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Dance

Ballroom Dancing - 1 & 2

Instructor: Tony Plasil
Students will learn the basic patterns and character of the most popular ballroom dances, as well as how to recognize the music. They will learn the basics of leading and following and develop timing and rhythm. At the end of this series of classes, students should feel comfortable dancing through an entire song at parties and weddings.

Ballroom Line Dancing

Instructor: Tony Plasil
Seniors love Ballroom Line Dancing because it is fun, easy to learn and they can dance to all the beautiful ballroom music without a partner. “Ballroom line dancing” is line dancing with a twist. Students will learn the basic steps of many ballroom dances (e.g., Foxtrot, Cha Cha, etc.) in a line dance format. Students will also learn the most popular line dances such as “New York New York,” “Mambo 5,” “Electric Slide,” and others. Students will learn the basic patterns and character of each dance, as well as how to recognize the music. At the end of each class, students should feel comfortable dancing through an entire song at dance parties and weddings.

BollyX Low Impact, Dance Cardio Class

Instructor: Richa Jauhari
BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. The 50-minute cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time. At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India. The BollyX Low Impact program has all the same energy and swag as the original BollyX format but without high impact dance movements. This format was designed for individuals who love to dance and prefer or need low impact choreography. No prior dance experience is required—just a positive attitude! Improve your coordination and mind-body awareness, and come join us on the “movie set” as you unleash your inner rock star low impact-style.

Tap

Instructor: Pam Kay
This is a fun class that starts with a 5-minute tap warmup and stretch. Then we continue with some choreographed routines for performance or just for fun. We use all kinds of music like pop, jazz, Broadway, or whatever you like. We also do old standard tap routines like the Shim Sham Shimmy.

Zumba Gold

Instructor: Hector Ramirez
Zumba Gold is a fitness program designed to take the exciting Latin and international dance rhythms of Zumba and bring them to the active older adult. This exhilarating program is so easy to follow that people of any age can enjoy it.

Exercise & Fitness

Chair Aerobics

Instructor: Hector Ramirez
This course offers a combination of low-impact and chair aerobics and the use of weights. Participants will tone their muscles and increase flexibility.

Chair Pilates and Stretching

Instructor: Hector Ramirez
Join us for this full body Pilates workout. All exercises are performed in a seated position and are perfect for seniors and beginners. This class focuses on improving posture, core strengthening, and stretching.

Meditation

Instructor: Avry Budka
Meditation = Concentration = Equanimity. This ancient equation is the basis of our practice in meditation class. We will gain skills in many different meditation techniques from various lineages as together we train our minds for better focus in order to meet each moment of life in greater awareness, peace and presence. Open to all levels of meditators, from first timers to practiced sitters, because we can all use more tools to learn to rebalance our minds, hearts and lives! Bring an open mind, your natural curiosity and a smile!

Pep Up Your Life

Instructor: Donald Milares
Designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility, this introductory level class will improve the way you feel about your health and body, while increasing muscle mass and bone density. Participants work at their own pace and within their own comfort range.

Qigong and Tai Chi

Instructor: Chris Tucker
This class combines the basic concept and theory of chi and chi movement to enhance your physical and spiritual well-being and increase your youthful vitality and longevity. You will learn the eight-section brocade and 25 step short form. In addition to this, you will be introduced to the 105 step long form. This class helps improve blood flow, reduces stress and hypertension, and lowers the heart rate and blood pressure. Strength and balance are improved and increased through the slow, fluid movements, which are often referred to as meditation in motion.

Step To the Beat Aerobics

Instructor: Michaela Niesen
This class will help improve your cardiovascular system by challenging your heart and lungs. Participants will use their own body weight and improve agility, mobility, and balance. We will warm-up, exercise and cool down. Participants will enjoy walking or stepping to the beat. This class is fun, interactive, and great for individuals with all levels of fitness!

Strength Training in the Fitness Center

Instructor: Michaela Niesen
This class encompasses chair aerobics and uses dumbbells to develop overall strength. Students will also have the option of using the fitness center and learning how to use workout machines. This class consists of full body exercises to improve bone density and muscle mass.

Strength Training via Zoom

Instructor: Leslie Lollar
Learn how to strengthen your body without access to workout machines. This virtual strength class uses free weights, bands, ankle weights, or anything you can use around your house to create resistance. Every large muscle group in the body will experience resistance to promote muscle building in the comfort of your home.

Yoga

Instructor: Margie Rosenblum
Yoga is valuable for everyone: the young, the old, beginners, and advanced practitioners. Each student proceeds at his or her own pace. Yoga’s emphasis is on the precise alignment of the body in the asanas (poses) and the careful sequencing and timing of the asanas.

Yoga and Presence Practice

Instructor: Avry Budka
Join us for a practical yet fun blend of yoga and meditation—movement and awareness. These ancient practices designed to bring balance, strength; flexibility and mindfulness are still appropriate and available to us all today. Create unity of mind, body and spirit! Learn to breathe properly and work at your own level.

Hobbies & Special Interests

The Art & Joy of Sewing

Instructor: Cate Shaffer-Shelby

Learn to sew or enhance your existing sewing skills! Both beginning and advanced students are welcome. As we navigate the current safety and distancing requirements, instructor Cate Shaffer-Shelby will teach all levels of sewing in this class. You will learn the basic techniques of sewing, ranging from taking proper measurements, understanding fabrics, working with patterns, cutting the garment/project, threading & operating a sewing machine and basic garment construction techniques. For those without sewing machines, we have several machines and other sewing tools available for use when in the class. Students are responsible for supplying their own fabrics & sewing notions/supplies. This class is limited to 22.

Bridge Basics 1

Instructor: Meanie Moran
Learn the basics of this age-old game, played by young and old alike. Join the likes of Warren Buffett and his bridge partner Bill Gates. Be prepared to knock-em-dead at the Center’s Bridge Club. In this class you will learn the basics of Bidding, Defense, and Play of the Hand, the 3 major parts of the game. You will be playing a few hands of bridge in your very first class! Bridge can be the party plan for a fun Saturday afternoon or a lifelong endeavor. Practice memory and focus skills while learning this game. Come and enjoy an exciting time, meet new friends, acquire a new skill that will sharpen your enjoyment of life and expand your social circle.

Bridge Basics 2

Instructor: Meanie Moran
Many people believe that Bridge is the world’s greatest game. It challenges your mind, expands your abilities, and increases your circle of friends. It can be continuous learning or an afternoon of just fun. This class focuses on competitive bidding, first introduced in Bridge Basics1, and expanded here to include pre-emptive bids using different kinds of doubles, overcalls, understanding the advancer, and your role in the competitive auction. Competitive bidding is the very “heart” of Bridge. This class follows Bridge Basics 1 but also stands alone for those needing to sharpen their skills in the game. Let’s get in there and play!

Comprehensive Art

Instructor: Laura Zhao
This course offers a diverse range of materials to inspire your artistic creations. With deep appreciation for the Earth's abundant resources, we reciprocate its generosity by crafting exquisite expressions. Participants will embark on a guided journey, acquiring the skills to adeptly wield clay, acrylic paints, charcoal, soft pastels, oil pastels, and other mediums, thereby bringing their artistic visions to life. This class will also introduce composition drawings for beginning students who want to develop drawing and observational skills.

French I

Instructor: Teresa Cortey
An introduction to French for those who are completely new to the language or who have forgotten their previous study of it. Touristic expressions, a general presentation of grammatical structure, and the present tense will be covered. Naturally, as language and culture are inseparable, the class will have wider than a linguistic focus. Hopefully, this class will provide a non-stressful but meaningful new dimension for everyone—a gateway to another culture and a new means of self-expression.

French II

Instructor: Teresa Cortey
Continued grammar and vocabulary building and, specifically, introduction to the subjunctive as well as more in-depth study of more elementary grammar. Naturally, as language and culture are inseparable, the class will have wider than a linguistic focus. Individual presentations, suggested, but not required, will be encouraged, and some introduction to literature provided. Songs will be studied for their linguistic value as well as their potential for musical appreciation.

French III

Instructor: Teresa Cortey
Continued vocabulary building, practice in communication, and, specifically, the subjunctive mood will be emphasized and an introduction to the literary tenses made. The focus of the class will naturally be cultural as well as linguistic. Some poems and one short story, and study of songs for their linguistic value will be included. Individual presentations will be encouraged, though not required.

French IV

Instructor: Teresa Cortey
Continued practice in communication, vocabulary building, study of the literary tenses, more short stories or poems, songs considered for their linguistic value and voluntary student presentations will be included. The focus of the class will naturally be cultural, and literary as well as linguistic.

French V

Instructor: Teresa Cortey
Intensive review of major grammatical concepts, increased practice in communication, more exploration of literature. Individual presentations encouraged but not required; songs introduced for their linguistic value. As always, the focus of the class will be cultural and literary as well as linguistic.

Geology of the National Parks

Instructor: Alan Colville
In 1870, Yellowstone was set aside by Congress as a park for the “enjoyment and pleasure of the people”. It was the first National Park in the U.S.A. and was a model for National Parks around the world. Yellowstone’s geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, and other volcanic features made it an interesting place to visit. Yellowstone most of the other National Parks have been created for their natural features and scenic beauty. In most cases, this scenery is due to geologic features and processes. This course will use some of the National Parks as a way to teach the essential elements of geology such as rock types, geologic time, structure of the earth and plate tectonics which ties everything together. The course will start with the Volcanic Parks (volcanos, lava flows, volcanic ash, volcanic craters etc.) Hawaii, Yellowstone, WY, Mt. Rainier, WA, Mt. Lassen, CA. Followed by parks, which are mainly composed of sedimentary rocks (former reefs, beaches, sand dunes, stream channels, etc.). Sandstone, shale, limestone. Grand Canyon, AZ, Zion Canyon, Utah. Parks made of plutonic rocks, that is, granite and similar rocks and modified by glaciers. Yosemite, CA and other Possibilities.

"Let Us Play" Improv

Instructors: Mark and Ilona Jennings
Join us for a playful, participatory class of theater and improv games designed to unlock creativity, free the imagination, ignite spontaneity, increase mental focus, build confidence, and nurture group connection. Tap into the wells of creativity and spontaneity that reside within us all in a safe, supportive, and warm-hearted atmosphere as we embrace the joy of playing together. Taught by husband and wife team, Mark and Ilona Jennings.

Making Sense of the News (Zoom)

Instructor: Warren Swil
Join a weekly discussion of topics in the news with a retired journalism professor. Explore why some topics make it on to the front page or onto the evening news while others don’t. What makes something newsworthy? Who decides? Are they always right? The group will monitor major media outlets and go behind the scenes as reporters and editors make the decisions on what to cover, how to cover it and how to present it. Get the inside scoop. Bring your own ideas and toss them into the ring for discussion.

Spanish, Introduction

Instructor: Hector Ramirez
Welcome to Spanish! This class will be a fun introduction to greetings, vocabulary, and grammar in a foreign language. Class will be a fun learning experience with a qualified Spanish teacher in which we will share in class discussion and conversation.

Spanish, Intermediate

Instructor: Hector Ramirez
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. In this intermediate level course, you'll be able to strengthen your grammatical skills to be able to speak, write and read in this second language. Class will touch upon vocabulary with an emphasis on conversation. This class will help you interact with others who have a grasp of the language already.

Spanish Reading for Beginners

Instructor: Sabrina Peck
This low-stress, fun class is conducted in English and is for anyone who enjoys the puzzle of another language. Do you know no Spanish at all? Or maybe you’ve forgotten what you once learned? Through this class, students will understand written Spanish more and more as the weeks go by. We start out with vocabulary card games for the most common Spanish words. We also discuss words that are similar but not identical in the two languages. Working together, we’ll read short passages and understand the main points. A lending library is available in class, and if students feel ready, they may select their own reading material, including children’s books. Students are encouraged, but not required, to work in teams. The instructor will explain useful grammar points as needed, as well as ideal learning strategies for adults. Along with improving students’ comprehension of written Spanish, the class may help build students’ listening and speaking skills. Another benefit is that students will be part of a welcoming community of language enthusiasts.

Watercolor, Advanced

Instructor: Barbara Medford
This class is designed for those experienced in painting watercolors. This is for artists interested in learning new techniques, strengthening their composition, and challenging your creativity. Teaching done by; demonstration, video, and one on one do teaching advice. You will be surrounded by other artists in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Limit 14 students.

Watercolor, Beginner 1

Instructor: Barbara Medford
This class is designed for those who have never painted watercolors or who have little experience with watercolors. We will be focusing on the basics of painting with watercolors. You will learn how to handle your brushes, the paint, and apply glazes. You will be surrounded by other beginning artists in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Limit 14 students.

Technology

Beginner Computer Classes

Instructor: Mariana Porras
In this course, participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic functions of a computer, develop beginner computer skills, navigate the internet, and create and maintain an email address. At the end of each class session, participants will be given a free lab period to review what was discussed and to ask any specific questions they may have. Space is limited to 8 participants.

Classes de Computación en Español

Instructor: Mariana Porras
En este curso, participantes tendrán la oportunidad de aprender las funciones básicas de una computadora, desarrollar habilidades informáticas, navegar por el Internet y crear y mantener una dirección de correo electrónico. Al final de cada sesión de clase, los participantes tendrán un período para revisar lo discutido y hacer cualquier pregunta específica que puedan tener. El espacio está limitado a 8 participantes.

Getting to know your Android Device

Instructor: Dion Ferguson
Bring your android device and learn how to, send and receive emails, take great pictures and share them with friends via text message. Learn how to self-help by searching YouTube for videos to help you fix stuff around the house, Explore your personality traits by doing an online assessment, and find the fastest way to a destination utilizing Maps so you can do more fun stuff around the city. On completion of this class, you will learn how to become more independent and to enjoy the rest of your life more fruitful using your device.

Getting to know your iPad & iPhone

Instructor: Peter Matus
Whether you’re new to your iPad or iPhone, or want to learn the different features that your device can offer, then this class is for you. From updating and changing your settings to taking pictures and editing videos, this class is for the everyday user. Bring your own device or borrow one from PSC.