The Medford Senior Center is located at 101 Riverside Ave. For information: 781-396-6010; Pkelly@medford-ma.gov.

Announcements

Social Work Notes — Karlene Bognanni: Our office has SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) applications. I am available to assist with the application process and any questions about the program. Contact me for an appointment. SNAP also has a Senior Assistance Office for clients aged 60 and over. There is a special phone line for seniors and their representatives to call for any questions or problems regarding their current SNAP benefits. It is 1-833-712-8027.

Volunteer Notes: Arlene Carroll The Medford Council on Aging greatly appreciates our volunteer base and are currently looking for new members. If you would like to volunteer & “make a difference”, feel invited and welcome to drop by my office or call Arlene at 781-396-6010

Mystic Valley Elder Services’ TRIP Metro North Program: If you’re 60+ or an adult living with disabilities, don’t drive and public transportation isn’t an option, you can still get to appointments, visit friends, dine out, and have a full life with TRIP. This free program gives you money to reimburse friends, neighbors and certain relatives, for taking you anywhere you want to go. Call 781-388-4819 to learn more. Join Annie on Wednesday May 22nd at 11:00am for a brief presentation at the Medford Senior Center.

Are you a Veteran living in Medford or the surviving spouse or child of a Mass. Veteran?: If so you could be eligible for: Medical Expenses, Financial assistance and more. Senior Citizen and disabled: Are you over the age of 65 or disabled and on a fixed income? If your income is less than $1800 as an individual or $2,380 as a married couple and your assets are less than $5000.00 or $9800 respectively, you could be eligible for financial assistance as well as medical insurance and expenses. Contact Michael Durham at Medford City Hall 781-393-2505, mdurham@medford-ma.gov

Trips

Twin Rivers: July 15. Bus will depart from Hyatt at 9:45 a.m. — nonstop to Twin Rivers, receive a food voucher and a $10 match play. Future dates Nov. 18.

MGM Springfield: Aug. 12. $25 per person. Bus will depart from Hyatt at 7:45 a.m. — nonstop to MGM Springfield, receive $20 in slot play.

Providence Little Italy: May 30. $69, depart at 9 a.m. for a tour of Providence Federal Hill, visit Scialos bakery and lunch at Cassarinos Restaurant, a step on guide will join us with a 90 minute guided city tour. Tickets available April 1.

3 Redneck Tenors: June 18. Cost: $78 per person. America’s got talent, 10 top 10 finalist perform at Danversport Yacht club includes transportation, luncheon and show. The musical comedy performs all styles of music from pop, to opera, and everything in between. Tickets available.

Essex Valley Steam Train and CT Riverboat: June 19, $89 per person departs 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a motor coach tour to CT, an authentic steam engine train ride, a Riverboat cruise, and luncheon at Go Fish. Tickets available

Wrentham Outlets: June 21. $5 per person, depart at 10 a.m. luxury motocoach, shop til you drop at the Wrentham Outlets, receive a discount coupon booklet, dine on your own, back to Medford 4 p.m.

Martha’s Vineyard: June 26. $75 per person bus departs at 7:45 a.m., includes motorcoach, Board the Island Queen in Falmouth for a relaxing ride to Martha’s Vineyard, take a narrated tour through Oak Bluffs & Vineyard Haven. Enjoy a 2 hour stop in Edgartown for lunch (on own) and shopping. Tickets available.

Michael Minor Singer, Comedian, Ventriloquist, Celebrity Impressionist: July 17. $78 per person — Special buffet Luncheon, Entrée Yankee Pot Roast or Baked Lasagna at the Common Man in Plymouth, New Hampshire, followed by the show at The Flying Monkey. Tickets on sale May 8.

Maine Lobsterbake at Fosters: July 19. $79 per includes motorcoach tour with a stop at Nubble Light and York Village, browse the boutiques or enjoy the coastal views. Feast on NE clam chowder, Mussels, clams, lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, and blueberry crumb cake for dessert. Tickets available May 14.

Gloucester Lobster Cruise: Aug. 13. $89 per person motor coach departs at 10 a.m. board the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship for a New England Clam Bake and a 2 1/2-hour cruise. Then head to Salem Willows for some old-time arcades, walk the boardwalk or buy some salt water taffy. Tickets available June 13.

Take Me out to the Ballgame — Pawsox game: Aug. 15. $20 per person, includes motor coach departs at 10:30 a.m., ticket to the ball game (excellent seats), $7 ballpark credit per person to use on food, or concessions. Tickets available June 13.

Diamond’s & Pearls, Cash & Kings The Ultimate Tribute Show: Aug. 27 $88 per person includes motor coach to Lake Pearl in Wrentham, a plated luncheon with choice of stuffed chicken or Baked Scrod, the biggest hits from Neil Diamond, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash and more….Tickets on sale June 18.

Foxwoods: $25 pp Sept 16, Bus will depart from Hyatt at 7:45 a.m. nonstop to Foxwoods, receive $10 food credit and $15 Keno play. Future date Dec. 9.

NOTICE: Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation. Tickets are non-refundable. For complete details about trips hosted by Medford Senior Center, including participant responsibility, a comprehensive Trip Policy outline is posted at the Senior Center and copies available upon request.

All participants are required to have Emergency Contact Information on them throughout the trip. Wallet sized File of Life packets are available free, in the office for your convenience! Some trips are funded in part though a CDBG Grant. Parking for our motor coach day trips will be behind the Hyatt Hotel on Riverside Avenue where you will meet the tour escort for special parking flyers, and also be advised on where to park. Any questions please inquire in the COA office.

Events

Photography in the Wild with George: 11 a.m. June 25. Learn how to express yourself through our camera! Bring your own camera or smartphone. One day event depart from senior center in our van (limited to 13 passengers) a box lunch will be provided to all who attend. This program is sponsored in part by the MCC and LCC.

Low Vision Support Group: 10:30 a.m. June 21. The Low Vision support group is sponsored by the Mass Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The group is for individuals who are losing their vision and would like to learn from and listen to others.

SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone): June 26. Leslie Barrett will be available for appointments. Please call to set up your appointment 781-396-6010.

Meet the CEO of Melrose Wakefield Healthcare, Sue Sandberg: 1 p.m. June 25. Learn about the future vision for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, plans to build an ambulatory surgery center and answer any questions you may have about Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Refreshments will be served, please reserve a seat today.

Food pantry for Elders: 2 p.m. June 13. Elders and adults with disabilities who are interested in taking part in the food pantry should visit the Medford Senior Center to fill out an application. Participants must register prior to visiting the food pantry and qualify based on income, disability and age. Stop by the center or call 781-396-6010 for an application.

Loss, Grief, & Relief Support Group: 2:30 p.m. June 25. This group is for everyone who experienced a significant loss. Learn about finding support, coping strategies and the nature of grief. Facilitated by Beth Loomis, Hospice Chaplin, Visiting Nurse & Community Care. Call 781-396-6010 to reserve a seat.

LGBTQ Discussion Group: 3-4 p.m. June 25. All are invited to attend. From books & movie recommendations and discussions, to resources available and sharing experiences, all are welcome. This intergenerational program will meet at the senior center once a month on the last Tuesday of the month — bring your ideas! Call 781-396-6010 to reserve a spot. Co-Hosted by Mike McLaughlin and Suzanne Lentine.

Medford City Councillor Breanna Lungo-Koehn: 1 p.m. June 14. Join Medford City Councillor Breanna Lungo-Koehn for an afternoon of ice-cream, meet and greet. Tickets are free and available June 3. Max 2 tickets per person.

Office Hour with Medford City Councilor Vice President Breanna Lungo-Koehn: 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 28. Stop by to express your concerns or ask questions

Cooking Demos: June 18. Information session about the new Produce in a SNAP for seniors program at the Senior Center with special guest Captain Barry Clemente. Sign up begins June 3.

Legal services

Rep. Paul Donato: 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 26. Rep. Donato or a representative from his staff, will be available at the Medford Senior Center. Call 781-395-1683 for immediate questions.

Dale Tamburro: June 25. The Law Office of Dale J. Tamburro, PC will be available for one/one appointments. Please call 781-396-6010 to reserve a spot.

Ongoing activities

Pickleball: 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays. $2 Medford residents / $4 nonresidents will be located indoors at the Gene Mack Gym 30 Forest St, Medford. For information, call 781-396-6010 or Kevin at Medford Recreation 781-393-2486. Beginner equipment is available for your use.

Ask a nurse: Stop by and see Nisha Patel, RN. She is available most Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon for blood pressure checks, questions and more. Program is sponsored by Greater Medford VNA.

International Conversation & Coffee hour: 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Join us for a weekly coffee hour offering conversations, presentations and once a month instruction in ESL in Spanish, French, Creole, Chinese, Russian and Italian. Marcelle Chevry, Beatrice Lee, Ariane Daniel, Consuelo Diaz & Marie Anzalone will be hosting our Coffee Hour.

Home maintenance with Craig: Jobs that contribute to home safety are a priority. It is a good time to change batteries in your smoke detectors as we turn our clocks ahead. How about installing safety grab bars in your bathroom. That pesky light bulb that has blown out but is too high to reach! Tighten the banister, get those pesky storm windows up, give us a call and set up an appointment. If any fees are applicable they are based on a sliding scale. To schedule service, call 781-396-6010. Funded through a Medford CDBG Human Services Grant.

Lunch: begins at 11:45 a.m. Meals are served each weekday. Lunch program is run in cooperation with Mystic Valley Elder Services. Call at least one day prior by noon to reserve your meal, $2.00 suggested donation.

BINGO: Most Wednesdays begins at 1 p.m.; $2.50 for 11 games, coffee and dessert.

Free movie: 9:30 a.m. most Fridays. Come on down enjoy a cup of coffee, pastry and a movie in the comfort of our library and our large flat screen TV.

Knit and Sew Club/Project Linus: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays. Free. No instructors, just get together with others to knit, sew and socialize. Join us if you would like to participate in Project Linus, we are working together on making blankets for children who have experienced a recent trauma.

Weight Loss Support Group: 1 p.m. most Fridays. Free support group to help with nutrition, exercise and recipe ideas. Let’s start the summer on a positive note for a healthier you.

Cribbage: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays. Come on down and learn to play or refresh your skills.

Poker: 1-3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays. Dealers choice, all are welcome. If there is a card game that you are interested in, that we do not offer, let us know — we may be able to put a group together.

Canasta: 1-3:45 p.m. Mondays. Do you want to try your hand at Canasta? Need to refresh your skills — don’t worry the players are here to help at the Medford Senior Center .

Mahjongg: 1:30-3:45 p.m. Fridays. Looking to join a great group or to learn the game, stop by. A Chinese game played, usually by four people, with 136 or 144 rectangular pieces called tiles. The object is to collect winning sets of these tiles, as in card games such as gin rummy.

Board games: Scrabble, checkers, chess or other board games may be played nearly any afternoon. We have the games, just ask at the front desk for your leisure.

Whist: 1-3:45 p.m. Do you want to refresh your knowledge of Whist or jump right in, all are welcome!

Dominoes: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays. Join us for a fun game of Dominoes, we have several people playing each Monday. Drop in for this FREE game.

Classes

Strength Training Class: 10 a.m. Thursdays. Join Sharon Filyaw for a new Strength training class for seniors. The class will be held each Thursday at 10 a.m. $3 per class beginning April 26.

Zumba/Fitness Classes Mondays and Wednesdays with Emily Brenner: Zumba Gold is held Mondays at 10 a.m. This type of Zumba takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older member. Cost is $5 per class; drop in.

Dance Fitness/Yoga Dance: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. combines yoga, dance, breath and energy with great music. This class brings tons of fun and healing to body, mind and spirit. Cost is $3 per class.

Yoga Classes with Rosa Brown: Mondays, $3 per class

Gentle Yoga: 12:45 p.m., for those who want seated, standing and floor yoga poses. This is an amazing group of seniors who are willing to stretch in every way, and able to get down on the floor.

Chair Yoga: 2 p.m., seated and standing yoga poses that are adapted to the needs of the group. We stretch, strengthen, challenge our balance and take time to relax.

Line dancing for fun and fitness with instructor Charlotte: Tuesdays, from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $3 per person. All levels of dance are welcome. Have fun learning some new moves.

Strength & Balance — with Nancy K: Free Wednesdays: one-hour class with our instructor, Nancy. Focus on your strength and balance. Use of light weights and a seated chair program for beginners as well. Time: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Donations accepted.

Core and Balance Workout: 10 a.m. Thursdays. Cost is $3 per class. Stop in to meet Sharon and try our new invigorating exercise class. $3 per class.

Ceramics: with Rosemary Ardagna from Claydreams of Arlington. Classes are held on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5 per two-hour class, (cost of pottery piece not included).

Walking Club: 9:30 a.m. Fridays. Join Pam Kelly for a brisk 45 minute walk. Walking boosts brain power, drives creativity, improves self confidence and reduces stress. Join us.

Knit andcrochet: 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Please join our instructors Dolores for Crochet and Jean for knitting in creating free beautiful handmade creations.

Tai Chi Chi Kung with Marie Favorito: 9:45 a.m. Fridays. $5 per person. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. All are welcome

Holiday Singers: 2 p.m. most Fridays. No tryouts required everyone is welcomed to enjoy a wonderful group. Free class for all. Off site performances on some dates.

Artitude with Debbie Corleto: 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. The class will be a concentration on drawing using pencils and ink. Space is limited, reserve a seat today.

Weekly Meditation Class: 2 p.m. Thursdays. Meet Kat Cammarata who will teach you how to practice the act of meditating. Meditation brings peace of mind, inner joy and inner peace. Reserve a seat today 781-396-6010. Donations accepted

Train Your Brain: 2-3 p.m. Fridays. Free Brain Games and Puzzles with Dawn Lewis. Reserve a seat 781-396-6010 today. No class May 31.

Joy of Movement: 11 a.m. Tuesdays in May with Monkeyhouse’s Nicole Harris. The class will focus on expanding movement vocabulary to foster self-expression, creativity and joy. No experience is required, so don’t miss this opportunity to get up and move! The class is free, Space is limited , reserve your spot today 781-396-6010.

Podcast Club: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays at the Senior Center, free class hosted by Ellen Cremens. Come listen to programs & stories about mysteries, sports, history, health, science, music, and more! Meet, listen and discuss/chat about your interests and learn what a podcast is! Space is limited, reserve a spot today, 781-396-6010.