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https://asoft8298.accrisoft.com/svjcc/clientuploads/adults/Jewbilee class 2.JPGThe 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 cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462.


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

Financial assistance is available to attend these programs, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

JCC programs for adults include:

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 sponsorships of  Los Gatos Memorial Park & Darling-Fischer and MOORE Buick GMC.


 

Art History/Selected Topics (ages 55+)

Study the development of painting, sculpture, and other visual arts around the world. Currently we are focusing on the period before 1500 CE. 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 Mission College at the JCC.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Wed Fall session 9/30-12/13 1:00-2:30pm FREE
Wed Winter session 1/3-1/24 1:00-2:30pm FREE
Wed Spring session 2/6-5/16 1:00-2:30pm FREE

* No classes 12/20 and 12/27


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

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

 

AARP Safe Driver Course

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 a DMV 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 Member Non-AARP
Tue 10/11, 10/18  9:00am-1:30pm $15* $20*
Tue  12/5** 9:00am-1:30pm $15* $20*
Mon 1/29, 2/5 9:00am-1:30pm $15* $20*
Wed 3/7 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 December 5 class and the March 7 class is a one-day refresher course for those who have previously taken the class and obtained the certificate, and need to renew it.

To sign up, email cherie@apjcc.org.


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Current Events

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/SM/NM
Tue ongoing 10:15-11:30am Free

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

 

Fitness Classes

The JCC offers more than 90 group fitness classes each week. These classes are free for Full Center Members. Social Members pay a $15 day pass fee and non-members pay a $25 day pass fee. Stop at the Service Desk in the JCC lobby on your way to class to check in.

Some group fitness classes are especially accessible if you are looking for low-impact exercise, including:

  • Chair Yoga. This is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair. Suitable for older adults or for anyone with limited mobility. Class is held every Monday and Thursday from 10:30am-11:30am. Watch a video of our Chair Yoga class in action!
  • Light and Easy. This low-impact aerobics class is light on the joints and easy to follow. Simple choreographed movement patterns emphasize a full range of motion. 
  • Zumba Basics. This class takes modifies Zumba moves and pace to suit the needs of a mature audience and anyone wanting a slower pace. What stays the same are all the elements Zumba is known for: zesty Latin music, easy-to-follow moves, and an invigorating atmosphere. 
  • Aqua Fit. This is a non-impact aerobic workout in the JCC's heated outdoor swimming pool.
  • Gentle Yoga. Incorporates asanas (poses) in a slow, meditative, and calm yoga practice. Can accommodate those with reduced mobility or limitations.  

For times and more information, see the Group Fitness Schedule.

 

Dance Parties

Sunday Afternoon Dance Party
Sunday, February 18, 3:00-5:00pm

Join your friends and make some new ones.  We’ll swing to the tunes of the Los Gatos Saratoga Big Band. Light refreshments included.

 $10 per person, RSVP by February 14 to cherie@apjcc.org. 

This dance is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley

Click here for photos of our August 2017 dance.

 

 

Friday Film Class (ages 55+)

This exciting new class will combine the history of film with the joy of movie watching.  Join Instructor Jan Masters from Mission College every Friday.  10:00am-12:00pm Lecture, 12:00-12:30pm Brown Bag Lunch, and 12:30-2:00pm movie screening. We'll start this series with an in-depth discussion of the movies of Mel Brooks. An actor, writer, producer, director, comedian and composer, Mel Brooks is known as the creator of broad film farces and comic parodies. This class is offered in partnership with Mission College Older Adult Programs. It is Free and open to the public.

Movie Screening dates include:

DATES TIME

CM/SM/NM

MOVIE

Friday 12/1 Lecture 10:00am
Movie Screening 12:30pm
Free Blazing Saddles
Friday 12/8 Lecture 10:00am
Movie Screening 12:30pm
Free High Anxiety
Friday 12/15* Lecture 10:00am
Movie Screening 12:30pm
See note* Young Frankenstein

*The 12/15 event is part of our Friday Lunch program for ages 55+, and includes lunch. Please bring a gift card with a $10 value for fire damaged sections of California in exchange for lunch and the movie.

 

Friday Lunches (ages 55+)

A once-clientuploads/adults/Shabbat Lunch.JPGa-month get-together on Fridays from 12:00-2:00pm in the APJCC Auditorium. 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). 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.

Upcoming dates include:

  • November 17 - Gary Richards, "Mr. Roadshow" from the Mercury News
  • December 15 - Film: "Young Frankenstein"
  • January 26 - entertainment TBA
  • February 23 - entertainment TBA
  • March 23 - entertainment TBA


APJCC monthly Senior Shabbat Luncheons are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Milton and Sophie Meyer Fund.

 

 

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Grandpals Shabbat (ages 55+)

Help explore and impart our rich traditions to our APJCC Preschool children.  Join us monthly through out the school year for storytelling, art, songs and Shabbat to connect the generations. This program runs during the school year, on selected Fridays from 9:00am-10:30am. Free. Must register in advance.

Upcoming Grandpals Shabbat dates: 11/3, 11/17,12/1, 1/5,1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11

For more information, please contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@apjcc.org.

 
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 sponsorships of Los Gatos Memorial Park & Darling-Fischer and MOORE Buick GMC.

 

Judaics

The JCC's Center for Jewish Life and Learning offers a variety of classes and lectures on Jewish topics. See www.apjcc.org/jplace.

 

 

Lip Reading

Classes are designed to significantly improve word understanding, especially in background noise. Both non-hearing aid users and hearing aid wearers can benefit from  the class. Topics include learning to use visual, contextual and environmental cues, preserving hearing and optimizing hearing aid performance. This class is provided in partnership with Foothill College. More info: hear@gizmology.com

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Mon 9/25-12/11 10:45am-4:45pm FREE*
Mon 1/8-3/26 10:45am-3:30pm FREE*

* There is no charge for this class, but you must register for it through Foothill College. For a registration package, contact Julie Brown at brownjulie@fhda.edu or 650.949.7103.

 

 

Mah Jongg

Intermediate Mah Jongg
This class will focus on how to successfully play the 2017 Mah Jongg card: best strategies for choosing a hand, switching hands, and understanding how a hand must be played for winning results. Experienced instructor Janine Ramonda will teach you to play with the card according to the rules of the National Mah Jongg League.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM 
Tue 10/3-11/7 10:00am-12:00pm $54 $60



 

Beginning Mah Jongg
Learn to play Mah Jongg. Instructor Janine Ramonda will teach beginners how to identify the tiles and play with the card according to the rules of the National Mah Jongg League. 

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM NM 
Tue 1/23-3/27 10:00am-12:00pm $54 $60

 

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Mah Jongg: Drop-in

Card tables are available in the JCC’s main lobby for your convenience, on a first-come first-served basis. Activity rooms are also available for game play on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-3:00pm where you can play Mah Jongg, Canasta, Bridge, Chess, and more. Activity Room play is  free for JCC members,a $5 donation is requested from non-members. If you are interested in playing in a regular Tuesday  group, contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462.

Mah Jongg Tournament

Sunday, December 3, 9:00am-3:00pm
The JCC and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley are joining together to host this year’s Annual Mah Jongg Tournament.  Open to novices and mavens alike. There will be coffee and nosh (snacks) in the morning and lunch in the afternoon.  $54 per person. Register online at giving.jvalley.org/mahjongg 

  

Music Appreciation (age 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. Currently we are focusing on American Music. 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 Mission College at the JCC.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Wed Fall session 9/30-12/13 11:00am-12:30pm FREE
Wed Winter session 1/3-1/24 11:00am-12:30pm FREE
Wed Spring session 2/6-5/16 11:00am-12:30pm FREE

* No classes  12/20 and 12/27

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

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

 

American Musical Theater, Composers, and Lyricists

This class will resume in January 2018. 

Come along and 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.

Join  instructor Stephen S. Gill, Elizabeth "Feeta" Bishop, and Nancy Bloomer Deussen. You’ll be entertained while learning  history about composers, lyricists, and their music.  

Performances are the third Tuesday of each month (no class in fall 2017; classes resume in January 2018). Purchase the season at $50  per person or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 per performance.

DAY DATE TIME TOPIC CM/SM/NM
Tue 1/16 3:00-4:30pm S'Wonderful, The life and music of George Gershwin $10
Tue 2/20 3:00-4:30pm The Redemption of Jerome Robbins, "Fiddler on the Roof" $10
Tue 3/20 3:00-4:30pm Irving Berlin's "America" $10
Tue 4/17 3:00-4:30pm "Simply Sinatra." The Loneliness of the Long Distant Singer $10
Tue 5/15 3:00-4:30pm "Harold Who." The Life and Music of Harold Arlen $10
Tue 6/19 3:00-4:30pm Steven Sondheim $10

* RSVP to events@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462.

 

All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris & Rick Davis, and an anonymous donor. The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.

 

 

Monthly Lecture Series: "WHO'S TALKING" and "HOW'S THAT WORK"

Come hear timely and educational speakers on a wide range of topics from health care to travel, and Twitter to iPads.  Information promoting each lecture will be available in advance of each specific speaker. FREE for members and non-members. Contact Cherie Ravel at cherie@apjcc.org or 408.357.7462 for details

  

Opera Lectures (in partnership with San Jose Opera Guild)

These lectures are about operas that are coming up at the San Francisco Opera.

Each meeting is from 10:00am-12:00 noon.

  • Wednesday, November 8, Manon by Jules Massenet (Lecturer: Timothy Flynn)
  • Wednesday, November 15, Girls of the Golden West by John Adams and Peter Sellars (Lecturer: Kip Cranna)

No need to register. Admission is free for JCC members and Opera Guild members; $10 for non-members. Please pay at the door. 

The San Jose Opera Guild Lecture Series and Preview Performances are made possible, in part, by a gift from Judy & Warren Kaplan. All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris & Rick Davis, and Bill Lister. 

 

Watercolor Classes

We are delighted to continue the successful watercolor painting classes from last year. Learn watercolor techniques with artist John Giannotti. John is vice president of the Los Gatos Art Association and an accomplished painter.

Class size is limited to 10 serious students.

DAY DATES TIME CM/SM/NM
Wed 10/25-11/29 5:00-7:00pm $22 per class or $108 for the series

All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris and Rick z"l Davis, and an anonymous donor.

 

 

 

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