To reach the Concord Council on Aging by phone, call 978-318-3020.

Upcoming programs

COA Cinema: 12:30 p.m. Fridays in the Lecture Hall. Free, no need to sign up. Sept. 27 — “A Dog’s Way Home,” Oct. 4 — Stan and Ollie”

Ukulele Meetups: 2-3 p.m. Sept. 26. Join this growing group of aspiring musicians. No knowledge of the music or the ukulele is necessary; instructor Daniel Metraux will teach. Each series is made up of four sessions for $36 paid to the Town of Concord on registration. People who do not already own one should purchase a ukulele before the first class. Call the COA to sign up.

Modern American Canasta Classes: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. Join canasta enthusiast Pat Grainger for instruction on the more-uniform set of rules of Modern American Canasta. Grainger will offer guidance for new members for these additional four sessions. These classes are free of charge. Call the COA to sign up.

'Ask a Lawyer': 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 26, or by appointment. In this program, local attorneys volunteer their time to answer individual legal questions. Call the COA to make an appointment.

Recycling Dos and Don’ts: 1 p.m. Sept. 26. Join environmental services program administrator Rod Robinson to check-in with home recycling. Learn how to prepare recyclables before they go into the recycle bin and the changes on which plastic items are recyclable. In addition to the recycling tips, Robinson will include a brief update on the status of the recycling markets as well as a summary of the town’s curbside collection program. He will also share information on related upcoming town events like the October Swap-off Drop-off event.

Opera Appreciation: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22, Nov. 12 and 26 and Dec. 10. Focused on the relationships between the many different philosophies of music-making, this opera appreciation class will span the earliest examples of western opera in Germany and Italy all the way to contemporary folk and rock opera, with most of the time devoted to becoming familiar with the most-beautiful music in every era and style. Each class will focus on a specific time period, genre or musician and explore the common themes that link even the most different-sounding works to answer the question “What is opera?” Join Concord Academy junior Henry Patton for this seven-part series. Patton is a professional actor and singer with a passion for musical theater and opera. This series is free; call the COA to reserve a spot.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 8 and 22 and Nov. 12 and 26. This six-week series is offered to caregivers and is suitable for anyone who finds themselves in the role, and it is not diagnosis-specific. This program is free due to the Treasure Chest Gift Shop. A minimum of eight are needed to run this class. Call the COA to sign up.

Aging Mastery Program: 1-2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 10 through Dec. 19, no class Nov. 28. The cost of the 10-week program is $6 per session totaling $60 to cover the cost of supplies. Financial scholarships available; ask to speak to the director. Call the COA and sign up for the program. A check for $60 is due within a week of registration. More details will be included in the September COA Newsletter.

Health clinics

Annual Flu Clinic: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 8. Any Concord resident age 60 and older is eligible to get their flu vaccine at HWCC. The high-dose flu vaccines will be available for residents age 65 and older. No sign up is required. Bring Medicare or other insurance cards the day of the flu clinic. Try to wear a short-sleeve shirt. Any questions, call nurse Valerie at 978-318-3020.

Podiatry Clinic: 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 23 with Dr. Russell Hamilton. Bring insurance cards. People who have HMO insurance will need to bring a referral from their primary-care physician in order for insurance to cover the visit. If Medicare does not cover the visit, the fee is $35. Call the office to sign up for the podiatry clinics. Sign-ups are being taken for both of these dates.

Ongoing

Individual Technical Tutoring: Having trouble with email? Not sure how to work a smartphone? Dedicated technical tutors are at the COA 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. 

Music Appreciation -- Music of the 17th Century: Buxtehude, Frescobaldi and Biber: 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9, 16, 23; Oct. 7, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 18, 25; Dec. 2, 9 and 16. This discussion-based class will study the music that led to the Baroque era. Join Concord Conservatory of Music faculty member, concert pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff as he offers another series of classes at the Concord COA. Each class is interactive and will focus on important works in music history. Everyone is welcome, and no musical background is required. A check for $156, payable to the Concord Conservatory of Music, is due at the first class. Registration is required.

International Current Events: 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 11. Each week, the International Current Events group, facilitated by Barbara Howell, talks about a range of topics based on world events. Each member brings his or her own perspective and ideas to debate. This group has a broad spectrum of views and all viewpoints are welcome. Call the COA to be included on the group’s email communications and join the discussion.

Acrylic Painting:  10 a.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 12. Join experienced teacher Linda Malone and her group of budding artists for mornings of colorful expression. The instructor provides all materials. Linda will take drop-in students for $30 per class or you can sign up for a series of six classes any time for a discounted rate of $138. Please call the COA to sign up.

Drum Circle Jam: 11 a.m.-noon Sept. 27. Join Tim Kane in September for the monthly Drum Circle Jam at the Concord COA. No drumming experience necessary. The cost is $15 per session.

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.

Need A/C Removal?: Residents who need a window air conditioners removed can call the COA to have a volunteer do it. The COA asks for a $15 donation per unit removed. Call to place a name on the list: 978-318-3020.

'What is a Lockbox and Do I Need One?': A lockbox is a small, metal, locked box that can be attached to a home, near the front or side door. The house key is kept locked inside and is accessible only to the Concord Fire Department during an emergency. Should the Fire Department need to enter the home and find the door locked, they are able to access the lockbox and use the key inside to open the door, preventing possible damage to the home. Lockboxes are free and installed by a COA volunteer. Donations accepted. Call the COA to request a lockbox.

Announcements

Donate to the COA: To make a donation that directly benefits the COA, make a check out to the Town of Concord and write “COA Gift Account” in the memo line. Contributions to the COA Gift Account are tax-deductible and donors will receive an acknowledgement for their contributions. Donations can be dropped off at the COA office or mailed to 1276 Main St. in Concord. 

'Linus The Little Yellow Pencil': This children’s book needs to come to life at the 2019 Family Trees display at the Concord Museum. This year, the COA has opted to decorate a wreath. The COA is looking for a few additional creative minds to bring the book to life as a wreath. Join for one or two hands-on gatherings to create the COA wreath. Call the COA to impress interest in this project. Contact Vikki Jacobson by calling 978-318-3023, coming in or emailing vjacobson@concordma.gov.

Bingo callers needed: 1 p.m. Wednesdays following lunch. Volunteers will be needed once per month. Contact Vikki Jacobson by calling 978-318-3023, coming in or emailing vjacobson@concordma.gov.

Sewing help needed: The COA is looking for someone who is competent at mending and sewing repairs, be it a button, a hem or a small mending project. The COA is hoping to have an ongoing free mending program available. Contact Vikki Jacobson by calling 978-318-3023, coming in or emailing vjacobson@concordma.gov.

Driver needed: To Bedford and back to Concord once per quarter; the COA receives bouquets quarterly from the Power of Flowers Project. The small, lightweight bouquets are boxed up and dropped off at the Bedford COA. Contact Vikki Jacobson by calling 978-318-3023, coming in or emailing vjacobson@concordma.gov.

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 vjacobson@concordma.gov.

Harvey’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop: Opening for the 2019-2020 year on Sept. 3. The gift shop accepts donations of new/like-new crystal, china, decorative items, scarves and pocketbooks, pictures and jewelry.

Do You Consider Yourself a Man (or Woman) About Town?: Flyers are posted around town that promote COA activities and programs. The COA has a list of locales around Concord that accept flyers and, with volunteers’ help in dropping those off, they get the COA word out. This volunteer spot can be done at one’s convenience. Contact Vikki at vjacobson@concordma.gov or call 978-319-3023.

What classes would residents be interested in taking next fall?:The COA has offered computer classes in Microsoft Word processing, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, selling on Craigslist, getting started using Facebook and online yard sales (Facebook Marketplace, Letgo, OfferUp). What class would residents like to attend? Or have an application they would like to learn how to use? Or want to increase knowledge on computers or tablets? Possible class suggestions include buying and selling on eBay or Amazon, sending and receiving emails, documents and photos, using Google for internet searches or creating a photo presentation. Call the COA office or stop by and let them know.

Outings

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.

Stage Fort Park in Gloucester with a Lunch at Woodman’s of Essex: Sept. 5. Leaving CareOne of Concord at 9:30 a.m.; Returning at 4:30 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer with a visit to Gloucester’s ocean-front Stage Fort Park. There are picnic tables, a sandy beach, a snack bar, and a paved path along the shoreline. After the park, stop at Woodman’s to purchase a seafood lunch. Chicken and burgers are also available. Participants must be able to walk on unpaved ground. The cost is $30 and includes transportation, park entry and driver gratuity. Make a non-refundable check for $30 payable to the Town of Concord.

Lunch Bunch to Meadowbrook Orchards and Rota Spring Farm: Sept. 10. Van Leaving HWCC at 11 a.m. The first stop is Meadowbrook Orchards, located on 100 acres of rolling apple orchards in Sterling. Eat a homemade lunch and one of Meadowbrook’s baked goods. After lunch, head down the road for ice cream at Rota Spring Farm. The van will return to the Harvey Wheeler Community Center by 3 p.m. There will not be a lot of walking involved on this outing, but seniors must be able to stand in line and order their own food. There is a $5 fee for the van, and participants are responsible for their own lunch and ice cream. Space is limited. Call the COA to reserve a spot.

YES Group to Bullfinchs, Sudbury: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Bullfinchs restaurant offers an American dining experience in Sudbury. The YES group is open to all Youthful Energetic Seniors. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and the cost of dinner. Be aware that the COA does not send staff to YES group events. Call the COA office to sign up so the COA can give the restaurant an accurate head count.

All Aboard Hart’s Turkey Train: Oct. 10, departing CareOne of Concord at 8 a.m., returning by 5:30 p.m. Join for a day in New Hampshire. Traveling north, attendees will see the colors of sugar maples that signal the change of seasons. Upon arrival in Meredith, board the train for a ride along Lake Winnipesaukee, while feasting on a luncheon of Hart’s Turkey Farm roast turkey with all the fixings. The cost of the trip is $91 per person, including transportation, train ride, turkey dinner and gratuities. This trip is appropriate for seniors with all levels of mobility. A non-refundable check for $91, payable to the Town of Concord, is due within a week of signing up to guarantee a spot. Reservations now open. Call to reserve.

2019 Holiday Boston Pops: Dec. 6. Leaving CareOne at Concord at 11 a.m., returning by 7:30 p.m. Join the Boston Pops and maestro Keith Lockhart for the Holiday Pops concert at historic Symphony Hall. A luncheon will be served before the concert at the Venezia Restaurant with choice of chicken parmesan or baked haddock. After lunch, take a drive around Boston before arriving at Symphony Hall for the 4 p.m. concert. The cost of the package is $141 including coach transportation, full course luncheon, concert ticket and all gratuities. Make a non-refundable check for $141 payable to the Town of Concord. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Final payment is due by Oct. 11, no exceptions. People attending must be able to walk to and from the bus, and find their way to their seats in Symphony Hall. Call the COA office to reserve a seat.

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.