Vintage Events, Spring OUT'ings and Update from Fred Salas
Chair Yoga for Seniors with Lori Wise, every Monday (for 8 weeks starting April 8), 2:00 PM at the Center; Free
Niles Canyon Railway Caboose Wildflower Excursion
Wednesday lunches continue, by reservation, as a County-supported subsidized nutrition program for seniors. Saturday brunches have evolved from a self-catered, through brown bag, and now deliciously catered meals by Tito Echevarria and his crew.
Recent speakers and discussions at the Wednesday lunches have addressed topics including: Legal and Financial Issues for LGBT seniors; Health Notes; Falls prevention; Social Security Update; The Political Conventions and Platforms; and a debate between two candidates for our District 26 representative. Senior bingo is scheduled on fifth Wednesdays. And an LGBT youth panel joined one luncheon.
Some recent Vintage trips were to: the NASA Aerospace Museum, including a speaker on the origins of the universe; a tour at the Moffett Airship museum led by a docent who had served at Moffett; special exhibits at the Santa Clara University Museum and at the Martin Luther King Library (Ted Sahl photographs); the Intel museum; a miniature golf expedition; and Hakone Garden and Rose Garden picnics.
Tai-Chi classes are held each Wednesday morning, and additional exercise classes for seniors are in development.
Vintage Council members for 2012-13 include: Christine Milly, BDF Board Liaison; Clay Wilson, Treasurer; Dee Merrick, Vice Chair; Fred Carter, BDF Treasurer; Ken Anderson, Saturday Program Coordinator; and Rick Kaplowitz, Chair.
The Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center Vintage Program provides nutritional lunches, emotional support groups, recreation and social activities, and educational programs for LGBT seniors aged 50 and above. These activities reduce social isolation for LGBT seniors and promote integration into the larger LGBT community and the San Jose Community as a whole.
The program consists of several different components. The premiere program is the Vintage Lunch program, which has provided a free or low cost nutritious lunch since October 2002. Participants meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11:30 AM for lunch followed by activities that focus on promoting wellness, supplying relevant and culturally appropriate information, and reducing isolation. These activities have included:
The Vintage Advisory Council acts to promote direction, guidance, and support in an ongoing effort to improve the Seniors Program. The Council meets every first and third Wednesday at 1:15 PM. Meetings are open to everyone; ideas and input are welcomed.
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