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.

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

Afternoon at the Movies – Monday, June 22nd – 12:30 P.M. in the Atrium on our Holland Street Center. This month we are showing “Still Alice” starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore. The movie runs 1 hour and 39 minutes. Please call Josephine at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 for additional information or to sign up.

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.

Summer Fun Fridays – Museum and Cultural outings on the following Fridays – July 17th – The Anderson Auto Museum / July 24th – The Fruitlands Museum / July 31st – Institute of Comtemporary Art / August 14th – John F. Kennedy Library and Museum / August 28th – The Griffin Museum of Photography. All trips depart from our Holland Street Center at 9:00 A.M. Trip prices will vary depending upon mode of transportation. Lunch is always on your own and at your own expense. Space is extremely limited so please call Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot.

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.

Hu Ke Lau – Tuesday, August 11th – departing 9:00 A.M. from our Ralph & Jenny Center and 9:15 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. A fee of $84.- covers transportation, The Triple Lobsterfeast (triple lobster or prime rib,, rolls with butter, baked potato, green beans, ice cream & coffee) as well as The Riverboat Ramblers Show. Please contact Connie or Kim at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or for additional information.

Lowell Spinners – Wednesday, August 26th – departing our Holland Street Center at 3:30 P.M. with an approximate return time of 10:00 P.M. A fee of $30.- includes transportation, seating at the Lowell Spinners game and an all you can eat BBQ. Game time is 7:05 P.M. Please contact Connie or Kim at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or for additional 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, July 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 Monthly Lunch – Monday, July 13th – 11:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. More information to follow. This lunch happens the 2nd Monday of every month excluding City Holidays and snow emergencies.

LGBT Dinner & Movie Night – Monday, July 20th – 5:30 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. 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.

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

The Mohegan / Foxwoods trip scheduled for Thursday & Friday, June 25th & 26th is SOLD OUT.

The trip to Luciano’s with entertainment by the Drifters scheduled for Tuesday, June 23rd is SOLD OUT.

The supper & bingo night at Hanscom Air Force Base is SOLD OUT.

Please note that all our centers will be closed on Wednesday, June 17th for Bunker Hill Day.

GROUP INFORMATION*
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 Natasha 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. Group members choose both fiction and non-fiction titles on a quarterly basis. Books are available on reserve at the Central Branch of the Somerville Library. 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 – A NEW GROUP- 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 to sign up!
*All these groups meet at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street
GROUP IFORMATION
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. Janine Lotti, Senior Projects Manager and Sandy Francis, Cross Street Center Volunteer work together to facilitate 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.

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:
8:30 Walking / Talking Group (H)
8:30 Fit-4-Life Group C (H)
12:00 Nutrition Counseling with Mimi (H)
1:00 Fit-4-Life (H)

Tuesdays:
9:15 Strengthening – $3 per class (H)
12:15 Fit-4-Life Cross Street (C)
1:00 Dalcroze Eurhythmics – $2.00 (H)
6:00 LBT Fit 4 Life (H)

Wednesdays:
8:45 Fit 4 Life* Group A (H)
9:00 Fit 4 Life* Group B (H)
12:00 Fit 4 Life* Group C (H)
5:15 Zumba for All – $3 per class (H)

Thursdays:
9:00 Yoga (H)
9:30 Strengthening – $3 per class (RJ)
6:00 LBT Fit 4 Life*

Fridays:
8:45 Fit 4 Life* Group A
9:55 Fit 4 Life* Group B
11:00 Nutrition Counseling with Mimi

*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, June 15th
8:30 Walking/Talking Group (H)
9:30 Veterans Group (H)
9:30 Stargazing lecture (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:00 Nutrition Counseling with Mimi (H)
5:30 LGBT Pride Celebration 2015

Tuesday, June 16th
9:30 Reminiscing with Jimmy (H)
10:00 Nutrition Fair (H)
6:00 Caregivers
No Programming at our Cross Street Center and our Ralph & Jenny Center

Wednesday, June 17th
All Centers Closed
Bunker Hill Day

Thursday, June 18th
BBQ at the Winter Hill Yacht Club
All Centers Closed

Friday, June 19th
11:00 Nutrition Counseling with Mimi (H)
11:30 Lunch
12:45 Bingo

Monday, June 22nd
8:30 Walking/Talking Group (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:00 Nutrition Counseling with Mimi (H)
12:30 Afternoon at the Movies (Showing Still Alice) (H)

Tuesday, June 23rd
9:30 Reminiscing with Jimmy (H)
10:00 English Conversation (C)
10:00 Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:00 Cards (RJ)
11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)
12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (by appointment only (H)
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
Drifters

Wednesday, June 24th
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 English Conversation (C)
11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)
12:00 Caregivers Workshop / Tips for Family Conversations about Dementia
12:45 Bingo (RJ)
HAFB

Thursday, June 25th
10:00 Cards (RJ)
10:00 Scarves for Soldiers (RJ)
10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (RJ, H)
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)
Foxwoods / Mohegan

Friday, June 26th
11:00 Nutrition Counseling with Mimi (H)
11:30 Lunch
12:45 Bingo
Foxwoods / Mohegan

Monday, June 29th
8:30 Walking/Talking Group (H)
11:30 Lunch (H)
12:00 Nutrition Counseling with Mimi (H)
Holiday Inn Dance

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

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

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