Basic Computer Skills: Designed for New Users/Seniors
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)
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.
Digital Photography & Video Editing
Learn to use your iDevice (iPad/iPhone)
Did you buy, or are planning to buy, an Apple iPad? Are you finding it a little frustrating to use? Even if you own an iPhone rather than an iPad, you will find most of the topics applicable and useful. In this course you will learn basic iPad controls (swipes, pinches, etc.), some shortcuts, and how to use key features, including the camera and how to enhance photos. You will learn how to get pictures and documents into and out of your iPad, so you can share them with others. As useful as they are, the applications (apps), supplied with the iPad don't even scratch the surface of what is available. You will learn to download and use third-party apps. These include general purpose apps, and apps that help you take better iPad photos and videos, and then edit and enhance them. You will also learn how to copy photos from your digital camera to your iPad. The class includes online handouts, demonstrations, and in-class exercises.
Your Digital Camera
Five weeks to master your own digital camera! Learn operations, take photos, and review them on the computer, while learning both point-and shoot, and manual settings. Create photos you'll want to keep and share.
Arts & Crafts
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 artist, and it's for people of all ages. Materials fee included.
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.
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.
Spanish Level 1 Conversational
Spanish Level 2 Conversational
Spanish Level 3 Conversational
Korean Level 1 Conversational
Korean Level 2 Conversational
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.
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.
Business Plan Writing for Beginners
Business Plan Writing for Beginners sets a solid foundation for formatting, structuring and writing a business plan. Class will promote researching techniques, creativity, innovation, teamwork, and presentational skills. The teacher provides needed materials for the class.
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.
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.
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 brings mind, body, and spirit together as one. Students learn basic postures for strength and agility. Gentle stretching exercises are included for building flexibiity. Breathing and relaxation techniques help improve focus and concentration.
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.
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 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.
Walk for Health
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, students meet at Miramar Park (at the corner of Miramar & Paseo de la Playa). 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. Dances you will learn include: Tush Push, Watermelon Crawl, Boot Scootin' Boogie, and some newer dances. No partners necessary. Dress casual and have fun!
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 annual Torrance Turkey Trot Run/Walk (Registration for this event is not included in the class fee).
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).
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.
New!- 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.
New!- Dried Flower Arranging
Learn the tools, supplies, and techniques required for dried flower arranging. You'll also learn which flowers dry nicely and keep their vibrant color. The arrangement will be made in a small palm size basket. And, with the skills learned in class, you can create larger scaled arrangements. All materials and tools will be provided. No flower arranging skills needed.
Introduction to Fly Fishing
NOTE: NO actual fishing will be a part of this introductory class. Discover the enjoyment of catching trout on a fly. You will learn the basic techniques of fly-fishing, what equipment is essential, how to select this equipment, basic casting skills, why there are so many different flies and how they relate to the trout's source of food, and how to read the water to determine the most likely areas to find fish.
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.
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.
Home Repair Series
Basic Home Repairs
This class explores the "inner workings" of your house. Presented in an easy to understand format, you will learn about how the different parts of your house work together to keep you safe and dry. Bring your basic building/remodeling questions to get your answers. You will also learn drywall, painting, and other tips and hints with some hands on practice. Come prepared to get your hands dirty! Open to all levels of knowledge and physical abilities; no HARD physical work in class.
Basic Homeowners Plumbing Hands-On class
Want to save money and water? Is that old kitchen faucet outdated and dripping? What really goes on inside of the toilet tank? Can I replace my water heater myself? These and other plumbing repairs will be explored in this "hands-on" class. Safety, tools, and building codes will also be discussed. Bring your own "plumbing problems" and leave knowing how to fix them yourself. No experience or prior knowledge required to participate in the class.
Basic Homeowners Electrical Hands-on class
Open to all levels, no prior electrical knowledge required. What do circuit breakers actually do? Why do lights dim when the air conditioner comes on? What is the proper way to add an extra outlet in the bedroom? Bring ALL your electrical questions to this class to find the correct answers. Electric theory, electric building codes, proper tools and wiring methodology along with actual hands on wiring practice will help you keep your house safe!
chinatown and the museum of neon art's neon cruise
We'll begin our evening with time for dinner on your own at your choice of the restaurants in Downtown LA's Chinatown with time for strolling and browsing in the shops. Next we will follow on Huell Howser's footsteps as we climb the stairs of our roofless double-decker bus for a starlight neon cruise. We'll travel through old and new parts of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and neighborhoods in between. There we will see many renovated, and sometimes relocated, neon marvels as our on-board docent/historian/social director from the Museum of Neon Art narrates our trip. We'll all be on the upper deck so you will need to dress warmly as it will be chilly on the roofless upper deck. No outside food or beverages are allowed on the bus, but we will be offeredee bottled water. We'll make two pit stos en route for restroom breaks and for you to purchase additional beverages. Be ready for a breezy and fun evening.
Meals on the Move, A Melting pot food tour
Our day begins at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. There we will meet our guide who will lead us on an entertaining, informative, and delicious tour through this landmark, which is unlike any other in Southern California. Artisan butchers, bakers and candy makers, a gourmet grocery emporium with one of LA's finest cheese counters, an international spice merchant endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, local celebrity chefs, and more are there for us to discover and taste at LA's foremost foodie destination. The epicurean 2.5 hour stroll all takes place within the Original Farmers Market, with plenty of stops along the way. We will be introduced to the Market's fascinating history, hear stories of the legacy families who have been a part of this landmark location since its beginning in 1934, and taste signature items from a variety of Farmers' Market stalls. For most people, our tastings will be the equivalent of a full meal in a grazing fashion. Following our guided tour, you will have time to shop at the Original Farmers' Market and at the adjacent Grove, upscale shops & entertainment area. You might even want to ride the trolley at the Grove.
Holiday time at the grier musser house and Los Angeles Heritage Square
We will start our day in Downtown Los Angeles. There you can have lunch on your own at one or more of the vendors at the Grand Central Market. Many types of fooods are offered at the market to a nearby restaurant of your choice. Then we will celebrate a festive Victorian holiday with a guided tour of the 1898 Grier Musser house. From there, we go to the Los Angeles Heritage Museum for its Holiday Lamplight Celebration. Costumed hosts will lead us through three historic Victorian homes that will be decorated for the season. The 19th century style holiday festivities will include music, dancing, caroling, refreshments, and a time to visit in the museum shop. This day will be a great start for your holiday season.