Programs & Events

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.

Events
  • Free Tax Assistance with AARP Foundation
    Tax-Aides Tuesdays and Fridays, Now-April 9
    AARP Foundation Tax Aides will be at the Senior Center 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.
  • Dr. Seuss Day – Breakfast
    Friday, March 1, 8:30AM-9:30AM
    The Senior Center is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a Green Eggs & Ham breakfast!  Well, maybe not green but it will be delicious!  Breakfast will be served at 8:30am (or supplies run out, whichever is first). So come in a boat or ride a goat and join in on the morning fun.
  • Mardi Gras Lunch
    Tuesday, March 5
    Experience the sounds and flavors of Mardi Gras at this special lunch. Don’t forget to make your lunch reservation in advance.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger
    Hunt March 11-15
    Each day during the week, a special shamrock with a special “phrase for the day” will be hidden in plain view. Find it and bring it to the Front Desk to claim your “pot o’ gold”.  Phrases of the day will be available at the Front Desk beginning March 8.
  • Movie Monday
    Mondays, March 11 & 25 & April 8 & 22 at 1:00PM
    Every 2nd and 4th Monday enjoy a classic or newly released movie in the afternoon with complimentary popcorn. Movies being shown for the month will be listed at the Front Desk. If you have a suggestion for a future movie, please share with the Front Desk.
  • Senior Center Orientation
    Tuesdays, March 12 & April 9 at 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 by the Monday before.
  • Flowers & Tea
    Tuesday, April 16, 2:00PM
    $8.00 per person
    A springtime tea wouldn’t be complete without plenty of flowers to go with the different samples of teas being served.  As always, this tea party includes delicious finger sandwiches, and sweets. If you have a special tea cup with a story, please bring it to share with others.
  • Spring Crafts
    Wednesdays, April 3-24 2:30PM-4:15PM
    For the month of April, staff teach you how to craft a special gift for a friend or yourself.   Learn how to make doit-yourself bracelets, ribbon leis and more.  Please register at the Front Desk for each of the workshops you are interested in.  April 3: Spring Cookie Decorating  April 10:  Pulled String Art April 17: Beaded Bracelets April 24: Ribbon Lei
  • SJSU Hearing Screening
    Thursday, April 18 9:00AM–11:00AM
    Participants will receive a free hearing screening from SJSU students and be able to receive equipment from CTAP at no cost on the same day. Appointment slots are limited and pre-registration is a must at the Front Desk.
Information Tables
  • Are You Interested in Learning How to Manage Diabetes?
    Friday, March 1, 9:00AM – Noon
    The Health Trust representatives will be on hand to talk about the upcoming workshop on how to manage Diabetes.  You can register for the class with them and discuss the benefits of attending the 6-week workshop.
  • ClearCaptions
    Thursday, March 14, 10:30AM – 1:00PM & Wednesday, April 3, 12:30PM – 1:30PM
    If you are experiencing any form of hearing loss, you may qualify to receive a ClearCaptions phone at no cost to you! ClearCaptions offers real-time phone captioning that allows you to see every word said on the call. Visit with the representative to learn how you can obtain one.
  • Do You Have Questions About Your Energy Bill?
    Tuesday, March 26, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
    Come to a free drop-in Energy Clinic in our lobby. Experts from Acterra and Silicon Valley Clean Energy will be on hand to explain your PG&E bill and give you tips to reduce your energy use and lower your monthly costs.
Presentations
  • Tuberculosis – What is it?
    Thursday, March 7, 10:00AM
    Dr. Kam Pareek from Breathe California of the Bay Area, a local non-profit organization will conduct a presentation on Tuberculosis (TB). Dr. Pareek will discuss how to prevent getting TB, how it is transmitted, what medications to take should you have it and additional resources you can benefit from. Please register by Wednesday, March 6 at the Front Desk.
  • Diabetes – Self Management Workshop
    Thursdays, March 7 – April 11, 1:00PM – 3:30PM
    Activenet ID# 8026
    A 6-week self-management program for people living with diabetes will be led by The Health Trust. This program will teach you techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration. As well as appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance, healthy eating, appropriate use of medication and working more effectively with your healthcare providers. Please register by Wednesday, March 6 at the Front Desk.
  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
    Wednesday, March 13, 1:00PM – 2:00PM
    Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. The Alzheimer’s Association will present on 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The one-hour program covers typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Please register by Tuesday, March 12 at the Front Desk.
  • Getting Connected with Alzheimer’s Association
    Thursday, March 14, 10:30AM – 11:00AM
    Learn the basics about Alzheimer’s disease and programs and services offered by your local Alzheimer’s Association. This presentation will be hosted in the Conversational English class in Chinese. Please register by Wednesday, March 13, at the Front Desk.
  • Regain Your Freedom of Communication!
    Wednesday April 3, Noon – 12:30PM
    If you are experiencing any form of hearing loss, you may qualify to receive a ClearCaptions phone at no cost to you! ClearCaptions offers real-time phone captioning that allows you to see every word said on the call. This will boost your cognitive ability. Presentation will be in the auditorium as lunch is being served. If you would like a lunch please make reservations by noon April 3 by calling 408-586-3413.
  • Senior Scam Stopper Presentation
    Wednesday, April 17, 1:00PM – 3:00PM
    Learn about the scams targeting seniors and how to avoid falling prey to them! This seminar will feature experts from government agencies who will present on topics including home improvement projects, identity theft, auto repair, health care fraud and investments. There will be presentations from the California Contractor State License Board and several state and local agencies.  Please register by Tuesday, April 16 at the Front Desk. Senior Scam Stopper Seminar hosted by Assemblymember Kansen Chu, and Senator Bob Wieckowski in partnership with the California Contractor State License Board.
  • 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.

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 Programs
MondayKnit and Crochet Group9:00AM-11:30AM
Chinese Folk Dance9:00AM-10:00AM
Bridge Class1:00PM
Chinese Karaoke1:00PM-3:30PM
Movie Day (2nd and 4th Mondays of month)1:00PM
Chair Exercises11:10AM-Noon
Bridge - Party Style1:00PM-4:00PM
TuesdayPickleball1:45PM-4:00PM
Book Club (3rd Tuesday of month)10:30AM-11:30AM
Beginning Yoga8:40AM-9:55AM
Yuen Chi Dance1:30PM-3:00PM
Bridge - Party Style1:00PM-4:00PM
WednesdayGuitar Group9:30AM-11:00AM
Ukulele1:30PM-2:30PM
Chinese Crafts9:00AM-11:30AM
Bingo1:15PM-3:30PM
Bridge - Party Style1:00PM-4:00PM
ThursdayChair Exercise11:10AM-Noon
Social Ballroom1:30PM-3:30PM
Genealogy (2nd and 4th weeks)1:00PM-3:00PM
Bridge - Party Style1:00PM-4:00PM
FridayBeginning Yoga8:40AM-9:55AM
Chinese Calligraphy9:30AM-11:30AM
Chinese Chorus9:30AM-11:00AM
Shall We Dance1:30PM-3:30PM
Hand & Foot1:00PM
Bridge - Party Style1:00PM-4:00PM