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 11/21, 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 may 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 within the past 3 years but need to renew their certification.

DAY DATES TIME AARP / Non-AARP Member
Wed 12/12** 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*
Wed 1/16, 1/23 9:00am-1:30pm $15*/$20*
Wed 3/6** 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. (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: $10 per person, per month, payable at the door.

JANUARY 15:  1950’S , PART ONE:  WHEN BROADWAY RULED
In the 1950’s Broadway musicals were a major part of American popular culture.  Songs from Broadway musicals were often on top of the charts.  Broadway put on a record number of new innovative musicals.  They still form the core of the musical theater repertory.  In Part One, we highlight the stars, directors, and composers of such great musicals as “Guys and Dolls,” “King and I,”Kismet,” Peter Pan,” “Pajama Game,” “My Fair Lady,” and others.

FEBRUARY 19:  1950’s, PART TWO WHEN BROADWAY RULED
Though rock and roll began to share pop culture musically with Broadway , the Golden Age of Musical Theater continued with the  Rodgers and Hammerstein formula of stories told with wit and heart.  Featured are highlights from “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,”” Music Man,” “The Sound of Music,” and others.

MARCH 19:  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.

APRIL 16:  1970’s, A NEW “GOLDEN AGE”
This decade brought the “concept” musical (for example, “Chorus Line”) .  Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber waged war: a battle of titans that would go on for the next four decades.  With the exception of “Grease,” the rock musical faded, replaced by Webber’s rock operas (“Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita”). Sondheim produced “Company,” “Follies,” “A Little Night Music,”  and “Sweeney Todd” during the 70’s.  Then there was “Chorus Line.” There were also the more conventional book musicals (“Annie”} that found success.  But Broadway fortunes were turning again.  A volatile economy and higher production costs created a battle for the soul of Broadway between two musical forces.

MAY 21: 1980’s, THE BRITS AND THE NEW MARKETING OF BROADWAY
In 1982, the musical “Cats,” composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and directed by Trevor Nunn, reshaped the Broadway musical.  It was high tech, aerobic dancing and heavy duty marketing. Cats logos appeared on everything from baseball caps to stuffed toys.  Money was often the primary motive.  Mega musicals were in with their high tech, special effects, stage hydraulics,and pop rhythms.  “Les Miz,” “Starlight Express,” and “Phantom of the Opera,” ran for years. Meanwhile, Stephen Sondheim quietly created “‘Into the Woods.”  Battle on.


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.

* 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, 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.

Starting in January, lunches will follow the theme of“Living Your Best Life.” Following a healthy lunch you’ll hear from specialist in their field, on topics that will affect your life—specialists in health, real estate, nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical, and more. Details coming soon.

 


 

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 Cyndi Sherman at [email protected].


Upcoming Grandpals Shabbat dates for the 2018-19 school year: 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 Cyndi Sherman at [email protected].

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, 11/30, 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 through 12/14* 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+.

* The last day of this class will be December 14. In January we’ll be starting a new class at this time: “New York: An American Experience.”

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 1/7-3/25 * 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

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+. 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 11/21, 12/19, 12/26

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, starting 1/11/19 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+.

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.

  • 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.