Explore the Center's virtual workshops and ongoing classes offered over Zoom and on the Center's website! Whether it's on online cooking class, live fitness class to keep you moving, or our prerecorded genealogy course, there are plenty of online programs open to anyone, anywhere!

Upcoming Virtual Workshops and Programs

Kenji's Kitchen online cooking class

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Upcoming Virtual Workshops and Events

All virtual workshops are recorded and posted to the Center's Past Virtual Programs Video Library page for future viewing by event registrants.

Virtual Author Talk: The Eagles of Heart Mountain with Bradford Pearson

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Connect via Zoom, login information provided upon registration
Free Admission; Advance Registration Required
Purchase Book Online: http://bit.ly/heartmtneaglesbook


A true story of football, incarceration, and resistance in World War II America

If you’re a fan of history or football, you won’t want to miss our special online talk with author Bradford Pearson for his book, The Eagles of Heart Mountain, about the Japanese American high school football players incarcerated at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming American concentration camp during World War II. The Heart Mountain High School football team, the Eagles, went undefeated against the all-white teams that traveled from across Montana and Wyoming to play against them. Even more pressing for the players, however, were the pressures of living in the camps, and the weight of choosing between serving in the Army for a government unjustly detaining their families, or resisting the draft. Hear from the author as he recounts the special connections he made with past players and the lessons learned on injustice and the human spirit as he wrote the book.

About Bradford Pearson

Bradford Pearson is a journalist and the author of The Eagles of Heart Mountain: a True Story of Football, Incarceration, and Resistance in World War II America. He’s written for the New York Times, Esquire, Time, Philadelphia Magazine, and many other publications. He grew up in Hyde Park, New York, and now lives in Philadelphia. The Eagles of Heart Mountain is his first book.


J-Chat Virtual Japanese Conversational Language Exchange
Sponsored by the JET Alumni Association of Northern California

(3rd Friday of each month)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$3 Center Members, $5 General Public
Free for JETAANC members with promo code
Connect via Zoom; meeting login and lesson materials provided upon registration

Registration full? E-mail programsevents@jcccnc.org to be placed on the session waitlist.


We are excited to bring you a brand new monthly program, J-Chat Virtual Japanese Conversational Language Exchange, sponsored by the JET Alumni Association of Northern California. This program provides beginning to advanced Japanese language learners a monthly space to improve conversational skills!

Each monthly session will begin with a brief Japanese language lesson for beginners and intermediate speakers taught by Japanese language professor Dr. Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, followed by small group conversations assigned by skill level (beginning, intermediate and advanced), assisted by Japanese-speaking volunteer facilitators. Practice your conversational skills in Nihongo and connect online with other language learners from the community!

Monthly J-Chat Session Program

  • Short beginning and intermediate Japanese language lesson taught by Dr. Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda
  • Lesson materials provided in advance upon registration
  • Small breakout groups for conversation practice
  • Breakout groups assigned by skill level (beginner, intermediate and advanced)
  • Breakout groups led by Japanese-speaking volunteer facilitators

Volunteer Facilitators

We're looking for more J-Chat volunteer facilitators! Our maximum capacity and size of small breakout conversation groups will vary based on the number of volunteer facilitators registered for each session. Feel free to encourage any Japanese-speaking friends who are comfortable assisting beginning conversation groups and following lesson prompts to sign up as a volunteer facilitator. Volunteers must be available the 3rd Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Registration full? E-mail programsevents@jcccnc.org to be added directly as a volunteer facilitator.


Ongoing Virtual Classes

Senior Chair Aerobics with Kaeko on Zoom!

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Arts and Culture

Beyond Basic Art Virtual Class
Dates: Saturdays
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Online
Fees: $30 Members / $40 General Public Monthly; $9 Members / $12 General Public Drop-In
Instructor: Richard Tokeshi 
This weekly art class is designed for both intermediate and advanced students and will allow participants the opportunity to explore new media, subject matter and ways of thinking.  This class will use basic drawing, painting concepts and subject matter, but will also look to expand participant’s artistic horizons.  The atmosphere of the class is very informal for creating art. 



Ito Yosakoi Dance Group
Ito Yosakoi Spring 2021 Virtual Dance Season FlyerDate: Fridays, September 3, 2021 - November 19, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Hybrid - Simultaneous Online and In-person Instruction
Instructor: Ito Yosakoi Dance Group
In-Person Member - Monthly: $25
In-Person Member - Drop In: $8
In-Person Non-Member - Monthly: $30
In-Person Non-Member - Drop In: $9
Virtual Member - Monthly: $12
Virtual Member - Drop In: $3
Virtual Non-Member - Monthly: $17
Virtual Non-Member - Drop In: 5

Join the Ito Yosakoi Dance Group's weekly classes to learn the lively, energetic dance style of Yosakoi dancing! Yosakoi dancing features choreographed group dances with traditional movements mixed with modern, uptempo music to make for a captivating dance style that is growing in popularity in Japan and abroad! No dance experience is necessary. Class members have the option of dancing with the class recreationally, or learning the group's repertoire to perform in public. We do a hybrid learning model, so you can join us either in-person at the Center or online via Zoom.

Martial Arts and Fitness


Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Fees: $28 Members / $44 General Public Monthly; $8 Members / $13 General Public Drop-In
Instructor: Craig Hamakawa

Karate is an Okinawan martial art meaning "empty hand." Develop self-defense skills and strengthen yourself mentally and physically. Our class is part of the International Karate League (IKL) which instructs a modified Shorin-Ryu style of karate. This class is open to all skill levels age 6+.

Senior Chair Aerobics with Kaeko on Zoom!
Dates: Thursdays
Time: 10:00am-10:45am
Location: Online
Fees: $3 Members / $4 General Public
Instructor: Kaeko Inori

Designed for seniors who want to build basic physical strength in a low-impact class. Students will use a chair to participate in exercises to increase flexibility, muscle coordination and strength. Classes end with a hands-on massage to relieve any lingering stress.




Ukulele - Intermediate

Dates: Saturdays
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Online
Fees: $40 Members / $60 General Public Monthly; $12 Members / $17 General Public Drop-In
Instructor: Don Sadler

Designed for ukulele players who have prior experience. This class will focus on learning and reviewing chords, as well as songs and strumming patterns. (New students with no prior experience should participate in the Ukulele 101 workshop held twice a year to cover basics such as tuning, basic chords and techniques.)