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.

Thursdays by appointment only, 11:00pm - 3:00pm

Cielo

Unleash your potential! Our mission is to cultivate leaders throughout Orange County; helping them achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

  • Micro Enterprise
  • Coaching and Mentors
  • Micro lending
  • Classes/ Workshops
  • Service Provider Network
  • Case management

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00am - 5:00pm

For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Sarahi Franco, [email protected] or call 714-756-2006 x 701

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, starting January 25.

  • 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 Yoga (Spanish)

All levels

Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

* Attendees must be 4 years or older to participate. Parents must be present in class. A signed Waiver of Liability Form is required for each participant. Please see instructor for more details on Waivers, or call (949) 764-6551.

Family Zumba

Mondays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Youngest age to participate is 4 years old. Parents must be present in class. A signed Waiver of Liability Form is required for each participant. Please see instructor for more details on Waivers, or call (949) 764-6551.

*Registration Required* Call (949) 764-6551

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: August 5, September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2

For Professionals & Staff of Partner Agencies Monthly Resource Exchange & Networking Meetings

Second Wednesday of the month

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Group Empowerment Drum Circle

Drop-in stress reduction drumming for adults. Group empowerment drumming incorporates physical exercise, communication, creativyt, self-expression and sprituality in a relaxing and fun environment.

Starting 7/07/17 - 8/25/17, Fridays 6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • No musical experience needed
  • Participation is free. Please feel free to bring your own drums or percussion. Some will be provided.

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 Teens

Mondays, 6:00pm- 7:00pm

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

*Registration Required* Call (949) 764-6551

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.

Madres Unidas (Spanish)

Madres Unidas provides techniques to improve communication of hard to address issues of risky behaviors such as alcohol / drug use and / or early sexual activity which can lead to sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Madres Unidas is FREE of charge.

6 week Spanish sessions.

  • Tips for Communicating w/your adolescent and partner
  • Information/referrals to community resources
  • Monthly food assistance

Sign up today! Space is limited, classes will begin on:

Starting 07/17/ 2017, Mondays 6:00pm - 8:00 pm

For additional information or to enroll, please contact: Martha Madrid, Associate Director (714) 480-1925 ext. 107.

OC Bar Foundation- Short Stop

SHORTSTOP is a unique crime diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders and their families. SHORTSTOP 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. SHORTSTOP 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: August 8th 6pm - 9:30pm, Central Justice Center 700 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701

Session 2: August 21st 6pm - 9:30pm, Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living 307 placentia Ave #105A Newport Beach, CA 92663

OC Bar Foundaiton- 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: September 5th 6pm - 9:30pm, Santa Ana Court House 700 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701

Session 2: September 12th 6pm - 9:30pm, Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living 307 Placentia Ave #105A Newport Beach, CA 92663

Session 3: September 19th 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 Hoag Neurosciences Institute and offered at a cost of $45. If you any concerns on the cost of the assessment, please call (949) 764-6551.*

Poder Nutrition Series (English)

All family member ages 8-75 years are invited to attend. Younger children can participate in family games. Topics covered include physical activity, portion control, balanced meals, reading labels, fast food and fats, the health implications of technology and learning to make healthy choices.

Starting 6/22/17, Thursdays 5:00pm - 7:00pm

  • 6 Week Series
  • Participation is free
  • Call to register at 714-509-7323

Poder Nutrition Series (Spanish)

All family member ages 8-75 years are invited to attend. Younger children can participate in family games. Topics covered include physical activity, portion control, balanced meals, reading labels, fast food and fats, the health implications of technology and learning to make healthy choices.

Starting 8/03/17, Thursdays 9:00am - 11:00am

  • 6 Week Series
  • Participation is free
  • Call to register at 714-509-7323

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: 3:00PM-8:00PM
  • 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*

Self Defense Class for Women

Learn to protect yourself. This program aims to provide information and techniques to increase your knowledge to survive an attack. Learn a new technique each week, to increase your personal safety.

Starting 7/11/17, Tuesdays 9:00am - 10:00am

  • 6 Week Series
  • Participation is free
  • Space is limited, call to register at 949-764-6551
  • Child care is available

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: Wednesdays, 8:30am - 12:00pm.

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.

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Walking for Wellness

Tuesdays, 4:30pm - 5:00pm

For all ages. Meet at the front desk of the center.

Yoga for Healthy Living

All levels

Thursdays, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

This is an educational yoga therapy class and is appropriate for students with specific health conditions.

Yoga (English)

All levels

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

* 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.

Yoga (Spanish)

Mondays, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm, all levels

Wednesdays, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm, advanced

* 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 1:00pm - 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.

Youth Employment Service will be offering a three-week series of workshops this summer for youth and young adults 16-24 years of age at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living!

These four workshops offer pre-employment skills to prepare you to find and keep a job.

  • Employment Skills Workshop 6/28/2017
    • Practice the "tell me about yourself" statement and learn how to fill out job applications!
  • Mock Interviews 7/6/2017
    • Interview one-on-one to receive personal feedback and prepare for a real job interview!
  • Finance Workshop 7/12/2017
    • What are taxes? What is credit? Why is credit important? Learn how to budget and other crucial personal financing tips!
  • “Be the Best Employee” 7/13/2017
    • After you get the job, how do you communicate professionally with your supervisor? Learn how to effectively communicate with your employer and your coworkers.
    • After finishing this series, clients will gain access to our Job Board, one-on-one Resume Consultations, Job Fairs, networking events, and access to resources from our partner organizations.

If you have any questions, or to register for the workshops, please contact Imelda Martinez at 949.642.0474 or email [email protected]

Zumba & Pilates (English)

Zumba

Mondays, 9:00 am - 9:30 am, Introduction Class*

Mondays, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Wednesdays, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursdays, 11:00 am - 11:30 am, Introduction Class*

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

Pilates

Mondays, 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Thursdays, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

* call to make an appontment for an introduction with Lucero Estrada at (949) 629 - 5091

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 877-833-3974

Perinatal Loss

Tuesdays, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

For more information please call 877-833-3974

Pregnancy After Loss

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

For more information please call 877-833-3974

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.

Call 877-833-3974 for class dates and times