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Courses and Workshops

Courses and Workshops Listed In Chronological Order

To sign up for a course or workshop, please call (858) 459-0831

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 8 Week Course
Designed to teach mindful awareness, self-kindness and self-compassion skills.
MSC is an empirically-supported, 8-week program based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, Ph.D., University of Texas and the clinical expertise of Chris Germer, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Health Alliance. Research demonstrates that MSC is strongly associated with emotional well-being and can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. MSC is designed to teach core principles and strategies to recognize difficult situations and to respond with greater stress resilience and self-kindness. In-class activities include brief talks, experiential exercises, and group discussions. You can find more info on the course online or at the LJCC. Instructor: Susan Knier, Licensed Occupational Therapist, Education Specialist, & Project Manager.
Thu, Jan 26 – Mar 16, 2017, 5:15 – 7:15pm.
$125/M, $165/NM. Registration required. Space is limited

Craft Hour: Pop-Up Cards and Paper Structures
A special kind of creative magic awaits you in this workshop. You will learn basic on-the-fold pop-up structures, then progress through a series of more surprising three-dimensional constructions. These can be included in book formats or work alone as paper sculptures. Materials included.
Every Thursday in February, 2pm. $5/M, $10/NM. Registration required.

The Mind Fit Series
Mind Fit is a 1 hour, weekly class focused on Brain Health. Just as it is important for adults to manage physical health through regular exercise, there are many pro-active steps that can be taken to manage brain health.  This series is both informative and interactive and provides participants with research-based information on brain healthy diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors such as stress reduction. The main focus of the class is cognitive stimulation through exercises that target various domains of cognition including: Memory, Executive Functioning, Language, Visual Spatial Perception and Attention. An additional brain health component of the Mind Fit classes is the social component of a group setting where participants can socialize and share life experiences. Sponsored by Home Care Assistance.
Thu, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23. 11:30am. Free, open to all.

Ukulele Class with James Clarkston
Learn the chords, strumming, and melodies for the month’s songs – with the goal of playing the songs at the end of each class as an ensemble. James Clarkston’s style of teaching is all about learning in a fun and relaxed environment. It’s all about the joy of making music! 4 classes and monthly music book included with fee.
Fri, Feb 3, 10 17, 24, 10:45-11:45am.

$80/M, $90/NM. Registration Required. Limited to 10 participants.

Art Class: How to Start a Painting!
Learn beginner techniques in an upbeat environment! Class will concentrate on shape, value and color using acrylics. Not artistic? Don’t worry, Jackie will guide you through step by step. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. A new painting is started every week. Class taught by Jackie Warfield. Cost includes materials. All levels welcome.
Mon, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27. 10:30am-12:30pm. Registration required.
Pre-purchase: $20/M, $25/NM per class. Door: $28 per class.

Italian: Intermediate
Whether you are planning a trip to Italy, challenging yourself, or simply embracing the beautiful Italian language and culture, our classes will provide the framework that is necessary to communicate effectively in real life situations. Learn from an amazing instructor who makes learning Italian fun and easy. Instructor: Paola Baracco.
Tue, Feb 7, 9am. $130/M, $150/NM. 8 week course. Minimum number of students required.

Spanish Class
Intermediate Conversation: Starts Tue, Feb 7.
4 week session- Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, 2:00-3:25pm. Instructor Alicia Flores.
$65/M, $75/NM.

Jewelry Making Class
Learn how to make beautiful jewelry with expert jewelry maker, Yolanda! Whether it’s for yourself or for gifts, making jewelry is a fun way to bring out your creative side and make a gift from the heart.
Wed, Feb 8 & 22, 2-4pm. $15/M, $20/NM, PER CLASS. $5 Material fees. Registration required.

600 Years of Music in 60 Minutes
Enjoy beautiful samples of Western music. Begin your music journey in pre-Medieval Europe, then enjoy Renaissance tunes, the music of the Baroque and Classical masters, the composers that followed Beethoven, and conclude with fabulous orchestral soundtracks from the movies. This hour is designed to allow you to celebrate gorgeous music through time. Class taught by Chris Burns, MA.
Fri, Feb 17, 1pm. $12/M, $15/NM. Registration required.

Better Bridge by Farr
Beginners I (Level 1) – Mondays 10:30am-12:30pm (Feb 20 – Apr 24)
Beginners II (Level 2) – Mondays 2:30pm-4:30pm (Feb 20 – Apr 24)
Intermediate I (Level 3) – Tuesdays 10am-12pm (Feb 21 – Apr 25)
Intermediate  II (Level 4) – Thursdays 10am-12pm (Feb 23 – Apr 27)
All Classes are 10 week sessions
$150/M, $175/NM
Instructor Scott Farr (8) 455-5406,

Identify Your Best Figure Zone & Flaunt It! Workshop Taught by Donna Dotson
If you’re like most women, you can identify your “problem zones” in thirty seconds or less. You know your challenges, but what about your favorite parts? You wear clothes and accessories anyway so why not make the best choices for you? By looking through Donna’s eyes, this session will help you see yourself and your options for looking great in a whole new light. Find out your figure shape and how to best show it off!
Tue, Feb 28, 1:30-3:30pm. $15/M, $18/NM. Registration required.

Café Español: Intermediate to Advanced Conversation
Have you been studying Spanish? Are you ready to practice in a FUN conversation setting? Do not miss this amazing opportunity to improve, learn and develop your Spanish conversation skills. Class lead by Olga Fabrick, native speaker and trained in Second Language Acquisition Methodology.
Every Wednesday, 2:15pm. Free/M, $5/NM.

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Half-day Experiential Retreat
An introductory session based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, Ph.D., University of Texas and the clinical expertise of Chris Germer, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Health Alliance. Research demonstrates that this training is strongly associated with emotional well-being and can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. Participants will have an opportunity to experience 3 core meditations, as well as other facilitated informal practices offered by instructor Instructor:  Susan Knier, a Licensed Occupational Therapist and Education Specialist with advanced teacher training in Mindful Self-Compassion via the University of Ca San Diego Center for Mindfulness’ Professional Training Institute.
Sat, Mar 4, 9:30am-12:30pm, Registration required by Feb 24.
$35/per person. N/A for 8-week MSC class participants. Pre-payment required.