Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

The hidden power of smiling

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall wellbeing? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.
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Watermelon Feta Summer Salad

Watermelon and feta is a perfect combination for a delicious summer salad to complement your lunch or dinner.
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Seven Exercises to Strengthen Your Hips

Check out these exercises that are easy to do and will help strengthen your hips.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium – Kisslip Cuttlefish

This is an amazing video of cuttlefish changing colors during a mating ritual.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Yoga in the Reading Garden – Monday, July 25: 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library

Wendy Harper returns to lead this popular Yoga class in the Reading Garden.
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Line Dancing Basics – Tuesday, July 26: 11:00am – 12:00pm Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library – Meeting Room

Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
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Senior Academy Fall In-Person Sessions – Every Wednesday – Sept. 7 – 28 – 9:30 am – 12 noon

Senior Services of Alexandria is excited to offer the Fall Senior Academy session in person starting Wednesday, September 7 and continuing every Wednesday morning through September 28 from 9:30 am to noon. Participants will hear from city leaders including the Mayor and City Manager about how the city operates, programs and resources for older adults, and how they can get engaged in the community. The sessions are interactive and free to residents 60 and older. You can register online at Academy or call 703-836-4414, ext. 110.
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