Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center

Classes & Workshops

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Fitness & Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Monday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
$3-5/session, Drop-In. 



WERQ: Dance Fitness

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m.
$30/6 Week-Pass or $7 Drop-In. 

Try the FREE class on Monday, August 13th! Class offered on 8/27, then back every Monday and Wednesday starting 9/10. 

WERQ is a fun, energetic and easy-to-learn cardio dance class set to pop and hip hop music. The workout is nonstop with repetitive athletic moves and easy-to-learn dance steps. Each week a few new routines will be added so that you continue to challenge yourself and build your rhythm! 


Cultural Dance

Scottish Country Dancers

Sunday, 7-9 p.m. Drop-In. Suggested Donation: $3-5.

No kilt necessary! Learn and dance the traditional reels, jigs, and strathspeys of Scotland in a fun, social setting. All ages are welcome and no prior dance experience is needed. Basic instruction begins at 7, and as the evening progresses so does the difficulty, so plan to come early if you are a beginner. You don’t have to have a partner to dance! Wear socks or soft-soled shoes.

English Country Dance

Monday, (1st, 3rd, 5th), 7-9 p.m. Drop-In. Suggested Donation: $2.

Learn and dance the traditional dances of 17th and 18th century England! These social dances are performed with partners and in groups. Some dances are serene, and others are quite lively! No partner is required as dance partners will change throughout the evening. Dances are taught during the first hour; requested dances are called or taught during the second hour.

Israeli Dance

Tuesday, Beginner: 7:30 p.m. & Intermediate/All Levels: 8:30-10 p.m. Suggested donation: $3-5. 
Beginner: Come learn fun circle, partner and line dances in a welcoming and social environment! We'll cover the basic steps and do a mix of dances every week -- the more you come, the more dances you'll know. Very beginner friendly; NO Israeli dance (or other dance) experience needed! 

Intermediate/All Levels: Come learn more challenging dances, and request to dance your favorites! This will be especially fun for people with some dance experience, but can truly be enjoyed by all levels. There is no pressure to dance throughout the evening - taking breaks to eat snacks (provided) and enjoy time with friends is encouraged. Includes circle, line and partner dances (though no partner is necessary!).

Jump Town Swing

Thursday: 1-Hour Sessions:
6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm
Classes resume January. Register for classes on Jumptown Swing's website here

Kids & Family

Summer Family Playtime!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drop-In and Free!

Activities are geared towards toddlers, but all ages are welcome! There will be a mix of music, child yoga, potluck snacking, and free play throughout the summer! Focused activities will vary from day to day, but all will be 10-30 minutes in duration. All are welcome! 
Coming with a stroller? Feel free to enter via the ramp at Jenifer Street! 

Family Storytime & Craft Days!

Returning in the fall! Oct. 10, Nov. 14, & Dec. 12; 9:30-10:15 a.m. Free!

Join us for story-time and crafts with Hawthorn Library’s Youth Librarian! We’ll start with engaging activities and songs to help the little ones feel more comfortable, then move onto story-time and crafts! 



Qigong & Tai-Chi

QiGong for Beginners:

Spring Session: April 10th - June 12th. Register Here for the Spring Session! $80/10 Weeks, or Drop-In for $10/Class. 

Come explore the Chinese healing art of qigong. Classes incorporate gentle movement, stretching, breathing, relaxation, acupressure and self-massage in order to get the qi (energy) flowing. This class is suitable for beginners and all fitness levels.

Tai-Chi At Orton Park

Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 a.m. 
Taught by Bob Yu, long-time Tai-Chi instructor. Please dress for the weather!
$5/Session; Drop-In. 

Stepping On:

Mondays, March 26th - May 7th
1:00-3:00 p.m. 
$35/7 Sessions
Registration is closed--but we will offer another class this fall! 

Have you fallen or are you limiting your activities because you’re afraid you might fall? Interested in improving your balance to prevent a future fall? It’s never too  early to start!

Stepping On classes meet once per week for seven weeks, two hours per week, with a reunion class three months later. The class is led by a team of health care providers (physical therapist, nurse, pharmacist, occupational therapist) who work with you and your classmates to improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling by reviewing your medications, providing a vision screening, teaching strength and balance exercises, and offering help to improve your safety at home. Members of the group support each other’s efforts to take action to prevent falls. Older adults who may have balance problems or fear of falling are the best fit for this class. According to studies, people who complete Stepping On classes see a 35% reduction in falls. 

Community Events & Services

Wild Hog in The Woods

Friday evenings, 7:30 p.m. Take in world-class folk, bluegrass, and indie music in an intimate, welcoming space. Enjoy freshly baked snacks, juice, tea and coffee. Want to play yourself? Sign-up for the open mike between sets! Wild Hog in the Woods meets September-May.    

Loving Spirit Community Church

Sunday mornings at 11:11 a.m. All are welcome for a joyful, inspiring celebration of life! This non-denominational service includes music, dance, wise words, and community! Stay afterwards for food and conversation. All are welcome!

Free Community Meals: 

Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal prepared by our fantastic volunteers! All are welcome. This meal is popular, so get here by noon to make sure you get a plate.
Our Senior Meal on Monday at noon is also home-made and nutritious. Enjoy great conversation, meet new friends, and stay after for cards or a movie! 

Tuition assistance is available! To request, please contact Beatrice via email here.  

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