Community Interests

Computer Applications

 

Basic Computer Skills: Designed for New Users/Seniors (PC Only)

New to computers? Intimidated by them? Not anymore! Take this course and take the fear out of computers. Learn to have fun and enjoy using the computer as a tool for crafts, letters, organization, etc.

 

Laptop & You- Bring your own laptop (PC ONLY)

Do you have a new laptop or have been using one that feels like it's slowing down? Do you have questions about your laptop? Bring them to class and learn how to put your laptop to the best use. Learn how to properly secure your laptop and find out about browsers, Wi-Fi, Internet connections, and much more.

 

Internet & Email

What can I do when I am on the Internet? How do I setup an email account, forward, send attachments, such as documents or pictures? How to get answers to questions? How do I keep myself safe when "surfing the Net?" This class will help you discover answers to the questions and provide you with basic work-ready Internet and email skills.

 

 

 

Arts & Crafts

 

Tole Painting

Come learn the basics of Tole Painting which has been around since the 1800s. It's a form of decorative painting that anyone can learn and can be applied to many different surfaces, such as wood and tin. Written instructions, a photo of the finished project, along with the pattern, are provided. Instructor guides you step by step with instruction on how to prepare your surface, transfer your pattern, and how to protect your painting once it's completed. All levels are welcome. No painting experience is necessary. Supplies will be discussed the first day of class.

 

Oil Painting

Under the supervision of the teacher, students use basic principles and techniques of oil painting, learn basic composition, color theory, and various other oil painting, learn basic composition, color theory, and various other oil painting ideologies and practices. Themes include: floral, seascape, landscape, still life, portraits, and other painting topics. Students provide their own tools and supplies.

 

Decorative Painting

Learn this popular painting technique that shades, highlights, and blends all in one stroke of your brush. Paint gifts for family and friends or something special for your home. With this fun, quick, and easy technique you can paint on glass, wood, tin, fabric, furniture, and even on walls. You don't have to be an artisit, and it's for people of all ages. Class fee includes materials.

 

 

 

Languages

 

Spanish Level 1 Conversational

 

Spanish Level 2 Conversational

 

Spanish Level 3 Conversational

 

Korean Level 1 Conversational

 

Korean Level 2 Conversational

 

 

 

Parent Education

 

When registering, the student information should be about the ADULT student. This includes the ADULT name and the ADULT birthdate of the ADULT coming to class. An adult MUST come to class with the child.

 

*Please Note: Minimum enrollment of 20 is needed to open a class. If the class you want is full - Please sign up for another class. Look for the correct age range of your child.

 

Parenting the Infant

This class is for parents with babies, (newborn to 15 months), and covers body fitness exercises, relaxation techniques, growth, and development. Parents enter parenthood with confidence and good parenting skills. Novice parents learn to relax and enjoy their new role, while babies happily reap the lovng benefits.

 

Parenting the Two-Year Old

Parents of two-year olds participate in activities designed to promote positive learning experiences. This course encourages the understanding of the ages and stages of normal growth and development. Topics of discussion include discipline, sharing, weaning, toilet training, language development, and sleeping habits.

 

Parenting the Toddler

Parents and toddlers, (12 to 24 months old), share a special time together as they eagearly explore the classroom activities designed specifically for this age. These lively children grow rapidly in physical and verbal abilities, and parents learn and discuss the important physical and social changes occurring. Helping parents to understand and accept each child as a unique and special individual is an important focus of this class.

 

Parenting the Pre-Schooler

Parents and their pre-schoolers, (ages 2 1/2 to 5), engage in quality enrichment activities including art, music, and games, with a major emphasis on communication and cooperation skills. Adult discussion addresses physical and social development, as well as teaching techniques that encourage positive behaviors. Parents take time to play, laugh, and share with their child during these important years of childhood development.

 

Focus on Music Plus

This expanded program includes music and movement activities using various instruments and other accessories. Additionally, the parent and child engage in story time, art time, and outside play time specifically designed to encourage curiosity and interest. This class promotes listening skills, following directions, and body awareness.

 

 

 

Personal Finance

 

Retirement Planning Today

Learn how to avoid the 10 biggest retirement planning mistakes. Discover how to save money on taxes, manage investment risks, and protect your assets from long-term health care expenses. Above all, this course shows you how to assess your financial situation and develop a personalized plan to achieve your retirement goals. Whether you plan to retire 10 years from now or have just recently retired, the valuable information you'll learn in this class can deliver rewards throughout your lifetime.

 

Social Security

Choosing when and how to claim Social Security benefits is one of the biggest financial decisions Boomers face today. Failing to use the right strategy can cost you a lot of money in unclaimed Social Security income over your life-time and potentially put your surviving spouse at finanical risk. Join us in the informative class where we will explore the ways in which you can maximize your benefit. You will gain the knowledge necessary to make an educated and confident election decision.

 

Understanding Medicare & the Impact of Healthcare Legislation

Confused about Medicare as well as how health care legislation has affected it? Are Social Security changes (such as changes to COLAs) being considered that may impact your planning? This class helps you navigate these government programs, including learning how one qualifies, key enrollment windows, benefit options, and monthy costs. The difference between Medicare Advantage Plans, Supplemental Plans, and Part D drug plans will be explained. Learn how to avoid penalties and higher premiums, and how to lower your drug costs using online tools. Note- the instructor is not authorized to speak to specifics of private or workplace medical plans.

 

Women & Investing

Did you know that women often make the best investors? Whether single, widowed, married, employed, or retired you need to know how to improve your current financial picture. Learn the importance of portfolio allocation, how to select an investment advisor, and how to select investments for growth, income, and safety. Estate planning, college education planning for children, grandchildren, and planning for a safe and secure financial future will all be covered. Also included is a forecast of the economy, interest rates, real estate, and the stock market.

 

Notary Public Course (California)

California needs additional professional notaries! This class provides the new or previously commissioned Notary Public with the education and skills to pass the state examination, detect fraud, and be successful in a new career. There is a growing need for Notaries Public in the expanding financial, real estate, business, and law professions. The State Certification test will be given immediately following this class. Bring a seperate $40 check or money order (no cash or credit card) payable to the Secretary of State, a 2"x2" color passport photo, a #2 pencil, and a sack lunch. California driver's license or identification card required.

*If you want to take the test only: Call the office (310) 533-4689 ext. 8400 to reserve a seat. Arrive at 4:00pm and have your payment to the Secretary of State, your passport photo, and pencil. There will also be a $10 cash service charge for which you will receive a receipt.

 

Loan Signing-Notary Public Seminar

California's real estate industry needs notaries who would like to become Loan Document Signing Specialists. In this class your instructor will present information, duties and responsibilities of the Notary Public entering the loan industry as a Loan Document Signing Specialists. Please bring a valid driver's license, and a #2 pencil. Prerequisite: Must have, or be in the process of obtaining, a California State Notary Public license.

 

Stock Market (Beginning)

Fundamentals of investing will be introduced. Strategies to be discussed include stocks, bonds, money market funds, mutual funds, international stocks, and methods for implementing a personal investment portfolio. Topics such as earning more from CDs, maximizing return in IRA investments will also be presented.

 

Stock Market (Intermediate)

This course offers a more advanced presentation of stock market trading techniques. Class will focus on the evaluation and understanding of stock charts, sector investing, hedging for the individual investor, closed and listed funds, and how to find values in a speculative market.

 

Real Estate Investing Mastermind: Level 1

Join experienced real estate investor and mortgate broker, Athena Paquette, for this riveting and informative class on how YOU can create passive income with real estate investing. Includes workbook. Ideal for beginning and experienced investors.

 

 

 

Music

 

Guitar (Beginning/Intermediate)

Beginners learn the basic techniques and simple songs. Intermediate students focus on more advanced techniques and apply them to songs. Students must furnish their own guitar to participate in class.

 

Learn to Play the Ukulele

The ukulele is an instrument beloved by those who enjoy Hawaiian music. Students in this course learn simple chords, strums, and plucking patterns. The techniques will be applied to fun, simple songs. All students must bring their own "tuneable" ukulele and only soprano, concert or tenor size to participate in the class.

 

 

 

Physical Fitness & Dance

 

Low-Impact Aerobics (Intermediate)

This low-impact aerobic class emphasizes a warm-up, light aerobics, stretching, balance, and strength building. Exercises are done standing and seated with some floor work. Students should be able to stand and sit without assistance. Bring mat and weights.


Muscle Strenghtening (Intermediate)

Learn safe and proper techniques for upper and lower body strengthen the back, assist with balance, and avoid bone loss. Students use free weights, elastic bands, and other equipment to enhance strength building. A chair aerobic routine is included.


Fitness Difference for Seniors (Intermediate)

Join the fun! Class emphasizes movements for particular areas of the body. Exercises include strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination, and body mechanics. Friday class features partner exercise, dancing, and more! Bring hand weights and a mat.


Cardio Salsa! (Beginning)

Cardio + Salsa + Merengue + Line Dancing = Fun! Learn the popular dances in the Latin beat. Add line dancing and swing and you have a dynamic cardio workout! Stretching and cool down exercises are included. Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.


Cardio Salsa! (Intermediate)

Engage in an aerobic workout while learning new dance steps and routines for physical fitness and performance. Learn the latest Latin dances: Salsa, Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Bachata. Update your Western Line-Dance routines, swing, and ballroom dance steps. This class is for those who have taken beginning Cardio Salsa or who have some experience in Latin or ballroom dance. Partners are not necessary. Warm-up and cool-down stretches are included. Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.


T'ai Chi-Qi Gong (Level 1)

Increase your strength, endurance, balance, and stress resilience. Learn various ancient Chinese Qi Gong exercises and the first part of the T'ai Chi Chu'an long form. Students must be able to stand throughout the class. Wear athletic shoes with a low grip.


T'ai Chi-Qi Gong (Level 2)

The Level 2 class is open to students who have taken the Level 1 Beginning class and are interested in continuing their practice of Qi Gong and T'ai Chi Chu'an Short Form. The class is designed to improve strength, balance, focus, and relaxation. Students are supported in cultivating life forece energy and incresing the flow of "chi" throughout the body. New postures will be added to the Yang Style Short Form sequence. Previously learned postures will be refined and reviewed. Students will be standing throughout the class. Wear low-grip shoes.


T'ai Chi-QI Gong (Level 3)

The Level 3 class is for students who have completed the Level 2 Intermediate class and are interested in continuing their practice of Qi Gong and T'ai Chi Chu'an. Students will deepen their skills in cultivating life forces energy and increasing the flow of "chi" throughout the body. The T'ai Chi Chu'an Short Form will be reviewed. New postures of the Yang Style Long Form will be introduced and practiced.


T'ai Chi-QI Gong (Level 4)

The Advanced Level 4 class is for students who have completed the Level 3 Intermediate class and are interested in mastering various forms of Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan and continuing their Qi Gong practice. Students will be supported in deepening their skills in cultivating life force energy and increasing the flow of "chi" throughout the body. Attention will be given to continous refinement of the Yang Style Short Form, Long Form and Fast Forms.


Yoga (Level 1)

Students learn classic yoga positions (asanas) with varying levels of difficulty. The focus is to continue to build balance, strength, and agility. Relaxation and breathing techniques are included.

 

Yoga (Level 2)

This class is for students who have had previous training in yoga. It includes a progression of classic positions that may increase in difficulty to develop strength, stamina, and flexibility. Relaxation and breathing techniques are included.

 

Yoga for Therapy

This class is for those who want to restore their health in a safe and gentle enviornment. The emphasis is on proper posture alignment and increasing strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Correct breathing techniques will be taught while restoring vital energy to the body, mind, and spirit.

 

Hatha Yoga

Extreme basic activity yoga posture, yet it can be a vigorous workout. This is a chair yoga class where stretching, toning, and strengthening all come together. Come see for yourself to find out how this class is not only for yoga beginners, but for everyone.

 

Yoga Mat Stretching (Easy)

Improve strength and focus on deep stretches while toning. Learn how conditioning and breathing correctly reduces stress. This class will also increase your mental awareness!

 

Chair Yoga

Get the benefits of yoga in a class designed just for you. Yoga fitness exercises will be adapted to a seated position in a chair. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation techniques will be included. Gain greater flexibility, strength, and confidence from this new approach to the ancient science of yoga. Primarily seated exercises. Standing exercises are optional.

 

Yoga for Physical Fitness (Beginning)

Practice various yoga poses to improve your flexibility, balance, and strength. In coordination with deep breathing, increase your mental calmness, heighten body awareness, and reduce stress.

 

Yoga for Physical Fitness (Beginning/Easy Intermediate)

Practice various yoga poses for flexibility, balance, strength, mental calmness, body awareness, and stress reduction. This class is designed to be a notch up in intensity from the beginning class.

 

T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi Chuan is a slow-motion exercise program for relaxation and health. Learn the history, philosophy, and the basic moves of this ancient art for modern people. T'ai Chi is excellent exercise for stress reduction and relaxation. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

 

Reiki: Balance Your Energy & Balance Your Life

Each day seems to bring more stress until we feel out of control with no "down" time, resulting in negative health issues. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive way to get "back on track." This informational lecture provides a basic understanding of Reiki. Techniques will be demonstrated and class ends with a guided meditation.

 

Aerobic Exercise-Over 40 Shape-Up

No matter what shape you are in now, this is the place to improve your fitness level, stamina, strength, and muscle tone. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel.

 

Get Fit Fast

This individualized fitness program is designed to assisst students in understanding how to assess their own personal muscular weakness, provide exercises and movements for their personal strengthening, use their own body weight (no equipment or apparatus necessary), and "tweak" movements for their particular needs. Students also learn how to adjust movements from beginning to intermediate, and intermediate to advanced. Class is taught by a certified personal trainer with over 14 years of experience.

 

POUND Rockout Workout

Sweat, sculpt & ROCK in this 60 minute jam session inspired by the infectious and energizing fun of playing drums. You will become the music in this full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with Yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, this class provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin' out!

 

Walk for Health at the Beach

Walk your way to better health along our beautiful coastline in this walking class specifically designed for seniors. Warm-up and cool down exercises are a part of each session. After registering (online or at the Griffith, Hamilton, or Levy campus), students meet at Miramar Park (at the corner of Miramar & Paseo de la Playa). No pets allowed.

 

Walk for Health at Wilson Park

This class is a great way to make new friends! Class begins with body stretching and includes a warm down at the end of each session. After registering (online or at the Griffith, Hamilton, or Levy campus), students meet at the Griffith lunch benches for the first meeting. No pets allowed.

 

Line Dance (Beginner)

Learn the basics of Line Dancing, by doing easy dances. You will learn the step patterns for dances including: Cowboy Hustle, Strait Cha Cha, Waltz Across Texas, Black Velvet, and many more. No partners necessary. Dress casual and have fun!

 

Lince Dance (Improver)

After learning the basics, move up to the next level of line dancing. Learn the newer dances being done at the socials in the South Bay as well as more of the classic dances. Dances you will learn include: Tush Push, Watermelon Crawl, Boot Scootin' Boogie, and more! No partners necessary. Dress casual and have fun!

 

Dance: Western Couples Dance

Learn Cowboy Cha Cha Country Waltz, Two-Step, Schottishce, Denver Cha Cha, and more. No partner necessary.

 

Strength & Cardio Intervals for Body Scult & Fitness

This total body workout, if done consistently, increases muscle strength bone density, lean body mass, metabolism, improves coordination, and balance. All major muscle groups are engaged with the use of hand weights and floor exercises. Dance-like cardio intervals are performed to lively, motivating music to elevate the heart rate and burn calories. Get a total body workout while having fun! Includes mat exercises for abs and a stretching and cool-down period to relax the muscles and mind. Bring a mat and hand weights (3-5 lbs.). Wear loose clothing and athletic shoes.

 

Finish Your First 5K

Train in a supportive enviornment with fellow beginners. Receive guidance from an experienced Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach who will inspire you to achieve your goals. Each session inlcudes classroom time to focus on the mental side of training, followed by a group walk/run in adjacent Wilson Park. The "final exam" for class members will be the March Madness 5K on Saturday March 3rd in Long Beach, CA. (Registration for this event is not included in the class fee).

 

 

 

 

Special Interests

 

Handweaving on a loom

Learn to make a one-of-a-kind scarf or fabric heirloom table linen, coverlet, or rug. Beginning to advanced students are welcome. NOTE: Take advantage of the Handweaving Workshop course to complete your unfinished handweaving projects (see class below).

 

Handweaving Workshop

Take advantage of this workshop to complete your unfinished handweaving projects. This course offers you additional time to put the finishing touches on your special design. You must already be registered for the Handweaving and Spinning course (see class above) to attend this course.

 

Antiques & Collectibles

Learn to identify and appraise a variety of antiques and collectibles. Do's and dont's of buying, researching "finds" and marketing them will be included in ths on-going class.

 

Write Your Life Story

Celebrities do it. Politicians do it. Why don't you? Write your life story only you know. Neither good grammar nor writing experience is necessary; memories are what count. Help preserve history by creating a family treasure. The experienced teacher makes it fun.

 

Coil Basketry

This is an introductory coil basketry workshop using a traditional coiling technique. Each basket maker will learn the necessary skills to create a coiled basket from start to finish: how to begin a coil, shaping it into its own unique vessel, and finishig it off. In this particular workshop, paper twine will be used for the core and a variety of colorful yarns for wrapping. No experience is needed.

 

Floral Design-Basic

Enhance basic floral designs with artistic style and flair. Let colorful seasonal textures and fragrances inspire you to create a special fresh flower arrangement for your home, gifts, holidays, and events. Stundents provide flowers, some tools and supplies. Bring scissors to the first class or purchase in class. Foliage for each class can be ordered at an approximate cost of $2-$5. Students bring one bunch of assorted flowers or 12 roses to the first class. Vase and oasis will be provided.

 

Floral Design-Intermediate/Advanced

This class features floral elements in trendy configurations with unusual materials and creative containers. Each semester celebrates the colors and themes of the season. Students provide flowers, some tools, and supplies. Bring scissors to the first class or purchase in class. Foliage for each class can be ordered at an approximate cost of $5-$7. Students bring one bunch of assorted flowers or 12 roses to the first class. Vase and oasis will be provided.

 

 

 

 

Tours

 

Angelino Heights and the New Italian American Museum of Los Angeles

Step back in time to the turn of the 20th century as you strol with a docent down Carroll Avenue in Angelino Heights. One of Los Angeles' first suburbs, the area is rich with history and Victorian architecture. Our tour will include visits inside two restored private homes (subject to availability). This is a moderate walking tour with several steps and no places to sit along the way, so dress comfortably. Following our tour, we will have time for lunch on your own at your choice of several restaurants in downtown L.A. Our last stop will be the recently opened Italian American Museum of Los Angeles which celebrates the myraid contributions of LA's Italian Americans. The museum occupies the restored Italian Hall which was built in 1908 as a meeting place for the local Italian community. The museum's collection chronicles the contributions of knowledge and skills that these immigrants brought to the region. Memorabilia includes items donated by local celebrity Italian Americans, such as items from Tommy Lasorda and Lady Gaga. Ciao!

 

Garrison Keillor: Just Passing Through

We will spend a rousing evening with the leading connoisseur of life's cherished moments. Garrison Keillor returns with his wonderfully wry anecdotes about growing up in the Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and late-life fatherhood. The host of NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" for over 30 years, Keillor is back with his gentle humor and disarming wisdom to share his passion for everything on the great journey of life. Prior to our show, you will have time for browsing in downtown Long Beach or at nearby Shoreline Village.