Giving the gift of health
Tropical Vibes Dance
There’s nothing better to keep the old corazon ticking than dancing. And as its Web site proclaims – “Budding Salseros can get good, fast” – Tropical Vibes Dance in Mesa specializes in salsa lessons and training, from beginner to advanced. Directors Manny and Cory Gutierrez offer weekly classes and one-on-one lessons. Prices vary according to the various sessions offered. Tropical Vibes also offers salsa lesson DVDs.
If salsa isn’t your preferred dance style, there’s also Argentine tango. Tango Discovery Arizona offers private and group classes. The classes are taught by master teachers Ravi and Satya Khalsa. Private classes are tailored to personal needs and abilities and are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced participants.
Arizona State Parks pass
Day-use Park Pass, $50
Premium Pass, $125
Annual Pass, free
www.azstateparks.com (click on Gift Shop)
When those relatives from New Mexico and California come during the holidays, wouldn’t it be nice to show off our great state and work off that posole and those tamales at the same time? Arizona State Parks pass make an ideal holiday gift. The standard annual pass allows the pass holder and up to three additional adults in the same vehicle day-use access to all Arizona State Parks – except Lake Havasu, Cattail Cove, and Buckskin Mountain Island – on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and recognized state holidays. The premium pass allows the pass holder and up to three additional adults in the same vehicle day-use access to all Arizona State Parks. The disabled veterans pass is issued to disabled veterans who have a service-connected disability rated as 100 percent disabling and is a current Arizona resident and has been an Arizona resident for one of more years.
United Blood Services of Arizona
No matter what time of year it is, giving blood is the best gift of all. According to United Blood Services, there are certain qualifications to become a donor. You must be 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, have not donated in the past eight weeks (16 weeks for double red cell donors) are healthy and are not taking antibiotics. There are also conditions under which you may not donate. You cannot get AIDS or any infectious disease by donating blood, so give with an easy mind.
If you know what people on your shopping list like to do in their spare, active time, this is a no-brainer. If you want to get really creative, fill a nice pair of hiking or athletic socks with some of these items. Sunblock: We live in the desert Southwest, protect your friends and family from the rays of the sun when they enjoy the outdoors. Weights: There’s nothing like blowing off a little steam with a few hundred curls in your office. Jump rope: Adults like these, too. Gift certificates: Google “skating rinks in Phoenix.” You’d be surprised what’s out there, and close to you. Cookbooks: Again, click your favorite search engine on “healthy cookbooks” to find what’s cool – and healthy – out there.