Kick off August by registering for a host of free and low-cost programs and events at the Norman P. Murray and Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way.
Senior Activities, Classes and Events
Keep Your Driver’s License
The Department of Motor Vehicles believes that education plays a key role in maintaining safe driver mobility. Richard Kohr, DMV ombudsman, will discuss the importance of physical and mental abilities, correcting driving impairments, good driving strategies and when to transition from driving in this free program at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 2. Registration is available by calling 949-470-3062.
Making Moments Count
Attend a free viewing of “Making the Moments Count,” a new video presentation for caregivers of loved ones suffering from dementia. Prepared and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, this “how to” presentation by Patty Mouton can lighten the load, hearts and spirits of those giving care. The program is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 2.
Stones, Groans & Moans
How do you know when you have gall stones? UC Irvine surgeon Dr. Arman N. Demirijian MD will discuss diagnosis, treatment and prevention during this free program on Thursday, August 9 at 10 a.m. Registration is available by calling 949-470-3062.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Irvine is a community of seasoned adults, retired and semi-retired, who promote intellectual growth and social interaction. OLLI offers courses in literature, history, science, the arts and more. Hear about the program and get a sneak peek at what’s on tap for the fall semester at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14. Registration for this free program is available by calling 949-470-3062.
Living Well with Diabetes
Local health care professionals present timely information to help diabetics live life to the fullest.
On Thursday, August 16, Dr. Bill Liu will discuss “pharmaceuticals” at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required by calling 949-470-3062.
Luau Lunch Party
Wear your muumuu or Hawaiian shirt for a lunchtime island visit that includes tasty fare, music and Ross Costa playing your favorite Hawaiian tunes at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 17. Register by August 14 to 949-470-3063. There is a $4 suggested donation for seniors 60+ to attend and the cost is $5.50 for the general public.
Saddleback College Emeritus Classes Fall Semester Begins Monday August 20
Registration information is available by calling 949-582-4835 for a host of classes held at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center. Topics include the following:
Introduction to Creative Writing
Film as Literature
Quilting and Patchwork
Intro to Opera
For the Love of Music
Voice and Rhythms
Current Issues in Government
Beginning Practical Spanish
Orthopedic Clinical Specialists from Balance Rehabilitations, Inc. offer free 7-minute balance screening and consultations for health maintenance. The next free screening is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21. An appointment is required and available by calling 470-3062.
Know Your Criminal Justice System
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has instituted a countywide initiative to help citizens better understand the criminal justice system and resources available to potential victims and witnesses of crimes. On Thursday, August 23, Assistant District Attorney Ted Burnett will discuss elder abuse and areas of fraud including common scams criminals use to steal from vulnerable elders. The free program starts at 1 p.m. Registration is required and available by calling 949-470-3062.
Enjoy a luau dining experience by Akioni Caterers along with traditional island dancers at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 26. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2837 or by calling 949-470-3062. Tickets are $12.
Community Classes and Events
Breakfast with Gary and Kelly
Join this popular radio duo on Saturday, August 25 for a livecast starting at 9 a.m. that will feature a special guest. The audience will be admitted for the 10 a.m. to noon portion, and the final hour will be videotaped for later broadcast on the City’s MVTV Channel 30 and Saddleback College Channel 39 on the Cox Cable system. Admission is free but seating is limited. For more information on the Radio on TV monthly series and how to become part of the audience for the August 25 show, tune to 88.5 KSBR or visit www.KSBR.org. (Please note that while the name of the show is “Breakfast with Gary and Kelly,” it really is just the name of the show, and the only food being served is coffee and perhaps some muffins.)
Relaxing Flow Yoga
This 60-minute sequence is for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. De-stress your mind and deeply relax your body while improving your flexibility. This program, which runs from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays from August 14-October 16, is great for people who are stressed, have anxiety or trouble sleeping. Cost is $60 for a 5-pack of classes or $100 for 10.
Energizing Flow Yoga
This wonderful program is for students of all levels seeking a peaceful yet enhancing yoga experience. You will deeply connect with your body, energize yourself, gain strength and flexibility and rejoice in the bliss of feeling renewed, grounded and peaceful. The class is on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. August 14-October 16. Cost is $60 for a 5-pack of classes or $100 for 10.
Shoot Better Digital Photos Workshop
Confused by all the information in your owner’s manual? If so, take this hands-on workshop on Saturday, August 25 and explore the potential of your digital camera and learn how to use your camera’s setting to turn your snapshots into high-quality photographs. Bring your camera and manual.
The class is for ages 16 and older. Cost is $45 and registration is available at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2832.
Cartoon Zoo Workshop
Learn cartoon expressions, movement, exaggeration and sequencing to tell a joke while drawing. Children ages 6-12 will complete several cartoon drawings each day. Supplies will be provided. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday August 6-9. Cost is $76 and registration is available at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2827. Information is also available at www.youngrembrandts.com.
Move to the Beat of Your Heart
This hour-long dance program, which takes place at 4:30 p.m. on August 8 and August 22, is designed to give children ages 11-18 with special needs the opportunity to express themselves through the art of dance and build confidence for everyday life. Cost is $5 and registration is available online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2812.