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CD/Game Party

The CD/Game Party offers a chance to meet new friends while enjoying great music, games, and food. One Monday each month participants take turns sharing their favorite music with the group and play games such as Phase 10, Dominoes, Cribbage, UNO, Skipbo, and more.

The CD/Game Party is potluck style so guests are encouraged to bring a snack to share with the group. A tip on CD/Game party etiquette: You don’t have to bring food to the party, but if you do, please bring enough food for 5 people. There will be food for anyone who brings food.

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Bingo provides an opportunity for fun and socializing with friends while competing to win Bingo rounds. Winners receive prizes such as food, personal care, and cleaning items.

One Saturday each month we play 20-40 rounds of Bingo. Winners get to choose their prizes. We finish Bingo with a blackout round. The goal of blackout is to get all of the numbers on your board called. There is usually just one blackout winner and they receive a cash prize.

Guests pay a small participation fee which includes 1-2 Bingo boards plus lunch. This fee also helps pay for prizes and blackout each month. Starting September 1, 2016 Bingo costs $5.00 per BCCSD member and $10.00 per participant.

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Book Club

Celebrate the art of storytelling as we read our favorite books aloud. Help bring each story to life! Listen along as our facilitator reads each book out loud and share your thoughts.

This interactive group is full of exchanges about the story itself, how the story relates to each person’s life experience and to current events. Naturally it’s difficult to catch up if you miss several classes so please support the group by attending all classes if possible.

Call 619-298-5021 x206 to participate and to add a book suggestion.

Past Books:

The Secret Life of Bees;

To Kill a Mockingbird;

The Boys in the Boat (Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics;

Tortilla Flat

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Art is subjective. It’s is influenced by the feelings of both the artist and the observer. Everyone experiences something different when they look at a work of art. When it comes to painting, there is no right or wrong. There is no talent or lack thereof. Everyone’s work comes out beautiful and unique.

Painting provides an opportunity for visually impaired participants to explore their talents and discover new ways to express themselves. The group explores painting techniques and discusses the progression of their work. Through the use of an art resource called “Wikki Stix,” participants are able to feel their artwork and regain their love for painting.

This program gives participants an opportunity for a creative outlet and expanding their skills, but no experience is necessary.

Please call 619-298-5021 x206 to participate and reserve art supplies.

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Access to Independence Advocacy Training

This 8 week workshop designed to teach you how to become a self-advocate is led by Raquel Vega, Community Organizer from Access to Independence. Each participant will receive a certificate upon completion of the class. To register and for more information, please call Raquel Vega at 619-293-3500 x236.

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December Nights Crafts Class

Each year during December Nights in Balboa Park members of the Blind Community Center sell crafts that are hand made by some of the members. This class focuses on making crafts in advance to be sold at December Nights. This class runs in the months prior to December Nights.

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Holiday Choir

Are you interested in participating in the BCCSD Holiday Choir? The group performs in December at local senior centers and participates in the BCCSD fundraiser at December Nights in Balboa Park. Anyone who can carry a tune is welcome.

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Cribbage is a card game that uses a peg board to keep score. Players add up the numbers on their cards to get 15 as many ways as possible. Players get 2 points each time they hit 15. Pegs are moved around the board to keep track of points. The first player to move their peg around the board twice wins.

Want to learn how to play? Pat Newman, facilitator, teaches new students how to play the game. Already a pro? Pat hosts a bi-annual cribbage tournament for anyone brave enough to compete.

Players of all skill levels can enjoy cribbage in this fun class. Build your strategy by participating in weekly cribbage games.

Games are by appointment only. New participants should call 619-298-5021 x206 to reserve a game appointment with the instructor.

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Water Skiing

This annual program provides an opportunity to visit Fiesta Island and Mission Bay. Come water ski, slalom ski, take a ride on a boat, or sit on a water chair or inner tune while being towed across the bay by a ski club member. Beginners and experts alike are invited to enjoy the activities.

 After a morning of fun at the beach, head to San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club  for a terrific barbecue lunch.

This program runs May – September. Thank you to the San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club for hosting these summer ski events.


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Building Orientation Tour


Get acquainted with our fantastic three-story building in Balboa Park and learn about the BCC’s’ mission and history. BCC member Scott Leason will guide the visually impaired on the tour. Learn the locations of all exterior doors and exits. Specific floor orientations provided upon request. Tours available every Monday, except for holidays, by appointment.

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