Gong Show

So, young grasshopper, you have much to learn about the ancient Chinese exercise of Qi Gong (also referred to as "Chinese yoga"), a massively growing trend among those who need to chill out. Apparently, you are doing much good and, therefore, good has come to you, as Phoenix College, 1202 West Thomas, offers an eight-week course in the 5,000-year-old system of controlled movement and breathing, beginning Monday, June 7. But, grasshopper, you walk in fear -- unwilling to explore new things, especially exercise, since it requires you to remove your large ass off the couch. While Qi Gong (pronounced "chee-kung") is not a cure-all for the many ills that pollute your existence, when used properly, it is meant to revitalize the life force (qi) that resides within you after cultivating the skill (gong) through steady practice.

So snatch the pebble from my hand and register for the class, $31, which runs through July 28. Call 602-285-7777 or see --Joe Watson

Take A Hike

Estrella Mountain Regional Park offers Full Moon Night Hike

Sat 6/5
Happy trails to you on Saturday, June 5, National Trails Day. Celebrate with a Full Moon Night Hike at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Meet fellow partygoers at the Navy Area at 6:30 p.m. to tramp a mile and a half to the Gila River, where spilt moonlight spreads across the water.

Rangers advise hikers to bring water and wear sturdy shoes (no sandals), a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, since the trail crosses wooded terrain. To get to the park, take I-10 to Estrella Parkway and go south to Vineyard Avenue. Admission is $5 per vehicle. To register, call 623-932-3811. --Kim Toms

Gift Horses

"Sunset Margarita Ride" raises money for neglected horses

Sat 6/5
Horses help their own on Saturday, June 5, at Koli Equestrian Center, 6940 North Broken Ear Road on the Gila River Indian reservation in Chandler. While the mares, mustangs and wild stallions (no relation to the Bill & Ted supergroup) stabled at the nearby Wildhorse Ranch Rescue can't do the heavy lifting, the workhorses at Koli will do it for them with a "Sunset Margarita Ride" beginning at 6 p.m. to raise money for the care of Wildhorse's abused and neglected. Skilled and unskilled riders pay $55 -- $35 if you BYOH -- to mosey across ancient tribal land on horseback en route to the Old West town of Maricopa Wells, where margaritas await at the saloon -- limited to three per person -- along with cowboy art and games. Then it's back to the Koli ranch to rest those aching bones -- and asses. Call 602-696-5245 for reservations; see for directions. --Joe Watson

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