"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
 
Thursday
August 20 - October 8
11:00am-12:00pm
Thursday
October 22 - December 17
11:00am-12:00pm
Thursday
March 17 - May 5
11:00am-12:00pm
     
 
Intermediate Class
 
Thursday
August 20 - October 8
11:00am-12:15pm
Thursday
Jan 7 - February 25
11:00am-12:15pm

No Class on Thursday, November 26

*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

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
Bellydance class benefits are both mental and physical. It helps to improve your sense of well being, better body image and self esteem. It consists of natural movements that work with the body and not against it. It will tone our body with movements that focus on your abs, hips and arms while improving your flexibility and grace. You do not need any music or dance background to enjoy the benefits of bellydance.

 

Wednesday
September 23 - November 4
5:30-6:30pm
6 classes
Wednesday
November 11 - December 16
5:30-6:30pm
6 classes
Wednesday
January 20 - February 17
5:30-6:30pm
4 classes
Wednesday
March 2 - March 30
5:30-6:30pm
4 classes

Six Week Session Fee: $51 / Resident Discounted Fee: $48
Four Week Session Fee: $43/ Resident Discounted Fee: $40

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
September 23 - November 4
9:30-10:20am
6 classes
Wednesday
November 11 - December 16
9:30-10:20am
6 classes
Wednesday
January 20 - February 17
9:30-10:20am
4 classes
Wednesday
March 2 - March 30
9:30-10:20am
4 classes

Six Week Session Fee: $51 / Resident Discounted Fee: $48
Four Week Session Fee: $43/ Resident Discounted Fee: $40

 

 

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 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
 
Monday January 4 - February 15
6:00-7:00pm
 
Tuesday January 5 - February 9
9:00-10:00am
No class January 18
Wednesday January 6 - February 10
6:00-7:00pm
 
Monday February 22 - March 28
6:00-7:00pm
 
Tuesday February 16 - March 22
9:00-10:00am
 
Wednesday February 17 - March 23
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
September 3 - October 8
9:00-10:15am
Thursday
October 15 - November 19
9:00-10:15am
Thursday
January 7 - February 11
9:00-10:15am
Thursday
February 18 - March 24
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). 

 

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
Wednesday
January 20 - March 9
6:30-8:30pm

Fee: $88 / Resident Discounted Fee: $80

 

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


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 review 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


 

Understanding Social Security

All Classes will be held at the Leawood Community Center
(Lower Level of Leawood City Hall)

Thursdays - 6:00-7:00pm

Ages 55+

This is an educational program for people who are nearing retirement (ages 55 and up) who have questions about social security. During this one hour seminar we will help answer these questions:

 • How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan?

• When should I start taking benefits?

• What about taxes?

• And much more!

Class Dates:

September 3
October 1
January 7
March 3
September 10
October 8
January 14
March 10
September 17
October 15
January 21
March 17
September 24
October 22
January 28
March 24
 
October 29
March 31

Fee: $11 / Resident Discounted Fee: $10

 

 

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

Session 1
• Knitting Basics
                • Bind-off
• Cast on                            • Assignment:
• Knit Stitch                           Practice Basic Skills
• Purl Stitch

Session 2
• Review / Questions
         • Assignment:
• Wash Cloth Project-           Complete wash cloth
   Have Samples             

Session 3
• Stitch variations
                • Pick a project:
• YO                                        Cloth, soap sack, scarf,
• K2 Tog                                  blanket, prayer shawl
• Reading a pattern,
   increases and decreases,
   corrections

Session 4
• Helpful tools/hints
               • Knitting circles
• Internet                                 • Wrap-up
• Round table                      

 

Wednesday
September 16 - October 7
6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday
January 27 - February 17
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
Wednesday
March 2 - 23
6:30-8:30pm
     

Fee: $44 / Resident Discounted Fee: $40

 

 

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)

 

 

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