To reach the Concord Council on Aging by phone, call 978-318-3020.

Upcoming programs

Acrylic Painting: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 and 14. Linda Malone is the instructor. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Malone will take drop-in students for $30 per class, or people can sign up for both classes for $58. Call the COA to sign up.

Paperclay Ornaments with Betsi Mandrioli: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Join Betsi Mandrioli for a lesson in Paperclay. Mandrioli will show how to craft a Swedish Dala Horse Christmas tree ornament out of Paperclay, a light clay made from volcanic ash. All supplies are included in the $25 fee, which is payable in cash or check directly to Mandrioli. Wear a smock or old shirt to protect clothing from any paint that escapes the brush, and bring reading glasses. Expect to get hands slightly wet and slippery while shaping the clay. The class is limited to 10. Call the COA to reserve.

COA Cinema: 1 p.m. Fridays in the Lecture Hall. Free. If any movie draws a bigger audience than the COA can seat, it will automatically offer a second showing of the movie on the following Monday at 10 a.m. Movies are Dec. 8 — “E.T., The Extraterrestrial,” 10 a.m. Dec. 18 — “White Christmas,” Dec. 22 — “A Christmas Story,” Dec. 29 — “Serendipity.”

Boxwood tree workshop: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Dec. 12. COA administrative assistant Claudia Curran and Activity Coordinator Tina Close will instruct the class on how to make and decorate holiday boxwood trees. There will be an instructional video and the materials needed to make and decorate the trees, including boxwood branches, oasis, containers, ornaments and bows. Participants should bring their own clippers and any additional decorations they choose. Register early as attendance is limited to 20. The class costs $15 cash per person, due on the day of the class. Following the class, participants can stay to make decorated evergreen arrangements for homebound Concord seniors. Call to reserve a spot.

Genealogy workshop and research methods: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 and 27. Welcoming new members. People can stop by and begin or continue to compile their family history, or write stories for future generations. Call to sign up and bring a laptop, if possible.

Holiday music from Carousel Preschool: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13. The children from Carousel Preschool are coming to perform a musical interlude during lunch.

International Current Events: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20. The International Current Events group, facilitated by Barbara Howell, talks about a range of topics based on world events. Each member brings their own perspective and ideas to the debate. This group has a broad spectrum of views and all viewpoints are welcome. Come join the discussion.

Listen and Learn — Low Sodium Diet: 1 p.m. Dec. 14. Denise Mercury, the registered dietitian nutritionist from Minuteman Senior Services, will provide information about sodium. She will talk about what sodium is, how much should be in a diet and tips for reducing it. Call to reserve a spot.

Monthly History Lecture -- “The Rise of Nationalism in Europe 1800-1914”: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14. John Gardella focuses on the upsurge of nationalism over the century prior to World War I. Nationalism in Europe grew out of reaction to the Napoleonic Wars and lead to the unification of Germany and Italy, resulting at first in an extended peace followed by a great war. This series is free. Call to reserve a seat.

The Concord Traveling Players: 1 p.m. Dec. 15. The Concord Traveling Players have put together a new program of staged readings. They have also added some familiar tunes, sung by their own troubadour and a holiday singalong to complete the package. Call the COA to reserve a seat.

Holiday String Ensemble — Tim Bilodeau and Friends: 11 a.m. Dec. 16. Violinist Tim Bilodeau returns with fellow musicians for a concert just for seniors. Music includes a variety of genres from classical to jazz to world music to popular favorites (with a twist), while spectators have coffee and pastries. This will be Bilodeau’s fourth concert at the COA. This is a free event; call the COA to sign up.

Bucket Brigade: Buckets of sand will be delivered on the morning of Dec. 17 by the elves of First Parish Church in Concord. The buckets are heavy, so the COA needs a delivery spot designated ahead of time. Buckets will be a mixture of salt and sand. Sign up by Dec. 9.

Caregivers’ Support Group: 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 19. The monthly Caregivers’ Support Group is for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. The group is facilitated by COA Social Services Coordinator Sally Lopez. Call Lopez at 978-318-3012 with any questions.

A Winter Solstice Celebration -- Holiday Concert with Roger Tincknell: 1 p.m. Dec. 19. Join Roger Tincknell at the COA for a Winter Solstice Celebration which includes seasonal singalongs, with songs from Christmas, Hanukkah and other traditions. Tincknell has been performing for children, families and seniors in the United States, Canada and Europe for more than 40 years. His repertoire includes original, traditional and contemporary songs presented in a variety of musical styles. This program is free thanks to proceeds generated by the Harvey Wheeler Gift Shop. Refreshments will be served after the performance. Call to reserve a seat.

Harvey Wheeler Treasure Chest Gift Shop: The holiday sale continues at the Harvey Wheeler Treasure Chest Gift Shop through December. New items are arriving daily. Most items are under $10. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. All proceeds go to support COA programs.

'A Very Modern British Ghost Story': 11 a.m. Dec. 28. Join British actor Catharine Beck for a theatrical reading of a modern ghost story. This modern thriller takes place at a house party on New Year’s Eve. Beck is a member of the British and American Actors Equity and a retired teacher of theater studies at Cambridge, England. Call the COA to reserve a seat.

Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. Dec. 29. Sing along with Lisa Yves to the tunes of Barbra Streisand. Yves is the jazz singer who performed swing tunes at last year’s Noon Year’s Eve party. At noon, participants will count down to the New Year and celebrate with sparkling cider before a meal of Chinese food from Chang An’s of Concord. Thanks to funds generated by the Harvey Wheeler Gift Shop, the cost of this event is $10 per person, payable at the door. Call the COA to reserve a seat. Limited van service will be available.

COA wellness clinics

Be sure to bring insurance cards. People with HMO insurance should be aware that they will need to bring a referral from their primary care physician in order for insurance to cover the visit. If Medicare does not cover the visit, the fee is $30.

Blood pressure screening: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 13, 20 and 27. No appointment necessary.

Diabetic clinic: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 20. No appointment necessary.

Ask the Pharmacist with Diane Briner of West Concord Pharmacy: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 3. No appointment necessary.

Podiatry clinic with Dr. Russell Hamilton: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Call the office to sign up for the podiatry clinics. Sign-ups are being taken for both of these dates.

Announcements

Winter Cancellation Policy: If the Concord Public Schools are closed due to snow or ice, there will be no activities or van service at the COA. The office will remain open unless the town manager has closed town offices for safety. If storms develop during the business day, programs and van service may be canceled to ensure everyone’s safety. If school is delayed, call the COA to find out if any programs have been cancelled or if the van is running.

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms: The Concord Fire Department is available to install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, free of charge. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are available for purchase at local hardware stores. Call Lt. Sean Murphy with the Concord Fire Department at 978-318-3471 for assistance. People who do not have a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector and cannot afford to buy them, call the COA to discuss financial assistance to do so.

Fuel Assistance: It’s not too late to get assistance with heating costs. The South Middlesex Opportunity Council is taking applications for the Federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program and will continue to do so throughout the winter months. This program provides financial assistance to low-income households to help with heating bills. As an intake site for seniors living in Concord, the COA is able to help people complete your applications. Call the COA to express interest, inquire about eligibility criteria and make an appointment.

Medicare Open Enrollment: People may change their insurance plan during Medicare Open Enrollment through Dec. 7. Trained S.H.I.N.E. (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) volunteers offer free counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related health insurance programs. People may schedule an appointment with a S.H.I.N.E. counselor at any time through the COA office. Call to set up an appointment.

Volunteer opportunities

Concord on Call drivers: The need for rides in and around town still exists when the COA van schedule is full. The COA is looking for volunteer drivers to provide the occasional ride for seniors to get to and from appointments. Call or drop in to express interest.

Teachers and speakers: The Council on Aging is always looking for teachers and speakers that can share their talents or experiences with others. For more information on volunteering, or to express interest in a certain topic, call the COA.

Ongoing

Art Space: Carousel Preschool: through Jan. 5. The COA will host a display of artwork by the children of the Carousel Preschool. The children, ranging in age from 3 to 5, will present works that focus on the creative process.

Open gym walk: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays through March 16, in the Hunt Gym. Concord Recreation will have gym time for walkers on Mondays and Fridays in the Hunt Gym. This is a free program, but sign in at the front desk at Hunt and proper footwear are required.

Individual technical tutoring: Having trouble with email? Not quite sure how to work a smartphone? People who have computer, cellphone, iPad or Kindle questions that need answering can call the COA and set up a one-on-one tutoring session with one of the CCHS student volunteers.

Harvey Wheeler Treasure Chest Gift Shop: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. All proceeds directly benefit the Council on Aging.

Chess Club: 2 p.m. Mondays. Whether a beginner or a seasoned professional, this group welcomes all players. Players should bring their own boards.

Hand Crafts: 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Come and refresh hand craft skills. Used to knit but have forgotten how to get started? Crocheted in college and then never again? This group is an informal opportunity to get together and work on individual projects in the company of your friends.others.

Mixed Game Group: 9:45 a.m. second and fourth Friday of the month. A group for people who love word games, puzzles and board games. Playing games challenges memory and attention and sharpens a person’s mind. The group will be limited to eight people — four men and four women. Call the COA to join the list.

Card games: Whether it’s bridge, poker, hand-and-foot or cribbage, games are available almost every day of the week. Check out the calendar to find out when the next game will be. All groups are open and new players are welcome.

Future computer classes: Volunteer Melody Orfei wants people to let her know what they would like her to teach in 2018. She is prepared to teach Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Facebook, eBay or Craigslist. To voice an opinion for any of the above classes to be taught in early 2018, or any ideas for new classes, let the COA know.

Music Makers Chorus: 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays. Participants sing the golden oldies with friends old and new. This is an informal chorus that likes to get together to make music. New members are welcome.

Creative writing class: 10 a.m. to noon Fridays. Learn to write a verbal portrait. During the classes, Kristin Cooley will help participants enhance their creative writing by learning tricks of the trade to make writing more colorful. Participants can bring their laptops or tablets or hand-write their works. Appropriate assignments for both novice writers and those who have attended the class before will be offered. Each class is $10. Call the COA to sign up.

Lunch: Lunch is served at noon at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center in the auditorium. There is a $2 fee for lunch. Call the COA at 978-318-3020 to make a reservation. People who have a reservation but are unable to attend should call to let the center know they cannot make it. People who fail to make a reservation will be asked to wait in the lounge to determine if there is enough room. Participants should bring small bills to lunch. Dec. 13 — Minuteman Senior Services December birthday celebration, Dec. 20 — Life Care of Nashoba Valley located at Nashawtuc Country Club, Dec. 27 — Concord Park.

Trips

All buses will leave from the back parking lot of CareOne at Concord, across Route 2 from Emerson Hospital. Reservations will be taken for all trips. Payment is due within one week of reservation. There are no refunds. Make checks payable to the Town of Concord. All trips involve some walking and standing. Call the COA office at 978-318-3020 for information and to reserve a spot.

2017 Holiday Pops: Dec. 8, leaving CareOne at Concord, time to be determined. Participants can attend a Holiday Pops concert at Symphony Hall. A luncheon will be served before the concert at Venezia with a choice of chicken Parmesan or baked scrod. The concert starts at 4 p.m., with the expectation to return to Concord around 7 p.m. The cost of the package is $139, including coach transportation, lunch and concert ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event, so call the COA office to reserve.

Shopping trip to Burlington Mall: Dec. 12, leaving Harvey Wheeler Community Center at 10 a.m. Ride the COA van to the Burlington Mall to do some holiday shopping. The van will depart from Burlington for the trip back to Concord at 2 p.m. No COA staff will be accompanying the participants on this trip. Everyone who signs up for this trip must be able to navigate the mall on their own, and they must be able to meet the van at the scheduled time for the ride back to the HWCC. The transportation fee is $5 per person, payable while boarding the van. A minimum of eight people is needed to run this trip, so call to reserve a seat.

YES Group to Filho’s Great Road, Acton: 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Join the YES Group for an Italian dinner at Filho’s, located at 59 Great Road in Acton. Filho’s, an Italian establishment in Groton for many years, opened an additional location in Acton last year. They offer pastas, pizzas, sandwiches and entrees. The YES group is open to all Youthful Energetic Seniors. Transportation and the cost of dinner are the responsibility of the participants. The COA does not send staff to YES group events. Call the COA to sign up in order to give the restaurant an accurate head count.

Lunch Bunch to Fishbones in Chelmsford: Dec. 18, van departing the HWCC at 11:15 a.m. Join the COA for a seafood lunch at Fishbones in Chelmsford. Participants can choose from sandwiches, salads and entrees. The charge for the van is $5, and the cost of the meal is up to participants. Due to seating limitations, this reservation is limited to those taking the van. Call the COA office to reserve a place.

Van shopping trips

The COA provides shopping opportunities each month, but participants should call for a reservation in advance. Sign up at any time. To save room, each shopper is limited to five shopping bags. The van driver will help carry bags for people who are unable to do so. Limit seven people on each shopping trip. There is a suggested donation of $2 on all shopping trips.

Mondays: Second and fourth Monday, Roche Brothers Plaza or Kmart, pickups start at 1 p.m.; fourth Monday, Trader Joe’s Plaza, pickups start at 10 a.m.

Tuesdays: First Tuesday, Market Basket in Littleton, pickups start at noon.

Thursdays: First Thursday, Stop & Shop/Powder Mill Plaza, pickups start at 10 a.m.; third Thursday, Market Basket in Littleton, pickups start at noon.

Fridays: Crosby’s Marketplace Plaza and CVS, pickups start at 12:40 p.m.