Programs for
Active Adults

FALL 2022 WILL OFFER BOTH ONLINE 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

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.

Thursday’s class

An Intermediate Level Watercolor class. Advanced Watercolorists are welcome to join and use this large, well lit space to “Work Shop” paintings you’re currently working on. Illustrator Matt Crane is available for consultation and critique as needed. Matt will demonstrate a sampling of watercolor painting techniques weekly.

Section: 087201
Location: San Mateo Senior Center, Assembly Rm
Dates: Every Thursday 8/25 - 11/10
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fee: $125
Instructor: Matt Crane
Tuesday’s class

A perfect class for beginners, and also for adults with a little experience painting with watercolor, in the past or recently. Illustrator Matt Crane will demonstrate weekly a sampling of drawing and painting techniques.

Section: 087200
Closed for the Fall.

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.

Section: 087101

Location: Foster City Community Center in the Sail Room

Dates: Thursdays 8/18 – 10/6

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Fee: $85

Instructor: Matt Crane

Section: 087102

Location: Foster City Community Center in the Sail Room

Dates: Thursdays 10/13 - 12/08, No class 11/24

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Fee: $85

Instructor: Matt Crane

This 8-week course is designed for beginners who have an interest in learning to draw or simply want to improve their skills of observation. The class will introduce the tools and materials you’ll need along with demonstrations of techniques and exercises for practice. Line, shape, form, spatial concepts, value (light and shade), linear and atmospheric perspective, the figure, principles of composition (rhythm, scale/proportion, texture, variety, contrast, unity, balance) will be covered. Email jmcgovern@smuhsd.org for a material’s list.

Section: 86801

Location: San Mateo Senior Center Assembly Room

Dates: Tuesdays 8/23-10/11

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Fee: $85

Instructor: Matt Crane

This 8-week course is designed for those with some experience drawing and want to improve their skills. Students will reinforce their basic drawing skills and combine drawings with other media like watercolor and colored pencil.

Elements of design, realistic and symbolic, as well as expressive modes of drawing as they apply to still-life, landscapes, the figure and portraits will be introduced and discussed. Drawing is a skill that builds on learning how to “see” and is the foundation of visual arts and a means of personal expression. Emphasis is placed on personal expression. Email jmcgovern@smuhsd.org for a material’s list.

Section: 86901

Location: San Mateo Senior Center Assembly Room

Dates: Tuesdays 10/18 - 12/13, No class 11/22

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Fee: $85

Instructor: Matt Crane

Instruction is offered in the fundamentals of multiple art mediums: 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 in the Sunfish Room

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

Section: 087601
Dates: 9/13 – 12/6
Days: Tue
Time: 9:30 -11:30 am
Fee: $125
Instructor: Julie Paladino-Andrews

Section: 087602
Dates: 9/13 – 12/6
Days: Tue
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $125
Instructor: Julie Paladino-Andrews

Music Classes have moved! They are now listed under community classes.

Health and Fitness

Only vaccinated people are permitted to join in-person classes. Thank you for your understanding.

IN PERSON: If you enjoy uplifting music, rhythm and dance, this class is for you. We start with a slow gentle warmup and transition to easy paced low impact modified aerobic exercises that include a few fun easy to follow dance steps! We then use hand weights (optional) to build arm strength. Class concludes with gentle exercises performed on a mat to strengthen legs and stabilize knee joints. Bring hand weights and mat. Resistance bands provided. Guest drop-in passes are accepted and can be purchased in class. Only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class. Thank you for your understanding.

Section: 088501
Location: Millbrae Community Center, Chetcuti Rm
Dates: Every Monday 8/22-12/12 (No class 9/5)
Time: 9:00am -10:00am
Fee: $65
Instructor: Jeri McGovern
Section: 088502
Location: Millbrae Community Center, Senior Gym
Dates: Every Wednesday 8/17 - 12/7 (No class 11/23)
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Fee: $65
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

ONLINE: In this class you’ll do aerobic exercise combined with Latin music and dance moves. The movement routines are designed to build 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 diaphragmatic breathing to intentionally reset your nervous system. Breathwork is done while seated.

Section: 088702
Location: Online
Dates: Every Friday 8/19 - 12/9 (No class 11/25)
Time: 10:00am -11:00am
Fee: $65
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

IN PERSON: This beginning small group tai chi class will meet in person. Students will be positioned a safe distance apart from each other. The goal of this class is to improve your functional balance and overall agility. With the skilled and supportive coaching of Debbie Au, RN, you will learn and Tai Chi postures to improve coordination, support better balance responses, benefit joint mobility and increase overall agility. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, no sandals. Guest drop-in passes are not accepted for this class. Only VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS are permitted to join this class

Section: 87401

Location: Foster City Rec Center - Spirit Room

Dates: Thursdays 8/18 - 9/29

Time: 10:15am - 11:15am

Fee: $55

Instructor: Debbie Au

Section: 87402

Location: Foster City Rec Center - Spirit Room

Dates: Thursdays 10/6- 12/1, No class 11/10, 11/24

Time: 10:15am - 11:15am

Fee: $55

Instructor: Debbie Au

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. We will also have some time for developing community.

Section: 89001
Location: Hybrid - Online & at Millbrae Community Center, Senior Gym
Dates: Every Wednesday 8/17-12/7
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fee: $65
Instructor: Debbie Au

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.

*Enrollment in Intermediate Tai Chi requires instructor approval. Please contact AAP Program Coordinator Jeri McGovern.

Section: 089102
Location: Hybrid - Online & at San Mateo Adult School, Saturn Venus Rm.
Dates: Every Monday, Returning in Spring 2023
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fee: $110
Instructor: Debbie Au
Section: 089103
Closed for the Fall
Section: 089104
Closed for the Fall

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 Intermediate Tai Chi requires instructor approval. Please contact AAP Program Coordinator Jeri McGovern.

Section: 089801
Foster City Recreation Center, Spirit Rm 8/18 - 12/8 (No class 11/24)
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Fee: $155
Instructor: Debbie Au

IN PERSON: 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 drop-in passes are accepted and can be purchased in class. Please note:

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

Section: 087801
Location: San Bruno Senior Center, Multi Purpose Rm
Dates: Every Thursday 8/19-12/8 (No class 11/24)
Time: 10:15am - 11:15am
Fee: $65
Instructor: Daniela Scott
Section: 088802
Location: Foster City Recreation Center
Dates: Every Thursday 8/18-12/8 (No class 11/24)
Time: 10:30am - 11:30 am
Fee: $65
Instructor: JULIET MARTINE

ONLINE: 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 drop-in passes accepted for online classes.

Section: 088901
Location: Zoom
Dates: Every Monday 8/22 - 12/12 (No class 9/5)
Time:12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fee: $65
Instructor: Juliet Martine

IN PERSON: 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 drop-in passes are accepted and can be purchased in class.

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

Section: 087901
Location: San Bruno Senior Center, Multi Purpose Rm
Dates: Every Monday 8/22-12/12 (No class 9/5)
Time: 2:30pm -3:30pm
Fee: $65
Instructor: Juliet Martine
Section: 087902
Location: SAN BRUNO SENIOR CENTER, Multi Purpose Rm
CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fee: $65
Instructor: Juliet Martine

This class is designed to support and maintain overall fitness for adults 70 and better! We practice specific routines to improve leg and arm strength. You will learn about body mechanics that contribute to better posture and can help lower your risk for falls. Some exercises are done seated; others while standing, using a chair for support. Bring 2lb. hand weights. Resistance bands provided. Class size is limited to 10. Guest drop-in passes not accepted. Only vaccinated people are permitted to join this class in person. Thank you for your understanding

Section: 087301
Location: Millbrae Recreation Center, Senior Gym
Dates: Every Tuesday 8/30-10/18
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Jeri McGovern
Section: 087302
Location: Millbrae Recreation Center, Senior Gym
CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER
Time: 12:30am - 1:30pm
Fee: $60
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

CURRENT EVENTS, MEMOIRS & STORIES

Section: 088001
Location: Online
Dates: 8/23-12/13 (No class 11/22)
Days: Tue
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $65
Instructor: Judi Leff

Section: 088002
Location: San Bruno Senior Center, Crafts Rm
Dates: 8/17-12/7
Days: Wed
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Fee: $65
Instructor: Staff

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: 8/19-12/9
Days: Fri
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Fee: $160
Instructor: Judi Leff

Section: 089502
Location: Online
Dates: 8/19-12/9
Days: Fri
Time: 10:00 – 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

IN PERSON: Each student is encouraged to schedule a One-on-one consult with Dr. Inge Harding Barlow on Saturday mornings at the Family History Center in Menlo Park to jump start his or her research. Topics discussed in class will cover history, and key and advanced records to assist your research. Indvidual Attention will be paid to how to find the records you need. Topics to be covered:

18 Aug – Meaning of DNA
25 Aug – Pre-1776 North-East USA
01 Sep – Pre-1776 Central USA
08 Sep – Post 1776 USA
15 Sep – Ex-France and Spain USA
22 Sep – France and Switzerland
29 Sep – Dutch and Belgian
06 Oct – Spain and Portugal

Section: 080703
Location: San Mateo Adult School – Room 24
Dates: 8/18-10/6
Days: Thu
Time: 1:5 – 2:15 pm
Fee: $100
Instructor: I. H. Barlow

IN PERSON: Each student is encouraged to schedule a One-on-One consult with Dr. Inge Harding Barlow on Saturday mornings at the Family History Center in Menlo Park to jump start his or her research. Topics discussed in class will cover history, and key and advanced records to assist you in your family research. Individual attention will be paid to how to find the records you need. Topics to be covered:
20 Oct – England Post 1810
27 Oct – Scotland
03 Nov – Ireland
10 Nov – Ex-Germany
17 Nov – Austria and Hungary
01 Dec – Russia
08 Dec – Denmark, Norway and Sweden

  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: 08074
Location: San Mateo Adult School – Room 24
Dates: 10/13-12/8
Days: Thu
Time: 1:15-2:15 pm
Fee: $100
Instructor: I. H. Barlow

GUEST PASSES

Guest Passes are a great way to sample a selection of our class offerings. Purchase a few guest passes for yourself or have a few on hand to invite a friend or visiting relative to class. You can buy them at the Adult School office or in class from your instructor.

Guest Passes can be used for most Health and Fitness classes, Current Events, and for Afternoon at the Opera classes meeting in person. Guest Passes are not applicable to classes that feature ongoing projects such as Painting, Drawing, West Bay Community Band, and Memoirs and Stories.

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

Guest Pass for 1 hour Health and Fitness classes accepting guest passes: $8.00

Guest Pass for Afternoon at the Opera – Prep for the Met: $25

Locations

SAN MATEO ADULT & CAREER EDUCATION

789 E Poplar Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

MILLBRAE LIBRARY

1 Library Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

MILLBRAE recreation CENTER

477 Lincoln Circle, 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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