Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Ageless Grace: Ageless Grace, the Council on Aging’s new Fitness class for the body and mind. The 5-week series started on Monday September 26th and continues on October 3rd, October 17th, October 24th and October 31st. You can still join! Held at 4:00 p.m. at the Holland Street 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: Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The 5-week Yoga series started on Thursday, September 15th but do not let that stop you from joining. 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!

 

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 Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at the Somerville Council on Aging, at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 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.  

 

New Arts & Crafts Group – Meeting every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Join us as we learn about a wide range of arts & crafts from weaving to watercolor pencils. We have some amazing ideas already and would love for you to join us. For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator, Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

 

Forming Friendships Social Group – Tuesdays, September 20th, September 27th, October 4th, October 11th, October 18th and October 25th from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. Are you looking to socialize and meet new people? If so, this 6-week social group is for you. There are limited spots available so call soon to reserve your spot. Please call Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.

 

2016 Health & Wellness Fair – Thursday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. Guest speakers, Demos, Blood Pressure Screening, Flu shot clinic and more. You must RSVP to Josephine by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

A Watercolor Quilt with Linda Cohen, M. Ed. – Friday, October 21st, October 28th and November 4th from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at our Holland Street Center. A fee of $10 covers the cost of all supplies and materials. Each participant will have two watercolor paintings, one to take home and one to hang at the Center. Space is limited. Registration is necessary. Please call Josephine or Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot.

 

Halloween Super Bingo – Tuesday, October 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street. Limited seating and transportation. $10 fee – includes lunch, coffee, dessert, cards & prizes. For more information, please call Kim at 617-666-5223.

 

Diabetes Shoe Clinic – Monday, Thursday, November 7th – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. Did you know that you could be eligible for a free pair of diabetes shoes every year? If you have Medicare and diabetes, please book a ten minute shoe fitting appointment! Contact Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317. You must make an appointment ahead of time.  

 

Fiore’s Restaurant – Thursday, November 10th – Check in time 10:45 a.m. at Holland Street and 11:00 a.m. at Ralph & Jenny Center with an approximate return time of 3:00 p.m. $25 fee includes transportation, lunch (swordfish, eggplant parmesan or chicken piccata.) For additional information, please call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Wrentham Outlets – Sunday, November 13th – $10 fee for transportation only. Check in time is 10:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center with an approximate return time of 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Silver Sizzle Review – Friday, November 18th – Luciano’s Lake Pearl in Wrentham, MA. $20 fee includes transportation, lunch and show. The show features performances by former Radio City Music Hall Rockettes along with great comedy. Please contact the SCOA at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot. No refunds.

 

LGBTQ Event Night – Monday, November 21st – 5:30 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. “Practicing Mindfulness through Painting” workshop where we will introduce concepts of Mindfulness while working with music and painting. No art or painting experience required. A light supper will be provided. Seating is limited – please contact Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email DHiggins@Somervillema.gov 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.  

 

Winter Wonderland Super Bingo – Friday, December 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. $10 fee includes lunch, coffee, dessert, cards and prizes. Limited seating and transportation. Please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for more information.

 

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, November 14th 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 Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@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 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, October 17th – TBA

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

 

The day trip to Hart’s Turkey Train scheduled for Tuesday, October 17th is SOLD OUT.

 

The Halloween Celebration at the WHYC scheduled for Monday, October 31st is SOLD OUT.

 

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

 

The day trip to Luciano’s Silver Sizzle Review scheduled for Friday, November 18th is SOLD OUT.

 

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

 

The Holiday Celebration at the WHYC scheduled for Monday, December 12th is SOLD OUT.

 

The day trip to Yuletide Newport scheduled for Thursday, December 12th is SOLD OUT.

 

The trip to Atlantic City scheduled for Sunday, January 8th to Tuesday, January 10th is SOLD OUT.

 

Please note the Moonlighters are back:

Monday, October 10th – Columbus Day (No Moonlighters)

Monday, October 17th – To Be Announced

Monday, October 24th – Rehearsal at the Holland Street Center

Monday, October 31st – No Moonlighters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 volunteer, Norbert DeAmato, 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.
Low Vision Support Group – Meets the second (2nd) Tuesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M. Our Social Worker, Natasha Naim, 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 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!
Bereavement Support Group – Meets bi-monthly on Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at our Holland Street Center. Social Worker, Natasha Naim, facilitates this group. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 and ask for Natasha.
*All these groups meet at our Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Conversation – Meets every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator 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. Please contact Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 for additional information.

 

Arts & Crafts – Meets every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Join us in a relaxing atmosphere as we learn about a wide range of arts & crafts from weaving to watercolor pencils. Maureen Bastardi, Program Coordinator facilitates this group. Please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 to sign up or for additional 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, to confirm a center’s hours of operation or to make a reservation! 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. Stay for lunch and receive free transportation.

 

Holland Street Center: 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)

Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

(617) 666-5223

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday, October 10th

All Centers Closed

Columbus Day

 

Tuesday, October 11th

9:30 Forming Friendships (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:30 Low Vision Group (H)

11:30 Lunch (C)

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

Lancaster, PA & Atlantic City trip departs

 

Wednesday, October 12th

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

11:30 Lunch (H)

 

Thursday, October 13th

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

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

11:30 Lunch (C, H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

 

Friday, October 14th

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, October 17th

9:00 Gardening Group (H)

9:30 Veteran’s Group (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:30 Moonlighters – Offsite

11:30 Lunch (C)

1:00 Bereavement Support Group (H)

5:30 LGBTQ Event Night (H)

Turkey Train

 

 

Tuesday, October 18th

9:30 Forming Friendships (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

11:30 Pizza & Movie (H)

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

6:00 Caregivers Support Group (H)

 

Wednesday, October 19th

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Thursday, October 20th

Health & Wellness Fair at the Holland Street Center

All other centers closed

 

Friday, October 21st

10:00 Book Club (H)

10:00 Watercolor Quilt (H)

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, October 24th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:30 Moonlighters (H)

11:30 Lunch (C)

11:30 Entertainment & Lunch (H)

 

Tuesday, October 25th

9:30 Forming Friendships (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Housing 101 (H)

11:30 Lunch (C, RJ)

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

12:45 Super Bingo (RJ)

 

 

Wednesday, October 26th

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Thursday, October 27th

9:00 Community Food Program (RJ)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Current Events (H)

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

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

11:30 Lunch (C)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Friday, October 28th

10:00 Watercolor Quilt (H)

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, October 29th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

1:00 Bereavement Support Group (H)

WHYC Halloween Celebration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

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