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The Senior Center offers several types of activities each day and different events each month for adults 50+. Some are activities are considered “drop-in” and some require “pre-registration” but they all require a current Senior Center Membership. Members are asked to show their Membership Card when entering the facility. Non-members and guests of members can check in at the Front Desk and receive a Visitor’s Pass for the day.

Detailed information on the currently offered activities is available in our bi-monthly newsletter, the Senior Connection newsletter.

New Member Orientations::

If you are new to the Barbara Lee Senior Center, or are thinking about joining, join us on the 2nd Tuesday each month at 10:00 am for a New Member Orientation. Staff will give an overview of the many programs offered, procedures for signing up for programs and services, and answer questions you might have. The orientation will conclude with a tour of the facility. Please sign-up at the Front Desk by the Monday prior to the orientation.

Entertainment & Celebrations:

A live band performs prior to lunch service on the 1st Friday of each month, 10:30 am-12:00 pm. Entertainment is also scheduled throughout the year during special events and celebrations.


Come test your luck and skills while playing BINGO at the Milpitas Senior Center. BINGO is played every Wednesday afternoon, 1:15 pm and the 1st and 2nd Tuesday evenings of the month, 6:00-8:00 pm. $5.00 minimum buy-in (Game Pack includes 10 games/6 cards per game). Additional packs are $4.00 each. Special Game cards are $1.00 each. Daubers also available for purchase.

Book Club:

“Calling All Book Worms!” If you are interested in joining the Senior Center Book Club, please contact the front desk for information on the book selections and dates for discussions. The club meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Crochet & Knit:

If you crochet and/or knit, this group is just for you! On Mondays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, you’ll be able to visit with others as you work on your projects. If you don’t know how to, here’s your chance to learn! We’ll collect donations of fabric and yarn and turn them into blankets, lap robes, wheelchair bags, walker bags and hats. We’ll then donate them to local hospitals and other charities. Questions? Call Joy Cox at (408) 432-1851, or us at (408) 586-3400.

Potluck Dinners & BINGO Nights:

Each month an evening potluck dinner and BINGO session is offered. Participants should bring a potluck item (entree, side dish or dessert), enough to serve 6-8 people. The Center provides the beverages and place settings. No pre-registration is needed, but a current Senior Center Activity Card membership is required. Following dinner, guests are welcome to stay for the BINGO session (minimum buy in is $5.00 for 6 cards per game/10 games played, additional packs are $4 each, daubers are $1 each). Sign-up at the Front Desk, or call (408) 586-3400.

Local Shopping Trips:

Let’s do a quick shopping trip to a local store. For those who have limited transportation resources, the Senior Center bus will leave the Senior Center at 10:30 am the 1st Thursday of each month for you to shop at a local store, such as Big Lots, Dollar Store, Wal-Mart or Ranch 99. The bus will return to the Senior Center at 11:30 am, in time for lunch services. Sign up the day of at the front desk.

Senior Center Idols:

Are you the next Senior Center “American Idol?” If so, come join us Fridays, except the 1st Friday each month, at 10:30 am to sing Karaoke and show us what you’ve got. A special thanks to the Senior Advisory Commission who approved funds to purchase the new karaoke equipment.

Fitness Programs:

Fitness Room: Do you want to work out but not pay the high prices of fitness clubs? The Senior Center is just your place. We have a Fitness Room that is equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary and recumbent bikes and weight machines to help you meet your fitness goals. Use of the room requires a current Senior Center membership and the purchase of Fitness Room Visits. Visits are sold in packages of 5 ($7.50), 10 ($15), 15 ($22.50) and 20 ($30) visits (equals $1.50 per visit). As with any exercise program, please be sure to check with your doctor before starting.

Free Fitness Room Orientations: 3rd Friday each month, 1:00 pm. Fitness Room Orientations are held for members who haven’t used fitness equipment before or its been a while. A personal trainer will show the proper way of using all the equipment in the Fitness Room for your safety. Please sign-up at the Front Desk by the Thursday prior to the orientation.

Personal Trainer Sessions: A Certified Personal Trainer/Senior Fitness Specialist can assist you in your fitness needs. She can meet with you to talk about your needs and goals, put together a workout schedule and help train you in the Fitness Room. Clients schedule and pay for their training sessions directly with the trainer.

Zumba Gold: (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 am) A fitness program with a Latin flair! It brings dance style rhythms in a fun party-like environment while promoting strength, flexibility and balance. Zumba Gold is modified for older adults. $2 drop-in fee with membership card (payment accepted at Front Desk starting at 8:45 am). Maximum 30 participants per class. Please Note: No black soled shoes.

Beginning Yoga: (Tuesdays & Fridays, 8:40 am ) Enjoy the many benefits of Yoga. Please wear stretch pants and t-shirt and bring your own mat, large towel, yoga strap (or old neck tie). Maximum 25 participants per class.

Chair Exercise Videos: (Mondays & Thursdays, 11:10 am) You can improve your balance, stretch and tone muscles, and strengthen legs and arms by following the video tape of chair-based exercises. No personal instruction is provided. Maximum 25 participants per session.

QiGong: (Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm) QiGong is an effective exercise similar to Tai Chi that uses gentle movements. You should wear comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes (no black soled shoes).


Bridge: Weekdays, 1:00-4:30 pm Tables are available for players to form their own groups for Party-style Bridge. If you want to learn how, or need a refresher course, lessons are available on Mondays, 1:00-4:00 pm in the Game Room.

Duplicate Bridge: Tuesdays, 1:00-4:00 pm Duplicate Bridge is the most widely used variation of contract bridge club and tournament play. It is called duplicate because the same bridge deal is played at each table and scoring is based on relative performance. Players will need a convention card and be ready to play 18 boards. At the end, players will receive the hand record.

Hand and Foot: Fridays, 1:00-4:30 pm Hand & Foot is a card game related to Canasta. Depending on the number of players, this game can be played as singles or teams. Learn how to play this fun game at the large table outside the lunch room.

Game Rooms:

The Milpitas Senior Center has two game rooms for members to enjoy. The first room features five tables for playing table games such as cards, Mah Jong, Backgammon, Checkers, Chess, Yahtzee, Dominos, Go or Chinese Chess. Please Note: Some days/times may be designated for specific game play. These games are available for your usage.

A larger game room is for more active games and features two pool tables, and three ping pong tables. Participants wanting to use play these games must wait their turn on the bench next to each table. There is a time limit of 15 minutes per ping pong game and 20 minutes for pool games. Members can use the provided cues, paddles and balls or bring their own.

Drop-in Activities for Mandarin Speaking Participants:

Chinese Folk Dance, Mondays, 9:00-10:00 am
Chinese Karaoke, Mondays, 1:00-3:30 pm
Yuen Chi Dance, Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm
Chinese Crafts. Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am
Qigong, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm
Ballroom Soical Dance, Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 pm
Calligraphy, Fridays, 9:30-11:00 am
Chinese Folk Dance, Fridays, 11:00-12:00 pm
Chinese Chorus, Fridays, 9:30-11:00 am

Barbara Lee Senior Center Hours:
40 North Milpitas Boulevard Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: (408) 586-3400 TDD: (408) 586-3425  
Supervisor: Jaime Chew  

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