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.

 

  • New! Milpitas Assistance Program
    Pop-up registration at the Senior Center on Tuesday, November 5, 6:30PM and Thursday, November 7, 1:30PM
    You or someone you know may be eligible for discounts on recreation programs, water or sewer utility bills, and residential building permits for replacement water heater, furnace or air conditioner units. Milpitas residents who participate in qualified Federal, State or County programs, such as Medicaid or Medi-Cal, SSI or food stamps are eligible and households at or below the California Housing and Community Development income levels for this area qualify. Milpitas residents experiencing temporary financial hardship due to job loss, loss of the primary wage earner or serious illness may also be eligible. Enrollment begins November 4. For more information, talk to the Case Manager, or visit www.milpitas.ca.gov/MAP.
  • See’s Candies Group Order
    November 1-27
    If your holiday gift-giving includes candy, here’s an opportunity to buy See’s Candies at a discounted price (up to 22% on some items) – and we’ll even do the shopping for you! Order forms are available at the Senior Center Front Desk. All orders with full payment (cash or check only) are due Wednesday, November 27. Your candy order will be available starting Monday, December 9 at the Senior Center. This is the Senior Center’s 14th year offering the program. Please note this is not a fundraiser – the price you pay is the price paid to See’s Candies. Don’t forget to order a box for yourself!
Events
  • Gratitude Week
    Monday-Friday, November 4-8
    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 with a variety of materials to create cards to express your gratitude to someone who has served or is still serving in the Armed Forces. You can give the card to someone you know personally, or leave it with staff to be sent to an Armed Forces distribution center.
  • Health Fair
    Thursday, November 14, 10:00AM-1:00PM
    Get to know the different health-related resources and services in the community that can help you or those you care about. We will have representatives from many businesses and non-profit agencies in our community that provide services for older adults. Come find out who they are and how you can benefit from their services.
  • Holiday Tea
    Tuesday, November 19, 2:00PM
    The 4th Annual Holiday Tea is a perfect time to take a break from the stressful holiday season. Enjoy an afternoon relaxing with friends and tasting a few sweets and delicious teas. Sign-up early as space is limited.
  • Coffee Social for New Members
    Tuesday, December 10, 10:00AM
    All new members of the Barbara Lee Senior Center are invited to the Coffee Social. This is an opportunity to 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, December 9.
  • Holiday Lunch Party
    Friday, December 20, 11:00AM -1:00PM
    Celebrate the holidays this year at the Senior Center’s Holiday Lunch Party! This special event will include music, a lunch with a special dessert, chance raffle drawings, and live entertainment! Lunch reservations can be made at the Senior Center’s Lunch Reservation Line (408-586-3413), starting December 2 through noon, December 19, first come, first served. Senior Nutrition Program suggested contribution is $3 for seniors 60 years and older, $8 for guests under 60.
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! You can 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
    Thursday, 8:30AM–11:30AM*
    *Dependent on volunteers’ availability.
  • 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 is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from approximately 8:30AM-2:00PM. (Wednesday until 4:00PM). 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 Wednesday 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 which 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
  • Essential Oils
    Monday, November 4, 10:00AM
    Come experience essential oils, and learn how they can help you with natural living. You’ll explore five 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 an upset stomach, 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. Please register at the Front Desk by November 1.
  • 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 at the Barbara Lee Senior Center to give hearing tests 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 one convenient location.
  • 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 workshop that you would like to attend.
    Workshop 3: Trip Planning – Tuesday, November 5, 10:00AM
    Workshop 4: Technology Tools in Transit – Thursday, November 7, 10:00AM
  • Changes in Voter Registration 2020
    Tuesday, November 12, 10:00AM
    Your new voting experience has arrived! Beginning with the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, voters in Santa Clara County will choose when, where, and how to vote. This new change will bring increased voter assistance, new equipment, and more days to vote. Join us to learn more about how these changes will be implemented and what you can do to get your voice heard.
    Please register at the Front Desk by November 8.
  • Medicare in 2020
    Tuesday, November 12, 11:00AM
    Everything you need to know about 2020 Medicare will be presented in this workshop. The presenter will explain who is entitled, the enrollment process, the different types of coverages, plan types, and payments.
    Please register at the Front Desk by November 8.
  • Energy Workshop
    Friday, November 15, 10:00AM
    Questions about your energy bill? Come meet your community-owned electricity provider, learn about local home energy improvement programs, and hear how this not-for-profit agency has saved the community $20 million while fighting climate change. Attendees are encouraged to bring their PG&E energy bills to have specific questions answered. Hosted by Silicon Valley Clean Energy.
    Please register at the Front Desk by November 14.
  • Fitness Center Orientation
    Friday, November 15 & December 20, 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 which is 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 with 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.
  • Why is Medical Testing Necessary?
    Tuesday, November 19, 9:00AM
    Stanford researchers will be presenting on medical testing. They will walk through the positives and negatives of several types of medical testing, including imaging, laboratory tests, and endoscopy. They will discuss the most common tests requested by physicians, then dive into when these tests are done and what the results can show. Finally, they will conclude the presentation with current research done in the field of medical testing.
    Please register at the Front Desk by November 18.
  • Mental Health 101
    Monday, December 9, 3:00PM
    Mental Health 101 provides foundational information about mental health and mental illness, the difference between the two, and how mental health challenges may look different in different people or cultures. Participants will engage in an interactive dialogue about how to maintain good mental health, and how to combat stigma around mental illness. The training also discusses what to do when someone needs support or help.
    Please register at the Front Desk by December 6.
  • Clear Captions Information Table
    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.
  • 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.
    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 (December 10th)10:00AM
Book Club (3rd Tuesday)10:30AM - 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 Exercises10:10AM - 11:10AM
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