Lifelong Learning

Adult lifelong learning topics continue to expand with quality instructors and at an affordable price. Pick up a current copy of the activity guide at any Westminster recreation center to see the entire schedule of adult programs and activities. 

Early registration is encouraged for the following reasons:

  • Class sizes are small for optimal learning and many classes fill quickly.
  • Instructors need time to ready supplies and prepare to teach a quality class.
  • If a class has low enrollment, it may be canceled. Your enrollment could be the one that allows the class to run.

Please call 303-658-2294 for more information on adult lifelong learning opportunities and adult special events.

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Inquiring Minds Continuing Education  Ages 18+

 

General Classes

Westminster Animal Management
Enjoy this opportunity to learn about Westminster’s specialized unit within the Police Department that handles a variety of animals here in the city—it’s not just about catching dogs! Bring your questions as there will be time for Q&A.
W      Nov 8      2:30-3:30 p.m.     $4/$6      MAC      2342937-A

Medicare 101
It's time for the A, B, C, and Ds of Medicare. Come learn the process of how to obtain Medicare and which plan is appropriate for your needs.
W      Oct 11   1:30-2:30 p.m.     $4/$6      MAC     2342938-A

Furoshiki—The Japanese Art of Wrapping Beautiful Packages
Furoshiki is beautiful and far less wasteful than using paper. This cloth wrapping can be re-purposed for more gifting or other uses. For example, we'll learn how to make eco-friendly tote bags from one square of cloth—no sewing required. Depending on the size of your square, you can make small or large bags.
W       Sep 13    10-11 a.m.        $13/$15  MAC        2342939-A

Tenkara Fly Fishing Day on the Creek-Meet up
Come join our instructor for a day of Fly fishing. The location will be determined, and you will be notified a week prior to the date.
 F         Sep 15      6 a.m.-12 p.m.   $15/$17              2342943-A

Cooking

Natural Sweeteners
While too much of any sugar can have negative health effects, there are some of the more natural sugars, such as honey, maple syrup, and sorghum, that may be less harmful to us. Learn about these sweeteners and how they stack up nutritionally with one another and with white sugar.
W        Dec 6      1:30-2:30 p.m.    $13/$15     MAC   2342930-A

Perfect Posture There’s a reason Mom always said “stand up straight;”  our posture affects many aspects of health from breathing to balance. Unfortunately, as we age, we often notice we become a little more hunched over.  Learn stretching and strengthening exercises you can do to combat poor posture.
 M      Dec 18      1:30-2:30 p.m.     $13/$15    MAC    2342931-A

Discover Indian Cuisine
Do you enjoy Indian food and wish you knew how to make it at home? Learn about Indian cuisine and how to prepare several easy, healthy, and delicious recipes. Recipes and samples will be provided!
T        Sep 26      6-7 p.m.               $17/$19     MAC    2342934-A

Terrific Tapas 
Popular throughout Spain, tapas are appetizers and snacks that can be used for get-togethers or as quick summer dinners. Learn ideas for preparing simple tapas. Recipes and samples will be provided!
T        Oct 10      6-7 p.m.                 $17/$19    MAC     2342935-A

Scrumptious Winter Salads
Salads aren’t just for summer; they can be a wonderful “one-dish” meal year-round. Learn how to use fall and winter vegetables to make delicious and unique salads.  Recipes and samples will be provided!
T       Nov 14      6-7 p.m.                  $17/$19    MAC     2342936-A

Emergency Preparation Classes

Heartsaver CPR/AED - Certification
This course trains individuals and workplaces in the lifesaving skills of CPR and how to use an AED. The course is video-based with lots of hands-on practice. Attendees must be 12 years or older for certification.
Sa       Oct 21     8-11 a.m.         $65       PSC          2342941-A
Sa       Dec 16     8-11 a.m.         $65      PSC          2342941-B

Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid - Certification
This course trains individuals and workplaces in the lifesaving skills of first aid, CPR, and how to use an AED. The course is video-based with lots of hands-on practice. Please feel free to bring snacks. Attendees must be 12 years or older for certification.
Sa        Sep 16    8 a.m.-1 p.m.    $75     PSC         2342942-A
Sa        Nov 18    8 a.m.-1 p.m.    $75     PSC         2342942-B

Pet Nutrition

Make Your Own Pet Treats
Join this hands-on class and learn how easy it is to make healthy homemade treats for your cat or dog. Ingredients and recipes will be provided.
T           Sep 12      6-7 p.m.         $17/$19     MAC       2342932-A

What’s in My Pet’s Food?  
Nutrition labels on dog and cat food help you compare products and to learn more about the food. However, they can be a bit hard to decipher. Learn how to read pet food labels and find the food that is right for your furry friend.
T           Oct 3         6-7 p.m.          $13/$15    MAC        2342933-A

Health, Fitness & Wellness

Functional Fitness Sessions 

If you want guidance in how to feel healthier and more vital, Functional Fitness Sessions are for you. Enhance your ability to perform activities of daily living by improving balance, flexibility, and mobility; reducing the risk of falls;
maintaining bone density; and growing stronger. One-on-one sessions are held at The MAC with Laura Brieser-Smith, Certified Exercise Physiologist. Call The MAC at 303-426-4310 to schedule. AGES: 55+  Fee: $42 per 1-hour session; $110 for three sessions.

Health & Wellness Coaching Sessions

Making lasting changes in health habits can be challenging. Having someone support and guide you can be helpful. During a Health & Wellness Coaching session, you will work with a health professional to gain knowledge and develop strategies to create the healthy lifestyle that you desire. Call The MAC at 303-426-4310 to schedule. FEE: $42 per 1-hour session; $110 for three sessions

Seminars

Fiber Facts
We think of fiber as that stuff we eat to keep us “regular,” but fiber has other benefits as well. Learn about fiber’s role in lowering cholesterol, helping us to maintain healthy body weight, preventing colon cancer, and much more.
M    Aug 14  1-2 p.m.      $13/$15     MAC    2332952-A

Benefits of Power Training
Muscular power, or the ability to provide high amounts of force in a short amount of time, is a predictor of functional performance as we age. Learn how muscle power relates to everyday activities and specific exercises you can do safely that will improve your power.
Th    Aug 31  6-7 p.m.          $13/$15    MAC   2332953-A

Understanding “Antinutrients”
You may have heard that some plant foods contain substances that can partially block the absorption of certain nutrients. Learn what these “antinutrients” are,  the impact they have on your health, as well as an eating plan to minimize their effects.
M   Sep 18     1:30-2:30 p.m.    $13/$15   MAC   2342923-A

Lifestyle Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in your legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Learn how diet and exercise can be used as a part of RLS treatment.
W   Sep 27     1:30-2:30 p.m.      $13/$15   MAC   2342924-A

Hunger Hormones
Do you feel that your appetite is out of control? There are many hormones that play an important role in regulating your levels of hunger and satiety. Learn what these hormones are, what triggers imbalances, and diet and lifestyle factors that you can use to help regulate them.
W    Oct 4      1:30-2:30 p.m.        $13/$15   MAC   2342925-A

Train your Brain
This session we'll focus on memory—how to train it, how to improve it. Learn some tricks to help remember names, faces, lists, passcodes, etc. If you want to keep your brain healthy and your memory strong, sign up for this class. Don't forget!
W    Oct 4-25    9:15-10:15 a.m.    $36/$39   MAC   2342926-A

Fascia Facts
Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds and holds every muscle in place. It’s designed to stretch, but when it doesn’t it can cause a lot of discomfort. Learn more about what fascia is and specific exercises and treatments you can use to stay pain-free.
M     Oct 23       1:30-2:30 p.m.     $13/$15   MAC   2342927-A

Stop Sciatic Pain
Sciatic pain is a relatively common form of low back and leg pain. While there are many causes of this problem, exercise is often an important part of the treatment. Learn some causes for sciatic pain, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises to help relieve sciatica.
W     Nov 1       1:30-2:30 p.m.     $13/$15   MAC   2342928-A

Nutrition Tips for Overcoming Anxiety
While we often think of anxiety as a brain issue, current research shows that it can also be rooted in the body, especially in the gut. Learn how changing your diet can help you to better cope with feelings of anxiety.
T      Nov 7       6-7 p.m.                 $13/$15   MAC   2342929-A

Music Classes Ages: 13+

The “AMAZING” Guitar Class *NO CLASS: Nov 22

Students need to bring their own guitar. A learning packet is included. QUESTIONS? Or for low-cost guitar rentals, call Henry at 720-290-5854. 

Beginning Guitar
Discover how easy it is to play fun songs. Create your own strumming rhythms and fingerpicking patterns. Improvise playing a melody in the first class. Read staff notation. Understand the benefits of effective posture. 
W    Sept 6-Oct 18     6:30-7:30 p.m.    $98    WSC    2341953-A 
*W   Oct 25-Dec 13    6:30-7:30 p.m.    $98    WSC    2341953-B 

Continuing Guitar
Discover the EDCAGE fretboard layout, chord symbol notations, playing “by ear”, the easier way to play using barre chords, blues articulations like hammer/tap/pull, and string bending.

W     Sept 6-Oct 18     7:30-8:30 p.m.    $98    WSC     2341954-A
*W   Oct 25-Dec 13    7:30-8:30 p.m.     $98    WSC     2341954-B

The “AMAZING”  Ukulele Class *NO CLASS: Nov 24

A learning packet is included. Students need to bring their own ukulele. QUESTIONS? Call Henry at 720-290-5854. 

Beginning Ukulele
Learn to play easy fun songs and the basic chords you’ll need. Understand rhythmic strumming patterns and how to create your own. Playing a scale lets you improvise a melody in the first class. Awareness of good posture makes it so much easier to play. 
Th    Sep 7-Oct 19      5:45-6:45 p.m.    $98     MAC    2342960-A
*Th   Oct 26-Dec 14    5:45-6:45 p.m.    $98    MAC     2342960-B

Continuing Ukulele
Extend your playing skills using the five positions of the same chord, reading notations, and arranging chords to fit the melody to create richer sounds. 
Th    Sep 7-Oct 19       6:45-7:45 p.m.     $98    MAC     2342961-A
*Th    Oct 26-Dec 14     6:45-7:45 p.m.   $98    MAC    2342961-B

Westminster Ukulele Community
The Westminster Uke Community is open to all players and all levels. Ukulele players are invited to play songs together and learn from each other. Bring your ukulele, paper copies of songs to share, and a music stand 
and tuner if available. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is necessary.  *FEE: Daily admission or FREE for MAC, SilverSneakers®, Renew Active®, PRIME®, One Pass® and One Pass Commercial® members.
T Sep 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19  6-7:30 p.m.  MAC 

The “AMAZING” Piano/Keyboard Class *NO CLASS: Oct 9 & 16, Nov 20

Students need to bring their own keyboard (61 keys minimum). A learning packet is included. QUESTIONS? Call Henry at 720-290-5854.

Beginning Piano/Keyboard 
Learn to play fun melodies, and harmonies to accompany them, with easy songs. Play both hands together, using a scale to improvise a melody in the first class. Learn good posture, which makes it so much easier to play.
*M    Sep 11-Oct 30    6:30-7:30 p.m.    $84    WSC     2341951-A
*M    Nov 6-Dec18      6:30-7:30 p.m.    $84    WSC     2341951-B

Continuing Piano/Keyboard
Learn how to create better-sounding music with chord extensions and melodic devices. Discover an easier way to read staff, chord symbols, and rhythmic notations. 
*M    Sep 11-Oct 30     7:30-8:30 p.m.    $84     WSC     2341952-A
*M    Nov 6-Dec18       7:30-8:30 p.m.     $84    WSC     2341952-
B

Private Music Instrument Lessons

All ages and levels are welcome. Piano, guitar, ukulele, flute, clarinet, saxophone, half or full-hour weekly times slots to be arranged.
FEE: $40 per 1/2 hour or $60 per hour 4-PACK (30 mins): $144 | 4-PACK (60 mins): $216
QUESTIONS? Call instructor at 720-290-5854 TO REGISTER: Call 303-426-4310
M    3-6 p.m.          WSC
W    3-6 p.m.         WSC
Th   4-5:30 p.m.    MAC

 

Dance Classes Ages: 18+

Drop-in Dance

No partner or experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for dancing. Fee: Daily admission fee applies or FREE for pass holders, SilverSneakers®, Renew Active®, PRIME®, One Pass®, and One Pass Commercial® Members.

Line Dance

Learn a variety of popular line dances. No partner or experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for dancing. This ongoing class meets every Monday. FEE: Daily admission fee applies or FREE for pass holders, SilverSneakers®, Renew Active®, PRIME®, One Pass®, and One Pass Commercial® Members.  *NO CLASS: Sep 4, Nov 23-24
M     Sep 11-Dec 18   8:30-9 a.m.     Step instructions     MAC
M     Sep 11-Dec 18   9-10 a.m.        Beginner                   MAC
T      Sep 5-Dec 19   1:15-2:45 p.m. Intermediate              WV
*Th   Sep 7-Dec 21   5:30-6:30 p.m. Beginner                  MAC
F       Oct 6-Dec 22    8:30-10 a.m.   Intermediate              MAC

Tap Class

Not sure if you’re ready for a tap class? Come explore the 5 basic sounds of tap, the building blocks of tap sounds, body awareness, and rhythms. Shoes are not required but welcome! FEE: Daily admission or FREE for MAC, Swim & Fitness Center, SilverSneakers®, Renew Active®, PRIME®, One Pass®, and One Pass Commercial® members.  
*T   Sep 5- Dec 19    10:30-11:30 a.m.   Beginner Steps   MAC

Couples Dance Classes

Learn a variety of ballroom dance moves and patterns. No experience is necessary. Beginners learn basic steps while more experienced dancers refine their skills. A partner is required and must register individually. Register three working days in advance of the class start date. 

Mombo COUPLES ONLY

T    Sep 5-26    6:45-7:45 p.m.    $45   MAC    2342966-A

Rumba COUPLES ONLY

T    Oct 3-24    6:45-7:45 p.m.    $45    MAC    2342966-B

Waltz COUPLES ONLY

T    Oct 31-Nov 21    6:45-7:45 p.m.    $45    MAC    2342967-A
T    Nov 28-Dec 19    6:45-7:45 p.m.   $45    MAC    2342967-B

Country Western COUPLES ONLY

Two-step, double two-step, nightclub two-step, cowboy cha-cha, country waltz. *NO CLASS: Nov 25
Level 1: Sa    Sep 9-30           1-2 p.m.    $45    WV    2347966-A
Level 2: Sa     Oct 14-Nov 4    1-2 p.m.   $45    WV     2347966-B
*Level 3: Sa    Nov 18-Dec 16  1-2 p.m.  $45    WV    2347966-C

Swing Dance COUPLES ONLY

West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing *NO CLASS: Nov 25
Level 1: Sa    Sep 9-30            3-4 p.m.    $45    WV     2347967-A
Level 2: Sa    Oct 14-Nov 4     3-4 p.m.     $45    WV    2347967-B
*Level 3: Sa   Nov 18-Dec 16  3-4 p.m.     $45    WV    2347967-C

Ballroom Dancing

Learn a variety of ballroom dance moves and patterns. No experience is necessary. A partner is NOT required. This class is accessible to all levels and abilities. Register three working days in advance of the class start date.

Mombo
Th     Aug 31-Sep 21     10:30-11:30 a.m.    $45    MAC    2342968-A

Rumba
Th    Sep 28-Oct 19       10:30-11:30 a.m.    $45    MAC    2342968-B

Waltz
Th    Oct 26-Nov 16       10:30-11:30 a.m.      $45 MAC       2342969-A
Th     Nov 30-Dec 21      10:30-11:30 a.m.      $45 MAC       2342969-B

Individual Ballroom Dancing

Latin: Cha cha, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Rumba, Samba
W Sep 13-Oct 4 1:15-2:15 p.m. $45 WV 2347968-A

Ballroom: Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Nightclub two-step
W Oct 18-Nov 8 1:15-2:15 p.m. $45 WV 2347969-A

Adult Ballet Beginner

Perfect for an introduction to ballet or a return after years away! The class follows a traditional ballet structure to build balance and coordination skills. AGES: 18+ PUNCH CARD OPTION: $12/$14 per class *RECITAL CLASS
M       Aug 28-Oct 2      7:30-8:30 p.m.       $60/$72       CPRC       2343778-1A
*M     Oct 9-Dec 11       7:30-8:30 p.m.       $90/$108     CPRC       2343778-2A
F       Sep 1-Oct 6         12:30-1:30 p.m.     $60/$72       CPRC       2343778-1B
*F      Oct 13-Dec 15    12:30-1:30 p.m.     $90/$108     CPRC       2343778-2B

Adult Hip Hop

An upbeat and technical style of dance requiring precision, strength, and rhythm. Recommended for those who want to add personal style and expression to dancing! AGES: 18+ PUNCH CARD OPTION: $12/$14 per class *RECITAL CLASS
Sa      Sep 2-Oct 7        12:15-1 p.m.       $60/$72      CPRC     2343777-1A
*Sa     Oct 14-Dec 16     12:15-1 p.m.      $90/$108     CPRC    2343777-2A

Tap Class

Brush up on your skills and learn more intricate steps. Previous tap experience is helpful and tap shoes are required.

Beginning Tap 

W    Aug 30-Sep 20    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45     MAC    2342963-A
W    Sep 27-Oct 18    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45     MAC    2342963-B
W    Oct 25-Nov 15    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45     MAC    2342963-C
W    Nov 29-Dec 20    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45    MAC    2342963-D

IntermediateTap 

T     Sep 5-26             11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45    MAC    2342964-A 
T     Oct 3-24              11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45    MAC    2342964-B
T     Oct 31-Nov 21     11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45    MAC    2342964-C
T     Nov 28-Dec 19    11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.    $45    MAC    2342964-D

AdvancedTap 

Th     Aug 31-Sep 21     2:15-3:15 p.m.     $45    MAC      2342965-A
Th    Sep 28-Oct 19       2:15-3:15 p.m.    $45    MAC       2342965-B
Th    Oct 26-Nov 16       2:15-3:15 p.m.    $45    MAC       2342965-C
Th    Nov 30-Dec 21      2:15-3:15 p.m.    $45    MAC       2342965-D

Private Dance Lessons

Take a private/semi-private dance lesson and work on your choice of dance steps or learn a dance for your wedding or other event. QUESTIONS: Call  303-658-2294 to schedule. $60/hr

Benefits

The Westminster Recreation Department offers a wide range of educational seminars, classes, and special events for adult learning, to entertain, and enrich the lives of adults in the Westminster community.

Benefits of Participation in adult lifelong learning programs:

  • opens the mind and gives new perspectives
  • opportunity to make new friends and establish valuable relationships
  • stay on top of changing technology
  • increases knowledge base on wellness topics
  • feel more connected to the Westminster community