- AARP Foundation Tax-Aides (Free Tax Assistance)
Tuesdays and Fridays, February-mid April
AARP Foundation Tax Aides will be back at the Senior Center this year to help older adults with low-moderate income levels complete and electronically file their taxes. This free service is provided by trained volunteers through AARP Foundation Tax Aides and gives special attention to those 60+ in age. To make an appointment, contact the Senior Center at 408-586-3400. Memberships in AARP or Senior Center are not required.
- New Member Orientation
Tuesdays, January 9 & February 13, 10:00AM
If you are new to the Barbara Lee Senior Center or would like an update on all of the wonderful services and activities offered, please join us on the second Tuesday of the month for an informative presentation and tour. Please sign-up at the Front Desk, or call (408) 586-3400.
- BINGO Marathon
Saturday, February 3 at 10:00AM Door open at 8:00AM
The Senior Center is holding an early day Bingo Marathon in February! The marathon session includes 20 games with 3-5 special games scattered throughout. A session pack is $10 per player (additional packs are $8 each for the same player). Special games are $1 each per card. Players cannot split or share packs. Games have cash prizes (amounts are determined by number of packs sold). A Snack Bar will be available and will feature pancake breakfast style items along with snack items. This event is open to ages 18 and up.
- The Big Game Party
Sunday, February 4, 2:45PM – 6:30PM
$3 per person
The Senior Center is holding its 2nd Annual Big Game Party to watch all the football action on the field. Why brave the cold, wind and possible snow of Minneapolis or stand in long food concession lines when we’ve got it all covered (i.e.: hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, chicken wings, nachos, along with some healthier and vegetarian options, and non-alcoholic beverages). No matter which team you’re rooting for, it’s going to be a fun time for all! Kick-off is around 3:15PM. Pre-registration deadline for this event is Thursday, February 1.
- Senior Center Spring Art Show
February (Date to Be Determined)
Milpitas Phantom Art Gallery, Community Center
Participants in the Senior Center’s Chinese Brush Painting classes will have their art on display at the Milpitas Phantom Art Gallery in February. The actual dates of the exhibit and Artists’ Reception will be announced in mid-January at the Senior Center.
- Flower Grams
February 13-14 (orders accepted January 29-February 9)
Show a family member or friend how much they mean to you by giving them a little something special on Valentine’s Day! The Flower Gram includes a gift-tag, candy and a fresh flower. Orders and payments are taken at the Front Desk.
- Dr. Seuss Day – Breakfast and Movies
Tuesday, February 27
Breakfast: 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Do you like Green Eggs & Ham? Do you like it in a boat? Do you like it with a goat? The Senior Center is offering a Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast in celebration of Dr. Seuss. Join us after breakfast for a showing of a few movies inspired by Dr. Seuss stories.
- Movie Celebration Pre-Awards Party
Friday, March 2, 12:00PM – 4:30PM
Get in the mood for this year’s Oscars (Academy Awards)! Here’s your chance to be a star, “walk the red carpet,” and have your photo taken as the Senior Center shows some of this year’s nominated movies – popcorn and refreshments are included! You can even make your predictions for what film will win the Best Picture award. More details will be available in February.
Tuesday, January 2, 8:45AM – 12:00PM
Do you need help with your phone or computer? We have an additional volunteer available to answer your technology questions. An info table is your opportunity to answer your questions and learn all about electronics. Our volunteer, Samuel Kim, is dedicated to helping you give you everything you need to know about your electronics. No appointment needed.
Applied General Agency aka AGA
Wednesdays, January 17 & February 21, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Every third Wednesday of the month, AGA is dedicated to helping people with Medicare find a health plan that suits their personal needs. The agency educates you on all your options and gives you the power to compare and the freedom to choose. Come learn about its services and benefits it offers, as well as ask any questions regarding health insurance benefits.
Tuesday, January 23, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Project Sentinel is a government supported non-profit agency with the mission of developing and promoting fairness and equality of housing for all persons, and to advocate peaceful resolution of disputes for community welfare and harmony. A Project Sentinel fair housing attorney and Landlord-Tenant counselor will have a table at the Barbara Lee Senior Center to provide information regarding housing discrimination and Landlord-Tenant issues, such as rent increases and repairs.
- Are you Ready for an Earthquake?
Wednesday, January 17, 10:00AM
California has over 10,000 earthquakes a year with most occurring along the San Andreas Fault Line. Girl Scout Troop #30007 will provide information on Earthquake preparedness. Know what you need to do before, during and after an earthquake. Please register for this workshop by Tuesday, January 16 at the Front Desk.
- Eternal Health & Wellness
Thursday, January 11 & February 8, 1:30PM
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around the world for about 5,000 years. It became a part of the United States’ mainstream in the past 20 years. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe and natural methods that can improve one’s health and wellness and increase longevity. Dr Quli Zhou will be offering a session once a month on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Each class will focus on specific topics such as, the basic concepts of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, Qijong exercise, nutrition and more. For detailed information pick up a flyer at the Senior Center.
- Maintaining Independence – Senior Life Skills Presentations
Please register at the front desk. Members, non-members, and caregivers of registered participants are welcome.
- OnLok Lifeways
Tuesday, January 23, 10:00AM
OnLok is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help seniors stay home and in the community as safe as possible and as long as possible. On Lok Lifeways is a comprehensive health plan that provides long-term care for eligible seniors living in Santa Clara County. The program offers full medical care and support services and is free for individuals with Medi-Cal
- Rebuilding Together
Thursday, February 1, 9:30AM
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help keep low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities safe and healthy in their home. They offer a wide range of services for free, including small safety modifications (i.e. grab bars), to larger repairs such as exterior/interior painting, skirting, roofing, and more
- Accessibility: VTA Access Paratransit
Monday, February 5, 9:30AM
VTA ensures a comparable paratransit service is provided to eligible individuals with disabilities who cannot use conventional public transit service due to their physical, visual or cognitive disabilities. Come to this workshop to learn more about paratransit service, eligibility, and how to apply
- Clear Captions
Thursday, February 15, 10:00AM
Are you hard of hearing? A Clear Captions representative will speak about the Ensemble phone. It is a captioned phone that displays text of conversations in near real-time on a large color touchscreen so you can see and hear what callers are saying. Find out how you can get your free phone
- Home Safety Services
Thursday, February 22, 9:30AM
One of the first steps to a declining quality of life and a loss of independence is a misstep that results in a fall. Ironically, most of these life changing falls occur within the familiar surroundings of one’s respective home. The good news is that most falls in and around the home can be prevented by making some minor modifications. Home Safety Services has been providing senior fall prevention in-home safety modifications for 20 years. Their low cost products/services have been shown to decrease the overall costs to the health care system.
- Michelle Creamer, Personal Trainer
Monday, February 26, 9:30AM
Significant health benefits are seen in older adults who participate in regular daily activity. Michelle Creamer, Senior Fitness Specialist, will provide insight about the importance of movement for maintaining independence.
- OnLok Lifeways
- Ask Phuong, A Nurse Practitioner
Wednesdays, 1:00PM – 4:00PM, Off for January and will be back February 7
On Wednesdays, Phuong Le, a nurse practitioner currently practicing at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, will be available to answer medical questions you may have and perform a non-diagnostic basic memory test. Phuong can also assist with dietary suggestions and an explanation of your medications. Please note: This program is not sponsored or affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.
- Teach Seniors Technology (TST)
Fridays, 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Teach Seniors Technology is a volunteer program provided by high school students who are dedicated to teaching older adults how to use modern technology for free. TST volunteers offer specific sessions on computer basics, web safety, how to surf the web, and how to use social media. If interested in any of these topics please register at the Front Desk by the Thursday before.