Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Updates & Information

UPCOMING EVENTS

Volunteers needed for the Engage for Brain Health Study. Are you starting to have problems with your memory or have trouble climbing stairs? Engage B might be right for you! 24 week study for people 60 to 89 years of age. Call Chris at 617-625-6600, ext. 2315 or email him at ckowaleski@Somervillema.gov for questions and additional information.

Monthly Book Club Selections – Meets the 3rd Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. February 15th: “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, March 15th: “Still” Life by Louise Penny and April 19th: “Soul of America” by Jon Meachem.

Bereavement Support Group – Meets of specific Mondays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. Have you recently experienced the loss of a loved one and are in need of support? Please contact Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300. Upcoming dates: February 25th, March 11th, March 25th. Funded by a grant from the MCOA.

Country Western Line Dancing – The 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month- Holland Street Center . $3 per class – no experience needed. Upcoming dates: February 21, March 7, & March 21. For additional information or questions call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Healthy Steps – Thursdays – Ralph & Jenny Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Healthy Steps is a therapeutic, gentle, movement class for anyone who needs to get moving, particularly anyone recovering from surgery, frail elders or those living with chronic fatigue or arthritis. Class is free. For additional information or questions to call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Tech Clinic with Tufts Technology Services –Holland Street Center – February 19th & March 12th – 10:30 a.m. – Device Safety & Social Media Safety. For more information or to sign up call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Learn how to play Cribbage with Norbert – Monday, February 11th, 10:30 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. Lunch to follow. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Monthly Breakfast – Tuesday, February 12th 9:30 a.m. (Door open at 9:15 a.m.) at Culinary Arts located at Somerville High School. $6 per person. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please contact Josie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Valentine’s Lunch with Judy – Wednesday, February 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Arlington. Seating is limited. Lunch will be off the menu and pay as you go. To join the fun call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. SOLD OUT, Wait list only.

St. Valentine’s Day Celebration – Thursday, February 14th is SOLD OUT. Wait list only.

Create a Blog with Norbert – Monday, February 25th and Monday, March 4th, 11:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. Have a hobby or topic to share that you think others will be interested in reading about? Come create a blog. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300. Lunch to follow.

Dollar Days at the Movies – Tuesday, February 26th, 12:00 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.) at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. This month’s movie is The Post starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Cost is $1 per person. To reserve your spot contact Josie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Steps in Time Ballroom Dancing Class- Wednesday February 27th Ralph & Jenny Center 10:30 a.m. $5 per person due at time of reservation. No experience or partner is needed to take the class. Learn the Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Foxtrot and Swing to name a few. To join the fun call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. Lunch and Bingo to follow.

Monthly Breakfast – Monday, March 4th – 9:00 a.m. at Renee’s Café located at 198 Holland Street. $7 to be paid at time of reservation. Seating is limited and RSVP is a must. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Lunch with Judy – Wednesday, March 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Olde Magoun’s Saloon , Somerville Seating is limited. Lunch will be off the menu and pay as you go. To join the fun call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Paint Day with Raquel Kaplan- Wednesday, March 13th Ralph & Jenny Center starting at 9:30 a.m. $13 per person. Space is limited – no experience needed. To register call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300. Lunch and Bingo to follow.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Thursday, March 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Dilboy Post located on Summer Street. $12 Limited seating and transportation. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300. Irish Step Performance. Sold out, wait list only.

World War II Letters – Tuesday, March 19th, 10:30 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. Join Corinne H. Smith as she reads responses from soldiers during WWII. Special lunch to follow. $2 per person. If you want to reserve your spot please call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Community Assessment for Elderly – Thursday, March 21st, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Holland Street Center. Use photography to look at various aspects of Somerville such as its facilities, businesses, and infrastructure and living conditions and discuss how conducive they are for senior living. Please call Josie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to sign up. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am.

Twin River Casino – Tuesday, March 26th is SOLD OUT. Wait list only.

Monthly Breakfast – Monday, April 1st – 9:00 a.m. at Renee’s Café located at 198 Holland Street. $7 to be paid at time of reservation. Seating is limited and RSVP is a must. If you want to reserve your spot please call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Lunch with Judy – Wednesday, April 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Kitty’s Restaurant, North Reading Seating is limited. Lunch will be off the menu and pay as you go. To join the fun call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

Foxwoods Casino – Tuesday, April 16th. $25 per person. Bonus package to be determined. Check in time is 7:00 a.m. at Holland Street and 7:15 a.m. at Ralph & Jenny. Approximate return time 7:00 p.m. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

ABBA – Thursday, April 25th at the Davensport Yacht Club. $69 per person includes transportation, lunch, show, taxes and gratuity. Meal choice of stuffed breast of chicken or baked scrod. Time to be determined. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

The Preakness – Thursday, May 16th – Sunday, May 19th – Baltimore, Maryland
For more information call Connie at 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

Atlantic City Boys – Wednesday, September 18th at the Davensport Yacht Club. $69 per person includes transportation, lunch, show, taxes and gratuity. Meal choice of stuffed breast of chicken or baked scrod. Time to be determined. If you require additional information, have any questions or want to reserve your spot please call at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

Blood Pressure Screening – Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Upcoming Dates: March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd and June 6th. If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

Blood Pressure Screening – Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Upcoming Dates: February 28th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th and June 13th. 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Upcoming Dates: February 21st, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th and June 20th. If you require additional information please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email dhiggins@somervillema.gov

LGBTQ EVENTS

LBT Women Fit-4-Life at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street – Fitness Class is 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. 2315.

LGBTQ Wednesday Monthly Lunch at the Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street– 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome to join. Call Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at 617-625-6600 ext. 2321 to sign up. Upcoming Dates: February 20th, March 20th, April 17th, May 15th & June 19th

WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION CLASS SCHEDULE

(PLEASE CUT OUT AND SAVE)
Monday:
Keep Moving Walking Club – 9:15 a.m. (H) On hiatus until Spring
Tai Chi – 11:30 a.m. (H)
Fit-4-Life – 11:00 a.m. (C)
Fit-4-Life Group C – 1:00 p.m. (H)

Tuesday:
Strengthening – 9:15 a.m. – $3 per class (H)
Fit-4-Life – 11:00 a.m. (C)
Bike Club – 12:15 p.m. (H)

Wednesdays:
Fit-4-Life Group A (exercise) – 8:45 a.m. (H)
Fit-4-Life Group B (exercise) – 10:00 a.m. (H)
Fit-4-Life Group C (exercise) – 1:00 p.m. (H)

Thursdays:
Yoga – 9:00 a.m. (H)
Fit-4-Life – 11:00 a.m. (C)
Healthy Steps – 12:30 p.m. (RJ)
LBT Fit-4-Life, 6:00 p.m. (H)

Fridays:
Fit-4-Life Group A – 8:45 a.m. (H)
Fit-4-Life Group B – 10:00 a.m. (H)

Adventure Group – Please call for details
*All Fit-4-Life classes are $10 per month and require pre-registration*

HOLLAND STREET GROUP INFORMATION

Signing with Bryan – Meets Mondays at the Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information or to join the fun call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300

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

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.

Conversations of the Heart – 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.

Current Events Group – Meets every Thursday at 9:30 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.

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.

Gardening Club – Starting February 11th Meets the second Monday of each month starting at 9:00 a.m. and running for an hour most times. 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.

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.

Memory Café – Meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Holland Street Center. Our Social Worker, Ashley Speliotis, facilitates this group. A welcoming place for people with forgetfulness and their family and friends to share a meal and create new memories.
If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 ext. 2318.

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.

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.

CROSS STREET GROUP INFORMATION

Lunch is served every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 for sign up.

Coffee & Conversation – Meets every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 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. Come meet people from all over the world and join in the discussion of a different topic every day. Conversation is followed by the Fit-4-Life exercise program and then 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 the 2nd Thursdays of each month 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. This is necessary to ensure we have enough material for everyone. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require additional information please call Maureen at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335.

Game Hour – Every Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. at our Cross Street Center. Join us for lunch and activities. Immediately following lunch we will have a “Game Hour.” Yahtzee, Sorry, Jenga, Cards, Scrabble, Checkers, Clue, Qwirkle, Dominoes, Uno & Connect 4 are available to play. Community Cooks provides us with a family style lunch on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays and Food Services provides us with lunch on the off days. If you are interested in joining, have any questions or require 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, Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 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

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