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
  • I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
    Tuesday, July 2, 2:00PM
    When you think of hot summer days, a bowl of delicious cold ice cream usually comes to mind! Our annual Summer Ice Cream Social is a great way to cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time.  We’ll have a couple of different flavors and a variety toppings so you can create your own magical sundae to enjoy while getting to know some other Senior Center members.
  • Ol’ Fashioned BBQ Lunch
    Friday, August 16, 12:00PM
    It’s time for our annual Summer BBQ Lunch! Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch out on the patio with your friends. The meal includes a barbecued entrée, several side dishes, a dessert, plus a choice of either iced tea or lemonade. A vegetarian entrée option will also be available. We’ll even have some fun lawn games to play. Tickets can be purchased starting July 16 at the Front Desk for the nominal fee of $4 per meal.
  • Talent Showcase
    Friday, August 23, 1:30PM
    Auditions: Thursday, July 18 & Monday, July 22 at 1:30PM
    Share your special talent at our Senior Center’s Talent Showcase! Do you sing, dance, write or recite poetry, do bird calls, play a musical instrument, blow monster bubbles? Whatever your talent is, we’re looking for participants for our Talent Showcase!  Please Note: this is a Showcase, so there is no judging or prizes awarded. Auditions will be held Thursday, July 18 & Monday, July 22 at 1:30PM, so there’s enough time to set up rehearsal times prior to the show.  Sign-up by Monday, July 15 at the Front Desk.
  • Coffee Social for New Members
    Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00AM
    The Senior Center would like to invite all new members to our quarterly Coffee Social. This is an opportunity to learn particulars about the Senior Center and its programs, meet some staff and other members, and ask questions while enjoying some morning refreshments.  Please sign up at the Front Desk no later than the day prior.
Information Tables
  • Case Manager – CREATE GOALS. GET CONNECTED. GET HOPE
    Talk with the Case Manager to assess your situation and identify your goals by getting 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! Must make an appointment 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 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from approximately 8:30AM to 2:30PM. (Wednesday until 4:00PM) This service is intended for members 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 – Noon (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.
Presentations
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    Monday, July 15 at 1:00PM – 2:00PM
    Alzheimer’s is not normal aging.  It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.  Learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research, and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources. Please register at the Front Desk or call 408-586-3400 by Friday, July 12.
  • An Introduction to Essential Oils
    Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00PM – 2:30PM
    Come experience essential oils and learn how they can help you with natural living. You’ll explore 5 powerful essential oils and different ways they can be used to support physical and emotional well-being. From easing pain, calming or lifting emotions, settling stomach upset to cleaning the kitchen sink! We will discuss essential oil safety, how oils are produced, and common methods of use. Learn how to use essential oils for a natural healthcare alternative for you and your family. The speaker will be Carolyn Cooper RN, MSN, a family nurse practitioner who utilizes essential oils in caring for her family and friends. She is a Doterra Wellness advocate and loves sharing the benefits and joys of essential oils. If interested, please register at the Front Desk or call 408-586-3400 by Friday, July 12.
  • Fitness Center Orientation
    Friday, July 19 & August 16 at 1:00PM
    Let the Senior Center help you stay on track with your goal of being healthy. The cost to use the Fitness Center is just $1.50 per visit which are 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 3rd Friday of each month at 1:00 pm. 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.
  • Keeping You Safe!
    Tuesday, July 30 at 9:30AM
    Timothy Harris, A Vital Link representative, will be presenting on how medical alert systems can help you live independently and save your life.  He will also give you tips on how to prevent yourself from falling and what to do if you should fall. If interested in learning more, please register by Monday, July 29.
  • 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