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Classes & Activities

The Alcosta Senior and Community Center offers over 30 hours of fitness classes each week which includes such classes as Low Impact Aerobics, Strength Training & Toning, Balance Through Movement and Low Level Total Body Workout. There are also Line Dancing classes for beginners to advanced. For those artistically inclined, there is the Boutique Workshop, and a weekly Painting group. We also have classes in Bridge, Creative Writing, Tai Chi Kuen and much more!

For flexible scheduling, there are also some evening & weekend classes which include Yoga, Zumba Gold and AARP Mature Driving.

Activity Fees

Many programs are offered at a nominal fee. Game tables, library, social services, outdoor patio and lounge are available at no charge. Drop-in fees are $3(R)/$4(N).

Weekly Drop-in Schedule

For a full listing of activities click the link below to download the Weekly Drop-in Schedule, or download the Encore! Newsletter.

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GAMES

CREATIVE ARTS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

DANCE

REGISTRATION CLASSES

GAMES

Pinochle

Mondays & Thursdays, 12:30-3:30pm

A friendly gathering of traditional cutthroat-style game play. New players are always welcome to join this 48-card deck game of tricks and melds.

Party Bridge

Tuesdays, 11:00am-2:30pm

Drop-in players must have an understanding of the game and have played before. Play begins promptly at 11:00am. Late arrivals may not be able to be accommodated.

Intermediate Bridge

Thursdays, 11:00am-2:30pm

Intermediate Bridge accommodates players of varying skill level with a basic understanding of the game.

Card Games/Games of Chance

  • Beginning & Advanced Level of Play
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00am-12:00pm 2nd and 4th Thursday, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Advanced Level of Play
    Fridays, 9:00am-12:00pm
    Games could include: 5 Card Stud, Texas Hold ‘em, or Caribbean Stud.

Bingo

Tuesdays, 1:00 -3:00pm

Special Fee: 3 cards for $2.50; 6 cards for $5

Bocce Ball

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00am (weather permitting)

Join in the Bocce craze! Learn to toss the pallino, score points, and increase overall skills. Drop on by and play.  Located in the Senior Center Park. All levels are welcome!
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CREATIVE ARTS

Monday Movie Matinee FREE

Presented by the San Ramon Senior Center Foundation 2nd and 4th Mondays, 1:00pm

Enjoy free popcorn and a movie with friends! The movie schedule can be found at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center.

The van schedule is adjusted to leave at 3:00pm for the Monday Movie Matinee.

Boutique Workshops FREE

Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am

The Boutique is looking for more people to join, especially those who like to sew, crochet, knit or love crafts. All ability levels are welcome. Proceeds from the sale of Boutique items benefit the San Ramon Senior Center Foundation.

Creative Writing

1st & 3rd Fridays, 1:00 -3:00pm

All interested people may attend and write on a subject of their own choosing. Members have written in various genres such as musical composition, memoirs and novels. Some have self- published and others have had stories published in other publications in San Ramon and nearby counties.

Painting Group

Thursdays, 9:00am-3:00pm

Bring your own supplies and join the painters! This is a program for those with painting experience who want to get together with others to paint. No instruction is given.

Karaoke

Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00-4:45pm

Share the joy of singing karaoke. Whatever your favorite genre, bring your own karaoke CD’s and share the gift of song!

Name That Tune

Second Wednesdays , 12:30-1:15pm

The second Wednesday of each month, stay tuned after lunch for Name That Tune. Participants will guess the names of songs from the 30s through the 60s! Don’t miss the fun!

Intermediate Chinese Brush Painting

Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm

This class is for those who have taken Chinese Brush Painting before and have learned proper technique and the foundation of stroke patterns. The focus is on classic elements of Chinese Brush Painting with emphasis on Chinese masterpieces both ancient and contemporary. Intermediate and advanced concepts of style, line composition, perspective and stroke will be taught.  Additional fees may be required for supplies, per the instructor.

“The SilverTones” Chorus

Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm

Directed by Maria Reyes
Looking for a group to share your musical talents with and meet new friends? This chorus is for you! The chorus meets weekly to sing their favorite songs. Performances are held throughout the year at various Senior Center events.

Ukulele and Hula for Everyone!

Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Nani
Share the music of Aloha and learn a new skill, geared towards beginner and intermediate musicians and dancers age 55+. Warm up with hula and cool down with ukulele. Nani teaches authentic Polynesian ukulele and hula in both ancient and modern forms. Hula is a great gentle exercise to enjoy and ukulele is a fun portable way to engage with others and spread the gift of music. You may attend both or choose one you prefer.

Hula 10:00-11:00am -- Ukulele 11:00am-12:00pm

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Low Impact Aerobics I

Mondays, 8:30-9:25am
Instructor: Carolynne Levers

Wednesdays, 8:30-9:25am
Instructor: Milan Hutchinson

Fridays, 8:30-9:25am
Instructor: Mary Arulanantham

Low Impact Aerobics II

Mondays, 9:30-10:25am
Instructor: Carolynne Levers

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:25am
Instructor: Milan Hutchinson

Fridays, 9:30-10:25am
Instructor: Mary Arulanantham

These classes are designed to be low-impact, energizing, and fun-filled. The methods and movements involved will help to strengthen and stabilize the body for individuals 55 and over.

Strength Training & Toning

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10:30-11:30am

Instructor: Carolynne Levers
Strength training with light weights for men and women will help boost decreased energy and help participants regain lost muscle. Wear comfortable clothes. Weights are provided.

Low Level Total Body & Balance Exercise

Tuesdays, 2:00-2:45pm - Low Level Total Body & Balance

Thursdays, 11:00-11:45am - Low Level Total Body Workout

Instructor: Robin Weiss
Participants use their personal body weight, dumbbells and other props to strengthen their entire body and develop balance skills. Exercises are done sitting on a chair or standing using the chairs for support, so there is a level for everyone. Please wear exercise shoes and loose-fitting clothing.

Low Impact Kickboxing

Wednesdays, 2:00-2:45pm

Instructor: Robin Weiss
Fun martial arts moves will be used to strengthen and stretch the entire body and enhance balancing skills. The class is for all ability levels. Workouts can be done standing, with a chair for support or sitting in a chair. Please wear exercise shoes and loose-fitting clothing.

Balance Through Movement

Thursdays, 10:00-10:45am

Instructor: Robin Weiss
Class participants will stretch and strengthen the muscles used for balance and movement while practicing balancing skills. The exercises can be performed sitting or standing. All fitness levels are welcome.

Longevity Fitness

Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm

Instructor: Gini Lau
Participants will try different stretching of tense and tight muscles to help improve flexibility. Each class ends with relaxation exercises aimed at reducing stress and increasing vitality.

Instructional Tai Chi

Mondays, 2:00-3:00pm

Instructors: Cynthia Lau and Josie Fong
Instructional Tai Chi teaches the simplified 24 form Tai Chi with step by step instructions in English. Each week three new forms will be taught in sequence with a review of the previous week’s forms.

NEW! Tai Chi Chih

Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45pm

Instructor: Mary Case
Tai Chi Chih is a moving meditation that cultivates health, serenity and longevity. The non-impact movements are easy and adaptable to anyone’s range of motion, including those who need to do the movements while seated. With 20 easy-to-learn movements, anyone can participate.

Tai Chi Kuen

Fridays, 1:30-3:30pm

This class combines traditional Chinese Tai Chi, Kung Fu and simple dance movements to help develop a strong body and increase mind/body coordination. It also helps to promote gentle muscle toning, stretching, balance, and joint flexibility in both the upper and lower body.

DANCE

Longevity Dance

Fridays, 10:30-11:30am

Longevity Dance is an exercise designed to enhance one’s wellbeing thru body, mind, and spirit. The Dance itself is movements assembled from the varied forms of Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Tai Chi Chih, etc., and choreographed to easy listening music. In practicing this dance one can develop good upper and lower body coordination, body balance, and proper breathing habits. Agility, mind functionalities and tension lessening are also enhanced.

Line Dancing

Line dancing is a fun way to stay in shape and socialize. Learn the basics in Beginning Line Dancing or refine your skills in the Intermediate and Advanced classes.

Beginning Line Dancing

Mondays, 10:15-11:45am
Instructor: Dolly Bitanga and Nancy Koo.

Intermediate/Advanced Line Dancing

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:00-11:00am
Instructor: Millie Dusha

Intermediate Line Dancing

Wednesdays, 1:30-4:00pm
Instructors: Johanna Fong & Reggie Kwan

Chinese Folk Dance

Thursdays, 1:15-2:30pm

Instructor: Jia He
Chinese Folk Dance consists of many modern and traditional dance genres like the popular dance of Shen Yun, Yang Ge, and ribbon and handkerchief dances. Chinese folk dance is a favorite art form in China and is growing in popularity in the States. Come learn a new dance and join in the fun in this Beginner Level class.

REGISTRATION CLASSES

AARP Smart Driving Course
AARP offers the standard 8 hour class for both new and renewing students, and a new accelerated 4 1/2 hour class for renewing students only. Those enrolling in the 4 1/2 hour renewal class must provide the date on which the 8 hour class was completed and must have completed the 8-hour course within the past 4 years. Students completing the class will receive a Certificate of Completion, which entitles them to an automobile insurance discount.

Fees for each class are $15 for AARP Members (with proof of membership) and $20 for non-members. Fees are payable, by check only, to the instructor upon arrival to the class. Please Pre-Register at the Senior Center front desk to reserve your space.

Zumba Gold®
Instructor: Milan Hutchinson
Zumba Gold® fuses slower Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, specifically designed for the active, older adult. Participants experience an exciting hour of calorie burning and energizing movements. Latin flavor and international zest make this Zumba Gold® class fun!
Ages 55+ Wednesdays 10:45am – 11:45am

55+ Gentle Yoga
Instructor: Marcia Conroy
Basic foundations of yoga are taught in a gentle, modified style. The focus includes stretching to promote flexibility in the muscles and joints, various weight-bearing poses to enhance bone health, sequences of poses in a slow rhythm to slightly increase the heart rate, and restorative poses to relieve stress. Please bring a yoga mat.
Ages 55+
Tuesdays 9:00am – 10:15am
Thursdays 6:00pm – 7:15pm

55+ Yoga for Health
Instructor: Michiyo Ambrosius
Gentle yoga suited for beginners as well as continuing students. Various yoga postures are modified for seniors to develop strength, flexibility and balance. Includes breath work and meditation to explore inner spiritual self. Teachings are based on the instructor’s spontaneous remission experience from cancer. Yoga mat required. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Ages 55+
Fridays 9:00am - 10:15am