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Adult Classes for Ages 50 Plus

For registration, current schedule and class fees, please call the senior center at 408-777-3150. Cupertino Senior Center membership required for classes.




Program Evaluation



Watercolor – Advanced:Learn watercolor techniques - color mixing, brush strokes, and “wet & dry” method. Supplies list at first class. Instructor: Gillette; Wednesday, 9am-12pm 

Painting: Oil & Acrylic:Emphasis on composition, color, perspective and techniques.  Instructor: Prisco; Thursday, 8:45am-11:45am 

Art History: Instructor:Young; Tuesday, 1:30-3:30pm

Chinese Calligraphy: Please bring ink, paper, and brush. Instructor: Lin-Yun Cheng; Tuesday, 3:00-5:00pm

Chinese Brush Painting: Learn the art of brush painting. The instructor will teach the “Impressionistic style,” which is easier to master. She will start with basic strokes to draw orchids, and then gradually introduce other components, such as flower pot, insects, bamboo, minnow, etc. Learn at your own pace. The instructor will provide a list of needed supplies at the first class.  Instructor: Lee; Monday, Level I 8:30-10am; Level II 10:10-11:40am 


Hula Dance:
Learn the Hawaiian art of storytelling through dance.  Instructor: Frances Ota;  Monday, 11:45am-12:45pm; Performance Group: Monday, 12:55-1:55pm Instructor’s approval is requires 

Line Dancing: Beg-Adv: Learn the basics of line dance routines. No partners needed.  Instructor: Michael Shannon; Beg/Int: Wednesday, 10:10-11:40am; Beg/Int: Wednesday, 11:40am-1:10pm; Beg: Friday, 12-1:30pm; Adv: Friday, 1:30-3:30pm 

Ballroom Dance: Two hours of ballroom dance taught by experienced teachers. Join the class for fun and exercise.  Instructor: Lew; Wednesday, 1:30-3:30pm 

Yuan Chih Dance:
Oriental dance exercise to music. Gentle exercise and lots of fun. Instructor: Annie & Helen; Friday, 10-11:30am 

Ukulele-No Ka Oi: Intermediate level. The class covers music theory, techniques and chord construction. Instructor: Bob Yee; Level: Monday, 1:30-3:30pm 

Harmonica: Learn to play, and start jamming immediately.  Instructor: Andrea McKee;  Level II Monday, 3:45-4:45pm

Accordion:Learn to play the Accordian. Instructor: Di Bono; Tuesday, 1:45-3:15pm

Ukulele Beginning:Introduction to strumming and basic music theory. Instructor: McKee; Tuesday, 3:30-5pm

Erhu - Chinese Violin:Learn the basics os this 2 string Chinese violin. Instructor: Lai; Tuesday, 3:30-5pm


Play Reading for Fun: A discussion class on theater and playwrights. Instructor: Andrew Willyoung; Seasonal; Friday 9-11am

Memoir Writing: Learn how to gather information from family members and from public records. Learn writing techniques and how to tell the story of your life. Instructor: Pat McCaw; Friday, 9am-12pm 

Writing: Creative/Memoir/Poetry:

Learn to write creatively, expand story-telling skills, and create sharper images, all in a supportive environment. Instructor: Karen Enz; Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am 

Learn About the Senior Center:
Learn about trips, classes, events, volunteer program and tour the center.  Instructor: Volunteer; 2nd Thursday, 2-3pm 

Citizenship: A course to prepare students for taking the U.S. citizenship exam. Instructor: Victor Wong; Monday & Friday, 8:15-9:45am

Cooking With Suzanne:Seasonal. Instructor: Vandyck; Wednesday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Humanities Lecture Series:Seasonal. Instructor: Jech; Tuesday, 10:30am-12:30pm

U.S.History Seminar:A seminar on critical thinking in U.S. History. Instructor: Di. Bono; Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am


Low Impact Aerobics: A workout to music. Includes low-impact aerobics, floor exercises and light weights.  Instructor: Diane Arnold; Tues/Wed/Thurs, 8:05-9am 

Low Impact Exercise: A combination of cardiovascular activities including stretching, agility, and strength. Instructor: Nancy Thompson; Tues/Thurs, 10:45am-12pm; Tues/Thurs, 12-1:15pm; Mon/Wed, 3:50-4:55pm

Pilates: A whole body exercise that is low impact and appropriate for anyone. The movements strengthen the core, improve balance, increase coordination, and decrease stress.  Instructor: Kathryn Phipps; Tuesdays 1:15-2:15pm

Strength Training/Conditioning: Condition, tone, and stretch your muscles. Instructor: Nancy Thompson; Tuesday, 2:30-3:45pm 

Tai Chi (Qigong):
Strengthens and conditions without impacting joints, boosts energy, endurance, concentration, and mental clarity. Instructor: Bob Yee; Monday, 10-11:30am; Thursday, 9:05-10:35am

Tai Chi - Early Morning on the Deck: Gentle movements that improve balance and flexibility.  Instructor: Howard Tseng; Wednesday, 7:30-8:30am

Yoga for the 50+: Yoga for all levels. The instructor will offer modified poses for beginners. Bring a yoga mat. Instructor: Barbara Laux Tuesday, 4-5pm; Thursday, 4-5pm

Hatha Yoga: Gentle exercise for all levels. Instructor will guide students through warm-ups, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques. Improves flexibility and strength. Includes chair yoga. Bring a yoga mat. Instructor: Vasanthi Bhat; Thursday, 2:30–3:30pm 

Tai Chi for Older Adults: Gentle movements that improve balance and flexibility.  Instructor: Howard Tseng; Wednesday, 3:30-4:30; Thursday, 10:30-11:30am

Zumba Gold with Irene: Dance to Latin-Style tunes, have fun while exercising.  Instructor: Irene Ortiz; Friday, 3:45-4:45pm; Monday 2:30-3:30pm at the Quinlan Center.

Feldenkrais Method: Movement improvement class, learn how to move more comfortably and easily. Instructor: Michelle Westatken; Tuesday, 9:30-10:30am

Chair Exercise: Twice a week gentle exercise class that may improve muscle strength and better balance.  Instructor: Baker; Monday and Wednesday, 

Feldenkrais Chair Exercise: Movement improvement class, learn how to move more comfortably and easily. Instructor: Michelle Westatken; Wednesday, 1:30-2:30pm


Read and Discuss - Int/Adv: An advanced conversational English class to help you learn to read and speak English through the news. Instructor: Stauffer; Tuesday, 10:00am-12:00pm 

ESL Basic & Easy: Learn the English Alphabet, phonics, easy grammar, practical words, and phrases.  Instructor: Robin Mussman; Monday, 10:00am-12:00pm

ESL Advanced Beginning:

This class is for immigrants who want to improve their ability to speak, understand, and write English. Learn basic English grammar, vocabulary, and phrases for everyday use.  Instructor: Robin Mussman; Wednesday, 1-3pm

 ESL - ABC's: Learn Start from ABC's, learn the 26 characters, write, pronounce, and form words, the English Alphabet, phonics, easy grammar, practical words, and phrases.  Instructor: Robin Mussman; Monday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Intermediate ESL Conversation: Join this lively ESL conversation class where you will gain confidence by speaking about topics of your interest. Instructor: J. Andrushko; Tuesday, 1:30-3pm

Conversational English:    Learn conversational skills for day to day use. Instructor: Phil Chun; Monday & Tuesday, 10-11:45am


Italian Conversation:  Emphasis is on speaking and understanding the language. Instructor: Rosa Severo; Monday, 10-11:30am

Parliamo Italian: Learn basics of Italian language and culture.  Instructor: Rosa Severo; Monday, 9-10am 


Evening Line Dance: This is a beginning level Line Dance class, for those who have never tried line dancing. Instructor will teach 10-12 dances over the 8-week course. Good exercise, great fun! Instructors: Sue & Kathy; Advance Beginning on Tuesday, 7-8:30pm; Beginning on Tuesday 7:45-8:45pm

Zumba Gold Evening: Dance to Latin-style music, class geared toward the more mature adults. This exercise may improve your balance and heart function. Instructor: Haideh Sharifi; Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm 

Evening Yoga:  An hour of gentle exercise is both relaxing and limbering for the body and soul.  Bring a yoga mat. Instructor: Barbara Laux; Tuesday, 5:15-6:15pm; Wednesday, 5:15-6:16pm

Tai Chi for Older Adults: Gentle movements that improve balance, flexibility, and strength.  Instructor: Howard Tseng; Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm

Stress Management Mindfulness Based: Develop the ability to relax, have greater energy, and better cope with stressful situations. Instructor: Ho; Monday, 6:00-7:00pm

Yogalates: Exercise class with a mix of yoga & pilates. Instructor: Mojgani; Monday, 5:30-6:30pm


Computer Programs
Apple Beginning: Learn to use an Apple, basic programs, saving and finding files, and more. Instructor: Paul Spitsen; Wednesday, 12-2pm

iPad Beginning: Learn how to use your Apple mobile device. Whether you are new or just know the basics, this class will help you take full advantage of your device. Instructor: Schiros; Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00pm 

iPad Intermediate: Know the basics? Then this is the next step for you, come learn about backing up your iPad, getting familiar with Safari, and much more. Instructor: Schiros; Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm

iPad Advanced: If you have some advanced questions, this is the class for you! This hands-on class will cover built-in apps such as mail, contacts, calendars, and camera, and some third-party apps for reading, movies, travel, photography, and business. Participants are encouraged to share their own favorite apps with the class. Please bring a fully-charged device. Instructor: Smith; Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am

iPad for Chinese Speakers:  Instructor: Chung Ho; Tuesday, 10-12pm

Special Lectures
Lectures and presentations are planned year-round. Check the newsletter for upcoming lectures and presentations. Previous topics have included: immigration, elder fraud, digital transition, health topics, art, genealogy, medicare, medical, and health insurance.

Courses to Help New Senior Immigrants
The Cupertino Senior Center offers an array of classes, ranging from ESL to conversation courses for new immigrants. Also offered are citizenship courses, which prepare participants for the naturalization process.

Class Schedule
The senior center class schedule is available
here. It can also be found the bi-monthly newsletter, The 50+ Scene.

Adult Community Education
Fremont Union High School District works in partnership with the City of Cupertino Senior Center to provide a variety of educational courses that enhance the lifelong learning opportunities of our diverse community. ACE classes are held at the senior center and membership is required. For all class listings and registration consult the
ACE catalog, or call (408) 522-2700, or go online at

De Anza Cardio-Vascular Training: De Anza College offers off-campus classes for older adults with disabilities. Adapted Cardiovascular Training is an introduction to the discipline of physical education through cardiovascular training in the context of an individual's physical, intellectual, and/or affective abilities and limitations. This offers a global and historical review of the evolution of aerobic exercise, exercise trends for men, women, and athletes as they correspond to the evolution of the discipline of physical education. Classes are held at the Cupertino Senior Center and senior center membership is required for this course. Call De Anza College to register (408) 864-8885 or go online at

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