PHOTOS: Parky's Farm hosting free square dancing classes

CINCINNATI - There's an old music player spinning a 45 record on the turn table in the corner of Hayloft barn at Parky's Farm.

A gentleman in the corner prepares the dancers to begin by requesting they do a bow toward their partner. It's time for a good old fashion square dance.
It takes four couples to make up a square.
"They do back to back Dosey Does. Right and left grand and just take it step by step," said Edith Davis, a teacher at Team Hayloft square dance classes.
You can have a lot of fun dressing up in cowboy shirts and puffy skirts.
"That is a crinolin slip and you swirl," Shirley Royer said as she spun around in her fancy green square dance outfit.
The caller Estil Owens gave instructions sounding more like he was singing the different patterns for the dancers to follow.  He says he likes to have fun sometimes with more experienced dancers.
"You don't want to go too fast, but sometimes we speed the record up and just to play with them. Most of the time it's just routine calls," Owens explained.
You can join in on the fun with Team Hayloft starting Tuesday, January 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Parky's Farm.
Classes are free, but you must sign-up before January 15.
All ages are welcome to join in on the fun.
Quit smoking with free online class
If you're trying to quit smoking, you can do so in the privacy of your own home.
The Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering a free web-based 13-week program to help you snuff the puff.  
"They can watch the videos they would watch in the regular class and have access to all the materials and they can access that at any time that's convenient to them," said Megan Folkerth of the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
The online option extinguishes many excuses. 
"I think it lends itself to more flexibility for busy lives, people who work or have family and can't get out," Folkerth explained.
Folkerth moderates the weekly one-hour group chat.
"It's really just answering questions. I'm online asking them about how their week is going, talking about some of their struggles or triggers," said Folkerth.
Participants will follow the Cooper-Clayton Method to Stop Smoking program. 
It's a 13-week program that begins Thursday, January 17.
The live chats are each Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
It's a free online course.
A facilitator will lead the live chats.
If you miss a class, you can sign-on to retrieve the information online.
More information on the FREE stop smoking class.

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