Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

   
 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

De-cluttering Peer Support Group – this is a closed support group for individuals who are concerned about their clutter. Please contact Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 if you are interested in attending.

 

Free Smoke Alarm / Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Starting April 1st – The Somerville Council on Aging, The Health & Human Services Department partnering with The Somerville Fire Department are offering free smoke alarm / carbon monoxide detectors (they are one unit) to Somerville older adults and residents with a wide range of disabilities. To qualify you must be an older adult, 60 years of age or older, and live in Somerville (own or rent) or a Somerville resident with a disability (Photoelectric Alarms with ADA Compliant Strobe Light are available.) There is a brief application that will need to be filled out, signed and returned. Please contact Maureen Bastardi, Outreach Worker at the Somerville Council on Aging, at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to request an application. This program is on a first come / first serve basis. This is a Federally funded grant and services will be provided until the grant is exhausted.  

 

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.  

 

Dancing In The Park – Starting Monday, April 25th and running or 5 weeks. Join us at Chuckie Harris Park (Cross Street East / behind the Cross Street Center) from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. for this FREE Dancing in the Park series. Zumba, Salsa, Konpo, Forro and Kizomba – provides low impact and easy-to-follow pace for a healthy active lifestyle. This event is OPEN to EVERYONE. If you should have any questions, please call Chris at 617-625-6600, ext. 2315. Hope to see you there! RAIN or SHINE……If it is raining we will be inside the Cross Street Center. If it is SHINE we will be in the park! Still 1 classes left! With more Dancing in the Park to follow.

 

Ageless Grace – Mondays, April 25th to May 23rd at our Holland Street Center from 8:30 A.M. to 9:15 A.M. Anti-aging exercises almost anyone can do. Only $20 for 5 classes. Please contact Chris at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to sign up or if you should have any questions.

 

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.  

 

Forget Me Knot Group –Wednesdays from March 16th through June 15th from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 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.

 

Taking Care of Yourself & Others – Wednesday, June 8th from 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. in the Atrium of the Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. Implement simple healthy lifestyle changes, learn how to effectively manage stress, recognize the symptoms of depression and more. This workshop is facilitated by Rose Cheyette from Samaritans, Inc. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot.

 

Drop In Social Service Hours – Monday, June 13th from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 P.M. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. No appointment needed! Drop by our Cross Street Center and take advantage of having a Licensed Clinical Social Worker available to answer your questions, address your concerns and assist you in any number of areas. Social Services can be very useful to families and caregivers seeking help for their elderly loved ones. If you have questions or require additional information please call Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Know Your Consumer Rights: Fraud Prevention & Protection – Thursday, June 16th from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. Presented by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations – Please RSVP by calling Suzanne at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.  

 

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.

 

Senior Health Insurance 101 – “Dental Care” – Monday, June 27th at our Holland Street Center from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. – Dental Insurance Options, Low Cost Dental Schools, Dental Discount Programs and more. Please call 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.  

 

Mohegan Sun – Monday, July 25th – Check in time is 8:00 A.M. at our Holland Street Center and 8:15 at our Ralph & Jenny Center with an approximate return time of 8:00 P.M. A $25 fee will get you roundtrip transportation and bonus package of $10 food coupon / $10 free bet. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or to reserve your spot.  

 

Gloucester Harbor Cruise & Lobsterbake – Thursday, July 28th – For a $82 dollar fee you will receive motorcoach transportation, harbor cruise and a lobsterbake buffet. Cruise historic Gloucester harbor on board the Beauport Princess. The Beauport Princess has two dance floors, three full service bars, an open-air top deck and comfortable indoor seating. Includes New England Clam Chowder, steamed 1-1/4 lb. lobster (limit 1 per person but all other menu items are all you can eat), grilled barbeque chicken breast, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, cole slaw and dessert. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or if you need additional information.  

 

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.  

 

New York City – Saturday & Sunday, November 5th & 6th – $170 per person / double or $250 per person / single – Seats sell fast and are very limited – $50 deposit required upon reservation. Check in time is 5:45 A.M. at our Ralph & Jenny Center on Saturday the 5th with an approximate return time of 7:00 P.M. on Sunday the 6th. Motorcoach transportation, one night’s stay at the Sheraton Hotel in Stamford, CT – Shopping, sightseeing, visiting the 9/11 Memorial on Sunday and so much more. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or if you have any questions.  

 

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.  

 

 

 

LGBTQ EVENTS

 

 

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, June 13th at 4:30 P.M. in the conference room of our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. We are always looking for new members who would like to serve on the Advisory Group. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 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 call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300

 

LGBTQ Advisory Group is holding a LGBTQ Pride Dance at the Somerville Holiday Inn on Friday, June 3rd from 6:00 to 10:00. For additional information please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

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:

8:30 Ageless Grace (H) (5 week series – call for information)

9:15 Keep Moving Walking Club (H) (RSVP to Chris at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300)

12:00 Dancing in the Park (C) (Chuckie Harris Park, May16th & 23rd)

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

 

Tuesdays:

9:15 Strengthening – $3 per class (H)

11:15 Fit-4-Life (C)

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)

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

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

 

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

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 ALL CENTERS CLOSED on May 30th for the Memorial Day Holiday.

 

All available appointments for the Hearing Screening & Hearing Aid Checks scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th are BOOKED.

 

The day trip to see Hairspray at the Norwood Theatre on Wednesday, June 8th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Mohegan / Foxwoods overnight trip scheduled for (Thursday & Friday) June 9th & June 10th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Essex, Gloucester & Rockport day trip scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Lowell Spinners outing scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Indian Head trip scheduled for December 6th, 7th and 8th is BOOK SOLID.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. This group self facilitates. 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. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 if additional information is needed.

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.” Call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 if additional information is needed.

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 Monday, Tuesday & Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Maureen Bastardi, 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)

Mondays & Tuesdays – 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.  

Thursdays – 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, May 23rd

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Senior Health Insurance 101 (H)

10:30 Moonlighters (H)

11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)

1:00 Bereavement Group (H)

 

Tuesday, May 24th

9:30 – 11:30 Coffee Hour (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (by appointment only) (H)

12:30 Afternoon at the Movies (H)

Ralph & Jenny Center is Closed

 

Wednesday, May 25th

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

11:30 Forget Me Knot (H)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

1:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

 

Thursday, May 26th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 Cards (RJ)

10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (RJ)

10:30 Community Food Program (RJ)

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

11:30 Lunch (C)

11:30 Lunch (RJ) Joint lunch with Holland – Portuguese Food

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Friday, May 27th

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

 

 

Monday, May 30th

All Centers Closed – City Holiday – Memorial Day

 

Tuesday, May 31st

9:30 – 11:30 Coffee Hour (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)

12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (by appointment only) (H)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Wednesday, June 1st

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

11:30 Forget Me Knot (H)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Thursday, June 2nd

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 Cards (RJ)

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

11:30 Lunch (C, H, RJ)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Friday, June 3rd

10:00 Book Club (H)

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, June 6th

9:30 Monthly Breakfast with Eric Donnelly from RiteAide (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

 

Tuesday, June 7th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:30 Mens Group (H)

10:30 Live Your Life Well at Culinary Arts

 

Wednesday, June 8th

11:30 Forget Me Knot (H)

12:30 Taking Care of Yourself / Taking Care of Others (H)

Hairspray

Ralph & Jenny will be closed today

 

Thursday, June 9th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Current Events (H)

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

11:30 Lunch (H,C)

12:45 Bingo (H)

Mohegan / Foxwoods

 

Friday, June 10th

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

6:00 – 10:00 LGBTQ Pride Dance at the Holiday Inn

Mohegan / Foxwoods

 

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