The High Point Public Library has decided to up the entertainment value of its events beyond book clubs this summer.

This week the library announced that it will be putting on free belly dance classes for seniors and holding Jeopardy games for belly dancers.  Wait, no, that’s not right.  In actuality, the library is putting on Jeopardy games for senior citizens and holding free belly dance classes for anyone who wants to learn how to engage in the intriguing art form.

The library will host belly dance classes – at a cost of $0 per class to participants – on Thursdays, starting Thursday, June 15 and running through Thursday, July 20.  Those one-hour classes will be held at  3 p.m. on the library’s first floor in the Morgan Community Room.

According to information promoting the classes, “Belly dancing is a fun form of dance with health benefits, including improved posture, reduced stress, weight loss and improved digestion through exercising the abdominal area.”

These free classes – which are being sponsored by Friends of the High Point Public Library – will be taught by Joylyn Howell of Shimmy Mob.

Registration is required. You should contact Maxine Days at 336-883-3646 to sign up, or send her an email at

Belly Dancing isn’t the only event on the horizon.  The High Point Public Library will also host Music Jeopardy for Seniors on Wednesday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to noon at 901 N. Main St. The game will take place in the second-floor business center of the library

This event is free and is open to any senior citizens who want to test their knowledge of music from the 1940s through the 1980s.

The press release doesn’t mention thousands of dollars in cash prizes such as the real jeopardy offers, so there probably isn’t going to be a prize of that kind for the winner.

Space is limited to 16 people and registration is required.  Interested senior citizens can call 336-883-3646 to register.