Santa Clara Valley Blind Center
www.VisionBeyondSight.org
Spring 2014
Activities Schedule
and General Information
 
SCVBC is a community-based organization dedicated to increasing the confidence, independence, and quality of life of the blind and visually impaired. SCVBC tackles complex vision loss issues comprehensively through rehabilitative, educational, and recreational services.

Our services, activities, and classes are available to all visually impaired adults living in Santa Clara County. One-on-one assistance is available, but limited.

Most services, activities and classes are free. Subsidies may be available for those who need financial assistance.


Santa Clara Valley Blind Center
101 North Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Monday - Friday, 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.


Call 408-295-4016 for more information

Thanks to the Cities of San Jose, Santa Clara and Mountain View, The Health Trust, Senior Nutrition Program/County of Santa Clara, California Communications Access Foundation, CopyLand, Local Biz Network, and our many donors and benefactors for supporting our programs and services.

SERVICES AND TRAINING CLASSES


ADAPTED LIVING SKILLS TRAINING (English & Spanish)
Classes and one-on-one in-home training are available.

ACCESS TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Computer classes and low-technology solutions $30 per Qtr.

COUNSELING (English & Spanish)
Individual and family counseling are available.

PEER SUPPORT GROUPS (English & Spanish)

ORIENTATION & MOBILITY TRAINING
One-on-one training: proper cane use and guide techniques to increase mobility in the home and in the community.

IN-HOME ASSISTANCE
Volunteers are available to help clients in their home, with reading and paperwork.

BRAILLE INSTRUCTION

INFORMATION & REFERRAL
Resource information on helpful products and services

RESOURCES
Resource materials, product catalogs

LONG-TERM ACCESS EQUIPMENT LOAN PROGRAM
Check out CCTV’S as available, $20 per month. Please call Dawn Haskin at 408.295.4016 x202 for more info.

ESL (SPANISH)
Every Wednesday 9-10:30 a.m. $5/Qtr.
 
EDUCATION & RECREATION ACTIVITIES

Registration fees are due by the first class. Scholarships may be available. Classes require sign-ups and occur quarterly. For more information, contact 408.295.4016 ext. 204.

MONDAY

GET FIT WALK 9 AM -10 AM
Meets at Oakridge Mall for a vigorous, group walk to improve cardiovascular & muscular endurance, & joint mobility. Leaders: Arnold & Gina Chew. Free

CERAMICS I (HANDBUILDING) 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Participants create their own projects. Clean up is the responsibility of the participant. Cost: $30/Qtr.
Instructor: Lee Morgan

GARDENING GROUP 11 AM - 12 PM
Participants will enjoy the therapeutic benefits of maintaining a garden of vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

BEGINNER YOGA 12 PM - 1 PM
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises. Wear comfortable clothing. Cost: $5/Qtr.


TUESDAY

MALL WALKING 9 AM -10:30 AM
Group walks at Valley Fair Mall. Leader: Tom Keiser. Free

SEWING, QUILTING, AND NEEDLEWORK 10 AM -12 PM
Join a group project, or get help with a project of your own. Sewing machines and an iron are set up for your use. Volunteers can teach or assist you. Cost $5/Qtr.

POTTERY WHEEL 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Learn to 'throw' a pot. One-on-one instruction.
Cost: $30/Qtr. Instructor: Shirley Lantz

BEGINNER YOGA 12 PM - 1 PM
All ability levels welcome. Breathing, stretching, and relaxation exercises. Wear comfortable clothing.
Cost: $5/Qtr.

POTTERY WHEEL 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Learn to 'throw' a pot. One-on-one instruction.
Cost: $30/Qtr. Instructor: Shirley Lantz



WEDNESDAY

ESL (Spanish) 9 AM – 10:30 AM – POOL Room

Cost: $5/Qtr. Instructor: Angel Munoz


WEEKLY CLIENT COMMUNITY MEETING 10 AM - 11:00 AM
An open meeting held each Wednesday in the auditorium. Join us to stay up-to-date on our programs and activities. Outside speakers are scheduled at least once a month.

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. Leader: Tom Keiser. Free

COMMUNICATION FOCUS GROUP 11 AM – 12PM

Facilitator: Steve Mahan

ADJUSTMENT TO VISION LOSS SUPPORT GROUP 11 AM - 12 PM

Trained rehabilitation counselors help clients adjust to their vision loss and teach adaptive techniques for daily living. 12 week course, one session per week.

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS SUPPORT GROUP (by arrangement)
Facilitated by Vivian Younger, author of “A Guide to Independence for the Visually Impaired and Their Families.”

SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM LUNCH 12 PM - 12:30 PM

A nutritious lunch is provided for clients over 60 years old and their spouses. Suggested donation is $3.00 per lunch. For those under 60, the cost is $6.00 for a lunch. Orders must be placed to ext. 204 by the preceding Monday.

BINGO 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Braille and large print cards. Regular games and blackout.

LIVING WITH VISION LOSS 12:45 PM - 2:00 P.M.

Adaptive techniques for daily living. 12 week course, one session per week.

BOARD GAME GROUPS (Scrabble and other board games)


SMOKING CESSATION ASSISTANCE

A quarterly workshop and weekly support are available to help those wishing to learn more about how to quit smoking.


THURSDAY

RESTAURANT OUTINGS (Sign-up required)
*The second Thursday of every month we gather at a different restaurant for a social luncheon. Please join us!!
See the Calendar of Events for individual listings.

MONTHLY OUTINGS (Sign-up required)
*The fourth Thursday of every month we provide an outing to a fun and exciting location. Please come and join us! See the Calendar of Events for individual listings.

BIRTHDAY CAKE 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
We celebrate birthdays on the last Wednesday of each quarter by providing birthday cake! Everyone is welcome to join the fun!


*Actual dates may vary due to scheduling availability. Outing dates listed on last page.
 
  CLIENT SOCIAL GROUPS

BOWLING - SATURDAYS at 11 AM
Moonlight Lanes in Santa Clara
Cost: $2.75 per game
For info 408-295-4016 ext.204
 
 
Another Slice of APPle Pie
Join us for our Accessible Technology Sessions
Come and bring your questions, ideas or new apps you’ve discovered and enjoy an exciting afternoon networking and learning with friends. See you & your i-gadgets here!
For more info call 295-4016 ext.204


Friday April 18 1-3 p.m.
Friday May 16 1-3 p.m.
Friday June 20 1-3 p.m.

 
 
SCVBC Winter Calendar (Apr-Jun)
Sign-ups required. To hear recording of calendar, dial
295-4016 & press 9. For info call 408.295.4016 x 204
   
Thursday Social Lunch Outings & Fieldtrips
   
Apr 10 Sonoma Chicken Coop    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
31 N Market St, S.J. CA   408-287-4098

Apr 24 Moonlight Lanes  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
2780 El Camino, S.C. CA   408-296-7200

May 8 Flames Café  9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
449 S Winchester Ave, S.J. CA   408-246-8154

May 29 St Joseph’s Basilica Cathedral 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
80 S Market St, S.J. CA   408-283-8100

Jun 12 El Burro Restaurant    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
1875 S Bascom Ave, Cmpbl. CA   408-371-5800

Jun 26 Guadalupe Gardens Orchard    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
438 Coleman Ave, S.J. CA   408-298-7657

 
Wednesday Events & Speakers
Apr 2 Social Security – Programs for the Blind  
Apr 9 Michael Riley – Comedy WED
Apr 16 Familiar Surroundings Home care – Housing
Apr 23 Rebuilding Together – Low Income Programs
Apr 30 San Jose Police Dept – Person & Home Safety

 

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