The following activities are being offered by the Scituate Council on Aging.
Ukulele Class: 10:30 a.m. Fridays for beginners; 11:30 a.m. Fridays for beyond beginners. Classes will be held Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at the Harbor Community Building, 44 Jericho Road. Cost for enrollment is $25-$40. Attendees should provide their own ukulele. Call the COA for more information or advice on purchasing a ukulele.
50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 23 and Nov. 13 and 20 at Scituate Town Library, Lower Level, 85 Branch St. This job networking group is specifically designed for people age 50 and older. The group is geared to the needs of a range of participants including those unemployed, underemployed, unhappily employed, returning to the workforce after a gap or retired and those seeking a totally new career direction. Each session will focus on a different topic including assessing skills, developing a job search plan, revising resumes, creating a LinkedIn profile, interviewing, networking and more. In addition to providing a supportive environment, the sessions will offer materials, strategies, techniques and other resources which can accelerate the search for a job. The issues of ageism will also be integrated into each session to provide participants with an understanding of the age discrimination that is often experienced in the job search process. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 10 a.m. to check in and socialize; there will also be time from 12:30-1 p.m. for additional informal conversation and a Q&A. The program is funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and managed by the Massachusetts Councils on Aging in partnership with the Scituate Council on Aging. Registration required: mcoaonline.com/50plus. Click on registration form for new applicants. For specific questions, contact Jenny Gerbis at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 781-545-8873. Scituate was one of 16 communities that received support for this group.
Scituate History: 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, until Oct. 23 with Bob Jackman. Scituate in the Turbulent 1970s will survey the most radical decade of change in Scituate history. Enrollment at Scituate High School doubled within a few years as many summer cottages were converted to full year housing. Major social issues such as recreational drug use, the sexual revolution, and charismatic religious personalities such as "Brother Julius" were intensely discussed at the local level. Some members of the long established local political leadership were replaced by new arrival from Boston. Attendees will utilize period materials from Scituate and the neighboring towns to capture the turbulence and intensity of the decade. Tuition is $20. Call the COA to sign up.
Monthly Art Appreciation Series: Art for Your Mind: 11 a.m. Oct. 9, Famous Impressions offers a chance to enjoy the work of famous Impressionist painters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas and others. This program is sponsored by a grant from Scituate Education Foundation.
Aging Mastery (AMP) Reunion Brunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at Widow’s Walk, North River Grille. Cost $8-12 per person. Call the COA to sign up. Are you a graduate of AMP? You are invited to attend a Reunion Brunch to connect with AMP graduates.
Big Bus Trips: All day excursions, some with lots of walking. Ask to find out if a trip is right for you. Transportation by Luxury Coach Bus.
Van Trip: Maximum 12 people for van ride.
Painting Class: Painting Class with instruction: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays; Painting Class with no instruction: 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Still life arrangements, demos, exercises, drawing skills, understanding color, mixing and watercolor application. Instructor is Joanne Papandrea. A supply list is available. Call the COA for details. No class on the second Thursday of the month. Cost is $10. Class begins Sept. 16.
NEW Joint Efforts Exercise: 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. Drop in or call to sign up. Cost is $3. Instructors from Norwell VNA.
NEW Writing Group: 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Author and Mariner columnist Robine Andrau will encourage attendees to relive and write down meaningful experiences of their past using all the senses. Class began Sept. 17.
NEW Tech Time: 3 p.m. second Wednesday of the month beginning Oct. 9. Call the Senior Center to sign up. Bring a cell phone, laptop, tablet and get some assistance from Scituate High School students. No fee.
NEW Expressive Writing: 11:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 3. Facilitator is Liz Ennis. No writing experience necessary. No fee.
NEW Cardio with Chris: 9 a.m. Thursdays, began Sept. 24. Get the heart pumping and catch up on some hot topics. Drop in or call to sign up. Cost is $4. Instructor is Chris Kazlousky.
Scituate Stitchers: 3-4:30 p.m. first Wednesdays of the month. Join other quilters, experienced and beginners. Bring a project or start a new one. Drop in or call 781-545-8722 to sign up.
Gentlemen’s Breakfast: 9 a.m. at The North River Grille at Widow’s Walk Golf, unless otherwise noted. Call to find out where the breakfast and talk will be held. Sign up at 781-545-8722. Cost is $8 per person.
Games at Gates School with Students: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays. Sign up required at 781-545-8722. Gates School will be hosting seniors every other week to join middle schoolers for some gaming.
Men’s Breakfasts: 9 a.m. Tuesdays. All Men’s Breakfasts will be held at The North River Grille Restaurant at Widow’s Walk Golf, unless otherwise noted. Cost is $8 per person. Registration required.
Oct. 1: Jim Boudreau, town administrator.
Men’s Yoga: 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the Harbor Community Building. Cost is $10 per class.
Friday Flix: 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Snacks and popcorn always served. Sept. 27, “On the Basis of Sex”; Oct. 11, “Miss Sloan”; Oct. 25, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”
“MAPS”—Monthly Antiques Presentation Series: 11 a.m. to noon, first Friday of the month. Cost is $4 for each presentation. Registration required.
Concerts: South Shore Conservatory of Music Coffee Break Concerts. Concerts are at 11 a.m. Call for a van ride, $5. The concert is free. Reservation is required, even if you are driving yourself. Space is limited.
Caregivers Support Group: Meets at noon on the third Wednesday of every month at St. Mary's Parish Center. The group is open to caregivers and offers support, guidance and assistance with finding appropriate resources. Drop-ins welcome. Led by Laura Minier, social services manager for the Council on Aging.
Nordic Walking Group: 9 a.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. Fridays. A group of like-minded fitness walkers. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes. To reserve poles: 781-545-8722. Good weather: outside, behind Veteran’s Gym. Bad weather: indoor Veteran’s Gym. Walker should dress in layers, wear gloves and be prepared to walk indoor or outdoor.
Walking Group: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays until Oct. 29. Meet at the Maritime Center, 119 Edward Foster Road. A group of like-minded fitness walkers. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes. To reserve poles: 781-545-8722. Good weather: outside, behind Veteran’s Gym. Bad weather: indoor Veteran’s Gym. Walker should dress in layers, wear gloves and be prepared to walk indoor or outdoor.
Networking Works: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month and runs through May at the Scituate Town Library Community Room. Funded by the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs and managed by Massachusetts Councils on Aging. The Scituate COA is one of only 16 sites selected by MCOA for this important program for adults age 50 and older looking for a new job, a new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career. Meet, network and learn about a new topic at each bi-weekly group meeting. Call the Senior Center to register. Experienced facilitator and career coach Debbie Raymond, as well as guest speakers, will guide attendees. Call Jenny to sign up at 781-545-8722.
Trail Walking: 12:45 p.m. Fridays, until Nov. 22. Arrive at the COA to carpool to walk location. Call the COA for details.
Meet and Greet with Patrick Kearney: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Representative Kearney will continue the tradition of meeting with any and all interested seniors at the Scituate Senior Center on the fourth Friday of the month. RSVP to 781-545-8722. Residents who are unable to attend that day can call the Senior Center to set up an appointment for another time, or call 781-690-7923 to discuss an issue directly with Kearney.