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 to make the class go. Adults under 55 may enroll in classes on a space available basis for a registration fee indicated in the course description.

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.

Ever have a question about computers that just never seems to get asked in class? This is the class for you! The content for this class is entirely driven by the needs of the students who enroll. We will entertain ALL computer questions and give assistance for whatever you are struggling with.

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 aerobic dancing, strength training with light weights, and floor exercises. Wear comfortable clothes and bring weights and exercise mat. (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 such as cryptographs will push our brains to work in new ways and will challenge each person physically toward their next level of fitness.

For this Spring Semester we will review the habitats and typical birds of the world’s bio-regions – from ocean islands, to temperate and tropical forests, to mountains, to deserts, to polar waters, and more. We will also look at causes of the decline and extinction of so many species in these realms. Special attention will be paid to the arrival and departure of Spring migrants, which will be a focus for Field Trips (to include Point Reyes National Seashore).

Session I 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 learn how to maintain brain health and independence.

For new, beginning, and advanced students. Returning students can stay sharp during the summer, new students can get a taste of the program.

Learn the second half of 1st Set Wild Goose (Dayan) Qigong in this 7-week, Thursday class. Includes warm-up exercises and gentle stretching, self-care massage, meditation, and practice of the entire 1st Set. Appropriate for beginning and intermediate students. Great class for people of all ages and abilities. Activities can be done from a seated or standing position. Excellent class for improving strength, flexibility, concentration, memory, coordination, and general well being.

This short 8-week class emphasizes confidence, practice, and body mechanics. Former students will get a boost to their practice, and seasoned intermediate-level students will deepen their understanding and develop more confidence. Same 2-hour format will cover all of warm-ups, massage, practice, and meditation practices, with added “instant-replay video” as an added tool for enhancing class focus on personal coaching.

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. All levels of ability welcome. Occasional field trips. Material list available at first class meeting.

All levels welcome. Learn to play your favorite song on the piano, organ, or keyboard. 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.

This class is for adults who are proficient in sight reading and enjoy playing the big band sounds of the 1930s and ‘40s. The musical library of over 300 arrangements are for two Alto, two Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones, four Trumpets, four Trombones, Piano, String Bass, Guitar and Drums. Alto’s and Tenor’s who double on Clarinet or Flute are a plus. Vocalists are also welcome to try out. The band will perform two concerts per year. Interested musicians must make an appointment with the director through the Adult School for an interview and/or audition before enrolling.

Come play great music! The Chamber Orchestra will perform three concerts during the year, provide outreach to enthuse students in music and build community support for the performing arts. If you are an intermediate to advanced player, the Chamber Orchestra will be a fulfilling musical experience and a fun way to bring great music to the community. Members are chosen by audition and instrument needs for the next performance.

If you love music and play an instrument, come join the Community Band! This traditional concert band performs at least four concerts per year, and is the featured band for the Annual Rowell Ranch Parade (we are seated, not marching!) The band performs classical music as well as marches, show tunes and pops. A great way to keep up your skills, develop new skills on a second instrument and make new friends who share your musical interests. Intermediate and advanced players welcome. See our website: