Senior Adult Classes

Qi Gong Summer Session

Mondays, July 9-August 27 (8 weeks) at 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


Summer schedule: 
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 JCC Guest Services: 858.362.1348

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 JCC Guest Services: 858.362.1348

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 JCC Guest Services: 858.362.1348

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 JCC Guest Services: 858.362.1348

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 JCC Guest Services: 858.362.1348


Free Classes

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

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)
Fall Semester: September 4, 2018-January 26, 2019
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 & June 28, canceled for July)
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.  Moving for Fall Semester to THURSDAYS, 12:30-2:00 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. (through June 7; summer session- June 14-August 16)

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.

Asian Brush Painting

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

This is an introductory through advanced course in the art of the Asian brush, using watercolor, rice paper and ink. This course will explore the principles of art and design of Asian and American cultures. The student will learn how to use the Asian round brush using traditional and contemporary techniques.

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.