A shelter-in-place order is in effect for all Alameda County residents. City facilities are closed and non-essential meetings and events are cancelled.  Find more information here.


Virtual Classes 4x6

Keep your mind fresh while sheltering in place with City of Albany Recreation & Community Services classes/camps or peruse the many links/ideas below.


Write On! Creative Writing Labs
Day: Thursday
Time: 3:30 – 5 pm
Dates: May 7 - 28, 2020 (4 classes)
Cost: $90 (resident)/$100 (non-resident)
Ages: 8-13
Instructor: Abby Skrivan
In session - registration closed

This four-week intensive course aims to make writing fun! Students will stretch their imaginations and writing skills through collaborative writing games that explore various types of writing. They will work individually and in small groups on different genres, including mystery stories, choose-your-own-adventure multi-ending stories and for this class only - multimedia writing games and monologues to be recorded and presented!  Students will edit and polish their best work to be published in an online magazine at upon completion! Optional writing exercises will be offered in between classes along with feedback on students' writing. 

Previous students as well as newcomers are encouraged to attend. A love of writing is not a requisite - reluctant writers are encouraged! 

Instructor Abby Skrivan, a veteran 8th Grade English teacher at Albany Middle School, has been running the after school and summer Write-On Creative Writing Labs for fourteen years. 



Yoga in the Park…at Home
Day: Sunday
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Dates: May 10 - June 28, 2020 (register at any time, rolling registration)
Cost: FREE
Ages: All Ages
Instructor: Amber Collins


We have taken the weekly Yoga in the Park class online so you can continue your practice while sheltering in place. With all the uncertainty in the air, it's even more important that we don't give up our practice and take time to breathe and care for ourselves. Whether you are indoors or able to find a nice patch of grass or sun, you will still get to take the dedicated hour to move and breathe with the support of our Yoga in the Park community. 


Gentle Yoga
Day: Monday - Friday 
Time: 9 – 10 am
   Session 1: May 4 - 29, 2020
   Cost*: $99 (unlimited)
   Session 2: June 1 - 30, 2020
   Cost*: Unlimited Monthly Pass $99, 15 Class Pass $89, 10 Class Pass $69, 5 Class Pass $39
Ages: All Ages
Instructor: Allan Jacinto


*Couples can take the class together and individuals can share their class pass with a 'yoga buddy' on days they are unable to attend.

This class provides a gentler approach to the practice of Yoga. Enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility, strength and stamina. Yoga encourages better posture, improves digestions, relaxes and calms the mind. Class is suitable for all levels. Wear loose and comfortable clothing and practice on an empty stomach.


Sumi-e/Japanese Brush Painting
Day: Wednesday
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Dates: June 3 - July 8
Cost: $144
Ages: 18+
Max: 12 Students 
Instructor: Fumiyo Yoshikawa

This course is for all levels, will encourage and motivate those who have never painted, as well as those who wish to take full advantage of the medium’s potential of sumi-e/ink brush painting and refine techniques.
This course will cover the use of paper, ink and brush. Through step by step practices of calligraphy and some seasonal sumi -e paintings, class will learn most essential strokes and techniques to paint a fine brush painting.  Class will also learn how to complete a sumi -e to display. Individual help/ consultations will be available during each class. Advanced students may work on individual projects.
Sumi-e is the unique form of Asian art that has produced some of the world’s finest masterpieces of ink painting. Originating in China and having its spiritual basis in Zen Buddhism, this form of expressing nature’s colors through shades of black ink with or without colors, has been popular in East Asia for many centuries and now practiced all over the world.  

Supply List for the first day
A large bamboo brush 
Porcelain plum palette(6-8inch) or multiple white porcelain plates(3-8inch)  as a palette Felt (about 30x40 inches)
Ink and inkstone or liquid sumi-ink
Hanshi rice paper for practice 
Kitchen Paper Towel or rag
Paper weight
Water Bowls 

Classical Guitar Technique

Day: Tuesday and Saturday
Time: 10:30 – 11 am (Sat), 1 – 1:30 pm (Tues)
Dates: May 9 – 26, 2020
Cost: $30 (resident)/$40 (non-resident)
Ages: 12 – Adult
Max: 6 Students
Instructor: Claude Spargue

Learn to read and play music for the guitar. Students will learn basic right- and left-hand techniques and the best ways to hold a guitar. Everyone in the class receives individual attention. Students provide their own instrument. This class focuses on basic techniques, though all levels are welcome. Under 12 may attend at the discretion of the instructor.



Put a Smile on Your Face While Sheltering in Place

Friends of 5 Creeks  

Friends of Five Creeks (F5C) put together information and links on some of the many ways we can connect with the natural world while we shelter-in-place. Take a look at these resources, including tips for environmental activism and appreciation at home.

East Bay Regional Parks 

Although many parks facilities are closed for the time being, you can still access the excitement of the outdoors with East Bay Regional Parks’ Digital Learning Resources.  

Learn about…

the pond critters of Tilden Regional Park;

the anatomy of a flower;

facts about the beloved banana slug.

Take (or teach) an online course.
Always wanted to learn a new language? Finally have time to do an online cooking class? Browse the web for endless options! Or, share your skills with your friends and family over a video conferencing service.   

Teach your dog a new trick. Give Fido an opportunity to work from home, too. Search the web for tricks that suit your dog’s strengths and age.  

Learn a language – Download a language learning app or find an online course. 

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