Here's the latest from the Dover Council on Aging.

Some events require reservations. Please call 508-315-5734 to reserve a space, or go to and click on Council on Aging in the “Dover’s Quick Links” section. Questions? Call the COA and speak to Janet Claypoole, director.

Town Hall will be closing at 1 p.m. on Fridays, including the COA.

Need a ride to COA lunches or events? Please call the COA, and we will arrange a free ride.

If Dover schools are canceled due to the weather, COA activities will also be canceled for the day. If schools open late, COA programs may be delayed as well.

Dover Foundation

As you clean out your closets, please keep the Dover Foundation in mind. They are always looking for vintage clothing such as gloves, hats, purses, blouses, skirts, dresses … even vintage luggage pieces.

The foundation is celebrating 70 years on stage, and is selling a $40 hardcover book filled with photos and memories of their shows. Contact for details.

Sand for Seniors

The Dover COA, in partnership with the Men’s Breakfast Group from the Dover Church, will once again prepare and deliver buckets of sand/salt to Dover’s seniors. The Friends of the COA have offered to fund this program. If you would like a bucket of sand/salt (complete with a lid and scoop) for sanding your steps and walkway, please call the COA or sign up at the COA office.

Button cell battery recycling

As part of the Friends of the Council on Aging’s fundraising efforts, you can now recycle your button cell batteries at the COA office, Dover Church or Transfer Station. All funds received from this program will provide additional programs/events for the COA.

Special programs

Fun with the Ukulele, $40 per session (Feb. 14-April 4, April 11, May 30). Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m., Caryl Center. Ukulele returns with instructor Daniel Metraux. Come learn basic chords and strumming techniques to accompany traditional folk songs and more. New students are always welcome, no experience is needed. Bring your own ukulele, or rent one from Needham Music. Register for one session or both at the COA office.

Do you need energy assistance? The following resources may be of help:

Town of Dover — assists residents who are facing energy emergencies, including shut-offs.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council — offers fuel assistance and weatherization to eligible families and individuals.

Good Neighbor Energy Program — partners with the Salvation Army to offer fuel assistance to shoe whose income exceeds SMOC guidelines.

For more information, please contact Erika Nagy, financial and energy assistance coordinator for the Town of Dover at 508-654-7778, or

Travel News

On Thursday, Feb. 15, enjoy a lunch trip to Limoncello Ristorante and tour of Paul Revere House in Boston. Space is limited; transportation provided by the Friends of the Dover COA.

On Thursday, March 15, travel with our Westwood friends to the Boston Flower Show. This year’s theme is “Savoring Spring.” Cost is $90, payable to the Westwood COA.

On Friday, March 23, join our Sherborn friends for a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum for a guided tour of Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style exhibit. Cost TBA and will include a guided tour, lunch at the café and bus.

Space is limited; call the Dover COA to sign up.

Ongoing Activities

MOVEABLE FEAST — Tuesday, Feb. 20, noon, Grace Church. Enjoy a delicious meal hosted by volunteers from local churches. Bring a friend. RSVP by Feb. 15.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS LUNCH — Tuesday, Feb. 27, noon, Grace Church. Join us for a homemade lunch and conversation with friends and neighbors. RSVP by Feb. 21.

TEA WITH FRIENDS — “Chinese New Year Tea,” Friday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 108.

BLOOD PRESSURE — Friday, Feb. 16, 10:45 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. With the Walpole VNA.

BLUE MOON BAGELS AND BREADS — Thursday, Feb. 22, Caryl Center, Room 116. Donated baked goods available for pickup after 10 a.m.

FOOT DOCTOR — Thursday, March 15, 9-10:45 a.m. Cost is $30. Call the COA for appointments. Home visits are available for $50. Future date: May 17.

SENIOR COFFEE HOUR — Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.., Caryl Center, Room 108.

BOCCE — will be back in the spring.

KNITTING — Mondays at 11:30 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. Beginners and experienced knitters welcome. Bring a project on your own, or you can join the knitters who make hats, booties and blankets for those in need with donated yarn. All are welcome.

MAH JONGG — Thursdays at 1 p.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. All levels welcome.

CHI GONG — Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Dover Town Library, Community Room. Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. $3 per class. Perfect for all levels.

YOGA FOR WELLNESS — Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 215. $3 per class.

MEDITATION — Wednesdays, 11 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 215. $3 per class.

STRENGTH AND STABILITY — Tuesdays, 9-9:50 a.m.; Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Caryl Center, Room 215. $3 per class. Bring water; equipment is provided. No class Feb. 15.

ZUMBA GOLD — Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Caryl Center, gym. $3 per class.

PICKLEBALL — Choose one of the following sessions — Feb. 26, 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. or 11:45 a.m., Caryl Center gym. You must sign up ahead for a session.