Brain Fitness

April Programs

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, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28. 11am-12pm.

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

Big Picture Planning for Seniors
Take Control of Your Future and Avoid Costly Mistakes. This 90 minute clinic will teach you: What legal documents you need to remain independent, How to age in place, What are your options for care, When moving makes sense, Who qualifies for a government benefit and more.
Tue, Apr 11, 9:30am. Free, open to all. Please RSVP: (858) 848-0825.

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, Apr 13, 20, 27. 11:30am. Free, open to all. No class 4/6.

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, April 3, 10, 17, 24. 10:30am-12:30pm. Registration required. Pre-purchase: $20/M, $25/NM per class. Door: $28 per class.

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, Apr 5 & 19, 2-4pm. $15/M, $20/NM, PER CLASS. $5 Material fees. Registration required.

Cafe’ Social: A Social Gathering for Seniors
Bring a friend for conversation and group activities, including art, music and spirited discourse on topics of interest to you. The more the merrier! New program monthly. Sponsored by Monarch Cottage, a boutique memory care community opening Spring 2017. Lunch will be served.
Wed, Apr 19, 11:00am. Free, open to all. Please RSVP by Apr 16, (619) 955-0492

Learn to Use Your iPad & iPhone
Learn the basics of your iPhone and iPad and take advantage of what technology has to offer! Use your iPhone or iPad in your everyday life to accelerate your world. Connect with friends, family or use it for events and reminders.
Mon, 10:30am and Thu, 1:30pm. $10/M, $15/NM. No class 4/20 & 4/24.

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 Thu, 2pm. $5/M, $10/NM. Registration required.

This Month in La Jolla History
By Dr. Linda Pequegnat featuring stories about La Jolla from her book, “This Day In San Diego History”. This month learn: When was the first great land auction held in La Jolla, and how much did each lot sell for? When was the San Diego, Old Town, & Pacific Beach Railroad extended to La Jolla, and how long did it last?  Who was Walter S. Lieber and how did he describe La Jolla in 1904, and what did he do to improve La Jolla? How did the Torrey Pines Lodge at Torrey Pines Park get started, and what is its function now?
Every third Tuesday of the month.  Tue, Apr 18, 11:30 am. Free/M, $5/NM.

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.

Art Class with Live Model – Uninstructed
Join artists from all levels to paint from a live model.
Saturdays, 10am-1pm. Model Fee + Free/M, $5/NM. Reservations required to secure your spot: Dottie Stanley at

Social Bridge Every Wed, 12:30pm. Walk-Ins welcome.

French Conversation Every Tue, 10:30am. FREE/M, $5/NM.

Social Scrabble Group
Scrabble is a great way to meet people and stimulate the brain! 4 players are needed per game so call in advance to reserve a seat to play.
Tue, Apr 11 & 25, 2:30pm. FREE/M, $5/NM.

Guided Primordial Sound Meditation
Meditation made easy for beginners. Come and feel your inner peace. Taught by Michelle Stallone-Eggers, Chopra Center Certified Instructor.
Tue, 4:45pm. $5/M, $8/NM.

Functional Flow Yoga
This new class involves poses that promote healthy joints, strength building, stretching, conscious breathing, meditation and deep relaxation. Benefits include: increase d energy, stress relief, better breath, improved mobility to enhance daily life.
Fri, Apr 14 & 28, 9:45-10:45am. $7/M, $10/NM.

Svaroopa® Yoga for Stress Relief
Yoga poses, deep relaxations and pranayama breathing, to release and decompress your whole spine from tail to top. Relieving back pain and reducing stress. Experience a whole new way to live inside your skin in this restorative style of yoga. Everyone welcome.
Sat, 2:30-4pm. Wed 9-10:30am. $13/M, $15/NM.  No class 4/15.

Focuses on hypnotic Latin rhythms and very easy-to-follow moves to create a one of a kind fitness program. Benefits: tones, enhances bone density, strength and flexibility, boosts metabolism and improves cognitive functions.
Tue at 8:15am & Fri at 8:30am, $10/M, $12/NM.

Line Dancing
It’s not just for two but for everyone! Come experience a fun workout while learning new and favorites dances taught by Pat Murray.
Mon & Thu, 1pm. $5/M, $7/NM. Registration and payment in advance required for February classes.

Ico-Dance offers a supportive, gently paced and low-impact class in expressive dance.  Added benefits of enhancing flexibility, balance, energy, emotional connection and body confidence.
Mon, 9am. $7/M, $12/NM.

Silver Age Yoga
A very gentle style of hatha yoga designed to meet the specific health concerns and challenges seniors face, balance, posture, breathing and stretching.
Tue, 10am & Thu, 9am. $4-8 donation.

Kundalini Yoga – Video Only
Focuses on breathing and meditation and involves stretching and cardiovascular exercises.
Fri, 11:15am. Free.

Deep Yoga Flow
Connects breath to movement, so the physical practice of Yoga (asana) becomes a meditation in motion that fosters flexibility, strength, focus and clarity.
Wed, 11am & Sat, 11:30am. $5/M, $10/NM.

Qi Gong Style Tai Chi
T’ai Chi is a very gentle exercise that will benefit any age person coping with arthritis in joints by using easy movement to lubricate joints, and lowering high blood pressure by natural calming and relaxation.
Wed, 7pm & Thu, 10:30am. $5/M, $6/NM.  No class 4/12, 4/13.

Chair Yoga
This gentle yoga flow class focuses on alignment with attention to breath, movement, and meditation. Poses are practiced on chairs and standing.
Thu, 10:15am. Free to all.

Ashtanga Flow Yoga
A fast-paced, vigorous class based on the principles of Ashtanga. Suitable for active individuals, with any level of experience with yoga. Build strength, endurance, and flexibility while cultivating focus in a moving mediation.
Sat, 9-10:15am. Free/M, $5/NM.

Movie Club: International Films
* All films subject to change without notice.
All showings at 1:30pm. Free/M, $5/NM.

Spanish Class
Intermediate Conversation
4 week session. Tue, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25. 2:05-3:30pm. Instructor Alicia Flores.
$65/M, $75/NM.

NEW TIME! Strong Core, Happy Back
Focusing on several exercises that will strengthen the abdominals, back, and lower leg muscles to promote better spinal alignment, decrease back pain, increase flexibility increase strength and help you move better. Exercises can be performed on a chair or mat. Please bring: large towel, mat and water.
Every Monday in April, 2pm. Free/M, $8/NM.

Balance Class
Do you want to improve your balance? Do you have a fear of falling? If so, get ready to improve with this interactive balance class! Receive information on preventative exercises and techniques to keep your balance throughout the day.
Fri, 10am. FREE/M, $8/NM.

How to Create Glamour Using Your Jeans Workshop Taught by Donna Dotson
Would you be surprised if I suggested you start with jeans? Jeans aren’t right for every occasion but by using some fashion finesse, you can make them party ready. Do you have doubts? Great! I can’t wait to watch them vanish. Learn…

  • Which jean styles are best for dressing up
  • Five shoe styles that transform a casual outfit to a dressy one
  • How to accessorize your outfit with just-right-jewelry
  • Where to look for that special jacket that could be the statement piece of your outfit
  • Which handbag styles you could choose from (there are many) to finish your outfit

When you learn how to put a few dressy casual outfits together you can feel 100% confident saying yes to all the invitations that are coming your way.
Tue, Apr 25, 1:30-3:30pm. $15/M, $18/NM. Registration required.

Cooking with Phillis Carey “The Casual Gourmet”
Asian-Inspired Seafood
Tuesday, 4/11/17   at 11:30 am
$50 for members  $55 for non members
Seared Scallops with Soy-Butter Sauce; Velvet Shrimp in Garlic Sweet Tangy Sauce; Braised White Fish with Black Bean Miso Ginger Sauce and Shiitake Mushrooms; Broiled Thai Spiced Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce and Garlic Spinach; Lemony Ginger Rice Pudding with Fresh Strawberries.

Wine Country Cuisine
Tuesday, 4/18/17   at 11:30 am
$47 for members   $52 for non members
Creamy Arugula Vichyssoise; Butternut Squash Polenta with Sausage and Caramelized Onions; Broiled Salmon with Smoked Salmon Butter and Linguine with Asparagus and Lemon Sauce; Maple and Mustard Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, and Pecans; Port Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Buttercream.
Register at or (760) 942-1756.