Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press & Organizational Updates & Information

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4-10-15
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Computers 101 – Tuesday, April 14th – 10:30 to Noon at our Holland Street Center. Class #2 – Learn the basics you’ll need to get started on your computer and the internet. This free class is being taught by Meghann Ackerman, the City’s Social Media and Community Engagement Specialist. Classes are limited to 5 participants so please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot. Laptops will be available for your use but feel free to bring a laptop or tablet from home.

Adult Day Health – Tuesday, April 21st – 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. at our Holland Street Center – The 2nd in a 4 part series on “Caregiver Education” – Guest speaker, Denise Thorud from the Windsor House Adult Day Health – workshop will cover an overview of adult day health services as well as suggestions and tips. This event is open to the public – to register for this event please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

Computers 101 – Tuesday, April 21st – 10:30 to Noon at our Holland Street Center. Class #3 – Learn the basics you’ll need to get started on your computer and the internet. This free class is being taught by Meghann Ackerman, the City’s Social Media and Community Engagement Specialist. Classes are limited to 5 participants so please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot. Laptops will be available for your use but feel free to bring a laptop or tablet from home.

Afternoon At The Movies – Tuesday, April 21st – 12:30 P.M. at our Holland Street Center – This month we will be showing “The Theory of Everything” starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking. This movie is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 4 minutes. Please sign up with Kim or Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

Retirement: Financial Consideration – Wednesday, April 22nd – at our Holland Street Center – Noon to 1:30 P.M. – The Somerville Council on Aging and Living Legacy Financial Group present a free Financial workshop to discuss important key considerations in financial decision making and plans for approaching retirement and into retirement years – Current trends, existing status, making sure your money is in the right place, money allocations & making smart decisions will be discussed. This is open to the public – please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Foodie Tour – Thursday, April 23rd – Leaving our Holland Street Center at 10:45 A.M. with an approximate return time of 3:00 P.M. Join us as we learn more about different foods and cultures during the Union Square Market Tour. For a fee of $13. and without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti! Visitors have a chance to meet with shop owners and learn more about specific foods – complete with a tour & tastings at Taza Chocolate. Please call Janine Lotti at 617-625-2300 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot. Limited availability so call soon!

Highlander Café – Tuesday, April 28th – The Highlander Café is located in the atrium of Somerville High School (closest to the library) $9.00 with a choice of Chicken Cordon Bleu or Baked Haddock – doors open at 10:45 A.M. – For more information or to reverse your spot please call Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 Seating is limited

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 – Somerville Veterans Free – Limited seats remain – so give us a call and reserve your spot – Visit Historic Washington, D.C., WWII Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, 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.

Back to the Medicare Basics – Monday, May 4th – 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. – Turning 65? Preparing for retirement? Have questions about joining Medicare? Attend this special evening “How to Register Online for Social Security” and learn Medicare basics, eligibility, enrollment, social security benefits & resources. Please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to RSVP.

Vocal Jazz Festival – Tuesday, May 5th – Join us as we head to the Berklee College of Music Friend Recital Hall for a great time. Leaving Holland Street at 3:00 P.M. with an approximate return time of 7:00 P.M. – $15. per person covers bus transportation and entertainment. Please call Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Fiore’s Restaurant – Wednesday, May 6th – Check in time 10:45 A.M. at our Holland Street Center and 11:00 A.M. at our Ralph & Jenny Center with an approximate return time of 3:00 P.M. A choice between Chicken Marsala, Swordfish or Eggplant Parmesan for $25. For more information or to sign up please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

Older American’s Month Celebration – Thursday, May 7th – 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Join us as we celebrate Older American’s Month at the Winter Hill Yacht Club. Limited seating and transportation – please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot!

Just Make Something – Tuesday, May 12th – 6:30 P.M. at our Cross Street Center – A hands-on art workshop with Artist Miranda Aisling Hynes. Turn basic art and recycled materials into non-traditional art. A small fee of $4. to cover materials. Please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for more information or to reserve your spot.

Foundations of Knowledge Lecture Series – Starting Monday, May 18th –at our Holland Street Center. An educational program that brings a series of low-cost, themed lectures to you each month. A nominal fee of $20. will include five, one-hour long lectures in any one subject area. Or, if you prefer to take in a variety of different subjects, each lecture we present costs $5. If you do attend the 3 lectures in the same subject area you will receive a “Foundations of Knowledge Subject Matter” Certificate. Attend all lectures and receive a “Foundation of Knowledge Humanities Aficionado” Certificate. Series themes include, but not limited to: Art & Art History, The Many Voices of Music and American Literature. Please contact Janine Lottie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for more details and to sign up for these wonderful lectures.

Sin to Swing: The Evolution of Jazz in America – The first in our Foundations of Knowledge Lecture Series – Monday, May 18th starting at 9:30 A.M. in the atrium of our Holland Street Center featuring Instructor Kevin Comtois. An exploration of the history and musical culture of New Orleans, the birth of a new music called Jazz. A nominal fee of $20. will include five, one-hour long lectures in any one subject area. Or, if you prefer to take in a variety of different subjects, each lecture we present costs $5. Please see “Foundations of Knowledge Lecture Series” for more details and please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot in the wonderful series or if you would like more information.

Back to the Medicare Basics – Friday, May 29th – 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at our Holland Street Center – Medicare basics, eligibility, enrollment, social security benefits & resources. Please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to RSVP.

Now & Then – Reminiscing with Jimmy – Starting Tuesday, June 2nd – 9:30 to 10:30 at our Holland Street Center. Engage in entertaining group discussions about the good ol’ days with Jimmy DelPonte. Have fun looking back on historical events, pop culture, old Somerville and the way things used to be. “Now & Then” will be meeting on Tuesdays, June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th and June 23rd. For additional information or to sign up please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Luciano’s Restaurant Featuring The Drifters – Tuesday, June 23rd – departing our Holland Street Center at 9:45 A.M. and our Ralph & Jenny Center at 10:00 A.M. with an approximate return time of 4:45 P.M. Lunch choice of Chicken or Baked Scrod, includes salad, vegetables, mashed potatoes, rolls with butter, dessert and coffee / tea – A $85. fee includes transportation, lunch and entertainment by the amazing R & B group, The Drifters, famous for such hits as Under the Boardwalk, Up on the Roof and This Magic Moment. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to RSVP or if you have any questions.

Conversations about Dementia – Wednesday, June 24th – Noon – 2:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center – This is the 3rd in a 4 part series on “Caregiver Education” –This workshop offers tips on difficult topics, the importance of going to the doctor for a diagnosis or follow-up, concerns about driving and much more – To register please contact our social worker, Suzanne Norton at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 – Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association – Please note that this workshop is intended for caregivers only and is NOT appropriate for persons with dementia to attend.

Mohegan by Day – Foxwoods Overnight – Thursday & Friday, June 25th & 26th – $219. Per person single / $169. Per person double will get you luxury motor coach, combined Foxwoods / Mohegan Sun bonuses and an overnight stay at Foxwood’s Great Cedar Hotel. Departing Thursday, June 25th at 7:30 A.M. at our Ralph & Jenny Center with an approximate return time of 8:00 P.M. on Friday, June 26th. Please call Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or for more information.

Caregiver & Respite Services – Tuesday, July 21st – 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center – This is the last in a 4 part series on “Caregiver Education” – This will explain the nuances of caregiver and respite care services presented by Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services. Guest speaker Colleen Morrissey – to register for this event please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

Lantana’s – Tuesday, July 21st – Departing our Ralph & Jenny Center at 10:15 A.M. with an approximate return time of 4:45 P.M. Lunch choice of Chicken Marsala or Baked Scrod, salad, vegetables, mashed potatoes, rolls, coffee and dessert. A fee of $82. includes transportation, lunch and entertainment by Ron Gartner and his band as they play a rocking salute to Bandstand and Motown music. Please call Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or for more information.

Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto – Thursday, September 17th – Saturday, September 19th – $479.-/DO $629.-/SO …Come join us as we take in a Red Sox game and see the beauty of Niagara Falls as well as Cooperstown. 3 days / 2 nights include roundtrip deluxe motorcoach – 2 nights at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel – 2 full American Breakfasts – Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Falls Vineyard Tours & Tasting, Red Sox vs. Blue Jays baseball game seating – The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, baggage & room tax. Check-in time is 6:30 A.M. at our Ralph & Jenny Center on Thursday, September 17th with an approximate return time of 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 19th. PASSPORT REQUIRED and upon registration a copy is requested – Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

The Beach Boys at Venus DeMilo – Wednesday, September 23rd – for a fee of $81. You will see brothers; Brian, Dennis & Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine perform their big hits. You will also enjoy lunch with a choice of Baked Chicken or Baked Scrod – includes minestrone soup, vegetables and dessert as well as coffee or tea. Check in time and return time have yet to be determined. Please contact Connie for additional information or to reserve your spot at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

All Aboard! Hart’s Turkey Farm & The Tilton Outlets – Thursday, October 8th – Departing our Holland Street Center at 8:30 A.M. and our Ralph & Jenny Center at 8:45 A.M. with an approximate return time of 5:30 P.M. A fee of $86. Includes, transportation & lunch in the dining car (roast turkey, whipped potatoes, butternut squash, beverage an dessert.) Beautiful fall foliage, great gift shop and a mystery stop that is sure to sweeten your day. Please call Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or if you would like any additional information.

Danversport Yacht Club – Italian Festival – Wednesday, October 21st – Departing our Holland Street Center at 10:15 A.M. and our Ralph & Jenny Center at 10:30 A.M. with an approximate return time of 4:30 P.M. A fee of $77. includes transportation, lunch (Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta or Baked Scrod, soft cheese & crackers, salad, rolls/bread, mashed potatoes, dessert, coffee/tea) and Fran Zarba and Ray Covicchio will entertain us with Italian songs. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions.

LGBT EVENTS

LGBT Advisory Group –Monday, April 13th – 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 Dinner & Movie Night – Monday, June 15th – 5:30 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. At approximately 5:30 we will be having a dinner with a little time to socialize followed by a showing of yet to be determined movie. 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

Please note all our Centers are closed on Monday, April 20th for the Patriot’s Day Holiday

The “Just Make Something” workshop that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th was cancelled and will be re-scheduled. Details coming soon……

Cabaret at Berklee scheduled for Monday, April 13th is SOLD OUT.

The Twin Rivers trip scheduled for Monday, April 27th is SOLD OUT.

The trip scheduled to Wildwood, NJ on May 11th – 15th is SOLD OUT.

There has been a lot happening at the SCOA – Keep your eyes open for more details on the upcoming trips

• 9/11 Museum & Memorial – a 2 day / 1 night trip
• Best of the Golden Oldies
• Boothbay Harbor & Cabbage Island
• Hu Ke Lau, Riverboat Ramblers / Triple Lobster Fest
• The Manhattan Dolls Music through the decades USO Style
• Our own “Antique Road Show” – One man’s junk just might be a treasure

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

Walking & Talking Group – Starting Monday, May 4th at 8:30 A.M. – out of our Holland Street Center. We’ll take a gentle 30 minute walk around the community every Monday – meeting in the downstairs lobby of the Holland Street Center. Become more active – make new friends – boost your brain power – feel healthier. For more information or to sign up please contact Chris Kowaleski our Health & Wellness Coordinator at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315.

The award winning Fit-4-Life Program is NOW at our Cross Street Center – 165 Broadway – And there are still some open spots!!! 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!

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, April 13th
9:00 Gardening (H)
10:00 Painting to Music (H)
10:30 Moonlighters (H)
11:30 LGBT Lunch (H)
4:30 LGBT Advisory Board (H)
Cabaret at Berklee

Tuesday, April 14th
10:00 English Conversations (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 Knitting Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:30 Computers 101 (H)
10:30 Low Vision Support Group
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)
12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (by appointment only) (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

Wednesday, April 15th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
1:00 Bowling at Flatbread
Volunteer Event

Thursday, April 16th
9:00 Yoga (H)
10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (H, RJ)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 Knitting Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:00 Current Events (H)
11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (by appointment only) (H)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ)
12:45 Bingo (RJ, H)

Friday, April 17th
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

Monday, April 20th
All Center’s Closed
Patriot’s Day

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