Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press & Organizational Updates & Information

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Cross Street Center Community Day – Tuesday, May 19th – At our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Come to our Cross Street Center, located at 165 Broadway and learn about the creative & interesting community-building activities the Center has to offer. A full day filled with arts, exercise, intergenerational activities and so much more. For additional information and to sign up please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

East Somerville Mosaic Project / Streetscape for East Branch Library – Tuesday, May 29th – 10:00 A.M. to Noon / As part of our “Community Day” at Cross Street Artist Emily Bhargava will be joining us again at our Cross Street Center to help us place objects into clay, creating textures and images into the permanent community mosaic. The completed mosaic will forever be a part of the neighborhood as it will be permanently place just outside the East Branch Library. Just one of the amazing things happening that day at our Cross Street Center. Please call Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to sign up.

Foxwoods Casino – Tuesday, May 19th – Check in time of 7:00 A.M. at our Holland Street Center and 7:15 A.M. at our Ralph & Jenny Center – With an approximate return time of 8:00 P.M. $25. fee includes transportation, $10. bonus slot and $10. buffet. Please call Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions.

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.

Celestial Bodies: Astronomy & Telescopes – Monday, June 15th – 9:30 in the Atrium at our Holland Street Center. The 2nd in our “Foundations of Knowledge Lecture Series” – Tufts University Professor Emeritus Robert A. Gonsalves will give an illustrated talk showing the universe as seen through the eye of the Hubble telescope. Come, see some beautiful photos, learn a little about our universe and ask some questions. Call Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for details, more information or to sign up.

Annual Nutrition Fair – Tuesday, June 16th – 10:00 A.M. to Noon – At our Holland Street Center. Health screenings, food demonstrations, eating tips, yummy recipes, snack samples and more – Join us for a healthy lunch after the fair and transportation would be available. For more information or to RSVP 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, June 8th – 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 Monthly Lunch – Monday, June 8th – 11:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. We will be joined by the students of the GSA from Somerville High School with a yet to be determined lunch menu. This lunch happens the 2nd Monday of every month excluding City Holidays and snow emergencies.

LGBT Dinner & Movie Night – Monday, June 15th – 5:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. In honor of Gay Pride Month at approximately 5:00 we will have a showing of The Great Pink Scare followed by a yet to be determined dinner with a little time to socialize followed by a showing of If These Walls Could Talk 2. 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

Friendly Caller Program
Do you know someone who could benefit from a friendly call? Maybe you are feeling isolated and want someone to talk to – or you just want someone to listen. Please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to sign up for our “Friendly Caller” Program.

All centers will be closed on Monday, May 25th in honor of Memorial Day.

The trip to Foxwoods scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th is SOLD OUT.

The BBQ at the WHYC scheduled for Thursday, June 18th is SOLD OUT.

Council on Aging
FLEA MARKET

Where: ​167 Holland Street
When:​Saturday, June 20th —rain or shine
Why: ​To support, sustain, and expand Somerville Council on Aging programming.
How:
• Purchase a table for $20 to sell your own goods. Spaces will be provided.
• Come ready to buy your next treasure from one of the vendors.

For more information, call Marie Linscott at (617) 625-7261.

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 Natasha.

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, 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!

Senior Housing 101 – Meets the last Tuesday of every month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. Social Worker, Natasha Naim will be facilitating this group. Participants can learn about the range of options that older adults have when thinking about where to live. Please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 ext. 2317 for more information or 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)
Tuesday through Thursday 8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
(617) 666-5223

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)
Cross Street Fit-4-Life, 12:15 P.M. (C)
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)
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

Monday, March 18th
8:30 Fit-4-Life Walking & Talking Group (H)
9:30 Foundations of Knowledge Lecture “From Sin to Swing, The Evolution of Jazz in America” (H)
10:30 Moonlighters (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)

Tuesday, May 19th
9:30 A.M.– 4:00 P.M. COMMUNITY DAY AT CROSS STREET (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 Knitting Scarves for Soldiers (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)
6:00 Caregivers
Foxwoods

Wednesday, May 20th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
Bowling Banquet

Thursday, May 21st
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 Knitting Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:00 Current Events (H)
10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (RJ, H)
11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (by appointment only) (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

Friday, May 22nd
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

Monday, May 25th
All Centers Closed
Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26th
10:15 Housing 101 Workshop (H)
10:00 Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)
12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (by appointment only) (H)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Wednesday, May 27th
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
Supper & Bingo HAFB

Thursday, May 28th
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)
12:45 Bingo (H)

Friday, May 29th
10:00 Back to Medicare Basics (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:45 Bingo (H)

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

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