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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.

New! Balancing Chakras

1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Thursdays  |  12:30 to 1:45 p.m. 

Students will learn about the seven energy centers in the body, called “Chakras.” Instructor, Soraya Mendoza, will explore each class, one chakra at the time, balancing and unblocking any stagnant energy. Students will learn different breathing techniques (pranayama) along with energy work for each chakra along with gentle movement for each center. Chairs will be provided, or you may bring your own mat—the choice is yours. This class complements our existing Primordial Sound Meditation class held Monday mornings.


The power of grandparents: How you can play an important role in preventing prescription drug abuse

Who: The North Coastal Prevention Coalition
When: Thursday, August 14  |  10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  |  ACT

Prescription Drug Abuse is under-recognized and the nation’s fastest growing drug problem that puts young lives at risk. And grandparents can play a powerful role in preventing this problem. Did you know?

• Prescription drug overdoses cause more deaths than car crashes in the U.S. every year.
• Friends and relatives are the most common source of pain relievers for non-medical use.
• Safe and proper disposal of unused or expired prescription medications can help save lives.

Students from the North Coastal Prevention Youth Coalition will inform attendees about the prescription drug abuse problem and how everyone can play a role in prevention. A Carlsbad Police Officer will pick–up unused or expired medications for proper disposal, and a representative from Vista Community Clinic will speak about medication and alcohol interactions.

The presentation is sponsored by the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC), which has been working for over 20 years to reduce the harm of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs in the cities of Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista through community action, education, support and collaboration.  NCPC is a non-profit organization that began in 1993 and is fiscally managed by the Vista Community Clinic. 

Pianist Shelley DiMartini on the baby grand

When: Wednesday, August 20  |  1 to 2 p.m.  |  AUD
Pianist Shelley DiMartini earned a BFA in Piano at Stephens College Performing Arts in Columbia, MO, and then went on to work on her Masters degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She’s delighted listeners from New York to West Australia, including multiple venues in Orange County, CA and at our local La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. Please join us for this free performance of some of the best piano playing you’ll find around!

Reduce your risk of colon cancer

Who: Dr. Dhruvil Gandhi, M.D., Tri-City Medical Center
When: Thursday, August 28  |  10 to 11:30 a.m.  |  ACT

The American Cancer Society estimates 136,830 people will be diagnosed in 2014 and 50,310 will die from colon cancer in the United States. Although most cases can be successfully treated if caught early, it is still important to stay healthy and try to prevent this disease. Bring your questions and your friends to this free, informative lecture on colon cancer awareness & prevention. Learn tips from Dr. Gandhi who knows how to discuss this embarrassing, yet important topic in a light, fun yet informative way. 

Information to be discussed:
• What causes colon cancer
• How colon cancer is detected
• How colon cancer is treated
• Keys to early detection and prevention of colon cancer

Dr. Gandhi did his residency at University of Illinois Chicago- Mt Sinai Hospital and completed the ACGME Accredited Colorectal Fellowship at the University of Texas Houston Affiliated Hospitals. He was awarded the Resident Research Award at Texas Society of Colorectal Surgeons 2011 and is the author of several publications.



Photo Club Tutorial & Contest: Industrial Photography
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 2   |  11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.  |  $7

FREE! Camera Crash Course
WHEN: Aug. 2 | 9 to 10:50 a.m.
Learn camera basics, such as how to transfer pictures to a memory card, how to take photos, view photos, delete them, etc. in this free one-day course




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

Chair yoga
Thursdays,   |  3:45 to 4:45 p.m.  |  DS

Gentle yoga
Mondays   |   3 to 4 p.m.  |  DS

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

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

Better balance & mobility
Mondays   |  1:45 to 2:45 p.m.  |  DS

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

Tai Chi
Thursdays  |  2:15 to 3:15 p.m.  |  DS
Thursdays  |  1 to 2 p.m.  |  DS
Tuesdays  |  8:15 to 9:15 a.m. & Thursdays  |  11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  |  ACT

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



Drawing plus color: Pencil, color pencils & pastels
Tuesdays | 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. | ACT

Oriental Sumi-e painting
Wednesdays  |  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  |  MP

Fun with watercolor!
Thursdays  |  9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  |  ART-S

Discover Your Inner Artist with Oil or Acrylic
Fridays  |  9:30 to 11:30 a.m. | MP


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


These free classes are taught by instructor, Mike McMahon and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring note-taking material.

NEW! Photoshop - Tips & Shortcuts
When: Wednesday, Aug. 20  |  10 to 11 a.m.  |  ACT
In this class, users of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements will learn the most popular keyboard shortcuts and other tips for making the software easier and more fun to use.  Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will demonstrate the techniques using practical examples and will provide a handout of shortcut essentials.  Don’t miss this fun and helpful session. 

NEW! Lightroom - Introduction
When: Wednesday, Aug. 20  |  1 to 2 p.m.  |  ACT
Adobe Lightroom has come on strong in recent years as an outstanding photo organizer and editing tool.  Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will present an overview of the software…appropriate for new users or for those considering purchase of the software.  Come find out what Lightroom is all about and learn some tips on how to make it work for you. 

iPad - Introduction  
When: Wednesday, Aug. 27  |  10 to 11 a.m.  |  ACT
The iPad is defining a new category of computing…one that is portable, easy, and fun.   This session is for newcomers to the iPad or for those considering purchasing one.  We will discuss the basics and demonstrate some exciting apps that help to make the iPad productive and fun. 

NEW! Are you ready to evacuate?
When: Wednesday, Aug. 27  |  1 to 2 p.m.  |  AUD
The recent wildfires remind us that we need to be prepared for emergencies.  The time to figure out what to take in case of evacuation is now!  Our instructor, Mike McMahon, will share a personal story of his family’s evacuation due to the Poinsettia Fire.  He will present an organized and thoughtful approach that can help you calmly and efficiently respond to the call to evacuate your home.

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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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Carlsbad, CA 92008

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