Somerville COA Press & Organizational Outreach

EVENTS

Bingo – Tuesday, July 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th at Ralph & Jenny Center starting at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th at Holland Street starting at 10:00 a.m. Keep your eyes open for occasional Wednesday Bingos. Lunch available following Bingo. RSVP to Debby Higgins by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov

Project Outlook, Low Vision Group- 3rd Thursday of each month (July 15th) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Street Center. Project Outlook is a group of residents with low or no vision who enjoy getting together for camaraderie and socialization. Project Outlook has been active for over 30 years. Come join in the conversation, we look forward to meeting you. For more information, please contact Claudia Ferro at 857-237-1801.
Game Hour –Mondays from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) This month the dates are July 11th, 18th and 25th Please join us as we play a wide variety of board and card games. Please RSVP to Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at mbastardi@somervillema.gov .
General Nutrition Classes – In-person, Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at our Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street. This month the dates are July 11th and July 25th New and returning members are welcome! To RSVP please call Mary Marshall at 617-625-6600, ext. 2316 or email her at headtofitness10@yahoo.com.
Walking Group –Fridays at 9:30 a.m. This month’s dates are July 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th. The walking group meets in front of the Holland Street Center and will enjoy walks through area neighborhoods. All classes and groups will be limited in participation and are weather permitting. Pre-registration is required. For additional information or to register for the program, contact Chris Kowaleski by email at ckowaleski@somervillema.gov or by phone at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315.
Fit-4-Life Exercise Classes—Mondays, July 11th, 18th and 25th and Wednesdays, July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th at 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.—In-person, indoor at the Holland Street Center. Each class will focus on strength, balance and flexibility. Pre-registration is required as classes are limited. Please contact Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315 or email ckowaleski@somervillema.gov with any questions or for additional information.
Chi Kung – Fridays, July 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. Easy to follow program performed seated or standing. Helps strengthen balance and reduce stress. Increases blood flow and energy. Please contact Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315 or email ckowaleski@somervillema.gov with any questions or for additional information.
Coffee & Conversation – Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – At the Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) This month the dates are July 11th, 18th & 25th. Meet people from all over the world as we discuss a range of topics. No books – no test – just friendly conversation. Please contact Maureen Bastardi at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 to RSVP.
Men’s Group – Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Holland Street Center. This month the date is July 12th. New and returning members are welcome. Please RSVP to Norbert at ndeamato@hotmail.com
Bowling– Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Flatbreads Company / Sacco Bowl Haven in Davis Square. This month’s dates are July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th For more information or to sign up please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Deb at Dhiggins@Somervillema.gov .

Intergenerational Game Time with the Mystic Learning Center – Monday, July 11th starting at 11:00 a.m. Come to Ralph & Jenny and spend some time playing cards, board games and coloring with students from the Mystic Learning Center. Pizza will be served. Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600 ext. 2321 or dhiggins@somervillema.gov

Somerville Cambridge Elder Services’ Summer BBQ & Bingo – Monday, July 11th starting at 10:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. For more information or to sign up please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Deb at Dhiggins@Somervillema.gov .

Nutrition Seminar – Wednesday, July 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. “How Carbs Fit into A Healthy Diet – Eating Your Good Carbs” There are many different types of carbohydrate-containing foods and they can vary in their health effects. We will explore how to choose the right carbohydrates for you and your dietary needs. Space is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2319.

Summer Super Bingo – Thursday, July 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bingo will be played at 10:30 a.m., lunch will follow – $2 for lunch, $8 dollars for 3 Bingo Cards. Come and have a fun filled day with special guest bingo caller, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne. Limited seating and transportation. Please reserve your seat by calling Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2319.
Yoga – In Person – Tuesday, July 19th & July 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at our Holland Street Center. Easy-to-follow program lets you stretch and relax. Yoga provides modified, low-impact moves and easy-to-follow pacing for a healthy, active lifestyle. Please RSVP to Chris Kowaleski at 617-625-6600, ext. 2315 or email Chris at CKowaleski@Somervillema.gov
LGBTQIA+ and Allies Social Group – Thursday, July 14th from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. at the Holland Street Center located at 167 Holland Street. LGBTQ+ and allies are welcome. Come and join us for this social gathering. Meet and mingle with new people. Have a slice of pizza or two. RSVP to Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov ​

Book Club – Friday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. – Do you love books and want to discuss your love of reading with others? Consider joining book club. Group meets in person at 167 Holland St. and concurrently via Zoom. Please RSVP by calling Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600 or email Natasha at nnaim@somervillema.gov as space is limited.

Movie Matinee & Pizza – Wednesday, July 27th at 10:00 a.m. at the Ralph and Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) Showing will be: 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton . Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables. Pizza will be served. $2 per person Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600 ext. 2321 or dhiggins@somervillema.gov Grab & Go Lunch will also be available.
Left, Right, Center – Friday, July 29th at our Holland Street Center. LRC (Left, Right, Center) is a fun, fast-paced dice game that you won’t be able to put down! Players roll the dice to determine where they pass their chips. The last player with chips is the winner and wins the center pot. To register please call Debby Higgins a 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email her at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov Grab and Go Lunch will be available after the program.

Music & Movement Enrichment with Steve – Thursday, July 21st at our Holland Street Center from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join Steve as he plays guitar, sings and leads gentle movements. Just tapping your toe or singing along can help move your body in new ways. Being physically active is not just good for our bodies but it is also one of Mental Health America’s 10 tools to building resiliency; or the ability to overcome obstacles and manage through tough times. This program is in person, pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at dhiggins@Somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext. 2321.

Music & Munch Program – Wednesday, July 13th via Zoom starting at 12:00 p.m. This 45- minute session will treat you to a playlist of diverse musical offerings: a little jazz, some “oldies but goodies,” a smidgen of classical, a dip into barbershop, a trip to Broadway. The music is taped but the experience is live. Your guide is Somerville Resident, Laura Zoll, trained as a medieval musicologist and with a life-long love of all things musical. Learn a little, sing-along, relax and enjoy some Music while you Munch. Please RSVP to Debby Higgins at dhiggins@Somervillema.gov or call 617-625-6600, ext. 2321. You will then receive your email invitation to join the program via Zoom.

July Boxed Lunch Pick Up – Friday, July 22nd at the Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn) starting at 10:30 a.m. We hope you can stop by. Please reserve your lunch by calling Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2319.

Brown Bag Supplemental Food Program – PICK UP Thursday, July 28th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Ralph & Jenny Center located at 9 New Washington Street (behind the Holiday Inn.) For an application contact Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.

The SHINE Program – Wednesday, July 20th at our Holland Street Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hear from the regional SHINE director to learn about how to apply for Medicare. Topics will also include Medicare Part A and B, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D), Medicare Supplemental Plans and various assistance programs available for people with limited resources. Continental breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317.

Mindful Eating “Getting Back to Basics” – A 4 week workshop. Classes will meet on Wednesdays July 27th, August 3rd, August 10th and August 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This workshop will help us enjoy foods and reach satiety or the sensation of feeling full, while making healthy choices. Ditch the rules, use sound nutrition as a guideline and truly listen to what our bodies need. Class size is limited. Please RSVP by contacting Mary Marshall at 617-625-6600, ext. 2316 or email Mary at Headtofitness10@yahoo.com

Friendly Caller Program – Looking for a way to practice social distancing but still remain connected to other people? Look no further than the Somerville Council on Aging’s Friendly Phone Caller program. We have many wonderful volunteers who are waiting to give you a call. Whether you are looking to make a new friend or would just like a friendly chat to look forward to every week, this program has you covered. Call Natasha Naim at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317 to learn more about the program and to sign up.

EXERCISE
Virtual FIT-4-LIFE SCHEDULE
Mondays 1:00 p.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise
Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise
Thursdays 1:00 p.m. = Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise
Thursdays 6:30 p.m. = LBT Fit-4-Life Zoom Exercise

Somerville City Cable
RCN = 13/Comcast = 22
The Fit-4-Life Exercise Show = Daily at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Stay connected via our Facebook page – often updated by Debby Higgins or Maureen Bastardi. Informative, entertaining, lots of photos and updates. Visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/SomervilleCOA/

Follow the Somerville Council on Aging on Instagram! You can find us under the Instagram handle: somervillecouncilonaging If you have any questions or need help following us, contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600 ext. 2321 or email her at dhiggins@somervillema.gov

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
If you would like to receive a virtual copy of our monthly newsletter, please contact Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 or email Maureen Bastardi at MBastardi@Somervillema.gov
If you would like to become part of our Google Group, please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email Debby at DHiggins@Somervillema.gov

The Council on Aging’s Senior Transportation Program
The Council on Aging is excited to announce the return of our Senior Transportation Program! The COA will be offering free taxi rides to Somerville residents over the age of 60. Rides are available to go to the grocery store, farmer’s market, pharmacy in Somerville and routine medical appointments in the surrounding communities. To best accommodate the needs of everyone in the City and to maximize the use of our funding, we will be capping the number of rides per week. To ensure the health and welfare of every resident of Somerville, exemptions will be made for chemotherapy and radiation appointments. To find out more information or to schedule your ride, please call Connie Lorenti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2319. All rides must be booked two business days in advance. This program is funded through ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) Funding.

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