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Juan Carlos Organization October 2014 Newsletter

     To thank you for your support as we begin our third year of serving the Special Needs Community, Juan Carlos Organization invites you, your family, and your friends to

A Free Zumba-themed Día de los Muertos Celebration

10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 25
Parish Hall
Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach
4761 Cass St.
San Diego CA 92109

Inclusive! Joyous! Face-Painting! Refreshments! Dancing!
bring along photos and mementos ("ofrendas") of your loved ones who have died to place on decorated altars, to celebrate their lives and honor their memories

Garnett Edgar Grant Funds Three Classes:

     In partnership with Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach ("Home of Saints, Sinners, and Surfers"), Juan Carlos Organization received a grant from the Garnett Edgar Bequest that provided funds to conduct three sets of special classes during the summer and fall of 2014.
The "Sit 'n Fit" class at VA Hospital Spinal Court Injury Unit in La Jolla emphasized exercise for wheelchair-bound individuals. Thank you to Kelli Kaliszewski, VA Recreational Therapist and staff member Nancy Bandy

The Lindbergh-Schweitzer Elementary School class was designed for children with disabilities. All classes provided exercise, social interaction, and fun that contributed to the physical and mental health of the participants

     Thank you to Andrea M Bazer, MS Adapted Physical Education Specialist San Diego Unified School District; Deanne Rohde, Principal, Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary; Whitney MacDonald, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, San Diego Unified School District; and Marylou Baranowski-Drews, MA, NBCT, for all their time and assistance in making this 4 week summer program available to their students.

The third set of classes targeted less-active beach area seniors. Thank you to Christ Lutheran Church for making available space for these classes.

"Sit n Fit":

     With feedback from participants in current classes, questions and suggestions from interested parties, the experience gained this summer with the VA classes, and Lisbeth's many years of working with wheelchair-dependent individuals, it became obvious to JCO that an additional style of class should be offered. This class focuses on providing exercise for individuals that are in a wheelchair, those who have a lower body injury, or simply anyone who needs to exercise from a seated position.

     We have decided to call this type class "Sit n Fit". This seated upper-body workout targets all the muscles in the chest, back, shoulders, arms, and the core. Wheelchair users and people with lower body limitations can face particular challenges when it comes to fitness and exercise. But muscle-strengthening exercise, plus regular aerobic exercise -- the kind that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat -- are even more important for those who exercise while seated, because the workout strengthens the respiratory system, warding off illness.

"Sit n Fit" classes are now being offered at these two locations:

Every Wednesday 4:30 pm at (CAF) Challenged Athletes Foundation, 9591 Waples St, San Diego, CA.

The 2nd and 3td Thursday of each month 4:30 pm at (SDISC) San Diego Indoor Sports Club 3030 Front St. San Diego 92103

Save the morning Saturday December 13, 2014: for a Zumbathon® at CAF, more details to come.

Amazon Smile:

If you shop at Amazon: Please keep in mind that Juan Carlos Organization participates in the Amazon Smile Program, which enables you to designate JCO as a charitable recipient of a portion of each item you purchase.

Just click here to start your shopping and Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase amount to JCO. This does not change the price you pay. You can learn more about the Amazon Smile program on our website


Juan Carlos Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization: Taxpayer I.D. 45-5034845
web site:
Lisbeth Garces is the Executive Director of the Juan Carlos Organization.
Direct phone: 619.971.3904