Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press & Organizational Information & Updates

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SAVE THE DATE:
Some exciting events in the coming weeks:

Curious about Facebook – Tuesday, September 16th. Come and learn about the basics of setting up a profile, searching for family and friends,
protecting your privacy, and using the social network to explore your interest. On Tuesday, September 9th it will be held at the Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street from 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. On Tuesday, September 16th it will be held at our Holland Street Center, 167 Holland Street from 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. The is free of charge – for more information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300. If you would like to stay for lunch after the sessions you will need to make a reservation at least one day in advance.

New England Goes Country – Thursday, September 18th – Danversport Yacht Club, come back to the days of cowboy boots & hats, saddle up those horses and enjoy the music of Jimmy Lehoux & Nicole Frechette as well as country’s upcoming stars. The fee of $72. Includes transportation, entertainment & (meal choice) boneless breast of chicken or fresh scrod (includes cheese & crackers, salad, rolls, bread, vegetables, potatoes, dessert, coffee & tea.) Depart time is 10:00 AM at our Holland Street Center and 10:15 AM at our Ralph & Jenny Center with an approximate return time of 5:30 PM. Contact Connie at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions.

Twin River Casino – Monday, September 22nd – For a fee of $22.00 you receive Motorcoach Bus transportation, $10.00 Free Bonus Play and a $7.00 Food Credit. Check in times are 9:30 A.M. at Holland Street and 9:45 A.M. at the Ralph & Jenny Center. Approximate return time is 7:00 P.M. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2300.

Road to Mental Health Recovery / A Family Perspective – Tuesday, September 23rd – 10:00 – 11:30 A.M., at our Holland Street Center. Hear personal stories about supporting family members with a mental health and / or substance use condition. Learn about local resources for family members. For more information & to RSVP please contact Suzanne Norton at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2318.

Fitchburg Art Museum – Thursday, September 25th – A no cost trip to the Fitchburg Art Museum thanks to SCM Transportation and a free admission day sponsored by Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred. The museum is a four building complex, over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, focusing on creativity, education, community building and fun! Trip leaves the Holland Street Center at 9:00 A.M. and returns at approximately 4:30 P.M. Lunch is on your own and will be the day’s only expense. Space is extremely limited so please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 to sign up.

4th Annual Health & Wellness Fair – Thursday, October 16th – 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. Blood pressure screenings, glucose screenings, hearing screenings, reiki treatments, mental health nutrition resources, Housing resourses, door prizes and more. Lunch and transportation available upon request. Please RSVP to 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Honor Flight! Documentary: Monday, October 27th – 9:30 – 11:30 A.M. – Honor Flight is a heartwarming documentary about four living WWII veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Holland Street Center in the Atrium – lunch is available by request – to register please call Suzanne Norton at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318

Mohegan Sun – Monday, October 27th – For a fee of $25.00 you receive your transportation, $10.00 Food Coupon and $10.00 Free Bet. Check in times are 8:00 A.M. at Holland Street and 8:15 A.M. at the Ralph & Jenny Center. Approximate return time is 8:00 P.M. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2300 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Thanksgiving Super Bingo: Thursday, November 20th – 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at our Ralph & Jenny Center – 9 New Washington Street. Your $10. Fee includes lunch, coffee, dessert, cards & prizes. Come & have a fun filled day! Limited seating and transportation available so please call Kim at 617-666-5223 to reserve your spot or if you should have questions.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The Fall Foliage trip to East Hill Farms scheduled for September 30th is SOLD OUT.

The trip to the Taj Mahal Resort in Atlantic City scheduled for October is SOLD OUT.

Halloween Super Bingo scheduled for Friday, October 31st is SOLD OUT.

The trip to Suffolk Downs on Wednesday, September 17th is SOLD OUT.

The monthly Hanscom BINGO for September has been CANCELLED.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The Mobile Farmer’s Market is at our Holland Street Center every Thursday throughout the summer from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.

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LGBT EVENTS

LGBT Lunch – Due to a holiday, Columbus Day, there will be no LGBT lunch in October. The next LGBT Lunch will be Monday, November 10th. More information to follow.

LGBT Advisory Group – Due to a holiday, Columbus Day, the monthly Advisory Group meeting has been changed to Tuesday, October 14th at 4:30 P.M.- for this month only. We are always looking for new members and would love to have you.

LGBT Dinner & Movie – Monday, September 15th – 5:30 meal time – 6:30 movie time –September’s movie is “Shelter” and back by popular demand is pizza & salad for dinner. $5.00 fee. Must RSVP by 10:00 AM on Monday, September 15th.

*If you require additional information or have any questions regarding the LGBT Lunch, Dinner & Movie or the Advisory Group please contact Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2316 or email her at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov

LBT Women Fit-4-Life – Fitness and Nutrition Classes. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 P.M. $10 a month fee – scholarships available & it just might be covered under your insurance. We have available slots and would love to have you. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact our Health & Wellness Coordinator, Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

GROUP INFORMATION*

Men’s Group – Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. This group is led by our volunteer, Norbert DeAmato. Are you recently retired? Looking to connect with other men in the community? Join our men’s group where you can connect with old friends and make new ones. All men 55 and over are welcome. Come chat about what is on your mind! If you have any questions or require additional information, please give us a call at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

Caregiver Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Our Social Worker, Suzanne Norton, leads this group. Are you caring for a parent, relative, spouse or close friend? Feeling isolated or overwhelmed? You are not alone! Come share your experience and practical support. Open to all and new members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 and ask to speak to Suzanne.

Veterans Group – Meets the third Monday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Our Social Worker, Suzanne Norton, leads this group. Are you a veteran? The Veterans Group is the perfect opportunity to socialize, have solidarity, to reminisce and to meet other veterans. If you are interested or require additional information, please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 and ask for Suzanne.

Low Vision Support Group – Meets the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. Our Social Worker, Suzanne Norton, leads this group. Do you know someone who has trouble seeing? Do you have low vision? Join our Low Vision Support Group for educational and informative information and peer support in a confidential environment. Lunch and transportation may be available on request. Please call Suzanne at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 if you are interested in attending, have any questions or require additional information.

Current Events Group – Meets every Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Our Social Worker intern, Simone Martell, leads this group. Join a group of your peers to discuss current events. Please call us at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 for additional information or if you have any questions.

Book Club – Meets the first Friday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Senior Project Manager, Janine Lotti, leads this group. Join this group to read and discuss a different book each month. In most cases, copies of the book are available in the COA office. Contact Janine at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2321 or JLotti@Somervillema.gov if you require additional information.

Gardening Club – Meets the second Monday of each month starting at 9:00 A.M. and running for an hour most times. Our volunteer, Vilma Sullivan, leads this group. A different topic each month ranging from gardening tips & secrets to inexpensive “greenhouses.” Please contact Senior Project Manager, Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2321 or JLotti@Somervillema.gov if you have any questions or require additional information.

Brain Games – Meets the first Tuesday of each month starting at 10:00 A.M. This group is led by our volunteers Eileen Jones & Jan Ciganelli. Engaging as a group in brain healthy activities. Proven that keeping the mind active can actually reverse the signs of aging and improve memory and cognitive functioning. Contact the main office at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 to sign up!

*All these groups meet at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street

GROUP INFORMATION

English Conversations – Meets every Tuesday & Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Ana Price, our Cross Street Director, leads this group. No books, no tests, no stress – just a great group of older adults from all over the world who help each other to listen, speak and learn English.
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IMPORTANT NEWS

The Somerville Council on Aging in conjunction with the Somerville Fire Department are installing free, new smoke alarms & carbon monoxide detectors to eligible Somerville older adults as part of the Senior SAFE Program. If you are an older adult (60 years of age or older) and live in Somerville (own or rent) please contact Maureen Bastardi, Outreach Worker at the Somerville Council on Aging at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2300 to find out how to get yours. Please note that due to the high demand we are still waiting for a new delivery of detectors and installation dates will not be until sometime in September.

On Thursday, October 16th from 9:00 AM to Noon, the Somerville Council on Aging will be holding its 4th Annual Health & Wellness Fair. This year the fair is entitled “Mastering the Aging Process” and will be held at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. If you are interested in being a participate or one of our sponsors please contact Suzanne Norton at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318 to register or if you go to the SCOA’s portion of the City’s web site and go to the “Department Calendar” on that day you will be able to access a registration form.

The Ralph & Jenny Center will remained closed on Mondays and will resume Monday activities on October 20th.

Welcome to our centers! Everyone 55+ is encouraged to join us for fitness, culture, films, lunch and Bingo. Our centers are open to everyone from Somerville and surrounding communities. Check out our calendar and give a call with any questions or to make a reservation! 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. Stay for lunch and receive free transportation.

All clubs and groups welcome new members.

Holland Street: located at 167 Holland Street
(between Davis Square and Teele Square)
Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
617-625-6600 Ext. 2300

Cross Street Center: located at 165 Broadway
(East Somerville)
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
(617) 625-6600 Ext. 2335

Ralph and Jenny Center: located at 9 New Washington Street,
(behind the Holiday Inn)
Monday through Thursday 8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
(617) 666-5223
STAY ACTIVE: Weekly Exercise Class Schedule
Holland = (H) Ralph & Jenny = (RJ) Cross Street = (C)

Mondays:
Wii Bowling, noon, Free. (H)
Fit 4 Life* Group C, 1:00 P.M. (H)

Tuesdays:
Strengthening, 9:15 A.M., $3 per class (H)
Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Free, 1:00 P.M., (H)
LBT Fit 4 Life*, 6:00 P.M., (H)

Wednesdays:
Fit 4 Life* Group A, 8:45 A.M (H)
Fit 4 Life* Group B, 9:00 A.M. (H)
Fit 4 Life* Group C, Noon (H)
Bowling @ Flatbreads, 1:00 P.M., $10/week for shoes and dues
Zumba for All, 5:15 P.M., $3 per class (H)

Thursdays:
Strengthening, 9:30 A.M., $3 per class (RJ)
LBT Fit 4 Life*, 6:00 P.M.

Fridays:
Fit 4 Life* Group A, 8:45 A.M.
Fit 4 Life* Group B, 9:00 A.M.
Fit 4 Life* Group C 12:00 P.M.

*All Fit 4 Life classes are $10/month and require pre-registration.
Upcoming Schedule
Holland = (H) Ralph & Jenny = (RJ) Cross Street = (C)

Monday, September 15th
9:00 Gardening Club (H)
9:30 Veterans Group (H)
5:30 LGBT Dinner & Movie (H)

Tuesday, September 16th
10:00 Learn about Facebook with Meghann Ackerman
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (RJ)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
Giggles

Wednesday, September 17th
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 English Conversation (C)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Thursday, September 18th
10:00 Current Events (H)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (by appointment only) (H)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ)
12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)
1:00 Mobile Farmer’s Market
Danversport Yacht Club

Friday, September 19th
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

Monday, September 22nd
11:30 (H)
Twin Rivers Trip

Tuesday, September 23rd
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:30 Brain Games (H)
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Wednesday, September 24th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Thursday, September 25th
10:00 Current Events (H)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (by appointment only) (H)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ)
12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)
1:00 Mobile Farmer’s Market (H)

Friday, September 26th
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

DID YOU KNOW?

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