Senior Adult Classes


Tuesdays, April 10-June 5, 2018 (9 weeks)
12:30-2:30 P.M.

In a highly interactive, lively classroom environment, students will continue to develop their comfort level in speaking and understanding Spanish while learning to discuss many aspects of Hispanic pastimes, household chores, health and illnesses, accidents and the pressures of real life. The student’s knowledge of Spanish culture continues to grow while learning about countries like Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, etc. The imperfect tense, the superlatives, relative pronouns and the expression of reciprocal actions are among the grammar topics covered in the course.

Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 + additional book and materials fee may apply.
No refunds unless JCC cancels.

Tuesdays, April 10-June 5, 2018 (9 weeks)
3:00-5:00 P.M.

This class is a natural progression from the Pre-Intermediate Spanish course. It will systematically introduce further verb tenses, more vocabulary and focus more on structures that can be expanded to be used in a variety of situations such as talking about obligations, obtaining information through interrogatives, telling others about oneself and understanding short stories. This course will provide students with the confidence to establish very good pronunciation of the Spanish language. This class is designed for students who have some understanding of Spanish and a mastery of themes taught through the Pre-Intermediate course.

Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 + additional book and materials fee may apply.
No refunds unless JCC cancels.

Qi Gong Spring Season

April 9-June 18 (9 weeks, no classes May 21, 28), Mondays
10:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Qi Gong (or Chi exercise) has been shown to help reduce stress, improve balance and coordination and lead to a great sense of well-being. The practice consists of slow paced, rhythmic, simple to learn movements, breathing patterns and self-healing techniques.

Drop-in price per class meeting: $7.50; JCC Member Price: $6.25
Sorry, No Refunds Unless JCC Cancels


Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 A.M.
June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25

Who do you turn to when you have questions about your computer and/or smartphone? Your grandkids? Never fear if they’re not here, we have teens for you! Whether you want to make font sizes larger on your screen and phone, establish a Skype or Facebook account, learn word processing tips, set up email, take photos with your phone, or whatever, come learn from the younger generation how it is done on your device!

This free service is a collaboration between the JCC Senior & Teen Departments, the JCC's Teen Leadership Council, and Camp Jaycee CITs.

RSVP in advance to Senior Dept., (858) 362-1141 with the date(s) you would like to attend and the type of device with which you need assistance. Bring your charged device and questions.

Aerobics for Everyone (all ages)

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, 9:15 - 10:10 A.M.
Improve your cardiovascular fitness, range of motion, flexibility, endurance, and energy level.
Gotthelf Dance Studio
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

Feldenkrais (all ages)

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 A.M.
Improve posture, flexibility and coordination.
Gotthelf Dance Studio
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

Aqua Aerobics (all ages)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 A.M.
Bring your swimsuit and towel and get ready for a water workout!
Friedenberg Olympic Pool
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

Core and Balance

Tuesdays, 10:15-10:45 A.M.
Strengthen your core and improve your balance ability through standing and seated exercises. You'll increase your overall body awareness, core strength, and balance, which will improve confidence in performing everyday activities.
Gotthelf Dance Studio
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

Stretch for Flexibility

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:15 - 10:10 A.M.
Reduce tension in your body by elongating your muscles. This class combines a variety of stretching techniques to open up your body. Adding stretching to your life will prevent muscular strain, tearing, and general soreness. Wear comfy clothes. JCC provides mats if you don't have one.
Gotthelf Dance Studio
Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337


Free Classes

Offered through San Diego Community College Continuing Ed (Emeritus 55+ program).
The following classes are held at the Lawrence Family JCC.

Spring Semester: January 31-June 7, 2018
Summer Semester: June 11-August 17, 2018 (Note: not all classes meet over the summer and those that do may not meet for the entire session)
Please visit the San Diego Community College Continuing Education website at for more details. Instructors will have enrollment forms and/or online access codes the first few weeks of classes.

Check with instructors for alternate meeting sites or dates when the JCC is closed for Jewish holidays.

Figure Study & Still Life Drawing

Mondays, 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. (through June 4; not meeting over summer)

Study line, mass, proportion and value, space and composition using a variety of pencils, charcoal & brush.

Piano Keyboard Lessons

Explore your musical talent through learning the fundamentals of piano techniques, musical expression and styles, theory and ear training, recital preparation and experience.

Piano 1 for Adult - Beginners
Mondays, 8:45-11:15 A.M. (through June 4)
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 P.M.
(June 21-July 26)
This class is intended for students with little or no piano experience. 

Piano 2 for Adult - Intermediate & Advanced
Mondays, 12:00 P.M.-3:30 P.M. (through June 4)
Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00 P.M. (Intermediate meets June 19-July 24 for summer session)
Wednesdays, 4:30-7:00 P.M.
(Advanced meets June 20-July 25 for summer session)
This class is suitable for students with previous piano experience. 

Watercolor Painting

Tuesdays, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (through June 5, then meets July 10-31 for summer)

Study watercolor fundamentals including color, composition and design, then focus will be on working with the 5 Elements.

Music Appreciation

Tuesdays, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. (through May 29 with instructor Claudia Tornsaufer)
Fridays, 10:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
(for summer: June 15-August 17 with instructor Ron Franklin)

Study and appreciate different composers, hear and see great classical music performed.

World Literature

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M. (through June 5; summer session- June 12-August 14)

Explore a variety of literature types and themes. Discussions will engage class in a larger conversation of what is at stake in literature and the world we inhabit and imagine.

Joy of Opera

Wednesdays, 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. (through June 6; not meeting in summer- see Music Appreciation instead)

Discover operas from Monteverdi's times to present, enjoy studying complete operas through video and audio.

Nutrition for Healthy Living

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00 P.M. (through June 6; not meeting in summer)

Find a healthy nutritional balance for life in these science-based lectures to help prevent chronic diseases, reduce premature death, and improve health and vitality.

Law and the Retiree/Current Events

Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. (through June 7; summer session- June 14-August 23)

Lively discussion lead by attorney/former newscaster on contemporary topics of interest to seniors, including: healthcare and news regarding Social Security and Medicare, new laws and proposals for changes (including taxes and estate planning), foreign affairs (including Israel), future elections and ballot propositions, and recent court decisions of interest to seniors, to name but a few of the hot topics we will have fun to explore in this class with our neutral moderator.

Sumi-E Japanese Brush Painting

Thursdays, 11:15 A.M.-2:15 P.M. (through June 7, then meets for summer session June 21-July 26)

Learn Japanese brush painting, develop Zenga and spontaneity with flowers, animals, and more.

Online Music & Opera Appreciation

Monday, June 11, 4:00-7:00 P.M. (meets one time for registration & orientation)

Online music course explores background of composers, their times and compositions from late Baroque to early Romantic periods. Enhance your enjoyment of the S.D. Opera and Met HD productions by better understanding each opera, its background, musical particulars, composer and times. Includes listening to samples and weekly online sessions. Meet for registration for one or both classes and learn how to navigate and continue in your own home at your own pace.