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.

Study the development of painting, sculpture, and other visual arts around the world. 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 9/19, 12/19, 12/26

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

Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and how to deal with aggressive drivers. Attendance for the entire class is required in order to receive an AARP Certificate which can provide a deduction on your auto insurance premiums to good drivers 50+. 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 previously but need to renew their certification.

DAY DATES TIME AARP / Non-AARP Member
Wed 8/22** 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*
Wed 10/3, 10/10 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*
Wed 12/12** 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].

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

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.

* Current Events doesn’t meet on 9/11, 9/25, 10/2, 10/25, 12/25, 1/1.

The JCC periodically offers ballroom dance classes for adults. For details, see the Adult Dance Classes web page.

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 ($10 at the door). 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.

If you would like to register and pay online in advance, you can fill out an online registration form.

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.

Friday, August 24: Piano music with Sue Matthias
Sue has enjoyed playing the piano for over 60 years. She’s played at Nordstrom in Palo Alto and Valley Fair and still plays at Filoli Gardens for special events. She accompanies “The Skylark Singers” when they perform in the area too. This year’s performance will include a couple of standard piano solos (to warm up the fingers) and then Sue will lead a “creative” sing-along of music from 3 top musicals of our time: “My Fair Lady,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Fiddler on the Roof”! (Lyrics Sheets are provided!) Play the part of Professor Higgins…. or Maria…or Topal! Let your voices be heard…. come join the fun!

Friday, September 28: “The Museum in Your Attic” with Roslyn Sholin
Creative Director, Public Speaker and Family Historian, Roslyn has created an exhibit entitled “My Attic, Your Story–An Immigrant’s Journey.” “Fate has chosen me to be a tour guide into the past,” Roslyn says. “I am the granddaughter who inherited a family house, a living, breathing museum. I excavated decades of forgotten materials and learned about world history, language and family. With 150 years of family history, a rich tapestry shows the arc of immigration, assimilation and acculturation.” Learn Roslyn’s story and hear how you can find “the museum in your attic.”

Friday, October 19: The JCC, in partnership with San Jose Opera Guild, presents Lunch with West Bay Opera
Please note different time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Join us as West Bay Opera’s General Director Jose Luis Moscovich talks about their 62nd season of bringing opera to the Bay Area. He’ll entice us with stories of the season’s fabulous offerings. Then be enthralled by artists as they perform some of the season’s most memorable pieces. Followed by lunch with Director Moscovich, members of the Guild, and opera fans.

Friday, November 16: Be Ready, Senior Preparedness!
Do you know what to do when the “Big One” hits? We face unique risks in the Bay Area: earthquakes, wild fires, and floods, to name just a few. Taking a little time now to be prepared can give you peace of mind and eliminate stress. Join us for lunch and get direction and tips from the Santa Clara County Fire Department. Learn what you can do today to weather the storm tomorrow.

Friday, December 7: Hanukkah Celebration with Grandkids
This lunch will be a special treat. Bring your grandchildren to celebrate with you. It’s the 5th day of Hanukkah and what better way to celebrate than a lunch with Latkes, Applesauce, Candle Lighting, Songs, Dreidel Games, and a Cookie Decorating Contest. We’ll have a special performance from the Yavneh Choir. Come join in the celebration.

 


 

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 9:15-10:30am. Free. Must register in advance.

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


Upcoming Grandpals Shabbat dates for the 2018-19 school year: 9/14*, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 5/3, and 5/17.

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

* The 9/14 meeting is at a different time, 10:30am-12:00pm. The 9/14 meeting is a “Meet and Greet” orientation event for the Grandpals only, without the preschoolers.

Learn about the origins of archaeology and innovations in recent years that are changing our view of the past. 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 11/23, 12/21, 12/28

Meet William Shakespeare! Learn about the times he lived in and how that influenced his work. Weekly lectures and DVDs with West Valley College instructor Jan Masters. This class is offered in partnership with West Valley.

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 11/23, 12/21, 12/28

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 9/24-12/10* 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 9/24 or 10/1; we will meet on Wed 9/26 and Wed 10/1 instead.

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

You’ll learn to identify the tiles, complete the Charleston and basic strategies for playing the game.

For questions, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 10/9-11/13 10:00am-12:00pm $54 $60
Tue 1/8-2/12 10:00am-12:00pm $54 $60

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

This class, which was originally scheduled for 11/27-12/18, has been cancelled. For questions, contact [email protected].

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM
Tue 11/27-12/18 CANCELLED

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

This class is offered by Mission College at the JCC and is for ages 55+. 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 9/19, 12/19, 12/26

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

 

Join us for a trip through American Musical Theater. You’ll be singing along to tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Berlin, and Sondheim. This trip down memory lane is a special treat for those who came of age in these golden years.  You’ll be entertained and moved while learning the history of iconic composers and lyricists and the stories that made them part of the American Musical experience. Instructors are Stephen S. Gill, Elizabeth “Feeta” Bishop, and Nancy Bloomer Deussen. Purchase the season at $50 per person or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per performance.

Dates: American Musical Theater will return in January 2019. It will run on the third Tuesday of each month from January 15 through May 21, 2019.

For more information, contact [email protected].


Each class meets from 3:00-4:30pm. Cost is $10 ($5 for JCC members).

To register, contact [email protected].

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.

You’re invited to join San Jose Opera Guild for the following lectures in the APJCC Auditorium on selected Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Admission $10. Free for Opera Guild and JCC members.

  • Aug 29: Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci, with Kip Cranna
  • Sept 5: Roberto Devereux, with Deborah Rosengaus
  • Oct 10: Arabella, with Simon Williams
  • Nov 14: It’s a Wonderful Life, with Gene Scheer

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. More info: [email protected]

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Mon* 10/8-11/12 5:00-7:00pm $108/series or $22/class
Wed* 10/10-11/14 5:00-7:00pm $108/series or $22/class

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.