Active Adults 55+

The Castro Valley Adult and Career Education offers classes on our 4430 Alma Ave. campus and at the Kenneth C. Aitken Senior Community Center, 17800 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, 510-881-6738 as noted on each class.

Register at the Castro Valley Adult and Career Education office, online, phone, fax or mail for all classes. Students must be registered before class to ensure we have the minimum number of students required.

Learn lead sheet playing on the piano or keyboard in this beginning level class. This class will focus on style and variation in performance technique and will cover chord symbols, bass line, and melody. Each class begins with a brief theory lesson and review of musical concepts followed by individual help from the instructor.

This slow-paced, hands-on course provides a solid foundation for the beginning computer user. Students will explore many of the typical uses of computers at home and in the workplace while using Windows operating system.

Learn more about Windows operating system, including files and folders review, saving and storing your documents, Internet, Web, and email.

A slower-paced exercise class with lots of chair exercises. We also do stretches, strength training with light weights and balancing standing next to a chair. No floor exercises. We do low impact aerobic dancing during the last 15 minutes of class. Wear comfortable clothes and bring weights. (Moderate Workout)

This class includes stretching, low impact aerobics, dancing, strength training with light weights, and floor exercises. Wear comfortable clothes and bring weights and exercise mat. You may attend for both hours or 8:00-9:00 or 9:00-10:00 (Moderate/Strenuous workout).

The Advanced Memory Academy is for students who have already taken The Memory Academy I and II and wish to continue strengthening and developing their mind and body. Activities will push our brains to work in new ways and will challenge each person physically toward their next level of fitness.

This Spring we will look into how birds convert from basic to alternate plumages; as well as how Fall immature develop into adult plumages. Techniques of recording field observations and journal notations will be reviewed. Bird study emphasis will include selected water birds, woodpeckers, thrushes, and sparrows.

Session One focuses on changes that normally come with age and how to adapt to them. Students will master techniques for remembering names and numbers, learn about the latest research for empowered aging, and how to maintain brain health and independence.

Have fun learning about health, fitness, and nutrition basics from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective in this short 6-session course. Learn about the principles underpinning the practice of Dayan Qigong while also learning how to take care of yourself within the context of year-round seasonal changes. Define and clarify the complementary strengths and contrasts between Eastern & Western healthcare approaches.

This 8-week course gives former students a boost to their practice and helps new students develop greater confidence. This 2-hour class format provides enough time for warm-ups, group practice, and individual coaching to review, refine, and build confidence in your ability to practice on your own over the summer.

All art media explored. A self-paced class geared to the student’s own personal level of ability. Areas of instruction include: composition, perspective, color mixing, use of values, use of line, texture, and perspective.

Beginners are encouraged and welcome to this performance based, group class. Learn to play your favorite song on the piano, or keyboard. Using lead sheets, this class will focus on style and variation in performance technique and will cover chord symbols, bass line, melody and basic lead sheet reading. Each class begins with a brief introduction and review of musical concepts followed by individual help from the instructor.

Ever wondered why music theory didn’t make sense? The key to learning basic music theory is to learn and use the same systems that all musicians use. FEAR NOT! This hands on class continues from where Winter term left off – BUT, no one will be turned away or left behind.