Canasta Classes

Ages 18+
Beginning and Intermediate options available.
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Beginning Canasta

Learn the game of Modern American Canasta. This class is an introduction to the game where you will learn the skills needed to understand strategies, rules, and scoring in an informative, fun, hands-on environment. Taught by Sherry Leonescu.

Session 2: Beginning Canasta
Thursdays | 10:00am-12:00pm | March 14 – April 4, 2024

4-week session

Intermediate Canasta

If you want to stay sharp and fine tune your canasta game, join instructor Sherry Leonescu for intermediate canasta. Learn new strategies and special hands (splashes). Have the edge on other players who are not aware of the nuances of different strategies. If you’ve been playing on a regular basis, you’re ready for the next step! It’s a lot of fun

Session 2: Intermediate Canasta
Tuesdays | 12:30pm-2:30pm | February 20 – March 26, 2024

6-week session

Hours + Rates



Contact the Adult department

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Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday 5am – 10pm
Friday 5am – 6pm
Saturday 7am – 6pm
Sunday 7am – 6pm

Hours are subject to change. Please consult the front desk for any recent changes.

Holiday Hours

Sunday, January 1
New Years Day 2024
7am – 1pm
Monday, April 22
Erev Passover
5am – 5pm
Tuesday, April 23
Passover First Day
Monday, May 27
Memorial Day
7am – 4pm
Thursday, July 4
Independence Day
7am – 4pm
Monday, September 2
Labor Day
7am – 4pm
Wednesday, October 2
Erev Rosh Hashanah
5am – 5pm
Thursday, October 3
Rosh Hashanah
Friday, October 4
Rosh Hashanah
Friday, October 11
Erev Yom Kippur
5am – 5pm
Saturday, October 12
Yom Kippur
Wednesday, November 27
Thanksgiving Eve
5am – 7pm
Thursday, November 28
7am – Noon
Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve
7am – 2pm
Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Day
7am – 1pm
Tuesday, December 31
New Year’s Eve
7am – 2pm

Meet the Team

Click below to learn more about our Adult Program Director!

As a new transplant to the Phoenix area and specifically The J, the first thing I did was sign up for Mah Jongg lessons. Hoping to learn the game and meet people, little did I know that during a pandemic I would find a group of women that have become my dear circle of friends!

Gayle Levin Adult Program Attendee
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