eNews from The Hills

Dear Members:

So far this winter, the weather has been perfect for swimming and enjoying the sunshine. But we are worried about the lack of rain and so we are making some adjustments around the facility to conserve water. The East Bay Municipal Utility District has not mandated any specific conservation guidelines, but we anticipate that possibility.

Moderating our landscape irrigation is one step we are considering. We are also testing low-water cleaning solutions for our pool deck and sport courts. Finally, we’re reaching out to our membership to help us reduce water usage at the club.

The easiest thing you can do to help is limit your showers to 10 minutes or less. It’s important to make sure your children also observe this guideline. We will monitor our water consumption rates carefully, as we consider other approaches that save water – including low-flow shower heads.

On another note, we are excited about the construction of an expanded gym facility this year. I’ve received many positive comments about the architectural illustrations we’ve posted in the lobby. As we work with the Planning Department to obtain permits, specific floor plans and schematics will be drafted. With permits, we can also be more specific about timing of the project. Please stay tuned.

Finally, a reminder that you can save on your Hills dues by pre-paying your account for the entire year. Please call or stop by the front desk before January 31.

Many thanks for all of your helpful comments and cooperation

To your health,

Calendar of Events

Friday, January 31
Deadline to save by pre-paying your 2014 dues.


Programs & Announcements

Get Going on Those New Year’s Resolutions

imgThe best way to get started on a new fitness routine is to schedule an orientation with Jeff Allen or Meredith Thomason. Our personal training pros will put you on the right track, keep you motivated, and celebrate your progress. It’s a sure way to make your goals a reality in 2014!


Personal Training for Young People

imgThis month, Jeff Allen launches several exciting new programs aimed at improving young people's general fitness and sports performance. Contact Jeff at [email protected] with questions about fees and schedules -- he can offer more flexible "per session" pricing in many instances. Also look for promotional flyers on the front counter of the club.

Schedule Changes for Group Fitness

We are moving or cancelling a few classes due to member demand and enrollment patterns. Please note these changes, effective the week of January 6:

  • Sunday Zumba is moving to Monday mornings at 10am. Join Angelique in this new time slot.
  • Monday afternoon Zumba is now becoming a Nia class, at the request of many members. Join instructor Laura Geduldig for Nia Mondays at 5pm.
  • Due to lack of attendance, Wednesday Salsa classes are cancelled.

New Class: “Barre Works”

Our Group Fitness Manager leads a new course starting in February! Based on the popular Bar Method, you’ll experience a whole new approach to fitness. Contact Birgitte with questions or to register at [email protected].
Wednesdays, 12-1pm


Hills Ballet Now Enrolling


Therese Brewitz announces the popular kids’ ballet program is back at The Hills! For more info, please contact [email protected] or visit the Hills Ballet section of the website.

  • Pre-Ballet, (3-4 year olds), Mondays, 3:30-4pm
  • Ballet I (ages 6 and up), Mondays, 4-4:50pm


imgTip from The Hills’ Nutritionist

Did you know that drinking water helps with weight loss? Drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day allows the liver to burn fat most efficiently, increasing our metabolism. Also, when you’re dehydrated, the brain confuses thirst for hunger, and we may eat too much. Sufficient water consumption can increase energy levels, combat joint pain, and prevent various types of cancer. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water or tea every hour throughout the day. Your health is worth it! To schedule a nutrition consultation with Bronwyn Schweigerdt, email her at [email protected].