Sign in for activities

Seniors are reminded to sign in for each thing they do at the COA by using their blue key tag and the computer touch screen at the reception desk. The COA has blue key tags.


Sign up in person for events costing $5 or more. OK to sign up by phone for events less than $5. Stow seniors have priority. Out-of-towners will be put on a waiting list and called if space allows. Make checks payable to SFCOA. Note: The COA will now meet at Pompo Community Center; park in the row closest to Route 117. If you cancel, your money will not be returned unless the COA can fill your seat. If the COA does not have a minimum of five paid attendees, the event will be cancelled.


If you are going on a day trip, you must bring cash (small bills) to pay for lunch. Many restaurants will not give separate checks.

Weekly grocery shopping

Mondays: Shaw’s, 10 a.m. (sign up by noon Friday). Fridays: Shop & Lunch, 11 a.m. (sign up by noon Thursday). June 15 to Walmart/Hudson/Rest, by vote. June 22 to Market Basket/Lunch, Hudson. June 29 to Walmart/Hudson/Rest, by vote.

Errands, runs, etc.: If you want to go to a local store (within our transportation service area, you may call the COA by noon the day before you want to go.

Upcoming events

Veterans Coffee House: 10-11 a.m. June 19. Free. Sign up by June 15. The COA and Stow’s Veterans Agent, Joe Jacobs, are hosting a Veterans Coffee Hour. Bring your stories and old photos or memorabilia. Get to know fellow veterans in a welcoming casual atmosphere. Light refreshments will be served. Call the COA at 978-897-1880 to RSVP. This event is open to Stow veterans of all ages.

Strawberry Social: 1 p.m. June 19. Free. Sign up by June 15. Limit 20. Enjoy fresh local strawberries at their finest. Enticing desserts. Register early.

Home Care Talk: noon June 20. Free. Registration required. Sign up by June 17. Home Instead Senior Care presents “Home Care 101: Learn the Basics.” After this presentation, you will be able to identify the benefits of working with a home care agency and learn what to look for when choosing one. You will also be able to identify the signs of knowing when it is time to pursue home care. Join Community Service Representative, Jennifer Richtsmeier, MSW, CDP for this one-hour presentation. Handouts and Lunch will be provided.

Reiki Clinic: 1 p.m. June 21. Sign up by June 14.

Protecting The Home - Homestead & Tax Exemptions: 1 p.m. June 21. Free. Must register. Limit 20. Attorney Cathleen Summers will present information to help you protect your home from creditors, reduce property taxes, and borrow prudently on equity that has built up during your lifetime. Attorney Summers practices Elder Law in her offices in Acton and Sudbury.

Red Sox: 1 p.m. June 21. Free. Sign up by June 18. Limit 20. Red Sox breakaway game in Minnesota vs. the Twins. Join in for hot dogs, peanuts, ice cream, drinks and fun.

Lunch Bunch - Cafe 641 in Hudson: 11 a.m. June 25. $3 for van, plus the cost of food. Sign up by June 18. Limit 20. Relax and unwind and enjoy sweet or savory crepes, burger and a beer or one of their many delicious sandwiches.

Iris Marcus Garden Tour: 1 p.m. June 27. Free. Sign up by June 22. Limit 10. Explore artists Iris Marcus and Katherine Kleitz gardens. They welcome Stow Seniors for a beautiful, relaxing time.

Lunch and a Movie - ‘I, Tonya’: noon June 28. $2 (for lunch). Sign up by June 25. Limit 20. Movie will start at 12:45 p.m. Rated R. A real life portrayal of Olympic skater Tonya Harding, who was banned for life from competitive skating after an attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. When registering, be clear if you plan to eat. Lunch will be the meal-site meal. On the menu is Marinated Steak Tips with Peppers & Onions, Sub Roll and Potato Wedges. Must sign up separately for lunch and movie.

Looking Ahead: Annisquam River Cruise on July 18. Paw Sox on July 26. Indian Princess Cruise on Aug. 22.


Social Bridge: all levels welcome. Wednesday, 1 p.m. Free. Sign up.

Chess: all levels welcome. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. Free. Sign up.

Mahjong: Instructor Susan Choyce. First and third Friday, 1 p.m. Free. Sign up.

Poker Games: second and fourth Wednesday, 1 p.m. Free. Sign up.

Pool/Billiard : Tuesday and Thursday, 1 p.m.; and first and third Wednesday, 1 p.m. Free. Sign up.

Exercise classes

Line Dancing: Instructor Sandy Ingmanson Thursday, 1 p.m. $3 Must sign up for each class.

Qi Gong: Instructor Carolyn McDonald, Monday, 8:50 a.m. Free. Gentle movements that help with balance, breathing and energy. The Principles include upright, relaxing, tranquility and empty.

Senior Fitness: Instructor Terri Zaborowski, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. $3. Move to the music with this safe and heart-healthy class which uses low-impact movements to energize your active lifestyle. Build muscle strength and flexibility with upper and lower body exercises using hand held weights in both standing and seated positions. Finish with a 5- to 10-minute full body stretch and relaxation segment. Please bring a set of weights and a water bottle to class.

Tai Chi: Instructor Eric Frost, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. $3. Come learn about this Meditation in Motion. Tai Chi movements are calming and peaceful. The fluid movements can improve circulation and breathing.

Zumba Gold: Instructor Terry Kessel Myers Coney, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. $2. Zumba Gold class includes warm-up, dance/exercise and a cool down, all to upbeat Latin and international music.

Stretch and Smile: No instructor, Friday, 9 a.m. Free. Come join us for stretching and gentle movement, partly as chair exercises, watching a DVD.

Yoga: Instructor Terry Kessel Myers Coney, Friday, 9 a.m. $5 per class or $24 for eight weeks.

Stretch and Flex: Instructor Terri Zaborowski, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 p.m. $3. This class is designed to help seniors maintain their strength, flexibility and independence with both standing and seated exercises using resistance bands.

Creativity classes

Craft Class: Mondays, 12:30-3:30 p.m., class begins at 1 p.m. Free. This class has reached its maximum enrollment. Call to be on wait list.

The Bee: The first and third Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. For hand spinning, quilting, knitting and textile related work. Quilters, knitters, felters, workers in any quiet fiber craft.

Quilting Class: The second and fourth Mondays, 9 a.m.-noon.

Transportation services

The COA provides van service to Stow residents 60+ and those with disabilities. Important policy reminders are highlighted below:

• Scheduling a Van Ride: All van reservations must be made by calling the COA between 8 a.m. and noon at least 24 hours in advance and speaking with the Transportation Coordinator (do not leave a voice mail message).

• Van pickups start at 8:30 a.m., with the last pickup to return home no later than 2:30 p.m.

• The service area (originating from Stow) is: Acton, Bolton, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Maynard and Sudbury. Service is also provided to medical destinations in Marlborough and Concord. Have the destination with the phone number when you book rides.

• Be ready 15 minutes before your scheduled van pickup.

• Van service is pickup and drop off only.

• Van drivers must follow their assigned schedule and are not allowed to make last-minute changes to the schedule in order to accommodate the rider’s request unless authorized.

• The COA can’t provide individual shopping trips if scheduled on the same day/time as the group shopping trip.

• Meal site, Food Pantry, COA Office: Free.

• Stow only: $2. Out-of-Town Rides: $3 one-way and/or round trip.

• Volunteers may be available for medical appointments outside service area or business hours.

Stow Food Pantry

The Stow Food Pantry offers food and hygiene items to clients/families needing assistance. The pantry offers short-term and long-term assistance. The Stow Food Pantry requires no referrals and no financial information. Call 978-897-4230 and make an appointment to attend one of the three monthly pantries. The Stow Food Pantry is open the first and third Fridays of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and on the third Thursday evening of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Community Services Coordinator

The Community Services Coordinator is available to provide information and make referrals to various programs and agencies. Areas of assistance include financial supports, housing options, legal assistance, disability services, mental health services, children and family resources, and caregiver resources. For more information contact Lauren Abraham, LICSW at the Community Center. Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Phone: 978-897-2638. Email:

Outreach services

Information and Referrals on Home Care Options, Advocacy, Home Visits, Are You OK? (daily well-being checks), Fuel Assistance, SNAP (Food Stamps), Friendly Visitors, Volunteer Drivers, Support Groups and more. Call Sharon or Suzanne any time. The COA can visit right away. You may refer someone else who might need services. If you suspect elder abuse or neglect (no proof needed) make a confidential call immediately.

Veterans information

For questions regarding veterans’ benefits, call Joe Jacobs, Stow’s Veterans Agent. Office hours are Tuesdays 9-11 a.m. at the Community Center. Contact info: cellphone 978-290-0278 (best number); home 978-562-7359; email

Free computer help

If you need computer/printer help — buying/getting one for free, set-up, tutoring, file transfer etc. — call COA. The COA will arrange an appointment with a computer expert to visit you.

Free food

Stop and Shop (Wayland and Acton), Shaws (Hudson) are donating food Monday through Friday. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see what’s available. Donations appreciated.

Town nurse

Tamara Bedard, RN from Nashoba Associated Services, is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 978-772-3335, ext. 340.


Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone

Do you have questions about your Health Insurance or Prescription Drug coverage? Call the COA to schedule a private one-hour consultation with Jackie Engelhart-Perry, SHINE Counselor. She is available every Monday morning at the COA. For immediate assistance, call Minuteman Senior Services, SHINE Department, at 781-221-7029.

Durable medical equipment needed

The COA needs transport chairs, rollators (walkers with a seat) and commodes. Dropping off equipment? Call first and deliver to right side of the building, drive around back of building to the last door on the left (sign on door) to be put in our storage room.