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.

 

  • Sock Hop, A ‘50s Dance Party
    Monday, September 16, 1:30PM – 3:30PM
    Pull out your poodle skirt, Levi’s, and leather jacket for the Senior Center Advisory Commission’s Sock Hop Dance Party at the Senior Center. Our DJ will be playing music from the ‘50s and ‘60s for your dancing and listening pleasure. Stroll down memory lane of simpler times with jukeboxes and saddle shoes. Enjoy the music of Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Elvis and more! There will also be contests and light refreshments. Let the Front Desk know you will be attending by Thursday, September 12.
  • Coffee Social for New Members
    Tuesday, October 8, 10:00AM
    All new members of the Barbara Lee Senior Center are invited to grab a cup of coffee and learn about the Senior Center and its programs, meet some staff and other members and ask questions while enjoying morning refreshments.
    Please sign up at the Front Desk no later than Monday, October 7.
  • Health Fair – Save the Date!
    Thursday, November 14 10:00AM – 1:00PM
    The Senior Center has invited representatives from many local health businesses and non-profit agencies that provide services for older adults to this event. Come find out who they are and how you can benefit from their services.
Events
  • Let’s Celebrate Grandparents Day
    Friday, September 6, 2:00PM
    Let’s celebrate and appreciate all the joy and wisdom that grandparents bring to our lives! We will celebrate with pie
    and ice cream! Senior Center members are welcome to bring their grandchildren.
  • Get Your Annual Flu Vaccine
    September 18, 12:00PM–5:00PM
    September 19, 9:00AM–12:00PM
    All older adults are encouraged each year to receive a flu shot to help protect their health. The Senior Center will be
    hosting a Flu Shot Clinic for members and people with chronic medical problems. Walgreens’ trained pharmacists will
    be on-site to provide vaccinations. This clinic is free if you bring your Medicare/Medi-Cal (Part D) or other insurance
    cards. The cost for non-insurance covered shots is approximately $35- $57. On both clinic days Walgreens will have a
    limited supply of vouchers for those who do not participate in Medicare/Medi-Cal.
  • Fall Bingo Marathon
    Saturday, October 5
    Doors open at 11:30AM, and play begins at 1:00PM
    Join in the fun at this year’s Fall Bingo Marathon! The marathon includes 20 games with
    3-5 special games scattered throughout. A session pack is $10 per player (additional
    packs are $8 for the same player). Special games are $1 each per card. Players cannot
    split or share packs. Games have cash prizes and amounts are determined by the number
    of packs sold. A Snack Bar is available for lunch and goodies before and during the
    marathon. This event is open to ages 18 and up.
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
    Tuesday & Wednesday, October 29 & 30
    Show off your pumpkin carving skills at the Barbara Lee Senior Center’s 4th Annual Pumpkin
    Carving Contest! Design categories include Most Detailed, Most Creative, Best Halloweenthemed,
    and Spookiest. Start thinking of your design and sign-up at the Front Desk by
    Thursday, October 24. Carving will take place on Tuesday, October 29. Senior Center
    members can cast their votes on Wednesday, October 30, and winners will be announced at
    the end of the day.
  • Gratitude Week
    November 5-8
    What are you grateful for? How do you express your gratitude for others? During this week leading up to Veterans
    Day, we will have Gratitude Stations set up where you can create a card to express your gratitude to someone who has
    served or is still serving in the Armed Forces. We will provide the materials. You can give the card to someone you know
    personally or leave it with staff to be sent to an Armed Forces distribution center.
  • Hearing Screening Event
    SJSU Hearing Screening Program & CTAP Equipment Distribution event
    Wednesday, November 6, 8:30AM – 11:00AM by appointment only.
    Pre-registration is required at the front desk
    San Jose State students from the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, supervised by a licensed and certified
    Audiologist, will be available at the Barbara Lee Senior Center to give a hearing test in an informal environment. The
    California Telephone Access Program will be simultaneously hosting an equipment distribution event, where you can
    receive your equipment at no cost on the same day in a convenient location.
  • Holiday Tea
    Tuesday, November 19, 2:00PM
    $10 per person
    Our 4th Annual Holiday Tea is a perfect time to treat yourself before the holiday season stress begins. Enjoy an
    afternoon relaxing with friends and tasting a few sweets and delicious teas. Sign-up early as space is limited.
Information Tables
  • Case Manager – Create Goals. Get Connected. Get Hope.
    Talk with the Case Manager to assess your situation, and identify your goals. Get connected to resources in the
    community that will assist in helping you to maintain independence. Staff is here to help you achieve your goals and
    provide the support you need. You can make an appointment in person at the Front Desk or by calling (408) 586-3400.
  • Blood Pressure Screenings – Volunteers are available to take your blood pressure on:
    Every Monday & Friday 9:30AM-11:30AM
    Every Tuesday 10:00AM-11:30AM
    Every Thursday, 8:30AM–11:30AM
  • Shuttle Service to the Senior Center
    The Barbara Lee Senior Center free shuttle service offers ADA accessible transportation to the Senior Center and
    back home again for its members. Door-to-door service to the Senior Center and back home again is available on
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from approximately 8:30AM-2:00PM. This service is intended for
    participants with limited or no access to transportation. For more details and to register, please call (408) 586-3400.
    Eligibility Requirements: Must be a Current Senior Center member and live within the Milpitas city limits. Must make
    reservations in advance.
  • Senior Adults Legal Assistance
    2nd & 4th Wednesdays 10:00AM-12:00PM (by appointment only)
    SALA is a non-profit elder law office whose mission is to support older persons in their efforts to live safely,
    independently, non-institutionalized, and with dignity. Established in 1973, SALA provides free legal services and
    community education to Santa Clara County residents who are age 60 or older. There is no income eligibility
    qualification to use SALA’s services. SALA’s attorney staff provides a range of legal services from simple advice/referrals
    to comprehensive legal representation. SALA’s caseload consists of legal matters that private attorneys typically do not
    handle and that have a great impact on elders most in need in our community.
  • Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP)
    1st Tuesday (English & Vietnamese) 9:30AM-12:30PM
    3rd Thursday (English & Chinese) 1:00PM-4:00PM
    By appointment only for 1 hour counseling sessions
    The Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) of Sourcewise is not affiliated with any insurance
    company and offers unbiased information, with individual counseling to help you make informed decisions about
    Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage.
  • Barbara Lee Senior Center Memberships
    Milpitas’ Barbara Lee Senior Center is for adults 50+. A Senior Center Membership is required to participate in all
    programs (unless otherwise noted, such as Lunch Program or Bingo). Membership fees are $12 for Milpitas residents and
    $30 for non-residents. Milpitas residents must show two proofs of residency for the discounted rate. Please note: For any
    total charge of $11-$50 there is a $1 processing fee. For total charges of $51 or more, the processing fee is $3. Processing
    fees are non-refundable.
Presentations
  • Learn about Diabetes
    Tuesday, September 10, 9:30AM
    Stanford researchers will provide an overview of the causes of diabetes, along with risk factors and associated diseases.
    They will discuss how diabetes is typically diagnosed by healthcare providers and dive into current research being done in
    the field. They will talk about prevention methods that can be used to reduce the risk of developing this disease. Please
    sign up at the Front Desk no later than the September 9.
  • Fitness Center Orientation
    Friday, September 20 & October 18, 1:00PM
    Let the Senior Center help you stay on track with your health goals. The cost to use the Fitness Center is just $1.50 per
    visit, sold in increments of 5, 10, 15 & 20 visits. If you’re not familiar with the equipment in the Fitness Center, we have free
    Fitness Room Orientations on the third Friday of each month at 1:00PM. A Personal Trainer will go over the proper use of
    all the equipment in the room with you. Our Certified Personal Trainers can also assist you in your fitness needs. A trainer
    can meet with you to talk about your needs and goals, put together a workout schedule, and help train you in the Fitness
    Center. Clients schedule and pay for their training sessions directly with the Trainer. Contact the Senior Center Front Desk
    for more information at (408) 586-3400.
  • POLST (Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and ACP (Advanced Care Plan)
    Monday, September 30, 1:00PM
    Does your family know what your wishes are? Have you discussed your end of life options? If you do not decide what you
    want, other people will decide for you, and you may find yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in. An Advanced Care
    Plan and a POLST form protect your wishes and enable you to disseminate that information to the people who will speak
    on your behalf. The POLST is a medical order and is honored by Emergency Response Teams and medical professionals.
    If you do not know the ins and outs of these documents, you should attend this seminar. Please sign up at the Front Desk
    no later than the day prior.
  • Cancer 101
    Tuesday, October 1, 9:30AM
    Stanford researchers will be providing an overview of the current understanding of what causes cancer, along with known
    risk factors. They will go over symptoms that may result from cancer, and how it is diagnosed. They will also dive into the
    research being done across the country to find cures and markers for several different types of cancer. Please sign up at the
    Front Desk no later than the day prior.
  • Diabetic Foot Care
    Tuesday, October 8, 10:00AM
    Come join us for an educational session on taking care of your diabetic feet starting with your skin, as well as some basic
    understanding of the disease itself. Please sign up at the Front Desk no later than September 30.
  • “Grab Bars, Railings, and Ramps, Oh My!”
    Tuesday, October 15, 10:00AM
    Every day in the U.S., 10,000 people turn 65 years old. Within the next fifteen years, one in five people will be over the age of 65, and half of that population will be over 80 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1/3 of people age 65 years or older fall annually. Come learn about the many solutions that are available to help prevent in-home falls. Presented by: Home Safety Services, a Joint Commission Contractor of home modifications, with over 20 years of experience. Please sign up at the Front Desk no later than the day prior.
  • Medicare Explained by Sourcewise
    Tuesday, October 29, 10:00AM
    Sourcewise collaborates with Santa Clara County, state, and local networks to provide a streamlined approach to service and support systems. Sourcewise HICAP provides unbiased and objective Medicare information through community education. Come to this workshop to learn more about Medicare changes for 2020. Please sign up at the Front Desk no later than October 28.
  • Travel Wise 101
    The Senior Center is hosting a series of workshops to help older adults navigate the bus and light rail system, focusing on accessibility, safety, trip planning and transit technology. Please sign up at the Front Desk no later than the day prior for each one you would like to attend.
    Workshop 1: Introduction to Bus & Light Rail Travel -Tuesday, October 22, 10:00AM
    Workshop 2: Safety in Travel on Public Transit – Thursday, October 24, 10:00AM
    Workshop 3: Trip Planning – Tuesday, November 5, 10:00AM
    Workshop 4: Technology Tools in Transit – Thursday, November 7, 10:00AM
  • 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
MondayChinese Folk Dance9:00AM - 10:00AM
Crochet & Knit9:00AM - 11:30AM
Chair Exercises11:10AM - Noon
Movie Day (2nd & 4th Mondays)1:00PM
Bridge Class1:00PM
Bridge Party1:00PM - 4:00PM
Chinese Karaoke1:00PM - 3:30PM
Plaza Dancing1:30PM - 2:30PM
TuesdayBeginning Yoga8:40AM - 9:55AM
Coffee Social (October 8th)10:00AM
Book Club10:30AM - 11:30AM
Crafting, Quilting & SewingNoon
Bridge Party1:00PM - 4:00PM
Yuen Chi Dance1:30PM - 3:00PM
Pickleball1:45PM - 4:00PM
WednesdayCrafts9:00AM - 11:30AM
Guitar9:30AM - 11:00AM
Tone Up w/Toni ($2.00/Session)12:10PM - 1:10PM
Bridge Party1:00PM - 4:00PM
Bingo1:15PM - 3:30PM
Ukulele1:30PM - 3:30PM
ThursdayZumba Gold ($2.00/Session)10:00AM - 11:00AM
Conversational English10:00AM - Noon
Chair Exercises11:10PM - 12:00PM
Bridge Party1:00PM - 4:00PM
Ballroom Dance1:30PM - 3:30PM
FridayBeginning Yoga8:40AM - 9:55AM
Calligraphy9:30AM - 11:30AM
Chinese Chorus9:30AM - 11:00AM
Zumba Gold ($2.00/Session)10:00AM - 11:00AM
Chinese Folk Dance11:00AM - Noon
Hand & Foot12:30PM - 4:30PM
Shall We Dance1:30PM - 3:30PM
Tai Chi Practice2:00PM - 3:00PM