Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

   
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Free Groceries Every Month? You may be eligible for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program! CSFP is a once a month food distribution for individuals 60 years of age or older. You may be eligible to receive two free bags on food once a month containing healthy shelf stable products. Proof of identity and age are all that is required to apply. For more information or to apply please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 – applications are available at the front desk of our Holland Street Center. (flyer attached)

 

Bereavement Support Group – Starting on Monday, February 1st and running for 12 weeks from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at our Holland Street Center. Have you recently experienced the loss of a loved one and are in need of support? We are running a 12 week support group starting February 1st. Please contact Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or to register.  

 

Berklee College of Music Series – 2 dates left – This is a free event. Outings to see the country’s next big vocal, instrumental and theatre stars! Pre-registration is required. Very limited seating. Please call 617-625-6600, Ext. 2300 to reserve your spot.

Thursday, March 10th at 7:30 P.M.: Eighth Annual Guitar Night: R&B / Funk Showcase

Monday, March 21st at 7:30 P.M.: Maggie Scott: Vocal Jazz Series

 

New Berklee College of Music & Tufts University – See the country’s next big vocal, instrumental and theatre Stars! These are free events. Pre-registration is required. Very limited seating. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to register for the following events:

April

*Monday, April 4th at 2:00 P.M. – Anglo Celtic Vocal Ensemble: The Flowers of the Forest at The Berklee College of Music.

*Wednesday, April 13th at 8:00 P.M. – Songs & Dances of Eternal Beauty featuring the works of Mozart, Ravel, Andre Previn and Bach at the Granoff Music Center at Tufts University.

*Wednesday, April 20th at 8:00 P.M. – Tufts Chamber Music – Students present works for strings, winds, brass and piano at the Granoff Music Center at Tufts University.

*Thursday, April 28th at 8:00 P.M. – Tufts Opera Ensemble – a two one-act operas on the follies of young and old love: Haydn’s La Canterina and Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief at Granoff Music Center at Tufts University.

May

*Monday, May 2nd at 1:00 P.M. – Italian Classical Art Songs & Arias: Students from Berklee “Introduction to Italian Diction and Art Songs” will present a selection of songs and arias at the Berklee College of Music.

*Wednesday, May 4th at 7:30 P.M. – Vocal Jazz Festival: Concerts of vocal jazz ensembles under the direction of Ned Rosenblatt, associate professor in Berklee’s Voice Department at The Berklee College of Music. (flyer attached)

 

 

YOGA is BACK – starting Thursday, February 11th from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at our Holland Street Center and running 5 weeks ending on Thursday, March 10th – There is a $20 fee for the 5 weeks – It’s a great way to start your day, easy to follow program lets you stretch and relax, low-impact moves and easy to follow pace. Please contact Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.  

 

Poetry Appreciation & Composition Series –Still one more workshops left! Tuesday, March 8th from 10:00 to noon – at our Cross Street Center located at 185 Broadway. Local Poet Laureate Nicole Terez Dutton’s work has appeared in prestigious publications including Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review and the Salt Hill Journal. For additional information or to reserve your spot please contact Janine Lotti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 or email her at JLotti@Somervillema.gov  

 

Senior Health Insurance 101 – Starts on Monday, February 29th and will meet the last Monday of each month until June 27th – 10:00 A.M. at our Holland Street Center – Are you covered? Are you looking for affordable insurance? Come and learn about Medicare, Medicaid and much more. Please contact Suzanne at 617-625-6600, ext. 2318 for additional information and to sign up.  

 

Living Frugally on a Fixed Income – Beginning, Tuesday, March 8th and running every Tuesday for 6 weeks ending on Tuesday, April 12th at our Holland Street Center from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. in our conference room. Please call Suzanne at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for further information and topics for each week.  

St. Patrick’s Lunch & Show at AquaTurf – Wednesday, March 16th – Departing Somerville at 8:30 A.M. on a luxury Silver Fox Coach to Connecticut’s famous Aqua Turf Club – $79 fee includes your transportation, a delicious family style luncheon (salad, corned beef & cabbage or pasta w/meat sauce or baked scrod, potatoes and vegetables, rolls & butter, complimentary glass of wine or beer, coffee / tea) Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or for additional information.

 

Forget Me Knot Group –Wednesdays from March 16th through June 15th from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center – A 3 month support group about memory and aging. Our Forget Me Knot Group hopes to answer questions & provide educational, emotional and social support. Please call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 if you should have any questions, require additional information or to reserve your spot.

 

Afternoon At The Movies – Tuesday, March 22nd at 12:30 P.M. in the Atrium of our Holland Street Center. This month we are showing The Intern starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. This movie is rated PG-13 and runs for approximately 2 hours. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot. (flyer attached)

 

Twin River Casino – Tuesday, March 29th – $25 fee includes motor coach transportation and a yet to be determined package. Departing Holland Street at 9:30 A.M. and Ralph & Jenny at 9:45 A.M. with an approximate return time of 7:00 P.M. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or to reserve your spot.

 

Baby Shower – Tuesday, April 5th from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center – The Somerville Council on Aging in collaboration with the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative is pleased to host its first “Community Building Baby Shower.” Why? To give expectant young mothers encouragement and support as they begin one of life’s biggest adventures and take on one of life’s most difficult jobs. How? By providing knitted baby goods and small essentials, participating in various learning activities for mothers and babies and having great family fun. Registration is limited to 20 adults. Please call Janine at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to register and be part of the FUN.  

 

Foxwoods – Monday, April 11th – Departing Holland Street at 7:00 A.M. and Ralph and Jenny at 7:15 with an approximate return time of 8:00 P.M. – $25 fee includes transportation, $10 bonus slot and $10 buffet. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for more information and to reserve your spot.  

 

2nd Volunteer Roundtable of 2016 – Friday, April 15th at 9:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. This roundtable, is a social gathering designed to bring current COA volunteers together to share stories and experiences. It also has the added purpose of welcoming new community members to volunteering. The COA offers many opportunities to give time and energy to the Somerville community by becoming involved with the many programs and activities we have to offer. This is an informal program with light refreshments and plenty of time for questions and answers. For more information or to register for this event please call Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300. (flyer attached)

 

Moulin Rouge at Lantana’s – Tuesday, April 19th – Departing Holland Street at 10:30 AM and Ralph & Jenny at 10:45 AM with an approximate return time of 5:00 PM – $85 fee includes transportation, lunch & show – Chicken Parmesan (soup, ziti w/sauce, rolls & butter, dessert, coffee / tea) or a Vegetarian Option is available – Performance of Moulin Rouge – please contact Connie Lorrenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or for additional information.  

 

Lake George, NY – Monday, April 25th & Tuesday, April 26th – 2 Days / 1 Night – Package Price is $238 pp/double and $283 pp/single. Includes motor coach transportation, deluxe overnight accommodations, welcome wine & cheese reception, full course dinner, fantastic after dinner show and so much more. Please contact Connie for additional information or to register at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. Trip cancellation protection is available for an additional $28

 

Highwaymen at Venus De Milo – Thursday, June 23rd – Departing Holland Street at 9:30 AM and Ralph & Jenny at 9:45 AM with an approximate return time of 5:30 PM – $85 fee includes transportation, lunch & show – Choice of baked chicken or baked scrod (includes soup, vegetable, breads, desserts, coffee / tea) – Performance by the Highwaymen & The Queens of Country – tribute to five of the biggest names in country music – Please contact Connie Lorrenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or for additional information.

 

Vine to Wine Tour! – Monday, July 11th – Departing at 8:30 A.M. with an approximate return time of 6:30 P.M. – $79 fee will include luxury Silver Fox Coach transportation, Yankee Candle Store, Lunch at Chandler’s Restaurant (choice: baked haddock, vegetable lasagna or roasted turkey / all served with salad, beverage and dessert) – After lunch travel to Honora Vineyards, Putney Mountain Winery, and much more. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions.  

 

Lowell Spinners – Wednesday, August 10th – Join us for a sensational night out with incredible baseball and loads of fun – $30 fee includes transportation, seating at the game and an all you can eat BBQ – Department Holland Street at 3:30 P.M. for a 7:05 P.M. game with an approximate return time of 10:00 P.M. For additional information or to reserve your spot please contact Connie at

617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

The Norman Rockwell Museum & Parker’s Maple Barn – Tuesday, August 16th – A fee of $80 includes roundtrip motor coach transportation, admission to Norman Rockwell Museum, lunch at Parker’s Maple Barn Restaurant. For additional information or to reserve your spot please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.  

 

Tampa & Orlando – Monday to Monday, September 12th to 19th – 8 days & 7 nights – A fee of $1099 / pp double or $1435 / pp single includes deluxe motor coach transportation with 2 nights stopover accommodations en route, 2 nights in beautiful Tampa, 3 nights in exciting Orlando, 5 sumptuous dinners, 3 day Disney Park Hopper Pass includes The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM and so much more. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or to reserve your spot.  

 

Lancaster, PA & Atlantic City, NJ – Tuesday through Saturday, October 11th to 15th – 5 days & 4 nights – A fee of $509 / pp double or $669 pp single includes round trip deluxe motor coach transportation, 1 night accommodations at resort casino, 3 nights accommodations in Lancaster, 3 great breakfasts, 3 yummy Amish feasts, reserved seating at theater featuring Samson, tour Hershey Chocolate World, Landis Valley Museum and so much more. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for more information or to reserve your spot.  

 

Cape Cod Cranberry Days – Monday & Tuesday, November 28th & 29th – 2 days / 1 night – For a fee of $195 / pp double and $225 pp single this trip includes roundtrip motor coach transportation, 1 night deluxe accommodation, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner and several guided tours including The Cranberry Harvest Experience, Sandwich Village Glass Museum, Chatham Village and Plymouth Winery just to name a few. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for more information or to reserve your spot.  

 

Indian Head Resort – Tuesday to Thursday, December 6th to 8th – A fee of $275 / pp double or $375 pp single includes motor coach transportation, 2 nights lodging, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 deluxe luncheon, welcome reception, floor show and so much more. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for more information or to reserve your spot.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGBTQ EVENTS

 

LGBTQ Event Night – An Evening with Senator Patricia Jehlen – Monday, March 21st, 5:30 PM in the Atrium of our Holland Street Center – Join us as we welcome Senator Pat Jehlen and we discuss the Special Legislative Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging Report. You can find a copy of this special report at https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/SD2441 Refreshments will be served – RSVP is essential – if you have any questions or require additional information please contact Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2316 or MBastardi@Somervillema.gov (flyer attached)

 

 

LGBTQ Advisory Group –This group meets the 2nd Monday of every month excluding City Holidays and snow emergencies. Our next meeting will be on Monday, March 14, 2016. We are looking for new members who would like to serve on the Advisory Group. Please call Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2316 or email at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov if you have any questions or if you should need additional information.

 

*If you require additional information or have any questions regarding the LGBTQ events 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

 

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY EXERCISE CLASS SCHEDULE

Holland Street Center= (H)​Ralph & Jenny Center= (JR)​Cross Street Center=(C)

Mondays:

1:00 Fit-4-Life Group C (H)

 

Tuesdays:

9:15 Strengthening – $3 per class (H)

11:15 Fit-4-Life (C)

1:00 Dalcroze Eurhythmics***

6:00 LBT Fit-4-Life* (H)

 

Wednesdays:

8:45 Fit-4-Life Group A (H) – Exercise

9:00 Fit-4-Life Group B (H) – Nutrition

10:00 Fit-4-Life Group B (H) – Exercise

10:00 Fit-4-Life Group A (H) – Nutrition

12:00 Fit-4-Life Group C (H) – Nutrition

1:00 Fit-4-Life Group C (H) – Exercise

5:15 Zumba for All – $3 per class (H)

 

Thursdays:

9:00 Yoga (H) (5 week series starting February 11th and running until March 10th)

9:30 Strengthening – $3 per class (RJ)

11:15 Fit-4-Life (C)

6:00 LBT Fit-4-Life*(H)

 

Fridays:

8:45 Fit-4-Life Group A (H) – Exercise

10:00 Fit-4-Life Group B (H) – Exercise

 

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

** Walking and Talking Group is on hiatus until springtime.

***Dalcroze Eurhythmics is on hiatus until further notice.

One-on-one nutrition is on hiatus until further notice.

 

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.  

 

Please note that the Fit-4-Life Walking & Talking Group is on hiatus until Spring Time. We will keep you posted.

 

The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the WHYC scheduled for Monday, March 14th is BOOKED SOLID.

 

The St. Patrick’s Day Super Bingo scheduled for Thursday, March 17th at our Ralph & Jenny Center is SOLD OUT.

 

Please note that the trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show scheduled for Friday, March 18th , is SOLD OUT but you can still put your name on the waiting list.

 

The Older American’s Month Celebration at the WHYC scheduled for Thursday, May 5th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Pine Grove Dude Ranch trip scheduled for May 15th through May 20th is BOOKED SOLID. Call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to have your name put on the waiting list.

This trip, costing $449 pp/dbl and $499 pp/single includes round trip motor coach transportation, 5 nights deluxe accommodations, 3 great meals each day and a wide variety of entertainment and programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Contact our main office at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 if you should require additional information.
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 to sign up!
*All these groups meet at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street
English Conversation – Meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday beginning at 10 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. Continue conversation throughout a healthy lunch.
 

 

 

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  

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Cross Street Center: located at 165 Broadway​

(East Somerville)

Tuesday & Thursday 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.  

Wednesday – 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 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 9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

(617) 666-5223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

 

Monday, February 29th

10:00 Activity & Movie (RJ)

10:30 Moonlighters at the Lowell Street VNA

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

1:00 Bereavement Group (H)

 

Tuesday, March 1st

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Cards (RJ)

11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Holland Street Center Closed – Election Day

 

Wednesday, March 2nd

9:00 Trip Meeting (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

12:45 Bingo (H)

1:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

Lunch & Bingo at Holland Street Center

Ralph & Jenny Closed

 

Thursday, March 3rd

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 Knitting for Babies (RJ)

10:00 Cards (RJ)

11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (by appointment only) (H)

11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)

12:45 Bingo ( H, RJ)

 

Friday, March 4th

10:00 Book Club (H)

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, March 7th

9:30 Monthly Breakfast (H)

10:30 Moonlighters at Clarendon Hill

1:00 Bereavement Group (H)

 

Tuesday, March 8th

9:00 Living Frugally (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Final Poetry Workshop Celebration(C)

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 9th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

12:45 Bingo (H)

1:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

 

Thursday, March 10th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (H)

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 Knitting for Babies (RJ)

10:00 Cards (RJ)

11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (by appointment only) (H)

11:30 Lunch (H, RJ, C)

12:45 Bingo ( H, RJ)

7:30 Berklee College of Music – R&B / Funk

 

 

Friday, March 11th

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

 

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

We have a Facebook page? Check us out at http://www.facebook.com/somervilleCOA

 

You can receive our monthly newsletter that is always filled with useful and important information. For a $5.00 yearly fee, you can receive it via the U.S. Postal service or a free version can be sent electronically. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300 to sign up. 

   
    
   

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