Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press Organizational Updates & Information

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Ageless Grace: Ageless Grace, the Council on Aging’s new Fitness class for the body and mind, will be starting its next 5 week series on July 25th. Held on Mondays at 4:00pm at the Holland St. Center, the Ageless Grace program is an innovative wellness and fitness program done seated in a chair to upbeat music. Classes are playful, imaginative and different every time. All the movements are designed to focus on the healthy longevity of the body and the brain. Contact Chris at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315 for more information and to sign up. Cost is $20.00 for 5 classes!

 

Yoga: Save the date! The next 5 week Yoga series will start on Thursday, September 15th from 9:00 to 10:00am. This low-impact and easy-to-follow paced program lets you stretch and relax to help start your day. Contact Chris at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315 for more information and to sign up. Cost is $20.00 for 5 classes!

 

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.  

 

Forming Friendships – Wednesdays starting July 6th, July 13th, July 20th & July 27th – 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. Feeling lonely lately? Looking to meet new people? If so, this 4-week social group is for you. To register or if you have any questions, please call Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Somerville Home Loan Program – Tuesday, July 26th – 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. Are you a Somerville homeowner and are you thinking about making repairs to your house? Join us and learn more about programs the City of Somerville offers to help you keep your property up to date and looking great! Presented by Vicki Wairi from OSPCD. Call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 and ask for Natasha.  

 

Social Service Drop In Hours – Monday, August 8th – 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. – at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Take advantage of having a free Licensed Clinical Social Worker available to you. No appointment time needed. For information or questions please contact Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or just drop in.

 

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.  

 

Twin River Casino – Monday, August 29th – Departing our Holland Street Center at 9:30 A.M. and our Ralph & Jenny Center at 9:45 A.M. with an approximate return time of 7:00 P.M. – $20 fee includes motorcoach transportation and a yet to be determined package. For more information please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.  

 

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival – Sunday, September 11th – Departing our Holland Street Center at 10:00 A.M. with an approximate return time of 6:00 P.M. This trip includes transportation only for $13. Lunch, shopping and $5. Admission fee is on your own. Lots to do or just relax and enjoy the beach. To reserve your spot or if you have any questions, please call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Tampa & Orlando – Tuesday to Saturday, September 13th to 17th – TRANSPORTATION CHANGE – NOW FLYING – 5 days & 4 nights – A fee of $1099 / pp double or $1435 / pp single includes roundtrip airfair, 1 night in Tampa, 4 nights in Orlando, 3 day Disney Park Hopper Pass includes The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM and so much more. Disney meal plan optional. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or to reserve your spot.  

 

Hart’s Turkey Train – Monday, October 17th – DAY CHANGE – Departing Holland Street at 7:00 A.M. and the Ralph & Jenny Center at 7:45 A.M. with an approximate return time of 5:30 P.M. – $63 fee includes transportation and lunch. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot or if you should 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.  

 

Yuletide Newport – Display of Lights – Thursday, December 15th – Departing Somerville at 8:30 A.M. with an approximate return time of 7:00 P.M. – A $79. Fee includes motor coach transportation, admission to Newport’s Marble House Mansion, a full course lunch at Scampi’s as well as a visit and sightseeing to LaSalette. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for 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, September 12th 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

 

 

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

 

Mark your calendars for these great upcoming LGBTQ Events

 

Monday, July 18th – Ice Cream Social

Monday, August 15th – Safety Seminar

Monday, September 19th – Out Vets Presentation

Monday, October 17th – LGBTQ Health Fair

Monday, November 21 – Painting to Reduce Stress

Monday, December 19th – Holiday Party

 

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)

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

 

Tuesdays:

10:00 Yoga (RJ) – $20 for a 5 week session starting July 5th

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.  

 

The day trip to Mohegan Sun scheduled for Monday, July 25th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Gloucester Harbor Cruise / Lobsterbake day trip scheduled for Thursday, July 28th is SOLD OUT.

 

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

 

The day trip to Castle Island scheduled for Friday, August 12th is BOOKED.

 

The BBQ at the WHYC scheduled for Monday, August 22nd is SOLD OUT.

 

The trip to Lancaster, PA & Atlantic City scheduled for October 11th -15th (Tuesday to Saturday) is SOLD OUT.

 

The Weekend gateway to NYC scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, November 5th & 6th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Indian Head trip scheduled for December 6th, 7th and 8th (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) is BOOK SOLID.

 

From Seniors to Kids and Back Again has been postponed until the fall. Further details to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 third 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

 

Friday, July 22nd

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

Revere Beach

 

Monday, July 25th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

 

Tuesday, July 26th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Yoga (RJ)

10:00 Cards (RJ)

10:00 Senior Housing 101 / Senior Home Loans (H)

11:30 Pizza & Movie (H)

11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)

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

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Wednesday, July 27th

11:30 – 12:30 Forming Friendships (H)

 

Thursday, July 28th

9:00 Community Food Program (RJ)

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)

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

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Gloucester Cruise & Lobsterbake

 

 

Friday, July 29th

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, August 1st

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

 

Tuesday, August 2nd

10:00 Cards (RJ)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:30 Men’s Group (H)

11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)

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

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Wednesday, August 3rd

Mayor’s Annual Picnic

All Centers Closed

 

Thursday, August 4th

10:00 Cards (RJ)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Current Events (H)

11:30 Lunch (RJ, C)

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

12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)

 

Friday, August 5th

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

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