Classes and Workshops

Spring/Summer 2019

Classes begin Monday, April 29
Classes end Friday, August 23

Registration Questions: Pat Baldwin, Director of Beyond U – 313.833.1300 ext. 15 or


Registration Fee:  $5.00

Class/Workshop Fees:  $5.00 Per Class or Workshop (unless otherwise indicated)

Fine Arts Class & Theater Class supply fee:  $10.00

[Scholarships are available for qualifying participants]


Payable to: The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation

There is a $35 charge for returned checks

Yoga:  Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increased flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 min/30 max        Instructor: Laura Lerman
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am             Room:  First Congregational Church


Belly Dance:  A Middle-Eastern dance fitness class that will get your body moving.  You can expect to learn Tribal, Egyptian, Lebanese, and North African dance style and technique.  Benefits include strengthening and toning your body and relaxing your mind. Participants can purchase course materials from instructor.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 min/20 max  Instructor:  Stephanie Carr
Time:  11:45 am—12:45 pm                 Room:  First Congregational Church

Meditation:  In this course we will explore the various techniques of meditation. Learn and develop the practical skills of mindfulness and meditation, including methods for (a) deepening concentration and (b) responding skillfully to physical pain, stress, and difficult emotions and thought patterns.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing     Class size: 10 min/30 max        Instructor: Vernice Daniels
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm             Room:  First Congregational Church


Sing Out! (Men’s Multi-Style Singing Group):  Come sing with us! Join in the joy of group singing as we sing great music from the Swing and Be-Bop eras, as well as Blues, Doo-wop and Motown. The instructor is Alina Morr from the Grammy-nominated jazz group Straight Ahead.

Requirements: All skill levels are welcome     Class size: 8 min/25 max        Instructor: Alina Morr
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm             Room:  First Congregational Church

Advanced Fitness: Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Handheld weights, exercise ball, elastic tubingwith handles and chairs are utilized.

Instructor: John Barber Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am   Room: First Congregational Church
Class size: 15 min/30 max


Tai Chi:   Provides an opportunity for participants to learn the ancient Chinese form of moving meditation and relaxation while creating balance between the mind and body. The flowing dance-like movements are able to improve muscular strength, flexibility, joint movement, balance, and cardio-respiratory fitness.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing   Class size: 10 min/30 max   Instructor: Bobby Calhoun
Time: 10:15am-11:15am                      Room:  First Congregational Church


Zumba Gold:   A dance fitness class that will get your body moving to Latin and other genres of music. You can expect to hear fun & festive music that will inspire you to dance, walk in place and move your hips and arms while standing or sitting in a chair. The benefits include improving your physical and psychological health.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing Class size:  10 min/30 max   Instructor: Sheila Gerard
Time:  11:30 am—12:30 pm                Room:  First Congregational Church

Art and Design 101:   Be yourself and DO ART. Explore your possibilities in drawing, painting and collage. This course is for beginners and those who want to review working with the process in art-making. Course goals: working with a variety of materials to understand what is possible; gaining self-confidence; and learning about artists past and present.

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm      Class size: 9 min/15 max           Instructor:  Nancy Wolfe
Room:  First Congregational Church


Theater:   This class will provide the opportunity to explore aspects of theater performance and production.  Through various theater techniques, such as improvisation, oral history and storytelling, the group will develop and share their creativity with an audience.

Time:   10:15 am—11:45 am       Class size:  6 min/10 max         Instructor: Assata Haki
Room:  First Congregational Church      Supply fee per term:  $10.00

Drums Alive: Golden Beats –   This class is a drumming and movement workout this is specifically designed to enhance emotional and cognitive health as well as social engagement.  Class meets May 31 – August 9

Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am   Class size: 10 mini/20 max    Instructor: Meida Ollivierra
Room:  First Congregational Church  Requirements: Wear Loose Clothing


Gentle Yoga:   Gentle yoga for all levels of abilities. We will do seated and standing poses, with floorwork being optional. Plenty of helpful modifications will be suggested.  Gain flexibility, balance, range of motion and even muscular strength.

Time: 10:15 am-11:15 am   Class size: 15 min/30 max    Instructor: Trina Campbell
Room:  First Congregational Church


Fine Arts:   Learn the skill of printmaking, collage, figure drawing, mandala making, and painting self-portraits. Students are able to learn and create in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere that welcomes all who are interested in self-expression and using their imaginations.

Time: 12:30 pm-3:00 pm        Class size: 10 min/ 20 max        Instructor: James Puntigam
Room:  First Congregational Church                  Supply fee per term:  $10.00

Life Writing 201: A Literary Journey to Self-Expression 

This four-week workshop will continue with the exploration of the life review process and how to take control of one’s narrative through writing.

Tuesdays, May 7 – June 11  /  10:30am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Pat Baldwin    Location: First Congregational Church

Class Size: 8 min/15 max