Classes & Activities

About Our Classes

Classes and activities held at The Carmel Foundation are as varied and interesting as the members who attend them.

Independent, certified instructors as including many from Monterey Peninsula College and Carmel Adult Education teach classes in personal fitness, literature, art and music appreciation to name a few.

Qualified volunteers lead activities such as bridge, a men's discussion group, wood carving, needlecraft and photography, amongst others. Over 50 fun things to do are available to our members each week. A class schedule is available on line and published in the monthly newsletter. See below.

Class Descriptions & Schedule

Acrylic Art Class
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Wed: 3/15 - 6/7
Location: Seideneck Room
Instructor: Melissa Bispo
Fee: $90, register w/Carmel Adult School,   624.1714
Description: Instruction is individualized to each student's level of expertise, personal goals and choice of subject matter. Students are taught methods, materials and principles of art through mini-lectures, instructor demos, group and personal critiques.

Coloring with Zesty Art
Time: 10:00am -11:30am, 2nd & 4th Tues
Location: Craft Room
Instructor: Jeanne Hamilton,
Fee: $5.00 per class, payable to instructor at class
Description: The coloring craze is alive and well at the Foundation! The process of coloring is good for your mind: it's relaxing and meditative, enhances focus, reduces stress, and improves eye-hand coordination and hand strength. Come and enjoy a relaxing, creative morning coloring a page or two from a large selection of designs. An array of materials are provided including colored pencils, markers, gel pens and good old Crayolas to help you achieve beautiful results. Sign up for this time of coloring, creativity and camaraderie! All materials will be supplied.

Drumming Circle
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm, Thurs
Location: Seideneck Room
Leader: Lee Lotz
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Did you know there are amazing health benefits from participating in a drumming circle?  Drumming has been found to reduce tension, anxiety & stress, boost the immune system, release negative feelings and provide a medium for individual self-realization.  Being a part of a circle creates a sense of connectedness with self & others.  All are welcome to join, whether you have a drum or not!

Fine Arts Lab
Time: 1:30pm-4:00pm, Tues
Location: Seideneck Room
Leaders: Carol Harrison, Darlene Berry
Fee: No fee, register w/Carol or Darlene at class
Description: Join members for an open lab session and paint with acrylics. Bring your table top easel and supplies and imagination.

Needlecraft Group
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm; Tues
Location: Craft Room
Leader: Connie Georis
Fee: No fee and drop-ins are welcome
Description: Meet fellow knitters and enjoy the art of needle craft with this long-standing Foundation volunteer group.

Photography, Darkroom Denizens
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm, Mon-Fri, 9:00am-4:00pm, Sat
Location: Darkroom
Leaders: Manager Peter Moppert  414.310.9622
Fee: No fee
Description: Full-service darkroom available to Foundation members. Call Arabella or Jack to learn more about supplies and times available.

Photography Group
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, Thurs
Location: Seideneck Room
Leader: Joyce Tarter Rideout
Fee: $12/annual. Register at class, guests welcome.
Description: Sharing/Guest Speakers. Group meets once a week to view local photographers works together and discusses the art of photography.

Watercolour Painting with Julia Harnett Harvey – & Beginners Corner
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Fri
Location: Seideneck Room
Instructor: Julia Harnett Harvey
Fee: $20 per session. Drop-ins welcome, sign up at class
Description: When watercolor paints meet watercolor paper, MAGIC CAN HAPPEN! Even one brush full of any color laid down, can have an effect on the painter's emotions. With either a quick color sketch or a finely detailed, larger painting, the magic is there- that is the joy of painting watercolors! Each weekly class will demonstrate some different ways that the "English Method" can be applied. Coaching will be available to those working on their own subjects and all- skill levels welcome. Easy assignments for beginners.

Wood Carving
Time: 9:00am-11:30am, Tues
Leader: Open class
Time: 9:00am-11:45am; Thurs
Leader: Open class
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wed
Leader: Steve Davalos
Location: Seideneck Room
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome

Current Events Discussion Group
Time: 10:00am-11:30am, 1st & 3rd Tues
Location: Craft Room
Leader: Peter Powles
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Join fellow members as we discuss hot topics in the news!

Great Minds Online (edX & TED Talks)
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, 2nd & 4th Wed, 4/11 (Tues 1x only) & 4/26
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Joan Beller
Fee: No fee, register with Joan, 626.1090
Description: Learn how to take the interesting and varied edX No Fee courses that are and given by the best professors at the best schools. View and discuss inspired Ted Talks thinkers that give us insights in sharable bits. Both sources use technology to create a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

Men's Discussion Group
Time: 10:30am-11:45am, Mon
Location: Seideneck Room
Leader: Herb Stern
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: A friendly group of the Foundation's men meet for an enjoyable morning of varied discussions. Sometimes it's an open discussion of current events, or a presentation by one of our members, or perhaps a guest speaker. We make an effort to invite speakers that cover subjects of local interest. Come by and meet your fellow Foundation members!  Q & A's, comments and opinions are always welcome and well-received. If you have an interesting background or expertise, stop by and we will schedule you for presentation.

Men's & Women's Discussion Group, Sponsored by Alliance on Aging
Time: 3:15pm-4:45pm, 1st & 3rd Tue
Location: Blanchard A
Facilitators: Ted Hill, Babs Andruzak
Fee: No fee, sign up at discussion group
Description: Join us as we will offer fresh topics to discuss in a personal and lively manner. Meaningful and harmonious discussion is encouraged.

Women's Discussion Group – open to new participants
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, 1st & 3rd Mon
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Marlena Tumlin
Fee: No fee, register with Marlena, 747.1864

Women's Discussion Group 2 – FULL
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm, 1st & 3rd Mon
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Vicky Torcolini

AARP Safe Driving
Time: 12:30pm-4:30pm, Fri 5/12 (4 hr refresher)
Location: Seideneck Room
Instructor: Curt Tipton
Fee: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members, payment must be received 1 week prior to secure a spot, register w/member services,   624.1588

Bridge, Beginning Class
Time: 9:30am-11:30am, Fri, 4/28 - 6/16
Location: Craft Room
Instructor: Doug Halleen   917.2502
Fee: $60/6 week session, payable to Doug Halleen, register w/instructor,  917.2502.
Description: Doug Halleen, Life Master and Director at the Monterey Bridge Center will instruct beginning bridge. If you have any questions, please call Doug at 917.2502.


Bridge, Duplicate
Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm, Fri
Location: Craft Room
Leader: Richard Klein
Fee: $2/per session, open room, register at 624.5461
Description: This is a social game and tries to adhere to ACBL rules. It is not an ACBL sanctioned game, so players do not receive "master points" for their participation. There is a wide range of experience levels in our players. Players who wish to join should have a partner, although once familiar with the group, the facilitator can assist in matching up players with someone in the group who needs a partner for a day. Each player contributes $2 each day that they play, and small money prizes are given to the top 3 teams, both N/S and E/W.  Players are not required to know how to score the Traveler forms, although we do need players with that knowledge. We use the standard bid boxes. A signup sheet is on hand to sign up for the following 2 weeks, but players can call to sign up or cancel.

Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm, Thurs
Location: Field Café
Leader:Chet Lowney
Fee: No fee, open room, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet with fellow chess players in the Field Café for a fun afternoon of chess together.

Games: Bridge, Mah Jongg
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm, Wed; 1:00pm-4:00pm, Thur
Location:Craft Room
Leader: No leader
Fee: No fee, open room
Description: Meet with fellow members for a fun afternoon of bridge, mah jongg...

Scrabble with Susan
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Mon
Location: Field Café
Leader: > Susan Sailow
Fee: No fee, open game
Description: Meet in the Field Café and play as many games as you like. Feel free to come when you want, and leave when you want.

Shanghai Rummy
Time: 11:00am-3:30pm, Sat, 4/22
Location: Craft Room
Instructor: Pam Ajir
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Shanghai Rummy is a popular version of the contract rummy game and is a lot of fun! Come learn this challenging game with Pam Ajir. Also available to play will be Rummikub and Phase 10.

Texas Hold'em FULL
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm, Thurs
Location: Craft Room
Facilitator:: Anthony Pagano

Feldenkrais - Awareness Through Movement
Time: 9:30am-10:30am, Thurs
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Patric Zito
Fee: $10/class (1st class no fee), sign-up and pay instructor
Description: The Feldenkrais Method can teach people about proper dynamic posture and effective body mechanics as well as help alter bad habits that contribute to neck/back pain or pain in general. Feldenkrais uses gentle movements and directed attention to increase range of motion, improve flexibility, coordination and performance as well as avoid movements that cause pain, stress, or discomfort. This method of Awareness through movement allows people to pay attention to what they are doing and how to shift their attention in a skillful way.

Greek Dance Class
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm (instruction), Tues
Time: 5:00pm-5:30pm (dancing), Tues
Location: Diment Hall
Instructors: Janet Tezak, Lois Lynne
Fee: No fee, register at class
Description: Janet Tezak as lead teacher and Lois Lynne as assistant teacher will teach basic Greek dancing steps from 4:00pm-5:00pm on Tuesday afternoon and then from 5:00pm-5:30pm, they will run through all the Greek dances. Darold Skerritt has taught Greek dancing for more than twenty years, and Janet and Lois are a product of his wonderful teaching techniques. They have also been part of the Greek Village dancers at many events around the Peninsula.

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, Sat, 4/22
Location: Diment Hall
Instructors: Mary Kay Hamilton
Fee: $10/class, register and pay instructor
Description: Interplay expands the possibilities of your life expression. It is a playful, active, creative approach, developed by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, to honor the human desires for individual wholeness and connection. Participants are led through a series of incremental forms based on simple, but powerful ideas and practices. By using movement, words, stillness, sound, and affirmation, we gain access to our individual body wisdom, which can enlighten in surprising ways. We interact gently and playfully with others in a safe environment. Come, whether to reach toward greater self-discovery, insight, and personal healing. Or, come to just have a fun time interacting playfully with others!

Line Dancing
Time: 10:00am-11:00am, Sat
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Belle James
Fee: $5/class, sign-up at class
Description: Come learn to Line Dance- it's FUN! Line dancing originated from European Folk dances and gained momentum in the 1960s and 1970s especially after the creation of the "Tush Push" and "Electric Slide" in the 70s. Finally in the 1980s, dozens of line dances were choreographed for specific songs and a line dance craze ensued that continues today with thousands of different line dances to every kind of music you can imagine.

Melodic Memories - Sing-a-long
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm, 1st & 3rd Fri
Location: Diment Hall
Facilitator: In collaboration w/Alzheimers Assoc.
Fee: No fee, call Support Services for information, 620.8705
Description: Come sing to slow memory loss!  Singing is not only fun, but an excellent way to maintain and improve your memory skills.  Join us to sing favorite tunes from the past while we take a musical trip down memory lane.

Personal Fitness, Lo-Impact
Time: 9:00am-10:00am, Mon, Weds, Fri
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: MaryAnn Rousseau
Fee: $5/class or $50/mo suggested donation, register at class
Description: Enjoy a fun and relaxing work-out for strength and flexibility with a focus on balance and core work. Class includes warm up, low impact aerobics, muscle toning, cool down and stretching to great music and laughter! For men and women,

Serene Body Stretch
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm, Weds
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Jacquie Adams
Fee: $6/class w/prepaid 10 class card; $8 single. Sign-up at class.
Description: Learn the importance of stretching in this low-impact and safe class; all fitness levels are welcome.

Tai Chi for Health/Arthritis
Time: 10:15am-11:15am, Weds
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Liana Olson
Fee: $48/6 weeks, $80/10 weeks, $10 drop-in; sign up and pay at class
Description: Tai Chi for Arthritis is a gentle form of exercise known for its health benefits; increasing strength, balance, flexibility and a sense of well-being. Tai Chi can be modified to fit almost anyone's level of ability and can be practiced seated or standing.  Come experience why people have referred to Tai Chi for Arthritis as "medication in motion". 

Learn to Tango
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm, Fri
Location: Diment Hall
Instructor: Nance Hoeft
Fee: Sliding scale: 6 registrations=$20/lesson, 8=$18/lesson, 10=$15/lesson. Register with Nance, 915.7523,
Description: Tango helps improve strength, gait and balance and cognitive abilities.

Walking Group
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm, Tues
Location: local paths, beaches & parks
Coordinator: Kari Martorella
Fee: No fee; register w/Martorella, 620.8706
Description: Are you looking for a little adventure & outdoor exercise?  Join us Tuesday afternoons for our Weekly Walking Group.   We have been exploring all that this breathtaking Peninsula has to offer, while enjoying each other's company.  Past adventures have included walks at Stillwater Cove, Bird Rock to Indian Village, Scenic Drive & Point Lobos State Natural Preserve. 

Yoga, Gentle
Time: 8:30am-9:30am, Mon(full), Weds, Fri
Location: >Blanchard A
Instructor: Lynn Geisen (M&F) Jody Quintana (W)
Fee: $8 per class, register w/Geisen, 625.1253
Description: Hatha yoga, gentle flow, reclining, seated and standing postures. Balance, stretch, move, relax and renew. Participants need to be able to get up and down off the floor.

Garden Group
Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm, Tues, Thurs; 10:00am-12:00pm, Wed, Fri
Location: Garden Center
Leader: Carolyn Thomas
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet with like-minded members who appreciate giving back by planning various plant sales at the Foundation along with caring for our beautiful on-site garden center.

Travelogs with Sandy & Gail Cohen
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, Mon, resumes in May
Presenters: Sandy & Gail Cohen
Location: Seideneck Room
Fee: no fee, register w/member services, 624.1588
Description: Sandy and Gail who have 15 years and would like to share their experiences with you.

Non-Fiction Reading Discussion - FULL
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, Thurs
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Jim Emery

Out to Lunch But Not Over the Hill Reading Group
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm; Weds
Location: Nimmons Room, Norton Ct
Leader: Wayne Kelley
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet weekly to discuss books with new friends!

The Carmel Foundation Women's Book Club
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm, 4th Wed
Location: Craft Room
Facilitator: Vicky Torcolini
Fee: No fee, drop-ins welcome
Description: Meet monthly to discuss a wide variety of novels the group chooses together.

Time: By appointment
Location: Blanchard B
Instructor Terrence Farrell
Fee: $25/class, register Terrence Farrell,   241.6062
Description: Meet once a month and learn to play the guitar

Learn to Play the Drums
Time: 12:30am-5:00pm, Tues by appointment only
Location: Blanchard B
Instructor: > Jack Dempsey
Fee: $40/1 hr session, register w/Dempsey 238.2624
Description: Jack Dempsey is back to teach you how to play the drums, Tuesdays starting September 12. Back from vacation special: first lesson only $10!


Book Bound
Time: 10:00am-1:15pm; Mon
Location: Blanchard A
Leader: Susan Cantrell, Blanchard A
Fee: $15/class, register with Susan, 372.2231
Description: Most people say they have a book in them but they never write it. Here is your chance to be inspired, motivated and expertly guided to write a book in any genre your heart desires: mystery, memoir, fiction, science fiction, science, blog, column and journal collections, etc. You will be given professional tips and worksheets, prompts, forms, feedback and quality individual attention, as this women's group will have limited enrollment. Cost: $10 per class, Mondays beginning April 3, 10:00am-11:15am in Blanchard A. Susan Cantrell has been a motivational speaker, created six motivational workshops and classes and has 30 years of experience writing. She has published two books, including StarWords, and six workbooks. She has also created nine columns. Call Susan at 372.2231.

Poetry Writing
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Mon
Location: Blanchard B
Instructor: open class
Fee: No fee, register at class
Description: Meet with fellow poets and share your poetry with this fun group!

Writing Memoirs (2 separate classes)
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm, Mon (FULL), 9:30am-11:30am, Weds
Location: Craft Room
Instructor: > Illia Thompson; Craft Room
Fee: $40/monthly, register w/Thompson   659.5210

Technology Center

Our Technology Center classes quickly became so popular that within five years some 1,000 members successfully completed these classes. The Foundation owes the Technology Center's overwhelming success to the energy and dedication of its core of volunteer instructors and monitors. A wide range of classes include such subjects as word processing, spreadsheets, graphic design, and photo manipulation are available. Due to generous donations, the Technology Center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.

These classes and activities bring richness to the Foundation and to the lives of our members. The Carmel Foundation continuously strives to offer new and exciting programs and activities to its curriculum.

 Visit Our New Technology Center

   • Newly Remodeled Facility

   • State of the Art Hardware & Software

   • Skilled Instructors

 Sign Up for Classes to Inprove Your Skills...!


The Carmel Foundation hosts one day workshops. These workshops cover a wide array of topics and are presented by people with expertise in the area being discussed.



Wednesday Programs

Lectures and entertaining programs are held Wednesday afternoons at 2:30pm in Diment Hall. A variety of slide presentations, lectures, and musical entertainment is offered. At the conclusion of each program, refreshments are served by a committee of volunteers. These programs are given as a community service and are open to the public without charge.

Wednesday Programs Schedule

Saturday Cinema



Bridget Jones's Baby
April 8
2016 Comedy (R) 123 minutes
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Manchester by the Sea
April 15
2016 Drama (R) 135 minutes
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The Meddler
April 22
2016 Comedy (PG-13) 103 minutes
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Mr. Church
April 29
2016 Drama (PG-13) 104 minutes
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