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 winter semester 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.

Ever wonder 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 Fall term left off— but, no one will be turned away or left behind.

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.

Have you ever wondered...

  • How to share your pictures with friends and family?
  • How to see family and friends on Facebook?

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 that provide novelty, variety and challenge will push our brains and bodies to work in new ways and will challenge each person physically toward their level of fitness. The latest research on memory and aging will be discussed.

Session 2 will educate students on what each part of the brain does and what keeps it strong and healthy. Each student builds their own resource binder filled with nutritional interventions to reduce the effects of aging and stress on the brain and body from respected and scholarly sources.

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.

Learn the second half of 1st Set Wild Goose (Dayan) Qigong in this 10-week, Thursday class. Includes warm-up exercises and gentle stretching, self-care massage, meditation, and practice of the 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.

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 welcome. Learn to play your favorite song on the piano, organ, or keyboard. This class will focus on the Standards form 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.