Hannan Center for Lifelong Learning

Winter 2017

Classes begin Tuesday, January 3rd
Classes end Friday, April 13th 


Registration Fee:  $5.00

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

Fine Arts Class & Theatre Class supply fee:  $10.00

Early Registration:  December 7 to December 9, 2016
Regular Registration:  December 12 to December 16, 2016
Late & Final Registration: January 3 to January 6, 2017 ($5.00 Late Fee)

Registration Time: 9:00 am to 11:30am / 12pm – 2pm

Register/questions: Kim Morton in Room 308, (313) 833-1300 ext. 14

[Scholarships are available for qualifying participants—see Kim Morton]


Payable to: The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation

There is a $35 charge for returned checks — No refund unless class is cancelled.

NOTE: No one will be allowed to attend any classes if they are not registered in that class by the end of late registration.



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 minimum/30 maximum        Instructor: Gail Twitty
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am             Room:  Lower Level

Belly Dance:  A Middle-Eastern dance fitness class that will get your body moving.  You can ex pect to learn Tribal, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Upper Africa 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 minimum/20 maximum     Instructor:  Stephanie Carr
Time:  11:45 am—12:45 pm                 Room:  Lower Level



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. Hand-held weights, exercise ball, elastic tubing with handles and a chair are used for seated and/or standing support.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing    Class size: 10 minimum/40 maximum      Instructor:  John Barber   Time: 9:00am—10:00am                       Room:  Lower Level

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 minimum/30 maximum   Instructor: Bobby Calhoun
Time: 10:15am-11:15am                      Room:  Lower Level

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 & psychological health.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing Class size:  10 minimum/30 maximum Instructor:  Michelle Sand
Time:  11:30 am—12:30 pm                Room:  Lower Level



Body Boost:   Tired of the same old exercises? You haven’t tried interval training yet – a series of various exercises in different intensity, weight and duration proven to give your body’s metabolism a boost! These exercises improve strength for activities of daily living, promote muscle growth & increase youthful energy.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing, use 2 pound hand weights. A supply list will be available at registration.

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am      Class size: 10 minimum/35 maximum           Instructor:  Michelle Sand
Room:  Lower Level

Theatre:   This class will provide the opportunity to explore aspects of theatre performance and production.  Through various theatre 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 Minimum—10 Maximum         Instructor:  Breon Canady
Room:  3rd floor conference room      Supply fee per term:  $10.00



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. Hand-held weights,  exercise ball, elastic tubing with handles and a chair are used for seated and/or standing support.

Requirements: Wear loose clothing and sturdy comfortable shoes       Instructor: John Barber
Time: 9:00 am-10:00 am       Class size: 10 minimum  40 maximum                   Room:  Lower Level     

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.

Course duration:  12 weeks (6 weeks, 1 week off, 6 weeks)

Time: 10:15 am-11:15 am   Class size: 10 minimum/20 maximum    Instructor: Dr. Nia-Avelina Aguirre
Room:  Lower Level

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 minimum  20 maximum            Instructor: James Puntigam
Room:  Lower Level                         Supply fee per term:  $10.00



Dates:  Third Fridays of each month   Time:  10:15 am — 11:30 am    Room:  3rd Floor Conference Rm.

January – Navigating Your Smartphone

February – Sweeten Up Your Diabetic Diet

March – Secrets to Saving More with Coupons

Sponsored by Boulevard Temple



The Visual Journal, Image and Word: an approach to self-expression

Wednesdays – January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and February 1st, 8th 15th
Instructor: Nancy Wolfe
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

This workshop is designed to open new paths to communicate experiences and encourages self-expression in imagery and word through exercises that help to expand creative thinking – emphasizing the process over product. Group discussions expand our own ideas and encourage us to “play” visually with images and become the storyteller.

Range of experience: beginners and for those who want to reconnect to their art experience.


AARP Smart Driver Course

February 8th and February 9th
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Participants must complete both sessions to receive certificate of completion
Cost: $15 AARP Members; $20 Non-AARP Members

The AARP Smart Driver Course covers defensive driving techniques and the normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging.  The course also provides practical techniques for adjusting to these changes to ensure the driver’s own safety and that of others on the road. During the course, participants learn about current rules of the road and how to operate their vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.  Topics include:

  • Maintaining proper following distance
  • Minimizing the effect of dangerous blind spots
  • Limiting driver distractions such as eating, smoking and cell phone use
  • Properly using safety belts, air bags and all car features
  • Effects of medication on driving
  • Maintaining physical flexibility
  • Monitoring the driving skills and capabilities of yourself and others


“The 1967 Project” – an 8-week intergenerational class with Wayne State University and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  Students from WSU’s ENG 3020: Writing and Community, will join Hannan seniors who lived through the events in Detroit during the summer of 1967.  The project gets the perspective of history from people who lived it.  You will write about your experiences and tell your stories.  Selecting from these narratives, the DSO will couple them with jazz selections that will be performed by the DSO’s Youth Civic Jazz Ensemble.

Informational Session:
Tuesday, February 7th
Hannan 3rd Floor Conference Room
11:30am – 1:00pm
Please RSVP to: Pat Baldwin, HCLL Director
313.833.1300 X15 or pbaldwin@hannan.org


Detroit Medical Center (DMC) comes to Hannan the third Wednesday of every month to offer FREE blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings, plus the opportunity to ask questions of a health care professional.

Dates:  Third Wednesday of the month

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