The event will boast a look-alike contest, deejay, fortune-telling and "magical" punch (free entry, 50 Prince St. 212-274-1160). GO VEGAN Feed the homeless and stand for a cause. Food Not Bombs meets every Sunday at 1 p.m. at the ABC No Rio to cook vegan dishes, then heads to Tompkins Square Park to provide free meals. (156 Rivington St., 212-254-3697) GARDEN PARTY Keep the Big Apple green. Join the GreenThumb urban gardening program, which maintains 600 gardens across the city (www.greenthumbnyc.org ). STREET FARE Savvy shoppers get ready! Find deal after deal at the Greenwich Village Festival on Aug. 11. Shop, eat and be merry from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Greenwich Ave. from Sixth and Seventh Aves. www.nycstreetfairs.com ). CLASSICAL SOUNDS Take a load off with the soothing sounds of the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell, the oldest Continue Reading

100 ways to survive 100-degree heat in Arizona

This version of this story is no longer being updated. Please find a current, interactive version here.Once the temperature tops 100 degrees, it's hard to find a reason to leave the air-conditioned house. Here are 100 ways to actually enjoy the heat this summer.The museum is ranked nationally as a top destination for families, and it's easy to hear why. The museum offers interactive exhibits that allow kids to play, hear and experience music in new ways. Kids will love wearing headphones, walking through exhibits, and hearing world music. They'll also like the Experience Gallery, where they can try instruments and make their own music.Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays-Saturdays. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $20; $15 for ages 13-19; $10 for ages 4-12; free for age 3 or younger. 480-478-6000, mim.org.Water attractions include a wave pool, slides, rapids experiences and extreme rides like the Tornado, Maximum Velocity and the Constrictor. Or, enjoy floating on the not-so-lazy Crazy Cactus Roaring River, complete with waves and waterfalls. Wet 'n' Wild Jr. offers fun for little visitors.Details: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays until Aug. 9, after which it will only be open on weekends. 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale. $34.99 on weekends and $31.99 on weekdays; $32.99 on weekends and $29.99 on weekdays for age 62 or older and children shorter than 42 inches; free for age 2 or younger. 623-201-2000, wetnwildphoenix.com. RELATED: Guide to valley water parksCentral Phoenix has its own Sweet Republic branch, on 16th Street just north of Bethany Home Road. The hardest part is choosing from 20-plus delicious flavors, from coconut sorbet to salted butter caramel.Details: Noon-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; noon-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Two locations: 9160 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale. 480-248-6979. 6054 N. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-535-5990, sweetrepublic.com. Can also be found in Whole Foods Markets and at the Phoenix Continue Reading