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Adult Programs

Health & Fitness | Enrichment Classes | Dancing Classes | Paddle Club | Painting/Drawing/Crafting | Pickleball | Music Lessons

Health & Fitness

What is WERQ? (video)

WERQ is the wildly addictive cardio dance class based on the hottest pop and hip hop music. The workout is nonstop with repetitive athletic moves and fresh dance steps, so you get the best sweat. Each week a couple new routines are introduced, so you get to WERQ the routines you know and challenge yourself with ones you’re learning.
Instructor: Lauren Mueller, Certified WERQ Instructor
BFHS - Studio Room
$50/10 classes or $8 Walk-in
Sept 5 - Dec 19 (no 11/28)
Thurs 5:15-6:15 pm

Beginner's Guide to the Fitness Center
Instructor: Tonya Schultz, Certified Trainer & HIIT Instructor
Mondays from 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Big Foot Fitness Center
Fee: $10 / class
October 7
November 4
The fitness center can be an intimidating place especially if you're looking to start a fitness routine. In this "hands-on" class, Tonya will show you how to safely use the equipment.


Instructor: Laura Porstner, Level 1 QiGong Instructor
Location: BFHS Studio Room
Fee: $25/month
Wednesdays: 7:45 - 8:15 AM
Advanced Registration Required
Meditation is an ancient practice that’s becoming more widely used today. Benefits include increased self-awareness, reducing stress, tension, anxiety, pain and insomnia. Calm your mind and rejuvenate your whole self. Meditations performed in chairs or bring your own seated cushion.

Moonlight Meditation

Instructor: Laura Porstner, Level 1 QiGong Instructor
Location: Country Club Estates Beach
Fee: $15 each date
Arrive at 7:15 PM; Meditation begins at 7:30 PM

Advanced registration required

Friday, September 13
Sunday October 13

Guided meditations held on the beach will relax your body, calm your emotions and clear your mind. Each meditation has a slightly different emphasis and each includes grounding and filling, release and renewal and basking in a full body presence from an entirely calm, present, relaxed state. These amazing meditations bring many health benefits.


Healthy Body Yoga

Instructor: Karen Johnson - Certified Yoga Instructor
Location: BFHS - Studio Room
Fee: $80/session
Advanced Registration is required
Improve strength and flexibility, lose a little weight, help heal a bad back, or just enjoy some self-care. This full-body class is designed for all levels and will get our blood flowing and our mindfulness growing!
Saturdays: 8:15 - 9:00 AM
October 5 - December 21

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QiGong Plus for Health and Fitness

Instructor: Lauren Porstner - Level 1 Qi Gong
Location: BFHS - Studio Room
$25/session or $7/Drop-in

QiGong is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that encompasses 3 components: breath, mental focus and slow gentle movements that can be done standing or seating. With regular practice, it may help increase flexibility, energy and stamina.

Wednesdays from 8:30 - 9:15 AM
Ses 1
Sept 4 - 25
Ses 2 Oct 2 - 23
Ses 3 Oct 30 - Nov 20
Ses 4 Dec 4 - 18
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Low-Impact Fitness Class

Instructor: Gail Connelly
Location: Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, Walworth
Fee: $4 Daily Drop-In Rate; $30 per month
Pay the instructor prior to class
This class offers low impact and step aerobics with stretching and strength training emphasized. It also includes some Yoga and Pilates. Free weights, resistance bands and mats are available for use or bring your own. Bring a large towel. Every class is different and challenging! From beginner to advanced--work out at your own level of fitness. Pay by the month or per class.
Days Time
Mon, Wed, Fri 8:45-9:45 am
Classes run year-round!


Adult Walking Club

Instructor: Annette McNamara
Meeting Location: Big Foot
Tuesdays from 8:30 - 9:30 AM
September 10 - October 15
  Come and get the blood pumping! It's a perfect time to socialize while getting exercise. Annette keeps things fun and will challenge you along the way. We'll take different trips each week.
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HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Instructor: Tonya Schultz, certified trainer
Location: BFHS Studio Room

This interval based class combines quick high intensity exercises followed by shorter recovery periods. Ultimately you burn more fat in less time! Be sure to arrive 10 minutes early. Get a full workout in in half the time!

Monday Wednesday Friday
5:00 - 5:30 AM 5:00 - 5:30 AM 5:00 - 5:30 AM

Punch Card
$30 - 5 punch card
$60 - 10 punch card
$90 - 15 punch card
$120 - 20 punch card

10 Weeks of Fall Fitness!

Time to commit to yourself! Take 10 weeks to focus on making changes with this fitness program that will touch on exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes. A personal assessment at the beginning and end so you can see the changes you have made. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Kathy Nisius, Health Coach & PT
Dates: September 7 - November 21
Tues & Thurs 6:00-7:00 am
BFHS Studio Room
Fee: $100/person

Plant Based Eating

Curious about plant based eating or a vegan diet? Did you know this lifestyle helps with weight control, reverses and protects against chronic diseases, improves fitness and general health, increases your energy, and benefits our planet? Come learn about all this, plus how to transition and avoid any pitfalls. There will be recipes to take home and foods to sample!

Instructor: Jamie Benedict
Fee: $10/class

Monday September 30 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday November 14 5:30 - 7:30 pm


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Dance Class

Adult Ballet & Tap

Ages 16 & up
Come unwind with this stretch and dance class. Class is geared toward the teen or adult who just wants to stretch to increase flexibility and feel great. This is a lower impact class that includes dance fundamentals and movements.

Mondays: 8:15 - 9:00 PM
October 7 - December 9 (no 11/18, 11/25)
$68 per session
Register | Dress Code

Instructor Lynette Vyhnanek began dancing at the age of three. She is trained in Ballet (minor pointe work), Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Lynette has choreographed many solos, duos, and groups that hold First Place National Titles.

Tree Climbing (Ages 7 - Adult)

Location: House In the Wood, Delavan, WI
Date Time
Sat, Sept 28 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Sun, Oct 13 12:00 - 2:00 PM
$30 / session
Tree climbing is a great way to spend time in nature, get exercise, and have fun! After a how-to and safety tutorial, climbers use ropes and harnesses to climb into the towering trees. Once you’re there, you can sit or stand on the branches, swing or hang upside down!

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Enrichment Classes

Resumes and Cover Letters

Ages 17 +
When is the last time you updated your resume? This two day class will help guide you through the process of creating a professional cover letter and resume. Learn how to grab the reader’s attention and highlight your skills and experiences to make you standout above the rest!
Instructor: Jill Connley, Librarian/English Teacher
October 10 & 17
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: BFHS Library


Community First Aid & CPR with AED (Ages 14 & Up)

Instructor: Kaelean Brunow, American Red Cross Instructor

Location: BFHS Room E25 (Midi Room)
Class Date Time
Full First Aid / CPR Class Oct 3 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Recertification Oct 3 7:00 - 8:00 PM

AARP Smart Driver Course

Instructor: Michael Dressendorfer
Location: BFHS Room W8
Fee: $15 AARP Member/$20 AARP Non-member
Date: Saturday, November 2
Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Learn about current rules of the road, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. All participants will receive safe driver certification from AARP upon completion, many insurance companies offer a premium discount.

Smart Phone Classes

Learn how to get the most out of your smart phone with this classes. We will cover the basics including all the major features such as messaging, contact management, camera settings and Internet access and usage. This is the perfect class to bring your questions. Please bring your device with you.
iPhone / iPad
Instructor: Dean Connley
Location: Big Foot HS, E28
Tuesdays: September 24, October 1 & 8
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Fee: $30

Instructor: Briana Sindahl
Location: Big Foot HS, E28
Mondays: September 23 & 30, October 7
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Fee: $30

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Black Point Estate Tour

Thursday, October 3 from 5:30-7:30 pm
$12 / person
Tour Guides: Dave Desimore, Michael Rehberg, Janice Palzkill and Roberta Hanlon.


* Meet at Linn Town Park on the corner of Maple Ridge Road and South Shore Drive. Car pooling to the site is
required. Please be prompt, late arrivals will not be allowed in.

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Wayside Hotel
(on the square in Walworth)
The Historical Society of Walworth & Big Foot Prairie present:

The Gorlin Family and their Businesses

Thursday, October 24
7:00 pm

presented by Viki Gorlin Pfister Gordon Gorlin owned the Wayside Hotel and the Men’s Shop in Walworth. His wife, Mata, owned and operated Mata’s Apparel for 28 years. The well known couple was active in many local organizations and led an active social life in the community.

Location: Golden Years Retirement Village
Lower Level Auditorium
270 Ridge Road, Walworth
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FREE Financial Literacy Classes

Instructor: Jim Pfeil, FIC, RICP, Sierra Financial Services
Location: Big Foot HS - Room E28 (Photography room)
Mondays from 6:00 - 7:15 PM
October 8
Getting Started with Medicare

Medicare has many options and is a critical piece of your retirement strategy. Understand the differences between Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage, and PartD prescription plans, plus the timing of applying for benefits.

November 20
Social Security - Today, tomorrow, and for the future.
Claiming Social Security in the optimal manner is critical to any person’s retirement income strategy. Learn about claiming options, timing of benefits, spousal and survivor benefits, and how Social Security can affect other aspects of your retirement finances.

Securities and advisory services offered through: Calton & Associates,
Inc. Member FINRA & SIPC. 2701 N. Rocky Point Dr., Suite 1000.
Tampa, FL 33607. 813-264-0440. Calton & Associates and Sierra
Financial Services are separate entities.

Wood Fired Meal (Family)

Instructor: Matthew Wright
Location: Kishwauketoe, Williams Bay
Fee: $10/person, under 8 free
Date: Thursday, September 19 (rain date Sept 26)
Time: 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Bring your family out and join in making a one-pot savory meal using cast-iron cookware over a wood fire. We plan to make a hearty dish with baked potatoes and a veggie saute. Of course no meal would be complete without cobbler for dessert. Vegetarian option is available on request. All supplies are included. Participants, please bring your own beverages. **New recipes!**

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Seed Harvesting - All Ages

September 9 & 23
4:30 - 6:00 PM
FREE - No advanced registration required

Seed harvesting time is a great time to be out in nature. The days are sunny and cooler, and we also harvest later in the afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. This is a wonderful time to see the wide variety of seeds existing in over 80 acres of prairie at Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy. Meet at the main entrance

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Tours & Trips

How It's Made - featuring:

Location: Plasticraft Corporation
110 Badger Parkway, Darien
October 16 at 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Free - advanced registration by Oct 9

Requirements: Closed toe shoes, no loose clothing, ages 16+
Join us for a factory tour of Plasticraft where we will follow the process of design and manufacturing of blow & roto-molded plastic parts for various industries ranging from industrial components to toys you probably have in your house. In-fact, if you have a plastic Radio Flyer wagon, it was made here in Darien!

Founded in 1990, Plasticraft now has over 140 employees that work with companies around the world to manufacture quality, large scale parts for their needs. Max: 20

We feature different manufacturing facilities in the Big Foot and surrounding area. If your business is interested in opening your doors and showing off your manufacturing expertise please contact us.

A Christmas Story - The Musical
at the Fireside

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 17
Wednesday, December 18
Meeting Time: 9:30 am at Big Foot HS
Return: 6:00 pm
Fee: $95/person (Includes meal, gratuity, musical & transportation)

A Christmas Story The Musical is based on the classic 1983 movie that has become a holiday tradition that millions wait for every year. This musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike! The Fireside ALWAYS puts on a wonderful show with an amazing meal. We'll meet at Big Foot and we'll handle the rest. Min/Max: 16/22

Registration Deadline: November 15


Valley Of The Kings Tour

Join us for an educational tour of this private sanctuary that cares for animals of all sizes. VOTK provides refuge for abused, abandoned or retired lions, tigers, wolves and other animals. Not open to the public, this is an opportunity to learn about these magnificent animals up close.
Additional adult & child waivers are required
* Note: this is an educational tour in a farm setting. This tour may not be suitable for young children. Questions? Please contact the recreation office.
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, October 26
2:30-4:30 pm

Valley of the Kings· W7593 Townhall Road · Sharon
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Art and Crafting

Instructor: Jennifer Stoll
Location: Ten Pin Pub, Walworth
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Cost: $35 / Class
Adult Paint at 10 Pin Pub - Step by Step
Create a 16"x20" acrylic pattern painting to keep for yourself or give as a gift. Using simple brush-strokes, follow the steps exactly or add your own creative touch. Designed for ALL skill levels, from first-time beginner to advanced. All supplies provided. Grab something to drink or nibble on while you paint!
"Home" "Red Tree" "Gather" Chalkboard "Evening Sleigh Ride"
Sept 26 Oct 24 Nov 14 Dec 12

Adult Drawing Workshop with Frank
Instructor: Frank Breneisen
Location: BFHS E33 (Art Room)
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Thursdays: Oct 8 - Nov 5 (5 classes)
Whether you are a budding artist or have advanced drawing skills, Frank will help encourage your creativity and develop your personal style. The class will be exploring a variety of drawing techniques and using various media.

Frank is a retired college art professor from Morningside College and is highly skilled in multiple artistic media.
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Pottery Workshop

IT'S BACK!!! Join Paul and have a fun time with this great group of people. Both hand building and wheel techniques will be available. Each participant will be required to purchase clay for the projects from the instructor.

Instructor: Paul Boland
BFHS Art Room E32 Day/Time:
Tuesdays/5:00-7:00 PM
$100 per person (+$20 for clay for 25 lbs)

Session 1 Sept 24 - Oct 29
Session 2 Nov 5 - Dec 17 (no 11/26)

Alcohol Ink Workshop

Instructor: Jennifer Christman
Location: BFHS E32 (art room)
Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 AM - Noon
Introducing the exciting and vibrant medium of alcohol ink that is now being used to create fine art. In this workshop you will learn what alcohol ink is, where to buy it, how it’s used and how to have fun with it. We will experiment with several application techniques on different surfaces to create your own unique piece of art to take home.

Alcohol Ink Ornament Workshop

Instructor: Jennifer Christman
Location: BFHS E32 (art room)
Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 AM - Noon
Here’s a chance to create three beautiful ornaments with intensely colorful alcohol ink. This workshop is suited for any level of experience. Keep the ornaments for yourself or get an early start on creating your own special gifts.

Paint Pouring

Pouring is a form of painting using formulated fluid acrylic paints. No brush needed - we’ll use gravity and some rather entertaining techniques to create abstract, marbled, galaxy-like designs on your choice of 11x14 or 12x12 canvas. Professional grade supplies included. Gloves and aprons provided but DRESS FOR A MESS!

Instructor: Jennifer Stoll of
Thursday, October 17 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
BF High School - E33

Quilting Club

Learn this great skill of functional art with Barb! For the experienced quilter, this is a great time to sew and socialize with fellow quilters. Bring your own material or for an added $15, materials will be provided.

Instructor: Barb Makovec
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 pm (6 classes)
Sept 4 - Nov 20

September 11: No class
Tue, September 17: class at 6:00 pm (No class on Sept. 18)
September 25: no class
October 2: no class
Wednesdays, October 9 - November 20 class at 6:00 pm

BF High School - E36
Fee: $35; +quilting materials $15 (if needed)

Bath Bomb Workshop
Customize scents and colors to create giftable bath bombs for yourself, friends and loved ones (think holiday gift). We’ll show you the proper quantities of ingredients to create the perfect scented fizzy, and give you time to package it up for immediate gifting. You’ll walk away with several bath bomb gifts and great memories! Note: This class involves hand-mixing of ingredients, so aprons and/or crafting clothes are recommended.

Instructor: Vicky Hinchey
$20 per person

Kids 8+ Dec 2 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Adults Dec 9 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Holiday Cookie Baking Extravaganza

Complete all of your holiday cookie baking and keep the mess out of your kitchen. Bring your favorite recipes or choose some of the recipes provided. At the end of the evening cookies will be divided among participants. Bring containers to take home over 10 dozen holiday treats.

Saturday, December 14 from1:00 - 4:00 pm
$20 / person ages 16 and up (15 and under are free)
BFHS E35 (Foods Room)


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Paddle Club

Social Paddle & Pub (adults)

Guide: Chuck Thiesenhusen
$10 - advanced registration required
Rental if needed: $15 for single kayak / $25 tandem

Date Location Time Type
Sept 1 Turtle Creek - Turtle Canoe Launch to MKE Rd. 8:30 AM Adult Paddle
Sept 8 Lauderdale Lakes 4:00 PM Adult - pub paddle
Sept 22 Turtle Creek - MKE Rd to the confluence/Rock River 8:30 AM Adult Paddle
Oct 13 Geneva Lake 1:00 PM Adult - fall color

Check out and follow:

Join this fun group on great water adventures! Enjoy a relaxed 2 hr social paddle on your kayak, canoe or paddleboard.


Drop-In Pickleball

Ages 16 & Up
Come join the Big Foot Pickleballers! Our Pickleballers are a friendly bunch and welcome all skill levels.

We have all the equipment and no experience is required to participate. Come try it out - you'll be hooked!

Sunday & Wednesdays* - starting September 4
6:00-8:00 pm

BFHS East Gym
Fitness Center ID or "Pickleball Only" ID required**

*Please check the Activity Calendar for blackout dates
** Contact the Recreation Office to arrange for an ID
Pickleball Newbies are always welcome!

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