Lifelong Learning

Expanding Horizons at Every Age

📚 Embrace the Joy of Learning with Our Diverse Educational Offerings 📚

At the Westlake Recreation Department, we believe that learning is a lifelong journey. Our Lifelong Learning programs are designed to provide enriching educational experiences for adults in our community. Whether you're interested in exploring new subjects, developing new skills, or engaging in intellectual discussions, our programs offer a variety of opportunities to continue your educational journey.

Featured Lifelong Learning Opportunities:

  • Encore Learning Classes: In partnership with Cuyahoga Community College West Shore Campus, we offer Encore Learning classes. These college-level courses cover a range of topics and are specifically tailored for adults. Look forward to offerings like "Song Lyrics and Their Impact" and other engaging classes in 2024.
  • Cultural and Educational Workshops: Our workshops provide opportunities to delve into diverse cultural subjects, arts, history, and more, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the world around us.
  • Skill Development Sessions: Learn new skills or enhance existing ones with our practical workshops on various topics from technology to creative arts.
  • Interactive Discussions and Lectures: Participate in discussions and lectures led by experts, providing insights into various fields and encouraging intellectual engagement.

Why Participate in Our Lifelong Learning Programs?

  • Continued Education: Our programs offer continuous learning opportunities, keeping your mind active and engaged.
  • Community Connection: Engage with fellow learners, fostering a sense of community and shared discovery.
  • Diverse Topics: With a wide range of subjects, there’s always something new and exciting to learn.
  • Personal Growth: Lifelong learning contributes to personal growth, self-confidence, and a richer, more fulfilling life.

Join Our Lifelong Learning Journey

Embark on this exciting educational adventure with the Westlake Recreation Department. Our Lifelong Learning programs are here to expand your horizons, ignite your curiosity, and connect you with a community of learners. For more information or to enroll in our upcoming classes, visit our website.

Upcoming Events


November– Caregiving 

The topic today is an important one, Caring for the Caregiver. Come learn what type of support is available for those whose days are spent supporting and caring for loved ones in needGentiva Hospice is sponsoring both our lunch and the speaker. 

Monday, November 13, 11:00 am. Cost: $2; payable by 11/7. 

December– Mental Toughness 

An engaging lecture session on the art of mental toughness, where we'll explore the key principles and strategies to cultivate resilience and fortitude in the face of adversity. Discover how to harness the power of a resilient mindset, overcome self-doubt, and adapt to life's challenges with grace and determination. Gain practical insights and actionable techniques to build mental toughness and unlock your full potential in both personal and professional spheres. Presented by Chelsea Treboniak, Owner of Critical Ops. 

Monday, December 11, 11:00am. Cost: $2; payable by 12/4. 

TED TALK—The Benefits of Not Being a Jerk to Yourself by Dan Harris 

November—An on-air panic attack sent former ABC news anchor Dan Harris in a new direction and he dedicated himself to meditation. In fact, he is considered by some a meditation guru. But then an anonymous survey of his family, friends and colleagues turned up some brutal feedback where he learned that despite the changes he made, he was still kind of a jerk. In this wise, and humorous talk, he shares his years-long quest to improve his relationships with everyone (starting with himself). He explains the science behind loving-kindness meditation, and how it can boost your resiliency, quiet your inner critic and simply make you more pleasant to be around. Together we will view this taped TED talk followed by a discussion led by Department Director, Lydia Gadd. 

Wednesday, November 22, 11:00am. FREE. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by 11/21. 

TED TALK—Your Life Needs Novelty, No Matter Your Age by Kenneth Chabert 

December—To truly savor life, pursue "powerful first experiences”. This is the premise of today’s featured taped TED Talk by storyteller and nonprofit founder Kenneth Chabert. Learn more about how and why you can create these meaningful moments, where mundane routine is broken by novel experiences in small but significant ways. Together we will view this TED Talk followed by a discussion facilitated Department Director, Lydia Gadd. 

Wednesday, December 20, 11:00am. FREE. Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by 12/19. 


Public Relations Specialist, Jorden Shevel will be here sharing new ideas about Technology. This is not a help session, just information sharing. 

Friday, November 17, 12:00pm. FREE. 

Call to reserve or use MyActive Center by one day prior to each date. 


This one-on-one assistance is to help you with your personal devices. Staff is NOT permitted to help you set up web-sites, change passwords, or have anything to do with a business you may wish to start. In an effort to streamline the time you spend with the instructor, everyone will be required to make a 15-minute appointment and the time frame will be strictly adhered to in an effort to serve everyone. Our instructors look forward to assisting you. 

Friday, December 22, 10:00am. FREE. Call to make an appointment by one day prior. (Not 11/24) 


The Westlake Police department will be here to discuss ways to keep yourself safe over the busy holidays and how to avoid the current scams. Q & A will follow presentation. 

Come be a part of this important talk. 

Tuesday, December 12, 10:00am. FREE. Call to register or use MyActive Center by 12/11.