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.

Please note, the August and November courses are full.

DAY DATES TIME AARP / Non-AARP Member
Tue 8/20, 8/27 9:00am-1:30pm The August class is full.
Wed 9/25** 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*
Wed 11/13, 11/20 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].

In this series of 1 hour bio-musicals you’ll learn the stories and enjoy the tunes of some of our favorite Broadway Shows.

Day & Time:  Dates for 2020 are TBA.
Admission: $5 per person, per month, payable at the door.


More information: [email protected]

Learn to play from our local canasta experts. Tina Levenfeld and Ruth Litwin have years of experience teaching and playing this popular card game. They will donate their time to teach you to play.

To register, please fill out a Registration Form.

For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIMES CM/SM NM
Thu 9/5-10/10 10:30am-12:00pm $42 $50

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

Explore memoir, short story, or poetry writing in a relaxed and friendly environment. All levels of experience are welcome, with no requirement to write! Tell your stories, receive feedback (optional), and join us for optional writing exercises and discussion. This class is offered in partnership with Foothill College. Instructor is writer/artist Patty Myall.

For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATE TIME CM/SM/NM
Thu 9/26-12/12* 2:00-3:30pm*** Free

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

* Meet the instructor and learn about the class on Thu 8/29 from 2:00-3:00pm. Free.

** You must register for the Creative Writing class through Foothill College. For a registration package, contact Julie Brown at [email protected] or 650.949.7103.

*** Please note: We originally advertised that this class would meet from 2:30-4:00pm each week, but the time has been changed to 2:00-3:30pm.

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.

* No meeting 10/1, 10/15, 10/22

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:
July 19
August 23
September 27
October 25
November 22

July 19:  Gait and Balance
Do you find yourself walking slower than you used to? Did you know walking speed can be an indicator of how good your balance is? Learn how age affects your balance, how to improve your balance and speed, and how to be more active AND safer.

August 23: A Yiddish World Documentary, with Jan Masters
We’ll view a 2002 Emmy-award-winning documentary by Andrew Goldberg that uses archival photographs, never-before-seen archival videos, and survivor testimony to reconstruct the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe, which were destroyed by the Holocaust. With instructor Jan Masters.

September 27: West Bay Opera Season Overview
The West Bay Opera has been bringing the performing arts to Palo Alto and the Peninsula for six decades. General Director José Luis Moscovich will give an overview of the 2019-20 season.


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.

Upcoming Grandpals Shabbat dates for the 2019-20 school year: 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/15, 12/6, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 2/28, 3/13, 3/27, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22.

You’re also invited to join us for the kickoff program (Grandpals only) on 9/13 from 10:30am-12:00pm.

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

Examine the history of art in the United States from Colonial Times to the Present with a variety of DVDs to view and discuss with particular emphasis on the Hudson River School, Impressionism in America, and the California Landscape Tradition. With instructor Jan Masters. No previous experience is required. This drop-in class is presented in partnership with West Valley College.

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 8/21, 10/9.

An exploration of the history of music with a focus of the 20th Century. From Debussy to Dvorak, Stravinsky to Stockhausen and much in between, with instructor Jan Masters. No previous experience is required. This class is presented in partnership with West Valley College.

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 8/21, 10/9

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

 

Please note: This class has been cancelled for Fall 2019.

Discover little known historical details of American history through treasures in the collections of the Smithsonian museums. With instructor Jan Masters. No previous experience is required. This class is presented in partnership with West Valley College. For ages 55+.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Fri CANCELLED 10:30am-12:00 noon 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+.

 

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 9/23-12/9* 10:30-4:30pm** Free**

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

* No class 9/30, 10/14, 10/21

** Beginning class meets 10:30am-12:00 noon, Intermediate class meets 1:00-3:00pm, Advanced class meets 3:00-4:30pm.

*** 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.

 

Learn how to play Mah Jongg according to the rules of the National Mah Jongg League.

To register, please fill out a Registration Form.

For more information, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Wed 10/16-11/20 10:00am-12:00pm $54 $60

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

Class size limited to 10 people.

Please note: This class has been cancelled for Fall 2019.

Learn about the amazing diversity of natural wonder around the world with instructor Jan Masters. This class is presented in partnership with West Valley College. For ages 55+.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Fri CANCELLED 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 8/23, 11/29

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.

  • Mon, July 22, 7:30pm-9:30pm: Jake Heggie’s and Gene Scheer’s new opera, If I Were You.
  • Wed, August 28, 10:00am-12:00 noon: Romeo and Juliet (Gounod). Speaker: Timothy Flynn.
  • Wed, September 4,10:00am-12:00 noon: Billy Budd (Britten). Speaker: Jonathan Khuner.
  • Wed, October 23,10:00am-12:00 noon: Manon Lescaut (Puccini). Speaker: Roger Pines.
  • Wed, November 6,10:00am-12:00 noon: Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck). Speaker: Simon Williams.

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. 

Travel with instructor Jan Masters to various places in historic and modern times. Each session includes watching a DVD and discussion. Look at the Gilded Age of the late 19th century in the USA, enjoy the sights of Venice, Paris, London, and the Loire Valley, and other visit other favorite destinations. This class is presented in partnership with West Valley College.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Wed ongoing* 2:30-3:45pm 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 8/21, 10/9

Learn to paint in watercolor with instructor John Giannotti, vice president of the Los Gatos Art Association and an accomplished painter. Class sizes are limited to 10 serious students.

To register, please fill out a Registration Form.

More information: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME PER CLASS ENTIRE SERIES
Mon 10/28-12/9* 5:00-7:00pm $22 $108

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

* No class 11/25

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.