Lifelong Learning

Continue to grow

The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA is a home for active bodies and minds, and for people of all ages and interests. Healthy living stretches beyond physical activity – creative thinking, interests, passions and learning new things are as important as diet and exercise. We are here to enrich people’s lives in all areas. 

We offer a variety of programs for adults who want to try their hand at new skills, brush up on old ones and meet people with similar interests. Take a class where you can make something with your hands, or express yourself through art. Move to a new dance or cook up a new dish. Try something different at the Y!

Contact for more information on Lifelong Learning opportunities at the Marshalltown Y. 



The Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Book Discussion Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the selected book for that session.  A lively room of readers proves to be an adventurous trip through the novel!  The club meets in the Small Conference Room at the Horne-Henry Center.  Must be a Y Mission member.

CARD PARTY - 2nd & 4th Monday, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Horne-Henry Center

Here is an opportunity to put a table together to play 500, Bridge or Cribbage on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 1-3 p.m. in the Horne-Henry Center party room.  There will be water and coffee along with gracious fellowship and fun!   Must be a Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Mission member.  


The Fine Living Council was developed to meet the programming needs of Y members age 55 and older. The council meets monthly to monitor the progress of a variety of projects such as Line Dancing, Card Party, Book Discussion Group, Hobby-Craft Club, Health Forums, Cooking for the Retired, Estate Planning Seminars and so much more!  


This hands-on approach will assure a productive experience in the spring!  Class Covers:  Basics Skills, Casting Spin & Fly, Knot Types, Equipment & Accessories, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Techniques (beginning –advanced)  Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment, but there will be  equipment and tools available if needed.

When:  Tuesdays, Jan 16–Feb 6, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m.          
Where: Class Meets at the Cultural Center Lower Level
Cost:  Free - For Y Members Only*
     *non-members may purchase a Mission Membership: $20 under 62 / $10 ages 62+
Register:  At the Y Service Desk, located in the Main Y building; or online at

Contact:  Roberto Perez with any questions at 641-752-8658 ext. 203 or

HEALTH FORUM - Dates in 2018 TBD

Every Spring the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA Fine Living Council hosts a series of Health Forums. Professionals in the community speak on different topics selected for that session.  Subjects vary from Going Green! Healthier Living with Herbs to High Cholesterol and Heart Disease to What’s Available to Keep Seniors in their Homes Longer.  All sessions are free to the public and everyone is welcome! Meetings are held at the Horne-Henry Center.

HOBBY-CRAFT CLUB - Tuesdays, 9 am - 12 pm, Cultural Center 

The Hobby-Craft Club was organized more than 40 years ago and continues to meet every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to Noon in the multipurpose room of the Cultural Center.  The last Tuesday of each month a potluck is held.  Participants may bring their own project or join in on a group lesson.  Must be a Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA member or Mission member. 

LINE DANCING - Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Studio 2

Line dancing is a popular form of dancing which is done to many different styles of music.  Anyone can participate!  Line dancing is a great stress reducer and good exercise!


The movie club meets at the Fridley - Plaza 9 Theater at the Marshalltown Mall.  Meet-ups are scheduled according to movie times.  An alert will go out on Facebook a couple days before to let you know the movie and time.