Inclusion Do you need assistance to fully participate in activities listed throughout the Recreator? The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities into our classes and programs

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Tot Gym

Bring the little ones in for some fun gym time! Balls, blocks, a mini obstacle course and other activities will be set up for you and your youngsters to enjoy together! No need to register, just come on in! Children must be accompanied by an adult. $2.50 per child, adults free. Note: This is a parent with child class. No fee for babies 12 months and younger. Tot Gym will resume 1/6/14. Class will not be held on 10/1, 10/16, 11/26, 11/27.

Age: 0–5 years
Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/9–12/18 Tu–Th 10:00 AM–Noon $2.50 417598-01

Baby Gym

Now a special gym time just for babies ages 0–18 months. Babies can crawl on mats and through tunnels, play with balls and blocks or challenge themselves on the soft obstacle course. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $2.50 per child. Adults are free! Note: Baby Gym will resume 1/9/15. Class will not be held on 11/28.

Age: 0–18 months
Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/12–12/19 F 9:30–11:30 AM $2.50 417599-01



Classes are for ages 18 years and up unless otherwise noted.

CPR & First Aid

CPR & First Aid

This class will prepare you with basic first aid procedures as well as adult, child and infant CPR. This is a great class for daycare providers. Two certificates from the Emergency Care Safety Institute-AAOS will be issued at the end of the class. Book included. Note: Class not discountable.

Location: Senior Center

9/13 Sa 9:00 AM–5:00 PM $67 407441-01

10/11 Sa 9:00 AM–5:00 PM $67 407441-02

11/8 Sa 9:00 AM–5:00 PM $67 407441-03

CPR Professional

Course teaches the skills of adult, child and infant CPR including barrier device-mask, use of an AED, and relief of foreign body airway obstruction. A two-year American Heart Association Certification will be issued upon successful completion of the course. Appropriate for new certifications and re-certifications. Note: Class not discountable. Includes AHA student text.

Location: Senior Center

9/10 W 5:30–9:30 PM $67 407442-01

10/15 W 5:30–9:30 PM $67 407442-02

11/12 W 5:30–9:30 PM $67 407442-03


Curry in A Hurry

What do you get when American efficiency meets the authentic Indian curry? Sapna introduces you to making curry in the modern world by teaching three different styles of making Indian curry, each taking less than 20 minutes without compromising taste or flavor. All dishes that are hot and spicy are not curries.

Location: Senior Center
Menu: Red and Black Bean Curry with Spinach, Butternut Squash Curry and Mixed Vegetable Coconut Curry

9/11 Th 6:00–8:30 PM $29 407425-01

Hearty Indian Pockets & Wraps

You might not have heard Wraps and Indian cuisine mentioned in the same sentence. With ingredients ranging from chutneys and pickles to savory spiced vegetables, the Indian wraps are a welcome alternative to any curry. Samosa is a perennial Indian favorite and is well known around the World as well.

Location: Senior Center

Menu: Potato & Green Peas Samosa with Cilantro Chutney, Mushroom Kebab Wrap with Yogurt Sauce, Curried Kidney Bean

10/7 Tu 6:00–8:30 PM $29 407426-01

Food for Life: Cancer Project

The Power of Food for Cancer Prevention and Survival Studies have shown that a diet built from plant foods offers the most cancer-fighting protection of any. This class is an Introduction to How Foods Prevent and Fight Cancer while enjoying a cooking demonstration and tasting delicious, healthful dishes.

Location: Senior Center

9/4 Th 6:00–8:00 PM $15 407427-01

9/12 F 10:00 AM–Noon $15 407427-02

10/30 Th 10:00 AM–Noon $15 407427-03

11/4 Tu 6:00–8:00 PM $15 407427-04

Homemade Indian Flatbreads

Impress your family and friends with some exotic and fantastic

Indian bread.

Location: Senior Center

Menu: Spinach and Mint Bread, Cauliflower and Spiced Chickpea Flour bread, Potato-Stuffed Bread and Chai Tea

11/6 Th 6:00–8:30 PM $29 407428-01

Healthy Ethiopian Dishes

Join us for this enjoyable and hands-on Vegetarian Ethiopian Cuisine class. You will have a chance to learn some basic cooking techniques and explore Ethiopian ingredients such as fresh herbs, grains, and spices.

Location: Senior Center

9/17 W 9:30 AM–Noon $29 407429-01

10/21 Tu 6:00–8:30 PM $29 407429-02

Meals on A Budget

Easy every day meals and very healthy on your wallet and your health. Come enjoy this hands-on class that will help you develop wholesome plans for your everyday meals. Picky kids will love it too! No experience necessary.

Location: Senior Center

10/1-10/28 W 6:30–7:30 PM $49 407431-01

Thai Cooking 1st Course

Learn to cook Thai food with a variety of noodles from street food to fusion. During this hands-on class you will learn how to pick all the ingredients, prepare and cook them. Bring an apron.

Location: Senior Center
Menu: Rad Na-saucy noodle entree with vegetables; Stir fried spicy spaghetti with basil; Yum Woon Sen-spicy silver noodle salad.

10/28 Tu 6:00–8:30 PM $35 407433-01

Cheese Making, Introduction

The ancient art of cheese making has been practiced since the domestication of animals. You will create a mozzarella and ricotta. Cultured milk products such as yogurt will also be explored. Leave with the knowledge and recipes to create more cheeses. Note: Class will not be held on 9/23.

Location: Senior Center

9/9–9/30 Tu 6:00–9:00 PM $55 407435-01


Long-Term Care: A Gift Your Family Deserves

In an instant, an accident or diagnosis can change your life...and your family’s. Where would you receive care? Who would provide it? How would you pay for it? Learn more about long-term care and how you and your family can prepare for it–emotionally, physically, and financially.

Location: Senior Center

9/22 M 6:30–8:00 PM No Fee 407450-01

10/27 M 6:30–8:00 PM No Fee 407450-02

Retire Wisely

Will I have enough to retire? Will my retirement income last? Are my assets protected? Manage six key risks all retirees face: Outliving their income, inflation, unpredictable events, market volatility, income taxes, and rising healthcare costs. Turn retirement concerns into confidence.

Location: Senior Center

9/15 M 6:30–8:00 PM No Fee 407451-01

10/20 M 6:30–8:00 PM No Fee 407451-02

Social Security

When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? How will this affect my spouse? You have a lot of questions to answer. Mistakes can be costly. Learn how to sort through the options to help ensure the choices you make are tailored to your needs.

Location: Senior Center

9/8 M 6:30–8:00 PM No Fee 407452-01

11/3 M 6:30–8:00 PM No Fee 407452-02


Long-Term Care

How to navigate the current and future needs of the long term care community for your benefit. Making proactive decisions for your future.

Location: Senior Center

9/18 Th 1:00–2:00 PM No Fee 407461-01


Learn Hindi, the national language of India, through basic knowledge which is helpful to both the remote areas of the country and larger cities. Useful for students who intend to visit the country or study other languages. Learn conversational skills, an introduction to the alphabet and a discussion of the culture.

Location: Senior Center

9/9–11/18 Tu 6:30–8:00 PM $99 407446-01

Henna Tattoo

Come learn about the all-natural temporary tattoo that you paint on your hands and which lasts a few weeks. No experience necessary. All supplies are included, but you need to be ready to participate. This is a very hands-on class, where you will draw and paint on your own and other class-mates’ palms.

Location: Senior Center

9/8–9/29 M 6:30–7:30 PM $49 407462-01

The Past is A Blast

Learn to research your family history using the internet, books, and public records. Explore where and how to find information on Census records, UK and US BMD records, newspapers and obits, land records, passenger lists, naturalizations, cemeteries, wills and probate records. Tips and hands-on practice with popular websites. Note: Bring a laptop to class if you have one. Class will not be held on 10/16.

Location: Senior Center

9/11–10/23 Th 9:00–11:00 AM $59 407463-01

Need Help with Heating Costs?

Hear information on and instructions on how to apply for benefits available through LEAP, a federally funded program that assists with home heating costs. Learn all the benefits. Then hands on assistance to complete applications as needed. Note: Applications and brochures will be provided

Location: Senior Center

10/30 Th 10:00–11:00 AM No Fee 407469-01

Positive Parenting – NW

Participants will be introduced to positive discipline practices and communication methods that support the parent/child relationship. Exploring these processes and the nature of early childhood will strengthen the adult’s role as parent and assist families to guide and discipline in loving and effective manner. Note: Class will not be held on 9/24.

Location: Senior Center

9/10–10/22 W 6:15–7:45 PM 407472-01

Single: $90, Couple: $135


This class is for anyone who has ever scribbled a line or two in the wake of something beautiful, painful, or curious and perhaps wanted to write more. We’ll read and discuss poems (at times our own), experiment with writing exercises and procedures, and mine for inspiration. Experience is welcomed but not required.

Location: Senior Center

9/23–10/14 Tu 6:00–7:30 PM $45 407473-01

Principles of Canine Behavior

This humans-only, interactive seminar will result in your learning the 9 principles of dog training which will result in you being able to teach your canine new and eliminate unwanted behaviors. You will understand more about how canines think which will improve your relationship with your canine companion. Note: Please do not bring dogs to class.

Location: Senior Center

9/6 Sa 9:00–11:00 AM $20 407474-01

10/18 Sa 9:00–11:00 AM $20 407474-02

English for Non-Native Speaker

Enhance your English so you can improve the quality of your communication. Emphasis will be on helping parents communicate effectively with their child’s teacher and school. Participants will gain a basic understanding of common English phrases and how to use them. Instruction will be tailored to participants’ needs. Note: Class will not be held 10/27.

Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/15–11/10 M 7:15–8:30 PM $60 407571-01

Bridge Mini 1 - NW

This is a trick-taking mind sport for 4 players. Partners are either Attackers or Defenders. This game is a precursor to learning bridge for all ages, in an effective and enjoyable manner. Focus is on card basics, bridge etiquette, hand evaluation and playing to win tricks. Begin a solid foundation of skills. Note: Taught by Nila Hobbs, ACBL accredited teacher. Price includes supplies.

Location: Senior Center

9/3–9/10 W 6:00–8:00 PM $32 412460-01

Bridge Mini 2– NW

Prerequisite: Bridge Mini 1 or permission of the instructor

Take the skills learned in Bridge Mini 1 and add full scoring and strategies to play the hand in order to create more tricks or to defend your hand. Everything you learn is relevant to “real” bridge including counting your points, how to play the cards, scoring and contracts. Note: Taught by Nila Hobbs, ACBL accredited teacher. Price includes supplies.

Location: Senior Center

9/17–9/24 W 6:00–8:00 PM $31 412461-01
Bridge Beginning 1 – NW

Prerequisite: Bridge Mini 1 and 2 or permission of instructor.

Continue to build a solid foundation of basic bridge skills used in the Standard American Bridge System that will let the player play with different people including online. The ACBL book, bidding in the 21st Century, will be used. Note: Taught by Nila Hobbs, ACBL accredited teacher. Price includes supplies.

Location: Senior Center

10/1–11/19 W 6:00–8:30 PM $109 412462-01

Music & Theatre

Theatre Acting Workshop

Learn to express yourself on stage! We will have fun with theater games, improvisation and skits. This workshop is designed for people with and without disabilities. Note: For more information, contact Alison Cope at Class partially discountable.

Age: 14 years & up

Location: Senior Center

11/1 Sa 1:00–4:00 PM $14 402593-01

Just Once Guitar

In just a few hours you can learn enough about playing the guitar to give you years of musical enjoyment, and you won’t have to take private lessons to do it. This crash course will teach you some basic chords and get you playing along with your favorite songs right away. Bring your acoustic guitar.

Location: Senior Center

9/9 Tu 3:30–6:00 PM $54 407466-01

Just Once Piano

In just a few hours, you can learn enough secrets of the trade to give you years of musical enjoyment. While regular piano teachers teach note reading, piano professionals use chords. And you can learn all the chords you’ll

Location: Senior Center

9/9 Tu 6:15–9:15 PM $54 407467-01


Free & Excellent Software

You do not need to pay monthly fee for your software! There is free excellent software available for any computer task. Bring your computer to the class, learn to locate, download and install this software.

Location: Senior Center

11/1 Sa 9:00 AM–Noon $14 407406-01

Gizmos & Gadgets

Tablet, smartphone. What are these? What do they do? Do I want one? Discover what these gadgets and gizmos offer. This class is a combination of demonstrations, hands-on sessions, and a layman’s introduction to the technology you see in all the ads. Time for questions. Handouts will be available. Note: Instructor provided by the Front Range PC Users Group.

Location: Senior Center

10/18 Sa 9:00 AM–Noon $14 407407-01


Prerequisite: Computer Basics Class or basic computer knowledge

This class starts with the basics of creating and managing files and accounts. The hands-on exercise includes creating both a checking and savings account, reconciling a bank statement, creating reports, and more. Note: Instructor provided by the Front Range PC Users Group.

Location: Senior Center

11/8 Sa 8:30 AM–12:30 PM $14 407412-01

Microsoft Live Movie Maker

Create computer videos from new or old photos and save as files or DVD for special occasion or archives. Will cover scanning, enhancing and repair of photos. Incorporate music, animations, themes, photo transitions, captions, and saving in multiple formats.

Location: Senior Center

9/23–10/28 Tu 7:00–9:00 PM $14 407417-01

Blogging for Passion or Profit

Want to have total creative control of your website? No need to hire an expensive web developer. Learn how to create your own WordPress blog with your own domain name and hosting. Create unlimited pages and edits; no programming experience needed. Creating your business or hobby blog has never been easier! Note: Those under 18 welcome with parent permission.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

10/15–11/12 W 7:30–8:30 PM $45 407901-01

Computer Basics

This class will provide basic computer terminology for anyone who has never used a computer. The class will start with a non-technical discussion of basic computer use, and include writing letters, using email, and using the Internet to listen to music and watch movies. Note: Instructor provided by the Front Range PC Users Group.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

9/2–9/5 Tu–F 10:00 AM–Noon $19 407902-01

Excel v. 2010 Introduction

Prerequisite: Computer basics class or basic computer knowledge

This class covers the basics of data entry, formulas, formatting, charts and printing for Excel version 2010. Note: Instructor provided by the Front Range PC Users Group.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

9/6 Sa 8:30 AM–12:30 PM $14 407903-01

Excel v. 2010 Intermediate

Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel

Make your life easier when using Excel. “Timesavers”: Templates/AutoFill Conditional formatting (automatically find and highlight important information). We will cover tricks with cell references,
more on formulas, functions, solving formula errors, sorting, filtering, lists and more. Note: Instructor provided by the Front Range PC
Users Group.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

10/25 Sa 8:30 AM–12:30 PM $14 407904-01

Facebook for Beginners

Facebook is fun for keeping up with family, friends, and your favorite brands. It can also be frustrating to learn, and troubling if you don’t know what strangers can see. This hands-on class walks you through posting, ‘friending’, privacy controls, and more so you can easily and safely enjoy Facebook.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

9/17 W 7:30–8:30 PM $40 407905-01

Beginning Word v. 2010

Prerequisite: Computer Basics Class or basic computer knowledge

This two-session class provides an introduction, using hands-on exercises, to word processing basics such as file management and text formatting, and then expands into the lesser known but useful features such as tables, mail merge and more. Note: Instructor provided by the Front Range PC Users Group.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

9/13–9/20 Sa 8:30 AM–12:30 PM $24 407909-01

Social Media for Business

Social platforms are great resources for marketing small business. Learn how to leverage social media to establish leadership in your market - without spending all day in it! Participants will ideally have some experience with existing social media accounts.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

10/1–10/29 W 6:15–7:15 PM $45 407914-01

Using Windows 7

Prerequisite: Computer Basics Class or basic computer knowledge

This 3-session class covers the basic terms and tools of Windows 7. Included are hands-on exercises that demonstrate working with windows, menus, and files, plus how to customize. Also a brief, non-technical description of the computer and simple maintenance tasks suitable for even the most inexperienced user. Note: Instructor provided by the Front Range PC Users Group.

Location: Columbine Health Computer Lab

9/27–10/11 Sa 8:30 AM–12:30 PM $25 407916-01


Music & Theatre

Teach Yourself Guitar

This all-ages group guitar class is designed to teach you how to teach yourself how to play guitar. Tuning, scales, chords, the fingerboard; how to read and transpose music will all be covered. Requires independent study. Note: Please bring a three-ring binder, paper pencil and eraser to class. Bring your own guitar.

Age: 8 years & up (12 and under need to attend with an adult)

Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/6–9/27 Sa 9:30–11:00 AM $39 418525-01

11/1–11/22 Sa 9:30–11:00 AM $39 418525-02


Babysitting Bootcamp

Topics include: Babysitting business practices, discipline and communication, feeding, diapering, safe play for infants and children, preventing accidents, recognizing and responding to emergencies, basic first aid, choking and hands only CPR. Note: Bring paper, pencil and lunch. Class only partially discountable.

Age: 11–16 years
Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/1 M Noon–8:00 PM $75 415522-01

9/23–9/25 Tu,Th 4:00–8:00 PM $75 415522-02

10/17 F Noon–8:00 PM $75 415522-03

11/17–11/18 M,Tu 4:00–8:00 PM $75 415522-04

After-School Enrichment

The After-School Enrichment Program provides homework help, games, crafts, computers, sports, field trips, and more. Limited transportation is provided from select schools.

Grade: Kindergarten–5

Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/2–9/5 Tu–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-02

9/8–9/12 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-03

9/15–9/19 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-04

9/22–9/26 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-05

9/29–10/3 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-06

10/6–10/10 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-07

10/13–10/15 M–W 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-08

10/20–10/24 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-09

10/27–10/30 M–Th 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-10

11/3–11/7 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-11

11/10–11/14 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-12

11/17–11/21 M–F 4:00–6:00 PM $48 415525-13

Youth Sciences Classes

Note: Class will not be held on 10/25.

Grade: 1–8

Location: Northside Aztlan Center

Build A Model Rocket

Experience the thrill of launching your very own model rocket. We will learn all about rockets, how they fly and what happens during the flight. Then we will each build our very own rocket that we will launch at the end of the course. Best of all you get to keep the rocket.

9/6–9/20 Sa 10:00–11:00 AM $49 415573-01

Paper Airplanes

Launch your airplanes and watch them soar! We will learn about different types of airplanes, and how they fly. Then we will experiment by building paper planes, Styrofoam gliders and even a rubber band powered plane. Best of all, you get to keep all of the planes you build!

9/27–10/11 Sa 10:00–11:00 AM $49 415573-02

Build A Nerf Dart Blaster

This is no ordinary Blaster. We will experiment with store bought launchers and then take them apart to learn what makes them work. Then we will build and test our very own launchers that you get to keep and take home!

10/18–11/1 Sa 10:00–11:30 AM $49 415573-03

Build A Hovercraft

Come join us as we will learn about friction, momentum, air pressure and Newton’s laws of motion. Then we will build our very own battery operated hovercraft. All Materials are provided and each student gets to keep their hovercraft.

11/8–11/22 Sa 10:00–11:00 AM $49 415573-04

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