Get your running shoes out folks, this Saturday marks Fitness and the New York Road Runners family races in Central Park. Before you reject the notion of running a marathon, there are a few options for every family member. For the older set, there is a 4-miler on East Drive and 68th, which we predict will be competitive. Afterwards, NYRR will send the kids out dashing for a short version intended for toddlers up to pre-teens. Those people who just don’t delight in running, there are free Pure Barre total body workouts and the awesome SurfSE wave-surfing simulator to try out.
Watch out for the impending weather, but it’s about to get swingin’ on the Upper East Side. Tomorrow morning, the City Park Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center will present Jazz for Young People and its signature SummerStage Kids, which will bring rhythm and blues for all. From 10:30a.m. – 4p.m. professional jazz musicians will invade Marcus Garvey Park, with special performances and education opportunities. There will be dancing, jump roping and a musical show by Double Dutch Dreamz.
All that jazz
The Oxford English Dictionary defines a now rare slang use of “jazz” as “energy, excitement, ‘pep’; restlessness; animation, excitability.” Cited in the definition is a line from a 1913 San Francisco Bulletin: “What is jazz? Why a little of that ‘old life’, the ‘gin-i-ker’, the ‘pep’, otherwise known as the enthusiasalum.”
This Thursday from 10:00-11:00 AM as part of a free summer concert series for kids presented by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Fulton Mall Improvement Association in Albee Square, renowned saxophonist, recording artist and composer Hayes Greenfield will prove that there is still plenty of pep and gin-i-ker in contemporary jazz music.
His interactive show, Jazz-A-Ma-Tazz, claims to capture the imagination of audiences ages 3-104.