Seniors/Older adult classes

Enrichment

Conversational Spanish

Learn Spanish to communicate with your neighbors in our diverse community, and make new friends, too! This fun class, taught in a nurturing setting by a very patient, experienced instructor, teaches you simple phrases to help you speak in Spanish, while learning grammar and writing. 

Instructor: A. De La Quintana
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Cypress Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1901.302 Free Mon, 10–11 a.m. Jan 9–Mar 27
1901.402 Free Mon, 10–11 a.m. Apr 10–Jun 26

Drawing and painting for seniors

We provide the supplies for you to practice your skills in drawing and painting while learning new ones. All levels of experience are welcome in this safe, non–judgmental class. Mediums we use are pencil, charcoal, watercolor, pastels and acrylics. Registration required.

Instructor: J. Thomson
Location: Menlo Park Library – Senior Annex

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1982.301 Free Mon, 10–11:30 a.m. Jan 9–Mar 27
1982.402 Free Mon, 10–11:30 a.m. Apr 10–Jun 26

Mind exercises

We have ongoing informal card games, chess, checkers, dominoes and puzzles to challenge you, exercise your mind and expand your knowledge. Have fun while you interact with others and improve your skills playing billiards. Don’t miss out on the entertainment and good times with friends! No mind exercises on Brown Bag Days (2nd and 4th Thursday of each month).

Instructor: Staff
Location: Menlo Park Library – Senior Annex

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
n/a Free Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.– 2 p.m. Jan 3–Jun 30

Sewing and crafts

This class is designed for adults who would like to learn basic sewing techniques, as well as to create simple and easy craft projects. Make something to take home weekly. Registration required.

Instructor: J. Thomson
Location: Menlo Park Library – Senior Annex

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1905.301 Free Fri, 10–Noon Jan 13–Mar 31
1905.401 Free Fri, 10–Noon Apr 14–Jun 30

Technology roundtable for seniors

Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop and learn how to work with them. This bilingual, patient teacher will walk you through every step of the way so you feel comfortable using your technology. Maximum 6 students per class.

Instructor: A. De La Quintana
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Elm Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1990.302 Free Fri,  9:30–10:30 a.m. Jan 13–Mar 31
1990.402 Free Fri,  9:30–10:30 a.m. Apr 14–Jun 30

Travel around the world in a day!

No need to get a visa or passport! Stay in your seats while we travel throughout the world. Each Friday we will “visit” a new country and hear about the country we are visiting from our travel guide. In Spanish and English. Registration required.

Instructor: D. Fillin
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1940.301 Free Fri, 11:15 a.m.–Noon Jan 13–Mar 31
1940.401 Free Fri, 11:15 a.m.–Noon Apr 14–Jun 30

Fitness/dance

Strong for life

Through a collaborative partnership with Stanford Hospital, you are invited to an exercise class which will help you with your balance, doing daily activities and more! Registration required.

Instructor: Stanford Hospital staff
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1934.301 Donation requested Fri, 9–10 a.m. Jan 13–Mar 31
1934.401 Donation requested Fri, 9–10 a.m. Apr 14–Jun 30

Line dancing

We do line dancing to R&B and hip–hop music as a great form to exercise, relieve stress and have lots of fun. Easy dance steps! No partners needed.

Instructor: J. Croft
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Maple Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1944.301 Donation requested First and third Thu,
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Jan 12–Mar 30
1944.401 Donation requested

First and third Thu,
10:30–11:30 a.m.

Apr 13–Jun 29

Folklorico

A fun way to learn all about the cultural dances of México. Improve your technique, poise, self– confidence and creative ability as well as deepening your understanding of and appreciation for the rich and colorful heritage that each dance represents. Performance opportunities each quarter in front of live audience. 

Instructor: P. Barrera
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1955.301 Free Tue, 10–11 a.m. Jan 10–Mar 28
1955.401 Free Tue, 10–11 a.m. Apr 11–Jun 27

Yoga chair and stand

While sitting or standing, experience easy strengthening and relaxation techniques. Improve your balance and stamina as we enjoy listening to classic tunes and learning gentle, modified yoga poses. Registration required.

Instructor: P. Mayal
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1958.301 Free Tue, 11–11:45 a.m. Jan 10–Mar 27
1958.401 Free Tue, 11–11:45 a.m. Apr 11–Jun 27

Chair exercise

This is an energetic, upbeat chair exercise class that is sure to get your body moving. A great workout for all levels of fitness enthusiasts.

Instructor: P. Barrera
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1957.301 Free Mon, 9–10 a.m. Jan 9–Mar 27
1957.401 Free Mon, 9–10 a.m. Apr 10–Jun 26

Chair dancing

Let’s sit down and dance! We put on the music, and guide you with the moves…You bring your smile and get ready to dance. From Samba, to Fox trot, from Ballet to Jazz, we will be dancing the morning away!

Instructor: G. Garcia
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1960.301 Free Tue, 9:15–10 a.m. Jan 10–Mar 28
1960.401 Free Tue, 9:15–10 a.m. Apr 11–Jun 27

Wellness

Fellowship Circle - Spanish

Safe place to get your questions answered, and feel empowered with the knowledge you gain through discussions. Join this friendly Spanish speaking group and feel connected.

Instructor: A. De La Quintana
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1902.302 Free Mon, 11 a.m.–Noon
Fri, 10:30–11 a.m.
Jan 9–Mar 27
Jan 13–Mar 31
1902.402 Free

Mon, 11 a.m.–Noon
Fri, 10:30–11 a.m.

Apr 10–Jun 26
Apr 14–Jun 30

Meditation and acupressure

Using acupressure points for pain and stress management, learn how easy it is to bring peace to your mind and body. While seated, you will use your own hands to press some of the most therapeutic acupressure points on your head, arms and legs, which can relieve pain, allergies, insomnia and strengthen your immune system. Registration required.

Instructor: P. Mayall
Location: Arrillaga Family Recreation Center – Sequoia Room

Class code Fees Day/time Session dates
1959.301 Free Wed, 11 a.m.–Noon

Jan 11–Mar 29

1959.401 Free Wed, 11 a.m.–Noon Apr 12–Jun 28