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January Newsletter 2021

Register for the Oso Fit Virtual 5K!


To keep our community safe, the Oso Fit event has shifted to a Virtual 5K Fun Run and Drive-Through Community Health Fair on Saturday, February 27.

The event kicks off at 9 am with the Drive-Through Community Health Fair at the Norman P. Murray Center featuring health and wellness organizations offering giveaways and handouts. Along with the Drive-Through Health Fair, vendors have the chance to promote their businesses through swag bag items, marketing and virtual coupons.

Once registered for the 5K Fun Run, participants can make the run or trek along the Oso Creek Trail, via a treadmill or wherever they want.

Sponsorships for this event are available. If your organization is seeking a great way to safely connect to the community and promote healthy living, visit https://osofit5k.org/sponsors for more information.  

All pre-registration fees will benefit Mission Viejo nonprofits. For more information or to become a beneficiary, visit https://osofit5k.org or contact rcs@cityofmissionviejo.org to get started.

Swimming, Tennis, Pickleball and Outdoor Activities Continue While Gyms are Closed


With the new Stay-At-Home order in effect in Southern California, the City of Mission Viejo continues to provide services to the community while taking precautionary measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Lap swimming, tennis, pickleball and other outdoor activities are still open for reservations. 

With the New Year holiday this week, the centers will be open with modified hours on certain days. 

As always, the safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority.  We will continue to frequently clean amenities and touchpoints throughout the facilities.  We are also asking participants some prescreening questions upon arrival to ensure they and people in their households are heathy and well before participating in activities.  This is just another proactive measure we are taking to ensure patron safety.  If you or anyone in your household are experiencing the following symptoms, please stay home and do not visit the City’s Recreation and Tennis Centers. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, headache, chills, sweats, aches, loss of taste and smell and difficulty breathing.

The City will continue providing updates via our dedicated COVID-19 webpage as they become available.  For more information on how sectors are impacted and the Regional State-At-Home Order, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/.


Try New Online Fitness Classes!


Get started on your New Year’s fitness goals with a bevy of classes available online! 

Line Dancing
Line dance classes for all levels. Dance for fun, exercise, balance, coordination and to learn a new skill. Dance to some old favorites and add some new ones to your repertoire. 
Instructor: Carrie Wojo
#76261 / Wed / Jan 6 - 27 / 9-10 am / $36 / Online 

Balance with Barre
Balance with Barre features ballet-influenced exercises designed to improve balance by strengthening your core and major muscles. Using rhythmic movements, your legs, arms and stomach will become more toned and flexible. All levels are welcome. 
Instructor: Elgitz Jane (EJ) Baldonado-Wilkins
#77025 / Tu / Jan 12 - Feb 16 / 11:30 am - 12:30 pm / $12 / Online  

Chair Exercise  
Keep your body and mind as healthy as possible. Did you know you can reverse the signs of aging in your brain when you learn some simple dance steps that can be done while sitting in a chair? Chair exercise has easy movements to increase strength and flexibility in your arms, legs and core muscles. *No class Jan 18.
Instructor: CS Dance Factory
#76267 / Mon / Jan 4 - 25* / 11:15 am - 12 pm / $23 / Online 

Core Pilates
Develop strong stomach muscles and help ease back pain. Focus-driven exercises will boost brain power and concentration. Bring a mat, band and hand towel. All levels are welcome in this 5-week series. 
Instructor: Elgitz Jane (EJ) Baldonado-Wilkins
#77020 / Th / Jan 14 - Feb 18 / 11:30 am - 12:30 pm / $12 / Online 

Jazzercise Dance Mixx – Online
This online class includes low- to high-intensity dances melding modern moves with strength training. This muscle-sculpting class combines weights and resistance training to create a tight, leaner body in just 45 minutes. This class will also boost your mental well-being!
Instructor: Suzy Galaz
#77043 / Tu & Th / Jan 5 - 28 / 8:30 - 9:15 am / $25 / Online 
#77044 / Tu & Th / Feb 2 - 25 / 8:30 - 9:15 am / $25 / Online 

Yoga in a Chair for Every-BODY!
Want to live more fully in the present and stop incessant troubling thoughts and rising anxiety? This is the class for you! It includes easy-to-follow slow movements aimed at nurturing the physical body, quieting the mind and connecting you back to your true, peaceful center. Learn simple breathing and meditation methods and improve your immune system with gentle stretching and strengthening in modified yoga poses while comfortably seated.
Instructor: Dara Linson
#77080 / Fri / Jan 8 - 29 / 11:15 am - 12 pm / $30 / Online  
#77081 / Fri / Feb 5 - 26 / 11:15 am - 12 pm / $30 / Online  

Yoga Stretch
This class is designed to explore the functionality of yoga and stretch exercise in everyday life. Learn
body awareness, improve muscular strength, flexibility and range of motion. 
Instructor: Elgitz Jane (EJ) Baldonado-Wilkins
#77021 / Wed / Jan 13 - Feb 17 / 12:30 - 1:40 pm / $15 / Online 

Join this fun, interactive online class! Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and international music and dance moves, creating a fun, effective fitness program. These dance moves give you a total-body workout, combining all elements of fitness: cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. You get a boosted dose of energy for your day. Be sure to sign on to the class 10 minutes before it starts, so you don’t miss a beat!   
Instructor: Jeannie King
#77163 / Fri / Jan 8 - 29 / 9:15 - 10:15 am / $15 / Online 
#77164 / Fri / Feb 5 - 26 / 9:15 - 10:15 am / $15 / Online

Zumba Gold  
Did you know dancing reverses the signs of aging in the brain and body? Discover how you can do this and groove at your own pace in the Zumba Gold dance party workout for the young at heart! The class features easy-to-follow low-impact dance steps to a variety of motivating music. *No class Jan 18.
Instructor: CS Dance Factory
#76263 / Mon / Jan 4 – 25* / 9 - 10 am / $30 / Online

Join the Virtual Aging Mastery Program


The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) is an “Age Well” 10-class   curriculum that provides skills and tools to achieve measurable changes leading to improved health, stronger financial security and overall well-being.    Each class is presented by an expert instructor from the Senior Specialists Group (SSG) of the Foundation for Senior Services.

Click here to view a 5-minute introductory video about the AMP program and what to expect as we learn and have fun together. AMP classes take place virtually via Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday for five weeks.

Jan 5:            Navigating Longer Lives:  The Basics of Aging mastery
Jan 7:            Exercise and You
Jan 12:          Sleep
Jan 14:          Healthy Eating and Hydration
Jan 19:          Financial Fitness
Jan 21:          Advance Planning
Jan 26:          Healthy Relationships
Jan 28:          Medication Management
Feb 2:           Falls Prevention
Feb 4:           Community Engagement

Tuesday and Thursday / Jan 5 – Feb 4 / 10-11:30 am / Course #77042 / Free 


Drive Through Food Drive Set for Jan. 16 at the Murray Center-OCTA Bus Turnaround


The City will continue to host Drop-and-Go food collection drives from 9-11 am on the third Saturday of the month at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center. Mark your calendar for the January 16 drive benefiting Project Access, which provides support for local low-income families.


Wellness Checks Call Program



Mission Viejo residents can still register for our Senior Wellness Checks Program to receive a call from a City staff member from the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center. The City launched this program in the spring to ensure residents, especially the most vulnerable populations, have the support they need. The program includes a scheduled weekly or bi-weekly call to check-in on seniors and people with disabilities, provide resources, answer questions, share ideas or simply say “hello.” City staff will make the calls Monday through Friday on the resident’s preferred day and time between 9 am and 5 pm. A relative can request the service on behalf of someone, but the participant can opt-out at any time if desired. For more information or to register, call 949-470-3062.