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

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.

  • 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. 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 2017 Dates: 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

Girls Inc. - Imagine Sciences

After school program for students 9+ years old. Students will have the opportunity to participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related activities through hands on structured programming from Imagine Science.
Tuesdays - October 24, 31 November 7, 14, 21, 28 December 5

Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

  • Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.
  • If you have any questions or would like to register for this class, please call 949-764-6551 or email Amanda Stinson at [email protected]

*Note: Parents are to remain on campus during class time.

Girls Inc. - Master Chef Lab Jr.

An after school program for students in K-3rd grade will have the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables and learn how to make different types of healthy snacks. They will learn the importance of nutrition and healthy ingredients.

Wednesdays - November 02, 09, 16, 30 December 7, 14
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00 pm
  • Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.
  • If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please call (949)764-6551 or e-mail Amanda Stinson at [email protected]
*Note: Parents are to remain on campus during class time.

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 9/15/17 - 12/15/17, 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 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.

Starting 11/4/2017, Saturdays 10:00am - 11:00am

  • 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.

Starting,11/6/2017, Mondays from 4:00pm - 5:00pm

  • 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!

*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.

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: December 5th 6pm - 9:30pm, Central Justice Center 700 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701

Session 2: December 18th 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: November 6th 6pm - 9:30pm, Santa Ana Court House 700 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701

Session 2: November 13th 6pm - 9:30pm, Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living 307 Placentia Ave #105A Newport Beach, CA 92663

Session 3: November 21st 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.*

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 9/26/17, Tuesdays 12:00pm - 2:00pm

  • 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*

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 (English)

All levels

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

Saturdays, 8:30 am - 9:45am Billingual

* 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

Saturdays, 8:30 am - 9:45am Billingual

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

Mondays, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 10:45 am, zumba for children ages 0-2.

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

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

Saturdays, 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm, zumba for children ages 0-2.

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

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.