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 the Westminster Recreation Center to see the entire schedule of all adult programs and activities. 

Early Registration is encouraged for the following reasons:

  • Class sizes are kept small for optimal learning and many classes fill quickly.
  • Instructors need time to ready supplies and be 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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Education

Active Minds Lecture Series

The Future of Bees

Bees are vital pollinators, a species whose population has plunged almost 90% since the 1990s. Join Active Minds as we dive into the world of bees and examine the factors affecting these important species.

W May 11 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232929-A

Taiwan

As China increases its global power, it is becoming a serious threat to the island of Taiwan. Join Active Minds for a deeper look into the country’s history and what the future may hold as conflict continues to unfold.

W May 25 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232930-A

Winston Churchill

As a key player of the Allied victory in World War II, Winston Churchill is considered one of the most important political leaders of the 20th century. Join Active Minds as we examine Churchill’s life and his lasting legacy.

W Jun 8 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232931-A

Cowboys

Join Active Minds for a look back at the origin and development of the American Cowboy and its influence in the western U.S. You can also expect to hear a good ‘ol cowboy story or two.

W Jun 22 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232932-A

Leonardo da Vinci

Inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, architect, philosopher, and more. Leonardo da Vinci was a true “Renaissance Man” and a clear creative genius. Join Active Minds as we review his life, work, and lasting impact.

W Jul 13 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232933-A

Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering is the modification of the basic code that defines each living thing. The technology may lengthen and improve human lives but it also comes with significant potential risks. Join Active Minds as we trace
the history and future of genetic engineering.

W Jul 27 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232934-A

Panama

While the U.S. influenced the creation of the nation of Panama, the Panama Canal also introduced tension between the two countries. Join Active Minds for a discussion about the history of Panama and its
relationship with the U.S.

W Aug 10 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232935-A

Women of Denver History

The city of Denver was shaped by the efforts of manygreat people. Join Active Minds as we focus on the women of Denver and their contributions to the city and the state.

W Aug 24 1:30-2:30 p.m. $4/$6 MAC 2232936-A

Social Security

 

Gardens at The MAC Summer Walk and Talk 

Join the Westy greenhouse team in a guided tour of the gardens at The MAC. We’ll discuss plants that are best for our climate and answer your gardening questions.

Th Jun 16 9-10 a.m. $3/$5 MAC 2232937-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: $40 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: $39 per 1-hour session; $110 for three sessions

 

What to Eat When You Have Diabetes

Are you having difficulty controlling your diabetes? Learn how different types of foods affect your blood sugar levels, as well as strategies for planning healthy meals and snacks.

M May 9 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232946-A

Move More to Manage Diabetes

Learn the best types of exercise to help manage diabetes as well as how to plan an individualized exercise program for your current fitness level.

M May 16 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232947-A

Diet to Treat Autoimmune Issues

Diet may play a role in your autoimmune disease, but there is a way to manage it. Learn which foods to choose and avoid to help reduce inflammation or other symptoms.

Th Jun 9 9-10 a.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232948-A
T Aug 9 6-7 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232948-B

Get Fit with the BOSU

Learn how to incorporate the BOSU into your exercise routine for cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility.

M Jun 20 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232949-A

Exercise with Medicine Balls

Medicine balls can be used for developing flexibility and muscular strength for people of all ages and fitness levels. Learn exercises for incorporating these versatile and fun pieces of equipment into your workout.

Th Jul 7 10-11 a.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232951-A

Enhance Your Exercise with Nutrition and Supplements

What you eat has a big impact on how well you can exercise. Learn what nutrients, foods, and supplements are best for different activities and which foods to eat before, during and after your activity.

Th Jul 21 6-7 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232950-A

Best Foods for Brain Health

The fountain of youth for your brain could very well be in your refrigerator! Learn what foods and nutrients your brain needs to stay sharp.

M Aug 1 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232952-A

Let’s Have Healthy Joints

Learn about the different types of joints in your body and specific exercises, nutrients, and supplements that are helpful in keeping your joints in shape.

Th Aug 11 9-10 a.m. $12/$14 MAC 2232953-A

 

Music Classes

The “AMAZING” Guitar Class

Students need to bring their own guitar. 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 effective posture, which makes it so much easier to play. *NO CLASS: Mar 23

W Jun 1-Jul 6 6:30-7:30 p.m. $78 WSC 2231951-A

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. *NO CLASS: Mar 23

W Jun 1-Jul 6 7:30-8:30 p.m. $78 WSC 2231952-A

The “AMAZING”  Ukulele Class

Learning packet is included. Students need to bring their own soprano 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 Jun 2-Jul 7 5:45-6:45 p.m. $78 SFC 2234953-A

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 Jun 2-Jul 7 6:45-7:45 p.m. $78 SFC 2234954-A

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 necessary.

T May 17, Jun 21, Jul 19, Aug 16 6-7:30 p.m. FREE SFC

The “AMAZING” Piano/Keyboard Class

Students need to bring their own keyboard (61 keys minimum). 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. *NO CLASS: Jul 4

*M Jun 6-Jul 11 6:30-7:30 p.m. $65 WSC 2231953-A

Continuing Piano/Keyboard

Learn how to create better sounding music with chord extensions and melodic devices. Discover an easier way to read staff, chord symbol and rhythmic notations. *NO CLASS: Jul 4

*M Jun 6-Jul 11 7:30-8:30 p.m. $65 WSC 2231954-A

Private Music Instrument Lessons

All ages and levels welcome. Piano, guitar, ukulele, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, half or full hour weekly times slots to be arranged.

PUNCHCARD: $30 per 1/2 hour TO SCHEDULE:  Call 303-426-4310 M 3-6 p.m. WSC W 3-6 p.m. WSC Th 3-5:30 p.m. SFC

Dance Classes

Line Dance

Learn a variety of popular line dances. No partner or experience needed. FEE: Daily admission fee applies or FREE for passholders, SilverSneakers®,Renew Active®, PRIME®, One Pass®, and One Pass Commercial®
Members. *NO CLASS: May 17

M May-Aug 8:30-9 a.m. Step instructions MAC
M May- Aug 9-10 a.m. Beginner Level MAC
T May- Aug 1-2:30 p.m. Intermediate Level WV
*Th May-Aug 5:30-6:30 p.m. Beginner Level MAC

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. Punch cards available to attend classes as you wish. $12/$14 per class.
AGES: 18+

M Jun 13-Aug 8 7-8 p.m. $80/$108 CP 2233778-1A
F Jun 17-Aug 12 12:30-2 p.m. $120/$144 CP 2233778-1B

Adult Jazz

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! Punch cards available to attend classes as
you wish. $12/$14 per class. AGES: 18+

Sa Jun 18-Aug 13 8:45-9:45 a.m. $80/$108 CP 2233779-1A
 

Ballroom Dance Class

Learn a variety of ballroom dance moves and patterns. No experience 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 class start date.

Learn a variety of ballroom dance moves and patterns. No experience necessary. Beginners learn basic steps while more experienced dancers refine their skills. A partner is NOT required. Register three working days in
advance of class start date. *NO CLASS: July 5

Th May 5-26 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232970-A
Th Jun 2-23 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232970-B
*Th Jun 30-Jul 28 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232970-C
Th Aug 4-25 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232970-D

Couples Ballroom Dance

No experience necessary. Beginners learn basic steps while more experienced dancers refine their skills. A partner is required and must register individually. *NO CLASS: July 5
Session 1 – Cha Cha
T May 3-24 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232966-A
Session 2 – Jitter Bug
T May 31-Jun 21 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232967-A
*T Jun 28-Jul 26 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232967-B
Session 3- Mambo
T Aug 2-23 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232968-A
Session 4 - Rumba
T Aug 30-Sep 20 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2232969-A


Drop-In Tap Class

These classes are designed to brush up on your skills/tap mknowledge and teach more intricate steps and patterns. Our concentration is on technique, rhythm awareness and joy of the art of tap. Classes will progress each week and add skills to create larger patterns and dances. Previous tap experience is helpful and tap shoes are required. *NO CLASS: July 5,6 or 7

Tap Class

These classes are designed to brush up on your skills/tap knowledge and teach more intricate steps and patterns. Our concentration is on technique, rhythm awareness and joy of the art of tap. Classes will progress each week and
add skills to create larger patterns and dances. Previous tap experience is helpful and tap shoes are required. *NO CLASS: July 5,6 or 7

Beginning Tap 

W May 4-25 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232963-A
W Jun 1- 22 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232963-B
*W Jun 29-Jul 27 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232963-C
W Aug 3-24 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232963-D
W Aug 31-Sep 21 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232963-E

IntermediateTap 

T May 3-24 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232964-A
T May 31-Jun 21 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232964-B
*T Jun 28-Jul 26 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232964-C
T Aug 2-23 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232964-D
T Aug 30-Sep 20 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232964-E

AdvancedTap 

Th May 5-26 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2232965-A
Th Jun 2-23 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2232965-B
*Th Jun 30-Jul 28 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2232965-C
Th Aug 4-25 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2232965-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.Private dance lessons are scheduled by appointment.
CP/MAC QUESTIONS: Call 303-658-2294 to schedule. $50/hour

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 communiy.

Benifits of Participation in adult lifelong learning programs:

  • opens the mind and gives new prespectives
  • 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