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Activities and Programs

The purpose of the Class Programs Division is to provide energetic, fun, interesting and challenging classes to residents of all ages in San Juan Capistrano, while collaborating with local businesses and community entrepreneurs to share their expertise. The goal of this Division is to deliver affordable classes that are of interest to a diverse array of people and to generate revenue for both the City and contracted instructors. Below you will find a brief description of the current classes being offered. 

To comply with the Governor's "stay at home" order that remains in effect across the state, all City classes have been suspended until further notice. The City will not be holding classes or gatherings while the "stay at home" order is in place.

Basic Horsemanship: (Age: 8 – 16 years) 

This class is a complete beginning lesson program. Students will be taught safety rules and step-by-step rules on how to groom, tack up and properly lead a horse. Parts of the horse, colors and markings will be studied. Simple first aid and proper technique with horses will be covered.

Horsemanship I: (Age: 8 – 16 years) 

Students must have completed Basic Horsemanship prior to registering for this class. Riding the horse is included in this training. Boots and helmets are required.

Horsemanship II—Advanced Horsemanship: (Age: 8 – 16 years) 

Students must have completed Basic Horsemanship and Horsemanship I prior to registering for this class. Boots and helmets are required.

Karate for Beginners: (Age: 6 years – Adult)

This co-ed class teaches the basic Shotokan karate movements of blocks, punches, kicks, and stances while emphasizing traditional karate etiquette, manners and morals. This is a non-contact activity with the objective of increasing focus, concentration, body awareness and self-confidence.

Kindergarten Readiness: (Age: 3.5 – 5 years) Children must be potty trained.

Kindergarten Readiness believes in the development of the whole child while providing a safe and fun learning environment. We believe that play is the primary vehicle through which children learn. We offer children a variety of experiences designed to give them opportunities for self-discovery, exploration and the freedom to create. Our teacher’s primary role is to facilitate the child's physical, emotional, social, creative, and intellectual growth. We believe in building relationships and fully understand and support each and every learner and their family.  Through trust, respect and daily communication we work together to build a sense of community and the foundation your child needs to move forward as an independent, confident, and critical thinker. 

The Kindergarten Readiness program is available for children 3.5 to 5 years of age. All children must be potty trained to participate. 

Beginner Ballet Folklorico: (Age: 5 - 15 years)

Come and learn different folklorico dances of Mexico. Students are not required to have any formal instruction. Girls should wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, pin up their hait and bring practice skirts to class. Boys need to wear folklorico dance boots. There may be opportunities to perform.

Intermediate Ballet Folklorico: (Age: 7 - 18 years)

Come and learn the various folklorico dances of Mexico while building confidence and self-esteem. There are opportunities to perform at various City and community events. All costumes are provided. Girls need to wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, have hair pinned up and bring practice skirts to class. Boys need to wear folklorico dance boots.

Adult Ballet Folklorico:

Come and learn different folklorico dances of Mexico. There are opportunities to perform at various city and community events. Ladies need to wear comfortable clothes, folklorico dance shoes, and have hair pinned up and bring practice skirts to class. Men need to wear folklorico dance boots.

Adult Ballroom Dance:

This very popular dance class will invigorate your passion for dance. Come join in the fun while learning new steps and meeting people with your interest. Singles are welcome, partners are not required.

Manners, Character & Social Skills: (Age: 5 - 12 years)

The Etiquette Factory is a unique learning experience developed to change the world, one child at a time.  Over 50 different etiquette skills are taught using games, role play, props, music, stories and kind discussion.  Skills included: Dining Etiquette, Kindness, being a guest and so much more!

Hands-on Music: (Age: 1.5 - 5 years)

Come sing, dance, and play with your child as we experience the wonder of music together. Move to the beat as we wiggle and sway. Explore melody and rhythm through singing and hands-on instrument play during our “jam sessions”.

Wealth Strategies Group Classes: (Age: 18 years and older)

  • Investment Basics ​​- Are you new to investing or confused about your investments? In this new straightforward course, you will learn the basics of: Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, annuities, and life insurance. We’ll also cover IRA’s, 401ks, and other retirement plans, and the importance of asset allocation and diversification to manage risk.
  • Successful Retirement Planning - Are you on track to retire comfortably? This personalized course will show you how to determine your ideal retirement age, how to maximize your retirement savings and pensions, and the latest retirement income strategies to minimize taxes and make sure your assets last a lifetime.
  • Optimize Your Social Security - You’ve paid into Social Security for your entire working life, now learn the best strategies to maximize your lifetime benefits. This in-depth workshop will cover when to claim Social Security based on your life expectancy, increasing your Social Security benefits, spousal claiming strategies for married couples, and how to reduce or potentially eliminate taxes on Social Security and other retirement finances.

Healing Breathwork: (Age: 12 - Adult)

A time to relax and breathe deeply; to let go of the past and reclaim joy in this very moment. Through deep breathing, we increase the amount of oxygen in our blood, bringing fresh energy to the body and mind. This has a powerful therapeutic and empowering effect, encouraging the release of old trauma and realization of one's control over their emotional state.  Music will be played to encourage this awe-inspiring experience, and following the breath exercise will be a short meditation to integrate, followed by a chance to share our individual experiences with the group.

Badminton: (Age: 6 - Adult)

In this beginner course, you will learn the basic movements, technique, footwork, strokes and rules of badminton. Courts  will be drawn and set up at the San Juan Capistrano Gymnasium for instruction. Please wear appropriate athletic shoes and attire. Come have fun and meet new people!

Pickleball Class: (Age: 16 years and older)

Come learn the basic fundamentals, skills, rules and etiquette of the fastest growing sport in the nation! Class will be held at the San Juan Capistrano Tennis Courts and will be taught by PPR/USPPA Certified Pickleball instructor, Manny Romero or Kevin Chaidez. The instructors will provide all of the necessary equipment. Please wear appropriate athletic shoes and attire. 

Developing Players Pickleball Class: (Age: 16 years and older)

The next step up for pickleball: skills and game improvement. The class will combine pickleball shot development with game strategy and optimizing court positioning. Pickleball lessons for developing players will be available at the SJC Tennis Courts.  One lesson consists of two, 1.5 hours classes. The classes will be taught by instructor Kevin Chaidez.

Boxing Fitness: (Age: 5 years - Adult)

Come learn the benefits of boxing at the USA Certified Capistrano Boxing Gym. Youth & adult boxing classes teach basic boxing skills and techniques, such as, stance, guard, movement, jab, cross and hook. These classes will increase strength and improve endurance. Classes will include cardio calisthenics, shadow boxing, bag work, partner drills, pad work and core strengthening exercises.  These skills will provide self-defense tools as well as self-confidence while keeping you physically fit. Class times are split up by age. 

Adult Yoga in Spanish & English: (Age: 18 years and older)

A variety of yoga classes will now be offered in the afternoon a the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Isabel Szulc is a biligual yoga teacher that has been practicing since 2015. She speacializes in teaching yoga to seniors, breast cancer patients, cancer survivors, young adults and beginner yogis. For the winter session, she will be teaching Senior Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Meditation.

Cancer Prevention & Radical Remission: (Ages: 18 years and older)

At the “Radical Remission” 3-day workshop you will: Explore and learn to apply the 10 healing factors common among the thousands of radical remission cancer cases. You will learn how to strengthen your immune system, become active in your own healing, empower yourself with healing tools, and learn & connect with others on a similar journey. This workshop is for anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, their care givers and loved ones, those who have completed treatment, and those looking to prevent a cancer diagnosis and develop life-lasting changes that promote optimal wellness.

Athletic Programs

The purpose of the Athletic Programs Division is to collaborate with youth/adult sport organizations to provide to San Juan Capistrano youth/adults a prototype of self-discipline, self-motivation, commitment, excellence, loyalty, cooperation and other desirable traits that are gleaned from participating in sporting activities. The Athletic Programs Division provides income to the City; and delivers a large population of sport participants to patronize San Juan Capistrano businesses, restaurants and hotels.

Youth Programs

This Division incorporates two programs for young children to teens – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and the Youth Advisory Board. The City contracts with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley to maintain a quality-based after-school program for the children of San Juan Capistrano under the attentive safeguard of the Community Services Department and the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission. The Youth Advisory Board enables San Juan Capistrano teens to participate in local government, learn City structure, and be the voice of the needs and interests within their youth-oriented collective.

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