Classes & Groups

Appointment with a Public Health Nurse

Public Health Nurses provide targeted nursing case management for Orange County residents with a variety of health and medical issues with the primary goal of linking clients with health insurance and a medical home. Service components include a face to face assessment, health education, support, linkages, advocacy and case management.

Tuesdays by appointment only, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County

Programs: Community-Based Mentoring is the traditional one-to-one mentoring relationship. A volunteer is matched with a child between the ages of 6-16 and is responsible for scheduling their own outings, have flexibility of choosing their own activities, and occasionally are also given the opportunity to participate in group activities that the agency plans and coordinates. Volunteers are required to meet with their Little Brother/Sister at least twice a month for anytime between 3 and 6 hours.

Get Started: If you are interested in getting a Big Brother or Big Sister for your child or have questions about the program, please contact our office and ask for Lupita Lamas, (714) 544-7773.

Costs: All of our services are free. Parents are not responsible for expenses when their child goes out with his Big Brother or Big Sister.

Lupita Lamas, Family Intake Specialist
[email protected]
714.544.7773

Cielo

Unleash your potential! Our mission is to cultivate leaders throughout Orange County; helping them achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. CIELO also strives to help individuals in finding a job, as well as providing the skills to grow in your career.

  • Micro Enterprise
  • Customized 1 on 1 Coaching
  • Bilingual Services
  • Career Buliding
  • Mentoring
  • Consulting &Training
  • Micro Lending
  • Classes/ Workshops
  • Service Provider Network
  • Case Management

Every Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm

For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Gaby Broughman, [email protected] or call 714-756-2006 x 703

Cielo Computer Class (Spanish)

Participants will learn computer skills that will be useful for the establishment of their business of their business or career.
Topics to be addressed:
  1. Scheduling and sharing calendar events
  2. Email Creation
  3. Handle and share events in the calendar
  4. Management of business or personal finances
  5. Write a professional letter or resume
  6. Budgeting and invoices
  7. Creating presentations for business or personal use

Class dates: Thursdays - January 17, 24, 31 February 07, 14, 21, 28 March 07, 14, 21, 28 April 04
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

For more information and to register please call (714) 756-2006.

Cielo Learn By Doing Workshop

Participants will receive hands-on experience that will help build their experience in finance skills.
Make your money go further by:
1. Managing your funds
2. Raising your credit
3. Preparing for a loan
4. Organizing your list of monthly expenses

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Schedule: 5:00pm-7:00pm

For more information and to register please call (714) 756-2006.

Council on Aging - Balance and Fitness Class

Class details:
  • Multidimensional approach to balance-related problems
  • Suitable for older adults who are beginning to experience difficulty balancing
  • Participants should not be regular users of assistive devices for mobility
  • Participants will learn various exercises and stretches
  • Tips provided to help prevent falls

Class schedule: Every Friday
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living |307 Placentia Avenue, Suite 100A Newport Beach, CA 92663

  • Comfortable attire recommended.
  • Space is limited, please call to register at (949) 764-6551.

Council on Aging- English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Council on Aging has partnered with the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living to provide resources and services to low-income families in our community.

  • Little to no English needed. The class will emphasize speaking and listening with some reading of everyday words and phrases.
  • We will provide communication skills necessary for daily living in an English speaking community.
  • Classes are open to all adults (18 and over)
  • All classes are free of charge, space is limited. Reservations are suggested.

Classes are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays of each week.

  • Conversation in English : learn to converse in English- 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Introduction to English: learn the basics of English - 10:00am - 11:00 am

RSVP at 949-764-6551

Family Zumba

Mondays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Youngest age to participate is 4 years old. Parents must be present in class.

Free Tax Filing Preparation

Now offering FREE Tax Prep at Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. Don’t pay for tax preparation! If your household income is less than $60,000 in 2018, you may be eligible to file your taxes for FREE and access valuable credits.

Dates: Wednesdays - February 20, 27 March 06, 13
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, 307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please call to schedule your tax preparation appointment at 888-434-8248.

Food Distribution - Ongoing

First Saturday of the month (excluding holidays)

*Please bring your own grocery bags/carts, items can be heavy

1:00 pm

Upcoming Dates:

  • January 5, 2019
  • February 2, 2019
  • March 2, 2019
  • April 6, 2019
  • May 4, 2019
  • June 1, 2019
  • July 6, 2019
  • August 3, 2019
  • September 7, 2019
  • October 5, 2019
  • November 2, 2019
  • December 7, 2019

For Professional & Staff Partner Agencies

Monthly resource exchange & networking meeting

Second Wednesday of the month

9:00am - 10:30am

Girls Inc

EAT THE RAINBOW JR

Eat the Rainbow is an after school cooking class for K-3RD grade. Students will learn fun ways to prepare fruits and vegetables, and learn why including an abundance of fruits and vegetables in their diet is beneficial for their health. Classes are FREE.
Dates: Tuesdays- January 15, 22, 29 February 05, 12, (No class on 19), 26 March 05, 12, 19, 26
Time: 03:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, 307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please call to register and to obtain more information: (949) 764-6551 or email [email protected]
*Parents are required to stay for the entire class time*

STEM LAB

STEM Lab, is a project-based after-school science class for 4th-6th graders. Each week, students will work on a hands-on project about healthy eating and why it is important for their body and mind.
Classes are FREE. *Parents are required to be on-site for the entire program*

Dates: Thursdays- January 17, 24, 31 February 07, 14, (No class on 21), 28 March 07, 14, 21, 28
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, 307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please call to register and to obtain more information: (949) 764-6551 or email [email protected]
*Parents are required to stay for the entire class time*

Group Empowerment Drum Circle

Group Empowerment drumming incorporates physical exercise, communication, creativity, self-expression and spirituality in a relaxing and fun environment.

Class Dates: Fridays - january 4, 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22

Class Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • No musical experience is needed, (Please feel free to bring your own drums or percussion. Some will be provided).
  • Join us for any class; attending entire series is not required.

HICAP

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program & Free Unbiased Medicare Counseling

The Council on Aging’s HICAP Counselors are California state-registered staff and volunteers. HICAP Counselors are trained to answer questions regarding your Medicare benefits and help you maximize them. Medicare counseling is completely FREE and unbiased. Private individualized counseling and group seminars are available.

Our HICAP Counselors can assist with the following:

  • Explain Medicare A, B, C and D benefits
  • Teach you how to maximize your benefits and lower your costs
  • Assist in finding and applying for low income benefits
  • Assist Medicare beneficiaries when problems occur
  • Review Long-Term Care Insurance policies
  • Provide tips on how to avoid Medicare Fraud and Abuse

Schedule Your Appointment Today with a HICAP Counselor

When: Sessions are offered the third Wednesday of the month
Where: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Health Living

307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach.
Call 949 764-6551 to schedule an appointment.

Hip- Hop Workout for Pre-Teens

In partnership with the Academy of International Dance we invite you to come and join our high energy class which incorporates movements from various forms of Hip Hop dance. Styles ranging from popping and locking to current popular dance trends teaching kids how to engage their bodies while expressing themselves in a fun and positive learning environment. This class encourages students to develop a sense of rhythm, style and artistic presence through learning basic dance choreography and movements, while experiencing the fun and excitement of hip hop.

Class Dates: January 12, 19, 26 February 2, 9, 16

Saturdays: 9am- 9:45am or 10:00am - 10:45am

  • This class is designed for beginners ages 7-12
  • Please call to register and to obtain more information at (949) 764-6551.

Ballet Class

In partnership with the Academy of International Dance we invite you to participate in the children’s primary ballet class. Students will learn various rhythms and exercises that will improve their spatial awareness and coordination. They will also learn simple choreography so that they may learn the importance of counting to the music. Lastly, we take pride in not only teaching children ballet but also that they learn etiquette and gracefulness.

Class Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13

Wednesdays: 4:00pm - 4:45pm or 5:00pm - 5:45pm

  • This class is designed for beginners ages 4-6 *Specific ballet attire required*
  • Please call to register and to obtain more information: 949-764-6551.

Hip-Hop Workout for Teens

Mondays, 6:00pm- 7:00pm

Participants must be between the ages 13-17. Keep fit and workout to hip-hop moves!

Mat Pilates

Mondays, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Pilates is a mind-body exercise that teaches body awareness and good posture. Using a floor mat or a variety of equipment Pilates can improve flexibility and agility.

My Space (Spanish)

Do you want to enjoy a good time? Join our new reading group! Books and coffee will be available. We'll have free child care available.

Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, 307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please call to obtain more information or to register at 949-764-6266 or contact [email protected] or [email protected]

NAMI

NAMI Family Support Groups are 60-minute weekly support groups run by family members of persons living with a mental illness. These groups offer a casual and relaxed approach to sharing the challenges and successes of
coping with the mental illness of a loved one.
Led by Stephen McNally and Elizabeth Buckalew we invite you to our new location where you will be able to connect with people who are going through some of the same things you are.
1st and 3rd Monday of every month

Starting 01/08/2018
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living | 307 Placentia Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92663

For more information, please contact: NAMI OC office (714) 544-8488 Or Cathy Burgos [email protected]

Parenting Education Course (Spanish)

This course presented by Olive Crest will focus on the tween years 8-12 and are geared towards helping with: building strong and healthy relationships with your children, addressing your child’s problem behavior, and minimizing problems that disrupt family life. Classes are free.

This workshop will teach you effective ways to:

  • Use non-violent discipline that really works
  • Maintain open lines of communication
  • Teach responsibility, courage, and other important character traits
  • Encourage school success with a proven seven step system
  • Prevent future problems with drugs, alcohol, and sex
  • Diffuse power struggles with your children
  • Stimulate independence as your child grows older

Dates: Tuesdays - January 08, 15, 22, 29 February 05, 12
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, 307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please call to register and to obtain more information: (949) 764-6551.

Poder Nutrition Series

The program consists of 6 interactive sessions taught in Spanish. All family members, ages 8 - 75 years are invited to attend. Younger children can participate in family games. Topics covered - physical activity, portion control, and balanced meals, reading labels, fast food and fats; the health implications of technology and learning to make healthy choices.

Location: Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, 307 Placentia Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Please call to register and to obtain more information/ and or be added onto the interest list: (949) 764-6551.

Spanish 9:00am - 11:00am

  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1, 8, 15

Project Self-Sufficiency

Project Self-Sufficiency (PSS) serves low-income single parents who are enrolled in college. Our mission is to support and assist motivated, low-income, single parent families with minor children achieve economic independence through education and personal development.

We offer:

  • Case management with goal setting and accountability
  • Childcare assistance
  • Emergency rental and housing assistance
  • Book reimbursements
  • Dental and vision services for the parent
  • Discounts on automotive repair
  • Access to scholarships
  • Holiday programs
  • Personal development workshops
  • Referrals to other organizations
  • Opportunities to connect with other single parents

In order to qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following specific requirements.

  • Low income
  • Single parent of a minor child (not living with a partner/significant other)
  • Have physical/legal custody of at least one minor child
  • Enrolled in community college or university working toward your Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree and have completed at least 1 semester
  • Have 3.0 GPA (or close)
  • Have a source of income (not necessarily employment)
  • Live, work, or attend college in Orange County, CA

We are located full-time at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living in Suite 203. Our hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm.

Brigette Beisner, Director
[email protected]
(949) 478-1914 Admin/Intake

Beth Jackson-Pardo, Case Manager
[email protected]
(949) 478-1936 Client Services/Programs

Project Youth OCBF- STOPSHORT

STOPSHORT is a unique crime diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders and their families. STOPSHORT serves as an intervention for youth who are engaging in problematic behaviors that have the potential to further their involvement in the juvenile justice system. STOPSHORT uses three simple concepts:

1) reach youth early
2) involve the parents
3) use a graphic courtroom setting with legal professionals and real-life wards/parolees

Registration is required, space is limited. If you have any questions of if you would like to register for the program please call (714) 480-1925 ext. 114.

WHO: Adolescents aged 10-17. At least one parent or legal guardian must attend. Both parents are encouraged to attend.
WHEN: 2 sessions take place on scheduled weekday evenings from 6:00pm-9:30pm. Sessions may not be rescheduled.

Session 1: TBD, 6pm - 9:30pm, Central Justice Center 700 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701

Session 2: February 25, 6pm - 9:30pm, Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living 307 placentia Ave #105A Newport Beach, CA 92663

Project Youth OCBF - STOP SHORT of Addiction

STOP SHORT of Addiction is an intensive alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) intervention program designed to specifically address the needs of first-time juvenile offenders who are in the early stages of substance abuse. STOP SHORT of addiction is three part series and all three classes must be attended by both adolescent and parents.

Who: Adolescents ages 10-17. At least one parent or legal guardian must attend. Both parents are encouraged to attend.
When: 2 Sessions take place on scheduled weekday evenings from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Sessions may not be rescheduled.

Session 1: January 8, 6pm - 9:30pm, Santa Ana Court House 700 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701

Session 2: January 15, 6pm - 9:30pm, Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living 307 Placentia Ave #105A Newport Beach, CA 92663

Session 3: January 22, 6pm - 9:30pm, Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living 307 Placentia Ave #105A Newport Beach, CA 92663

If you are interested and would like to know more about this program please contact (949)764-6551.

Orange County Vital Brain Aging

Take steps now to promote healthy brain aging for years to come. Adopting strategies to reduce your risk for multiple medical conditions will help you maintain your brain health as you age. If you are age 45 or over, the Orange County Vital Brain Aging Program recommends a three-step process:
Take three online self-assessments at www.OCBrain.org:
  • Memory self-assessment
  • Depression self-assessment
  • Risk factor identification and management

Call to make an in-person memory assessment in Spanish at (949) 764-6551.
Call to make an in-person memory assessment in English at (877) 916-9031.
Repeat each year to monitor changes.

Through this three-step process you will begin a path to recognize your risk factors and understand how they can impact your memory.

*The screening are generously subsidized by Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute and offered at a cost of $45. If you any concerns on the cost of the assessment, please call (949) 764-6551.*

Public Law Center

The Public Law Center, Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. PLC works with nearly 1200 volunteer lawyers, paralegals, law students, and others from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

* We offer free legal services for the following:

  • Dissolution
  • Child Custody
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Victims of Crime
  • Domestic Violence

Public Law Center is on-site at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, by appointment only, during the following times:

  • Wednesdays: 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Thursdays: 9:00am-2:00pm

For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact (949) 764-6551.

*Our services are free for eligible applicants. Eligibility depends on client income, legal issue, and residence in Orange County. Public Law Center assists all eligible Orange County residents; we do not ask for immigration documents*

SPIN (Serving People In Need)

Spin’s GAPP (Guided Assistance to Permanent Placement) program is a housing program designed to assist homeless and low-income families. GAPP may assist with full or partial housing costs. The program includes case management with monthly client meetings, quarterly workshops and support services, such as assistance with budgeting, child care, job development, and credit clean up.

Hours: Monday - Thursdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Who qualifies?

  • Residents of Orange County.
  • Homeless and low income families, with children under the ages of 18 and in the custody of their parent.
  • GAPP is not a subsidized rent program.
  • The case management aspect of the program, emphasizes financial self-sufficiency, i.e. the ability to maintain housing and living expenses without additional assistance. Program support services include , but are not limited to , budget meetings to review monthly expenses , working towards reduction of debt , childcare , job development , workshops , which address necessary life-skills , etc.

How do I apply?

  • Call for an intake by a GAPP case manager. Contact the GAPP Housing Program at: (714) 751-1101 ext. 11, 14, 15 or 17.

Therapeutic Yoga (Bilingual)

A therapeutic class designed for individuals with specific health conditions, injuries or looking for relaxation. New students need to arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time to complete a medical history form and meet with the teacher.

Wednesday, 11:15am - 12:30pm

Viviendo Saludable (Spanish)

Participate in classes that aim to improve physical and psychological well-being, while also trying to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases in the future. Participation in this class may assist with weight loss, confidence boost and overall improvement of your health.
  • Classes will consist of weekly sessions that deal with topics such as healthy eating, increased physical activity and psychological well-being.
  • The information will be provided in Spanish and will be in charge of medical care professionals with extensive experience.
  • Class materials are delivered at no cost and their participation will not involve the use of medication.
  • Classes are for adults (men and women) without diabetes.
  • If you are interested in participating, call (949) 764-6551 for more information.

Yoga (English & Spanish)

Yoga- All levels

English- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Billingual- Fridays 11:15am - 12:30pm

* Attendees must be 9 years or older to participate. A signed Waiver of Liability Form is required for each participant. Please see instructor for more details on Waivers, or call (949) 764-6551.

Youth Employment Services (YES)

The YES program teaches youth and young adults ages 16-24 the skills needed to secure and maintain meaningful employment. YES offers comprehensive workshops at no cost that help young adults improve their employability, career choices and quality of life.
  • Employment Skills Workshop
  • Mock Interviews
  • Finance Workshop
  • Resume Consulting
  • “Be the Best Employee”
  • Job Referrals
  • A Program Specialist from YES will be available at MHSCHL every Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30pm - 5:30pm in suite 203.
  • If you have any questions or would like to register for your first workshop please call Imelda at (949) 764-6958.

Zumba & Pilates (English)

Zumba

Mondays, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 10:45 am, zumba for children ages 0-4. Parents must be present.

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesdays, 10:00am - 10:45am and 1:00pm- 1:45pm, zumba for children ages 0-4. Parents must be present.

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursdays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, 11:00 am - 11:45 am, zumba for children ages 0-4. Parents must be present.

Saturdays, Noon - 1:00 pm

Pilates

Mondays, 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Costa Mesa Family Resource Center

List of Classes

For a full list of classes offered at the CMFRC please visit their class page or call (949) 764-8100 EXT. 53694

Mental Health Center

List of Classes

For a full list of classes offered at by the Mental Health Center please visit their class page or call 949-764-6542.

Hoag OB Education

Perinatal Loss

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For more information visit the Women's Insittute Support Group page by clicking here.

Pregnancy After Loss

Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For more information visit the Women's Insittute Support Group page by clicking here.

4th Trimester Class

Interactive class geared towards providing support and nurturance for new parent's relationship during this wonderful new life-stage: the 4th trimester.

For more information and a list of class times visit the Women's OB Education page by clicking here.