ADULT CLASSES

The JCC offers classes and activities for adults of all ages. To sign up, please click the “Register” button in the class or activity description to sign up online, or you can print a Registration Form.

For more information, contact Cherie Ravel at [email protected] or 408.357.7462.

The AARP Smart Driver course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws, and how to deal with aggressive drivers. This course is classroom-based (there is no behind-the-wheel component).

We offer a 2-day course for those who have never taken this class before, and a 1-day refresher for those who have taken the class within the past 3 years but need to renew their certification.

DAY DATES TIME AARP / Non-AARP Member
Wed 5/8, 5/15 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*
Tue 7/2** 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*
Tue 8/20, 8/27 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*

* Please make checks payable to AARP. The JCC will take RSVPs for the class, but all registration and financials will be handled by AARP on the day of the class.

** The two-day course (4 hours each day) is the initial mature drive course for those who are taking this class for the first time. The one-day class is a 4 hour refresher course for those who have taken the two-day (8 hour) course within the last 3 years.

To sign up, email [email protected].

Study the development of painting, sculpture, and other visual arts around the world. In spring 2019, we’ll be focusing on western art from the Impressionists through the 20th century. Each week focuses on a stand-alone topic and is not dependent on prior sessions. No previous experience is required. This class is offered by West Valley College at the JCC.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Wed ongoing* 1:00 - 2:30pm FREE

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* No class 4/3

West Valley College also offers a Music Appreciation class every Wednesday from 11:00am-12:30pm at the JCC

In this series of 1 hour bio-musicals you’ll learn the stories and enjoy the tunes of some of our favorite Broadway Shows. (Last year, this class was called American Musical Theater.)

Day & Time: Third Tuesday of each month, from 3:00-4:30pm in the APJCC Auditorium
Admission: $5 per person, per month, payable at the door.

APRIL 16:  1960’s, STARTS WITH A ROAR AND ENDS WITH A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
The 60’s begin with the longest running musical in theatrical history:  “The Fantastiks.” The last period of the Golden Age of Broadway produced some of the greatest musicals in Broadway history: “Camelot,”  “Fiddler on the Roof,”  “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” “Hello Dolly,” “Oliver,” “Funny Girl,”  “Man of La Mancha,” and “Cabaret” to name a few.  By the end of the decade, the Age of Aquarius dragged Broadway into the wild youth rebellion of the sixties. “Hair” had arrived.  But the 70’s promised something new and exciting.

MAY 7: “I’LL BE SEEING YOU”: The American Home Front in World War Two
Reminisce with Feeta and Steve as they narrate and sing their way through the sacrifices and commitments of a unified America during World War Two. This period also included some of the greatest musical songs of all time. Included are: “Accentuate the Positive,” “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” “As Time Goes By,” “It’s Been a Long Long Time,” and many of the other famous hits that kept America going during trying times.


More information: [email protected]

Join the conversation, let your voice be heard! We meet weekly in the JCC’s Adult Lounge for a lively discussion and stimulating conversation, news of the week and stories that touch our lives. Moderators rotate each week.

Read a story about the Current Events program in the Los Gatos Weekly Times/Mercury News!

DAY DATES TIME CM/NM/SM
Tue ongoing* 10:15-11:30am FREE

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in program. No need to register in advance.

 

A once-a-month get-together on Fridays from 12:00-2: 00 pm in the APJCC Auditorium (unless a different time is noted here). Enjoy a catered hot lunch followed by entertainment. Please reserve your spot in advance. Cost is $6 JCC members, $8.50 non-members. RSVP to [email protected]If you’d like to come for the entertainment portion of the afternoon only and skip the lunch, the fee is just $4 and no reservation is required. RSVP to [email protected].

These lunches  are a lovely way to close out your week. Priced at a reasonable cost for everyone, this is a welcoming event for JCC members and non-members alike. Make a date with friends to meet for lunch and know you’ll have a leisurely time to catch up and be entertained. A vegetarian lunch is always provided and the program changes regularly with educational and musical entertainment to keep us in the know. Here is a sneak peek at upcoming offerings.

Upcoming dates:
May 17 (different time: 10:00am-1:00pm)
No lunch in June
July 19

 


APJCC monthly Senior Shabbat Luncheons are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Milton and Sophie Meyer FundThe San Jose Opera Guild Lecture Series and Preview Performances are made possible, in part, by a gift from Judy & Warren Kaplan.

Adults ages 55+ are invited to help explore and impart our rich traditions to our APJCC Preschool children. Join us monthly throughout the school year for storytelling, art, songs and Shabbat to connect the generations. This program runs during the school year, on selected Fridays from 9:00-10:30am. Free.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Cyndi Sherman at [email protected].


Upcoming Grandpals Shabbat dates for the 2018-19 school year: 5/3 and 5/17.

This program is free, but you must sign up in advance by contacting Cyndi Sherman at [email protected].

Learn about the origins and development of human culture and innovations in recent years that are changing our view of the past. Take armchair visits to some of the world’s most remarkable archeological sites. Weekly lectures and DVDs with West Valley College instructor Jan Masters. This class is presented in partnership with West Valley College.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Fri ongoing* 12:30-2:30pm Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. Must be age 55+.

* No class 4/26

Learn to use visual, contextual and environmental cues, preserving hearing and optimizing hearing aid performance. Class is divided into three groups by skill level. This class is offered in partnership with Foothill College. For more information contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Mon 4/8-6/28* 10:45am-4:45pm Free

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

* There is no charge for this class, but you must register for it through Foothill College. For a registration package, contact Julie Brown at [email protected] or 650.949.7103.

* No class 5/27 or 6/10.

We’ll focus on the Mah Jongg card, how to play successfully with it, and best strategies for switching hands. We’ll also devote time to improving strategy and helping you become a stronger player.

More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 4/9-5/14 10:00am-12:00pm $54 $60

CM = Full Center Member  SM = Social Member NM = Non-Member

Please note: This class was originally planned for November-December 2018, but has been rescheduled for April 9-May 14, 2019. For questions, contact [email protected].

This class is offered by Mission College at the JCC and is for ages 55+. The focus is on classical European and American music from various eras and in various forms. This isn’t your basic introductory  class on music listening — it’s a lot more. We’ll talk to musicians about their art, and hear live and recorded performances.  Learn to enjoy and appreciate music through active and guided listening.  Each week focuses on a stand-alone topic and is not dependent on prior sessions. No previous experience is required.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Wed ongoing* 11:00am-12:30pm Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member  NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register.

* No class 4/3

West Valley College also offers an Art History class every Wednesday from 1:00-2:30pm at the JCC.

 

This class with West Valley College instructor Jan Masters is inspired by the documentary film series directed by Ric Burns — an elegant, lyrical and compelling portrait of the greatest and most complex of cities. This class chronicles the history of New York from its founding in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its continuing pre-eminence as the cultural and economic capital of the world.

Presented in partnership with West Valley College.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Fri ongoing* 10:30am-12:30pm Free

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

This is a free, drop-in class. No need to register. Must be age 55+.

* No class 4/5, 4/26

You’re invited to join San Jose Opera Guild for the following lectures in the APJCC Auditorium. Admission $10. Free for Opera Guild and JCC members.

  • Monday, July 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Jake Heggie’s and Gene Scheer’s new opera, If I Were You.

For more information, contact [email protected].


The San Jose Opera Guild Lecture Series and Preview Performances are made possible, in part, by a gift from Judy & Warren Kaplan. 

Learn to paint in watercolor with instructor John Giannotti, vice president of the Los Gatos Art Association and an accomplished painter. Monday classes are for those who have already taken this course, or who are already familiar with watercolor. Wednesday classes are for beginners. Class sizes are limited to 10 serious students. Registration and more information: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME PER CLASS ENTIRE SERIES
Mon 5/6-6/10 5:00-7:00pm $22 $108
Wed 5/8-6/12 5:00-7:00pm $22 $108

CM = Full Center Member   SM = Social Member   NM = Non-Member

* Monday classes are for those who have already taken this course, or who are already familiar with watercolor. Wednesday classes are for beginners.

All APJCC programming for older adults is made possible, in part,  by a  generous grant from The Myra Reinhard Family Foundation. Continued Learning programs for older adults are made possible, in part, by the Corporate Alliance sponsorship of  Los Gatos Memorial Park & Darling-Fischer. The American Musical Theater program for seniors is made possible, in part, by a grant from Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust and the Corporate Alliance sponsorship of HearWell Audiology. All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Doris & Rick z”l Davis, and an Anonymous Donor.