PROGRAMS FOR ACTIVE ADULTS

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

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

San Mateo Senior Center

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.

Dates and Times TBD
Section: 220300
Fee: $105
Instructor: Crane

Foster City Recreation Center

Learn useful drawing and watercolor tips and techniques and practice use of materials. Demonstrations are followed by student practice. The class size is small so each student receives one to one instruction.

Dates and Times TBD
Section: 220301
Fee: $75
Instructor: Crane

Dates and Times TBD
Section: 220302
Fee: $75
Instructor: Crane

Foster City Recreation Center

Instruction is offered in the fundamentals of art: drawing, color, shape, form perspective, and texture. It includes a variety of art mediums.  All skill levels are welcome. Materials fee discussed at first class meeting.

Section: 080333
Dates and Times TBD
Fee: $105
Instructor: Paladino

Section: 080301
Dates and Times TBD
Fee: $105
Instructor: Paladino

KNITTING & CROCHET

HAND KNITTING—6 WEEKS

Foster City Recreation
Dates and Times TBD

Millbrae Community Center
Dates and Times TBD

San Mateo Adult School
Dates and Times TBD

Music appreciation

AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA

Join our opera enthusiast, Shari Deghi, in a adventurous exploration of various aspects of Opera. Intrigued by themes of romance, tragedy and uplifting joys we find in life? Join us! A different topic to be expored every other week. Class dates: 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13
Location: San Mateo Senior Center—Activity Room

Section: 89201
Dates: 5/18 – 7/13
Days: Every other Mon
Times: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Instructor: Shari Deghi

WEST BAY COMMUNITY BAND

If you’ve been itching to play again, come join the West Bay Community Band. We play music of all styles and periods. There are several performance opportunities including annual spring and winter concert. All instruments needed. NO audition required. For more information, contact Erinn Washburn at erinnwashburnschool@gmail.com.

Mills High School
Dates and Times TBD

Health and Fitness

AEROBICS LIGHT: ENDURANCE, BALANCE, AGILITY

These classes combine low-impact, easy-paced aerobic exercises designed to improve your cardiovascular system, stamina, balance and over all agility. Classes include strength training with weights or bands. Bring hand weights. Resistance bands provided. Guest passes accepted

Central Park Recreation Center
Dates and Times TBD

AEROBICS DANCE FITNESS

Practice moderately paced – low impact aerobic exercises and easy to follow dance routines. Class concludes with exercises to strengthen arms and legs, and support better balance. Bring hand weights, and mat. Resistance bands provided. Guest passes accepted.

Millbrae Library, Chetcuti Room
Dates and Times TBD

Millbrae Community Center
Dates and Times TBD

ZUMBA “GOLD”

Join us every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning for Zumba Gold, a cardio-based, low impact, Latin-inspired dance-fitness class. Classes conclude with strength training using either hand weights or resistance bands. Bring a mat for Central Park class location. Guest passes accepted.

Central Park Recreation Center
Dates and Times TBD

Foster City Recreation Center
Dates and Times TBD

EAST/WEST EXERCISE: STRETCH STRENGTH BALANCE

Class starts with Qi Gong movements synchronized with slow intentional breathing, followed by light aerobic exercise designed to promote better cardio vascular function, balance and endurance. Active movement is followed by stretching and building muscle strength using hand weights and bands. Bring hand weights. Resistance bands provided. Guest passes accepted.

Millbrae Community Center
Dates and Times TBD

Foster City Recreation Center
Dates and Times TBD

In this gentle-Pilates based fitness program you will practice safe and effective standing, seated and floor exercises designed to improve posture and balance, and increase strength and flexibility. Must be able to safely and independently get down to and up from the floor.

Section: 88401
Dates: 5/20 – 7/15
Days: Wed
Times: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Instructor: Stephanie Funk

Start with a series of gentle Qi Gong inspired movements synchronized with slow intentional breathing to warm-up the body and gradually extend your range of motion. The gentle movement readies your body to do light aerobic exercise routines designed to promote better cardio vascular function, balance, agility and get your endorphins activated!

Section: 88601
Dates: 5/19 – 7/14
Days: Tue
Time: 9:30am – 10:30am
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Section: 88602
Dates: 5/20 – 7/15
Days: Wed
Time: 10:45 -11:45 am
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Tone and strengthen your core – the abdominal, gluteus, hip, and postural muscles. Increase your upper body strength, improve your flexibility and balance, and invigorate your mind in this intermediate level class.

Section: 88301
Dates: 5/20 – 7/15
Days: Wed
Times: 11:30-12:30 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Funk

BETTER BALANCE – 8 WEEKS: LEVEL 1

Rebuild your strength and fine-tune your flexibility in this seated exercise class designed for older adults who are starting to experience some mobility difficulties. You will practice a variety of movements designed to improve your posture, increase muscle strength, lower your risk for falls, and prepare you for functional Level 2 balance exercises. Class size is limited to 10. Guest passes not accepted for any of the Better Balance classes.

Millbrae Community Center
Dates and Times TBD

BETTER BALANCE: LEVEL 2

Build leg strength, enhance your flexibility, and improve your posture. This class combines seated, standing and gait exercises designed to challenge and increase your functional balance skills. Class size is limited to 20. Guest passes not accepted for any of the Better Balance classes. Pre-requisite: For safety reasons, you must complete Better Balance: Level 1 and/or have instructor approval prior to registering for Level 2.

Central Park Recreation Center
Dates and Times TBD

BETTER BONES EXERCISES FOR OSTEOPOROSIS– 16 WEEKS

In this gentle-Pilates based fitness program you will practice safe and effective standing, seated and floor exercises designed to improve posture and balance, and increase strength and flexibility. Must be able to safely and independently get down to and up from the floor. Bring a mat and pillow. Class limited to 15 students. No guest passes accepted.

San Mateo Adult School
Dates and Times TBD

Class combines low-impact, easy-paced aerobic exercises to music to improve your energy, balance and over all agility. We’ll conclude class with stretching performed while seated, and enjoy deep breathing exercises intentionally designed to regulate the nervous system – make you feel good – calm and clear your mind.

Safe Moves – Seated Exercise

Section: 88701
Dates: 5/22 – 7/17
Days: Fri
Times: 10:00am – 11:00am
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Safe Moves – Fun Stretches

Section: 88501
Dates: 5/18 – 7/13
Days: Mon
Times: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Instructor: Jeri McGovern

Safe Moves – Fun Stretches

Section: 88502
Dates: 5/20 – 7/15
Days: Wed
Times: 9:00am – 10:00am
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.

Section: 88201
Dates: 5/18 – 7/13
Days: Mon
Time: 11:30am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Stephanie Funk

Section: 88202
Dates: 5/21- 7/16
Days: Thu
Time: 10:00am -10:30am
Instructor: Stephanie Funk

Tai Chi 101 for Beginners

In this beginning class you will learn six basic postures, step by step. Class starts off with gentle warm up and balance exercises and then taiji postures. Under the skilled and supportive instruction of Debbie Au, you will learn and practice these beneficial postures to improve coordination, support better balance responses.

Section: 89001
Dates: 5/20 – 7/15
Days: Wed
Times: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Instructor: Debbie Au

Tai Chi 102 Advanced*

Advanced Tai Chi is for students who have taken Tai Chi 101. You will learn advanced techniques and forms specific to Chen style Tai Chi. Fine tuning of postures will be a componentof this intermediate level Tai Chi class.

Section: 89101
Dates: 5/18 – 7/13
Days: Mon
Times: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Instructor: Debbie Au

*Enrollment in Advanced Tai Chi requires Instructor approval. Please contact Jeri McGovern.

By practicing these yoga postures you will gradually enhance your strength, range of motion and wellbeing. 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.

Section: 88901
Dates: 5/18 – 7/13
Days: Mon
Times: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Instructor: Juliet Martine

Section: 88801
Dates: 5/19 – 7/14
Days: Tue
Times: 11:00am -12:00pm
Instructor: Debra Kattler

Section: 88901
Dates: 5/21 – 7/16
Days: Thu
Times: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Instructor: Debra Kattler

Zumba Gold, a cardio-based, low impact, Latin-inspired dance-fitness class. Classes conclude with strength training using either hand weights.

Section: 088101
Dates: 5/18 – 7/13
Days: Mon
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Instructor: Stephanie Funk

Section: 088102
Dates: 5/20 – 7/15
Days: Wed
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Instructor: Stephanie Funk

CURRENT EVENTS, GENEALOGY, MEMOIRS

Section: 088001
Dates: 5/19 – 7/14
Days: Tues
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Instructor: Judi Leff

Section: 088002
Dates: 5/20 – 7/15
Days: Wed
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Instructor: Judi Leff

Stay informed! Connect with other adults who enjoy engaging in thought-provoking conversations about the world in which we live.New topics weekly for discussion. Topics range from local, national and international news events to health care, environmental issues, and compelling sports events. Keep your mind sharp through engagement. Learn something novel, sit back, listen and observe or explore your ideas and share your thoughts. Your opinion matters!

Central Park Recreation Center
Dates and Times TBD
Section: 080212
Fee: $50
Instructor: Simmers

Millbrae Library – Meeting Room
Dates and Times TBD
Section: 080213
Fee: $50
Instructor: Simmers

San Bruno Senior Center
Dates and Times TBD
Section: 080218
Fee: $50
Instructor: Simmers

Family History (Genealogy) is a journey into the Lives of our Ancestors – their joys, triumphs, their problems and how they finally came to the Bay Area. This class is part lecture part ‘hands-on’ research. Students will be guided individually as they conduct some of their own work on the class-room computers. All students should bring a thumb-drive.  One-on-One, 90 minute Consults with the Instructor are encouraged to jump start your research. To set up a consult please contact the instructor, Inge Harding-Barlow directly at: ihb146@eskimo.com.

Dates and Times TBD
Section: 223311
Fee: $80
Instructor: Inge Harding Barlow

Dates and Times TBD
Section: 223311
Fee: $80
Instructor: Inge Harding Barlow

Get all the tips, support and encouragement you need to explore the art of writing. Whether you would like to work on memoir, creative non-fiction, fiction, or personal essays come spend a few hours a week in a reflective class that will sharpen your writing skills.

Dates and Times TBD
Section: 080706
Fee: $105
Instructor: TBD

Dates and Times TBD

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.

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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