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San Jose Summer Calendar

Summer 2020
Online Activities Schedule
& General Information

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Vista Center – San Jose is a community-based organization dedicated to increasing the confidence, independence, and quality of life of the blind and visually impaired. We address complex vision loss issues comprehensively through rehabilitative, educational, and recreational services.
Our services, programs, and classes are available to all visually impaired adults living in Santa Clara County. One-on-one consults are by appointment. Online Services are available during Shelter at Home. Please call for more information.

Vista Center – San Jose Branch

101 North Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Monday – Thursday, 9 AM to 3 PM
The Center is closed to the public until the Shelter at Home orders have been lifted.

For More Information: Call 408-295-4016

Thanks to the The Health Trust/FASS, GOOGLE/WAYMO, State DOR/OIB Program, City of San Jose, Senior Nutrition Program, Los Gatos Lions, Hugh Stuart Charitable Trust, Peninsula Endowment Fund, Local Biz Network, Almaden SuperLions, our dedicated volunteers (Agency and In-Home) and our many donors and benefactors for supporting our programs and services.

 


Generous Sponsorship by  Google logo
                                                                                                     Waymo logo
                          ONLINE SERVICES OFFERINGS
For more information, contact the number listed for the group or call 408.295.4016 ext. 204. 

MONDAY

Mat Yoga  7 AM – 7:40AM (40 minutes)  
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health.   
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: No fee
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/738933639

TUESDAY

Mat Yoga  7 AM – 7:40AM (40 minutes)  
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health.   
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: No fee
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/738933639

LIVING WITH VISION LOSS 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Adaptive techniques for independence & daily living.
Leader: Vivian Younger     Fee: No Fee
Contact Vivian at 408-966-9299

Gentle Chair Yoga 4:30PM – 5:30PM (1 hour)
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health.  
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: No fee
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/795181770

WEDNESDAY

 Mat Yoga  7 AM – 7:40AM (40 minutes)  
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health.   
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: No fee
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/738933639

WEEKLY CLIENT COMMUNITY MEETING  10 AM - 11 AM
An open meeting held each Wednesday. Join us to stay up-to-date on our programs and activities and enjoy weekly speakers. Join the meeting at 9:45AM for a little social time before the meeting starts. Fee: No Fee
Contact: 408-295-4016 Ext 204

Mat Yoga  7 AM – 7:40AM (40 minutes)  
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health.   
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: No fee
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/738933639

ADJUSTMENT TO VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP 1PM – 2:30PM                   Trained rehabilitation counselors help clients adjust to their vision loss and discuss adaptive techniques for daily living. This course is done in 12-weeks, one session per week.  No fee.
Contact Vivian at 408-966-9299
SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM – HOME DELIVERY (monthly)
A nutritious meal is provided for low-income, underserved clients over 60 years old and their spouses. Suggested donation is $3.00 per lunch. For those under 60, the Fee is $9.00 for a lunch.           ***A bundle of 4 frozen meals and accompaniments are packaged and delivered to clients at home, monthly. Fees can be mailed to Vista Center San Jose or paid at a later date upon the Center’s re-opening.
BROWN BAG PROGRAM – HOME DELIVERY (bi-weekly)
A Brown Bag of groceries is available for low-income, underserved clients. The client must be pre-registered in the program.

THURSDAY

Mat Yoga  7 AM – 7:40AM (40 minutes)  
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health.   
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: No fee
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/738933639

Gentle Chair Yoga 4:30PM – 5:30PM (1 hour)
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health.  
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: No fee
Zoom https://zoom.us/j/795181770


MONTHLY SERVICES

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

SPANISH SUPPORT GROUP - MON 10AM – 12PM (2 hours)
3rd Monday of each month – July 17, August 21, September 18
Leader: John Faustino  Fee: No Fee
Contact Info: 650-858-0202 x128

CYPRESS SUPPORT GROUP – WED 10-11:30AM (90 minutes)
3rd Wednesday of the month – July 22, August 19, September 16
Leader: Sharon Hudson    Fee: No Fee
Teams Conference call: Sharon will call individuals to join

WORKING AGE SUPPORT GROUP  WED 11AM – 1PM (2 hours)
2nd Wednesday of the month – July 8, August 12, September 9
Leader: Sharon Hudson    Fee: No Fee
Teams Conference call: Sharon will call individuals to join

SOCIAL CONNEXUS PEER GROUP – FRI 1-2PM (1 hour)
Last Friday of the month – July 31, August 28, September 25
This is a client-focused, client led group
Leaders: Barbara Simas and Gabriela Aldana   Fee: No Fee
Contact Info: Gabriela at galdana78@gmail.com

 

ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY USER GROUPS

Join us for our Accessible Technology Sessions

 

Tech It Out with Vista

Come and join us on August 7th from 10:00 – 11:30 am for our first Tech it Out with Vista meeting. Using the Zoom platform, we will have a video presentation and discussion about Amazon’s Echo Show. We will hear about the features specifically designed for the visually impaired, such as the Show and Tell feature which allows the smart speaker's camera to recognize household pantry items. Users simply hold the item up to the display screen and ask, "Alexa, what am I holding?" and she will tell you what it is and other helpful information about the product. This is an exciting feature for all of us who are blind and visually impaired. We will have a special guest from Amazon, David Frerichs, Principal Solutions Engineer

To receive the Zoom meeting ID and password please RSVP to Bob Geyer: bobgeyer.vistacenter@gmail.com

Another Slice of APPle Pie

Join VCSJ’s venerable, one and only, Ernie Molina for our famous, fantastic and free monthly seminars on accessible technology, new apps, & more. Sessions will be online via Zoom until further notice. Contact Lisa at 408-295-4016 x202 or email lquan@vistacenter.org to be added to the mailing list.

 

Please RSVP by Wed prior before each session

Friday,          JULY 17              10 AM to 12 PM
Friday,          AUGUST 21         10 AM to 12 PM
Friday,          SEPTEMBER 18  10 AM to 12 PM

 

 

Movies Out of Sight!

Join us for Social Events & Films with Descriptive Narration

Join VCSJ’s Movie Focus Group as they review a popular movie, online from the comfort of your own home. Sign-up in advance. $5 fee waived until further notice. Contact Lisa at 408-295-4016 x202 or email lquan@vistacenter.org to be added to the mailing list. See you on Zoom at the Movies!

 

Friday,          JULY 17                     1 to 3 PM
Friday,          AUGUST 21                1 to 3 PM
Friday,          SEPTEMBER 18         1 to 3 PM

Movies out of Sight logo

 


SERVICES AND TRAINING CLASSES

All classes require pre-registration and fees must be paid by the first class. Most fee-based classes are offered by the quarter. For more information, call 408-295-4016 ext 204

ADAPTED LIVING SKILLS TRAINING  Classes (cooking, basic sewing, in-home by appt. only) are available.
ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Computer classes and low-technology solutions $30/Qtr. fee
COUNSELING
Individual and family counseling are available.
ORIENTATION & MOBILITY TRAINING
One-on-one training: proper cane use and guide techniques to increase mobility in the home and in the community.
BRAILLE INSTRUCTION   
Individualized instruction on reading braille.
INFORMATION & REFERRAL
Resource information on helpful products and services.
IN-HOME ASSISTANCE
Volunteers are available to help clients in their home, with reading and paperwork.
CCTV RENTAL PROGRAM
Check out CCTV’S as available, $25 per month fee. Call Lisa at 408.295.4016 x 202 for more info.
PEER SUPPORT GROUPS    
Facilitated support groups for independence & daily living.
CALL-IN TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The Ask-Ernie program is available to help clients in their home, with free Tuesday return calls for technical help with their devices.
RESOURCES
Resource materials, product catalogs, on-site Store with inventory  

SERVICES AND TRAINING CLASSES

All classes require pre-registration and fees must be paid by the first class. Most fee-based classes are offered by the quarter. For more information, call 408-295-4016 ext 204

ADAPTED LIVING SKILLS TRAINING  Classes (cooking, basic sewing, in-home by appt. only) are available.
ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Computer classes and low-technology solutions $30/Qtr. fee
COUNSELING
Individual and family counseling are available.
ORIENTATION & MOBILITY TRAINING
One-on-one training: proper cane use and guide techniques to increase mobility in the home and in the community.
BRAILLE INSTRUCTION  
Individualized instruction on reading braille.
INFORMATION & REFERRAL
Resource information on helpful products and services.
IN-HOME ASSISTANCE
Volunteers are available to help clients in their home, with reading and paperwork.
CC-TV RENTAL PROGRAM
Check out CCTV’S as available, $25 per month fee. Call Lisa at 408.295.4016 x 202 for more info.
PEER SUPPORT GROUPS    
Facilitated support groups for independence & daily living.
CALL-IN TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The Ask-Ernie program is available to help clients in their home, with free Tuesday return calls for technical help with their devices.
RESOURCES
Resource materials, product catalogs, on-site Store with inventory