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Register for free, low-cost programs on tap this month

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, don’t forget to make time for free and low-cost programs at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.

Calling all seniors!
You are invited to take part in a special intergenerational event by sharing the story of your life with students at Ladera Ranch Middle School. This 2-part experience begins with an interview that captures your life journey, complete with details of important dates, anecdotes, photos and memorabilia. You can bring your high school yearbooks and family photos to enhance your personal story. The second half ends with a student presentation of your written biography and a celebratory brunch sponsored by the students. The interview will take place in February with the biography presentation and brunch following in April. To volunteer for this special program, call 949-470-3062.

Make your own soap
Learn the step-by-step process of making your own soap in this fun class at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6.  These hand-crafted bars make the perfect gift for the holidays. You can also add essential oils and aromatherapy products to individualize your soap. Cost for the class is a $10 materials fee paid to the instructor. Register online at https://econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #4878.

Shoe assessment by Snail’s Pace
Are you wearing the right shoe for your foot?  Snail’s Pace will host a shoe assessment program at 10 a.m. on December 8 to help you determine just that.  The store’s staff will discuss their fit process and why it is so important to be fit in the right shoe.  You will also receive “Snail’s Bucks” worth $5 toward an in-store purchase. Register online at https://econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #4883.

Common holiday scams
The holidays are a time for joy – and, sadly, also a time for fraud! On Friday, December 9, you will learn about common holiday scams and how to avoid being an unintended Santa Claus. This free presentation begins at noon and will cover online, gift cards, phone, shopping, deliveries, fake charities and other topics you should be aware of to keep you safe. Register by calling 949-470-3062 or online at https://econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #5034.

Learn to play Bocce Ball
If you have always wanted to learn the game of bocce, here’s your chance. In a leisurely pace, we’ll show you how to play on our beautiful new bocce courts. This free demonstration is at 10 a.m. on December 13.  All equipment is provided. Register online at https://econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #4880.

Healing journey through meditation
Experience various topics and types of meditations infused with healing energy at 7 p.m. on December 13.  Led by instructor Tammy Descoteaux, the session is designed to be educational, experiential and relaxing. Cost is $5 per session. Register online at https://econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #4854.

Christmas Feast
Celebrate the spirit of the season with good friends, food and entertainment. This Christmas Feast begins at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 16. There is a $4.50 suggested donation for seniors and $6 general admission. Registration is required by December 9 and is available by calling 949-470-3063 or online at https://econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #4884.  

Nordic Walking Poles   
Nordic walking offers more benefits than regular walking, jogging, biking or running. Reducing joint pain and falls and improving posture are just some of the reasons to try walking poles. Join us for this monthly workshop that many agree can make walking fun again. This next program is at 10 a.m. on December 28.

The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center is at 24932 Veterans Way. For more information, call 949-470-3062.

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