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A Discussion with Laurie Hernandez and Shaquem Griffin. Moderated by Christine Brennan (All Ages)buy tix off
Saturday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
$25/35 MCC district residents


Laurie Hernandez is known as the “human emoji.” She is the first U.S.-born Latina to make the U.S. Olympic team since 1984 and brought home the gold and silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, But the road to get there wasn’t easy--she endured year of rigorous training, intense sacrifices and verbal and emotional abuse from her coach causing an eating disorder and depression. She learned to take charge of her mental health by challenging the myths and stereotypes surrounding mental health issues.


Shaquem Griffin made history as the NFL’s first-ever one-handed player. Now he inspires others to overcome adversity and persevere. Griffin was born just minutes after his twin, Shaquill. Both boys went on to become remarkable athletes in high school and college at the University of Central Florida, and both play in the NFL after being drafted by the same team—but Shaquem did it all with just one hand.


Christine Brennan was first woman sportswriter at The Miami Herald, the first woman to cover Washington’s NFL team as a staff writer at The Washington Post and is now the most widely read female sports columnist. 

Improv comedy is a great way for teens to express themselves and gain confidence. Focusing on creativity and teamwork, The Alden’s improv comedy classes for youth teach improv fundamentals such as “yes and” in a supportive environment. Class participants will perform a class showcase for friends and family on the last day of class. This class is suitable for both beginners and those who have taken improv classes in the past. 

Instructor: TBA.

12-16 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3002.123          M, 10/17-12/12          7:30-8:30 p.m.
No lesson on 10/31.