The Belmont Council on Aging is located at 266 Beech St.
All hands on deck! We are looking for volunteers: Volunteers are always sought for the Beech Street Center! We are currently looking for a pianist who would be willing to fill-in occasionally on a volunteer basis, and someone to lead the walking group for the fall season. If interested, contact Marie Poore at 617-993-2979. The Beech Street Center’s 10th anniversary is fast approaching! The Friends of the Belmont Council on Aging is forming a committee to help make this an anniversary not to forget. Please contact our Director Nava Niv-Vogel, at 617-993-2975 if you are interested in joining. At the Beech Street Center, we love to celebrate, and we love a good party! Let’s get together and party plan! The roaring 20’s, Parisian nights, western-themed. Any ideas are welcomed. If you’re interested in joining the party planning committee, please call Dana Leavitt at 617-993-2977.
Seeking Vendors for the 2019 Annual Craft Fair: The Annual Craft Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Belmont Council on Aging will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Beech Street Center, 266 Beech St., Belmont. We are looking for new and different crafts. Artists, photographers, quilters, potters, makers of holiday ornaments, dolls, toys, and more are invited to display and sell their work at the Craft Fair. If you are a new vendor and are interested in displaying and selling your crafts at the Craft Fair, please pick up an application form and more information at the Beech Street Center front desk or email Graystreet@aol.com. Please note that vendors who participated last year will receive application forms by mail.
Beech Street Center 10th Anniversary Celebration: 2-4 p.m Oct. 6. Enjoy music, food and memories.
Flu Shot Clinic with CVS Pharmacy: 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 2. Flu season is coming, and we want you to keep yourself and others healthy! Stop by the Beech Street Center. High dose vaccines are available for anyone 65 and older. Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. to fill out the proper forms, and bring your insurance and Medicare cards. Flu shots are available to those under 65. Please call 617-993-2970 for more information.
Open Rehearsals — Experience a BSO concert in the making: BSO Open Rehearsals offer audience members a unique perspective on the creative dynamic between orchestra and conductor. In addition to enjoying great music, this type of listening experience gives the audience an inside view of how the orchestra works at refining its performance. Please note that all seats for Open Rehearsals are ticketed rather than general seating, to provide a better experience for patrons. A half-hour pre-rehearsal talk at 9:30 a.m. precedes the rehearsal. Tickets are sold for entire series of 2 performances this year. Please stop by the front desk or call 617-993-2970 to sign-up. Cost for transportion and concert series $82. The first show will be Nov. 14 with Andris Nelsons, conductor; Leif Ove Andsnes, piano; Genia Kühmeier, soprano; Grieg Piano Concerto; and Mahler Symphony No. 4. The second show will be March 5 with Hannu Lintu, conductor; Seong-Jin Cho, piano; Anna Thorvaldsdottir Metacosmos; Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2; and Sibelius Symphony No. 2
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.
Under new sponsorship — Belmont Memory Cafe: 10 a.m. Sept. 26. The Beech Street Center is excited to announce our new Memory Cafe sponsor Minute Women Home Care, located in Lexington, MA. Minute Women Home Care is a family-owned company and has provided home care services to families in the Boston suburbs for over 50 years. A memory café is a special time set aside for people with memory impairment and their care partners. Please come and enjoy home-cooked treats, refreshments, sensory-stimulating activities, and a supportive socializing opportunity in a stigma-free atmosphere. Loved ones and caregivers are welcomed to meet our new sponsor and learn more about the cafe. If you are interested in attending, please call 617-993-2970 to register.
Herman Melville Sailing Towards my Father with Actor Stephen Collins: 1:15 p.m. Sept. 27. Sailing Towards My Father is a one-man play about Herman Melville (1819-1891), the American author best known for his whaling epic Moby-Dick; The play chronicles Melville’s life from youth to old age, concentrating on his evolution as a writer and his complex relations with God, his parents and siblings, his wife and children, and Nathanial Hawthorne. Written and directed by Carl A. Rossi. Cost: Free, but donations towards the program appreciated.
Beyond the First Year — Coping with Grief and Loss in the Future offered by Anne Marie Mahoney: 1:15 p.m. Oct. 22. The first year following a loss is well understood. You have legal and financial work to do. Your family takes care of you. Your friends are kind to you. Then, the first year ends, and everyone expects you to be “back to normal.” What is normal? The second year and all the months and years beyond are where the real grieving and adjustments take place. You feel isolated and untethered. How can you find this new normal? Come be with others on this difficult journey beyond the first year. Learn about tools for coping with grief and loss beyond the first year. Come to our casual café setting where your grief and loss is normal. Cost: Free.
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
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.
Billy Joel and Elton John, The Ultimate Tribute Show Lake Pearl — Wrentham: Oct. 17. This is the Ultimate Bill Joel and Elton John tribute show! Beginning in 1994, Billy Joel and Elton John toured on a series of “Face to Face” tours, making them the longest running and most successful concert tandem in pop music history. During these shows, the two played their own songs, each other’s songs and performed duets. They grossed over $46 million in just 24 dates in their sold out 2003 tour. Elton John — In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1 hits. For 31 consecutive years he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His single “Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” “Candle in the Wind 1997” sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is “the best-selling single of all time.” Elton John and Billy Joel tribute artists Greg Ransom and Mike O’Brien have joined forces to create The Ultimate Tribute Best of Times $92 includes driver’s gratuity
Ricky Nelson Tribute featuring Gunnar and Matthew Nelson Venus De Milo Swansea: Nov. 14. Ricky Nelson was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as well as co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks’s western feature film “Rio Bravo.” He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1957 and 1973 including “Poor Little Fool”, which holds the distinction of being the first No. 1 song on Billboard magazine’s then-newly created Hot 100 chart. He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Jan. 21, 1987. In 1996, he was ranked No. 49 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. “Ricky Nelson Remembered” is a unique multimedia entertainment event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs (including “Hello Mary Lou,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Garden Party”) performed by Ricky’s own identical twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson and includes never before seen big screen video footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson. When Matthew and Gunnar hit No.1 on the Billboard with their rock band Nelson with their self-penned #1 mega hit “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love & Affection” it put the Nelson family in the Guinness Book of Worlds as the only family in entertainment history with three generations of No.1 hitmakers! With their rock band Nelson, Matthew and Gunnar have five Top 40 Billboard hits, four No. 1 MTV videos and have sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!
Johnny Mathis Christmas Tribute: Dec. 3, Danversport Yacht Club — Danvers. Enjoy Some of Johnny’s Biggest Hits Such As: “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Misty” “Chances Are,” “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “Gina” “What Will My Mary Say”….and all of our Christmas Favorites. Johnny Mathis was born on Sept. 30, 1935, in Gilmer, Texas, the fourth of seven children. He sang in a jazz band while in college, and won a recording contract after an audition in San Francisco in 1955. Math,is scored his first No. 1 hit with “Chances Are” in 1957, and became known for his distinct rendition of popular Christmas songs. To date Johnny has produced 8 different Christmas Albums. But what really launched Mathis into the public consciousness was his 1957 appearance on TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” After that, Mathis’s albums were all smash hits, and his style, at once familiar and all his own, would help him sell millions of records. The following year, Mathis’s greatest hits album was released, and it became one of the most popular albums of all time, spending an unfathomable 490 continuous weeks (about 9 1/2 years) on the Billboard albums chart. Now experience a “Mirror of Mathis” starring David Robbins. David has been thrilling audiences all over the country with his incredible tribute show of Johnny Mathis. You’ll be in complete awe, as soon as he hits center stage. His remarkable resemblance and vocal abilities that emulate the great artistry of Johnny Mathis will leave you speechless. Enjoy the biggest hits John has become known for and enjoy our favorite Christmas songs only the way Johnny, uh…we mean David can do! Best of Times $95 includes driver’s gratuity
Boston Pops Christmas Show: Dec. 11. 11 a.m. departure to Join the Boston Pops and the renowned Keith Lockhart in 2019 for a singularly sensational day of memorable music, so great that it Pops! On arrival in Boston, you’ll enjoy a delicious, full course luncheon at the Venezia Restaurant. First Balcony seats to the 4 p.m. show, we will return back to the Belmont Center at approximately 4 p.m. Fox Tours $142 includes driver’s gratuity
An American Bandstand, New Year’s Eve, Lake Pearl — Wrentham: Dec. 31. Our entertainment ringing in the New Year is the incredibly dynamic Tom LaMark Orchestra. The repertoire of the Tom LaMark Orchestra covers over 60 years of great music from the original classics of the Swing Era, the Best in Ballroom Dancing, our favorite Line Dances, to the Best of American Bandstand from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. This is a celebration like no other. Sing along, dance along, and party strong to our live band. Our program will showcase some of the great songs from groups such as The Four Tops, The Beatles, Elvis, Bill Haley & The Comets, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams,The Drifters, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Bobby Darin, Etta James, The Contours, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Leslie Gore, Van Morrison, The Foundations, Duke Ellington, The Righteous Brothers & many more. So bring your dance shoes and get ready to experience an American Bandstand New Year’s with Best of Times Travel! Oh and did we mention our New Year’s Eve countdown includes a fantastic Champagne Toast! Best of Times $92 includes driver’s gratuity
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
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.) Day and time change! Wednesdays starting at 12:45 p.m. starting Sept. 4.
Morning Gentle Yoga with Mina Gibb: 11 a.m. Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4. 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. Cost: $48.
Learn To Draw What You See Versus What you Think You See With Audrey Childs: 1-3 p.m. Sept. 16 and Oct. 17. The course topics will include hand and eye coordination, perspective, proportion, spacial relationships, composition and rendering techniques using various degrees of graphite pencils. The drawing course is aimed at beginners as well as intermediate level artists who want a refresher on fundamental drawing skills. The course begins with an overview of drawing materials and continues with exercises designed to sharpen your observational skills so that you can create accurate, beautifully-rendered drawings. The course will help you draw a foundation for adding color on your own or leaving it as a rendered drawing. Audrey is a well known watercolor artist whose landscape paintings hang in homes across the country. She is also known for her house and pet portraits. Upon graduating from the Art Institute of Boston/Lesley College, she worked for a Boston art company reproducing historical wallpaper, commissioned sculpture reliefs, and detailed signage. Her art teaching experience includes drawing classes at the Middlesex Community College Extension, private lessons, group youth and adult classes. Cost: $70 for 6 week series. A supply list will be provided.
Gentle Aerobics with Kim Clements: 10 a.m. Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3. First half of the class burns calories and strengthens the heart with simple movement patterns to upbeat music. Second half of the class builds bone density and flexibility with strength training and stretching exercises.
New core workout class with Susan Barbato: 9:15 a.m. Sept. 13. Is your exercise routine missing something? Core muscle strength is critical for stability, overall strength, back support, proper alignment, and balance. Each class begins with a short standing warm-up and upper body strengthening exercises. Then it’s on to the floor where we zero in on those core muscles. Some you may have forgotten you have! Please bring a mat as well as neck support, such as a towel, if needed. Most of the exercises can be modified however, you must be able to get down and up from the floor. Cost: 6 week session $50.
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group: 1-4 p.m. first and third Tuesday of the month beginning Sept. 17. Join this exciting new program if you are 50+ unemployed, underemployed, returning to the workforce and seeking employment. Learn the skills needed to obtain employment in the current job market, including resume writing that works, creating a pitch, confronting ageism, managing stress and locating senior friendly employers. Tom Patria, Career Coach, will facilitate each meeting. Speakers from Project Able and Cambridge Career Source will provide additional training. There will be time for networking as well. The multi-month series takes place the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, from 1-4 p.m., and ends with a job fair for seniors in May 2020! For further information or to register: contact Co-Facilitator Janet, (617) 993-2983. This program is free thanks to a grant from MCOA.
Zumba Gold With Veronica Kolb: 9:40 a.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Thursdays. Perfect for active adults, age 50+, who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves you love, but at a lower-intensity. Focus on cardiovascular fitness, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance. Cost: 8 week session $40 or 4 week session $20.
Drawing and Painting with Charlotte Kaplan: 1-3 p.m. six week seession beginning Sept. 20. 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 try on the first day of class. Sign-up at the front desk. Cost: $70 bring your own materials. Charlotte Kaplan has been creating and exhibiting art for many years, following a career in architecture. She has taught in college and at adult education programs senior centers and has completed commissions for the Boston Children’s Museum and Logan Airport.
English Made Fun...With Food: Here, at the Beech Street Center, we are passionate about being a welcoming place for all. Sometimes, language can be a barrier that keeps people from interacting with others and attending programs. Let’s work together to change that! Spend some quality time with fellow Beech Street Center participants practicing what they have been working on in their ESL and English classes. In turn, make some new friends, learn about different cultures, and enjoy some snacks. If you are interested, please call Dana Leavitt at 617-993-2977. We do not have a formal day or time picked just yet but are gathering interest first. Cost: Free.
Writing About Your and Life Family Stories: 10 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 10. Leave a written legacy for your children, grandchildren and friends from your life and your family’s life in a fun and supportive environment. Instructor Lynette Benton. Cost: 6 week session $75.
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 Bella! Ciao Bello! 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.
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.