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.
Have you ever wondered about:
- 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)
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 Winter Semester we will examine the myriad of environmental stresses birds are (or are not) adapted to, esp. hot to cold. We will also take a look at some of the developments in Bird Art – from: "caves, tombs, and lithographs" - "fowls, owls, and parrots" - and "Gould, Lear, Audubon, Jackon, Adamson, and Peeters," - and to Art in our Field Guides. Migratory birds groups will be emphasized in the examples selected and the Field Trips chosen; e.g., tube-noses, alcids, raptors, thrushes, sparrows.
Explore the dynamic freedom of slow-movement exercise and gentle stretching while learning one of China’s oldest healthcare practices. Part A focuses on the beginning principles and the first 34 movements of Wild Goose Qigong form. Each class includes basic warm-up exercises, gentle stretching, meditation & stress management tips. Learn how this 10-minutes a day practice can make a big difference in your strength, vitality and balance.
Have fun learning about health, fitness, and nutrition basics from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective in this short 6 session course. Learn how to take care of yourself within the context of year-round seasonal changes, and define the complementary strengths and contrasts of Eastern & Western healthcare approaches. This content driven, interactive class includes a few easy homework assignments, light movement, range-of-motion stretching, and acupressure massage activities.
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 deals specifically with the Standards 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 at: www.CastroValleyBand.com