Why do I solo?

Why do I solo?

I decided to write this article, as more and more frequently, I seem to be being asked the question ‘Why soloing?’

Guillermo Justel Handstand Class - Friday evenings

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Guillermo Justel Handstand Class - Friday evenings

"Hello everyone! I am delighted to be teaching my handstand class at The Arch and to share with you my love for handstanding. All levels are welcome as I'll be covering the basics (physical, mental and theoretical) on a regular basis. The general goal is to understand and learn all about the handstand so you can perform your handstand as efficiently and safe as possible."
- Guillermo Justel

In this weekly class, Guillermo teaches the basic foundations of a solid handstand. You'll learn alignment drills, cues, theory and ways to put into practice your handstanding abilities.

The class runs every Friday night at Building One from 7pm-8pm, and is suitable for all levels including absolute beginners. The class is 1 hour long, and is limited to just 7 spaces per class. £12 per person.

Drop-in or reserve your spot by booking at guillejusjus@gmail.com

Stay up to date and see more from Guillermo, here on his facebook page

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New Yoga Classes

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New Yoga Classes

Lucy

Lucy is a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teacher, specialising in vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa is a more vigorous style of yoga in which flowing movements are connected to the breath - building up cardiovascular health - whilst other postures are held for longer and deeper, building flexibility. Lucy's classes are playful and lighthearted and aim to leave yogis feeling invigorated and empowered.

Yoga is particularly good for climbers as it can help to lengthen stiff muscles, open shoulders and hips, and improve balance and core strength. Yoga also helps to connect and create a healthier dialogue between the body and mind, by focusing on the present moment and the sensations felt in different poses. Yoga can help to give an appreciation of your body and the unique things it can do: just as there is no such thing as a perfect body, there is no such thing as a perfect yoga posture

 

 

Lucy's class runs on Monday evenings 6:30-7:30pm.


Marina

Marina is a certified 200h Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist. The style of yoga Marina teaches is alignment-based Hatha/Vinyasa. This is an energising practice, linking breath and movement to a smooth and dynamic sequence.

Marina's morning classes are designed to energise your body while relaxing the mind, calming your thoughts and setting you up for a great day ahead.

 

 

Marina's class runs Wednesday mornings 7:30-8:30am.


Cathy

Cathy comes from a creative background and discovered yoga whilst at Architecture School. Since graduating, Cathy went onto complete her 200hr Yoga Alliance qualification and has enjoyed teaching across London ever since. She has trained with a variety of yoga teachers and enjoys incorporating several different styles of yoga into her classes. Cathy’s teaching styles include Vinyasa Flow, Power and Restorative Hatha yoga. Her classes are always fun, energising and soothing for the body. She welcomes and encourages all levels of practitioners to her classes and loves giving her students a good challenge!

Cathy's class runs Thursday afternoons at 12:30-1:30 pm.


All Yoga classes take place at The Biscuit Factory on the Mezzanine floor and are drop-in classes.
Classes are £10 per session. No block bookings presently
Classes are suitable for all levels.

Weekly Timetable:

  • Monday 6:30pm-7:30 pm with Lucy
  • Wednesday 7:30am-8:30 am with Marina
  • Thursday 12:30-1:30 pm with Cathy

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Ninja Warrior Obstacle competition!

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Ninja Warrior Obstacle competition!

When: July 29th, 12-4pm with time afterwards to play/train.
Where: Arch Climbing Wall Building One.
Ages: 16 and above.

Jacob, swinging through a UK Ninja Warrior course.

Jacob, swinging through a UK Ninja Warrior course.

Set by our resident Parkour/Ninja Warrior Instructor Jacob Peregrine-Wheller, expect famous Ninja Warrior style obstacles such as the pipe slider, ring toss, peg board and cliffhanger, alongside new obstacles that you may never have seen before!

There will be prizes for the top 3 ninjas on the day.

The aim of the event is to create a positive environment where people can meet, train and learn with others from the UK's fantastic ninja community. challenge and safely push themselves while developing their skills.


HOW TO BOOK:
Email: Jacobparkour@hotmail.co.uk with the subject: Ninja competition
Bank details will be sent and you can book your place. You'll receive confirmation via email.
Price: £30pp. 50% of each booking will be donated to the parkour & mental health charity: Free Your Instinct.

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 30th June Results

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 30th June Results

#TAMRU Results – Friday 30th June in support of Labour behind the label

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in last months #tamru event, together we managed to raise £512.00 in support of the Labour Behind the Label. Special thanks to Sean Dobbyn for DJing and Piccolina London for providing food. All money raised will be donated to the Labour Behind the Label. The 30 set Comp Wall problems will remain until Thursday 29th June.

 

Competitor Results here

Labour Behind the Label campaigns for garment workers' rights worldwide. They support garment workers' efforts to improve their working conditions and change the fashion industry for the better. They raise awareness, provide information and promote international solidarity between workers and consumers.

They represent the Clean Clothes Campaign in the UK.

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1:1 Sport Massage Sessions

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1:1 Sport Massage Sessions

The amazing Ed Hamer is offering sports massage sessions on Monday 10th and 17th July, between 12-6pm. 

Ed qualified in Sports Massage Level 4 at The University of Bath, and is a very experienced climber who has climbed over 300 grade 8 routes outdoors, with his high points being 8c/+, on-sight 8a+ and 8b+ flash. He's trad climbed up to E8, and bouldered V13. He's also a 3 times British Climbing Champion, so he knows all your about climbing aches and pains and how to sort them out!

If you'd like a sports massage with Ed, please email zimbabwawian_ed@hotmail.com to book your place.


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Gaining the Edge

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Gaining the Edge

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Red Széll is a rock climber, wild-water swimmer, the back half of a mountain bike tandem team, and published author. He refuses to let his blindness stand in the way of an adventure. In 2013 the 46 year-old Londoner became the first blind person to climb the Old Man of Hoy.


"There’s something about coastal climbing that really does it for me."

There’s something about coastal climbing that really does it for me.

Maybe it’s because I grew up near the sea, in Sussex.  Or maybe it’s the association with childhood holidays that often began with a ferry trip from Portsmouth or Dover.

 Certainly, those trips led to a fascination with coastal rock formations.  I’d stand on deck goggling as the White Cliffs receded behind us or as we slid past The Needles.  Even as a little boy I wanted to climb them.

 Fortunately for my parents, most of our seaside holidays were spent at the foot of sand dunes so my juvenile climbing exploits always had soft landings.  But my desire to try something harder didn’t leave me.  So when, in the early 1980s, I watched a documentary about Chris Bonington and saw footage of him climbing The Old Man of Hoy, the seed of my desire began to germinate. 

Pan di Zucchero guidebook

Pan di Zucchero guidebook

 Like thousands of other kids I’d followed Bonington’s adventures on Blue Peter.  But the snow-capped peaks of The Himalayas were an alien world to a boy who’d never even been skiing.  But here, with this giant sea-stack in The British Isles, was something I could aspire to. 

 As soon as I was old enough I joined the Army Cadets at school, suffering a year’s square-bashing for the promise of a week’s climbing instruction in the Welsh Mountains the following summer.  That week convinced me that I had found my sport.  Soon I was heading off to Harrison’s Rocks in Kent and testing myself on sandstone.  I was hooked.t

Unfortunately back in the 1980s I didn’t have access to indoor climbing like The Arch; so the season was short and subject to the fickle British weather.  Somehow it always felt like I’d only just got into peak condition when the summer holiday’s ended and autumn began. Still I bagged some decent routes on the sea-cliffs of Swanage, Portland and Pembrokeshire...but never made it up to Hoy.

 Then, aged 19 I was told I was going blind and my life went into free-fall.  After a brief and hair-raising flirtation with night-time buildering at university I hung up my harness and for two decades put away my dreams of climbing anything ever again... 

 …until eight years ago when my daughter decided to have her birthday party at a climbing wall.  I saw my way back in and began making up for lost time.  I bagged the Old Man of Hoy in 2013.  At 137m (449ft) it’s Europe’s tallest sea-stack. 

 Having bagged a few other routes on my bucket list my climbing partner Matthew and I now spend the indoor climbing season preparing for the next coastal challenge…that way we can make the most of the outdoor season.  We do most of our training at Arch North in Colindale (with a bit of high-wall practice thrown in elsewhere to maintain our rope skills),  After a couple of hours bouldering we’ll head to the pub next door to plan our routes for the next climbing trip.

 This winter we were getting in shape for an attempt on Europe’s second tallest sea-stack, Pan di Zucchero in Sardinia.  At 133m it’s only a little shorter than The Old Man of Hoy.  But lying 2km offshore in the middle of Masua Bay it forms a beautiful island of white limestone that is just as dramatic. 

Masua Bay showing Pan di Zucchero

Masua Bay showing Pan di Zucchero

Like many routes in the area it’s bolted, which is good for me as my trad skills are definitely something that departed forever with my blindness.  It means I can do a bit of lead climbing, although realistically for my own safety and Matthew’s nerves we’ve found that attempting anything more than an F5c is inadvisable.

The hardest pitch on Pan di Zucchero is graded F6a+.  With neither Matthew nor I getting any younger and both of us having family and work commitments, that meant packing a lot of practice and planning into the evening each week we meet to climb. 

 Luckily The Arch North is close by and has enough wall-space that we don’t waste time queuing.  It’s also a hub for climbers who are always happy to pass on tips and advice.  We knew that the hard white limestone in Sardinia is dotted with sharp little pockets and tiny nubbins so worked on finger strength and footwork, especially rockovers.  We also made time for some thuggy overhangs in preparation for a couple of meaty crux moves.

 So we felt in pretty good shape by the first week in May when we flew out to Cagliari with our ropes and quickdraws.  Unfortunately our arrival coincided with that of the maestrale - a strong, cold north-westerly wind that was gusting up to 50mph and creating 1.5m waves making the sea crossing to Pan di Zucchero, let alone any attempt on it, impossible.

 Fortunately there’s loads of climbing out there and it was easy to find some cliffs in the lee of the wind.  We bagged some excellent single-pitch routes at Castello dell Iride and a clutch of truly stunning multi-pitch climbs further round Masua Bay.

 There’s a wide range of grades from beginner to full-on ‘in-my-dreams’ stuff.  And all the sport routes are really well maintained.  Without being as busy as, say, Swanage there were plenty of other climbers out there, from all over Europe.  Some dirt-bagging; others staying in B&Bs or, like us, in one of the lovely villas that dot the hills overlooking the coast.  If you can get a group together I’d recommend where we were www.casafigus.com - it was a great place to chill after a hard day’s climbing and it also had sea kayaks we could use to explore the amazing rock formations that line the coast.  The food, the people and the scenery (according to the others in the group) were wonderful.  And as for the rock…that hard, white limestone is a dream to climb on.  Just remember to check your shoes beforehand, you’ll need all the smearing you can get!

"And as for the rock…that hard, white limestone is a dream to climb on."

 The sea was like a mill-pond as we drove back to the airport past Masua Bay; wind-speed 2kmh.  Typical!  Was I disappointed not to bag Pan di Zucchero?  Yeah…but I had a great climbing trip, and it’s still waiting for me. And like Arnie…’I’ll be back!’


Red’s account of the adventure, The Blind Man of Hoy, was published in April 2015. He is currently undertaking a lecture tour of the UK to promote his message that sight charities should concentrate less on fundraising and more on raising expectations among the visually impaired people they represent. To find out more about Red, and other adventures and projects, please visit here.

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Join the team at Archclimbing

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Join the team at Archclimbing

Are you the right person to join our team?

We're looking for motivated people to work directly with our customers in busy climbing centres across London.

The Front of House role covers a broad range of responsibilities, from offering excellent customer service on reception, to providing inspiring Introduction and Improver Sessions to new and beginner boulderers.

We offer a number of benefits along with all full-time roles, including free climbing & hot drinks at all of our centres, a cycle to work scheme, ongoing free training courses related to climbing & customer service, and a great working atmosphere including regular social events.

Some useful info

  • We need you to be climbing at least V3.
  • No previous experience of working at a climbing wall is necessary. 
  • You must be willing to work at all our London locations.
  • The roles we’re recruiting for are full-time positions only: 40 hours a week.
  • Shifts will include at least one early morning shift, one weekend shift and evenings.
  • Pay is locked to the London Living Wage.
The Arch North, Burnt Oak

The Arch North, Burnt Oak

To apply, please email thebiscuit@archclimbingwall.com with a CV and short cover letter.

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday June 30th

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday June 30th

It's that time of the month again, as #Tamru will be hitting the Biscuit next week Friday. This month We will be raising money for the Labour Behind the Label campaign.

Labour Behind the Label is a campaign that works to improve conditions and empower workers in the global garment industry.

"We raise public awareness and promote collective action from consumers to push for change in the industry. We pressure companies to take responsibility for worker’s rights throughout the entirety of their supply chains. We work with trade unions worldwide to amplify garment worker’s demands. We lobby governments and policy makers to legislate and protect garment workers human rights. The focus of our work comes from garment workers themselves, and we provide a platform to amplify their voice and demands and to promote international solidarity.

Labour Behind the Label believes that no-one should live in poverty for the price of a cheap t-shirt. That a living wage is a basic human right, as is working without fear for your life. We are committed to making these ideals a reality in the garment industry."

- Labour Behind the Label

This month our Comp Wall at the Biscuit will not only feature 30 new problems to solve but the food and music courtesy of our resident Dj, are both coming back! All climbs achieved on the night will be worth 50p. Each and every penny raised by you will be donated to Labour Behind the Label. If you'd like to get in touch or simply find out more about the camaign, please visit Labour Behind the Label.

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 26th May Results

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 26th May Results

#TAMRU Results – Friday 26th May in support of Target Ovarian Cancer

Thank you to everyone who participated in this months #tamru event, together we managed to raise £594.50 in support of the Target Ovarian Cancer. Special thanks to Corsica Studios for helping with the promotion and DJ's. All money raised will be donated to the Target Ovarian Cancer. The 30 set Comp Wall problems will remain until Thursday 29th June. 

Competitor Results here

Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity. They work to:

They're the only charity fighting ovarian cancer on all three of these fronts, across all four nations of the UK. They work with women, family members and health professionals to ensure we target the areas that matter most for those living with ovarian cancer.

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#Tamru - Friday 26th May - In memory of Amanda Moss

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#Tamru - Friday 26th May - In memory of Amanda Moss

#Tamru is back on Friday 26th of May and this month we are raising money for Target Ovarian Cancer in memory Amanda Moss. She was an artist and one of the founders of Corsica Studios in London. Amanda was courageous, dignified and beautiful to the end and wanted everyone to know how much your support and generosity meant to her during her illness. Sadly she lost her battle with ovarian cancer. 

Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity. They work to:

They're the only charity fighting ovarian cancer on all three of these fronts, across all four nations of the UK. They work with women, family members and health professionals to ensure we target the areas that matter most for those living with ovarian cancer.

Their campaigns cover a number of areas, including early diagnosisclinical trials and familial ovarian cancer. They use major events such as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and World Ovarian Cancer Day to raise awareness and they also work in parliament with politicians and policy makers.

 

On the 26th of May, our Comp Wall at the Biscuit will not only feature 30 new problems to solve, but we will also have food and a DJ! All climbs achieved on the night will be worth 50p. Each and every penny raised by you will be donated to Target Ovarian Cancer. If you'd like to get in touch or simply make a pledge, visit Target Ovarian Cancer.

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ClimbFlow Returns

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ClimbFlow Returns

The fitness movement method for climbers is back! The Arch is proud to be hosting Tiffany Soi once again for her sellout ClimbFlow workouts. For more details and to get your hands on tickets for two limited sessions at www.tiffanysoi.com/events

Saturday 3rd June 11:00-12:15 — ClimbFlow Signature workout

Saturday 24th June 10:30-13:00 — ClimbFlow Workshop (including signature workout)

Only 18 tickets per session and the previous sessions sold out in a week, so be quick!

ClimbFlow was started at The Arch in early 2016 by established national & international competitive climber Tiffany Soi and has since been spreading across the globe: ClimbFlow was born organically out of athletic experience and training with some leading specialists & therapists. The result is a unique dynamic yoga movement + functional fitness method providing an optimal workout & excellent antagonistic conditioning for climbers, or indeed, anyone with athletic & fitness pursuits.

 

 

Feedback for ClimbFlow from the climbing community has been immense:

”As a climber, Climbflow focuses exactly on the weaknesses that I need to improve on that I usually can't get from my strength training. You wouldn't think that it's possible to be strong AND flexible from the same workout but it provides exactly that. It's tremendous!”

“It was so much more fun than ordinary yoga. After this session, I had my best lead climbing session in over a month, felt positive, relaxed and stronger than usual”

“It boosts my strength and flexibility, helps to ward off injury and aid recovery. Moving in playful ways to build up your core is great!”

Reserve your spot pronto, it’s going to be a fun set of classes! Need some prep til then? Check out the current Core videos as part of an Arch Climbing Movement Series and subscribe to the YouTube channel. 

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 28th April Results

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 28th April Results

#TAMRU Results – Friday 28th April in support of the Tree Council

Thank you to everyone who participated in this months #tamru event, together we managed to raise £326.5 in support of the Tree Council. Special thanks to Matt who held a free boot demo for Evolv all evening. All money raised will be donated to the Tree Council. The 30 set Comp Wall problems will remain until Thursday 26th May. 

Competitor Results here

The vision of the Tree Council is one of more trees in streets, parks, hedgerows and woodland across the UK, bringing benefits to people and wildlife, enhancing landscapes and engaging people in biodiversity and environmental issues. They work in partnership with their volunteer Tree Wardens, schools, communities, organisations and government to make trees matter to everyone.

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday April 28th

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday April 28th

Next Friday brings us back to #Tamru and for this months event, we'll be raising money for the Tree Council. 

The Tree Council was founded in 1974, with government backing, as the umbrella body for UK organisations involved in tree planting, care and conservation. The idea was to keep up the momentum of National Tree Planting Year 1973 (with its slogan of “Plant a Tree in ‘73”). Today The Tree Council’s members range from professional non-governmental specialist and trade organisations, including other conservation charities, to local authorities and government bodies.

#TAMRU
On 28th April, our Comp Wall at the Biscuit will feature 30 new problems to solve. For every climb achieved on the night, we will donate 50p. Each and every penny raised by your climbs will be donated to The Tree Council. If you'd like to get in touch or simply make a pledge to the charity,  please visit the Tree Council. 

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 31st March Results

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#Tamru 2017 - Friday 31st March Results

#TAMRU Results – Friday 31st March in support of ABF The Soldiers Charity

Thank you to everyone who participated in this months #tamru event, together we managed to raise £511.10 in support of ABF The Soldiers Charity. Special thanks to Alex for bringing this cause to our attention and to Jamie for coming down to our event. All money raised will be donated to ABF. The 30 set Comp Wall problems will remain until Thursday 27th April. 

 

 

 

 

Competitor Results here

"We give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. We make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world."

"We take pride in being responsive, making a difference at a critical point in peoples’ lives. We have been doing this since 1944, working with veterans of every conflict, and we envisage continuing doing so for the ‘long haul’ – supporting all future generations of our soldiers and their dependents."

 

ABF, The Soldiers Charity

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New Yoga Classes

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New Yoga Classes

Lucy

Lucy is a Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teacher, specialising in vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa is a more vigorous style of yoga in which flowing movements are connected to the breath - building up cardiovascular health - whilst other postures are held for longer and deeper, building flexibility. Lucy's classes are playful and lighthearted and aim to leave yogis feeling invigorated and empowered.

Yoga is particularly good for climbers as it can help to lengthen stiff muscles, open shoulders and hips, and improve balance and core strength. Yoga also helps to connect and create a healthier dialogue between the body and mind, by focusing on the present moment and the sensations felt in different poses. Yoga can help to give an appreciation of your body and the unique things it can do: just as there is no such thing as a perfect body, there is no such thing as a perfect yoga posture

 

 

Lucy's class runs on Monday evenings 6:30-7:30pm.


Marina

Marina is a certified 200h Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist. The style of yoga Marina teaches is alignment-based Hatha/Vinyasa. This is an energising practice, linking breath and movement to a smooth and dynamic sequence.

Marina's morning classes are designed to energise your body while relaxing the mind, calming your thoughts and setting you up for a great day ahead.

 

 

Marina's class runs Wednesday mornings 7:30-8:30am.


Cathy

Cathy comes from a creative background and discovered yoga whilst at Architecture School. Since graduating, Cathy went onto complete her 200hr Yoga Alliance qualification and has enjoyed teaching across London ever since. She has trained with a variety of yoga teachers and enjoys incorporating several different styles of yoga into her classes. Cathy’s teaching styles include Vinyasa Flow, Power and Restorative Hatha yoga. Her classes are always fun, energising and soothing for the body. She welcomes and encourages all levels of practitioners to her classes and loves giving her students a good challenge!

Cathy's class runs Thursday afternoons at 12:30-1:30 pm.


All Yoga classes take place at The Biscuit Factory on the Mezzanine floor and are drop-in classes.
Classes are £10 per session. No block bookings presently
Classes are suitable for all levels.

Weekly Timetable:

  • Monday 6:30pm-7:30 pm with Lucy
  • Wednesday 7:30am-8:30 am with Marina
  • Thursday 12:30-1:30 pm with Cathy

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