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.

 

  • Open House
    Saturday, January 25, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
    Join us for our 2nd Annual Open House event at the Barbara Lee Senior Center. We encourage you to invite your friends and family to get a close-up look at the many programs offered at the Senior Center as well as its amenities. We will have use of the game rooms, snacks and light refreshments, Fitness Center Orientation, a Fitness Class Demonstration, and a taste of Cici’s Cooking and Crafts.
  • Cici’s Cooking & Crafts
    Fridays, January 24 and February 21, 3:30PM – 4:30PM
    Cost: $2 per class Material Fee due to instructor day of class.
    Learn how to make decadent, tasty, beautiful treats and easy do-it-yourself projects from our very own Cici once a month. On January 24, learn how to make a Deep-Dish Lava Cookie. On February 21, make sugar scrubs in a decorative jar. Limited space is available. Register at the Front Desk by the Tuesday before each class.
  • Table Tennis 101
    Thursdays, February 6-March 26, 2:00PM-3:00PM
    Have you watched Table Tennis but thought you could never be good enough to play? If so, this class is just
    for you! It will take you through the basics of the game, such as how to stand, how to hold the paddle, different strokes used to hit the ball, scoring, and strategies for playing. The class will also go over how to play singles and doubles. Sign-up at the Front Desk.
  • Walk-About
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00AM-10:00AM
    The Senior Center’s Walk-About program is all about walking! Did you know that walking is one of the best and least expensive forms of exercise? This new program will help you stay fit and allow you to meet other people. Through this volunteer-led program, participants will learn some important elements of walking safely through some classroom-style meetings. Topics will include warm-up and cool-down exercises for muscle stretching, exercises to improve balance, comfortable clothing for walking, types of walking shoes, popular walking places and safe when walking. The group will also take walks around the local neighborhoods.
Events
  • Edible Masterpieces
    Friday, January 10, 3:30PM
    Experience an intergenerational edible paint night. Both the Teen Center and Senior Center members are encouraged to participate! This will be your chance to let your creative side try something new, as Cici and volunteers will show you how to paint on a jumbo cookie with edible paint and markers. Register for this class at the Front Desk by January 8.

  • Bingo Marathon
    Saturday, February 1 – Doors open at 11:30AM and play begins at 1:00PM
    The Senior Center is hosting its first Bingo Marathon of the year! The marathon session includes 20 games, with 3-5 special games scattered throughout. A session pack is $10 per player (additional packs are $8 each for the same player). Special games are $1 each per card. Players cannot split or share packs. Games have cash prizes (amounts are determined by the number of packs sold). A Snack Bar will be available at each event. This event is open to ages 18 and up.

  • 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.
  • Senior Center Spring Art Show
    February 3 through March 6
    Milpitas Phantom Art Gallery, Community Center
    Participants in the Senior Center’s Chinese Brush Painting classes and the Chinese Calligraphy program will display their art at the Milpitas Phantom Art Gallery in February. A reception for the artists will take place on Friday, February 7 at 10:30AM

  • Flower Grams
    February 13-14 (orders accepted January 27-February 10)
    $3.00 each
    Show someone how much they mean to you by giving them a little something special on Valentine’s Day! The Flower Gram includes a gift-tag, candy and a fresh flower to be picked up by you on February 13 or 14. Orders and payments are taken at the Front Desk.

  • Coffee Social for New Members
    Tuesday, February 10, 10:00AM
    The Senior Center would like to invite all new members to our 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, February 9.

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.
  • The holidays and new year can be stressful for many. Lack of money, shopping decisions, deadlines, parties, strained family relations, etc. can evoke anxiety. It’s also a time when people are extra vulnerable to depression if they have experienced personal losses in the past year—the death of a spouse, child, relative or close friend; a divorce; or the breakup of a relationship.

    Stop by the resource area, or schedule an appointment with the Case Manager, or go online to review Resources for Self Care:

    The City of Milpitas’ new Pilot Rent Relief program that provides a variety of financial assistance to Milpitas residents and families experiencing emergency housing needs.

    For more information or help completing an intake form, schedule an appointment with the Case Manager.

  • 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
  • Fitness Center Orientation
    Friday, January 17 & February 21, 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, sold in increments of 5, 10, 15 and 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 1:00 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, for more information contact the Senior Center Front Desk at (408) 586-3400.

  • Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
    Monday, January 6, 1:30PM and Wednesday, February 5, 2:00PM
    Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) is a cross-disability, intergenerational, and multicultural disability justice non-profit organization. This workshop will provide an overview of SVILC’s services and in-depth housing search assistance including tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities, community resources, and emergency financial assistance options for rent and/or security deposit. Please register at the front desk by the day before.

  • Rebuilding Together
    Thursday, January 23, 1:00PM
    For 30 years, the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, has provided low-income homeowners with safety repairs and modifications at absolutely no cost to them. Their goal is simple: To ensure that older and disabled populations age safely in their own homes free of health hazards. Join us to learn more about who they are, what they do, and how to apply. Please register at the Front Desk by Wednesday, January 22.

  • Why is Medical Testing Necessary?
    Tuesday, February 4, 10:00AM
    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, explaining 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 February 3.

  • 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.

  • Free Tax Assistance – AARP Foundation Tax-Aides
    Tuesdays & Fridays, February 7-April 14
    AARP Foundation Tax Aides will be back at the Senior Center this year 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.

  • Case Manager – Create Goals. Get Connected. Get Hope.
    Talk with the Case Manager to assess your situation, identify your goals, and 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 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

    *Dependent on volunteers’ availability.

  • Shuttle Service to the Senior Center
    The Barbara Lee Senior Center free shuttle service offers Senior Center Members ADA accessible transportation to the Senior Center and back home again! Door-to-door roundtrip service 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 Milpitas city limits.

  • 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. SALA provides free legal services and community education to Santa Clara County residents who are age 60 or older. 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 which private attorneys typically do not handle and which impact 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
    One-hour counseling sessions, by appointment only
    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. 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.


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