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

14470          Roeland Park Community Center                   11/30   Tue         11 am - Canceled

1 - 2 hr. class - $25 / $28 nonresidents

16937          Roeland Park Community Center            Olive Garden            2/3     Thu         11 am

16939          Roeland Park Community Center            Cracker Barrel          3/3     Thu         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 - $25 / $28 nonresidents

16964          Roeland Park Community Center                     3/29     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

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

16969             Roeland Park Community Center                  1/7-4/29  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                

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

16971              Roeland Park Community Center                1/4-4/26   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:

The Big Quiet by Lisa Stewart

14518  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse            11/17       Wed      1:30 pm

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom

14519 Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse             12/29       Wed    1:30 pm

Still Life by Louise Penny

16932  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse            1/25         Tue       2 pm

We Came, We Saw, We Left by Charles Wheelan

16933  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse             2/22        Tue        2 pm

Bicycling with Butterflies by Sarah Dykman

16934  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse             3/29         Tue        2 pm

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

16938  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse            4/26          Tue         2 pm

          

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. 

16946    Matt Ross Community Center              1/27      Thu     9 am

16949    Roeland Park Community Center         2/5        Sat      9 am

16954    Tomahawk Ridge Community Center    2/22     Tue      9 am

16955    New Century Fieldhouse                       3/22      Tue      9 am

16957    Roeland Park Community Center         4/2         Sat       9 am

16958    Matt Ross Community Center               4/21      Thu       9 am

 

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

16961    Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse             2/24      Thu     9:30 am


Special Interest: Bagel and Birds
Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse and Ernie Miller Nature Center are excited about birds and want to expand your bird knowledge! During this presentation you will learn information about different kinds of birds and enjoy a bagel and juice while listening!
1 - 1 hr. session - $15 / $17 nonresident

17277              Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse     4/13    Wed    10 am


Special Interest: Bee Organized
Who are you in relation to your STUFF? Professionals from Bee Organized, 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 hr. session - $25 / $27 nonresident

16974    Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse           3/25       Fri    12:30 pm


Special Interest: Brain Fitness
Learn how to keep your brain in tip top shape as you age.  You will learn how memory works, strategies to remember things, and why it is important to exercise your body and mind.  Program presented by Denise Dias of K-State Extension.
1 - 1 hr. class - Free

17213    Matt Ross Community Center               4/8         Fri    10 am

 

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 - Canceled


Special Interest: Herb Planters
Get creative and hands on while designing a planter to spruce up your porch or deck.  Herbs, pot, and soil included.
1 - 1 hr. session - $38 / $41 nonresidents

16962   Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse                      4/1       Fri       10 am

  

Special Interest: Hydrangeas for Your Garden
One of the most popular and misunderstood shrubs in the landscape.  We will cover everything for success -   from which species are best for you and how to care ensuring the beauty you desire. Presented by K-State Extension Office.
1 - 1 hr. session - FREE

16966    Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse                    3/25      Fri       12:30 pm


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: 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: From Gilded Age to Progressive Era
The Gilded Age (1876-1896) was a time of unprecedented American industrial expansion, which generated powerful corporate empires, rising inequality, violent worker-management clashes, Populist discontent in farm states like Kansas, as well as remedies ranging from “free silver” to socialism. During the Progressive Era (1900-1916), Presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson helped promote more modest reforms, such as “trust busting” laws and court rulings, the Federal Reserve System, and Meat Inspection Act. Were people like Andrew Carnegie “captains of Industry” or “robber barons”? We tackle this and other questions by examining conflicting viewpoints as well as film clips from historical documentaries. Carl Graves, Ph.D., holds a master’s degree in US history from KU and a doctorate from Harvard. He taught at the university and community college levels, and at Kansas City’s Pembroke Hill School.
3 - 2 hr. classes - $50

16970   New Century Fieldhouse                      2/14            Mon             2 pm


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              9 am


Osher Institute:  Woodstock at 50
Rock music during the 1967-69 countercultural era started with the Summer of Love and ended tragically just two years later. We will explore cultural and political events of the time from the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, through the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and ending at the Altamont Speedway Festival. While Monterey introduced the world to many soon-to-be famous performers, Woodstock gave its name to a generation, and Altamont brought the era of love and trust to a sad end. Join the conversation as we recall this seminal time in American history. Steve Lopes is a retired union organizer for the Kansas National Education Association who likes music. On Aug. 15, 1969, he was a college administrator from Boston getting soaked in the rain at a White Lake, N.Y., alfalfa field.
3 - 2 hr. classes - $50

16993    Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse        1/27          Thu              2 pm 


Osher Institute: Would You Like to Meet the Beatles You Thought You Knew?
The Beatles were more than just another rock band. They were a cultural tsunami that forever changed fashion, manners, humor, media, values and style, while influencing musical genres and future musicians long after the group’s demise. Their 213 songs, 28 albums and five films over seven years as a group were a mere prelude to their cultural impact that continues to this day. In addition to reviewing their origin story and “Beatlemania,” we will try to understand how these four became so fabulous. Participants will be asked to engage in trivia quizzes and discussions of their legacy. Steve Lopes, AE, BA, MA, M Ed, was an educator for 15 years prior to 30 years of advocating for teachers as a Kansas-NEA organizer. He enjoys researching Rock 'n' Roll history and sharing it with Osher participants.
3 - 2 hr. classes - $50

17116   Roeland Park Community Center            1/25         Tue           1 pm


Special Interest: Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This five-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. Presented by K-State Extension Office. Virtual option available.
6 - 1 1/2 hr. classes - FREE

16975   Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse              2/25        Fri            10:30 am


Special Interest: Pruning Evergreens
How, when, where, what, and why!  We struggle with how to make one of the most important shrubs in trees show off in the landscape.  Come learn the tools to be more successful in pruning.  Presented by K-State Extension.
1 - 1 1/2 hr. class - FREE

16978    Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse          2/25         Fri            12:30 pm


Special Interest: Sleep: Want It, Need It, Get It!
Waking up in the morning feeling refreshed, renewed and invigorated is a good indicator of an adequate quality and quantity of sleep. This program explores the topic of sleep and why it is so important to you and your health.. Program presented by Denise Dias from K-State Extension.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

17214   Matt Ross Community Center           2/25        Fri           10 am


Special Interest: Spring Planter
Get creative and hands on while designing a planter to spruce up your porch or deck. Plants, pot, and soil included
1 - 1 hr. class- $38 / $41 nonresidents

16982    Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse        4/29     Fri     10 am


Special Interest: Tree Hugger's Unite
Trees play a vital role in our everyday lives.  This program will cover the value that trees provide, as well as selecting the right trees for your property.  We will also introduce you to the basics of tree identification, pruning, and planting.  We will plant a tree within Meadowbrook Park during the class.
1 - 1 1/2 hr. session - $8 / $9 nonresidents

17114  Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse                 4/5          Fri         1 pm


Special Interest: When Income Drops
Many circumstances can lead to an abrupt reduction in income: a factory layoff or cutback, loss of a job, reduced farm income, or loss of a second income from a spouse. Just the threat of any of these situations can be a serious blow to individuals and families struggling to survive economically in difficult times. This program looks at steps you can take to stay afloat after a drop in income. Program presented by Denise Dias from K-State Extension.
1 - 1 hr. class - FREE

17216   Matt Ross Community Center                1/18           Tue          10 am


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

16999  Matt Ross Community Center                3/21          Mon          1 pm


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

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

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

17005  Roeland Park Community Center      Excel                       1/26     Wed       1 pm

17006  Roeland Park Community Center      PowerPoint              2/23     Wed       1 pm

17007  Roeland Park Community Center       Word                       3/30     Wed       1 pm

17008  Roeland Park Community Center       Outlook                   4/27     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 

14567           Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse               11/18   Thu        1 pm - Canceled


Technology:  Password Protection
Does remembering and resetting all those online passwords drive you bananas? Hear from a technology wiz on how to keep your personal information safety password protected in manageable fashion. 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 

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


Technology: Photo Storing, Sharing & Editing
The instructor will cover how to store photos on a laptop, backup photos on a smart phone/tablet, how to share photos electronically, and ways to print photos. There will be time for answering questions after. Participants are welcome to bring devices and chargers to follow along.
1 - 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents 

17016              Roeland Park Community Center               2/26     Sat       9 am

17017              Roeland Park Community Center               3/23     Wed     1 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 

14523             Roeland Park Community Center                   12/1     Wed        6 pm 

17020             Roeland Park Community Center                    1/29    Sat          9 am

17022             Roeland Park Community Center                    3/9      Wed         1 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 

16926   Matt Ross Community Center                    1/14      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

16935       Tomahawk Ridge Community Center         Contacts & Calling         3/18      Fri     1 pm

16941       Tomahawk Ridge Community Center         Settings & Alerts            4/1       Fri       1 pm

17136       Tomahawk Ridge Community Center          Text & Email                  4/15     Fri       1 pm

17137       Tomahawk Ridge Community Center          All About Apps               4/29     Fri       1 pm


Technology:  Streaming and Smart TVs
TV isn’t what is used to be! Explore ways to have over 1,000s of your favorite TV shows and moves at the tip of your fingers.  Learn what streaming is, how it works, and more about smart TVs.
1 - 2 hr. class - $20 / $22 nonresidents

16912    Matt Ross Community Center               2/18      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.