Senior Activities, Classes and Events
Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease Program
This exercise program can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without increased pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease.
Motivate yourself to get in great shape
Walk safely and comfortably
Improve your flexibility, strength and stamina
Reduce pain and feel great
The hour-long classes are at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Nov. 9.
Space is limited. Register today at 949-470-3062.
Digital Photography with Art Ramirez
This class will teach you how to get the most from your digital camera. The class is on Monday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Oct. 29. Cost is $10 per class or $40 for five classes.
Making Moments Count
Attend this free viewing of “Making the Moments Count,” a new video presentation for caregivers of loved ones suffering from dementia at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. 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. Register at 949-470-3062.
Vaccination Workshop for Seniors
Learn of the current vaccination guidelines, types of vaccines (including influenza and shingles), vaccine benefits, contradictions and more from Melody Davidson of St. Joseph Health – Mission Hospital at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Register for this free class at 949-470-3062.
In this free program that takes place on Thursday at 4 p.m. from Oct. 4 through Nov. 15, you will refresh your awareness of two founding U.S. documents: The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Bob Hayes will guide these free seminars as well as provide documents and handouts. Register at 949-470-3062.
Learn to love your computer each Friday with instructor Don Newton’s help.
Computer Basics – at 12:30 p.m. on October 5
Intro to the Internet – at 10 a.m. on October 12
Internet Shortcuts and Facebook – at 10 a.m. on October 19
Cost is $15 per class. Register at 470-3062.
It’s Your $
This series guided by Peter Kote offers objective education about your money; safe fixed income investments; annuities, mutual funds, and long-term care insurance. The program is on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5-26. There are no sales of products or services.
Registration is available for this free class by calling 949-470-3062.
Holiday Jewel Tree
Design and create a lasting treasure from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 8 and Oct. 11. Bring costume jewelry (or purchase some here to support cancer research) to make a 6” or 12” cone tree. Space is limited so register for this free class today by calling 949-470-3062.
Trained professionals by AAA will lead you through a checklist with your vehicle and recommend adjustments and adaptations that could make your vehicle safer and fit you better. Appointments for this free program are available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call 949-470-3062 to register.
Blood Sugar Screening
Get a Diabetes check by appointment between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. (Fasting is recommended prior to blood test; water and medications only.) This free service is provided by Adult Public Health Nursing Services. Appointments are 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.
Mark Thorndyke, a recreation coordinator for the City, will discuss the importance of exercise for the diabetic at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. Register for the free class at 949-470-3062.
Senior Transportation Workshop
Presenters from OCTA Access, Agewell, OCTAP, California Yellow Cab, Dayle McIntosh Center, the City’s Dial -A-Taxi and the Go Local Program will provide information to those no longer driving at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. Reservations for this free program are available at 949-470-3062.
Elks Dinner Dance
Enjoy a no-host bar, dinner, live dance music and prizes sponsored by the local Elks Lodge #2444 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets, which are $7, must be purchased at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center by Oct. 19. Register online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2930.
Medicare RX Drug Coverage
The Medicare RX Drug Coverage course at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 will help you prepare for the Medicare Annual Election Period October 15 to December 7. Topics include Drug Coverage Basics; Eligibility & Enrollment; Comparing and Choosing Plans; Coverage Determination and Appeals; Extra Help and Cost Saving Strategies. The free program is presented by HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program.) Reservations are available by calling 949-470-3062.
How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Tired of tossing and turning? As we age, bodily functions change and we may experience sleep disturbances.
On Oct. 25 at 10 a.m., Dr. Erin Parise will share helpful tips and steps to take to ensure a restful night of sleep. This free program is sponsored by Monarch Health Care. Call 949-470-3062 to make a reservation.
Thyroid Disease and Aging
Thyroid disorders increase with age and affect heart rate, mood, emotions, energy, hunger, weight, sleep, condition of skin and hair and more. Dr. Bogi Andersen, UC Irvine Healthcare, will discuss the various diseases of the thyroid, causes, symptoms and complications at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Learn how thyroid disease is diagnosed and treatments to relieve symptoms. Register at 949-470-3062.
Community Classes and Events
The Weight of the Nation, Oct. 3
This film premiered on HBO and is a four-part documentary series focusing on the obesity epidemic. The documentary will provide insight into the complex set of factors that influence physical activity, diet and weight. The free program starts at 6 p.m. tonight and includes a panel discussion and Q&A after the film.
Cake Decorating for Beginners
Learn the art of cake decorating on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. At the end of this class, you will be able to decorate a cake with stunning roses, leaves, floral sprays, grapes, shells, borders, clowns, stars and more. This is a great class for fun or to pursue a career in professional cake decorating. Material kit includes basic tips, flower nail, practice board, couplers, decorating bags, icing and more. Students need to bring in a 3′ high 8′ round white cake on a 10′ round cake board. Cost is $29 plus a $30 lab fee payable to instructor. Register online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2902.
Line Dance Party
Professional line-dance instructor Mel Branham leads all levels of line dancers on Friday, Oct. 26. Beginners start at 6:30, with intermediate dancers following at 8 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door.
Introduction to Photoshop
Bring your laptop computer with any version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements on it on Monday at 7 p.m. from Oct. 29-Dec. 10 and learn to enhance and retouch your digital photographs. Cost is $97. Register online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2918.
Pre-school (Age 3 ½ – 5)
Encourage your preschooler’s enthusiasm for drawing from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 30-Dec. 4. Young Rembrandts introduces drawing lessons that will excite your budding artist. Learning to draw basic shapes is an essential building block for every artist. The lady bug and gumball machine provide excellent practice for drawing circle shapes. From there, lessons become more challenging. The clown puppet and Frankenstein monster are great introductions to character drawings. Other drawings like the delicious candy bag and beautiful fall scene will strengthen your child’s compositional skills. Cost is $70. Register at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2872.
Cartoon (Age 6-12)
Does your child have a great sense of humor to compliment his or her artistic skills? If so, he or she will love this Young Rembrandts Cartoon class from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30-Dec. 4. In goofy animal drawings, students will learn how to personify animals, transforming them into cartoon characters. The importance of facial exaggeration and body gesture will be showcased in our illustrations featuring baseball characters and ogre expressions. Give your child the gift of learning and artistry. Instructor: Young Rembrandts staff.
Cost is $70. Register online at econnect.cityofmissionviejo.org by referencing course #2874.