Adult Classes

The Tucson J offers a wide array of Adult Enrichment Classes. Register for classes below, in person at the Welcome Desk, or please call 520.299.3000.
No refunds once the class has begun.

 


Thrive & Grow Vegetable Gardening Workshops

Fridays, ongoing- June 15, 2-3:30pm (No class on April 6)

Are you wondering what it takes to have a successful vegetable garden here in the Southwest desert? In this series, expert gardener Michael Ismail will demystify vegetable gardening in the desert, teaching you simple techniques which can produce tremendous results. Come learn about building and maintaining healthy soils, selecting the right seasonal varieties, proper watering, dealing with problem insects, proper fertilizing, and so much more!
Instructor: Michael Ismail
$10 J members per class meeting
Jewish Heritage Center


Journey Through World Music 
Friday, February 16

1-3pm

This four-week course will serve as an introductory exploration of world music and will examine music from around the globe. The recordings will be discussed and dissected with Professor Gil Seeley, James W. Rogers Professor of Music Emeritus at Lewis & Clark College. Seeley served as artistic director for Oregon Repertory Singers for over three decades.

  1. February 16: India: Ravi Shankar

Instructor: Professor Gil Seeley
$10 per class drop-in
Board Room



The Thorny Pass of Jewish Emancipation

Tuesdays, February 6 – 27, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

This class will focus on historical background of Jewish Emancipation all over the world, its momentous consequences, and the roots of modern anti-Semitism. The instructor, Roza Simkhovich is a dynamic and engaging speaker. She will provide you with fascinating information, intellectual stimulation and will excite you with a joy of learning. She is an educator with more than 30 years of experience. As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Russian and Slavic Studies at University of Arizona, she specialized in teaching oral communication, translation, interpreting and business language at the intermediate and advanced levels for 23 years. Founded, organized and coordinated the CIS and Eastern Europe Business Forum. She organized the resettlement program for the Soviet Jews in 1990, taught citizenship and ESL classes for émigrés at the Jewish Family and Children Service, Tucson, AZ. Taught classes in Russian History and Culture for a number of adult education programs in Tucson. In 1980s as a board member of JCC Roza organized “The Celebration Of Heritage concert series” which has been revised in 2017. Instructor: Roza Simkhovich
$36/$30 members, Drop-in $9
Senior Library





Films To Remember: A Film Appreciation Course

Wednesdays
March 7 – April 11
11 am – 1 pm

If you love movies – you will love them even more after this course.  We will dig beyond just the appearances and look at how movie magic is made.  Looking at how films can change consciousness and open people’s hearts and minds, we will go beyond Hollywood films and look at films from other cultures.  We will peek behind the wizard’s curtain to see how and why some films touch you deeply. Genie Joseph, PhD is an award-winning film director, and was Co-Producer for the TV series “The N”, on Nickelodeon.  She was the CEO of Hawaii Movie Studios and has worked on over 200 films and TV programs in various capacities.
Instructor: Genie Joseph, Ph.D.
$65/$60 members
Senior Library


ATTRACTING POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN

Sunday, March 11, 10 am

Not having enough pollinators such as bees and butterflies in your garden will mean poor crop yields. So, if you want to get the most out of your plants come learn the best methods to attract these beneficial insects. Expert gardener Michael Ismail will discuss plant selections and will also give a demonstration on building your own mason bee box!
Instructor: Michael Ismail
$10 per class
Spivak Demonstration Kitchen

 



Exploring the Old Pueblo:
Tucson’s El Presidio Historic District Walking Tour
Sunday, March 18 at 9:30am

This walking tour will examine some of the early buildings in
Tucson, starting with the oldest house, and work through a
historical cross section to places built around 1900.  Themes to be examined include: Hispanic vs. Anglo-American housing construction and layout, changes after the arrival of the
Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, and the adaptations to the
local culture and environment.  A subtheme will consist of the landscape of historic preservation and the issues involved in protecting these places. The walk should take about 2 hours and cover about 1 mile.  Jim Sell is a retired professor who taught at both Northern
Arizona University and the University of Arizona.  The El Presidio walking tour has been developed over 14 years of teaching the Geography of Metropolitan Tucson at UA.

Instructor: Jim Sell, Ph.D.
$25/$20 J members
Meet downtown at  La Casa Cordova, 175 N Meyer Ave.
* Optional lunch at El Charro following the tour.


Introduction to Mah Jong
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 2
9 – 11 am

Learn to play American Mah Jong from an experienced teacher in a fun, interactive atmosphere. You will learn how to interpret the card, together with becoming
familiar with all the official National Mah Jong League rules of this exciting, challenging game. This class is limited to 4 students.

Instructor: Deanna Mendelow
$60/ $50 members
Senior Library


Tournament Poker
Wednesdays, April 25- May 9,  6pm – 8pm

Tournament Poker has intricacies which make the strategies different from other venues.  For students who would like to participate in tournament poker or have a greater understanding of what strategies are in play, participants will explore early stage, middle stage, bubble play and late stage play as they maneuver a tournament field.

Instructor:  Mark Brement
$79/$74 members


BEEKEEPING
Sunday, May 6, 10am-12pm

You’ve probably heard that the honeybee population, which we rely on to produce our food, is in danger. The good news is that it may be easier than you think to be part of the solution! Did you know that in Tucson you can keep bee hives on your property? Just imagine, fresh honey right out of your own backyard! Come learn the basics of beekeeping such as using the right equipment, putting together a hive box, capturing hives, proper smoking techniques and general colony care. Attend this class and receive a 10% off coupon for beekeeping equipment and supplies from Thrive and Grow Gardens. If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper this is the class for you!
Instructor: Michael Ismail
$25 per class
Jewish Heritage Center



The Secret Life of Animals Workshop
Monday, May 14,  2 – 4 pm

Do animals have thoughts and feelings?  What would they like us to know?  What if we could communicate with them? Drawing on the latest scientific findings we explore their inner lives and the powerful human-animal bond.  We also explore how animals have been trained to detect cancer with 98% accuracy, medical alert dogs, therapy dogs and service animals. Also, learn about how you can use a therapeutic massage technique. You are welcome to bring your certified service animals to the class.
Instructor: Genie Joseph
$20/$15  members
Jewish Heritage Center


INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Sunday, June 10, 10 am

It’s no fun having insects destroy your plants! Have you ever wondered how organic gardeners deal with problem insects in the garden? Part of the solution is enlisting the help of beneficial insects, but how do you tell which ones are good and which ones are bad? Join expert gardener Michael Ismail to learn how to identify common garden insects and simple organic methods to fight off problem insects and attract the beneficial ones.

Instructor: Michael Ismail
$10 J members per class
Jewish Heritage Center


TUCSON J COLLABORATION WITH PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Intro to Computers – Beginners Start Here
Monday, May 14, 1:00-3:00pm

This Microsoft Windows course teaches the functions of the keys and the mouse.  These keys are used extensively in computer work, but what they do is not fully understood by novice users.  So we drill the functions of these keys and the mouse.  With minimal practice, students will be prepared to participate in our next course. Instructor: Chris Yochum
$29/ $24 J members
Location note: Classes will be held off-site on the Pima Community College campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave.


Intro to Computers I – Everyday Skills
Tuesday, February 27, 10am-5pm
Monday, May 21, 10am-5pm

This course will make YOU the boss of your Windows computer.  Set it up to YOUR requirements!  Adjust your mouse speed.  Resize windows and move them around.  Scroll up and down.  Open a program, do the work, then save it. Take a snapshot of your screen, a picture from the internet, or some writing you don’t want to retype; then magically insert it into a document or an e-mail you can send to someone.  Learn the differences between:  A browser and a search engine, an operating system and an application, a delete key and a backspace key, a left-click and a right-click and more.  Computer parts and e-mail basics are also covered.  Lessons are based on Windows 7 and Office 2010, but the instructor presents how-tos for working in older and newer systems.  You may bring your laptop to see how class lessons apply to your machine. Instructor: Chris Yochum
$59/ $54 J members
Location note: Classes will be held off-site on the Pima Community College campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave.


Smart Ideas to Organize ALL Your Stuff: Music, Photos, Docs
Monday, March 5, 10am-5pm
Tuesday, May 29, 10am-5pm

Never be in doubt about where your files are.  Not only will you store your on-board files wherever you want; but you will grab documents, music, or photos from flash drives, cameras, and hard drives and then stash them anywhere on your computer.  Create or delete folders, view and organize the files in them, and move files from any folder to any other folder with ease.  Clean up your computer by deleting uninvited internet files (cookies) and other unneeded clutter.  Move data or music onto CDs you can give to friends.  Save your favorite Web sites as bookmarks.  Lessons are based on Windows 7 and Office 2010, but the instructor presents how-to’s for working in older and newer systems.  You may bring your laptop to see how class lessons apply to your machine.  Instructor: Chris Yochum
$59 / $54 J members
Location note: Classes will be held off-site on the Pima Community College campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave.


New! Beginner Guitar
Tuesday, March 27-May 1, 6 – 7:30pm
 

Get started on the right track with acoustic, classical or electric guitar. Learn basic chords, strumming, finger picking and practical reading skills. Bring regular notebook, Tuner and guitar to all meetings. Includes parts of the guitar, music symbols, tuning, playing position, right and left hand techniques, notes of the first through third strings, notes on the fourth string, thumb technique, chord strumming and right hand arpeggio patterns.
Instructor: Sean Mendoza
$95/ $89 J members

SNS Room 1 


New! Advanced Texas Hold’em Strategy
Wednesdays, March 14 – April 18, 6 – 8 pm

Being an expert poker player isn’t just reserved for those with money, time, and brain power.  Everyone starts somewhere and this course guides students in strategies. Odds theory, reading body language, patience are a few of the skills practiced to avoid jumping straight into a game of poker without really knowing what is happening.

Instructor: Mark Brement
$79
/ $74 J members
Multipurpose Room


New! Advanced Beginner: Native American Style Flute
Mondays, March 19 – April 23, 4 – 6 pm

Once you have your flute, know your heart song, fingerings, and sound production, you are an advanced beginner.  Continue to learn the flute in a supportive-group environment.  Students provide their own instruments in Advanced Beginner.
Instructor: Kathryn Twinfeathers
$95/$85 members
Jewish Heritage Center



Floral Design: Beginning
Thursday, March 1, 2 – 5 pm
Thursday, March 29, 2-5pm

In this first design course, students learn about the care, handling and proper processing of fresh flowers. Study will combine the language of flowers, elements of design, historical styles and color theory with practice. Jacqueline Gruhn is a certified floral designer and studied at the Floral Design Institute of Seattle, L’ecole des Fleurs, Paris and Judith Blacklock School of Floral Design, London.
Instructor: Jacqueline Gruhn. $89/ $84 members. Spivak Demonstration Kitchen

Floral Design: Organic and Whimsical
Thursday, March 8, 2 – 5 pm

Using the abundance of spring flowers, students will learn design secrets and methods of necessary mechanics used to create a colorful arrangement in water for the home. Skills practice using embellishments with ribbon and wire.  Jacqueline Gruhn is a certified floral designer and studied at the Floral Design Institute of Seattle, L’ecole des Fleurs, Paris and Judith Blacklock School of Floral Design, London. Instructor: Jacqueline Gruhn. $89/ $84 members. Spivak Demonstration Kitchen

Floral Design: Southwest Design and Succulents
Thursday, March 15, 2 – 5 pm

See the beauty and texture in flowers as a work of art. Create low, geometric arrangements using southwest design and succulents while working in wet, floral foam. Jacqueline Gruhn is a certified floral designer and studied at the Floral Design Institute of Seattle, L’ecole des Fleurs, Paris and Judith Blacklock School of Floral Design, London. Instructor: Jacqueline Gruhn. Spivak Demonstration Kitchen. $89/ $84 members

Floral Design: Fruit and Flowers
Thursday, March 22, 2 – 5 pm

Design a beautiful garland, swag or centerpiece for your table. Come with your color scheme and ideas to be guided in creating an original keepsake using the skills learned through the Floral Design series. Jacqueline Gruhn is a certified floral designer and studied at the Floral Design Institute of Seattle, L’ecole des Fleurs, Paris and Judith Blacklock School of Floral Design, London.
Instructor: Jacqueline Gruhn.  Spivak Demonstration Kitchen



New!
First Aid, CPR Continual Compression
Sunday, March 18, 9:00am-1:00pm

Learn basic first aid to help victims while waiting for professional help, as well as techniques to immediately treat injured people so that they are more likely to fully recuperate after being assessed and treated professionally. Topics include: fractures, poisoning, burns, shock and heat stroke, as well as the new continuous CPR method.
Instructor: Tangee Craig
$75/$68 members
SNS Room 1


Chiricahua Mountains, Massai Point and Pinery Canyon Study Tour
Sunday, March 11, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

A visit to one of the most scenic and spectacular areas of southeast Arizona, in the Chiricahua Mountains where we drive along the Bonita Canyon Highway from historic Faraway Ranch to the extraordinary rocky vistas of pine forested Massai Point (7000 feet). We will also traverse the Chiricahua back country along Pinery Canyon #42 Scenic Drive and visit the towns of Paradise and Portal. Information: Some short hikes included. Bring lunch, snacks, water and sun protection and wear good hiking shoes/boots. We’ll stop for dinner on the return(not included in registration fee). Instructor: William Ascarza
$189.00/$189.00



For more information please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts & Culture, at bfenig@tucsonjcc.org or 520-299-3000.