The Center at Medfield is at 1 Ice House Road

Business hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, the schedule varies; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

For information, call 508-359-3665

Upcoming programs and events

“New England’s General Stores — Exploring an American Classic” by Ted Reinstein and Anne-Marie Dorning: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2. Enjoy a unique presentation on New England’s General Stores. It harkens back to a simpler time and a more innocent and rural nation. It conjures a country-like place where kids come in to by penny candy, and adults to buy everything from swaths of fabric, to fresh vegetables, to four-penny nails. It was a place to pick up mail, the newspaper, and perhaps tarry a bit on a cold, winter’s morning to chat over a cup of coffee and a warm wood stove. Long nbefore “Cheers,” the general store was the vital and inviting heart of a community, where everyone not only knew your name, but how you took that coffee, how many kids you had, and how’s your dad doing, anyway? And in tough times, it was a place that often treated customers like family, extending credit when no one else would. In short, the general store was real-life Norman Rockwell — deeply woven into America’s cultural identity, an integral part of the nation’s self-portrait from its earliest days. But over the last 50 years, many of New England’s general stores, competing with behemoths like Wal-Mart and Target, began to disappear. But then a funny thing happened: people really missed them. And in many towns, decided to hold onto them. In talking about “New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic,” broadcast journalist Ted Reinstein shares the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how they figured in the rise of early American commerce, why they began to fade, and why—like another New England icon, the diner—they have begun to come back and even be re-invented and re-imagined for a new era. Told with anecdotes from a variety of local landmark stores across the region, the presentation is accompanied by the award-winning photography of Art Donahue. Join us by calling the Center at 508-359-3665 or stopping in to sign up for this free presentation. The program runs about 50 minutes, followed by audience questions.

“Planning for Retirement” Presented by CFA Society, Boston’s Financial Literacy Initiative: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Retirement planning can be overwhelming. Simplifying the process by understanding various components, focusing on what one can control, and developing a long-term financial retirement plan can help to meet financial and life goals. This discussion can be helpful for a wide audience range, including those approaching retirement age (0-15 years from expected retirement age), those already in retirement, and even younger workers. About CFA Society Boston: CFA Society Boston is a nonprofit professional society with over 6,000 members that has been a point of connection for the Boston investment community since 1946. The Society provides an open forum for the exchange of fresh perspectives on industry issues and promotes ethics and integrity. The mission of CFA Society Boston is to be a community of investment professionals that promotes the highest ethical standards, best practices and professional development of current and future members, for the benefit of clients and the broader investing public. About the Financial Literacy Initiative: Our mission is to close the financial literacy gap by imparting financial knowledge without conflicts of interest, thereby improving the lives of the current and future investing public, the credibility of our industry and ultimately, the stability of our economy. We strike alliances with non-profit groups, leveraging their reach to access a wide variety of audiences, from late high school onward, addressing issues such as Personal Finance, Basics of Investing, Retirement, Bonds vs. Equities, Choosing a Bank, and more. Join us on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. for information that might kick start your journey into retirement. Our speaker, Medfield resident Brian Sokolowski will share his knowledge and answer questions as it relates to the topic. Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 to register for this seminar.

Thinking of Retiring…Thinking of Selling Your Home: 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. So many factors go into deciding if you’re ready to sell your home. Will local market trends make the sale worthwhile? Are you ready to part with your home and all the memories you’ve made there? Where do I start and what do I do? The Center at Medfield welcomes you to this retirement presentation. Learn what is required from a legal perspective when selling your home and also, the fundamentals of preparing your home for sale and simple staging techniques.  Join Mary Cusano, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Commonwealth and Attorney Dina Browne with the law offices of Bletzer and Bletzer P.C. as they help you navigate the path of preparing your house for sale. Please call the Center at 508-359-3665 to register for this program.

Medfield Council on Aging Tax Work-Off Program Begins New Season November 2019: The ongoing Tax Work-Off Program administered by the Council on Aging will be accepting applications starting on Oct. 1. In order to give participants more time to complete the hours, we will have applications available on Oct. 1 with the deadline for submission by Oct. 31 If a lottery is necessary, names will be drawn at the COA board meeting on Nov. 6. Participants will be able to start their hours immediately. New this year: All participants will be required to attend a thirty minute informational meeting at 2 p.m. Nov. 14. The town voted in 2018 to increase the benefit for Tax Work-off volunteers to allow persons over 60 to receive a reduction in their real estate tax obligation in the amount of $1000.00 per fiscal year in exchange for volunteering 78 hours in various town departments. Hours will need to be completed by Oct. 18, 2020. The exemption is taxable as Federal wages. The applicant will receive a W-2 for income earned less OBRA, Medicare and applicable taxes. However they will not receive a paycheck; the net amount earned will be credited to the applicant’s third and fourth quarter real estate tax bills, as a reduction in taxes. The senior will need the W-2 to submit with their tax forms. The (OBRA) deduction is in lieu of a social security deduction and is mandatory. However, the applicant can file to get this money returned to them only if they do not intend to participate in the future. If the applicant previously filled out the payroll tax forms, they will not need to fill out the paperwork again. New applicants will be required to fill out the forms in order to participate in the program. We are grateful that the Town continues to support the program. The Senior Tax Work-Off program has been successful in many ways, making it a win-win situation for the senior, the department and the town by the following:

1. Offering seniors the chance to reduce their tax obligation.

2. Workloads within many Town departments are reduced because they are staffed with skilled,

dependable senior volunteers.

3. Allows seniors the chance to put their skills to good use.

4. Assists some seniors with opportunities for socialization and a sense of purpose

This is a reminder that the applications will be available beginning Oct. 1 and should be returned to the COA by Oct. 31. If applications exceed the 65 person limit, a lottery will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 during the monthly COA meeting at The Center. This is an open meeting and all applicants are invited to attend. Any questions regarding this program can be directed to Susan Bernstein at 508-359-3665.

Ongoing Programs

Saturday Zumba at The Center: 9 a.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 7. Cost: drop-in rate $5 per person. Grooving to the beats of salsa, flamenco, and merengue music provides a fun way to exercise and feels a lot less like a workout, which is why Zumba is so popular. The Latin-inspired dance workout is one of the most popular group exercise classes around for both men and women. The high-energy classes are set to upbeat music and feature dance numbers by Medfield resident and instructor, Lourdes Fournier. You don’t need to be a great dancer to feel welcome in our Zumba class. With the tag line, “Make exercise fun, Move at the Center” our classes emphasize moving to the music and having a good time, no rhythm required and all community members are welcome! Working up a sweat in the 60-minute class burns an average of 350 calories. You’ll get a great cardio workout that, strengthens your core, improves flexibility, improves posture, increases cardiovascular fitness and reduces blood pressure.