The Adams State University Next Fifty Initiative for adults over 50 has the largest selection of free classes to date.

Oneyda Maestas, Class of 1993 and 2006; and Yula Cisneros Montoya, have scheduled a series of workshops, which build on skills from one class to the next.

Montoya has classes throughout the semester geared towards Latin dance instruction and strengthening core muscles in Pilates. Maestas has several courses geared towards essential oils, Latin dance rhythms and American Sign Language.

Adams State Next50 Tamale Making Class
Participants learn the process to make tamales in the spring 2022 course.

Learn how to make traditional favorites like tamales, tortillas, and biscochitos with Sandra Ortega, Class of 1974. Barbara Kruse, Class of 2004; has a two-part class on aging wellness scheduled and one-time offerings on diffusion and osmosis; the human problem, parasites in the area, and Colorado trees and shrubs.

Take advantage of experts in the field of geology. Chayan Lahiri, Ph.D., assistant professor of geoscience, has fieldtrips planned and Andrew Valdez, Class of 1991 and Great Sand Dunes National Park geologist will tell the story behind SLV scenery in a November lecture.

Adams State Master in Arts alumni Coni Grant, Class of 2006; and Robin Wolfe, Class of 2001; will share their skills in a variety of art media. Woodworker Jim Relyea will help participants in his class build a house for birds or bats or construct a step stool; as well as learn about picture framing.

“Dreamswork,” by Cindy Medina; “Introduction to Acoustic Jamming,” by Susan Coulter and “Español del Valle de San Luis,” by Maria Morales, Class of 2000, round out the offerings.

Visit Adams State Next50 to register for a workshop or for more information.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop or need assistance with registration, please contact Savannah Torres, NextFifty Initiative activity coordinator, at or 719-587-7686.

The program is funded with a $129,959 grant from NextFifty Initiative, a private Colorado-based foundation that supports projects benefitting people 50-years-old and older.