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San Jose Fall Calendar

Fall 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/94778182537
Meeting ID: 947 7818 2537
Passcode: 200321

CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING)  9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is a participant responsibility. Instructor:  Angel     Fee: $40/Qtr. ($20 fall only)
Class is at Vista Center San Jose
CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING)  12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is a participant responsibility. Instructor:  Angel     Fee: $40/Qtr. ($20 fall only)
Class is at Vista Center San Jose

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/94778182537
Meeting ID: 947 7818 2537
Passcode: 200321

LIVING WITH VISION LOSS 1 PM – 3 PM
Adaptive techniques for independence & daily living.
Leader: Vivian Younger      Fee: No Fee
Contact Vivian at 408-966-9299
CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING)  9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is a participant responsibility. Instructor:  Angel     Fee: $40/Qtr. ($20 fall only)
Class is at Vista Center San Jose
CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING)  12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is a participant responsibility. Instructor:  Angel     Fee: $40/Qtr. ($20 fall only)
Class is at Vista Center San Jose

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/94778182537
Meeting ID: 947 7818 2537
Passcode: 200321

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/94778182537
Meeting ID: 947 7818 2537
Passcode: 200321

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

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/94778182537
Meeting ID: 947 7818 2537
Passcode: 200321

ADJUSTMENT TO VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP 1PM – 3PM   
Trained rehabilitation counselors help clients adjust to their vision loss and discuss adaptive techniques for daily living. This course is done in 15 weeks, one session per week.  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/94778182537
Meeting ID: 947 7818 2537
Passcode: 200321

MONTHLY SERVICES

SUPPORT GROUPS

SPANISH SUPPORT GROUP - MON 10AM – 12PM (2 hours)
3rd Monday of each month – Oct 29, Nov 16, Dec 21
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 – Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 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 – Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9
Leader: Sharon Hudson     Fee: No Fee
Teams Conference call: Sharon will call individuals to join

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP  SAT 10AM – 12PM (2 hours)
2nd Saturday of the month – Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12
Leader: Vivian Younger      Fee: No Fee
Contact Vivian at 408-966-9299
SOCIAL CONNEXUS PEER GROUP – FRI 1-2PM (1 hour)
4th Friday of the month – October 23, November 13, December 11
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

Join Vista Center’s Accessible Technology Specialists for this new virtual discussion group focused on technology training. There will be a wide variety of topics covered in the months to come. Sessions will be online via Zoom. RSVP to Bob Geyer at 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,          OCTOBER 16      10 AM to 12 PM
Friday,          NOVEMBER 20   10 AM to 12 PM
Friday,          DECEMBER 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,          OCTOBER 16             1 to 3 PM
Friday,          NOVEMBER 20          1 to 3 PM
Friday,          DECEMBER 18          1 to 3 PM

Movies out of Sight logo

 

BOOK CLUBS

 

Get an Earful Book Club
Monday, October 12
10:00–11:30 AM
Led by Patrice Maginnis
We will discuss: "Between the World and Me," by Ta Nehisi Coates; and "Red Head By the Side of the Road," by Anne Tyler. If you are interested in joining us, RSVP to Patrice at
pmaginnis.vistacenter@gmail.com, or call (831) 458-9766.

VISTA BOOK CLUB – THURS 1:30 – 3PM (90 minutes)
Thursdays – Oct 22, Nov 19, Dec 17
Leader: John Lang     Fee: No Fee
Contact John Lang at johnglang@aol.com or 650-344-8600.


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