Community Interests

Computer Applications

 

Basic Computer Skills: Designed for New Users/Seniors

New to computers? Intimidated by them? Not anymore! Take this course and take the fear out of computers. Learn to have fun and enjoy using the computer as a tool for crafts, letters, orgtanization, etc.

 

Laptop & You- Bring your own laptop (PC)

Do you have a new laptop or have been using one that feels like it's slowing down? Do you have questions about your laptop? Bring them to class and learn how to put your laptop to the best use. Learn how to properly secure your laptop and find out about browsers, Wi-Fi, Internet connections, and much more.

 

Internet & Email

What can I do when I am on the Internet? How do I setup an email account, forward, send attachments, such as documents or pictures? How to get answers to questions? How do I keep myself safe when "surfing the Net?" This class will help you discover answers to the questions and provide you with basic work-ready Internet and email skills.

 

Digital Photography & Video Editing

 

Learn to use your iDevice (iPad/iPhone)

Did you buy, or are planning to buy, an Apple iPad? Are you finding it a little frustrating to use? Even if you own an iPhone rather than an iPad, you will find most of the topics applicable and useful. In this course you will learn basic iPad controls (swipes, pinches, etc.), some shortcuts, and how to use key features, including the camera and how to enhance photos. You will learn how to get pictures and documents into and out of your iPad, so you can share them with others. As useful as they are, the applications (apps), supplied with the iPad don't even scratch the surface of what is available. You will learn to download and use third-party apps. These include general purpose apps, and apps that help you take better iPad photos and videos, and then edit and enhance them. You will also learn how to copy photos from your digital camera to your iPad. The class includes online handouts, demonstrations, and in-class exercises.

 

Using your iDevice (iPad/iPhone) for Photography

Do you take lots of pictures with your iPad/iPhone? This class helps you to discover just how useful and fun it is to use your iDevice to enhance your overall photographic enjoyment. During class, learn how to take even better pictures using third party iPad/iPhone apps that make the most of its installed camera. You will also learn how to use your iDevice to back-up your digital camera photos while you are traveling. Learn how to rate and tag your images and ultimatately upload them to your computer, using third party apps not delivered with your iDevice. Discover third party apps that can be used to enhance your photos as well as share them on the cloud. This class introduces you to iMovie that you can use to create video projects containing both video clips and still images. This is a hands-on course, so bring your iDevice. This class assumes that you have a reasonable understanding of how to use your iDevice.

 

Your Digital Camera

Five weeks to master your own digital camera! Learn operations, take photos, and review them on the computer, while learning both point-and shoot, and manual settings. Create photos you'll want to keep and share.

 

Arts & Crafts

 

One-Stroke Painting

Learn this popular painting technique that shades, highlights, and blends all in one stroke of your brush. Paint gifts for family and friends or something special for your home. With this fun, quick, and easy technique you can paint on glass, wood, tin, fabric, furniture, and even on walls. You don't have to be an artist, and it's for people of all ages.

 

Tole Painting

Come learn the basics of Tole Painting which has been around since the 1800s. It's a form of decorative painting that anyone can learn and can be applied to many different surfaces, such as wood and tin. Written instructions, a photo of the finished project, along with the pattern, are provided. Instructor guides you step by step with instruction on how to prepare your surface, transfer your pattern, and how to protect your painting once it's completed. All levels are welcome. No painting experience is necessary. Supplies will be discussed the first day of class.

 

Oil Painting

Under the supervision of the teacher, students use basic principles and techniques of oil painting, learn basic composition, color theory, and various other oil painting, learn basic composition, color theory, and various other oil painting ideologies and practices. Themes include: floral, seascape, landscape, still life, portraits, and other painting topics. Students provide their own tools and supplies.

 

Languages

 

Spanish Level 1 Conversational

 

Spanish Level 2 Conversational

 

Spanish Level 3 Conversational

 

Korean Level 1 Conversational

 

Korean Level 2 Conversational

 

Parent Education

 

When registering, the student information should be about the ADULT student. This includes the ADULT name and the ADULT birthdate of the ADULT coming to class. An adult MUST come to class with the child.

 

*Please Note: Minimum enrollment of 20 is needed to open a class. If the class you want is full - Please sign up for another class. Look for the correct age range of your child.

 

Parenting the Infant

This class is for parents with babies, (newborn to 18 months), and covers body fitness exercises, relaxation techniques, growth, and development. Parents enter parenthood with confidence and good parenting skills. Novice parents learn to relax and enjoy their new role, while babies happily reap the lovng benefits.

 

Parenting the Two-Year Old

Parents of two-year olds participate in activities designed to promote positive learning experiences. This course encourages the understanding of the ages and stages of normal growth and development. Topics of discussion include discipline, sharing, weaning, toilet training, language development, and sleeping habits.

 

Parenting the Toddler

Parents and toddlers, (12 to 24 months old), share a special time together as they eagearly explore the classroom activities designed specifically for this age. These lively children grow rapidly in physical and verbal abilities, and parents learn and discuss the important physical and social changes occurring. Helping parents to understand and accept each child as a unique and special individual is an important focus of this class.

 

Parenting the Pre-Schooler

Parents and their pre-schoolers, (ages 2 1/2 to 5), engage in quality enrichment activities including art, music, and games, with a major emphasis on communication and cooperation skills. Adult discussion addresses physical and social development, as well as teaching techniques that encourage positive behaviors. Parents take time to play, laugh, and share with their child during these important years of childhood development.

 

Focus on Music Plus

This expanded program includes music and movement activities using various instruments and other accessories. Additionally, the parent and child engage in story time, art time, and outside play time specifically designed to encourage curiosity and interest. This class promotes listening skills, following directions, and body awareness.

 

Focus on Family Fun

This afternoon class is designed for families with children (ages 1 to 5). Music, art, story time, and classroom activities designed specifically to encourage physical and verbal growth are presented in a fun and loving enviornment. Parents spend special afternoon time bonding with their children through education.

 

Personal Finance

 

Retirement Planning Today

Learn how to avoid the 10 biggest retirement planning mistakes. Discover how to save money on taxes, manage investment risks, and protect your assets from long-term health care expenses. Above all, this course shows you how to assess your financial situation and develop a personalized plan to achieve your retirement goals. Whether you plan to retire 10 years from now or have just recently retired, the valuable information you'll learn in this class can deliver rewards throughout your lifetime.

 

Business Plan Writing for Beginners

Business Plan Writing for Beginners sets a solid foundation for formatting, structuring and writing a business plan. At the conclusion of the course students will know how to find and analyze sources to utilize in their very own business plans, have information on how to structure and format a business plan for application to any industry, and be able to present facts and data on their businesses to potential investors.

 

Social Security

Choosing when and how to claim Social Security benefits is one of the biggest financial decisions Boomers face today. Failing to use the right strategy can cost you a lot of money in unclaimed Social Security income over yoru life-time and potentially put your surviving spouse at finanical risk. Join us in the informative class where we will explore the ways in which you can maximize your benefit. You will gain the knowledge necessary to make an educated and confident election decision.

 

Understanding Medicare & the Impact of ACA

Confused about Medicare as well as how health care legislation has affected it? Wondering how choices may become more limited (doctors, hospitals, treatments0? How Social Security changes may impact your planning? This class includes a general overview of how these government programs work, how one qualifies, key enrollment windows, benefit options, and monthly costs including new income thresholds. Also covered will be Medicare Advantage Plans (e.g. Kaiser, SCAN, etc.), Supplemental Plans, Part D drug plans, and legislated changes to them. You may also be able to apply to an Exchange plan if you are over 65 and not qualified for Medicare. Note: Medicaid / Medical are being expanded through the Exchanges plan. Information on resources & tools to assist you in your decision making will be provided, including an online demo about choosing the right health care plan. The instructor is not authorized to speak to the specifics of private or workplace medical plans.

 

Women & Investing

Did you know that women often make the best investors? Whether single, widowed, married, employed, or retired you need to know how to improve your current financial picture. Learn the importance of portfolio allocation, how to select an investment advisor, and how to select investments for growth, income, and safety. Estate planning, college education planning for children, grandchildren, and planning for a safe and secure financial future will all be covered. Also included is a forecast of the economy, interest rates, real estate, and the stock market.

 

Notary Public Course (California)

California needs additional professional notaries! This class provides the new or previously commissioned Notary Public with the education and skills to pass the state examination, detect fraud, and be successful in a new career. There is a growing need for Notaries Public in the expanding financial, real estate, business, and law professions. The State Certification test will be given immediately following this class. Bring a seperate $40 check or money order (no cash or credit card) payable to the Secretary of State, a 2"x2" color passport photo, a #2 pencil, and a sack lunch. California driver's license or identification card required.

*If you want to take the test only: Call the office (310) 533-4689 ext. 8400 to reserve a seat. Arrive at 4:00pm and have your payment to the Secretary of State, your passport photo, and pencil. There will also be a $10 cash service charge for which you will receive a receipt.

 

Stock Market (Beginning)

Fundamentals of investing will be introduced. Strategies to be discussed include stocks, bonds, money market funds, mutual funds, international stocks, and methods for implementing a personal investment portfolio. Topics such as earning more from CDs, maximizing return in IRA investments will also be presented.

 

Stock Market (Intermediate)

This course offers a more advanced presentation of stock market trading techniques. Class will focus on the evaluation and understanding of stock charts, sector investing, hedging for the individual investor, closed and listed funds, and how to find values in a speculative market.

 

Real Estate Investing Mastermind: Level 1

Join experienced real estate investor and mortgate broker, Athena Paquette, for this riveting and informative class on how YOU can create passive income with real estate investing. Includes workbook. Ideal for beginning and experienced investors.

 

Loan Signing-Notary Public Seminar

California's real estate industry needs notaries who would like to become Loan Document Signing Specialists. In this class your instructor will present information, duties and responsibilities of the Notary Public entering the loan industry as a Loan Document Signing Specialists. Please bring a valid driver's license, and a #2 pencil. Prerequisite: Must have, or be in the process of obtaining, a California State Notary Public license.

 

Music

 

Guitar (Beginning/Intermediate)

Beginners learn the basic techniques and simple songs. Intermediate students focus on more advanced techniques and apply them to songs. Students must furnish their own guitar to participate in class.

 

Learn to Play the Ukulele

The ukulele is an instrument beloved by those who enjoy Hawaiian music. Students in this course learn simple chords, strums, and plucking patterns. The techniques will be applied to fun, simple songs. All students must bring their own "tuneable" ukulele and only soprano, concert or tenor size to participate in the class.

 

Physical Fitness & Dance

 

Low-Impact Aerobics (Intermediate)

This low-impact aerobic class emphasizes a warm-up, light aerobics, stretching, balance, and strength building. Exercises are done standing and seated with some floor work. Students should be able to stand and sit without assistance. Bring mat and weights.


Muscle Strenghtening (Intermediate)

Learn safe and proper techniques for upper and lower body strengthen the back, assist with balance, and avoid bone loss. Students use free weights, elastic bands, and other equipment to enhance strength building. A chair aerobic routine is included.


Fitness Difference for Seniors (Intermediate)

Join the fun! Class emphasizes movements for particular areas of the body. Exercises include strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, coordination, and body mechanics. Friday class features partner exercise, dancing, and more! Bring hand weights and a mat.


Cardio Salsa! (Beginning)

Cardio + Salsa + Merengue + Line Dancing = Fun! Learn the popular dances in the Latin beat. Add line dancing and swing and you have a dynamic cardio workout! Stretching and cool down exercises are included. Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.


Cardio Salsa! (Intermediate)

Engage in an aerobic workout while learning new dance steps and routines for physical fitness and performance. Learn the latest Latin dances: Salsa, Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Bachata. Update your Western Line-Dance routines, swing, and ballroom dance steps. This class is for those who have taken beginning Cardio Salsa or who have some experience in Latin or ballroom dance. Partners are not necessary. Warm-up and cool-down stretches are included. Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.


T'ai Chi-Qi Gong (Level 1)

Increase your strength, endurance, balance, and stress resilience. Learn various ancient Chinese Qi Gong exercises and the first part of the T'ai Chi Chu'an long form. Students must be able to stand throughout the class. Wear athletic shoes with a low grip.


T'ai Chi-Qi Gong (Level 2)

The Level 2 class is open to students who have taken the Level 1 Beginning class and are interested in continuing their practice of Qi Gong and T'ai Chi Chu'an Short Form. The class is designed to improve strength, balance, focus, and relaxation. Students are supported in cultivating life forece energy and incresing the flow of "chi" throughout the body. New postures will be added to the Yang Style Short Form sequence. Previously learned postures will be refined and reviewed. Students will be standing throughout the class. Wear low-grip shoes.


T'ai Chi-QI Gong (Level 3)

The Level 3 class is for students who have completed the Level 2 Intermediate class and are interested in continuing their practice of Qi Gong and T'ai Chi Chu'an. Students will deepen their skills in cultivating life forces energy and increasing the flow of "chi" throughout the body. The T'ai Chi Chu'an Short Form will be reviewed. New postures of the Yang Style Long Form will be introduced and practiced.


T'ai Chi-QI Gong (Level 4)

The Advanced Level 4 class is for students who have completed the Level 3 Intermediate class and are interested in mastering various forms of Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan and continuing their Qi Gong practice. Students will be supported in deepening their skills in cultivating life force energy and increasing the flow of "chi" throughout the body. Attention will be given to continous refinement of the Yang Style Short Form, Long Form and Fast Forms.


Yoga-Gentle Yoga

Yoga brings mind, body, and spirit together as one. Students learn basic postures for strength and agility. Gentle stretching exercises are included for building flexibiity. Breathing and relaxation techniques help improve focus and concentration.

 

Yoga- Level 1

Students learn classic yoga positions (asanas) with varying levels of difficulty. The focus is to continue to build balance, strength, and agility. Relaxation and breathing techniques are included.

 

Yoga- Level 2

This class is for students who have had previous training in yoga. It includes a progression of classic positions that may increase in difficulty to develop strength, stamina, and flexibility. Relaxation and breathing techniques are included.

 

Chair Yoga

Get the benefits of yoga in a class designed just for you. Yoga fitness exercises will be adapted to a seated position in a chair. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation techniques will be included. Gain greater flexibility, strength, and confidence from this new approach to the ancient science of yoga. Primarily seated exercises. Standing exercises are optional.

 

Yoga for Physical Fitness (Beginning)

Practice various yoga poses to improve your flexibility, balance, and strength. In coordination with deep breathing, increase your mental calmness, heighten body awareness, and reduce stress.

 

Yoga for Physical Fitness (Beginning/Easy Intermediate)

Practice various yoga poses for flexibility, balance, strength, mental calmness, body awareness, and stress reduction. This class is designed to be a notch up in intensity from the beginning class.

 

T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi Chuan is a slow-motion exercise program for relaxation and health. Learn the history, philosophy, and the basic moves of this ancient art for modern people. T'ai Chi is excellent exercise for stress reduction and relaxation. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

 

Reiki: Balance Your Energy & Balance Your Life

Each day seems to bring more stress until we feel out of control with no "down" time, resulting in negative health issues. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive way to get "back on track." This informational lecture provides a basic understanding of Reiki. Techniques will be demonstrated and class ends with a guided meditation.

 

Pilates

Pilates is a series of controlled exercises that condition the total body and mind, blending strength and flexibility. The course will teach students to improve their over all posture, create more long and lean muscles without bulking up, utilize proper breathing and form for exercises, be able to control their "powerhouse" i.e. abdominal and back core muscles. As a result, students will improve overall fitness, flexibility, and endurance.

 

Aerobic Exercise-Over 40 Shape-Up

No matter what shape you are in now, this is the place to improve your fitness level, stamina, strength, and muscle tone. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel.

 

Get Fit Fast

This individualized fitness program is designed to assisst students in understanding how to assess their own personal muscular weakness, provide exercises and movements for their personal strengthening, use their own body weight (no equipment or apparatus necessary), and "tweak" movements for their particular needs. Students also learn how to adjust movements from beginning to intermediate, and intermediate to advanced. Class is taught by a certified personal trainer with over 14 years of experience.

 

Walk for Health

Walk your way to better health along our beautiful coastline in this walking class specifically designed for seniors. Warm-up and cool down exercises are a part of each session. After registering, students meet at Miramar Park (at the corner of Miramar & Paseo de la Playa). No pets allowed.

 

Line Dance (Beginner)

Learn the basics of Line Dancing, by doing easy dances. You will learn the step patterns for dances including: Cowboy Hustle, Strait Cha Cha, Waltz Across Texas, Black Velvet, and many more. No partners necessary. Dress casual and have fun!

 

Lince Dance (Improver)

After learning the basics, move up to the next level of line dancing. Dances you will learn include: Tush Push, Watermelon Crawl, Boot Scootin' Boogie, and some newer dances. No partners necessary. Dress casual and have fun!

 

Zumba!

The next best thing to being at Carnival! Dance off the fat and flab to a sizzling Latin rhythm in an upbeat atmosphere. You've seen the ads on TV, so what ar you waiting for? Come join us at the dance party! Students will progress at their own pace. Bring water and wear exercise apparel.

 

Strength & Cardio Intervals for Body Scult & Fitness

This total body workout, if done consistently, increases muscle strength bone density, lean body mass, metabolism, improves coordination, and balance. All major muscle groups are engaged with the use of hand weights and floor exercises. Dance-like cardio intervals are performed to lively, motivating music to elevate the heart rate and burn calories. Get a total body workout while having fun! Includes mat exercises for abs and a stretching and cool-down period to relax the muscles and mind. Bring a mat and hand weights (3-5 lbs.). Wear loose clothing and athletic shoes.

 

Special Interests

 

Handweaving on a loom

Learn to make a one-of-a-kind scarf or fabric heirloom table linen, coverlet, or rug. Beginning to advanced students are welcome. NOTE: Take advantage of the Handweaving Workshop course to complete your unfinished handweaving projects (see class below).

 

Handweaving Workshop

Take advantage of this workshop to complete your unfinished handweaving projects. This course offers you additional time to put the finishing touches on your special design. You must already be registered for the Handweaving and Spinning course (see class above) to attend this course.

 

Antiques & Collectibles

Learn to identify and appraise a variety of antiques and collectibles. Do's and dont's of buying, researching "finds" and marketing them will be included in ths on-going class.

 

Write Your Life Story

Celebrities do it. Politicians do it. Why don't you? Write your life story only you know. Neither good grammar nor writing experience is necessary; memories are what count. Help preserve history by creating a family treasure. The experienced teacher makes it fun.

 

CPR Training & Certification

Get CPR certified- and be prepared to help provide assistance when someone is faced with a cardiac or breathing emergency. This one day seminar will provide all the information and hands-on training needed for students to be qualified to receive their certification in CPR training.

 

Campus Security Training

This class meets the requirements of SB 1626 & Ed Code 38001.5. Participants will learn about all of the roles and responsibilities of being a school security officer. Topics include laws and liability, security awareness in an educational enviornment, the dynamics of student behavior, mediation and conflict resolution, and procedures for disasters and/or emergency situations. The course also prepares participants for the examination needed to qualify for certification.

 

Blueprint for Workplace Success

This course is designed to ensure that individuals are well-prepared for the workplace. It provides a new set of competencies and a foundation to enjoy a full and productive life. Self-discovery, managing time effectively, communication skills, interviewing skills, and most importantly-keeping your dream job-are all covered in this seminar. Course cost includes materials.

 

Floral Design-Basic

Enhance basic floral designs with artistic style and flair. Let colorful seasonal textures and fragrances inspire you to create a special fresh flower arrangement for your home, gifts, holidays, and events. Stundents provide flowers, some tools and supplies.

 

Floral Design-Intermediate/Advanced

This class features floral elements in trendy configurations with unusual materials and creative containers. Each semester celebrates the colors and themes of the season. Students provide flowers, some tools, and supplies.

 

Floral Training-Intermediate

This is the second of a three-term program to work as a skilled employee in a flower shop or a home based business. Students learn to arrange, buy, condition, store, and sell flowers. Students provide tools/supplies. Bring scissors to the first class.

 

Tours

 

The Manor

Our evening begins with a brief, early stop at the Century City Shopping Center for browsing and a snack or meal on your own at your choice of several eateries there. Then we will proceed to the living room of the Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills where the production of The Manor will begin. As we follow actors through the rooms of the mansion, we will learn of this prominent family's connection to the Teapot Dome scandal, to murder, and to madness. If traffice and time permit, we may have the opportunity to enjoy the grounds and gardens of this magnificent estate. Comfortable shoes are recommended. There will be a 15 minute intermission with light snacks available for a donation. Usually, this play is produced for two seasons each year, but this year there will be only this January "run" so this production will be our only chance to see The Manor this year!

 

Ragtime at Center Stage Theatre in Fontana

Ragtime is a sweeping portrait of early 20th century America, telling the story of three families in pursuit of the American Dream. This musical is based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel and has won a Tony and many other awards, (and Time Magazine highly praised it.) Our evening starts with a sit-down, waiter served dinner followed by the show. After you are successfully registered for the tour, you must call the Griffith Adult Center office at (310) 533-4689 x 8300, to make your entree selection. Our dinner show meal includes a fresh dinner salad, dinner rolls, vegetables with potato or rice, coffee, iced tea, unlimited soda, dessert, and your choice of one of the following entrees: filet mignon, almond crusted mahi-mahi, Chicken Madeira. You may also chose the vegetarian option of penne pasta, with roasted vegetables (potato and side vegetables are not included with this option). More than a dinner and more than a performance, it's a delicious meal with impeccable service and a fabulous show in an upscale setting. The building, a former 1930s one-screen movie theater, has undergone a multimillion dollar renovation and is ready to host Ragtime.