How about learning how to fence? Fencing classes offered by the Nashville Community Education Commission cost $20 for the 12 beginner or advanced classes scheduled for fall 2011. Zumba fitness classes cost less than $5 per session. The Commission gives Nashville residents access to a wide variety of fun subjects: blogging, grilling, ceramics, oil painting, Spanish and Italian lessons, bird watching and ballroom dancing. You can even enroll in a class on concrete countertops. Most classes last two hours during the day or evening and are held on the campus of Cohn Adult High School, a block off Charlotte and 48th at 4805 Park Avenue.
McCabe Community Center
The grand opening of the center in Sylvan Park at 46th Avenue North and Murphy Road took place in September of 2011. The 25,000-square-foot facility becomes the first in Nashville to be LEED certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and the U.S. Green Building Council states that this is “an internationally-recognized green building certification system.”
The community center is part of the reconstruction of McCabe Park following the devastating flood of 2010. When totally completed, the revamped complex will have a golf course, driving range, playground and ball fields. Performances will take place at an outdoor amphitheater attached to the center. The building contains a fully-equipped gymnasium, indoor walking track and game room. Programs now available include arts and crafts, health and wellness and dance and fitness. You can sign up for group classes in Zumba, boot camp and yoga.
Other Community Centers
Fitness facilities are standard in all the other regional community centers of Nashville: Coleman, East, Hadley and Hartman. Current rates posted on the Nashville Government Web site are $1.50 daily or $20 monthly for seniors and teens and $3 daily or $30 monthly for adults. The site gives you a list of classes offered by the Parks and Recreation department in music, theater, aquatics, dance, visual art and ice skating.
In addition to classes designed especially for seniors such as picture framing and quilting, the Senior Renaissance Center is the meeting place for social fun: lunches, games, music and free seminars conducted by experts in various fields. The center is also located in the Cohn Adult High School.
Nashville’s regional community centers offer senior programs as well, and the Hartman Community Center additionally features a disabilities recreation program.