Enrichment Classes

50 Plus Anniversary LogoLearn a new skill, grow your mind, connect with your community. Find programs like gardening, knitting, crafting, laughter workshops and become tech savvy. Don't miss out on our many virtual program opportunities too!

Below are all of our upcoming opportunities.  Click on the highlighted bar code number to register.  Check back often for updates as we gradually resume programs and events.

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Cooking: Copy-Cat Restaurant Meals Demo

Watch our instructor demonstrate the ease of copying popular restaurant recipes.  Enjoy samples and take home the recipes.1 - 2 hr. class - $37 / $41 nonresidents

14469          Roeland Park Community Center                  9/9       Thu         11 am

14470          Roeland Park Community Center                   11/30   Tue         11 am

 

Cooking: Instant Pot

Lose the fear and fall in love with one of the hottest kitchen gadgets. Electric pressure cookers are safe, easy, and a great way to get healthy and delicious dinners made fast. Price includes a demo and sampling of meals.

1 - 3 hr. class - $36 / $41 nonresidents

14473           Roeland Park Community Center                   11/9     Tue         10 am

 

Crafts: Hobby Group

Love crafting? Bring whatever project you are working on and get crafty with other members of your community. Meets weekly. Call the Roeland Park Community Center with questions (913) 826-3160. 

1 - 2 hr. class - FREE

9547               Roeland Park Community Center                  5/7-8/27 Fri           1 pm

14475             Roeland Park Community Center                  9/3-12/17 Fri         1 pm


Crafts: Knitting Hats from the Heart

Join this generous group of individuals who knit and crochet hats for charity. Free lessons given to beginners. The Roeland Park Community Center accepts yarn, knitting needles, and hat donations year-round from those unable to attend meetings; call (913) 826-3160 to learn how you can contribute. 

1 - 2 hr. class - FREE                

9548                Roeland Park Community Center                5/4-8/31 Tue         1 pm

14476              Roeland Park Community Center                9/7-12/28 Tue         1 pm


Reading: Wanderlust Book Club 

Intertwine your love of travel and a good book with a travel-themed book club.  Each month enjoy the selected book from the list and conclude the month at the clubhouse with a group discussion on how it relates to your travel, and how it may inspire your wanderlust.

1- 1 hr. classes - $5 / $6 nonresidents      

Book List:

Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux    

14516  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse           9/ 29           1:30 pm

World Walk by Steven Newman

14517  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse           10/27            1:30 pm           

The Big Quiet by Lisa Stewart

14518  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse           11/ 17            1:30 pm

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom
14519 Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse         12/ 29           1:30 pm

 

Reading: Meet the Author, Lisa Stewart- The Big Quiet

Let’s get excited for our November book club read and meet The Big Quiets Author, Lisa Stewart. She will discuss the book, how it was written, sign books and answer any questions you might have. To get the discounted book price and free shipping email Lisa Stewart at lstewart@lisadstewart.com

1- 1 hr. classes - $5 / $6 nonresidents

14520  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse      10/26                Tue      10:30 am

            

Special Interest: AARP Smart Driver Course

Keep driving skills sharp and lower insurance rates at the same time! Completing an AARP Smart Driver Course can mean a discount with some insurance companies.   No tests given and no AARP membership card required.  Reserve your spot at least one week in advance of each class. Space is limited! Pay with check at the door. 

1 - 4 hr. session - $15 / $20 non-AARP Members         

14188             Matt Ross Community Center                 9/9       Thu        9 am  

14490             Roeland Park Community Center            9/18    Sat         9 am

14191             New Century Fieldhouse                         10/12   Tue         9 am  

14527             Roeland Park Community Center            11/6     Sat         9 am

14197             Tomahawk Ridge Community Center       11/18   Thu        9 am 

14200             Matt Ross Community Center                   12/9    Thu        9 am 

 

Special Interest: Alzheimer’s - 10 Warning Signs

Learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Presentation brought to you by Alzheimer’s Association.

1 - 1 hr. sessions - Free            

14546             Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse      10/28   Thu      3 pm

 

Special Interest: Alzheimer’s Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behavior 

Learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.  Presentation brought to you by Alzheimer’s Association.

1 - 1 hr. sessions - Free            

14547             Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse      11/4     Thu      3 pm

  

Special Interest: Aging Mastery Program (AMP) 

The ten-session program combines goal setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered to cultivate health and longevity. Each session is led by a trained facilitator who guides participants through activities and discussions. The National Council on Aging provides researched content presented by subject matter experts. Time for questions and answers in every session provides further opportunity for participants to gain new insights.

10 - 1 ½ hr. sessions - $55 / $61 nonresidents   

14548            Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse      9/23     Thu      9:30 am

 

Special Interest: Lunch & Learn - Be Organized

Who are you in relation to your STUFF? We will break down why we buy, why we keep...And, why it is hard to stay organized? Walk away with a better understanding of the complex relationship with belongings, and unique tips, tricks and tweaks that will help get and stay organized.

1- 1 ½ hr. session- $26/$29 nonresidents

14549              Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse   10/13   Wed     11:30am 


Special Interest: Fall Planters

Get creative and hands on while designing a planter to spruce up your porch or deck. Plants and soil included

1 - 1 ½ hr. session- $30 / $33 nonresidents

14626  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse   9/10     Fri        10:00 am

14629  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse   9/17     Fri        1:00 pm


Special Interest: Elder Abuse & Neglect 

Often a silent problem, elder abuse can rob older adults of their dignity and security and leave them feeling fearful, depressed, and alone. Learn the signs and symptoms in this program presented by Denise Dias from K-State Extension.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

14392  Matt Ross Community Center                            11/16   Tue         10 am 

 

Special Interest: Making a Holiday Wreath

Creating your own holiday wreath for the season maybe just as easy as stepping out the door. In this class you will view a demonstration on how common landscape plants can be used to green and decorate a wreath for your door. It is easier than you think and is a source of pride and joy knowing you created with your own hands. You don’t need to be crafty to be successful. Program presented by K-State Extension. 

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

14394    Matt Ross Community Center            12/2        Thu      10 am

 

Special Interest: Medicare Basics 

Get your Medicare questions answered and learn about plans and the enrollment process. Program presented by Denise Dias from K-State Extension.

1 - 1 hr. class - FREE  

14395  New Century Fieldhouse                              9/21     Tue 10 am 

14415  Matt Ross Community Center                            10/19   Tue 10 am 

 

Special Interest: Powerful Tools For Caregivers

This six-week course is designed to help the family caregiver (no professional caregivers, please).   Learn how to take care of yourself while caring for a relative or friend.  Benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend or someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. 

5- 1 ½ hr. class- Free

14590  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse               9/10           Fri              10:30 am


Special Interest: Osher Institute - Lifelong Learning

Johnson County Park and Recreation District, in partnership with The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas, are pleased to bring you a collection of courses designed for adult learners. Select from the opportunities below to create your own program of personal development. No homework. No tests. No pressure. It’s just learning for the joy of it.

Osher Institute:  MEN AND WOMEN OF THE EARLY AMERICAN REPUBLIC
Like all conflicts, the War of 1812 affected the social and political development of its participants and their people: the U.S., Britain, Canada and the native tribes of North America. This course examines the fascinating lives of some of its better-known participants, including Tecumseh, James and Dolly Madison, and Andrew Jackson. We'll also learn about some lesser-known personalities such as William Apess, a Pequot, who served as a drummer in the U.S. Army; Laura Secord, who warned British officers of an impending attack; Isaac Brock, the tragic British general turned Canadian hero; and Betsy Doyle, the Molly Pitcher of the War of 1812. Course instructor, Richard V. Barbuto was recently retired as deputy director of the Department of Military History at Fort Leavenworth.  He lectures nationally on the War of 1812

3 - 2 hr. classes - $50

14412 Matt Ross Community Center              9/14          Tue            9 am

 

Osher Institute: Travel to Hawaii
We will begin with history of Hawaii from the Polynesian roots as far back as the eighth century A.D.  Westerners came to Hawaii for the first time a thousand years later in the 18th century.  On January 18, 1778, Captain James Cook went ashore at Waimea on Kauai.  He called his new discovery the Sandwich Islands, after the First Lord of the Admiralty.  We will explore some of the first kings and queens of Hawaii and how Hawaii evolved to a U.S. Territory and then statehood in 1959. We will look at Oahu’s past and present the highlights of things to see and do on this island, including Pearl Harbor and the changes there for touring the last few years. A focus will be on Honolulu, the state capital. We’ll then delve into the islands of Maui and Kauai and if there is time Molokai and Lanai. Lastly, we discuss the Big Island, Hawaii. Since all the other islands would fit in the Big Island, there is much to talk about from history to places to see and many activities unique to this island. Volcano National Park will be highlighted. Course instructor, Georgia Klein is a retired secondary educator from the Shawnee Mission School District. She has been to Europe 26 times and has presented workshops on travel to other continents. She has also been a guide for Road Scholars on walking tour of the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. 

3 - 2 hr. classes - $50

14468 Matt Ross Community Center              10/8          Fri              2 pm 

 

Osher Institute:  Capitalism, Socialism, Income Inequality, and Globalization
In the mid 1980s Globalization or free trade between countries started and dramatically changed where goods are made. Concurrently income inequality started to become an issue.    With many jobs being moved out of the US to cheaper production centers; the rich getting richer and the poor poorer. Some people began to question whether or not capitalism was working in the new environment.  This course will highlight the trends and transformations in government policy that occurred in the last 40 year and how these changes accelerated globalization, income inequality, and changed capitalism.  Course instructor, Charles "Chick" Keller is a retired senior executive and retired professor. He worked 15 years at each Sprint, and Black and Veatch in strategic planning and strategic marketing raising to the VP level both times. In 2000 Chick began a career as a professor at the University of Kansas, Master of Engineering Management program where he taught Finance and Strategic Planning.

3 - 2 hr. classes - $50 

14491  Roeland Park Community Center   9/13                      Mon           2 pm


Osher Institute:  Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Depictions in Art, Literature and Film

The stories associated with supernatural beings and events link people to their origins and provide an explanation about their existence. With influences from Shintoism, Buddhism and Taoism, Japanese folklore is filled with supernatural beings ranging from gruesome and mysterious to humorous and playful. We’ll introduce prominent Japanese apparitions, but we will also look beyond the initial spectacle depicted in folktales, historical accounts, statues, prints, writings, and theatrical performances to reveal the origins and effects of such beings on Japanese culture and society.

3 - 2 hr. classes - $50

14492  Roeland Park Community Center   10/6                      Wed           6 pm


Osher Institute:  The Predicament of Possessions in Later Life 

As life unfolds, things tend to accumulate. Can older adults continue to accommodate households of belongings that were assembled for lives that they now no longer live?  Inevitably, they will face a reckoning with their lifelong store of possessions—special, ordinary, and forgotten. Such a predicament now confronts tens of millions of Americans as the Baby Boom cohort passes into retirement and beyond.  Based on research in over 130 Midwestern households, the course explores the meaning of things in later life and how households approach and accomplish downsizing, examining the decision-making process and the effectiveness of different divestment strategies.  Course instructor, David Ekerdt, Ph.D., recently retired as Professor of Sociology and Gerontology at KU, specializing in work and retirement, focused on the changing role and practice of retirement. He is the editor-in-chief of the "Macmillan Encyclopedia of Aging"

 3 - 2 hr. classes - $50 

14550  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse               10/28          Thu              2pm 

  

Osher Institute:  The German-American Experience in the U.S. Civil War

"I goes to fight mit Sigel!," a popular song of the Civil War era, reflects the fact that roughly one-third of the soldiers fighting for the Union cause were either recent immigrants from the German states or sons of such immigrants. These Germans on the Northern side, to the soldiers in Southern gray either the "Damned Dutch" or the "Hessians," rallied to the cause in no small measure because they saw the "war to save the Union" as the continuation of the German Revolution of 1848-49, which failed to unite the German states and provide for democratic reforms. They were led into battle by many of the same military leaders who had played prominent roles during the Revolution in Germany, such as Friedrich Hecker, Carl Schurz and especially Franz Sigel. Join us as we explore this fascinating topic.  Course instructor, William Keel, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus of German at KU, having taught the history and culture of German settlements in Kansas and Missouri.

3 - 2 hr. classes - $50

14551  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse               11/16          Tue              9am


Technology:  Facebook® 101

Facebook is the most widely used social media platform in the world. Learn how to set up an account, post a status or picture, and how to stay connected with friends and family with your smartphone or computer.
1 - 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

14203 Matt Ross Community Center    9/13     Mon 11 am


Technology: Helpful Apps for Older Adults

Tour the main social media outlets, learn how to use them, and what each are used for. Learn about hashtags, memes, and how younger audiences use social media. Find out how social media can work for you in your personal and professional life.

1 - 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

14552  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse               10/19                 Tue      11 am


Technology: How to Use Zoom

Zoom is the new buzzword! Learn how to sign up and use the software platform Zoom. Bring your device and any associated account passwords.

1 - 1 hr. class - $10 / $11 nonresidents 

9553              Roeland Park Community Center                    7/29     Thu         1 pm


Technology:  Instagram® 101

What is Instagram ®? Discover what this wildly popular photo sharing app is all about.  Learn how to set up an account, post a picture or video, and how to connect with friends and family with your smartphone. Guidance provided on setting up an account, posting a status, and posting pictures. Please bring your own device for hands on learning and know the Apple® ID or Gmail® address and passwords associated with your smartphone account.

1 - 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

9800               Matt Ross Community Center                  8/12     Thu         11 am

14421             Matt Ross Community Center                  12/8     Wed    10:30 am


Technology: Microsoft Office Workshops 

Microsoft Office has likely been updated since you’ve last used it. Take this course for a beginner’s overview on the basic functions of each program. Purchase individually or take them all!.

1 - 1 ½ hr. session - $17 / $19 nonresidents

14497  Roeland Park Community Center     Word                       9/22     Wed      1 pm

14499  Roeland Park Community Center     Excel                      10/27    Wed      1 pm

14500  Roeland Park Community Center     PowerPoint             11/24    Wed      1 pm

14501  Roeland Park Community Center     Outlook                   12/22    Wed      1 pm


Technology: One-on-One Computer or Cell Phone Tutoring

Get specific training and questions answered by our patient and knowledgeable instructor. Participant is required to bring personal laptop, tablet, or cell phone to tutoring session. Call (913) 826-3160 to set up your appointment. Please know the Apple ID® or Gmail® address and passwords associated with your account if applicable. Program fee nonrefundable. 

1 - 2 hr. class - $60 / $66 nonresidents

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Technology: Online Safety

Learn tips, tricks, and things to avoid to make your online life a little safer through the use of software, apps, and best practices. Find out what the latest buzzwords mean, and be able to ask questions. No one is ever too safe and now issues come up all the time.

1 - 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

9596            Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse                8/10     Tue       1 pm

14567           Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse               11/18   Thu        1 pm


Technology: Password Protection

“Password: Kv39X@^z!f9# does not meet password setting criteria.” Does remembering and resetting all those online passwords drive you bananas? Hear from a technology wiz on how to keep your personal information safely password protected in a manageable fashion.

1 – 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

9614               Roeland Park Community Center                    7/29     Thu       11 am


Technology: Selling Online

Clearing out clutter? Looking to sell handmade wares? Class covers how to sell online safely. Learn tips and tricks to online payments, where to sell, and how to ship.

1 – 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

9619                Virtual                                                             8/17     Tue         6 pm


Technology: Selling Online - Facebook, Craigslist, and Poshmark

Looking to make some money by clearing out clutter? This class covers how to sell online safely. Learn tips and tricks to online payments, where to sell, and how to ship.

1 - 1 hr. class - $10 / $12 nonresidents 

14522             Roeland Park Community Center                   10/25   Mon        1 pm

14523             Roeland Park Community Center                   12/1     Wed        6 pm 

 

Technology: Selling Online - eBay, Etsy, Amazon

Clearing out clutter? Looking to sell handmade wares? This class covers how to sell online safely. Learn tips and tricks to online payments, where to sell, and how to ship.

1 - 1 hr. class - $10 / $12 nonresidents 

14524            Roeland Park Community Center                   11/17   Wed        6 pm 

14525             Roeland Park Community Center                   12/13   Mon        1 pm


Technology: Smartphone Photos

Take photos with better composition using your smartphone! Learn the basic operations, how to store and send pictures, plus more. Please know the Apple ID® or Gmail® address and passwords associated with your smartphone account.  

1 - 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

14422   Matt Ross Community Center              10/29   Fri        10:30 am


Technology: Smartphone Workshops 

Is your smartphone smarter than you?  Learn the basic fundamentals of your device through helpful bi-weekly workshops. Purchase each workshop individually or take them all! Handouts and hands-on instruction included. Please bring your own fully charged device for hands on learning and know the Apple® ID or Gmail® address and passwords associated with your smartphone account.

1 - 1 ½ hr. session - $17 / $19 nonresidents

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9809          Matt Ross Community Center    Text & Email             7/27   Tue     11 am - Canceled

9810          Matt Ross Community Center    All About Apps          8/3     Tue     11 am

14423        Matt Ross Community Center    Contacts & Calling    9/24   Fri      10:30 am

14465        Matt Ross Community Center    Settings & Alerts        10/1   Fri     10:30 am

14466        Matt Ross Community Center    Text & Email              10/8   Fri      10:30 am

14467       Matt Ross Community Center    All About Apps            10/15  Fri     10:30 am

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Osher Life Long Learning Institute

We are so pleased to partner with KU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which offers noncredit enrichment courses and events in accessible and innovative learning environments with a special focus for folks 50 and “better, although learners of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.  New classes will be added to the page and calendar as soon as they are scheduled.  


Skillbuilders Support Group

This education and support group is for widows, widowers, and caregivers.  Take time to socialize and share stories with one another then listen to a different presenter that will focus on a variety of topics each week.  From staying safe in your home, to car upkeep, to cooking for one the goal is to help those grieving find a new normal to keep moving forward.  Call (913) 826-2830 for more information.

AARP Smart Driver Courses

Keep your driving skills sharp!  Completing an AARP Smart Driver Course can mean a discount with some insurance companies.  No tests given.  AARP membership not required to take the course. In person classes are currently suspended.  Check back often for upcoming classes as soon as in-person options are available.

Aging Mastery Program

The 10-session program combines goal-setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives. Central to the AMP philosophy is the belief that modest lifestyle changes can produce big results and that people can be empowered to cultivate health and longevity.