Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

 

The Council on Aging wants you! – The SCOA is supporting D.A. Marian Ryan’s Project C.A.R.E. and Project Linus. Helping children of trauma have some comfort in their time of need by providing them with homemade blankets. Help us reach our goal of 200 blankets. Knitted, crochet or handmade fleece accepted. Please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321.

 

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!

 

Silver Alert Program – The Somerville Council on Aging with the Somerville Police Department have implemented a program to take a proactive approach towards protecting some of Somerville’s most vulnerable citizens who suffer with serious cognitive impairments that put them at risk for wandering and getting lost. The Silver Alert Program is designed to collect specific information about a potential missing person, along with photo identification. This confidential information will be kept on file for immediate use in the event a loved one is reported missing. Please contact the SCOA at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for additional information or to register.  

 

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 of food once a month containing healthy shelf stable products. Proof of identity and age are all that is required to apply. Must apply beforehand. Pick up at the Ralph & Jenny Center, 9 New Washington Street on the 4th Thursday of every month unless otherwise specified. 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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS.

 

Winds for All – Starting Tuesday mornings, July 25th – 10:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. $10 per class – A music immersion class for those who have never played a woodwind instrument. To reserve your spot or for additional information please call Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321.

 

Breakfast at Renee’s Café – Friday, August 11th – check in is 8:30 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. Join us as we walk over to Renee’s for breakfast. For more information or to reserve your spot please call Kim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Birthday Lunch & Bingo – Monday, August 28th – 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Cross Street. For more information or to reserve your spot please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

 

Birthday Lunch & Bingo – Thursday, August 31st – 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holland Street Center. Limited seating – for more information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Judy at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Niagara / Toronto – Monday, September 4th to Thursday, September 7th – $488 per person double – $585 per person single includes motor coach transportation, lodging, 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, a bottle of Niagara wine and so much more. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Kim or Connie by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Planning for Medicare / A Countdown to 65 – Thursday, September 14th – 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. A representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be speaking about various Medicare topics. For more information please contact Ashley or Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

AARP Homefit Workshop – Thursday, September 21th – 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. This workshop helps people stay in the home they love. For more information or to register please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or dhiggins@somervillema.gov.  

 

One Night in Memphis – Thursday, September 21st – $83 per person includes transportation, lunch and show at Venus De Milo. For questions, additional information or to reserve your spot contact Kim or Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Wildwood, NJ – Thursday, October 12th to Sunday, October 15th – $411 per person double – $527 per person single includes transportation, lodging, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, dance party and so much more. For more information, questions or to reserve your spot please contact Connie or Kim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

A Very Vermont Tour – Tuesday, October 17th to Thursday, October 19th – $353 per person double or triple – $469 per person single includes transportation, lodging, Billings Farm Museum, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Facility and so much more. For more information, questions or to reserve your spot please call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Doo Wop Revue with the Corvettes – Thursday, November 9th at Lake Pearl in Wrentham. $69 includes transportation, lunch and show. For questions, additional information or to reserve your spot contact Kim or Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Wrentham Outlets – Sunday, November 12th – $10 for transportation, lunch is on your own. Check in time is 10:00 a.m. at the Holland Street Center with an approximate return time of 5:00 p.m. For questions, more information or to reserve your spot contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Michael Buble Tribute with artist Scott Keo – Tuesday, December 5th – $83 includes transportation, lunch and show at Danversport Yacht Club. For questions, additional information or to reserve your spot contact Kim or Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Blood Pressure Screening – Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway. Scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month: August 17th, September 21st, October 19th, November 16th and December 14th. If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

 

Blood Pressure Screening – Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street. Scheduled for August 24th, September 28th, November 30th and December 21st. If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

 

Blood Pressure Screening – Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. Scheduled for the 1st Thursday of each month: August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd and December 7th. If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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

 

2017 Advisory Dates 4:30-5:30pm at 167 Holland Street

October 16th

 

2017 Event Dates

September 18th- TBA

December 18th – TBA

 

For more information contact Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at

617-625-6600 ext. 2321 or dhiggins@somervillema.gov

 

 

 

LGBTQ Monthly Lunch is Back

Please join us the second Wednesday of the Month at the Senior Center at 167 Holland Street.

A Hot Lunch will be served at 11:30am

August 16th

September 13th

October 11th

November 8th

December 13th

Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at dhiggins@somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext. 2321. A $2.00 donation is suggested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEKLY EXERCISE CLASS SCHEDULE

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

 
Mondays:

9:00 Walking Club (H)

11:00 Tai Chi (H)

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

 

Tuesdays:

9:15 Strengthening – $3 per class (H)

11:15 Fit-4-Life (C)

 

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

11:00 Nutrition one-on-one (H)

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Castle Island scheduled for Monday, August 7th is SOLD OUT.

 

The BBQ at Holland Street scheduled for Thursday, August 10th is SOLD OUT.

 

The day trip to the Lowell Spinners scheduled for Thursday, August 10th is SOLD OUT.

 

The day trip to Foxwoods scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th is SOLD OUT.

 

The BBQ at Cross Street scheduled for Thursday, September 21st is SOLD OUT.

 

The Pine Grove Dude Ranch trip scheduled for September 24th – 20th is BOOK SOLID. Call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to put your name on the waiting list should there be an opening.

 

The trip to Atlantic City scheduled for October 24th to October 31st is SOLD OUT.

 

The trip to NYC scheduled for December 8th, 9th and 10th is SOLD OUT. Call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to put your name on the waiting list should there be an opening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLAND STREET GROUP INFORMATION

Mens Group – Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. 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 are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

                                                                         

Caregiver Support Group – Meets the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, 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 Ashley at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318.

 

Veterans Group – Meets the third Monday of each month from 9:30 a.m. 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 in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

 

Low Vision Support Group – Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, 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. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2318.

 

Current Events Group – Meets every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Our Social Worker, Natasha Naim, facilitates this group. Join a group of your peers to discuss current events. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

 

Book Club – Meets the third Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. 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. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

 

Gardening Club – Meets the second Monday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m. and running for an hour most times. Principal Master Gardener, Vilma Sullivan, facilitates this group. A different topic each month ranging from gardening tips & secrets to inexpensive “greenhouses.” If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call 617-625-6600 Ext. 2300.

 

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. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

 

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. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

 

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. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Natasha at 617-625-6600 Ext. 2317.

 

Golden Gals: a.k.a. Women’s Group – Meets the last Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilities this group. A fun, safe, social group to discuss women’s issues and growing older. For more information, please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 ext. 2318.

 

Reminiscing Group – Meets the 4th Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Outreach Coordinator, Debby Higgins, facilities this group. Join us as we go back in time. If you are interested in joining, have questions or require additional information please call Debby at 617-625-6600, Ext. 2321.

 

 

 

 

CROSS STREET GROUP INFORMAITON

English Conversation – Meets every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 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. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

 

Arts & Crafts – Meets every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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. Must call a week in advance if you plan on attending. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

 

Social Service Drop In – The 3rd Thursday of every month Social Workers, Ashley Speliotis and Natasha Naim will be taking turns and having a Drop-in Social Service hour from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the Cross Street Center. They will be available to address any of your Social Service needs. Stop by or if you need additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CENTER LOCATIONS, TIMES & SCHEDULES

 

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 1:00 p.m.

617-625-6600, Ext. 2300  

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Cross Street Center: located at 165 Broadway​

(East Somerville)

Mondays & Tuesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

617-625-6600, Ext. 2335

Fax: 617-625-1414

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Ralph and Jenny Center: located at 9 New Washington Street,

(behind the Holiday Inn)

Tuesday and 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.

617-625-6600, Ext. 2300

Fax: 617-625-0688

TTY: 866-808-4851

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

Every Monday

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

 

Every Tuesday

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C, RJ)

12:00 Computer tutorial with Norbert (H)

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

 
Every Wednesday

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

9:45 Coffee & Conversations (H)

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wacky Wednesdays (RJ)

 
Every Thursday

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (H)

11:30 Lunch (C, H, RJ)

1:00 Arts & Crafts (C)

 
Every Friday

9:45 Coffee & Conversations (H)

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

1st Monday of every month: ​​​9:30 Monthly Breakfast at Highlander Café

1st Tuesday of every month: ​​​10:30 Men’s Group (H)

2nd Monday of every month: ​​​9:00 Gardening Club (H)

                                                    ​​1:00 Bereavement Group (H)

2nd Tuesday of every month: ​​​10:30 Low Vision Group (H)

3rd Thursday of every month: ​​​10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (H)

3rd Monday of every month: ​​​9:30 Veteran’s Group (H)

3rd Tuesday of every month: ​​​6:00 Caregivers Support Group (H)

3rd Friday of every month: ​​​10:00 Book Club (H)

4th Monday of every month: ​​​1:00 Bereavement Group (H)

4th Thursday of every month: ​​​9:00 Community Food Program (RJ)

4th Friday of every month:​​​10:30 Reminiscing Group (H)

The last Tuesday of every month: ​​10:00 Senior Housing 101 (H)

The last Tuesday of every month:​​10:30 Golden Gals (Women’s Group) (H)

 

 

 

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