"If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second." - Edward Bellamy

Adult Classes

 

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We offer a wide variety of classes for all interests. 
Call (913) 663-9154 to register or register online

 

Stress Management T'ai Chi and
Qigong Meditations for Health

18 years and up

Learn T'ai Chi Short Form and Qigong Meditation Relaxation Therapies. Harvard Medical Health Publications called T'ai Chi "medication in motion" because of all the many health issues modern medical research is finding T'ai Chi can benefit.  Learn T'ai Chi and Qigong meditation from #1 best selling T'ai Chi author, Bill Douglas.  Bill is a world renowned expert in this field and has been a T'ai Chi source for Prevention Magazine; The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times' Reader's Digest; and media world wide.

T'ai Chi is proven to help with any anxiety, depression, chronic pain, balance issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, menopause, bone loss and may other common health issues.  It is an easy and relaxed, very low impact, exercise that involves visualization, breathing and gentle movement techniques.  Anyone can do it. 

Instructor: Bill Douglas

Classes will be held in the Oak Room at the Leawood Community Center
(lower level of City Hall)

 

 
Beginner Classes
 
Classes
Thursday
May 14 - July 12
11:00am-12:00pm
8
Thursday
July 16 - August 6
11:00am-12:00pm
4
Thursday
August 20 - October 8
11:00am-12:00pm
8
Thursday
October 22 - December 17
11:00am-12:00pm
8
       
 
Intermediate Class
 
Classes
Thursday
May 14 - July 2
11:00am-12:15pm
8
Thursday
August 20 - October 8
11:00am-12:15pm
8

*Participants must have attended two consecutive 8 week beginner sessions prior to enrollment of the intermediate session.

Beginner Class Fee (8 weeks): $88 / Resident Discounted Fee: $80
Beginner Class Fee (4 weeks): $44 / Resident Discounted Fee: $40

Intermediate Class Fee: $98 / Resident Discounted Fee: $90

 

 

Bellydance & Zumba Lite

18 years and up

All classes are taught by Susie Von Bevern and will be held in the Cedar Room at the Leawood Community Center (lower level of City Hall). 

Bellydance
This class is ideal for anyone interested in learning bellydance for the very first time. This structured and easy to follow class is perfect for students to get to know the basics of belly dance. Particular focus is given to developing correct posture alignment, flexibility, tightening and toning the body through demonstrated dance moves. Bellydance is a great way to have fun, learn something new, and beat the winter blues… all in a relaxed, accepting and supportive environment. This dance can be enjoyed by all ages and body types! 6 - 60 min. classes

 

Wednesday
June 10 - July 15
5:30-6:30pm
Wednesday
August 5 - September 9
5:30-6:30pm
Wednesday
September 23 - November 4
5:30-6:30pm
Wednesday
November 11 - December 16
5:30-6:30pm

Fee: $51 / Resident Discounted Fee: $48

Zumba Lite
Zumba Lite is a fun-filled dance exercise class designed for the energetic senior. You can have fun while exercising, and be confident that the dance movement will not cause any discomfort or injury. Zumba Lite uses Latin and American Oldies music and is a much gentler version of the regular Zumba. If you are curious about Zumba, give this class a try. 6 - fifty minute sessions.

 

Wednesday
June 10 - July 15
  9:30-10:20am
Wednesday
August 5 - September 9
9:30-10:20am
Wednesday
Spetember 23 - November 4
9:30-10:20am
Wednesday
November 11 - December 16
9:30-10:20am
   

Fee: $51 / Resident Discounted Fee: $48

 

 

Yoga

18 years and up

All classes will be taught by Kay Sipple and will be held in the Oak Room at the Leawood Community Center (lower level of City Hall). 

Yoga
This gentle Hatha Yoga class enhances your body's strength, flexibility and sense of balance. Through yoga poses and breathing you can become calm and relaxed creating an environment for healing in the body, as well as the mind.  Gentle yoga is often helpful for chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and back pain.

Each student will be supported at his or her own level and painful or weak areas of the body will be addressed.  Comfortable clothing is all you need.  Six - 1 hour classes.

 

Monday May 18 - June 29
6:00-7:00pm
No Class May 25
Tuesday May 12 - June 16
9:00-10:00am
 
Wednesday May 13 - June 17
6:00-7:00pm
 
Monday July 6 - August 10
6:00-7:00pm
 
Tuesday June 23 - July 28
9:00-10:00am
 
Wednesday June 24 - July 29
6:00-7:00pm
 
Monday September 14 - October 19
6:00-7:00pm
 
Tuesday September 1 - October 6
9:00-10:00am
 
Wednesday September 2 - October 7
6:00-7:00pm
 
Monday October 26 - November 30
6:00-7:00pm
 
Tuesday October 13 - November 17
9:00-10:00am
 
Wednesday October 14 - November 18
6:00-7:00pm
 

Fee: $51 / Resident Discounted Fee: $45

 

Intermediate Yoga
If you are an experienced yoga student who would like to expand your practice, join us for a more aerobic class of yoga flow. this can help to deepen your understanding of yoga and offers a greater focus on breathing and meditation.  Six - 75 minute classes.

 

Thursday May 14 - June 18
9:00-10:15am
Thursday
June 25 - July 30
9:00-10:15am
Thursday
September 3 - October 8
9:00-10:15am
Thursday
October 15 - November 19
9:00-10:15am
     
Fee: $51 / Resident Discounted Fee: $45

 

 

Bridge Classes

18 years and up

All classes will be held in the Maple Room at the Leawood Community Center
(lower level of City Hall). 

 

Bridge Workshops
Discussion of various bridge topics and play example hands.  Enroll in one session or all eight. Christie Thomas Collier, accredited bridge instructor, will lead the workshop sessions. One - 2 hour class.

 

How to Play No Trump Wednesday June 3 6:30-8:30pm
No Trump Rules Wednesday June 10 6:30-8:30pm
No Trump Stayman Convention Wednesday June 17 6:30-8:30pm
No Trump Jacoby Transfer Wednesday June 24 6:30-8:30pm
Opening Leads Wednesday July 8 6:30-8:30pm
Plan the Play of the Hand Wednesday July 15 6:30-8:30pm
Slam Bidding Wednesday July 22 6:30-8:30pm
Weak Two Bids Wednesday July 29 6:30-8:30pm

Fee: $11 / Leawood Resident Discounted Fee: $10

 

Beginning Bridge
Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Martina Navratilova exercise their mental muscles by playing bridge. You can too! The basics of bidding will be discussed in the first hour and we will have fun playing the cards during he second hour. Our textbook written by Audrey Grant, will be available from the instructor, Christie Thomas-Collier, for $12.00 on the first evening of class. Eight - 2 hour sessions.

Instructor: Christie Thomas Collier

 

Wednesday
September 2 - October 21
6:30-8:30pm

Fee: $88 / Resident Discounted Fee: $80


Bridge Bidding Review

You have just finished beginning bridge lessons OR are coming back after a break from bridge and you need a little playing experience. This class is designed to reveiw the bidding basics of: no trump, one of a major suit, one of a minor suit and competitive bidding. Four - 2 hour sessions.

Instructor: Christie Thomas-Collier

 

Wednesday
October 28 - November 18
6:30-8:30pm

Fee: $44 / Resident Discounted Fee: $40

 

Defensive Play

Dr. Gail says to love your partner, but you don't have to love your opponents.  Learn how to set your opponents using proper leads, discards and signals. Join the fun. Designed for advanced beginners. Six - 2 hour classes.

Instructor: Dr. Gail Himmelstein

 

Monday
May 4 - June 15
10:00am-12:00pm

No class May 27

Fee: $77 / Resident Discounted Fee: $70

 

Defensive Bidding

Learn how to interrupt the opponents bids by using "preempts" weak 2's, weak 3's and weak 4's, takeout and balancing doubles, cue bids and more.  Dr. Gail Himmelstein makes it fun and easy.  An intermediate class.  Six - 2 hour classes.

Instructor: Dr. Gail Himmelstein

 

Monday
July 13 - August 17
10:00am-12:00pm

Fee: $77 / Resident Discounted Fee: $70

 

Play of the Hand

After all the bidding, it is time to play the hand. Review how to count winners and losers and then set up a PLAN to play the hand. Finesses, cross ruffs and promotions and other counting strategies will be demonstrated. This class is designed for advanced beginners and those who want a good review.  Come join me; Dr. Gail Himmelstein.  Six - 2 hour classes.

Instructor: Dr. Gail Himmelstein

 

Monday
October 12 - November 16
10:00am-12:00pm

Fee: $77 / Resident Discounted Fee: $70


 

Smart Money Lunch and Learn

Class will be taught by Marsy Gordon, Jim Stoutenborough and Nick Applegate at the Leawood Community Center (lower level of City Hall). 

You work for your money.  Make it work for you, too.  You are the one person , more than anyone else, who is responsible for your financial position - as it stands today - and where it will be tomorrow.  This 2 - part class will cover the basics of sound financial planning.  Topics covered will include saving for retirement and college, insurance, estate planning, debt, emergency funds and "toys". Presenters are from Financial Security Advisors, a local financial planning firm.  A light lunch provided.  Two - 1 hour classes

 

Monday
May 11 & 18
12:15-1:15pm
Monday
October 19 & 26
12:15-1:15pm

Fee: $30 / Resident Discounted Fee: $25

 

 

Knitting

Ages 18 years +

Class will be taught by Debra McCandless & Jackye Finnie and will be held in the Walnut Room at the Leawood Community Center (lower level of City Hall). 

 

Beginning Knitting
If you have never knitted before, these sessions will cover the basic techniques that are easy to learn and will get you started on projects that will lead to hours of rewarding fun. Objective: Learn basics of knitting and complete one/two finished projects

Objectives:
Learn the basics of knitting (cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, bind off). Complete one/two finished projects of your choosing: wash cloth, soap sack, scarf, blanket and/or prayer shawl).

Bring following to lst class:
o One pair of knitting needles—size 8
o One skein/roll of cotton yarn
o Optional - Scissors, stitch markers

Four 2 hour sessions

 

Wednesday
September 16 - October 7
6:30-8:30pm

Fee: $44 / Resident Discounted Fee: $40

 

Continue to Knit
This class will build on the basic techniques learned in the Begin to Knit class and will give you the confidence to take on more challenging projects.  You should have attended Begin to Knit or have knowledge of basic knitting skills
(cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, bind off).

Objectives:
Develop additional techniques using double pointed needles. Learn to read patterns and check gauge. Complete one/two finished projects of your choosing (hats, scarves).

Bring following to lst class:
o One pair of knitting needles—size 8
o One skein/roll of cotton yarn
o Optional - Scissors, stitch markers

Four 2 hour sessions

 

Wednesday
October 14 - November 4
6:30-8:30pm

Fee: $44 / Resident Discounted Fee: $40

Backyard Composting

All ages

Class will be held in the Activity Room at the Prairie Oak Nature Center in Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Road 


Learn the basics of backyard composting and dispel the myths people have heard about compost. Your backyard compost does not need to be a smelly and unsightly heap on your property.  Come join us and turn your table scraps, coffee gournds and Halloween pumpkins into beautiful soil.  One - 90 minute session.

 

Saturday
May 16
1:00-2:30pm

Fee: $6 / Resident Discounted Fee: $5

Life Story...in Six Weeks

Life Story Writing Course for Adults • An Examined Life is a Appreciated Life

Class will be held in the Historic Oxford Schoolhouse in Ironwoods Park, 14701 Mission Road 

Whether your life has been smooth sailing or choppy seas, you owe it to yourself and future generations to write about it.  Life story writing is fun and life affirming.

Whether you're just starting to write or completing a work in progress, the Life Story Writing Course will provide you with the ideas, tools and support you need.

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Thursday
September 16 - October 21
1:00-2:30pm
Thursday
September 16 - October 21
6:30-8:00pm

Instructor:  April Bishop

Fee: $40 (includes Life Story Writing Workbook)

 

 

What's Gluten Got To Do With It?

Class will be taught by Debra Filla and will be held at the Leawood Community Center
(lower level of City Hall). 

Why all the buzz about Gluten? What does GF mean? What are the benefits and risks of not eating wheat? What is gluten sensitivity and why is it on the rise? What does it mean to be Celiac?

Celiac is a unique autoimmune disease with a simple cure - no gluten. With more folks with autoimmune diseases than heart or cancer, what clues does celiac provide for other autoimmune diseases? GF samples and what to eat on a GF diet will be discussed.

Filla has a fascination with the incredible mystery of how the body works. When her youngest daughter acquired Alopecia, an autoimmune disease, she began in earnest to investigate the "Mystery of the Missing Hair," and more importantly, what causes a healthy immune system to "kick the bucket". Debra has spoken at the Fibromyalgia International Conference and was vice-president of the Celiac Sprue Association, Kansas City, from 2009-2010.

 

Thursday
May 17
6:30-7:30pm

Fee: $10 / Resident Discounted Fee: $7


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