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Online Programs

Pre-K (0-5 yrs)

Nature

 
Animal ARTchitects: Cobweb Canvas

Join us for this incredible, family experience combining the visual arts with dramatic play to learn about spiders! Over the 40 minutes, help Rowan the spider on his artistic journey by playing games and gaining inspiration from both real and fictional spiders. Then watch, or gather your own materials and design alongside, Rowan as he creates a spider web art piece. This program is FREE, but you must preregister as there are only 35 slots.

Thursday, May 28, 10am, code: 479 806 887

Saturday, May 30, 2pm, code: 477 245 526

 

Lil Acorns at Home – Bugs & Butterflies

Spend time with your 2-3 year old exploring the world of bugs and butterflies! Join us on WebEx on Saturday, May 23rd at 10am for the live portion of this program: a half-hour insect presentation featuring walking stick insects and millipedes! Registrants also have access to videos you can stream on your own schedule of favorite lil' acorns activities including an introduction on how scientists study insects, a craft, a puppet show and demonstrations of how to look for and use a net to observe insects outdoors. Pay-what-you-want to participate. On the select fee screen, click on the blue + Make Donation button and enter your desired amount. All proceeds support the Robinson Nature Center.

 

Sports

 
NinjaFit® Tiny Ninja

NinjaFit is NinjaBE’s fitness training framework that focuses on exercise fundamentals your child can do at home! Learn martial arts, self-defense and parkour in this fitness-focused virtual class. Tiny Ninja exercises increase flexibility, mobility, balance, stamina and strength. This program is provided by NinjaBE via Zoom. We ask that parents be present during each session and arrive on time to minimize disruption.

Youth (5-12 yrs)

Music

 
Learn Now Music

Budding musicians, participate in musical instruction and theory. Enjoy musical games, special extension curriculum based activities, musical listening excerpts, and more! You are able to borrow a rental instrument and materials throughout each session at no cost. This class will be taught via ZOOM.

 

Nature

 
Animal ARTchitects: Cobweb Canvas

Join us for this incredible, family experience combining the visual arts with dramatic play to learn about spiders! Over the 40 minutes, help Rowan the spider on his artistic journey by playing games and gaining inspiration from both real and fictional spiders. Then watch, or gather your own materials and design alongside, Rowan as he creates a spider web art piece. This program is FREE, but you must preregister as there are only 35 slots.

Thursday, May 28, 10am, code: 479 806 887

Saturday, May 30, 2pm, code: 477 245 526

 

Science & Technology

 
Roblox, Imaginative Game Design with C3 Cyber Club

In this course, students will learn how to use coding fundamentals to strategically engineer an immersive, imaginative cosmos for one of the fastest-growing gaming platforms in the world. This is the perfect course for any student looking to advance their skills in (STEAM). This class will be taught via ZOOM.

 
3D Printing: Animals and Habitats with Idea Lab Kids

Students will learn the basics of 3D printing while exploring design possibilities. Students will build basic models of animals and habitats. Prints will be mailed to a local address at the end of class. This class will be held via ZOOM.

 

3D Printing: Dinsosaurs with Idea Lab Kids

Students will learn the basics of 3D printing while exploring design possibilities. Students will design dinosaurs, eggs, and more. Prints will be mailed to a local address at the end of class. This class will be held via ZOOM.

 

Coding and Design Games with C3 Cyber Club

Introduce your child to the wonderful world of programming! In this class, students will learn basic programming concepts using a simple drag-and-drop interface within the software Scratch, a project developed by the MIT Media Lab. This class will be taught via ZOOM.

 

Sports

 
NinjaFit® Obstacle Racing Training

Build on your child’s existing exercise skills with this virtual class, which uses the NinjaFit fitness training framework! Designed to increase flexibility, mobility, balance, stamina and strength, your child tackles advanced fitness moves and discovers self-defense tactics and techniques in the safety of their home. This program is provided by NinjaBE via Zoom.

 

USTA Virtual Tennis Fitness, Life Skills & STEAM (6-12 yrs)

This unique, interactive class develops and hones your skills in the comfort of your home! Enjoy creative, tennis-relevant exercises, footwork drills, and shadow stroke training. Gain STEAM concepts (science, tech, engineering, art & math) and  life skills (sportsmanship, resilience, managing emotions). Tennis experience not required - program is open to all levels. Class run by US Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) via Zoom. 

 

USTA Virtual Cardio Tennis (13 yrs +)

This fun, high-energy cardio class features the energy, movement and fun of tennis for a full-body. calorie-burning aerobic workout right from home.  Instructor incorporates tennis moves used for ball striking, foot work and balance along with strength training and flexibility exercises.  Class guaranteed to make you stronger and more agile for your return to the tennis court. This interactive online class is provided by US Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) via Zoom. 

Adult (18 yrs +)

Circus Arts

 
NEW! Beginner Juggling with Greg May

Juggling has an almost magical quality to it, but the truth is that with the right tools, techniques, and teacher anyone can learn to do it! Let former Ringling Brothers Circus performer Gregory May start you on your juggling journey and help you improve your hand-eye coordination and reflexes by teaching you a three-ball cascade and several starter tricks.

 

Cooking

 
NEW! Easy cooking-Use Your Pantry Items with Chef Ravi

In this demo-style class, use basic pantry items to make a delicious black bean tortilla soup and an Old Bay-flavored black bean and roasted veggie burrito. This is a demo style virtual class. Students will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with WebEx link.

 

NEW! Indian Breads with Chef Ravi

Learn to make aloo paratha (whole wheat bread stuffed with mashed potatoes and fenugreek) in the comfort of your home! Our breads will be served with a mint chutney. This is an interactive virtual class. Students will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with WebEx link.

 

Crafts & Fine Arts

 
Bridges Between Medical Science and Art with Ann Wiker

Discover how artists and scientists both strive to see the world in new ways as we discuss the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, look at paintings by Rembrandt and consider ways that the medical world is utilizing art. This is an interactive virtual class.  Students will receive an email one-day prior to the start of class with Zoom link from instructor.

 

Bridges Between Astronomy and Art with Ann Wiker

During this presentation we'll consider the artwork of famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat and Albrecht Durer to discover how they were influenced by astronomy. This is an interactive virtual class. Students will receive an email one-day prior to the start of class with Zoom link from instructor.

 

The Multiple-isms of Modern Art with Ann Wiker

This presentation-style course will explore early styles of Modern art from Monet, Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh as we discuss how the art world was changed forever. This is an interactive virtual class. Students will receive an email one-day prior to the start of class with Zoom link from instructor. 

 

Dance

 
Ballroom Dance Basics with Jim & Lucy

This beginner Social Dance class introduces you to Swing dance styles, a sampling of classic Foxtrot, and perhaps a sampling of Cha Cha. Learn to step in sync with Big Band songs, Oldies, Motown, Rock-n-Roll, R&B, and others. A short sample video will be sent to participants in advance of first lesson. A Virtual Classroom link will also be emailed to registrants.

 
Intro to Social Ballroom Dance with Jim & Lucy

This “Social Dance Survival” class equips you with dance routines adaptable to a variety of dance musical styles commonly played at weddings and parties, including smooth jazz, foxtrot, slower big band, romantic songs, and traditional waltz. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
NEW! Afrobeat Contemporary African Dance with PACAC

This fun, cardio dance workout program from Performing Arts Center for African Cultures, Inc. that incorporates elements of modern jazz and funk with traditional West African music and dance! A Virtual classroom Link will be emailed to registrants.

 
NEW! Bellydance Cohesion Stage 1 with Mariza Matel

Dancers, come learn the fundamentals of bellydance technique via ritualized, cumulative practice drills; examples of stylized movements; and improvisation exercises. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
Bollywood Dance with Jaya Mathur

Trained in Indian classical dance, Jaya Mathur introduces you to this energetic dance style that originated in Indian films. Techniques include hand, feet and body movements and an overall sense of rhythm. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
Belly Dancing for Beginners with Bettye Ames

This is an intro to classical Middle Eastern dance. Tone your body and learn fundamental techniques including shimmies, snake arms, isolations, and hip articulations. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
Adult Beginner Ballet With Cecilia Ituarte

Adults with little or no previous ballet training, learn basic ballet exercises with an emphasis on body alignment and musicality while developing a strong core. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
NEW! BRASSercise Latin & Swing Dancing with Jim and Lucy

BRASS stands for Ballroom, Rhythm and Smooth Swing. Join us online for a low impact dance exercise class using real dance steps you can take out onto a dance floor. Price is per person. Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
Contemporary Modern Dance 1 for Beginners

Enjoy an intro to basic Modern Dance steps and concepts. Class begins with warm-up exercises on the floor and then transition to standing and traveling movements. No previous dance experience necessary. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 

Fitness

 
Barre Above

Enjoy a cutting-edge, safe and progressive method of barre training that lengthens and strengthens your muscles and improves your flexibility and posture. This fun class gives you great results! This is an interactive live virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Body Conditioning with Cyndi Kummerlowe, AFAA

This combination class includes 25 minutes of a low-impact cardio workout followed by beneficial strength training. Use a mat and 2-to-5-lb. hand weights. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Booty Camp Cardio with Marissa Intelisano

Booty Camp Cardio builds confidence with an array of cardio and strength moves utilizing bands, weights and your own body weight. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Cardio Blast Interval with Linda Donatich, NETA

This highly effective class includes a 25-minute cardiovascular workout with intense intervals to boost metabolism and 35 minutes of muscle conditioning, core work and stretching. Use hand weights (5 lbs. recommended) and a mat. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Cardio Crunch Challenge with Lori Nowicki, ACE

Classes rotate between aerobics, step, circuit, boot camp, kickboxing, athletic training, Tabata and intervals. Each class consists of 45 minutes of cardio mixed with strength, core, flexibility, foam roller and balance. Use a mat, hand weights. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Cardio Kickboxing with Robin Robinson

Cardio kickboxing is a group fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with fast-paced cardio dance moves. This high-energy workout challenges the beginner and elite athlete alike. Build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility, and burn calories as you build lean muscle with this fun and challenging workout. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Fit Jam: Cardio Party with Jackie Jones

Think all workouts are boring? Think again! Join this cardio party and dance the night away to the hottest hits from around the globe. Learn the basic steps from salsa, Cumbia, hip-hop and many more dance styles. Simple choreography is very easy to learn, no experience necessary! Have a blast while burning tons of calories! Use a towel and water bottle. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

LaBlast Dance Fitness

LaBlast® Fitness is a partner-free ballroom-based dance fitness workout created by world-renowned dancer and fitness expert Louis van Amstel (who appears on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars). This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Online Be-Fit Workshops!

All classes will be held virtually via WebEx, no equipment required. Register for all four and receive $15 off!

The Highs & Lows of High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity exercises burn fat efficiently and effectively. Designed to raise your heart rate with cardio exercises then lower with strength exercises.

Head to Toe Tips: Form & Technique

Don’t risk injury! Learn proper form and techniques that will give you results with no pain. Use hand-held weights to target major muscle groups correctly and increase strength.

Power = Endurance: Endurance Training

Learn endurance-building exercises that elevate your heart rate and regulate breathing to improve your cardiovascular system.

Let’s get Functional! Functional Training

Use functional exercise derived from daily activities to strengthen the body. Develop better movement in your everyday life.

 

Piloxing with Caroline Nosbisch, SCW

Enjoy a non-stop, cardio fusion of Pilates, boxing, and dance that pushes you past your limits for a sleek and powerful you! This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Tabata Interval Training with Lori Nowicki, ACE

This boot camp is based on the most effective high-intensity interval training (20 seconds on, 10 seconds rest). Everyone’s intensity is individual and workouts can be modified. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Trim & Tighten with Kim Davis, NASM AFAA

Come join us for an all over body workout. You will burn calories as you flow through a variety of exercises designed to sculpt and tone your body. Use 2-5lb weights and a mat. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Zumba Gold 

Zumba Gold is the original dance-inspired group fitness party with international rhythms. Although tailored for the beginner, experienced "Zumba-holics" will have no problem working up a sweat. This class is easy on joints and comparable to the in-water Aqua Zumba class This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Zumba

Zumba takes the “work” out of “workout” by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Pilates with Lori Nowicki, AAAI, AFPA

Pilates is the ultimate mind-body exercise program. Use your own mat and ball. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Revive, Relax & Renew Yoga with Mary Garratt, E-RYT500

This class is for beginners or those with some yoga experience. Explore and expand your own strength, flexibility, balance, and focus. You leave each class feeling better than when you walked in. Use a mat/blanket. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Sunday Afternoon Yoga with Mary Garratt, E-RYT500

Ease your way from the weekend to the work week with yoga. Come refresh your body and calm your mind. Use a yoga mat. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Jackie Jones, AFAA

Breathing, mindfulness and heat building yoga sequences are integrated into this Vinyasa (flow) class. This is an interactive virtual class. Participants will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with a WebEx link.

 

Lifelong Learning

 
Bike Maintenance with Larry Black

Learn everything you need to know about maintaining and repairing your bike. Learn about on-the-road fixes, overhauls, wheel building, riding fundamentals and how to negotiate the best price for repairs. Tools and some practice bikes are provided; bring your own bike to get hands-on experience. If COVID closures are extended, classes will be online. Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 

Music

 
Creative Songwriting with Olenka School of Music (OSM)

Can you read and hear music written on paper, just like Mozart? Speak, read and write in the language of music by generating, exploring and developing ideas into original compositions. Learn to build your own melodies in a variety of styles with accompanying lyrics. Prior music experience is helpful, but not necessary. If COVID closures are extended, classes will be online. Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
Keyboarding Beginners with Olenka School of Music (OSM)

OSM invites adults to learn to play melody and accompaniment for popular songs on keyboards. This is an intro to fun, basic, keyboarding techniques, and reading and writing music. If COVID closures are extended, classes will be online. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 
Vocal Starz with Olenka School of Music (OSM)

Voice is our first musical instrument. We build on the idea that language creates a great music foundation for vocal technique. Beginner vocalists share their love of singing in a fun, engaging and collaborative environment. If COVID closures are extended, classes will be online. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 

Guitar Beginners with Olenka School of Music

Are you able to read and hear music written on paper, just like Mozart? Learn music as a universal language: speaking, reading and writing in music will help you to play guitar, improvise melodies and add chords. Bring your own guitar or rent one for $25. A Virtual Classroom link will be emailed to registrants.

 

Sports

 

USTA Virtual Cardio Tennis (13 yrs +)

This fun, high-energy cardio class features the energy, movement and fun of tennis for a full-body. calorie-burning aerobic workout right from home.  Instructor incorporates tennis moves used for ball striking, foot work and balance along with strength training and flexibility exercises.  Class guaranteed to make you stronger and more agile for your return to the tennis court. This interactive online class is provided by US Tennis Association Mid-Atlantic Section (USTA MAS) via Zoom. 

Active Adults (55 yrs +)

Crafts & Fine Arts

 
Drawing and Painting with Zina

This user-friendly program features regular demos and gentle critiques to foster continuing progress. This session concentrates on developing visual skills and eye hand coordination using right brain drawing exercises such as contour and tonal drawing. It will also feature demos of beginning watercolor techniques such as color theory, graded washes, blended washes and glazes. Materials will be discussed at the first class. Students will receive an email one-day prior to the start of class with the WebEx link from program supervisor. 

 

Fitness

 
LaBlast

LaBlast is a revolutionary ballroom dance, partner-free, fitness program based on all the dances you see on Dancing with the Stars! It fuses dance into a serious calorie burning workout that will get you into the best shape of your life from the comfort of your home.

 
Exercise with Ease

This well-rounded hour of fitness for active seniors includes low-impact aerobics, stretching, muscle tone and strength activities aimed at improving endurance, body alignment, balance, and proper breathing. Listen to upbeat music while learning simple choreographed moves from the comfort of your home.

 

Fitness for Life

Enjoy this in-home workout class made specifically for active adults! Join us live each week and watch it recorded later in the week... or both for more enjoyment! No equipment needed - just a clear space, a rug or mat for sit-down exercises, a towel to use for resistance, and two water bottles or soup cans to use as weights.

 

Lifelong Learning

 
Financial Planning During COVID

An online discussion to answer your money management and financial planning questions in the time of COVID-19. Topics will include critical planning documents, retirement planning and investment allocation. Students will receive an email one-day prior to the start of class with the WebEx link from program supervisor.

 

Financial Planning for Retirement

This is an online introduction to and discussion of important retirement planning topics, including documents, budgeting, investments, incapacity and estates. Students will receive an email one-day prior to the start of class with the WebEx link from program supervisor.

Parent/Child

Cooking

 
NEW! Sushi with Kids with Chef Ravi

Time to get busy in this interactive parent/child sushi class. Join Chef Ravi as we make a vegetarian California roll and a quick papaya & mango sushi for dessert. This is an interactive virtual class. Students will receive an email one day prior to the start of class with WebEx link.

 

Lil' Rascals

 
Lil' Rascals Car-side Pickup!

The Gary J. Arthur Community Center is currently closed, but we are bringing the Lil' Rascals Recess theme day to you! GJACC members can sign up for a theme day and do car-side pickup to receive a kit containing a fun snack, craft and activity! Activities are designed for children under 5 years of age and are FREE for GJACC members (each membership can request supplies for up to 2 children, register in advance as supplies are limited).

All Ages

Fitness

 
Virtual Fitness Challenge

Sign up today for Howard County Recreation & Parks’ first-annual Virtual Fitness Challenge! Set a personalized goal (25K, 50k, 75k, or 100k) and track your progress as you run, jog or workout at home using our downloadable Virtual Fitness Challenge log. Subm