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Senior Specials are free and do not need reservations, unless otherwise noted. To make appointments, or for more information on any activities, call the front desk at 760-602-4650.

April

NEW QUILTING GROUP FORMING!
When: Wednesday, April 23  |  1 to 3 p.m.  |  MP
We’re excited! All quilters, experienced or not, are welcome—we will learn together. Tell your friends and bring your machine and projects as we share techniques, laughter and friendship! Join us the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month.

BOOK CLUB
When: Monday, April 14  |  1 to 2:30 p.m.  |  MP
Join neighbors and friends at the monthly book club that meets the 2nd Monday of every month. This month’s book selection is, “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” by Therese Fowler May’s book selection is “Inferno,” by Dan Brown. Newcomers are always welcome!

ASK THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST 
Who:  In-Home Therapy Services of San Diego
When:  Thursday, April 17    |  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.    |  120
Physical Therapist, Jim Prussack, is available for a complimentary 10-minute personal screenings to answer any questions you may have about your body and physical ailments. Problems such as joint and muscle pain, arthritis, balance, muscle weakness, walking difficulty, osteoporosis, poor posture, dizziness, neuropathy, and other conditions related to aging can be tested and addressed. This is a free service will be offered every month, by appointment only. Reservations required, call 760-602-4650 to reserve your 10-minute screening.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING AN ADULT DAYCARE CENTER
Who: Susan Phan, MHA, AmeriCare Day Healthcare Centers
When:  Thursday, April 17  |  10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  |  ACT
A recent report by the California State Plan on Aging indicates approximately 600,000 Californians are over 85 and older. By 2050, an estimated 2.49 million will be in this age group, a dramatic 310 percent increase.
This growth in the aging population requires an increase in access to health and supportive services; such as Adult Day Healthcare Centers (ADHC)/Community Based Adult Services (CBAS). Learn more about ADHC/CBAS and its benefits and resources to find the most appropriate facility in your area. Topics covered in this presentation will be:
• What is ADHC/CBAS
• Benefits of ADHC/CBAS
• Who is eligible and appropriate
• Insurance coverage for the program
Presented by AmeriCare ADHC/CBAS, a licensed adult day healthcare center by the Department of Public Health and certified by the Department of Aging.  Light refreshments and information packet will be provided.

SMART DRIVING: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS & ALTERNATIVES
Who: NCTD & DMV Senior Ombudsman Program
When: Thursday, April 24  |  10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  |  ACT
The DMV has created the Senior Ombudsman Program in an effort to keep seniors driving for as long as they can do so safely.  The primary function of this program is to represent the interest of public safety for all Californians with a special interest in addressing the concerns of senior drivers. Join us to learn about the laws, regulations and your rights as a senior driver.
Representatives from the North County Transit District (NCTD) will also be here to explain their Transit Buddy program, which enables seniors to remain independent if their right to drive has been revoked or if they would simply like to gain confidence to use public transit. This program uses transit-savvy seniors, serving as volunteer “Transit Buddies,” to mentor other seniors and help them gain the confidence needed to travel safely within the North County utilizing the local Breeze buses and the Coaster and Sprinter trains.


TRY IT FOR FREE! AEROBIC DANCING – LITE!
When: Monday, April 28  |  10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  |  DS
Try this class for free before you register for a session. No pre-registration is required; just come and try it for FREE!


DISCOVER A NATURAL APPROACH TO HEALTHY AGING
Who: Dr. Derek Lawrence, Revive Naturopathic Medicine
When: Tuesday, April 29  |  10 to 11:30 a.m.  |  ACT
Getting older can be a natural and graceful process, but it can also present challenges.  As people grow older it is important to look at the many factors that influence healthy aging, including nutrition, hydration, exercise, pain management, medication side effects and preventive medicine. This free seminar is designed to introduce you to the philosophy to naturopathic medicine, discuss a few common health conditions commonly found in seniors and how a holistic approach and natural therapies can address these health concerns and ADD HEALTH back into your life. 

If you are in pain, suffering from multiple medical conditions or are sick of medications and their side effects, come to this seminar and discover if natural alternatives may benefit you!

Dr. Derek Lawrence is trained as a primary care provider with a focus on improving the health and vitality of his patients while reducing and/or eliminating their reliance on medication.



Read about any of these and more classes in our Community Services Guide, or visit us online at http://www.carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec. Registration required, register early to ensure your spot! Drop-ins, please call 760-602-4650 in advance to ensure class is meeting.

 

SATURDAY PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES:

FREE! – PHOTOGRAPHY CRASH COURSE FOR DUMMIES
When:
Saturday, April 12 | 9 to 10:50 a.m. | MP

Know nothing about your camera, but love taking pictures? This crash course on camera basics includes: aperture, shutter, ISO, camera settings, button use and more! Get past “auto” mode and kick-start your hobby in photography in this fun. hands-on learning environment! This free overview will get you hooked on photography!

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIAL & PHOTO CONTEST
When: Saturday, April 12 | 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. | MP
Everyone is welcome to join! Bring your camera and favorite candy/item to this fun one-day tutorial. Learn angles, lens types, and hidden messages behind commercial photographs. Sign up early to reserve your spot. Bring your laptop to have the notes saved to your computer! $7

Classes listed below accept drop-ins throughout session @ $19 per day.

Introduction to photography
New session begins Saturday, April 19  |  9 to 10:50 a.m.  |  MP
$46.80 residents & $52 non-residents

Intermediate photography
New session begins Saturday, April 19  |  11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.  |  MP
$46.80 residents & $52 non-residents

 

FITNESS:

PiYo (Pilates & Yoga)
Ongoing, Thursdays |  8:45 to 9:45 a.m.  |  DS

Chair yoga
New session begins Thursday, April 3  |  3:45 to 4:45 p.m.  |  DS

Gentle yoga
Ongoing, Mondays  |  3 to 4 p.m.  |  DSg

Yoga for seniors – Int
Ongoing, Mondays  |  3 to 4:15 p.m.  |  AUD

Yoga for seniors - Int/Adv
Thursdays, ongoing  |  10 to 11:15 a.m.  |  AUD

Better balance & mobility
New session begins Monday, April 7  |  1:45 to 2:45 p.m.  |  DS

Zumba Gold
Ongoing, Fridays  |  10:45 to 11:45 a.m.  |  ACT

Tai Chi
Beginning classes start Thursday, May 8  |  2:15 to 3:15 p.m.  |  DS
Intermediate classes start Thursday, May 8  |  1 to 2 p.m.  |  DS
Advanced classes start:
Tuesday, May 6  |  8:15 to 9:15 a.m. & Thursday, May 8  |  11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  |  ACT

Live long: Do Qigong!
Ongoing, Tuesdays  |  10 to 11 a.m.  |  DS

PAINTING & DRAWING:

Oriental Sumi-e painting
New session begins Wednesday, May 14 | 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | MP

Fun with watercolor!
New session begins Thursday, April 10 | 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | ART-S

Drawing plus color: Pencil, color pencils & pastels
New session begins Tuesday, April 15  |  9:45 to 11:45 a.m.  |  ACT

 

Be sure to check out the "Digital photo & iPad classes" tab on this page to see available classes. 

April digital photo & iPad classes

All digital photo & iPad classes are free and are taught by instructor, Mike McMahon, have limited availability and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring note-taking material.

Picasa - part 1
Wednesday, April 23  |  10 to 11 a.m.  |  ACT
Picasa is the free and easy photo organizing and editing software from Google. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will present an overview of this great software. Downloading photos from a camera will be demonstrated along with an overview of the photo organization features. Come join the fun and the learning.

NEW! Photo books to an overview
Wednesday, April 23  |  1 to 2 p.m.  |  ACT
It is now fairly easy to display your photos in a beautiful photo book and to do so at a very reasonable cost. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will present an overview of the software choices available. See samples of photo books and learn how to start your own photo book project.

NEW! Apple TV - an overview
Wednesday, April 30  |  10 to 11 a.m.  |  ACT
Apple TV is a device that allows you to enjoy movies, photos, and music on your big screen TV. Very exciting is the ability to show your own home movies and your own photos. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will explain the basics of Apple TV and will briefly discuss similar products (e.g. Roku).

NEW! Posting your photos to Facebook
Wednesday, April 30  |  1 to 2 p.m.  |  ACT
More and more people are posting their photos to online websites like Facebook and Flickr. Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will explain the basics of online photo posting to including tips on how to protect your personal information when you do so. Join us to learn more about the advantages of online photo posting.


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The Senior Center is looking for volunteers in the fitness room, dining room, computer lab and delivering meals to homebound residents. Those with a passion for a particular topic can even give a presentation or teach a class.

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Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department
Carlsbad Senior Center
760-602-4650
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799 Pine Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

General Information

Business hours
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Closed on city holidays. Evening and Sunday classes and rentals by appointment only, call 760-602-4659 for rates.