PROGRAMS FOR ACTIVE ADULTS

Classes for mature adults designed to provide learning opportunities to optimize physical and mental fitness.

ENROLL NOW

FALL 2021 WILL OFFER BOTH ONLINE ONLY AND IN-PERSON CLASSES. SEE CLASS DESCRIPTIONS FOR DETAILS.

Important note: At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join in-person classes. Thank you for your understanding.

The pursuit of knowledge through life-long learning, whether it’s learning to speak a foreign language, improve your health and fitness, write a newsletter, or research your family history, has wonderful benefits for adults – young and old:

  • Keeps your mind sharp
  • Improves memory
  • Increases self-confidence
  • Offers an inexpensive way to try something new
  • Saves money as you learn to do it yourself
  • Gives you a feeling of accomplishment
  • Helps you meet people who share your interests
  • Builds on skills you already have
  • Offers an opportunity to learn a new skill or trade and increase your income
  • Gives you a new interest that you can share with family and friends

Note! These classes are self-supporting and are not funded by the state.
For more detailed information about any of the offerings listed please click the enroll now button.

applied arts

PAINTING & DRAWING

This class is for experienced watercolorists and adults with some experience, past or present, painting in watercolor. Illustrator Matt Crane will demonstrate a sampling of painting and drawing techniques weekly. For a materials list email: jmcgovern@smuhsd.org

At this point in time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 087201
Location: San Mateo Senior Center
Dates: 9/9 – 12/2, no class 11/11 & 11/25
Days: Thu
Time: 9:30 – 12:00 am
Fee: $120
Instructor: Matt Crane

Learn useful drawing and watercolor tips and practice use of materials. Illustrator, Matt Crane begins class with a drawing or painting demonstration during which he employs a range of basic application techniques. Demonstrations are followed by student practice. The class size is small. Still Life, Landscape and the Human Figure are among subjects covered. For a materials list email: jmcgovern@smuhsd.org.

The following classes will be held at the Foster City Community Center.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 087101
Dates: 9/9 – 10/14
Days: Thu
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee: $80
Instructor: Matt Crane

Section: 087102
Dates: 10/21 – 12/2, no class 11/11 & 11/25
Days: Thu
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee: $80
Instructor: Matt Crane

Instruction is offered in the fundamentals of art: drawing, color, shape, form, value, perspective and texture. It includes a variety of art mediums: graphite, watercolor, color pencils, water soluble colored pencils, pastels, portraiture, scratchboard, and additional techniques with art mediums. The instructor’s goal is to enhance the participant’s enjoyment, art skills, and personal styles. The class is non-judgmental. All skill levels are welcome. Materials fee discussed at first class meeting. Julie has a BA in Art, California Teaching Credential Specializing in Art, MA in Art Therapy ATR, and is a Professional Artist.

The following classes will be held at the Foster City Recreation Center.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 087601
Dates: 9/7 – 11/30, no class 11/23
Days: Tue
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Fee: $120
Instructor: Julie Paladino-Andrews

Section: 087602
Dates: 9/7 – 11/30, no class 11/23
Days: Tue
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $120
Instructor: Julie Paladino-Andrews

KNITTING & CROCHET

Check back for class meeting dates when in person classes resume

Music appreciation

Afternoon at the Opera

A class focused on the Operas being performed in a theater here in the Bay Area, live and in person! For those feeling brave, buy a ticket and go check them out! If you’re not quite ready for in-person performing arts, no worries, there are filmed versions online you are welcome to enjoy. We’ll discuss the history of the piece, performance practices and the ways some of these classic shows are being reinterpreted. Let’s enjoy some Opera together!

Section: 089201
Location: Online
Dates: 9/13 – 11/29
Days: Mon
Times: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Fee: $120
Instructor: Deborah Rosengaus

WEST BAY COMMUNITY BAND

Wanted! If you’ve been itching to play again, come join the West Bay Community Band. NO audition required. Our band has over 40 fun-loving musicians who enjoy playing music of all styles and periods, performing, and appreciate being part of an ensemble. All instruments needed. Gain new musical knowledge and skill. For more information, contact Erinn Washburn at erinnwashburnschool@gmail.com

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join the band. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 089701
Location: Mills High School
Dates: 8/16 – 12/6, no class 9/6
Days: Mon
Times: 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $120
Instructor: Erinn Washburn

Health and Fitness

Start with gentle Qi Gong movements synchronized with slow deep breathing. This promotes better oxygenation and circulation throughout your entire body. Slow paced movement routines are performed to extend your range of motion, strengthen your mid back, and open the chest and re align shoulders to support and sustain better posture. We then step it up and do lively paced exercises to uplifting music. These easy to follow routines are designed to increase leg strength, build stamina and get your endorphins going! Guest passes accepted.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 088601
Location: Millbrae Recreation Center
Dates: 8/17 – 12/7, no class 11/23
Days: Tue
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Fee: $60
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Section: 088602
Location: Foster City Recreation Center
Dates: 8/18 – 12/8, no class 11/24
Days: Wed
Time: 10:45 – 11:45 am
Fee: $60
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Practice moderately paced – low impact aerobic exercises and easy to follow dance routines designed to increase your stamina and strengthen parts of your body that contribute to maintaining better balance responses. Class concludes with exercises to support better balance and mat work to strengthen abdominals, lower back and pelvic floor. Bring hand weights, and mat. Resistance bands provided. Guest passes accepted.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 088501
Location: Millbrae Recreation Center
Dates: 8/16 – 12/6, no class 9/6
Days: Mon
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Fee: $60
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Section: 088502
Location: Millbrae Recreation Center
Dates: 8/18 – 12/8
Days: Wed
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Fee: $60
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

In this class you’ll do aerobic exercise combined with Latin music and dance moves. The movement routines are designed to build endurance, leg strength, and improve your over all agility and balance. Thirty minutes of movement is followed by a cool down and slow stretches, and use of hand weights (optional). Class concludes with 10 minutes of guided diaphragmatic breathing to intentionally reset your nervous system. The end result – a fortifying state of calm. Breathwork is done while seated. Guest passes accepted.

Section: 088701
Location: Online
Dates: 8/20 – 12/10, no class 11/26
Days: Fri
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Fee: $60
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Rebuild your strength and fine-tune your flexibility in this seated exercise class designed for senior adults. You will practice a variety of movements designed to improve your posture, increase muscle strength, lower your risk for falls. You will need hand weights and a resistance band.

Section: 088201
Dates: Will return next semester
Days: Mon
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $55
Instructor: Juliet Martine

Section: 088202
Dates: Will return next semester
Days: Thu
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Fee: $55
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

seated Tai Chi exercises

In this seated tai chi class, under the skilled and supportive instruction of Debbie Au, you will learn and practice taiji exercises that will enhance your joint flexibility and strengthen your muscular-skeletal system. You will notice improvement in your body suppleness as you do these exercises.

Section: 089401
Location: Online
Dates: 8/18 – 12/8, no class 11/24
Days: Wed
Times: 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Debbie Au

Tai Chi 101 for Beginners – online

Learn and practice beginning postures of the taiji routiine. In this online class for beginners you’ll learn 6-8 basic postures, slowly, step by step. Class starts off with gentle movements to warm up your joints and muscles to promote better flexibility, range of motion and balance. Warm up exercises are followed by practicing taiji postures. At the end of class we will also have some time for developing community. No Guest passes accepted for online classes.

Section: 089001
Location: Online
Dates: 8/16 – 12/6, no class 9/6
Days: Mon
Times: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Debbie Au

Tai Chi 101 for Beginners

Learn and practice beginning postures of the taiji routiine. In this class for beginners you’ll learn 6-8 basic postures, slowly, step by step. Class starts off with gentle movements to warm up your joints and muscles to promote better flexibility, range of motion and balance. Warm up exercises are followed by practicing taiji postures. At the end of class we will also have some time for developing community. Guest passes accepted.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to attend this in-person class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 089002
Location: Millbrae Recreation Center
Dates: 8/18 – 12/8, no class 11/24
Days: Wed
Times: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Debbie Au

Tai Chi 102 Intermediate

In this hybrid (Zoom and in-person) Intermediate Tai Chi Class, students will continue to learn the next 8-10 postures of the Zungu Chen Family Tai Chi routine, slowly step by step. Class begins with warm up and balance exercises and then the tai chi postures. Prerequites: Completion of PED 089001 Beginning Tai Chi and students are practicing the basic 6-8 postures routine on their own.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class in person. Thank you for your understanding.

*Enrollment in Intermediate Tai Chi requires Instructor approval. Please contact Active Adults Program Coordinator Jeri McGovern.

Section: 089102
Location: (2 options) San Mateo Adult School or online
Dates: 8/16 – 10/25, no class 9/6
Days: Mon
Times: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Fee: $90
Instructor: Debbie Au

Tai Chi 103 Advanced

Advanced Tai Chi students should have completed all 75 postures of the Zungu Chen Family routine and have been practicing the routine on their own. Fine tuning of the postures is a component of this class.

*Enrollment in Advanced Tai Chi requires Instructor approval. Please contact Active Adults Program Coordinator Jeri McGovern.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to attend this in-person class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 089801
Location: San Mateo Adult School
Dates: 8/19 – 10/21
Days: Thu
Times: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Fee: $90
Instructor: Debbie Au

NEW CLASS! This blended class combines the yogic focus on enhanced mind and body awareness, strength, stamina, flexibility and balance, with Pilates techniques to improve posture and create a strong, stable foundation for movement. Instructor will teach basic Mat Pilates movement with a yogic focus. No prior experience is necessary. Guest passes accepted.

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class in person. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 087901
Location: San Bruno Senior Center
Dates: 8/16 – 12/6, no class 9/6
Days: Mon
Time: 2:45 – 3:45 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Juliet Martine

Section: 087902
Location: Millbrae Recreation Center
Dates: 8/19 – 12/9, no class 11/11 & 11/25
Days: Thu
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Juliet Martine

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this in-person class. Thank you for your understanding.

There’s nothing more valuable than staying connected to your community and continuing your yoga practice with your favorite teacher and fellow yogis. Zoom is a way to do this. Flow, move, bend, twist, breathe, stretch, strengthen, lengthen, open and release. Instructors will demonstrate customary poses and offer modification as needed. No prior experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome! No Guest passes accepted for online classes.

Section: 088901
Location: Online
Dates: 8/16 – 12/6, no class 9/6
Days: Mon
Times: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Juliet Martine

This class is a hybrid class. You can choose to join in person or online. The section number is the same for both in person or online participation. Whether you decide to stay at home or come to the Adult School where the class will meet in person, you will be guided as you practice moving, bending, gently twisting, breathing, stretching, strengthening, lengthening, opening and releasing. Your instructor will demonstrate customary poses and offer modifications as needed. Everyone is welcome! Sorry, guest passes are not accepted for the hybrid classes.

Section: 088801
Location: (2 options) San Mateo Adult School or Online
Dates: 8/17 – 12/7, no class 11/23
Days: Tue
Times: 1:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Debra Kattler

Our Yoga for Health is designed for adults over 50. You’ll learn and practice mild to moderate poses at an easy pace. The yoga postures have been selected to help you gradually release bodily tension while increasing overall flexibility and strength. Additional benefits of practicing yoga are an enhanced focus of attention, and a feeling of well being.. In addition to teaching customary yoga positions, your instructor will offer modifications of postures for students as needed. Classes conclude with a meditative relaxation exercise. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a mat and towel. Guest passes are accepted.

Section: 087801
Location: San Bruno Senior Center
Dates: 8/19 – 12/9, no class 11/11 & 11/25
Days: Thu
Time: 10:15 – 11:15 am
Fee: $60
Instructor: Daniela Scott

This class is a hybrid class. You can choose to join in person or online. The section number is the same for both in person or online participation. Whether you decide to stay at home or come to the Adult School where the class will meet in person, you will be guided as you practice moving, bending, gently twisting, breathing, stretching, strengthening, lengthening, opening and releasing. Your instructor will demonstrate customary poses and offer modifications as needed. Everyone is welcome! Sorry, guest passes are not accepted for the hybrid classes.

Section: 088802
Location: (2 options) San Mateo Adult School or Online
Dates: 8/19 – 12/9, no class 11/11 & 11/25
Days: Thu
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Debra Kattler

Our Yoga for Health is designed for adults over 50. You’ll learn and practice mild to moderate poses at an easy pace. The yoga postures have been selected to help you gradually release bodily tension while increasing overall flexibility and strength. Additional benefits of practicing yoga are an enhanced focus of attention, and a feeling of well being.. In addition to teaching customary yoga positions, your instructor will offer modifications of postures for students as needed. Classes conclude with a meditative relaxation exercise. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a mat and towel. Guest passes are accepted.

Section: 088902
Location: San Bruno Senior Center
Dates: 8/16 – 12/6, no class 12/6
Days: Mon
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Juliet Martine

CURRENT EVENTS, MEMOIRS & STORIES

Section: 088001
Location: Online
Dates: 8/17 – 12/7, no class 11/23
Days: Tues
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Judi Leff

Section: 088002
Location: San Bruno Senior Center
Dates: 8/18 – 12/8
Days: Wed
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Judi Leff

At this time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this “in-person” class. Thank you for your understanding.

Stay informed! Connect with other adults who enjoy engaging in thought-provoking, lively conversations about the world in which we live. New topics weekly, drawn from local, national, and global events. Keep your mind sharp through engagement. Whether you prefer to listen and observe or express and share your ideas, we all learn from and about each other. Your opinion matters!

Section: 089501
Location: Online
Dates: 8/20 – 12/10, no class 11/26
Days: Fri
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $160
Instructor: Judi Leff

Section: 089502
Location: Online
Dates: 8/20 – 12/10, no class 11/26
Days: Fri
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Fee: $160
Instructor: Judi Leff

Get all the tips, support and encouragement you need to explore the art of writing. Whether you would like to work on memoir, creative nonfiction, fiction, or personal essays, come spend a few hours a week in a reflective class that will sharpen your writing skills and tell your story. Your instructor, Judi Leff, historian and humorist, will be helping students hone writing and storytelling skills. Judi’s passions include current events, San Francisco history, and the writing and performing of comedy, both seated and standing. Class time will be adjusted based on number of participants.

GENEALOGY

History, and Key and Advanced Records: Attention will be paid to how to find Records not usually discussed. One-on-one consults will be offered on Saturday mornings at the Family History Center in Menlo Park.

  1. US History and Records (8/19)
  2. American Immigration Timelines (8/26)
  3. UK History and Records (9/2)
  4. Irish History and Records (9/9)
  5. Scottish Records (9/16)
  6. Canadian History and Records (9/23)
  7. Australian and New Zealand History and Records (9/30)

At this point in time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 080701
Location: San Mateo Adult School
Dates: 8/19 – 9/30
Days: Thu
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $90
Instructor: I. H. Barlow

History, and Key and Advanced Records: Attention will be paid to how to find Records not usually discussed. One-on-one consults will be offered on Saturday mornings at the Family History Center in Menlo Park.

  1. Hispanic History and Records (10/7)
  2. French & Swiss History and Records (10/14)
  3. Benelux History and Records (10/21)
  4. German History and Records (10/28)
  5. Austrian & Hungarian Records (11/4)
  6. Russian & Polish History and Records (11/18)
  7. Baltic & some other Eastern European History and Records (12/2)

At this point in time, only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 080702
Location: San Mateo Adult School
Dates: 10/7 – 12/2, no class 11/11 & 11/25
Days: Thu
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $90
Instructor: I. H. Barlow

GUEST PASSES

Guest Passes are a great way to sample many of our class offerings. Purchase a few guest passes for yourself, or to have a few on hand to invite a friend or visiting relative to class.

Guest passes can be used for the following Active Adult Program classes only: Fitness Education, Health Topics, Knitting, and Music Appreciation. Passes are not applicable to classes that feature ongoing projects and involve use of supplies such as Painting and Drawing.

NOTE: Guest Passes may NOT be used for Online Classes.

Guest Pass for 1 hour classes: $8.00
Guest Pass for 2 hour classes: $15.00

Locations

SAN MATEO ADULT & CAREER EDUCATION

789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

MILLBRAE LIBRARY

1 Library Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

MILLBRAE COMMUNITY CENTER

623 Magnolia Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

CENTRAL PARK RECREATION CENTER

50 E 5th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

SAN BRUNO SENIOR CENTER

1555 Crystal Springs Rd, San Bruno, CA 94066

SAN MATEO SENIOR CENTER

2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA 94403

FOSTER CITY COMMUNITY CENTER

1000 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

FOSTER CITY RECREATION CENTER

650 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

Questions?

Contact Active Adults Program Coordinator Jeri McGovern for more information.

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