Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press & Organizational Updates & Information

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Working with Mosaics –Tuesday, March 10th – 10:00 A.M. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. The 2nd in a two-part, hands-on workshop with Artist Emily Bhargava of Connectionlab.
This is a free workshop & space is limited to 10 – for additional information or to sign up for the workshop, please call Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

The award winning Fit-4-Life Program is coming to our Cross Street Center – 165 Broadway – Starting in March – A unique combination of exercise and nutritional support opportunity under the direct supervision of a certified exercise trainer and participate in individual and group counseling with a nutritionist. The cost to you is $10.- a month that gives you access to fitness & nutritional Fit-4-Life classes each week. Limited scholarships are available – Need more information? Please contact Chris Kowaleski our Health & Wellness Coordinator at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315 or email him at CKowaleski@somervillema.gov This is for older adults 55+ Space is limited so sign up early!

Stepping Stones – To Guide Your Way – Monday, March 9th – 10:30 A.M. to Noon – Nancy Duffy, from Beacon Hospice will guide you through the discovery process about end of life planning. Important discussion covering various considerations as we grow older, important documents, end of life care, how to spark conversation with a loved one and how to obtain & complete the document “Five Wishes.” Please RSVP by calling 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Afternoon at the Movies is Back! – Monday, March 16th – 12:30 P.M. in the atrium of our Holland Street Center. This month we are showing the comedy / drama “This is Where I Leave You” starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey & Jane Fonda. Please RSVP to Kim or Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Just Make Something – Tuesday, March 24th – 6:00 P.M. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. This is a hands-on art workshop with Artist Miranda Aisling Hynes. Turning basic art & recycled materials into non-traditional art. There is a $4.00 fee for materials. For additional information and to sign up for the workshop, please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT – Monday, March 30th – Check in time: 8:00 A.M. at Holland Street and 8:15 at the Ralph & Jenny Center with an approximate return time of 8:00 P.M. – A $25.- fee includes transportation, $10.- food coupon and $10.- free bet / Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot.

Somerville’s All City Band – Tuesday, March 31st – 3:00 P.M. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Please join Rosemary Sears and Richard Romanoff and talented musicians representing all of Somerville’s elementary schools as they present a wide variety of selections you are sure to enjoy. This is a free event. Please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for additional information or to register.

Twin Rivers Casino, Lincoln, RI – Monday, April 27th – Check in time: 9:30 A.M. at Holland Street and 9:45 A.M. at the Ralph & Jenny Center with an approximate return time of 7:00 P.M. – A $25.- fee includes motorcoach transportation & a yet to be determined package. RSVP to Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Songbirds of the Northeast – Wednesday, April 29th – 10:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center – 167 Holland Street – Learn how to recognize our songbirds by their songs and calls and create landscapes that attract these birds to our neighborhoods with a 90 minute power point presentation featuring both images and recordings. This event is free and is offered by naturalist and landscaper John Root. This program is supported in part by the Somerville Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. This is a rescheduled event from 2-12-15.

Washington, D.C. Patriotic / Americana Tour – Thursday, April 30th to Sunday, May 3rd – Visit Historic Washington, D.C., WWII Memorial, Arlington Cemetary, Vietnam, Korea, Iwo Jima, FDR, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Illuminated night tour of the monuments and many many more stops. Trip includes: professional tour director, hotel accommodations, transportation, 3 breakfasts, 1 luncheon, 2 dinners, including dinner theatre, admission to Washington touring, including tour mobile transportation, tax & gratuity. $589.- double or triple occupancy, $749.- single occupancy, deposit of $150.- per person with the final payment due on April 1st. Check in time will be 6:00 A.M. at the Ralph & Jenny Center on Thursday, April 30th with an approximate return time between 10:00 – 10:30 P.M. on Sunday, May 3rd. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Painting to Music – Monday, April 13th – 10:00 A.M. at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. Connect with your creative side. Learn more about the benefits of mindfulness. Music will assist in creating a focus and a way to express connection to pleasant memories and thoughts. This is a free workshop. Please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for more information or to register.

Some exciting events in the coming weeks:
Back by popular demand are the Holiday Inn Dances. Lunch and dance to music provided by Hank our resident DJ. All dances are on Mondays and from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
March 23rd
April 13th
May 18th
June 29th
A $15.00 fee is required along with a RSVP, please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2300 to make your reservation or if you have any questions.

LGBT EVENTS

LGBT Monthly Lunch – Monday, April 13th – 11:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. Hot & Cold lunch options available – food provided by Somerville Cambridge Elder services – suggested donation of $2.00. RSVP required by 2:30 P.M. Thursday, April 9th. Please contact Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2316 or MBastardi@Somervillema.gov This event happens the 2nd Monday of every month excluding City Holidays and snow emergencies.

LGBT Advisory Group –Monday, March 9th at 4:30 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. We are looking for new members and would love to have you as part of our group. This group meets the 2nd Monday of every month excluding City Holidays and snow emergencies.

LGBT Pizza & Movie Night – Monday, March 16th – 5:30 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. At approximately 5:30 we will be having a pizza & salad dinner with a little time to socialize followed by a showing of Out In The Dark, a drama centered on the love affair between two men on opposite sides of the Mid-East conflict: Palestinian student Nimer and Roy, an Israeli lawyer. This film is not rated and runs 96 minutes. Must RSVP, please call Maureen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2316 or email MBastardi@Somervillema.gov This event happens the 3rd Monday of every month excluding City Holidays and snow emergencies.

*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.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the WHYC scheduled for Thursday, March 19th is SOLD OUT.

March Madness Super Bingo scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th at the Ralph & Jenny Center is SOLD OUT.

The trip scheduled to Wildwood, NJ on May 11th – 15th is SOLD OUT. But we have added a second bus and it is filling up fast. Only 13 seats left! Please call Connie at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2300 to reserve your seat.

The Wednesday, March 11th trip to see “That Hopey Changey Thing” at the Stoneham Theatre is SOLD OUT.

The trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show scheduled for March 12th is SOLD OUT.

GROUP INFORMATION*
All clubs and groups welcome new members.

Men’s Group – Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. This group is facilitated 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, Natasha Naim, facilitates 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, facilitates 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, facilitates 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, Natasha Naim, facilitates 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, facilitates 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, facilitates 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.

The Moonlighters – Meets every Monday at 10:30 A.M. and runs September through June. Led by Somerville Youth Arts Coordinator, Jimmy DelPonte, the Moonlighters are an older version of the SunSetters. If you like to sing then this group is for you. Sometimes taking their skills on the road and this year The Moonlighters will be performing with the Powers School of Music for a Holiday Concert in December. Contact our main office at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 if you should require additional information.

Brain Games – Meets the first Tuesday of each month starting at 10:00 A.M. This group is facilitated 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. Sandy Francis, our Cross Street Center Volunteer, facilitates 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. Please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for more information.

CENTER LOCATIONS, TIMES & SCHEDULES

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 us a call with any questions or to make a reservation! 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. Stay for lunch and receive free transportation.

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
*Our Holland Street Center will be serving lunch on Monday, Thursday & Fridays only until further notice.

Cross Street Center: located at 165 Broadway​
(East Somerville)
Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
(617) 625-6600 Ext. 2335
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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
** The Ralph & Jenny Center will remain closed on Mondays until further notice.

STAY ACTIVE

Weekly Exercise Class Schedule

Holland = (H) Ralph & Jenny = (RJ) Cross Street = (C)

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

Tuesdays:
Strengthening, 9:15 A.M., $3 per class (H)
Dalcroze Eurhythmics, $2.00, 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:
Yoga, 9:00 A.M. (H)
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, 9:55 A.M.

*All Fit 4 Life classes are $10/month and require pre-registration.

**If you are interested in our Yoga classes, please call Chris Kowaleski, our Health & Wellness Coordinator at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2315.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Holland = (H) Ralph & Jenny = (RJ) Cross Street = (C)

Monday, March 9th
9:00 Gardening Group (H)
10:30 Stepping Stones (H-Atrium)
10:30 Brain Games (H)
10:30 Moonlighters (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)
11:30 LGBT Congregate Meal (H)
4:30 LGBT Advisory Group (H)

Tuesday, March 10th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Mosaics with Emily Bhargava (C)
10:00 Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:30 Low Vision Group (H)
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)
12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (by appointment only) (H)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Wednesday, March 11th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C, H)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
1:00 Bowling at Flatbreads
“Hopey Changey Thing” – Stoneham Theatre

Thursday, March 12th
9:00 Yoga (H)
10:00 Current Events Group (H)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 Knitting Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (by appointment only) (H)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ)
12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)
Flower Show

Friday, March 13th
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

Monday, March 16th
9:30 Veterans (H)
10:30 Moonlighters (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)
5:30 LGBT Pizza & Movie Night (H-Atrium)

Tuesday, March 17th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:30 Low Vision Group (H)
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)
12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (by appointment only) (H)
6:00 Caregivers Support Group (H)
March Madness Super Bingo (RJ)

Wednesday, March 18th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C, H)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
1:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

Thursday, March 18th
9:00 Yoga (H)
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Winter Hill Yacht Club

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

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