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.

Register Now

Education

CPR/AED Certification Class through American Heart Association

Learn to provide first aid, CPR, and use an AED in a safe, timely, and effective manner. This class is for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency. Receive a course completion/certification card upon following the class.
Th Jan 27        6-9 p.m.                  $49/$54    WSC     2211930-A
Sa Mar 19       9 a.m.-12 p.m.        $49/$54    CP         2213930-A

Computer 101

Come learn the basics of your computer and how to make it secure.

F Jan 21         1-2 p.m.                   $4/$6        MAC       2212928-A
F Mar 18         1-2 p.m.                   $4/$6        MAC       2212928-B

Best Perennials to Grow in Westminster

Westminster’s greenhouse team will recommend easy-to-find, easy-to-grow, gorgeous plants that are sure to be successful in your garden. These plants are water-wise, tough, and make our pollinators happy!
W Feb 16         9-10:30 a.m.           $4/$6        MAC        2212929-A

Zinnia Seed Sowing Extravaganza

Join the Westminster greenhouse team in the greenhouse for a tour and to help sow zinnia seeds for the city’s annual Displays! Coffee and snacks provided.
W Apr 6           8:45-11:15 a.m.        $4/$6        MAC       2212930-A

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.
T Jan 18           6-7 p.m.                    $3/$5       MAC       2212950-A
M Mar 14          7:15-8:15 p.m.          $3/$5       CP          2213950-A

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 Jan 26         4:45-5:45 p.m.           $3/$5        CP          2213951-A
M Apr 11          6-7 p.m.                      $3/$5       CP          2213951-B

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.
T Feb 1           4:45-5:45 p.m.             $3/$5       MAC         2212952-A
M Apr 18 6-7 p.m. $3/$5 CP 2213952-B

Tax-Free Investing

A program to inform individuals about the benefits and considerations of choosing investments that offer tax advantages.
T Feb 15          6-7 p.m.                        $3/$5      MAC         2212953-B
W Apr 20         7:15-8:15 p.m.               $3/$5      CP            2213953-A

Social Security

Before you retire, it’s important to understand your options regarding Social Security and the impact your decisions have on your retirement. We'll discusses how Social Security fits into your retirement income plan, when you should start taking benefits, and tax considerations.
M Mar 28         7-8 p.m.                          $3/$5     CP            2213954-A

Preparing your Estate Plan

Our Preparing Your Estate Plan presentation will help familiarize you with the basic steps of planning for your estate, including the function of a will and the different types of trusts.
M Apr 25          5:30-6:30 p.m.                $3/$5     CP            2213955-A

Introduction to Tenkara Fly Fishing

Come learn a simple way to fish Colorado's beautiful rivers and streams. We'll talk about what gear you need, how to set it up and use it, and where to fish.
F Mar 4, 11            2:30-3:30 p.m.         $18/$20   MAC         2212956-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 confusing. Learn how to read pet food labels and find the food that is right for your furry friend. 
M Jan 24                1-2 p.m.                   $12/$14   MAC         2212932-A
M Mar 7                  6-7 p.m.                   $12/$14   CP            2213932-B

Help for Pudgy Pets

Being overweight can increase your dog or cat’s risk of diseases like diabetes or put unnecessary stress on their joints. Learn a variety of diet strategies you can use to help your cat or dog maintain their healthiest weight.
M Mar 28               6-7 p.m.                 $12/$14      CP             2213933-A
M Apr 18                1-2 p.m.                 $12/$14      MAC          2212933-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

Rev Up Your Metabolism 

Many people find that as they age their metabolism is not quite what it used to be. Learn what factors affect your metabolism and the specific foods, supplements, and exercises you can do to rev your metabolism back up. 
Th Jan 6 9-10 a.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212934-A
M Apr 25 6-7 p.m. $12/$14 CP 2213934-B

Exercise Depression Away

While there’s no substitute for seeing a doctor if you are depressed, exercise can be one of your best bets to beat the blues. Learn how exercise affects your mood and what types are the best to include.
M Jan 17 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212935-A
M Mar 14 6-7 p.m. $12/$14 CP 2213935-B

Making Lactose Tolerable

Even if you suffer from lactose intolerance, you may still be able to enjoy some dairy products and reap their benefits. Learn strategies for incorporating dairy back into your life. 
M Feb 7 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212936-A

Fitness for Your Feet

Some of the discomfort we experience in our bodies may actually start at ground level with our feet. Learn simple stretching and strengthening exercises you can do to keep your feet in tip top shape. 
W Mar 16 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212939-A

No More Muscle Cramps 

There’s nothing worse than getting a cramp in your muscles! Learn nutrients to include in your diet as well as specific activities, such as stretching, to prevent those cramps from happening. 
T Feb 22 9-10 a.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212937-A

Tips and Tricks for Meal Prepping

Meal prepping involves preparing, pre-portioning, and storing foods for quick, ready-prepared meals later in the week. Meal prepping can save money and time while improving nutritional intake. Learn strategies for implementing this practice into your lifestyle.
Th Mar 3 9-10 a.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212938-A
M Apr 4 6-7 p.m. $12/$14 CP 2213938-B

Pelvic Stability

Having strong muscles in the pelvic region prevents excessive movement which often leads to pain, especially in the sacral-iliac joints and spine. Learn exercises you can do to stabilize your pelvis and prevent problems from occurring. 
M Mar 21 1-2 p.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212940-A

Stroke Prevention 

Studies show that you can significantly reduce your stroke risk by changing your diet and other health behaviors, regardless of your age. Learn the best ways to cut your risk of this debilitating health problem. 
T Apr 12 9-10 a.m. $12/$14 MAC 2212941-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 Jan 26-Feb 23 6:30-7:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2211940-A 
*W Mar 9- Apr 20 6:30-7:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2211940-B 
JAM SESSIONS:  W Mar 2 & Apr 27 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: Mar 23
W Jan 26-Feb 23 7:30-8:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2211941-A
*W Mar 9- Apr 20 7:30-8:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2211941-B 
JAM SESSIONS:  W Mar 2 & Apr 27 6:30-9 p.m. Free WSC

The “AMAZING” (Soprano) 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. *NO CLASS: Mar 24
Th Jan 13- Feb 17 5:45-6:45 p.m. $95 SFC 2214940-A
*Th Mar 3- Apr 14 5:45-6:45 p.m. $95 SFC 2214940-B
JAM SESSIONS: Th Feb 24 & Apr 21 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: Mar 24
Th Jan 13- Feb 17 6:45-7:45 p.m. $95 SFC 2214941-A
*Th Mar 3- Apr 14 6:45-7:45 p.m. $95 SFC 2214941-B 
JAM SESSIONS: Th Feb 24 & Apr 21 5:45-7:45 p.m. Free SFC

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 Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19 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: Mar 21
M Jan 24-Feb 21 6:30-7:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2211942-A 
*M Mar 7-Apr 18 6:30-7:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2211942-B 
JAM SESSIONS: M Feb 28 & Apr 25 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: Mar 21
 M Jan 24-Feb 21 7:30-8:30 p.m. $80 WSC 2211943-A
*M Mar 7-Apr 18 7:30-8:30 p.m. $95 WSC 2211943-B
 JAM SESSIONS: M Feb 28 & Apr 25 6:30-9 p.m. Free WSC

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 is needed. This ongoing class meets every Monday. FEE: Daily admission fee applies or FREE for passholders, SilverSneakers® members, or Renew 
Active members.
M Jan-Apr 18          8:30-9 a.m. Step Instructions MAC
M Jan-Apr 18          9-10 a.m. Beginner Level MAC
T Jan-Apr               11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Intermediate Level WV
Th Jan 7-Apr 22      5:30-6:30 p.m. Beginner Level MAC

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 Jan 14-Feb 18 12:30-1:30 p.m. $60/$72 CP 2213774-1A
F Feb 25-Apr 8 12:30-1:30 p.m. $60/$72 CP 2213774-2A
F Apr 15-May 20 12:30-1:30 p.m. $60/$72 CP 2213774-3A

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.

Tango 

T Jan 11-Feb 1 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2212966-A
T Feb 8-Mar 1 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2212966-B

Foxtrot

T Mar 8-29 6:45-7:45 p.m. $40/$45 MAC 2212967-A
T Apr 5-19 6:45-7:45 p.m. $34/$39 MAC 2212967-B 

Waltz and Rumba

Sa Jan 29-Feb 19 3-4 p.m. $40/$45 CP 2213966-A

West Coast Swing and Tango

Sa Mar 5-26 3-4 p.m. $40/$45 CP 2213966-B

East Coast Swing and Salsa

Sa Apr 9-30 3-4 p.m. $40/$45 CP 2213966-C

Drop-In Tap Class

Not sure if you're ready for a tap class? This drop-in is perfect for your curiosity and interest. We will explore and cover the 5 basic sounds of tap, the building blocks of tap sounds, body awareness, and rhythms. Each week will be a different lesson and will help you develop the skills to enter our Beginning Tap Class. FEE: Daily admission fee applies or FREE for passholders, SilverSneakers® members, or Renew Active members. Tap shoes are optional.
T Jan 11-Apr 19 10:30-11:30 a.m. Beginner Steps MAC 

Beginning/Intermediate Tap 

This class is designed to brush up on your basic skills/tap knowledge and teach more intricate steps and patterns. Our concentration is on technique, rhythm awareness and joy of the art of tap. Previous tap experience is helpful and tap shoes are required.
T Jan 11- Feb 1 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2212964-A
T Feb 8- Mar 1 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2212964-B
T Mar 8-29 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $45 MAC 2212964-C
T Apr 5-19 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. $34 MAC 2212964-D

Intermediate/Advanced Tap 

Expand your tap knowledge, increase strength, and advance your skills. Classes will progress each week and add skills to create larger patterns and dances. Previous tap experience and tap shoes are required.
Th Jan 13-Feb 3 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2212965-A 
Th Feb 10-Mar 3 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2212965-B
Th Mar 10-31 2:15-3:15 p.m. $45 MAC 2212965-C
Th Apr 7-21 2:15-3:15 p.m. $34 MAC 2212965-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