The Center at Medfield is at 1 Ice House Road

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

For information, call 508-359-3665.

Programs

Saturday Zumba at The Center: 9 a.m. 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.

Drivers Wanted: Are you interested in giving back to the community? Consider being a Medical Ride Volunteer for the COA. Susan Bernstein is looking to increase the list of volunteers that provide transportation to medical appointments. As our population ages, they are no longer driving which causes difficulty in getting to these much-needed appointments. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours per month, then call Susan at 508-359-3665.

Interested in being part of the COA board?: Gwen Centore recently submitted her resignation from the COA Board after six dedicated years of service. We are most grateful and appreciative of all her support and efforts during this time. Gwen provided a balance to the board with common sense and thoughtful guidance and advice. The COA is looking to fill the vacant seat and for anyone interested in considering this position, please see Roberta for a “Guide for Board Members” from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Winter Weather Policy: With winter upon us it is important to remind you that when the Medfield schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Center at Medfield is closed and all programs are cancelled. If the schools have a 2-hour delay, the center will also have a 2-hour delay (opening at 11 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.) If there is a snow storm on a Saturday, the Saturday program will be cancelled. Also, all scheduled programs are weather permitting. If we determine that it is unsafe for trips, activities and/or transportation, the Center can cancel any program at any time. It is important to clearly print your name and phone number on sign up sheets, so we have easy access to inform you of any changes in our schedule.

Look at what's planned for 2020

March 12 — COA trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show

March 29 — Mood Swings Orchestra Concert

May 2 — Annual FOSI Yard Sale

May 18 — Visit Boston for Sail America 400 (Mayflower II and Old Ironsides)

June 12 to June 19 — Cruise on the Norwegian Gem to Bermuda

July 28 — Visit the beautiful and quaint Block Island with lunch at The National Hotel

Aug. 13 — Enjoy a majestic Maine cruise and lunch at Cook’s Lobster House

Sept. 17 — Enjoy a trip to Vermont for a Friesian Horse Performance and lunch at the New England House Restaurant

Oct. 15 — Colorful foliage trip on the N.H. Turkey Train

December — Boston POPS holiday concert (date and time pending)

Dec. 31– Celebrate New Year's at noon on the Boston Harbor

St. Patty’s Dinner and Entertainment: On March 18, celebrate with the Center at Medfield with the annual St. Patty’s Dinner and entertainment. Start the evening with a social hour at 4 p.m., then a corned beef and cabbage dinner catered by Basil will be served at 5 p.m. Following dinner, enjoy a presentation by Bruce Hambro on Bing Crosby, titled "Swinging on a Star." This is part of a series that Hambro offers which focuses on the lives and careers of singing stars and songwriters of the “Great American Songbook” such as Sinatra, Garland, Gershwin, Porter and Berlin. The cost is $12 per person. Stop in to the Center to sign up.

Social Security Presentation: 6:30 p.m. March 25. Join Medfield resident Jon Bicknell at the Center at Medfield for an evening of Social Security information. The presentation will answer common Social Security questions. Preregistration is required. For information, call 508-359-3665.

The Center at Medfield Sponsors a Day Trip to New York City: The Center at Medfield recently announced a day trip to New York City on April 4. The trip is open to all and offers a bus trip, leaving the Center at Medfield at 6:30 a.m. and returning that night approximately 10:30 p.m. The trip offers a great opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the group will complete the tour with a visit to the 9-11 Memorial that memorializes all those who died in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. This day trip is open to all community members, young and old who are interested in experiencing the history of what these three locations offer. The cost of this full day visit to NYC is $99 per person. For information, call 508-359-3665.