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  Ages 18+

Active Minds Lecture Series

Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. The MAC | 3295 W. 72nd Ave. $4 residents $6 non-residents (per lecture)

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

The Evolution of NATO
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) played a pivotal role in fighting and ultimately winning the Cold War. Take a deeper look at the triumphs and challenges of NATO and how it continues to adapt to the 21st century landscape.
W Sep 14 2242925-A

The National Parks
Our national park system includes 63 parks, over 84 million acres of land, and hosts over 300 million visitors per year. Join us as we tell the story of preserving our country’s most beautiful spaces.
W Sep 28 2242926-A

The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Explore Lewis & Clark’s expedition that opened the West over 200 years ago, while also discussing the evolution of our country’s relationship with Native Americans and the lands they inhabited.
W Oct 12 2242927-A
Australia
Take a trip to The Land Down Under learning about the intriguing history and landscape of this key U.S. ally. W Oct 26 2242928-A Egypt Explore origins and significance of Modern Egypt’s turbulent political situation and its implications for the Middle East.
W Nov 9 2242929-A

Queen Elizabeth I
Examine the fascinating life of one of the most powerful women in history who took the throne in 1558, and helped established her country as a global economic and cultural power.
W Nov 23 2242930-A

San Francisco: Biography of a City
Learn more about the rich history behind the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, trolley cars, and much more.
W Dec 14 2242931-A

History of Movies
Roll out the red carpet and experience the history of movies, from the early era of silent films, and the growth of Hollywood, to the introduction of streaming services.
W Dec 28 2242932-A

General Classes

Basic Tenakra Fishing Workshop ALL THREE DAYS: $45/$50 | #2242945-A
Over three days, learn the basics about equipment, knots, theory, enjoy practical instruction, and a walk and wade trip to Clear Creek. Must have waders and fishing license.
T Oct 4 3:30-5 p.m. CPRC
Th Oct 6 3:30-5 p.m. WSC
F Oct 21 8 a.m.-12 p.m. TBD

Cooking

Healthy Homemade Sauces and Dressings
Learn to make your own delicious salad dressings and sauces. Control the cost and ingredients to make cheaper and healthier recipes with less sodium.
Th Sep 15 6-7 p.m. $16/$18 MAC 2242941-A

Scrumptious Soups and Stews
Whip up a healthy meal for a cold winter night, without a lot of time spent in the kitchen! Learn the health benefits of soups, and enjoy samples!
Th Nov 3 6-7 p.m. $16/$18 MAC 2242942-A

PET NUTRITION

Make Your Own Pet Food
Are you interested in creating homemade food for your furry friend? Master the best ways to provide them with a nutritionally balanced diet using safe ingredients.
M Sep 26 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242943-A

Feeding Your Older Pet
Learn about age-related health issues in cats and dogs and diet changes to help your four-legged friend live a long, healthy life.
T Oct 25 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242944-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

Eating with Intention
Learn strategies for eating mindfully (paying attention to what and how you eat) to help with weight loss, digestive issues, high blood pressure and more.
Th Sep 8 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242933-A

Workout with Kettlebells
Used for developing flexibility and muscular strength for people of all ages and levels, incorporating kettlebells into your routine can bring your workout to the next level.
M Sep 19 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242934-A

Getting Your Vitamin D
Vitamin D does much more than reduce the risk of bone fractures. Learn about the food sources, recent recommendations for amounts to consume, and more.
M Oct 10 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242935-A

Feeling Flexible Is it becoming harder to reach and stretch? Learn what affects flexibility as we age, and try out exercises that will help improve your flexibility.
Th Oct 20 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242936-A

Good Gut Health
Having a healthy gut can impact your body weight, risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as your brain health. Learn more about these impacts and strategies for improving your gut health.
T Nov 8 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242937-A

Exercise to Boost Immunity
Discover the ways in which exercise can help prevent infections, boost your immune system and learn strategies for deciding whether to work out when you feel sick.
M Nov 14 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242938-A

The Power of a Plant-Based Diet
Whether you want to adopt a plant-based diet full time or just want to eat fewer animal products, this class will teach you the health benefits, nutritional considerations, and food options of this diet.
M Dec 5 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242939-A

Exercises to Help Scoliosis
Although exercise cannot completely correct scoliosis, it can help decrease the discomfort that scoliosis causes. Join this class to learn techniques to bring comfort to your body.
Th Dec 15 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2242940-A

Music Classes Ages: 13+

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: Nov 9, 23

W Sep 14-Oct 19 6:30-7:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241951-A
*W Oct 26-Dec 14 6:30-7:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241951-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. *NO CLASS: Mar 23

W Sep 14-Oct 19 7:30-8:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241952-A
*W Oct 26-Dec 14 7:30-8:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241952-B

The “AMAZING”  Ukulele Class

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. NO CLASS: Nov 24

Th Sep 1-Oct 6 5:45-6:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2244953-A
*Th Oct 27-Dec 8 5:45-6:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2244953-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. 
NO CLASS: Nov 24

 Th Sep 1-Oct 6 6:45-7:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2244954-A
*Th Oct 27-Dec 8 6:45-7:45 p.m. $80 SFC 2244954-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 necessary.

T Sep 20, Nov 15, Dec 20 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: Nov 7, 21

 M Sep 12-Oct 17 6:30-7:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241953-A
*M Oct 24-Dec 12 6:30-7:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241953-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 symbol and rhythmic notations. 
*NO CLASS: Nov 7, 21

 M Sep 12-Oct 17 7:30-8:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241954-A
*M Oct 24-Dec 14 7:30-8:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2241954-B

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 Ages: 18+

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: Sep 5, 22, 29, Oct 6

*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 are available for $12/$14 per class. AGES: 18+ * HAS RECITAL
M Aug 29-Oct 10 7-8 p.m. $70/$84 CPRC 2243778-1A
*M Oct 17-Dec 12 7-8 p.m. $80/$96 CPRC 2243778-2A
F Sep 2-Oct 14 12:30-2 p.m. $70/$84 CPRC 2243778-1B
*F Oct 21-Dec 16 12:30-2 p.m. $80/$96 CPRC 2243778-2B

Adult Jazz

An upbeat technical style of dance requiring precision, strength and rhythm. For those who want to add personal style and expression to dancing! Punch cards are available for $12/$14 per class. AGES: 18+ * HAS RECITAL
Sa Sep 3-Oct 15 8:45-9:45 am $70/$84 CPRC 2243779-1A
*Sa Oct 22-Dec 17 8:45-9:45 am $80/$96 CPRC 2243778-2B

Ballroom Dance Class

 Learn a variety of ballroom dance moves and patterns. No experience necessary. A partner is NOT required. Register at least three working days in advance of class start date.
Th Sep 1-22 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2242975-A
Th Sep 29-Oct 20 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2242975-B
Th Oct 27-Nov 17 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2242975-C
Th Dec 1-22 10:30-11:30 a.m. $40/$45 MAC 2242975-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. Register three working days in advance of class start date.
*NO CLASS: Nov 26

MAC | $40/$45

Rumba T Aug 30-Sep 20 6:45-7:45 p.m. 2232969-A
Polka T Sep 27-Oct 18 6:45-7:45 p.m. 2242970-A
Waltz T Oct 25-Nov 15 6:45-7:45 p.m. 2242971-A
Waltz T Nov 29-Dec 20 6:45-7:45 p.m. 2242971-B

CPRC | $40/$45

Swing Sa Sep 10-Oct 1 3-4 p.m. 2243970-A Foxtrot/Waltz Sa Oct 15-Nov 5 3-4 p.m. 2243971-A *Latin Dance Sa Nov 19-Dec 17 3-4 p.m. 2243972-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: Nov 22

*T Sep 6- Dec 20 10:30-11:30 a.m. Beginner Steps MAC

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 31-Sep 21 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232963-E
W Sep 28-Oct 19 11:45-12:45 a.m. $45 MAC 2242967-A
W Oct 26-Nov 16 11:45-12:45 a.m. $45 MAC 2242967-B W
Nov 30-Dec 21 11:45-12:45 a.m. $45 MAC 2242967-C

IntermediateTap 

T Aug 30-Sep 20 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2232964-E
T Sep 27-Oct 18 11:45-12:45 a.m. $45 MAC 2242964-A
T Oct 25-Nov 15 11:45-12:45 a.m. $45 MAC 2242964-B
T Nov 29-Dec 20 11:45-12:45 a.m. $45 MAC 2242964-C

AdvancedTap 

Th Sep 1-22 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2242965-A
Th Sep 29-Oct 20 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2242965-B
Th Oct 27-Nov 17 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2242965-C
Th Dec 1-22 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2242965-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