Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Join the SCOA’s email group – The email group is for Somerville Council on Aging Seniors and / or Caregivers who are interested in the latest information on resources, events, programming, etc…in and around the Somerville area. Use the link https://groups.google.com/group/somerville-council-on-aging – If you have any questions or need help joining please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email DHiggins@Somervillema.gov

 

Ageless Grace – Ageless Grace, the Council on Aging’s new Fitness class for the body and mind. A 5-week series, 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. A 5-week Yoga series is a low-impact and easy-to-follow paced program that 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 – 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.

 

Reminiscing Group – Starting Tuesday, November 15th and running for six weeks at our Holland Street Center. Come and join the fun as we go back in time. If you have any questions or to RSVP please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321.

 

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.

 

Afternoon At The Movies: Tuesday, November 29th, 12:30 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. “The Finest Hours” – based on a true story set in 1950, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, when the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Chatham receives a distress signal from the oil tanker SS Pendleton and SS For Mercer. For additional information or to sign up please contact Josephine at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

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.  

 

December Breakfast – Monday, December 5th, 9:30 a.m. at Somerville High School’s Culinary Arts Department – Holiday Gathering. For more information or to RSVP please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

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.

 

Illumination of Light Tour – Saturday, December 17th – check in is 4:15 at the Somerville High School concourse. $5 fee – Hop on the trolley and be amazed at the Holiday lights in Somerville – seating is limited – for more information please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

LGBTQ Wine & Cheese Night – Monday, December 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Daddy Jones Bar located in Magoun Square. For more information or to RSVP please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Deb at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov

 

Painting with Linda – Fridays, January 27th, February 3rd and February 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. $15 fee for supplies and materials – space is limited – registration is a must – please call Josephine or Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGBTQ EVENTS

 

 

LGBTQ Advisory Group –This group meets quarterly in the conference room of our Holland Street Center at 4:30 p.m. and run for one hour. 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

 

 

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.

 

 

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

 

LGBTQ Wine & Cheese Night – Monday, December 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Daddy Jones Bar located in Magoun Square. For more information or to RSVP please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Deb at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov

 

 

 

WEEKLY EXERCISE CLASS SCHEDULE

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

Mondays:

9:15 Keep Moving Walking Club (H) (on Hiatus till spring)

10:00 Bike Club (Weather dependent – call for information)

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

4:00 Ageless Grace (H) (5 week series – call for information)

 

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) (5 week series – call for information)

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 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 15th is SOLD OUT.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

De-cluttering support group: – If you have concerns around your clutter, this group may be for you. This closed group meets both in spring and fall for 6-8 weeks. This group is co-facilitated by Natasha Naim and Marina Colonas. For more information, please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

 

*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.

 

**These groups meet at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Senior Center: located at 167 Holland Street

(between Davis Square and Teele Square)

Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 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 6:30 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

 

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Main Office: located at 167 Holland Street

(between Davis Square and Teele Square.)

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

 

 

 

Monday, November 21st

9:30 Veterans Group (H)

10:30 Moonlighters (H)

5:30 LGBTQ Event Night (H)

 

Tuesday, November 22nd

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

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

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Wednesday, November 23rd

No Programming

 

Thursday, November 24th

No Programming

Thanksgiving

 

Friday, November 25th

No Programming

City Holiday

 

Monday, November 28th

10:30 Moonlighters (H)

1:00 Bereavement Support Group (H)

Cape Cod Cranberry Days

 

Tuesday, November 29th

11:30 Pizza & Movie (H)

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

Cape Cod Cranberry Days

 

Wednesday, November 30th

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Thursday, December 1st

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

Holiday Bazaar

 

Friday, December 2nd

11:30 Lunch (H)

12:45 Bingo (H)

Holiday Bazaar

 

Monday, December 5th

9:30 Monthly Breakfast (Culinary Arts)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

 

Tuesday, December 6th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Reminiscing Group (H)

10:30 Men’s Group (H)

11:30 Lunch (C, RJ)

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

12:45 Bingo (H)

Indian Head Resort Trip Departs

 

Wednesday, December 7th

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

Thursday, December 8th

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, RJ)

12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)

1:00 Arts & Crafts (C)

Indian Head Resort Trip Returns

 

Friday, December 9th

Winter Wonderland Super Bingo

Holland Street

 

Monday, December 12th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

1:00 Bereavement Support Group (H)

WHYC

 

Tuesday, December 13th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Reminiscing Group (H)

10:30 Low Vision Group (H)

11:30 Lunch (C, RJ)

11:30 Pizza & Movie (H)

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

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Wednesday, December 14th

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Thursday, December 15th

9:00 Community Food Program (RJ)

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (H)

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

11:30 Lunch (C)

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

12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)

1:00 Arts & Crafts (C)

Yuletide Newport Day Trip

 

Friday, December 16th

9:00 Book Club (H)

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, December 19th

9:30 Veteran’s Group (H)

1:00 Bereavement Support Group (H)

5:30 LGBTQ Event Night

 

Tuesday, December 20th

10:00 Reminiscing Group (H)

10:30 Low Vision Group (H)

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

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

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

6:00 Caregivers Support Group (H)

 

Wednesday, December 21st

11:30 Lunch (RJ)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 

Thursday, December 22nd

10:00 Current Events (H)

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

11:30 Lunch (H, RJ)

12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)

 

Friday, December 23rd

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

Monday, December 26th

All Centers Closed

City Holiday

 

Tuesday, December 27th

11:30 Lunch (H)

 

Wednesday, December 28th

11:30 Lunch (H)

 

Thursday, December 29th

11:30 Lunch (H)

 

Friday, December 30th

11:30 Lunch (H)

 

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

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