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Winter 2020
Activities Schedule
& General Information

VIew March Schedule

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. Please call for more information.
Core rehabilitative services are provided at no fee or sliding scale. Recreational/Therapeutic offerings are free or at a nominal fee.

Vista Center – San Jose Branch

101 North Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Monday – Thursday, 9 AM to 3 PM
Cross Streets: West San Carlos and Naglee (Forest Ave)
Bus #61 & 62 stops on Bascom Ave. in front of the Center.
Bus #23 stops on Forest & also San Carlos/Stevens Creek.

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.

 


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SERVICES AND TRAINING CLASSES

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  
EDUCATION & RECREATION OFFERINGS
Registration fees are due by the first class. Classes require sign-ups and occur quarterly. For more information, contact 408.295.4016 ext. 204.  

MONDAY

GET FIT WALK  9 AM - 10 AM  (ON HIATUS)
Meets at Oakridge Mall for a vigorous, group walk to improve health & fitness & joint mobility. Leaders:   No Fee
CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING) 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is a participant responsibility. Instructor:  Angel     Fee: $40/Qtr.

BEGINNER YOGA  11 AM - 12 PM   
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises promoting health. Wear comfortable clothing. 
Instructor/School:  Yoga Bharati  Fee: $5/Qtr.
INTERMEDIATE TAI CHI  12:15 PM – 1:15 PM   
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, basic body posture, and slow movement exercises promoting health. Wear comfortable clothing. 
Instructor/School:  Nick  Fee: $5/Qtr.
BEGINNER TAI CHI  1:30 PM – 2:30 PM   
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, basic body posture, and slow movement exercises promoting health. Wear comfortable clothing. 
Instructor/School:  Nick  Fee: $5/Qtr.
COOKING WITHOUT LOOKING 12:30 PM – 2 PM  (ON HIATUS)
Learn about cutting, measuring, mixing, stove and oven use and fun in the kitchen! Instructor:  Staff    Fee $35/session (5 weeks)

TUESDAY

MALL WALKING  9 AM - 10:30 AM (ON HIATUS)
Group walks at Valley Fair Mall. Lead: Tom   No Fee
Tuesday (continued)
CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING)  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is a participant responsibility. Instructor:  Angel     Fee: $40/Qtr.
BASIC SEWING SKILLS  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM  (ON HIATUS)
Sewing skills to create a small item of your own or join in to help with group sewing projects. Sewing machines and an iron are set up for your use. Instructor: Carol    Fee $5/Qtr.

WING CHUN KUNG FU  11:00 AM - 12 PM    (ON HIATUS)
Basic Kung Fu skills to help with strength, flexibility, balance and direction-focusing for self-defense. Instructor: Ken Fee $10/Qtr.

BEGINNER ZUMBA GOLD  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
An energized, low-impact, Zumba for active older adults or those physically limited. Uses Latin styles of music & dance to improve endurance, flexibility and cardio: Tamara  Fee W/Socks $20/Qtr.

WEDNESDAY

WEEKLY CLIENT COMMUNITY MEETING  10 AM - 11 AM
An open meeting held each Wednesday in the auditorium. Join us to stay up-to-date on our programs and activities and enjoy weekly speakers. No Fee
EXERCISE CLASS  11 AM - 11:30 AM
Meets after the Client Community Meeting. Slow stretching and low impact exercises adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Lead: Tom   No Fee
ADJUSTMENT TO VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP 11AM-12PM                   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

 

Wednesday (continued)

CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING) 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is a participant responsibility. Instructor:  Angel     Fee: $40/Qtr.

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS SUPPORT GROUP (by arrangement) Facilitated by Vivian Younger, author of “A Guide to Independence for the Visually Impaired and Their Families.” No Fee

 

SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM LUNCH 12PM- 12:30 PM
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.           ***All orders must be placed by the preceding Monday.

ACCESSIBLE BINGO  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Braille and large print cards. Regular games and blackout. No Fee

LIVING WITH VISION LOSS 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Adaptive techniques for independence & daily living. No Fee

SMOKING CESSATION ASSISTANCE
A quarterly workshop and weekly support are available to help those wishing to learn more about how to quit smoking. No Fee
WEDNESDAY BIRTHDAYS & BOARDGAME GROUPS
We celebrate birthdays on the last Wednesday of each month by providing birthday cake! And, we play scrabble and other games on demand one each Wednesday! All are welcome to join the fun!

 

THURSDAYS

SOCIAL OUTINGS     (Sign-up required)
*The Second Thursday of the month we facilitate social-brunch gatherings to different eateries. See our Monthly Calendar listings.
FIELDTRIP OUTINGS       (Sign-up required)
*The Fourth Thursday of the month we have an outing to exciting & fun locations & enhance client health. See our Monthly Calendar listings. *Actual dates vary per scheduling/availability.

Another Slice of APPle Pie

Join us for our Accessible Technology Sessions

Join VCSJ’s venerable, one and only, Ernie Molina for our famous, fantastic and free monthly seminars on accessible technology, new apps, & more. See you, all, here!

Please RSVP the Wed. prior before either session

Friday,          JANUARY 17              10 AM to 12 PM
Friday,          FEBRUARY 21           10 AM to 12 PM
Friday,          MARCH 20                 10 AM to 12 PM

AND THEN

       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. Sign-up in advance. $5 fee for refreshments. See you all here!

 

Friday,          JANUARY 17                     1 To 3 PM
Friday,          FEBRUARY 21                  1 To 3 PM
Friday,          MARCH 20                        1 To 3 PM

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