The Watertown Senior Center is at 31 Marshall St. For information, call 617-972-6490; or visit http://ci.watertown.ma.us. Some of our September 2017 events include:
November notes from the director
It’s that time again! Medicare Open Enrollment continues until Dec. 7 and our SHINE counselor is taking appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings to discuss changes that can be made to your prescription drug plan or insurance. This is a free service. Our November fitness offerings now include separate mat and chair yoga classes. If you are crafty, make sure to mark your calendars for our Craft Day on Nov. 28.
We offer many services including help with fuel assistance and SNAP applications, emergency assistance requests, information about the Watertown Food Pantry, and taxi rides to medical appointments locally and to Boston. For rides to medical appointments in Boston, Watertown seniors are asked to call the Senior Center three days in advance to arrange the service. There is a suggested donation of $3 for this service. If you need a ride to a local medical appointment, please call us too. If you need to go grocery shopping or to the mall, consider riding our Senior Shuttle Bus for a $1 round trip. Call us for details about these and many more services available to seniors. We are here to help.
Changes have been made to some fitness programs, so please make sure to check our calendar or call about your favorite class before coming to the Center. We appreciate your cooperation. On behalf of all of us at the Council on Aging and the Watertown Food Pantry, we are thankful for YOU!
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving,
SENIOR SHUTTLE BUS NOVEMBER SCHEDULE — BUS CHANGES THIS MONTH
Friday, Nov. 10 — Closed
Wednesday, Nov. 22 — Food shopping
Friday, Nov. 24 — Closed
Wednesday, Nov. 29 — Mall run
ORNAMENTS WITH DAWN SCALTRETO: 10:30 Nov. 15. Cost: $12. This morning we will be working with different textures when we make Ornaments! Dawn will help with techniques and samples, then let your creative ideas flow! Everyone will go home with three or four ornaments to use on your tree or to decorate your home. Registration Required. Funded in part by the Friends of the COA.
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SALEM CROSS INN, SHOPPING AND BRIGHT NIGHTS: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Cost: $84. A fun start to your holiday season. Enjoy the beautifully decorated Salem Cross Inn and the sounds of Christmas. Your lunch includes soup, salad, Chicken Pot Pie or Maple Salmon, and dessert. Your shopping includes visits to the Saint Joseph Abby for Jellies and Preserves and the Yankee Candle Bavarian Christmas Village. We finish our day with a leisurely ride through the Bright Night’s display. NOTE: In order to keep costs low there are no refunds. You may pass your ticket to a friend.
CRAFT DAY: Nov. 28. Join us when we spend a day making craft items, some to be put for sale at our Holiday Boutique.
Ernie Berardinelli will be here at 11 a.m. to make Holiday wreaths. After you make your own stay and make another one we can sell! Cost: $15.
Dawn Scaltreto will join us at 1 p.m. to help us decorate ornaments for your tree or decorating. Stay and make a couple for us to sell. Cost: $7.
Tina Rose will share her bookmark making ideas at 2 p.m. Cost: $3.
Anytime from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., stop by and join one of these groups OR bring something of your own to work on. This is a great opportunity to spend time with others sharing your ideas and projects. Signup is required for Ernie, Dawn and Tina. Anyone interested in stopping by please let us know so we will have enough snacks available.
DELVENA THEATRE PRESENTS: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 29. Who dunnit? An exciting, live, comedic, interactive murder mystery performance set in Luigi’s Ristorante featuring Lynne Moulton, Joseph Zamparelli and Fran Baron in multiple roles. Come put your “super sleuth” on — having much fun along the way. Token prizes will be awarded. Registration required. Doors open at 10 a.m..
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Join us for our first Holiday Boutique. There will be many items available including a variety of jewelry, handmade knitted baby items, ornaments, wreaths and giftware. Volunteers are needed to setup, sell and take down after the sale. Please register by calling the Senior Center at 617-972-6490.
Public Safety Mornings: 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 14 and 28: Coffee with Police Chief Lawn and friends.
Nov. 21: Hot! Coffee with Fire Captain Ryan Nicholson.
CAN YOU HELP during this Season of Giving?
The Watertown Food Pantry serves over 300 individuals, seniors and families throughout the year with food and personal care products. The Watertown Food Pantry accepts monetary donations by check made payable to the Watertown Food Pantry and mailed to the Senior Center. Donations will be used to keep the Food Pantry cupboard full throughout the winter season.
Thank you for your support. Watertown Food Pantry, 617-972-6490.
TRANSPORTATION FOR WATERTOWN SENIORS
Call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 for more information.
GROCERY SHOPPING AND TRIPS TO TARGET AND THE MALLS on the WATERTOWN SENIOR SHUTTLE
Tuesdays: Stop & Shop on Watertown Street
Fridays: Super Stop and Shop on Pleasant Street
Second and fourth Wednesdays: Watertown and Arsenal Malls
How: Call the Senior Center two days in advance if you are new or want to change from your scheduled day.
Cost: Suggested donation is $1 Round Trip Bags: Three-bag limit
New!! TO MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS in BOSTON 617-972-6490
How: Call the Senior Center three days in advance to schedule your taxi ride.
Cost: Suggested Donation $3/An envelope will be mailed to your home.
Details: A spouse/friend/companion may accompany you at no extra charge.
TO LOCAL DOCTORS AND DENTISTS 617-972-6490
How: Call the Senior Center two days in advance to schedule your taxi ride.
Cost: No cost, but you may tip the driver at your discretion.
Details: A spouse/friend/companion can accompany you at no extra charge.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE SENIOR CENTER AND TO OTHER APPOINTMENTS 617-972-6490
As funding permits. Call the Senior Center for details.
Now Offering Mat and Chair Yoga Classes!
Stay Healthy with one of our Fitness Programs.
$3 for each Exercise or Yoga class.
$4 for Line Dancing or Tai Chi.
Audio or Video Tape classes are Free. Each class lasts one hour.
NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGES*
11 a.m. — Exercise with Shannon Jones
9:30 a.m. — Exercise with Joanna Grubel
10 a.m. — Chair Exercise by Audio Tape
11:15 a.m. — Line Dancing with Manny
9:15 a.m. —Seated Strength and Balance with Pearl Pressman
11 a.m. — Mat Yoga with Sue Gormley (Class limited to 20) (Please bring your own mat.)
9:30 a.m. — Chair Yoga with Sue Gormley (Class limited to 20)
11 a.m. —Keep Fit with Louise
10:40 a.m. — Exercise with Henry
12:30 a.m. — Tai Chi with Marie Favorito
In the absence of an instructor, the Center reserves the right to substitute a class instructor, offer a pre-recorded program, or cancel the class.
WATERTOWN SENIOR PROPERTY TAX WORK-OFF
The town is offering the property tax work-off project to Watertown senior homeowners again this year. The program allows up to ten seniors (age 60 and older) a deduction from their property tax bill in exchange for working for a town department.
Participants should be retired and must own and occupy the property for which the taxes are deducted. In addition, the applicant’s skills must match those needed by the participating Town departments. Past placements have been at the Senior Center, the Library, and in various Town Hall departments.
Preference is given to individuals whose annual income is 300 percent of the Federal Poverty level or less ($36,180 for one, $48,720 for two). Copies of your 2016 income tax return may be requested to verify income. If space is available, past participants may be considered.
For more information, call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 or drop by.
KNITTING : 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Would you like to learn? Need help finishing off a project or want to work on one of ours? Anyone can pick up the steps to make a square. Remember, if you knit a square, squares turn into blankets, and blankets turn into hugs! Also Craft Day, Nov. 28.
CASE WORKER CORNER – MARINA KIRSANOVA, LSW
You Could Be Eligible for Fuel Assistance through the Community Teamwork Fuel Assistance Progam (LIHEAP). Fuel Assistance can pay part of your winter heating bills. You can rent or own your home. If your heat is included in your rent, you may also qualify. Applications are now being accepted. For an application and information, please call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490. Call Marina for any issues regarding food, fuel, emergency assistance, housing, in-home services, transportation, or support. She is here to help. 617-972-6490.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT IS NOW
During Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15 - Dec. 7), you may change your insurance plan for next year. SHINE counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as other options you may have. There will be group presentations… and/or you may schedule a phone or in-person appointment.
Call early to receive a pre-enrollment form and make that appointment… and bring your Medicare and insurance cards and complete list of your medications. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE.
The SHINE Counselor is available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings by appointment. To meet with the SHINE Counselor about your Medicare mail, schedule a SHINE appointment at the Watertown Senior Center by calling 617-972-6490. EXTRA APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED SO CALL NOW!
HOW DO I USE THIS THING? Need help using your Computer or learning the features of your SmartPhone? Free Help is Available. Tuesday Mornings: SmartPhones, Friday Afternoons: Computers & Laptops. Call 617-972-6490 to register.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Nov. 16: Podiatry clinic at 11 a.m. Toenails, corns, callus care only. The cost for this service is $25, payable to Dr. Alper. Insurance is not accepted.
Nov. 30: Blood Pressure Screening at 10 a.m. by Linda Micklay nurse from CareGroup Home Care. Free. Note: date/time change.
NOVEMBER MOVIE MATINEE: 1 p.m. Thursdays. Come on over and enjoy in our comfortable lounge.
“Collateral Beauty”: Nov. 16. With his life shattered by personal tragedy, advertising executive Howard Inlet is unable to break out of his deep depression. To help him, Howard’s colleagues concoct an elaborate and unorthodox plan. Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightly. 2016 PG-13 96 minutes.
“An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving”: Nov. 23. A struggling widow is trying to support three children. Money is so tight they can’t afford a turkey for Thanksgiving. A visit from her estranged and moneyed mother means Mary can prepare a proper holiday meal. However, it will take more than a feast to heal this family’s emotional wounds. Cast: Jacqueline Bisset, Tatiana Maslany, Helene Joy. 2008 NR 88 minutes.
“Hello Dolly”: Nov. 30. Broadway musical was adapted for the big screen featuring Barbra Streisand as matchmaker Dolly Levi. When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder hires Dolly to find a mate for him, she decides to win him over for herself. Songs include “Before the Parade Passes By” and the glorious title tune. Cast: Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford. 1969 G 146 minutes.
THE SENIOR CENTER BOOK CLUB WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15, Senior Center, 31 Marshall St. Join us to discuss “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Copies of the book are available at the Watertown Free Public Library. Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. New members are always welcome!
HOLIDAY HOURS: The Senior Center will be closed Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day. The Senior Center will also be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
COMING IN DECEMBER!
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4.
LUNCH & LEARN HOLIDAY SCAMS: 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Robin Putnam, research and special projects manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and Amy Schram, senior community relations specialist from the Better Business Bureau will lead a discussion on topics such as: Black Friday shopping tips, return policies, defective merchandise, warranties, lost or stolen packages, gift certificates, credit card skimming devices and how to spot them, and identity theft and fraud prevention. Registration required. A light lunch will be offered.
ERNIE BERARDINELLI shows us how to decorate a Boxwood tree for the holidays: 10 a.m. Dec. 6. Registration Required. The cost for this program is $20.
Visit with DESTINY: 9:30 Dec. 7. Destiny, a Labrador retriever, has been trained as a therapy dog and she volunteers at the Watertown Library and Perkins School for the Blind. She and her owner, Peg Horwitz, will be visiting us. Drop by and say hello.
Presentation by Watertown Assessors Office about homeowner exemptions and the new CPA tax: Dec. 12.
MEET THE AUTHOR: 10 a.m. Dec. 13. Meet the author of “Learning To Be A Widow,” Gwen Romagnoli. Hear her stories of love, loss, and lessons learned along the way. Gwen has written numerous personal essays as well as travel and food articles for the Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and the American Express Magazine.
HOLIDAY PARTY: Dec. 15. A delicious luncheon, dancing, door prizes and our own Mellowtones! Tickets are $14 and go on sale Nov. 30.
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