Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information


 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

 

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. 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

 

St. Valentine’s Day Celebration – Monday, February 13th – at the WHYC – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – $10 fee – Limited seating and transportation – contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot.

 

Grandparent’s Day – Wednesday, February 22nd – at our Holland Street Center – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – lunch, art project and movie – You do not need grandchildren to come and enjoy the day. All are welcome – RSVP by calling Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

District Attorney Marian Ryan – Monday, February 27th – 11:30 a.m. at a yet to be determined location. District Attorney Marian Ryan will speak about childhood trauma and the DA’s office partnership with Project Linus. A special lunch will be served. Please RSVP by calling 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.

 

Afternoon at the Movies – Tuesday, February 28th – 12:30 p.m. at our Holland Street Center – This month’s movie is Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Please call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot.

 

Dying Well Prepared: A discussion with Author Alan Bingham – Wednesday, March 1st – at the Central Library Auditorium located at 79 Highland Avenue from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by the SCOA and the SPL – Please contact the SPL at 617-623-5000 or visit http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org for additional information.

 

S&S Restaurant – Wednesday, March 1st – check in time is 10:30 a.m. at Holland Street – Lunch on your own though there is a $10 fee to hold your seat which will be given back to you the day of the trip. Contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 for more information.

 

Death Café – Wednesday, March 15th – Gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death at the Somerville Public Library located at 79 Highland Avenue starting at 7:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by the SCOA and the SPL – Please contact the SPL at 617-623-5000 or visit http://www.somervillepubliclibrary.org for additional information

 

St. Patrick’s Day Super Bingo – Thursday, March 16th – at our Holland Street Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – $10 fee – limited seating and transportation – contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Friday, March 17th – at the WHYC – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – limited seating and transportation – contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot

 

Twin River Casino – Monday, March 27th – Lincoln, RI – $20 fee includes motor coach transportation and a yet to be determined package – contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300

 

Fiore’s Restaurant – Wednesday, March 29th – check in at Holland Street at 10:45 a.m. and Ralph & Jenny at 11:00 a.m. – approximate return time of 3:00 p.m. – $25 – meal choice, chicken parm., salmon, ricotta & spinach manicotti, lasagna or vegetable lasagna – To reserve your spot please call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300

 

Multicultural Day – Thursday, April 6th – at our Cross Street Center located at 165 Broadway – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – lunch will be served at noontime – come learn about the music, languages, foods and cultures of Somerville’s older adults. This is a free event – must RSVP to Maureen Bastardi at 617-625-6600, ext. 2335 by Monday, April 3rd.

 

Diabetes Shoe Clinic – Tuesday, April 18th at our Holland Street Center from 9:00 a.m. to noontime. If you have Medicare and diabetes you should be eligible for a free pair of diabetes shoes every year. An appointment is a must so please call Natasha at 617-625-6600, ext. 2317 to schedule yours.

 

Happy Wedding Anniversary – Monday, April 24th at 11:30 a.m. at the Somerville Holiday Inn located on 30 Washington Street. Are you a married couple celebrating 50 years or more of marriage? The SCOA is looking for couples to come celebrate this joyous occasion. We will be hosting an Anniversary Luncheon. Please call 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to get on the list to join the festivities.  

 

Older American’s Month Celebration – Monday, May 1st – at the WHYC from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – $10 fee – limited seating and transportation – contact Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300 to reserve your spot

 

Mother’s Day Super Bingo – Tuesday, May 9th – at our Cross Street Center from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – $10 fee – limited seating and transportation – contact 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 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

 

Somerville Council on Aging LGBTQ Group

 

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

March 13th

July 10th

October 16th

 

2017 Event Dates

April 27th – Health Fair @ Holland St. Center 4:30-6:00pm

June 2nd – Dance @ The Holiday Inn 6pm

September 18th- TBA

December 18th – TBA

 

For more information contact Debby Higgins, Outreach Coordinator at

617-625-6600 ext. 2321 or 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 (on Hiatus till spring)

12:00 Tai Chi (H) (5 week series – Call for information)

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

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 trip to the Kentucky Derby is sold out. There is a waiting list if you would like your name placed on the waiting list please call Connie at 617-625-6600, ext. 2300

 

The Cupid Super Bingo scheduled for 2-14-17 at Ralph & Jenny is sold out.
The No Name Restaurant luncheon scheduled for 2-15-17 is SOLD OUT.

 

The SCOA office and all Centers will be closed Monday, February 20th for President’s Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Women’s Group: – Coming soon. For more information, please call Ashley at 617-625-6600 ext. 2318.

 

 

 

 

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.5 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. 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 – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 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

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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, February 13th

9:00 Bereavement Group (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

WHYC

 

Tuesday, February 14th

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C, RJ)

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

Cupid Super Bingo

 

Wednesday, February 15th

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

10:30 Low Vision Group (H)

10:00 – 3:00 Wacky Wednesday (RJ)

 

Thursday, February 16th

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

10:00 Blood Pressure Screening (H)

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

11:30 Lunch (H,RJ,C)

12:45 Bingo (H, RJ)

1:00 Arts & Crafts (C)

 

Friday, February 17th

10:00 Book Club (H)

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, February 20th

President’s Day

All Centers Closed

 

Tuesday, February 21st

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C, RJ)

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

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

6:00 Caregivers Support (H)

 

Wednesday, February 22nd

9:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

Grandparent’s Day

 

Thursday, February 23rd

9:00 Community Food Program (RJ)

10:00 Current Events (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:00 Computer tutorial with Barbara (H)

11:30 Lunch (C)

11:30 Lunch (RJ) – joint lunch with Holland

12:45 Bingo (RJ)

1:00 Arts & Crafts (C)

Supper & Bingo

 

Friday, February 24th

11:30 Lunch (H)

11:45 Bingo (H)

 

Monday, February 27th

9:00 Bereavement Group (H)

9:30 Veterans Group (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

 

Tuesday, February 28th

10:00 Senior Housing 101 (H)

10:00 English Conversation (C)

11:30 Lunch (C)

11:30 Pizza & Movie (H)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

We have a Facebook page. Check us out at http://www.facebook.com/somervilleCOA

 

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