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Israel (Izzy) Canton, who attends Stone Elementary, embraces his Native American heritage in his dance.

At Fair Park, the seniors love having special guests and learning their ways. The Native American culture is always intriguing. The center will be welcoming Dana Sappier, who is from the Maliseet tribe of the Algonquin Nation located in the region of New Brunswick, Canada. Sappier is a recipient of the Tennessee Native American Eagle Award for his service and involvement not only in the American Indian community, but also here at home in Cumberland County.

They will also welcome June Roberts, who is from northern New England and of the Metis/Abenaki Indians. June is a home maker and makes pow wow dance regalia and other Native American items.

Also attending will be Israel Canton, Roberts’ grandson, who is nine years old and entering fifth grade this year at Stone Elementary School. He dances the men’s traditional at pow wows with his family at many Indian gatherings across the southeast.

Sappier and Roberts are honorary members of the local Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1015. Roberts heads the women’s AVVA support group for the vets. They both work on various projects and fundraisers. Pow wows and other Native American gatherings are a big part of their lives. The family is also involved in starting the Standing Stone American Indian Cultural Center in Monterey with director Robert Redhawk Eldridge.

Plan to be at Fair Park this Friday, starting at 10 a.m. to learn more of their American heritage, and mark your calendar for Sept. 15 for the 28th annual Pioneer Day and Musicfest for a fun-filled day for your kids to celebrate the heritage of those who settled Tennessee. There will be Revolutionary, Confederate and Union soldiers and cowboys. Also, Native American Ed Winddancer will be returning this year. There will also be lots of crafts, good food and fun.

This fundraiser helps the senior center each year to keep good programs available for the older adults.

New this week at the senior center will be SilverSneakers YogaStretch. This program is designed to move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

The certified instructor for this Chair Yoga Class will be Tina Taylor. The classes will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m., immediately after the faster pace Cardio Blast Class, which is led by Donna Rule. Both are certified SilverSneakers instructors for the Muscular Strength and Range of Movement Classes, which are held several times each week at the center. Seniors 55-plus can get active with these programs for $1 for those who do not have a Heathway Insurance card.

Only for this month at the center, there will be a four-week free aromatherapy workshop every Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Lynnea Sedrel-Donai will be teaching the all-natural health benefits of essential oils and their many practical and healing applications, during this gentle relaxing hour. You will learn about massage and reflexology using the beautiful fragrance oils like frankincense, myrrh, jasmine, lavender and many more. Sign up today and learn to relax.

Fair Park Senior Center is the place for today’s older generation. The center’s hour are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The center is at 1433 Livingston Rd. across from the Cumberland County Community Complex. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org/ to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered for seniors, as well as online versions of the center’s monthly newsletter, “Newsline.”

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