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.

Education

Beginner Investors


Foundations of Investing
An overview of investing. We'll cover the basic features of bonds, stocks and packaged investments, and the importance of asset allocation.
W Sep 8 7:15-8:15 p.m. $3/$5 CP 2143951-1A

Stocks - The Nuts and Bolts
You’ll learn the differences between common and preferred
stock, the importance of dividends, ways to craft your
stock strategy, and different ways to own stock.
W Sep 22 7:15-8:15 p.m. $3/$5 CP 2143951-1B

Outsmart the Scammers
We’ll discuss how to spot certain red flags that may
indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources to use if you
are targeted, and steps to take to help protect yourself
and loved ones.
W Sep 29 7:15-8:15 p.m.$3/$5 CP 2143951-1C

 

Planning for Retirement


Retirement by Design


Learn how to translate your
retirement vision into tangible goals. You’ll learn investment strategies to help design the retirement you want.
W Oct 13 7:15-8:15 p.m. $3/$5 CP 2143951-2A

Tax-Free Investing

A program to inform individuals about the benefits and considerations of choosing investments that offer tax advantages.
W Oct 20 7:15-8:15 p.m. $3/$5 CP 2143951-2B

Ready or Not? Prepare for the Unexpected

This program outlines a proactive strategy to help protect your family’s financial resources from life’s unexpected turns.
W Oct 27 7:15-8:15 p.m. $3/$5 CP 2143951-2C


Living in Retirement (or about to be)


Outsmart the Scammers
We’ll discuss how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources to use if you are targeted, and steps to take to help protect yourself and loved ones.
W Sep 15 1-2 p.m. $3/$5 MAC 2142953-3A
Tax-Free Investing
A program to inform individuals about the benefits and considerations of choosing investments that offer tax advantages.
W Oct 6 1-2 p.m. $3/$5 MAC 2142953-3B

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

The Facts About Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. Learn the pros and cons and whether intermittent fasting is right for you.
W Sep 15 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-A


Interval Training for Weight Loss & Health
Are you looking for a way to rev up your metabolism and improve your heart and lung health? Learn how to incorporate intervals (periods of high and low intensity) into various types of cardiovascular exercise.
M Sep 20 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-B
 

Better Brain, Better Life
We stretch and flex our bodies, but what about our brain? Come to this class and sharpen your mental machinery. We'll play memory games, word games, number games, and puzzles. Enjoy socializing with other folks while you
stretch and strengthen your mind.
T Oct 5-26 9:30-10:30 a.m. $20/$22 MAC 2142957-C


Turn Your Spice Cabinet into Your Medicine Cabinet
Many of the herbs we use for flavoring also have wonderful properties for promoting good health. Learn how to use a variety of herbs and spices in your cooking and their related health benefits.
M Oct 11 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-D

Exercises to Help Scoliosis
Scoliosis causes a curvature in the spine and can lead to pain and weakness. Exercise cannot completely correct scoliosis, but it can help and will decrease the discomfort that scoliosis causes. Learn a variety of exercises you can do.
W Oct 20 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-E
 

The Power of Body Weight Exercises
Simple body weight exercises can be a great choice for improving strength, flexibility and overall health, regardless of your age and fitness level. Learn the benefits of body weight exercise and the best ones to maximize your workout.
W Nov 10 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-F
 

Nutrition and Inflammation
The foods you eat can either promote or improve inflammation in your body. Discover how to decrease inflammation through changes in your diet. Supplements will also be discussed.
M Nov 15 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-G
 

You Can Exercise Even with Arthritis
There are times when arthritis is literally a pain in the neck. While it is often hard to get motivated to move when you hurt, gentle exercise can actually help to relieve arthritis pain. Learn specific exercises you can do.
M Dec 6 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-H

Consuming Wine Wisely
Many of us enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine. Recently wine has received mixed reviews from scientists in terms of how it affects our health. Learn the positive and negative health effects of wine in this class.
M Dec 13 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2142957-I

 

Dance Classes

The “AMAZING” (Soprano) Ukulele Class
Bring your own soprano ukulele. Learning packet included. QUESTIONS? Call (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. *NO CLASS: Nov 25
Th Sep 9-Oct 7 5:45-6:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2144953-A
*Th Oct 28-Dec 2 5:45-6:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2144953-B

JAM SESSIONS: Th Oct 14 & Dec 9 5:45-7:45 p.m. FREE SFC

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. *NO CLASS: Nov 25
Th Sep 9-Oct 7 6:45-7:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2144953-C
*Th Oct 28-Dec 2 6:45-7:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2144953-D

JAM SESSIONS: Th Oct 14 & Dec 9 5:45-7:45 p.m. FREE SFC

Westminster Ukulele Community
Open to all players and all levels. 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. NO CLASS IN OCT
T Sep 21, Nov 16, Dec 14 6.-7:30 p.m. FREE SFC

The “AMAZING” Guitar Class
Bring your own guitar. Learning packet is included. QUESTIONS OR LOOKING FOR LOW COST GUITAR RENTALS? Call (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: Nov 24
W Sep 8-Oct 13 6:30-7:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2141953-A
*W Oct 27-Dec 8 6:30-7:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2141953-B

JAM SESSIONS: W Oct 20 & Dec 15 6:30-9 p.m. FREE WSC

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: Nov 24
W Sep 8-Oct 13 7:30-8:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2141953-C
*W Oct 27-Dec 8 7:30-8:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2141953-D

JAM SESSIONS: W Oct 20 & Dec 15 6:30-9 p.m. FREE WSC

The “AMAZING” Piano/Keyboard Class
Bring your own keyboard (61 keys minimum). Learning packet included. QUESTIONS? Call (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: Nov 22
M Sep 13-Oct 11 6:30-7:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2141954-A
*M Oct 25-Dec 6 6:30-7:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2141954-B

JAM SESSIONS: M Oct 18 & Dec 13 6:30-9 p.m. FREE WSC

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: Nov 22
M Sep 13-Oct 11 7:30-8:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2141954-C
*M Oct 25–Dec 6 7:30-8:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2141954-D

JAM SESSIONS: M Oct 18 & Dec 13 6:30-9 p.m. FREE WSC

Private Music instrument Lessons
All ages and levels welcome. Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet and Alto Saxophone. Half or full hour weekly time slots to be arranged. PUNCH CARD: $30 per ½ hour. To set up lesson please call 303-426-4310.
M/W 3-6 p.m. WSC
Th 3-5:30 p.m. SFC

 

Music Classes

Country 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
passholders, SilverSneakers® members, or Renew Active members. NO CLASS: Sep 6
M Sep-Dec 8:30-9 a.m. Step instructions MAC
M Sep-Dec 9-10 a.m. Beginner Level MAC
T Sep-Dec 10-11:30 a.m. Intermediate Level WV

Couples Ballroom Dance
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.

  • Session 1 – Waltz and Rumba                                  Sa Sep 11-Oct 2 3-4 p.m. $30/$35 CP 2143956-A
  • Session 2 – West Coast Swing and Tango              Sa Oct 9-30 3-4 p.m. $30/$35 CP 2143956-B
  • Session 3 – East Coast Swing and Salsa                Sa Nov 6-27 3-4 p.m. $30/$35 CP 2143956-C

Private Dance Lessons
Take a private individual/private couple 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 on Saturday 4-5 p.m. Fee 50 per hour. Call to set up lesson  303-426-4310.

Adult Ballet - Beginner
Perfect for either 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+
F Sep 1-Oct 1 12:30-1:30 p.m. $40/$48 CP 2143773-1A
F Oct 8-Dec 17 12:30-1:30 p.m. $90/$100 CP 2143773-2A

Benifits

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 learingin 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