Local Classes

If you’re interested in taking leisure classes within walking distance to Park Santiago, you need look no further than our neighborhood’s church and park.  Local offerings include fitness and gardening courses for adults, and nature-themed classes and camps for kids. More after the jump…

Looking for a great way to get and stay in shape that is gentler on your body, is calming to your overly busy mind, and provides an uplift in spirits?  You don’t need an expensive gym membership, or even have to drive outside the neighborhood.  The First Congregation Church of Santa Ana, right here at 2255 Santiago Street in Park Santiago, offers classes at a very low cost as part of their community outreach program.

Presently two exercise programs are available. The first is a low impact yoga class taught by certified instructors on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  The cost is $30.00 per month, or $5.00 per session.  With Spring and Summer’s longer daylight and warmer weather, you can leisurely stroll over to the Hearthside room, located on the north side of the church’s parking lot to enjoy this class along with a wonderful group of neighborhood regulars.

For active senior neighbors, the Church offers a strengthening, balance and gentle stretching class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 11:30 until noon.  The cost is $20.00 for 6 weeks.  This class is also taught by a certified fitness instructor. Many of the exercises are done from a seated position. There is flexibility in the program for modification of exercises for different levels of strength, fitness and mobility.

For members of the LGBT community, the main hall is where the Golden States Squares meet on Wednesday nights at 7:00.  Square dancing is a fun way to burn calories, learn to dance and socialize. All are welcome to participate.

Jim Rosenquist, program director from the First Congregation Church is looking to expand the church’s outreach program to possibly include Tai Chi, Drum Circles, and Meditation Classes. He is very interested in feedback from our neighborhood regarding level of interest.  Please contact him with any questions regarding their existing offerings or new programs at  HYPERLINK “mailto:jmlbquist@hotmail.com” jmlbquist@hotmail.com or call 714-744-0345.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, The City Of Santa Ana’s Parks and Rec. program has many class offerings at Santiago Park. Some examples:

Boot-camp workouts will be offered this summer at the park’s oak grove (near the Lawn Bowling Clubhouse).

The non-profit group Back to Natives Restoration is partnering with the park to revamp its nursery, restore wildlife habitat, and offer classes. Their summer offerings include a variety of gardening, health, natural history, rainwater harvesting, art and exercise classes for children, teens and adults. These classes take place at the park’s nature center.

A Park Santiago resident is developing a series of weeklong summer ecology day camps for children and teens at the park’s nature center.

Details about summer classes at Santiago Park can be downloaded via The City’s Leisure Class website:  http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/PRCSA-LeisureClassBrochure.asp

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