Senior Adult Classes

Figure Drawing Series

Wednesdays, April 19 - May 17, 2017

If you can draw a stick figure, you are already drawing the figure. We will start with stick figures and from there go to proportions and more. Wait until you see what you can do! Of course composition, color, contrast and drama will be in the mix. All materials will be provided. We will pose for each other and use photos for inspirations. First class will give you the fundamentals you need and in subsequent classes, you will be able to build onto that/ Fun and laughter are encouraged. When you see how easy it is to feel the power of the pencil, you will wonder why you hadn’t undertaken this sooner!

About the Instructor: After teaching a successful and sold out portrait series at the JCC, Judith Shufro is back for another class. She is an accomplished international artist with a unique perspective on contemporary realism. Her paintings have been shown in private collections, public collections and in several museums.Her work is in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Judith was also a teacher of Art at Trinity School in New York City.
Price: $175; Member Price: $150

Advanced Beginners Spanish II

Wednesdays, March 22-May 24 (no class April 12 due to Passover)

Students will be able to talk about their near future plans, confidently express daily routine activities, describe actions using the present tense (regular and irregular verbs) and talk about ongoing actions. Students will recognize and use direct and indirect object pronouns to replace information that is already known by the speaker and listener. By the end of this course students should be able to talk about daily activities with an ample vocabulary related to daily life activities (market/shopping/weather /clothing/hygiene), make comparisons and communicate past experiences using the past tense.
Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 + $16 for book (if needed). No refunds unless JCC cancels.
To RSVP contact the JCC Senior Dept. at (858) 362-1141.
12 Maximum; Minimum # must be met to hold class.

Pre Advanced Spanish

Tuesdays, March 28-June 6, 9 weeks (no class April 11 and April 18 due to Passover)

From the outset of the course, students should initiate, maintain, and close conversations on familiar topics and sometimes interact in a culturally appropriate manner using context. They should also be able to state opinions on topics of personal interest. Their narrations, descriptions and discussions from reading-comprehension are characterized by using compound sentences, with the most accuracy in the present, past and future tense. Students should understand and use vocabulary from familiar thematic word groups and furthermore, should make pronunciation and intonation comprehensible to an audience accustomed to interacting with language learners

Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 + $16 for book (if needed). No refunds unless JCC cancels.
To RSVP contact the JCC Senior Dept. at (858) 362-1141. 12 Maximum; Minimum # must be met to hold class.

Advanced Spanish II

Tuesdays, March 28-June 6, 9 weeks (no class April 11 and April 18 due to Passover)
3:00-5:00 P.M.

Students will continue to review and expand the basic structures of Spanish with special emphasis on more difficult grammatical aspects, develop more formal vocabulary, and further improve both oral and written skills. Students will broaden their understanding of several aspects of Hispanic culture and literature via movies and written texts. Four key components that will assist students to attain these goals are grammar, vocabulary, language awareness, and practice/participation.
Price: $156; JCC Member Price: $125 + $16 for book (if needed). No refunds unless JCC cancels.

To RSVP contact the JCC Senior Dept. at (858) 362-1141.
12 Maximum; Minimum # must be met to hold class.

Middle East Updates May

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dan Schwimmer, former chair of San Diego AIPAC-American Israel Public Affairs Committee, will give an update on the Middle East.

Price: $6; JCC Member Price: $4
RSVP to Senor Department at (858) 362-1141.

Middle East Updates May Price: $6;  JCC Member Price: $4 Add to Cart

Technology Talks For Seniors

Thursday, April 27 & May 4 (two-part class)
1:30–3:00 p.m.
Learn why more and more seniors are using online sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In to reconnect and keep in touch with family and friends. Use these sites to make the time you spend on the computer interesting and more fulfilling. You do not need to bring your technology device for this demo.

Thursday, May 18 & 25 (two-part class)
Learn how to make (and remember!) secure passwords, how to avoid being scammed, how to secure your phone, and much more! This class is geared for anyone who uses any form of technology- computers, smartphones, laptops, etc. If you are an iPhone/iPad user, please know your Apple ID; android users- make sure you know how to unlock your phone (if applicable). Bring your charged device.

Passwords & Security Online Price: $24;  JCC Member Price: $20 Add to Cart

Senior Prom Hawaiian Paradise

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hula on over to the paradise that awaits us as we adventure into the depths of island life: coral reefs, exotic dancers, and surfs up on this pleasant journey to the tropics. No plane tickets needed; just don your best Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and surf on over to the JCC for some dancing, entertainment, food and prizes. Singles and couples invited to this annual party sponsored by the JCC Senior Dept.

Price: $15; JCC Member Price: $11
RSVP by June 23 Contact the JCC Senior Dept. at (858) 362-1141.

Senior Prom Hawaiian Paradise Price: $15;  JCC Member Price: $11 Add to Cart


Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
2017 sessions: January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27

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.
Price: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Fitness Desk, ext. 1337

Feldenkrais (all ages)

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 A.M.

Improve posture, flexibility and coordination.
Price: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Gotthelf Dance Studio
For more info and to sign up, call the Fitness Desk: 858.362.1337

H2O 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
Fitness Desk, ext. 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.

Price Per Class: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Fitness Desk, ext. 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: $15; JCC Member Price: Free
Fitness Desk, ext. 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: February 1-June 8, 2017 (no classes Feb. 20 for Presidents' Day and May 29 for Memorial Day)
Spring break: March 27-April 1, 2017

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 & Still Life Drawing (Painting for Spring Semester)

Mondays, 8:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Study line, mass, proportion and value, space and composition using a variety of pencils, charcoal & brush.
Note: Spring Semester will be Figure & Still Life Painting with Watercolors (starting February 6)

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.

8:45-11:45 A.M.
Piano 1 for Adult- Beginners
This class is intended for students with little or no piano experience.

12:30-3:30 P.M.

Piano 2 for Adult- Intermediate

This class is suitable for students with previous piano experience.

Watercolor Painting

Tuesdays, 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (starts April 25 for remainder of Spring Semester)

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.

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

World Literature

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30 P.M.

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.

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. 


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.

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.

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

Online Music & Opera Appreciation

Wednesday, February 1, 4:30-7:30 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.