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March 18, 2009 > InfoBrain: Find love and physical fitness at Newark Library

InfoBrain: Find love and physical fitness at Newark Library

Where can you go to win prizes for making social connections? Newark Library! The library's five-month healthy initiative, BeHealthy5, continues in March with a Checklist for Social Health. Current research finds that isolated and lonely people have a higher risk of dementia in later life so the activities are designed to encourage people to connect with others, volunteer and be active in their communities. Interested people can sign up at the Information Desk at Newark Library or e-mail

By completing 12 activities on the checklist and returning it to the Information Desk at Newark Library by April 7, people qualify for a prize and a grand prize entry. The IHOP on Jarvis in Newark donated the grand prizes for March: two gift certificates, each good for two free entrees and beverages. The third prize is $5 donated by the Ninji Mala Hot Pot Restaurant at Lion's Court in Newark.

BeHealthy5 participants can also take advantage of "Friends are Free" in March and April. Buying one entrŽe at participating Newark restaurants qualifies a friend (or family member) for a free entrŽe of equal or lesser value. Friends are Free restaurants in Newark include Bombay Garden, Chevy's Fresh Mex, Kabul Express Kabob and Mehran Indian and Pakistani Restaurant.

Upcoming free Saturday programs range from blogging and finding love to Wii and brain health. Registration is required. Sign up for any or all at the Information Desk at Newark Library or by e-mailing

Learn how to share your life and interests online with a personal blog on Saturday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Brian Castagne teaches a low-stress, high-technology workshop about how to create a blog, adjust layout, make text entries, import photos and videos, link to Internet resources, and more.

At "Find Love at the Library" on Saturday, March 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. relationship expert Jim Spillane will offer humorous, down-to-earth advice about how and where to meet people, favorable first impressions, recognizing compatibility, body language and stimulating conversation. Have fun while learning the seven secrets to finding that special someone.

April kicks off physical health with a new checklist, prizes and Saturday programs. On April 4 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. "Maintain Your Brain" shows how simple lifestyle changes at every age improve your brain health and reduce the risk of dementia. You can also play Wii Sports or Wii Fit on April 11 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Newark Library, a branch of Alameda County Library, is located at 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue. BeHealthy5, which continues through May, is funded by through the California State Library.

Barbara Telford-Ishida, Adult Services Librarian, Newark Library
(510) 795-2627 x20,

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