To reach the Concord Council on Aging by phone, call 978-318-3020.
Acrylic Painting: 10 a.m. June 13 and 14. Beginner and intermediate artists are invited to join Linda Malone for personalized acrylics instruction. All materials are provided by the instructor. Drop in classes are $30 per class, or $138 for any six classes. There will be no classes in July and August. Call the COA to sign up.
Jazz Up Your Summer Wardrobe with Accessories: 11 a.m. June 13. Come to this workshop and learn how to accessorize. Gail McKennit will lead the workshop with help from the Harvey's Treasure Chest Gift Shop team who will bring some jewelry, scarves and other accessories to sample. Bring a few of scarves, bags or pieces of jewelry to use or to share with others, and wear a plain top. Call the COA to sign up.
A History of the Modern Middle East — Presented by John Gardella: 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 13. Gardella’s monthly history series continues with “A History of the Modern Middle East — Colonialism, Independence and Conflict.” Note that this month’s topic has changed, and it is the last lecture of this series. Additional lectures by John Gardella will be posted in the September newsletter. Call the COA to sign up for this month’s talk.
Ukulele Meetups: 2-3 p.m. June 13, 20 and 27 and July 11. For an hour a week, play tunes from yesteryear, including Willie Nelson, Peter, Paul and Mary, Johnny Cash and others. No knowledge of the music or the instrument is necessary. Taught by instructor Daniel Metraux. This series of four meetups is $36 paid to the instructor on registration. Purchase a ukulele before the first class. A minimum of eight people is needed to go ahead with this program, so call the COA to sign up.
COA Cinema: 12:30 p.m. Fridays in the Lecture Hall. Free. June 14 — “The Book of Henry,” June 21 — “The Pink Panther,” June 28 — “The Leisure Seeker,” July 5 — “Queen of the Desert.”
TEDTalks Series — 'Where Joy Hides and How to Find It': 2 p.m. June 17. A range of ideas will be explored through short videos and guided discussions. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks (18 minutes or less). This month, take a look at the origins of joy. In this talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the tangible roots of joy and shows how anyone can find and create more of it in the world. After each video, Beth Roberts facilitates a discussion. This program is free. Call the COA to sign up.
Modern American Canasta Classes: 10 a.m.-noon June 18 and 25 and July 2. Join canasta enthusiast Pat Grainger for instruction on the more uniform set of rules of Modern American Canasta. Brush up skills or learn from scratch. Grainger will be offering guidance for new members for the first four sessions and then if there is sufficient interest a regular “play time” will be decided. These classes are free of charge. Call the COA to sign up.
Senior Property Tax Reduction Explained: 11 a.m. June 18. As part of the Board of Assessors’ outreach to seniors, Carolyn Dee will explain all the ins and outs of the tax reduction program. Seniors will have until Sept. 1 to apply. Those with questions about eligibility, come and ask. Call the COA to sign up.
‘Buried in Treasures’ — Changing Cluttering Behaviors: 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, June 18 through Sept. 24. For those who have homes filled to the brim and are having difficulty parting with treasured possessions, the COA is offering a 15-week skills training workshop and peer support group. Research has shown that working through the book “Buried in Treasures” by David Tolin, Gail Steketee and Randy Frost in a structured group is one of the most-effective ways of addressing excessive cluttering and compulsive acquiring behaviors. This is a free group for seniors that identify themselves as having excessive clutter. There is no charge for the program, but attendees are expected to purchase a copy of “Buried in Treasures.” To register or for information, call 978-318-3020 and ask for Lauren Barretta.
Genealogy Workshop and Research Methods: 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 19. Learn the skills it takes to compile a family history or to write stories for future generations. Call to sign up and bring a laptop, if possible. Ancestry.com is always available free in the library at the COA.
Health Fair at the Concord COA: 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 19. The COA will be hosting a mini-Health Fair that will offer health information and safety education. Booths will be set up for participation and viewing. The Concord Fire Department will answer fire safety concerns and provide equipment to improve home safety. Concord Public Health Nurse Tricia McGean will have information on tick prevention and Lyme disease. Medication safety and management will be presented by West Concord Pharmacist Diane Brine. Joanne McCole from Nashoba Nursing will provide information on fall prevention and home safety. Dr. Christine Beck, who has recently returned to the Lincoln Physician Practice in Concord, will focus on healthy and safe exercise and will also offer information on osteoporosis. Lincoln Physicians will provide healthy refreshments for all. Blood pressure screening and blood sugar checks, along with sun safety tips, will be provided by the COA. No sign-up necessary.
International Current Events: 1-3 p.m. June 19. The International Current Events group, facilitated by Barbara Howell, meets Wednesday afternoons and discusses a range of topics. Each week the focus of conversation changes. All views are welcome. The last meeting will be on June 19 before a hiatus for the summer, returning Sept. 11.
Kennebunkport Lobster Cruise with Lobster Bake: June 20, leaving CareOne at Concord at 9 a.m. and returning around 4:30 p.m. A scenic lobster tour aboard Kylie’s Chance, a 65-foot sightseeing boat out of Kennebunkport, Maine. Participants will see Kennebunkport from the water while learning how Maine lobsters are harvested and see the Bush summer home and seals in their natural habitat. Afterwards, attendees will go to the Bull ‘n Claw in Wells for a feast including lobster, clam chowder and steamed clams or prime rib or chicken supreme as an alternative. This trip includes luxury coach transportation, boat tour, luncheon and gratuities. The cost is $95 per person, check payable to the Town of Concord. Payment is due within one week of reservation and is non-refundable. On this outing there is a moderate amount of walking involved. Call the COA to inquire about availability.
Caregivers’ Support Group: 10:30 a.m.-noon June 25. The monthly Caregivers’ Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month and is open for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Join a group of peers to share experiences and gain support. The group is facilitated by COA Social Service Supervisor Nicole Saia. Call Saia with any questions or to register at 978-318-3012.
Lunch Bunch to Fiorella’s Cucina, Concord: June 25, leaving HWCC at 11:30 a.m. and returning at 2 p.m. Join the Concord COA for Italian food at Fiorella’s on Walden Street in Concord. Fiorella’s offers Italian-inspired cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The charge for the van is $2, and the cost of the meal is on one’s own. This reservation is limited to 12 people, so call the COA office to reserve.
DVD Lecture Series — 'Gropius is in the House!': 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 25 through July 30. In 1919, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus School in Weimar, Germany. This year, celebrate its 100th anniversary. Gropius worked at Harvard and built his home in Lincoln. Learn more about this school, its founder and the impact it had on the art world at large. On June 25, Wendy Hubbard, the site manager at Lincoln’s Gropius House, will talk to the group from 2 to 3 p.m. The series is facilitated by Janice and Doug Muir. Call the COA to reserve a seat.
Maintaining Wellness in Retirement: 11:30 a.m. June 26. Program and tour of The Commons in Lincoln. Join Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert O’Connor of The Commons for a presentation on Maintaining Wellness in Retirement followed by lunch and a tour of the assisted-living facility. The Commons will provide transportation from the HWCC and back, returning at approximately 3 p.m. Transportation is limited to 12 people. Call the COA to sign up.
Low Vision Support Group: 1 p.m. June 26. The group meets the last Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. The guest speaker for June 26 will be Michele Ellicks from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, who will talk about the Real ID. Learn about what it is and what it will require to get one.
Virtual Yard Sales: 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 27. Free apps make the process of getting items in front of local buyers easy. Join Melody Orfei to learn how to create a brief listing for each thing, take a photo of the item, add a short description and add the asking price. The requirements for this class are a smartphone (not a basic cellphone) or a tablet with a camera and access to an email account. Call the COA to sign up.
Free Concord River Pontoon Boat Rides: 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22. As she did last summer, Martha Rohan will offer the opportunity for Concord seniors to come aboard her pontoon boat to see Concord by water. Relax while cruising on the Concord and Sudbury rivers. View the homes of the 1800s and watch for turtles, blue herons, geese, ducks and other wildlife on the river banks. Seniors may choose one of the boat rides on June 27, July 25 and Aug. 22. Each ride will take one hour and is limited to 14 people per ride. The COA will provide van transportation from the HWCC to the Concord Boat House as parking on-site is extremely limited, so be at the COA by 2:10 p.m. Call as soon as possible to reserve a spot on one of the dates offered. If the date is rained out, an alternative will not be offered.
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon: Noon June 28. The Sarah Gardner Trio will be returning with jazz, classic songs and original offerings. This event is by invitation only; those who volunteered will receive their invitation in the mail.
YES Group to the Wayside Inn, Sudbury: 5:30 p.m. June 30. Join the YES Group for dinner at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. The Wayside Inn is the oldest operating Inn in the United States, offering hospitality to travelers along Boston Post Road since 1716. The restaurant offers fine dining with New England classics, as well as updated menu choices. The YES Group is open to all Youthful Energetic Seniors. Transportation and the cost of dinner are on one’s own. Be aware that the COA does not send staff to YES Group events. Call the COA office to sign up so they can give the restaurant an accurate head count.
Tanglewood Concert with Dinner at the Apple Tree Inn: July 14, leaving CareOne at 10 a.m. and returning at 9:30 p.m. The program features Andris Nelsons conducting works of Beethoven, Gruber and Strauss. After lunch, attendees will take their seats in the Music Shed for the 2:30 p.m. concert. Dinner will follow at the nearby Apple Tree Inn. The cost is $142 per person, check payable to the Town of Concord. It includes transportation, concert ticket, dinner and gratuities; payment is due within one week of reservation and is non-refundable. People attending this trip must be able to walk and stand for substantial intervals of time on uneven ground. Indicate meal choice of salmon, chicken or pork when signing up. Reservations are now open.
‘Cabaret’ at the Ogunquit Playhouse with Lunch at Warren’s: Aug. 8, leaving CareOne at Concord at 10:15 a.m. and returning around 7 p.m. See the musical “Cabaret.” Before the show, have lunch at Warren’s in Kittery, Maine. Lunch includes their full salad bar, choice of entrée, dessert and beverage. Call the COA to inquire about meal choices. The all-inclusive cost is $125 per person, check payable to the Town of Concord; there will be no refunds. This trip’s activity level is low. When calling to sign up, ask about the meal choices that are being offered. Reservations now open.
Blood Pressure Screening: 10 a.m.-noon June 26. No appointment necessary.
Podiatry Clinics: 8:30 a.m.-noon June 19 with Dr. Russell Hamilton and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 22 with Dr. Ayleen Gregorian. Residents should bring insurance cards with them. Those who have HMO insurance should be aware that they will need to bring a referral from their PCP in order for insurance to cover the visit. If Medicare does not cover one’s visit, the fee is $35. Call the office to sign up for the podiatry clinics. Signups are being taken.
ArtSpace: On display now are the photographs of William (Bill) Anderson, provided by his daughter, Kristin Anderson Emerson. Anderson’s early work captures Concord’s hometown transition in the late 1940s, and later works demonstrate his love and respect for each subject or character. He had a studio and store at 14 Walden St. from the 1960s to the late 1990s. The collection will be on display through July 12.
Individual Technical Tutoring: Having trouble with email? Not sure how to work a smartphone? Dedicated technical tutors are here to help. Anyone with computer, smartphone, iPad or Kindle questions that need answering can call the COA and set up a one-on-one tutoring session with a CCHS student volunteer.
Wednesday lunch schedule: 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. Those have a reservation and find they are unable to attend, they should call to let the COA know they cannot make it. Those have not made a reservation may be asked to wait in the lounge to determine if there is enough room. June 19 — Life Care of Nashoba Valley June birthday celebration, June 26 — Concord Police Department.
Drum Circle Jam: 11 a.m. fourth Friday of the month. Cost is $15 per session. Concord seniors ages 60 and older are invited to drum to the beat, whether they have drummed before or not, for health, meditation and fun. Led by Tim Kane, participants create collaborative rhythmic jams after learning the basics on a variety of percussive instruments. Call the Concord COA at 978-318-3020 to sign up.
Music Makers: 2 p.m. Mondays. Music Makers is a group of music enthusiasts that gets together to sing old favorites, led by volunteer Jerry Hurley at the piano. They are looking for new members. Those interested can call the COA for more information.
Ping Pong: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.
Games Group: 9:45 a.m. second and fourth Friday of the month. The group is led by Jerry Hurley and meets for word games, puzzles and board games. New members are always welcome. Call the COA to sign up.
Creative Writing Class: 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays. Join Kristin Cooley for creative-writing classes. With assignments appropriate for both novice writers and those who have attended the class before, Cooley will help enhance participants’ creative writing skills. Participants can bring their laptops or tablets or hand-write their works. Each class is $10, paid directly to Cooley. Call the COA to sign up.
Line Dancing: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. As each dance uses foot patterns only, beginner dances can be learned within minutes. As there are no partners, there’s no need to worry about stepping on anyone’s toes and participants can groove in any way that best suits their own physical needs. Attendees will dance to several dances each class and hear a wide variety of music. Each class is $5, paid directly to the instructor. For those who do not have shoes with flat leather soles, “DanceSocks” are recommended to help shoes slide over the carpet.
Seeking Arts & Exhibition Committee members for 2019 and 2020: Some volunteers have reached the end of their tenures on the COA’s Art Space Committee. Committee members curate eight art exhibits annually. It’s helpful if participants have experience in arts management or administration, but those with a “good eye” who enjoy art have something to offer. The committee’s big meeting is in the fall, then further communiques happen by phone or email. Strong interpersonal and communication skills to reach out to local artisans is a plus. For information, contact Vikki Jacobson at 978-318-3023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop: The gift shop is in full swing for graduation and Father’s Day purchases. Thanks to Harvey’s Treasure Chest for sponsoring so many activities and programs at the COA. Harvey’s Treasure Chest hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Donated items are always wanted. Although the gift shop will be closing during July and August, donations are accepted throughout the summer. The gift shop accepts donations of new and like-new crystal, china, decorative items, scarves and pocketbooks, games, pictures and jewelry.
Town of Concord Senior Property Tax Reduction: The goal of this exemption is to reduce an eligible homeowner’s property tax to 10 percent of their income. However, they must pay at least 50 percent of their assessed tax. To qualify for this tax reduction, residents must be 65 or older (co-owner must be 60 or older), a resident of Concord for 10 consecutive years or more, have a maximum income of $57,000 for a single owner and $86,000 joint owners, have an assessed value of property at or below Concord’s median, currently $881,550; and have maximum assets with $250,000. For information, call the assessor's office at 978-318-3070.
Friendly Visitors: The COA has a cavalry of Friendly Visitors to make visits to residents who could benefit from a weekly visitor or don’t get out as much or see other people like they used to. Let the COA know of someone who would be open to and benefit from a Friendly Visitor.
The COA on Facebook: The COA posts items and pictures on the COA Facebook page. Encourage friends and family to “like” the COA FB page also. By “liking” the COA page, they will receive messages and be alerted to new pictures and events. Those who are not yet signed up can go to facebook.com/concordcoa. One doesn’t always need to be at a desktop or with a tablet to tap into Facebook; smartphones can also be used after downloading the the Facbook app. Anyone who is scratching their head over all this should consider making an appointment with a computer tutor at the COA. Call the COA at 978-318-3020.
How to donate to the Council on Aging: To make a donation to the COA and Concord Seniors, write a check made out to the “Town of Concord” and including the phrase “COA Gift Account” in the check’s memo line. This donation method is the only assured manner which guarantees that a donation will only be used for and in the Concord COA. Contributions to the COA Gift Account are tax-deductible, and people who make donations will receive an acknowledgement once the contribution is received and processed. Donations may be dropped off at the COA office or mailed to 1276 Main St., Concord.
Minuteman Media Network: Minuteman Media Network (formally CCTV) has given a weekly time slot to the COA to showcase programs, Thursdays at 2 p.m.
COA Van: The COA provides transportation on a first-come, first-served basis to Concord seniors around town for doctor’s appointments, trips to the bank, haircuts, visits to a friend, events at the COA and so on. The COA asks for a $1 donation each way and requires an advance reservation to ride the van. Additionally, the COA offers shopping trips. People do not need to wait until the first business day of the month to book a van ride.
The van is considered to be “curb-to-curb” service, and riders should be able to get on and off independently or bring along a family member or aide. All riders must have emergency contact information listed with the COA office. The COA asks that all van riders carry a copy of the File of Life with them. People who do not have one should stop at the office and pick one up.
All riders must use their seat belts when riding in the vans, and when demand is high, riders may be asked to limit non-medical appointments to twice a week. The COA does not not schedule same-day rides. Call before noon the day before the ride at a minimum. The COA requests that people refrain from using strong scents or perfumes.
Van shopping trips
The COA provides shopping opportunities each month, but it is important that residents call for a reservation in advance. Residents may sign up at any time. To save room, each shopper is limited to five shopping bags. The van driver will help carry bags if one is 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.
Tuesdays: First Tuesday, Open Table Food Pantry and Stop & Shop/Powder Mill Plaza, Acton, pickups start at 12:15 p.m.
Thursdays: First and third Thursday, Market Basket in Littleton, pickups start at 12:15 p.m.; fourth Thursday, Trader Joe’s Plaza, pickups start at 1 p.m.
Fridays: Crosby’s Marketplace Plaza and CVS, pickups start at noon.