Ongoing programs

Social Resources: Do you have a smart phone? Are you interested in getting a smart phone? Not sure where to begin? Sarah, our social work intern, is here to help! Currently offering meeting times to talk about smart phone service options, qualifying for the lifeline federal program*, and how to use Uber and Lyft. You can schedule a meeting with her from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. For information, call 857-342-2411 and leave a voicemail with your name, number. *strictly low-income or public assistance qualification.

Share Your Moon Memories!: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon! We will be celebrating this milestone during the summer, and as part of this celebration, we will be interviewing people who have first-hand memories of this historic event. If you would like to be interviewed please contact or This event and others are a partnership between the Belmont Public Library, Belmont Media Center, and Belmont Council on Aging, Wicked, Belmont-Citizen Herald, and Belmont Historical Society.

Snapshot of Wisdom: Interviews to be set individually by appointment at the front desk. Come spend quality time sharing your life experiences with Belmont High School students! You will be interviewed and photographed, and have the opportunity to give your words of wisdom to the youth in our community. We invite you to join us in our Snapshot of Wisdom project where these students will transform your portrait and your words into an artistic masterpiece. The outcome will be a visual that captures the essence of your story and your image (hand-drawn or photographed). We hope to present this artistic collection in a later exhibition in Belmont.

Artistic Expression with Sarah G.: 1-2 p.m. Mondays beginning March 4. We invite you to come join us for a weekly expressive arts group. Within a guided setting, you will explore and strengthen your creative skills, and express your unique self! Supplies are provided by the Beech Street Center. Artistic skills are not required. This is an open group for people of varying skills and ability. Sarah G. received expressive art training from Lesley University. She has her BSC in Human Services, MHRT/C, and is an MSW candidate 2019.


Photography Exhibit by Georgia McGuire: June 1-30. Georgia lives in Winchester with her husband, Al, and has three grown children. She always took pictures with a point and shoot camera, and having more free time bought a Nikon camera and took a few classes. Georgia is now enjoying this wonderful new photography hobby! Her other interests include knitting and bridge at the Beech Street Center, but being a grandparent to seven tops the list!

Friday Opera Club — “Orfeo ed Euridice”: 1 p.m. June 14. Join Jose Rodriguez and other Belmont Opera Club members for a showing of Orfeo ed Euridice. Composed by Christoph Willibard Gluck, starring Dame Janet Baker (Orfeo), Elisabeth Speiser (Euridice), and Elizabeth Gale (Amor). Raymond Leppard conducts the Glyndebourne Opera Italian version. This opera premiered in 1762 and is considered a milestone in operatic history, introducing a simpler, “classical” style. Approx. 130 minutes. Cost: Free.


Book Discussion Group — “Hiroshima” by John Hersey: 11 a.m. June 14. On Aug. 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey’s journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document, has become a classic “that stirs the conscience of humanity” (The New York Times). Cost: Free.

Mandala Workshop with Marianne Snow: 1:15 p.m. June 14. Spend the afternoon designing and creating your own Mandala. Mandalas are circular images that symbolize the world. The center is the beginning from which the circle expands. They are found in nature and all cultures make them. The program is limited to 25 people. Please sign up at the front desk to reserve a seat. Cost: $8 which goes towards supplies for your mandalas.

Feature Film — “Bohemian Rhapsody”: 1:15 p.m. June 14. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the 2018 biographical film featuring Oscar winner for Best Actor, Rami Malek who plays lead Queen singer Freddy Mercury. The film tells the story of when Mercury first joins the band in 1970 to the band’s Live Aid performance in 1985, that performance is said to be one of the greatest performances in rock history. The film traces the rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn, Freddie we learn is surrounded by darker influences hurting him and the band. Prepare to sing, stomp your feet, laugh, and cry! Cost: Free. Approx. 134 minutes.


Rosanne Mili Presents — Butler School Piano Recital: 4 p.m. June 18. The piano students of Mrs. Rosanne Mili will present a recital which includes, traditional and popular music, arranged for the piano. All are welcome to attend! Cost: Free. Make sure you stay after the recital for our Father’s Day Strawberry Shortcake and Barber Shop Quartet program.


Father’s Day Strawberry Shortcake and Barbershop Quartet: 6 p.m. June 18. Is there anything better than summertime, strawberry shortcake, and a barbershop quartet? NO! All are welcomed to attend this Father’s Day event. Enjoy a summer evening listening to the sounds of the New Sound Assembly Chorus. As you’re singing and dancing along we’ll have tables set-up with all the fixins’ for strawberry shortcake including fresh whipped cream and summer strawberries. Don’t miss this event! Cost: Free, but donations towards food appreciated. This event was generously sponsored by Comfort Keepers Woburn/Winchester.

Early Sign-Up Opporunity…..June 22 “Pickity Place”: Located in Mason, N.H., since 1786 this little red cottage is beloved by many. The enchanting cottage was chosen by Elizabeth Orton Jones as the model for her illustrations in Little Red Riding Hood (Little Golden Books, 1948). Spend a relaxing Saturday walking through their themed gardens and kitchen garden. After exploring, enjoy a special lunch which includes: Dip - Spicy Jalapeno, Soup - Roasted Yellow Pepper, Salad - Strawberry and Jicama, Entrée - Chicken Marsala over Asiago Risotto and Grilled Polenta or Zucchini Ribbon Ravioli, Dessert - Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake with Sea Salted Caramel. End your day bringing home some special gifts and herbs. This trip is limited to 40 people. Please speak with Dana Leavitt or call 617-993-2977 if you have any questions. You must sign-up by Friday, June 7th. Cost: $31.33 per person. Thank you to the Friends of the Belmont Council on Aging for sponsoring the needed transportation for this special event.

Trips with the Belmont Council on Aging

BelderBus trips are limited to 16 passengers, all of whom must be registered members of the Beech Street Center with emergency contacts on file. Call 617-993-2970 to reserve your seat early.

2019 Trips with the Belmont Travel Club

Volunteers now pick up messages at 617-993-2976.

Insurance is available for all these day trips, it is highly recommended. All trips are subject to change. Belmont Travel Club-Please call 617-993-2976

Cape Cod Canal’s 105th Anniversary Tour: June 26. Your Spectacular Tour Includes. Sandwich Glass Museum & Daniel Webster House Grand Buffet, Narrated Two Hour Cape Cod Canal Tour 8:00 AM Depart on your luxury Silver Fox Coach and travel today to beautiful Cape Cod, where you’ll arrive in Sandwich, the oldest town on the Cape. Brimming with history, age-old charm and scenic sights, Sandwich will delight you with its many attractions. You’ll visit the Sandwich Glass Museum, where you’ll view real glass blowing artisans creating world renowned pieces of art. At noon, you’ll arrive at the Daniel Webster Inn, for The Grand Buffet. Your bountiful buffet menu* includes: Fresh Fruit Cup With Seasonal Sorbet Fresh Baked Rolls Coq au Vin (Chicken Tenderloin w/ mushrooms, peas & onions) Pasta Primavera (Pasta & fresh vegetables in a creamy Parmesan cheese) Broiled Native Scrod (seared with olive oil and cracker topping) Seasonal Vegetables Apple Cranberry Crisp with whipped cream Coffee/ Tea/ Decaf *Menu Subject To Change Now follows the special treat of the day, a narrated two hour cruise of the Cape Cod Canal. You’ll learn the history of this important maritime resource and how it has boosted New England commerce since its inception. You’ll delight in the scenery too, with beautiful homes and resorts located along the way. You’ll return home at 6:00 PM after a delightful Cape Cod day! Tour Cost: $92 per person includes driver’s tip

Lobster Bash: July 25. Quidnessett Country Club is located in N Kingstown, RI overlooking beautiful Narragansett Bay. The property features breathtaking views, beautifully manicured grounds and tranquil gardens. The luxurious newly designed interior features spacious ballrooms with golden chandeliers. Attached to our ballroom is a beautiful deck with great views of the Bay and golf course. The food is expertly prepared and offered with the finest service – this is a perfect setting for Landmark’s Lobster Bash lunch and show. Landmark Tours cost: $96 includes driver’s gratuity

'Mamma Mia:' Aug. 9. Lakes Region Theatre and lunch at Hart’s Turkey Farm. Fox Tours $102 includes driver’s gratuity. 9 a.m. Depart from the Belmont Senior Center and join your friends for a fantastic day in New Hampshire enjoying one of the finest luncheon and show programs in 2019. You’ll initially travel to Meredith, New Hampshire, where a full course luncheon will be served at the famous Hart’s Turkey Farm (please choose entrée at sign-up). After this meal, you’ll then attend the Lakes Region Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia.” You’ll arrive home at 7:30 p.m. after a delightful day of great cuisine and theater! One of the funniest musical comedies ever. Great satire and fun!

Diamonds and Pearls: Aug. 27. Lake Pearl Wrentham. Cost: $95 includes driver’s gratuity. 9:30 a.m. departure from the Belmont Senior Center and experience some of the greatest hits from some of the greatest entertainers of all time. Diamond and Pearls/Cash and Kings will have you dancing and singing your day away. These performers have amassed almost 300 million records sold worldwide, over 40 Top 10 Songs, Dozens of No. 1 Hits, Grammy Awards, induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and more. The renowned shipboard duo Jose and Patti have been wowing audiences worldwide with their vibrant performances, garnering acclaim that’s transcended the trans-oceanic crowd. Jose and Patti’s show is a Neil Diamond Tribute with some Janis Joplin, Carole King and Johnny Cash mixed in. Their original spin on these classic tunes is evident from the moment the accomplished guitarist and sultry vocalist hit the stage. It’s no small wonder that they were voted Musicians of the Year by Norwegian Cruise Line. This multi-faceted show is big, dynamic and thoroughly entertaining. In fact, at the conclusion of their show, you’ll still be clamoring for more. We will return approximately 5 p.m.

Taste of Providence/Taste of Italy: Sept. 11. 9 a.m. departure to Providence a city that enjoyed a resurgence of attention following the lengthy run of the hit TV show of the same name. This little city has come a long way with a newly designed waterfront area, downtown district which is on the National Register of Historic Places, the new Providence Place Mall and award-winning restaurants. USA Today named it “one of the Top Ten Little Italy’s in America.” We’ll visit Scialo Brothers Italian Bakery and take a mini tour of the bakery where the smell of fresh baked bread permeates the air. Then we may select a piece of pastry to enjoy with coffee or tea. Our luncheon today will be at Andino’s Restaurant in Federal Hill/Little Italy. Serving up Italian favorites since 1988, Andino’s has received numerous awards including Best Italian in Rhode Island in 2017 and Diners’ Choice just last year. Our menu today will include a choice of: Chicken Marsala, Baked Scrod or Linguini with Clam Sauce Also included: Salad, Dessert Coffee, Tea or Decaf. Following luncheon, we’ll meet our Professional Guide who will step aboard our coach for a 90-minute tour. Our guide will take us through the Little Italy section and explain how that population came directly to Providence instead of going through Ellis Island as so many immigrants did. We’ll travel through the Federal Hill section, downtown and the Historic East Side and more. Enjoy extraordinary 18th and 19th century architecture along Benefit Street — a ‘Mile of History.’ Before returning home, we’ll have time to shop at Venda Ravioli’s Italian Food Emporium where we will find gourmet pastas, fine Italian foods, olive oil, cheese, espresso, gift baskets, cook books and much more. We will return approximately 5 p.m. Landmark Tours $78 includes driver’s gratuity.

Overnight Trips

Niagara Falls: June 3-6. Tour includes three night accommodations at the ideally located Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, four meals: three breakfasts and one dinner at your hotel’s beautiful Fallsview Restaurant affording an outstanding views of the falls, guided touring in the Niagara region, winery visit and Welland Canal, Niagara-on-the-Lake and services of a professional Conway Tour Manager.

Day 1: Join us as we travel north to one of the great natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls. Our accommodations are at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel ideally located next to shops, restaurants, and adjacent to Casino Niagara.

Day 2: This morning enjoy breakfast in your hotel’s fabulous Fallsview Restaurant. Later tour the Niagara region. Highlights include the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, Upper Canadian Rapids, the Lower Niagara River and Gorge, Whirlpool Rapids and Niagara Parks Floral Clock. This afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B)

Day 3: This morning enjoy breakfast again in your hotel’s fabulous Fallsview Restaurant. We begin our day. Will be touring along the Niagara Parkway to the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, voted the most beautiful city in Canada. There will be time for lunch and a bit of shopping in this popular town before heading to a winery tour and tasting. A brief stop will also be made at the Welland Canal located in the heart of Niagara’s wine country. Dinner is included at your hotel’s beautiful Fallsview Restaurant affording outstanding views of the falls. Be sure to enjoy the spectacular views as you indulge in your meal. (B, D)

Day 4: This morning enjoy breakfast in your hotel’s fabulous Fallsview Restaurant before departing this beautiful region for home. (B)

Passport required. Double $699 per person $100 per person Deposit due 2/25/2019. Balance due April 11. Triple $689 per person. Single $919 per person. Child* $499 per person (Child rate applies based on two adults in the room.) See reverse side for Cancellation Policy, Waiver and Activity Level. Fallsview Room upgrade available $75 per person additional double and triple, and $150 pp additional for single. For information, contact Belmont Travel Club 617-993-2976.

White Mountains Resorts: Dec. 13-15. Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the beautiful White Mountain Hotel & Resort and enjoy the splendor of the White Mountains at Christmastime.This special holiday tour offers spectacular entertainment, festive activities, gourmet dining, and all the finest amenities of the White Mountain Hotel and Resort, including first rate service and luxury accommodations. The hotel will be completely decorated in the Colonial style Christmas reminiscent of the famous decor of Colonial Williamsburg. This tour is the perfect opportunity for you to do some Christmas shopping and avoid the crowds! With over 150 tax-free specialty shops and outlet stores in town, your choices are limitless. Enjoy your tour and unwind with us before the busy holiday rush in this majestic Winter Wonderland!

Trip includes Yuletide welcome reception, two nights deluxe accommodations at the white mountain hotel and resort; five meals including one breakfast, one grand Sunday brunch, one luncheon, two dinners; three different entertainment show; a visit to the new living shores aquarium in Glen, New Hampshire; shopping at tax-free outlets and in-town shops; all room and meal taxes and gratuities; special cocktail pricing; round trip baggage handling; Christmas gift; deluxe round-trip motorcoach transportation; and driver and tour guide tips included!

Double: $489. Triple: $459. Single: $629

For information, contact Belmont Travel Club 617-993-2976.

New classes and programs

Improving Your Technology Skills with Dan Siagel: 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays. With over 20 years of working experience in the information and technology field Dan comes to us with a wealth of knowledge. If you are interested in learning or improving your computer skills for either Windows, Apple or Android operating systems then you should stop by to make an appointment with Dan. Some skills and knowledge you will walk away with include: learning the internet, Microsoft Office, Adobe, e-mail, and social media applications. Sessions are one-on-one for 30 minutes. Free.

50 plus Job Seekers Regional Networking Group: 1:30–3:30 p.m. first and third Tuesday of every month Jan. 15 through May 7, Beech Street Center, Art Room. Join our Career Coach, Mark Censky, for a free job networking group designed for those 50+ seeking employment. If you are unemployed, underemployed, unhappily employed, returning to the workforce after a gap or retired, this group may be for you! Each week will focus on a new topic such as assessing skills, developing job search plans, revising resumes, creating a LinkedIn profile, practicing interviewing skills, refining your elevator pitch, how to use social media in your job search and networking. Issues of ageism experienced in the job search will be discussed. Materials, strategies, techniques and resources to accelerate the search will be offered. Spring dates will be Mar. 5 and 19, Apr. 2 and 16 and May 7. Preregistration is required. Call 617-993-2983 to sign up or online at

Drawing and Painting with Charlotte Kaplan: 1-3 p.m. May 24-June 28. $70 for 8 sessions. Learning to draw is learning to see, and learning to paint is learning to see in color. We’ll start out with basic drawing — shapes, shading, and perspective---and then use what we have learned to create paintings with watercolor pencils. All levels are welcome. Your art can start anywhere and go as far as you like. The instructors will bring a sampling of materials for you to

Classes seeking new members

Classes are open to residents of Belmont and surrounding towns, and targeted especially for participants age 50 and older. Scholarships funded by the Friends of the Belmont Council on Aging are available for Belmont residents with financial hardship; contact Nava Niv-Vogel to apply.

Duplicate Bridge: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $10/day.

Bingo: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Play several rounds of BINGO and 2 “cover-all” games, with a weekly raffle as well. Coffee and snacks are provided. This group welcomes new members to try it out! Cost: Varies based on number of cards played, approx. $3 per week.

Intermediate and Advanced French Fridays: 10–11 a.m. Formal meeting 1st and 3rd Friday. Informal meeting 2nd and 4th Friday. Free.

Ciao e Benvenuto! Italian Conversation Group: 10–11 a.m. every other Thursday. Based on enough interest we will be starting our Italian conversation group which will meet in the café every other Thursday. This group is good for Italian language beginners or anyone who wants to improve basic conversation skills.

Morning Gentle Yoga: 11:15 a.m. Fridays, starting when 6 sign up! We’ll learn about traditional postures (lying, sitting, standing) and stretching, with much emphasis on balance. Plan to work through your own limitations to achieve greater flexibility and strength each week. Even as a beginner, you’ll gain from the strengthening and stretching as you learn the formal postures ... This can be easy…. if you bring your sense of humor along with the mat! Cost: $48.

Social Bridge: Monday’s 1–4 p.m. call 617-993-2970 to sign-up

Free Folk Dance at the Beech Street Center: 11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: Free. Instructor Susan Lind-Sinanian teaches folk dances from a variety of traditions including Greek and Armenian cultures. Beech Street line dancers and new participants welcome! Cost: Free.

“Chess with Jason” is Back!: 1:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Learn this classic brain sharpening strategy game with our beloved Belmont High School student, Jason Tang. Stop in to join this ongoing group. Cost: Free.

Zumba Gold: 9:15 a.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. Thursdays. Meet our new instructor Chrsitine Anisworth!! Eight sessions for $40

Evening Yoga with John: Gentle Movement and Restorative Stretch. We are so excited to Welcome John Hunt as our new evening yoga instructor. Spend a relaxing evening with John while gaining strength, flexibility, balance, and relaxation. Tuesdays starting April 2nd at 5:30 p.m. six-week session for $48.

Solo Ballroom Line Dance Classes: Dancing is the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction and mental stimulation. It’s a full body workout for the mind, body, and spirit. Dance to popular songs with ballroom and Latin steps with no partner needed! Get into the groove and learn routines with sequences of steps to several songs that can be used with any Ballroom, Latin or Swing Rhythm (ie: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata etc.) Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Instructor: Paul Hughes. Six-week session $48. First class starts April 11.