Adult Programs

Current Adult Programs 2018

Zumba     #122206

Ages 13 and up

Join Carol Ast-Milchen for a fun-filled hour of total body workout using a spicy, upbeat mixture of Latin and International music such as the merengue, salsa, cumbia, and mambo as well as other styles including hip-hop and belly dancing. Zumba is a cardio class that combines easy to follow dance moves and fitness elements.  All students should workout at their own fitness level and intensity.  Students will learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their targeted zones.  Just let loose and feel the music. No prior dance experience is necessary. Punch cards available.

Ongoing: M | 9 – 10 am & TH | 8:30 – 9:30 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$60 for 10 classes

Stretch & Flex      #3541601          

Are you feeling stiff in your joints? Have you lost your flexibility?  How is your balance? This class will assist you in all of these areas and more. We use chairs, never go down on the floor, and we use different apparatus to help tone, condition, and strengthen your body. This 30 minute class is filled with great fun, music, and laughter so come join us! Instructor: Shannon Rackowski

Ongoing: T & TH | 10:00-10:30 am | SPRD | $5 drop-in or $40 for 10 classes

Mat Workout      #141622

This is a 45 minute class, geared to the Core/Ab & Back, Glutes/Legs, Arms/ Chest, and is presented on The Mat!  Shannon Rackowski certified Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Aerobics Instructor brings over 30 years of experience to her classes.  Be prepared to use weights, bands, dowels, and more.

Ongoing: M | 11:15 – 12 pm & W | 10 – 10:45 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes

Step Aerobics     #234161

Step Aerobics is a low impact cardio-class which utilizes 4, 6, and 8 inch steps, providing a rhythmic level of intensity. Weights, dowels, and other types of apparatus are used to create a higher intensity if so desired.

Ongoing: W | 9 – 9:45 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes

Cardio Fit Kickboxing     #134301

Sherri Hermens is back teaching cardio fit kickboxing for SPRD.  Sherri holds a USAT 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and comes with 17 years of martial arts experience.  Get your cardio fit workout with this kickboxing class.

Ongoing: T & Th | 4 – 5 pm | SPRD | $7 drop-in/$44 per month

Tai Chi     #141624

The art of Tai Chi started hundreds of years ago in China, as part of their form of martial arts.  This art form is slow, gentle, meditative, and the health benefits have been the focus of more than 500 studies in the past half-century.  Some great benefits of this form of martial arts is the reduction of fall risks, and strengthening your stabilizing muscles, like hips.  Master Jian Feng Chen, founder of Oregon Tai Chi Wushu in Bend, will instruct this 5 week class here in Sisters Country.  Please wear comfortable clothes, that you can move freely in!

W | May 30 – June 27 | 11 -11:45 am | SPRD | $60.00 for 5 week series

Movement of the Hand Art Class

The vision of this adult art class is to teach painting in a simple, confidence building way. Art instructor Megan Phallon’s approach is to use common shapes and movement of the hand to build dimension and scale. All art supplies are included in this 4 week class. Sign-up for both sessions and receive a $20.00 discount!

First 4 week session:
Th | June 7 – 28 | 10:30 am–12 pm | SPRD | $60

Second 4 week session:
Th | July 5 – 26 | 10:30 am–12 pm | SPRD | $60

Flow & Restore Yoga Class

Lisa Gladden-Kuettle is the newest addition to the teaching family at SPRD. A primary care provider with Mosaic Medical, and a certified yoga instructor will teach vingasa yoga, followed by restorative postures and relaxation.

First 4 week session:
Sun | July 1 – 22 | 4:30 – 5:15 pm | SPRD | $50

First 4 week session:
Sun | Aug. 19 – Sept. 9 | 4:30 – 5:15 pm | SPRD | $50

Hula Sessions

Come dance hula with Shannon Mokuahi Rackowski and the hula dancers of Sisters.  Learn the culture, the Aloha, and language thru dance of the Hawaiian people.

Ongoing: 2nd & 4th Wed monthly | SPRD | 5:30 – 6:30 pm | $10.00 per class

Health Talks     #441604

Join SPRD and some of our local doctors, physical therapists, health professionals,life enhancement ideas, and fitness specialist in a 30 min. discussion with questions and answers on staying healthy, fit, and happy!  These talks are scheduled through out the year with different professionals speaking about their specialty field. These talks are a FREE community service brought to you by SPRD.  Talks are held at  Sisters Community Church.

T | May 22 | 11:30 -12 pm | Diane Goble | End of Life Planning


Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance is a journey of self-discovery through music and movement for exercise, stress release, emotional expression, and celebration of life.  It’s freedom movement to varied mix of high-vibe music in a warm playful,inclusive community.  We come together in this sacred space to freely express ourselves through movement, welcoming people of all shapes, sizes, and experience.  Come to connect with yourself or with others in a safe, substance and fragrance-free environment.

Please bring your open mind and heart.  We ask that you take care of yourself in dance, and respect the individual expression of other. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows for full freedom of movement leaving shoes off the dance floor. Please bring your payment in the form of cash or check.

$10 – $20 sliding scale.  Open to everyone 13 years and older..

Ongoing: 2nd Friday monthly | SPRD | 7 – 9 pm

Emergency Preparedness for Adults     #141621

Are you ready for any emergencies be it natural or man made?  Join SPRD and the American Red Cross for classes on preparedness for you and tour family.  This is a community service and FREE of charge.  You must register in advance.  Adults can be joined by their high school kids.

June 6 | W | 5:30 – 6:30 pm | SPRD | FREE

Adult Ukulele      #441600

E Komo Mai, come join the fun and learn some fundamental skills to get you playing the ukulele quickly!  The focus will be on learning to read and play cords along with different strumming techniques and even a little finger picking for this 5 week class.  No musical experience is needed.  If you don’t have a ukulele one can be provided.  Instructor: Peggy Tehan.

TBD | Thurs | 6 – 7:30 pm | SPRD | $60.00 | Another class will begin in October.




SPRD Sage Excursions #541600

SPRD will be arranging excursions for our SAGE (Senior Activities, Gathering & Experiences)  year round. Space for these excursions are limited to 14, so get your reservations and payment in early.  If you are interested, please call or e-mail 541-549-2091 or [email protected] Excursions leave from SPRD at 11am – return at 4pm, there are time that we leave early and return later if we are traveling a further distance. Excursions are the 3rd Thursday of every other month.

All excursion are $25.00 – Senior scholarships are available for excursions.

Jun 21 | Crescent Moon Ranch | Terrebonne

Aug 17 | Cada Dia Cheese | Prineville

Oct 19 | Lunch with the Fire Fighters | Sisters Fire District

Dec | Sisters Christmas Dinner | TBA

SAGE – Senior Activities, Gatherings & Experiences   Open Mon – Fri  11 am – 4 pm

Table Tennis Tuesday/Thursday 1 – 4 pm

Wed 1 – 4 “Let’s Play Games”

Come and join our senior community at SPRD.  We have group games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, Mahjong or start a Pinochle or Gin Rummy group.  Come play Table Tennis, also known as Ping Pong, or create a series of new games for your group.  Interested in reserving time in the newly re-modeled senior room, contact Shannon Rackowski.  SPRD also presents Health Talks, Excursions, and great fellowship time, so come and be apart of SAGE at SPRD!

Living Well with Chronic Conditions     #241601.01

This Stanford University Self-Management program is an indispensable guide for people of all ages who are living with a chronic physical or mental health condition.  This class will help you to explore healthy ways to live with chronic conditions, and find what your soundness of body, mind , and spirit means to your health. This evidence-based class is a partnership with COA, Council on Aging.  Shannon Rackowski, certified evidence-based instructor will co-teach this class.


Living Well with Diabetes     #441604.01

This Diabetes Self-Management class was developed by Stanford University with the understanding that people with diabetes must deal not only with their disease, but also with the impact this has on their lives and emotions.  Help yourself to make an action plan!  This class is a partnership with COA. Certified instructor Shannon Rackowski


Matter of Balance     #441603.02

Do you have a fear of falling?  Have you stopped activities that once brought you joy?  Are you making excuses to family members and friends about staying at home?  The first step towards a healthier attitude about falling is to understand one’s own beliefs or biases.  This community workshop will teach practical coping strategies to reduce the fear of falling.  This workshop will be held for 8 weeks, every Wed. for 2 hours.  This is an evidence-based program taught by Shannon Rackowski, certified instructor.  Council On Aging is a partner in this evidence-based class.

Coming to Black Butte soon, stay tuned for dates! | $10.00 for the entire session.


Walk With Ease     441602.02

This Arthritis Foundation Program is a self-management educational program.  Walking is the central activity , but participants will benefit from stretching exercises, and motivational strategies.  Classes will meet 3 days a week for 1 hour for 6 weeks.  Join Shannon Rackowski, certified evidence-based instructor for this program on Healthy Aging.  This class is a COA partnership.

Mon,Tue, & Thurs l Starts April 16, 17, & 19 l 8:30 – 9:30 am l $10,00

Winter Indoor Walking

SPRD is bringing back a community service free of charge for Winter Indoor Walking.  In partnership with Sisters School District and Sisters Park & Recreation District, Sisters Middle School will once again open it’s doors from 3:30 – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday from December 2017 – March 2018.  Rules of participation do apply: No alcohol or tobacco. Food and water allowed.  No Running. Do not block open doors, and stay on designated walking areas.  Maps available at SPRD & SMS.

Dec 1 – March 31 l 3:30 – 5:30 pm l M – F l SMS l FREE

Computer For Seniors

Need the basics skills for navigating the computer, internet, iPhone, iPad, email, tablets and technology of the future.  SPRD is bringing you this class to help with the many questions you might have about the computer world. Dave Huni owner and operator of “In Person Help”, a computer repair company, will instruct these classes at Sisters Park & Recreation District office.  Additional information call SPRD 541-549-2091

Growing Vegetables in Central Oregon

The Central Oregon Master Gardeners Association and SPRD will bring this FREE two-hour vegetable gardening class to the Community of Sisters in April.  This class will cover the basics of vegetable gardening, and also agreat deal of information that is specific to Central Oregon, such as how to be successful in this challenging climate and what varieties of different vegetable do best.  A 24 page book on gardening in Central Oregon is also included in this FREE class!

Coming Spring 2019!


Council On Aging Of Central Oregon

The Council on Aging of Central Oregon and SPRD are partnering together to bring seniors services to Sisters Country.  Starting Monday, March 5th from 8:30 – 4:30, there will be a representative from Council on Aging at SPRD in our Senior Center Room, Sage – Senior Activities, Gathering s, & Experiences.  This representative will be able to answer question, provide information, and referral services to the older adults living in Sisters.

This service will be offered every Monday, except for Holidays.

TBD l Mon l 8:30 – 4:30 pm l SPRD in SAGE room

Adult Program Sponsorships

Are you looking to help others in your community?  SPRD is looking for those business, companies, individuals, and organizations that can help those in need.  Many of our Sage (Senior Activities Gatherings and Experiences) Adults are on fixed incomes, and we at SPRD are reaching out to those that might be willing to enrich the quality of their lives by sponsoring excursions, gatherings, and any assistance with their needs.  Call or e-mail Shannon Rackowski, Adult Programs Coordinator @ 541-549-2091 or [email protected]

SPRD Senior Scholarships

Sisters Park and Recreation District is now offering senior scholarship awards.  This program is for seniors who want to participate in our classes and/or excursions and need extra help paying for those activities. If you are interested or know of a senior that might benefit from such funding please contact Adult/Senior Programs Coordinator Shannon Rackowski at 541-549-2091 or [email protected]

SPRD partners with the following organizations to provide funding through scholarships for the seniors in Sisters Country: City of Sisters, Deschutes County, and St. Charles Foundation.

Volunteer or Contractor Opportunities!

Use your time, talent, and ideas to make a difference at Sisters Park and Recreation District.  As a volunteer or contractor you can share your knowledge and skills with our seniors, youths, and some of the many events that we sponsor and partnership with.  We are looking for individuals who love to teach, share, and give to others.  Come help your center be all that you want it to be and support your community.

Pickle Ball – Beginner’s Instruction & Play

Interested in learning the fun game known as “Pickle Ball”?  Starting November 6, all beginners are welcome to learn this great racket game.  These instructional lessons will take place the 1st Sunday of the month, with an additional beginners play on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 1 – 2 pm.

1 – 2 pm at Sisters Elementary School Gym.  Then we follow up with regular play from 2 – 4 pm.     No Play – Easter Sunday, April 1 and 8, 2018 per school district regulations.

Ongoing | Sun | TBD | Instructional fee and beginners play $3.00

Pickle Ball      #441608

The birth of Pickle Ball started with Congressman Joel Pritchard from Washington State in 1965.  Tennis magazine published an article in 1976 about “American’s Newest Raquet Sport”.  By 1990 pickle ball was being played in all 50 states.  This great game is so much fun, easy to learn, and gives you a good workout!

Ongoing | Sun |  2 – 4 pm | TBD | Sisters Elementary School Gym 10 days of play $40, $5.00 drop-in fee. No Play – Easter Sunday, April 1, and 8, 2018 per school district regulations.

Photography For Everyone

A workshop for all skill levels and interests!  This five-week class will explore the building blocks and concepts of making better pictures.  Instructor Jeff Omodt is a lifelong photographic fanatic. who will illustrate various concepts and encourage everyone  to develop their own special skills and techniques.  You will work with the camera you already have, whether it’s a phone, point-and-shoot, or a DSLR.  Come join us and take your photography to a new level.

Look for this class next Fall!