Get a jumpstart on New Year’s resolutions by registering now for winter session classes, workshops, tours, lectures and more at SMC Community Education.

Whether you’re interested in toning your body, exploring new careers, advancing in your chosen profession, learning a new language, or expressing yourself through the arts, Community Ed offers a wide range of options.

The Winter Session begins Monday, Jan. 4 but classes and tours are offered at different times throughout the six-week session.

“I’m thrilled that with the growth of our program we have slated more than 100 classes this winter, a substantial 25 percent increase from the number we offered in Winter 2015,” said Alice Meyering, program coordinator of Community & Contract Education. “I’m also excited that we’re launching many new courses, from Afrovibe to Mandarin Chinese for Business Travelers to a new design lecture series ‘Palaces, Princes & Paramours,’ and much more.”

Other new courses include Guitar II, Hip-Hop Dance, Total Body Workout, Video Platform Game Design (for ages 12-17), Reiki, Search Engine Optimization & Web Analytics, Social Media Analytics & Web Analysis, as well as the new Pearson Workforce Education Programs.

New tours include “Route 66. . .The Mother Road,” “The Bible & the Biltmore,” and “As Seen in Sunset Magazine,” a journey to the architectural and historical gems of Orange County.

SMC Community Ed will also be hosting an open house on Saturday, Jan. 23 that will give participants the chance to meet instructors, enjoy presentations, attend a free lecture, and receive a 15 percent discount when registering at the event. (Details will be released later.)

See the full schedule of classes as a PDF and to register, go to You can also call (310) 434-3400 or email

– Submitted by Grace Smith, SMC Public Information Officer