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EXPLORE! offers new, exciting class selections


The Explore! Adult Learning program in Sun City West has added some great new classes! Register in person at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center Administrative Office, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. You may also check out the complete class schedule at and sign up there. You can view the Explore! catalog online HERE or pick one up at any Rec Centers’ facility as well.

Explore! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark is available to assist you at 623-544-6194 or Here are a few of the upcoming offerings:

NEW! B-FIT (CARDIO BOOT CAMP), 6 to7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, R.H. Johnson Fitness on Demand Room; $50 fee.
Session I January 30, Feb. 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22;
Session II February 27, Mar 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22;
Session III Mar 27, 29, April 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 and 19
Do you want to slim and trim your body, tone your muscles, lose weight and feel great? Is your current routine stale or are you looking for more of a challenge? Come join us for an hour of cardio endurance, resistance training, calisthenics, body weight and strength training. Burn fat, build muscle and kick-start your metabolism with short cardio intervals mixed in with resistance exercises using your own body weight, hand weights, bands plus an extra dose of ab work.
Exercises will be customized for your level of fitness by demonstrating high and low impact so you can choose what works best for you. If you want a fresh workout and want to have fun doing it, come join the B-Fit Cardio Strength Class. Let’s use the body you have, to create the body you want! You will need a good pair of running/walking sneakers, proper workout attire and your own mat (if you prefer). Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

Instructor Bernadette Gasior, has run seven marathons and earned trophies and medals for countless 5K and 10K races across the country. At 54, she decided to pursue her aspiration to become a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor and to this day, continues to promote and create a healthy support system to her friends and family. She has introduced a higher level of fitness and endurance training to many people, through in home personal training; when she owned and operated the Laveen Fitness Boot Camp; and has trained many clients for numerous marathons.

NEW! BEATLES, MAKING of the SERGEANT PEPPER ALBUM, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Acacia Room; $10 fee.
Rolling Stone magazine ranks “Sgt. Pepper’s” as the #1 album of all time! This lecture will follow in the footsteps of the Beatles as they embark on the creation of their 8th studio album – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Club Band.” We will explore the genesis of how the songs were written, their influences, recording and production techniques and the iconic cover art. In addition, we will discuss its legacy that not only defined the counterculture of a generation but whose musical landscape continues to influence contemporary society.

Instructor Vincent Bruno is a rock historian with a focus on The Beatles and The Sixties. Recently retired as Director of First Year Programs at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York), he holds an MPA from Baruch College and as an adjunct professor has taught courses in numerous disciplines including Humanities, Management and Cooperative Education. As a Beatles scholar and storyteller, he both embraces their legacy and presents an entertaining, interactive and informative session for both the casual listener and the hard-core Beatles fan.

NEW! ASTRONOMY, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE, 3 to 6 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1 and 8, R.H. Johnson Lecture Hall; $35 fee.
The course begins with the basic science of astronomy and the evolution of telescopes to the discovery of the big bang creation of the universe, the life cycle of the stars and the sun to their death in supernovae and their remnants as white dwarfs and black holes. We will review the solar system’s formation, evolution, planets and structure and explore cosmic structure including galaxies, dark matter, dark energy and the expansion of space. The evolution of the universe and the discovery of extraterrestrial life will be the final chapter of discussion. The class will be highly interactive and visual with images from space-based and ground-based telescopes and videos from NASA, ESA, and key science centers.

Instructor Joseph Aibinder, M.S., is a Sun City Festival resident and Del Webb scholar who served as a Connecticut high school science teacher, a college advanced placement instructor, an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, and as a NASA Endeavor Teaching Fellow.

NEW! BRIDGE FOR BEGINNERS, 6 to 8 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 And 26, Beardsley Recreation Center, Chicory Room; $60 fee.
The purpose of this class is to introduce the game of bridge to those who have never played bridge before. The first class will begin with page one of chapter one from the original Audrey Grant’s Club Series (bidding). Students should be familiar with card games and know the four suits. The Shirley Silverman Beginning Bridge booklet is an inexpensive alternative text.

Instructor Dennis Higden, is accredited by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). He will use various teaching manuals and books to enhance the learning experience and has extensive experience in teaching bridge. He was the manager of the Minneapolis Bridge Center for two years before becoming a full-time bridge teacher for 13 years. There he taught 15 2-hour classes per week for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Dennis retired in 2012 and continued to teach on over 70 cruises. He plays duplicate bridge at least once a week and has accumulated nearly 1,500 master points. He hopes you’ll find this class both informative and entertaining.

DELICIOUS AND HEALTHY SMOOTHIES AND JUICING, 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, Summit Hall B; $35 fee.                                                                                                                             

Have fun learning to make fabulous and healthy smoothies and the combinations that work best for great taste and nutrition. Find new ways to enjoy vegetables and fruit, mixed with protein and other powders and other ingredients. Taste some delicious options you can make for your friends and family. Get recipes for entertaining and enjoy juicing and making smoothies.

Instructor Irma Mendivil is dedicated to inspiring healthy choices and demonstrating that great taste and good nutrition go hand in hand. Her mission is to awaken your inner chef and inner healer, to enhance your appreciation of the nourishing power of natural foods and your body’s innate wisdom and to create public awareness regarding the significant role diet plays on our overall health. Irma teaches classes in private homes, offices and other settings. She offers cooking and dinner parties; kitchen organization; healthy shopping tours and developing weekly meal plans with shopping lists. Irma Mendivil graduated from the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts, where she earned her degree in Holistic Nutrition.

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