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Gentle Yoga | Zumba Fitness | Conversational Spanish | Jazzercise | Ballroom Dancing | PhotographyTennis Classes | CPR & First Aid Training | Chess 

Architect's Studio-Design Your Home

Are you a homeowner dreaming about a renovation project or a new home, but don't know where to start? Have you always wondering about your home's potential? Would you like to do as much work yourself before hiring an architect, designer, or contractor? How about professional advice on common renovation pitfalls and missteps? Have you "always wanted to be an architect" and want to use your home as a test? Well, roll up your sleeves and start designing with the guidance of a professional who has renovated houses in the Bay Area for twenty years. Each module will cover an essential step in the renovation process. The "studio" environment will allow for group discussion and constructive critiques on the renovation process. 

Please check back for Fall 2019 dates!


New! Chess for Beginners: Thursdays, 7:30-9:00pm

We offer a fun; and interactive approach to teaching the game of chess. It is a basic introductory program of answering and learning the most asked question: How do the pieces move? How do they capture? What is check? What is checkmate? We hope to stimulate your thinking, with puzzles, and fun group activities. 

Please check back for future class dates!

NEW!  Conversational Spanish:  Thursdays, 6:15-7:15pm

This class focuses on conversation emphasizing vocabulary, fluency, and pronunciation. It also provides the linguistic structures necessary for students to use Spanish for conversation, as well as an introduction to the Spanish culture. This course will include oral practice for everyday dialogues and basic grammar to communicate at a basic level.
Recommended materials: "Como se dice..?" 9th edition by Ana Jarvis (~$15 used at INSTRUCTOR:  Luci Di Benedetto

Thursdays, March 14-May 2
Time: 6:15-7:15pm
Price: $124/8 weeks 
Instructor Biography
Luci Di Benedetto, MA, MS, has taught Spanish for twenty years in California. She has been an Adjunct Instructor at Dominican University of California since 2011, and a Part time instructor at College of Marin, and Community Education also at COM . Luci is a native of Mendoza, Argentina.  

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Gentle Yoga:  Mondays, 2:15-3:15pm; Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm 

This gentle yoga class will be a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, and relaxing practice. Each asana will be taught with the emphasis on safe alignment to help build strength, awareness and flexibility. Simple movements are done with breath encouraging the body and mind to release tension. Gentle yoga is suitable for anyone that has been sedentary, recovering from an illness or surgery or has any physical limitations that prevent them from participating in regular yoga class. Chairs are available. All levels of students are welcome including beginners. Please bring a Yoga mat and a blanket.  INSTRUCTOR:  Lori Margulies, Embrace Yoga San Rafael

Upcoming Sessions: 

Mondays, 2:15-3:15pm
Apr. 29-Jun. 10; (no class 5/27) $76/6 weeks

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm
May 1-June 12; $88/7 weeks

Drop-ins:  $18 if space available

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Ballroom Dance:  (Adults & Teens); Tuesdays, 7:15-8:30pm (new & continuing students); 8:15-9:45pm (intermediate/advanced students)

Let's dance in these fall and winter sessions with a special night out! Dance weekly and learn new dances, review others, prepare for a wedding, or just for the fun of it.  Some requests:  swings, tango, waltz, slow dancing, salsa, and fox trot.  Choose 2-3 on the first night. Instructor: MARIO ZEMANN

Times: New & Continuing Students 7:15-8:30 pm
Intermediate-Advanced 8:15-9:45 pm

Apr 9-May 14; 6 weeks 

Fee: $35/single; $65/couple, each session 

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Mulan Self Defense for Women (Adults and Children 11 and up); Saturdays, 9-10am

Mu-Lan is a self-defense class developed to teach girls and women to learn the tools to empower themselves and how to respond to unsafe situations.
Topics covered in the workshop include:
-Self-control exercises to help manage fear, frustration and anger
-Knowledge and tips to build self-courage
-S.A.F.E smarts for self-defense (Survey-Avoid-Flee-Engage)

Can register for individual sessions or for all of the workshops. 

Session 3: 4/27


Fee: $30/session
Please note for minors ages 11-17, an adult woman (mother, aunt, friend) must attend as well. Chaperone is encouraged to participate as well but not required. No additional cost for chaperone.

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Zumba: Mondays, 7:15-8:15pm; Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm* 

Founded in 2001, Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation! Zumba® exercise classes are " fitness-parties " that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.  INSTRUCTOR:  Chrissy Costello.  Click Here to visit Chrissy's webiste.

Punch Passes sold at class - $100/10 classes
Drop-ins:  $12
To Join:  Just show up to one of the classes and talk to Chrissy (no advance registration required).

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Jazzercise:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00pm

Your instructor looks forward to offering you a safe, fun, effective, full body workout. Regular Jazzercise in a 60 minute workout that offers a warm up followed by a 30-35 minute aerobic section. The end of your workout consists of strength training and stretching for your upper torso, lower body, and abdominals. Classes are ongoing and you can register anytime before a class or online at  

Walk-in price: $20; monthly fee: $60 (see website below for more information)
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"Capture the Moment" Photography

The focus of this workshop will be the enjoyment photography brings to the moment. The purpose is to show how everyone can become a better photographer, enjoy the process and share the results. All levels of experience are welcome and all types of photo equipment will permit you to succeed: film cameras, DSLRs, point and shoots, iPhones, iPads, etc. Bring what you have and we’ll work together. The class consists of eight, two-hour workshop sessions. All classes meet at Marinwood Community Center. **Note: some new locations have been added! Including:  Falkirk, Olympali Park, Stafford Lake, portraits, Point Reyes Station, Fort Cronkhite and many more!

Workshop Dates/Times:
Thur. Mar. 7, 7-8:30pm Introduction and Orientation at Marinwood Comm. Center. New students must attend.
Sat., March 9, 9am-11am McInnis ponds
Sat., March 16, 9am-12pm Western Marin & Nicasio
Sat., March 23, 9am-11am Civic Center & lagoon
Sat., March 30, 9am-11:30am Big Rock & Redwood grove
Sat., April 6, 9am-11am Pacheco Pond & wetlands
Sat., April 13, 9am-12pm Fort Baker & Fort Cronkhite
Sat., April 20, 9am-11am China Camp
Sat., April 27, 9am-11am Blackstone Canyon & eucalyptus row
Sat., May 4, 10am-1pm Marinwood trail & Victory Banquet

$125/9 classes
Returning Students: 20% off Discount Available (call 415-479-0775 to enroll)

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Duncan MacSwain--teacher, photographer, and international tour group leader?has lived in the Marinwood-Lucas Valley community for over 40 years. His photos have been published in books, calendars, magazinges, and promotional materials in 15 countries. He has previously taught photo workshops in the U.C. Berkeley Research Expeditions Program, at the Quadrennial Art and Culture Festival of the Pacific in Palau, and throughout Marin. Duncan is a frequent speaker on the book store circuit, and at various conventions and promotional events throughout Marin and northern California.

MacSwain taught psychology and biology, and was an administrator and athletic coach at Redwood High School for 32 years. He was a Marin Teacher of the Year, a northern California Coach of the Year, and a nominee for National Science Teacher of the Year. He has been organizing and leading international photo tours through Dimensions in Travel, Novato, for over 20 years. His specialties include South America (the Galapagos, Machu Picchu and the Amazon), southeast Asia and micronesia.

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Tennis Classes (see link below):

Marinwood Tennis Classes 

CPR & First Aid Classes (see link below):

Marinwood CPR & First Aid Classes