Temecula offers virtual classes during pandemic

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Tony Moramarco conducts “Cartooning with Bigfoot” in this screen shot from the instructional video that is now available at the city of Temecula’s virtual Community Services website. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Need something to do while observing stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic?

Well, the city of Temecula’s Community Services Department has just the thing.

Some of the city’s top class instructors have brought their teaching to the virtual world, and the city is offering select classes through its new virtual Community Services website.

The current online instructor videos include “Baking and Decorating” with Jill Lodato; “Bear Cub University Preschool Enrichment;” “Bright Start for Kids: Preschool at Home;” “Cartooning with Bigfoot;” “Creative Writing for Adults,” a Zoom class – Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through May 20; “Cooking with Celine;” “Master Sports Home Sports Workouts;” “Temecula Glitz Cheer” and “Yoga” with Kristi Cox.

Yoga instructor Kristi Cox is shown in a screen shot of one of her videos on the city of Temecula’s virtual Community Services website. Valley News/Courtesy photo

“Everyone on the website is currently a contracted instructor with the city of Temecula,” Katrina Thoreson, a management aide for Temecula, said. “While we continually accept applications to become an instructor with the city of Temecula, we have put a hold on bringing on any new instructors at this time.

“New videos featuring different skills and disciplines from our instructors may be added as soon as we receive content from those instructors,” she said.

All the videos are free of charge to the public, and the instructors are filming each lesson themselves.

“Having these videos freely accessible to the community during this difficult time accomplishes the city of Temecula’s goal to keep our community active, engaged and supported in wake of the disappointing class cancellations and temporary facility closures,” Thoreson said.

In a press release sent by the city recently, the purpose of the new virtual Community Service website is to give residents the chance to “access resources, activities, links, games, videos and more.”

“Bear Cub University Preschool Enrichment” teacher Brooke Groepper in a screen shot from one of her videos on the city of Temecula’s virtual Community Services website. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Adding the classes to the city’s virtual offerings builds upon an already successful set of class programs that the city facilitates each year.

“Our contract classes have positively impacted the lives of thousands of Temecula residents for many years,” Thoreson said. “Our instructors are passionate about teaching and we are passionate about keeping Temecula Strong and Together during the COVID-19 pandemic. This content is for our resilient community members to easily access content that encourages healthy lifestyles, offers enriching activities, creates fun experiences and to either get to know some of our instructors or have a friendly face of a past instructor guide them through a workout or skill.”

Visit https://www.temeculaca.gov/virtualcs to access the videos.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.