Pure Barre West Boca (9834 Glades Road, Boca Raton) is celebrating its grand opening Friday, June 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., and you’re invited. The studio, which features full-body low-impact workouts, is located in the Westwinds of Boca shopping plaza at the southeast corner of Glades Road and U.S. 441.

The celebration will include a Barre to Bar fashion show, healthy samplings from Raw Juce and Fit Foodz and a SoBlo station offering re-drys, braids, twists and buns. Add to that free cocktails, raffle prizes and giveaways. You may even find yourself a good deal: Pure Barre is offering class package specials and retail discounts on fitness clothing, including Pure Barre, Splits 59, Karma and Beyond Yoga fitness brands.

Pure Barre is an exercise technique using a ballet barre. Each 55-minute class focuses on building strength and stretching the hips, thighs, buttocks, abdominals and arms. It’s an exercise that people of all fitness levels can do. And, much like yoga, the technique promotes a meditative response, where participants block out daily life, according to Pure Barre’s corporate website.

Heather Clark, the studio manager of Pure Barre West Boca, says the experience is just as important as the workout.

“We are a community and want each of our clients to feel like family,” she says.

The studio hosts a variety of in-house events, including Wine Down Wednesday and Brunch at the Barre, “in appreciation of the many amazing clients who have become a part of our Pure Barre ‘fam,’” Clark says.

The grand opening is free to the public. To RSVP, call 561-465-5994 or email westboca@purebarre.com.

In other news…

Attention runners: The Freedom 5K is this Saturday, June 28, at Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach (401 S. Powerline Road). There’s also a kid’s dash and youth mile.

The 5K run/walk starts at 7 a.m. and costs $35 for those who preregister; $40 race day. Runners and walkers who are 80 years old and above participate for free. The park fee is included in the cost of the race.

more about the race, contact Cynthia Raes-Bernard at 954-461-5515, email cynthia@gflrrc.org or go to gflrrc.org.

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