Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, and registration for events can be done by calling 781-259-8811.
Relax at a Musical Jazz Lunch!: noon March 6. Celebrate the end of the week by grabbing a table at Bemis while the Lincoln Traditional Jazz Band serenades with familiar good old tunes. Bring a bag lunch and, if you like, food purchased already prepared at the store to share. The COA provides beverages and dessert.
LINCOLN ACADEMY: Walter McClennen: Preserving History Through Family Letters: 12:30 p.m. March 9. Walter McClennen is a local author who writes to preserve history through compiling family letters in a book format. His most recent book is “Remembering Clem: A Good American in Iran, Thirty Years of Christian Service, 1948-1978” (Amazon/Bogastow Books, 2017). This story of one humble American doing Presbyterian Mission work in Iran in the post-World War II era helps to better understand past and present Iranian/American relations. McClennen will detail the importance of Clement Scott Jr. and of preserving old family letters. He will detail how to approach organizing collections of old family letters and publishing them in an interesting and informative book format. The goal is to preserve little known — but important — chapters of our national history. The COA provides beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a Q&A period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to continue their discussion. All ages welcome.
Free Wellness Clinics for All Ages: 10 a.m.-noon March 10, Lincoln Woods, 50 Wells Road, Lincoln, or 9-11 a.m. March 17, Bemis Hall. Meet with a nurse at Lincoln Woods on March 10 or Bemis Hall on March 17. Blood pressure, nutrition and fitness, medication management, chronic disease management, resources and more. Services provided by Emerson Hospital Home Care. The Bemis Hall clinic is supported by the Pierce House.
Meet and Chat with Jay Higgins from the Office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark: 10:30 a.m. March 10. Jay Higgins from U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s office will be available to discuss any federal issues or concerns you have. All ages welcome.
LINCOLN ACADEMY: Thomas C. Wang: Town Planning and Design in the Middle East: 12:30 p.m. March 16. Join Thomas C. Wang, an acknowledged leader in the field of landscape planning and design, as he discusses three case studies of projects in the Middle East. He has over 38 years of professional experience in designing and management of multi-disciplinary projects in Africa, Asian, Europe, North America and worldwide and is known for integrating the design process with graphic simulation. Hear how he brought his experience to the special cultural, geographical, and political characteristics of the Middle East. The COA provides beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a Q&A period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to continue their discussion. All ages welcome.
Enjoy a Gourmet Lunch with the Parks and Recreation Department: 11:30 a.m. March 17, St. Anne’s Church, 147 Concord Road, Lincoln. Lincolnites 60 and older are invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch with friends new and old at St. Anne’s Church.
Special guests will be the Parks and Recreation Department. Tricia McGean, Lincoln’s Public Health Nurse, will offer free blood pressure readings. The cost of lunch is $5 per person. Caregivers are welcome to come with those for whom they are caring. Let the COA know if you need transportation or a seating partner. The lunch is co-sponsored by the COA, the Friends of the COA, Minuteman Senior Services, Newbury Court, St. Anne’s, and the Lincoln Garden Club. Call the COA to sign up.
Coffee with Artist Jack Foley: Aging Gracefully: 2:30 p.m. March 17. All are invited to an Artists Coffee with Jack Foley to celebrate the opening of his watercolor exhibit “Aging Gracefully.” The exhibit includes watercolor paintings of architecture, bonsai and lndscapes. The exhibit will be up through the end of April.
Museum of Fine Arts: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 19. Join the COA for a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. The group will have a one-hour guided tour, “Highlights of the Art of the Americas,” featuring masterpieces from the Art of the Americas collection. Then you are free to wander the museum and grab lunch (not included in the fee) in one of their four restaurants and visit the gift shop. The bus will leave Donelan’s parking lot at 9 a.m. and leave the MFA at 2 p.m. to return to Lincoln by 3 p.m. This trip requires the ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time. The cost is $30 and is nonrefundable. To make a reservation, send a check payable to FLCOA/Trips to Ginny O’Brien, 4 Linway Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. Include your telephone number and email. Your reservation is complete when your check has been received. For information, contact Ginny at 781-259-1291 or email@example.com.
Massachusetts Veterans Benefits Overview: 10:15 a.m. March 19. Join Lincoln’s Veterans Services Officer Peter Harvell for an overview of Massachusetts Veterans Benefits. Find out the definition of a Massachusetts veteran and learn about a variety of programs and benefits, including annuities, the property tax work-off program, and the Yellow Ribbon program to help with educational expenses. Whether you are interested for yourself or a family member, come on down!
Making Decisions When It Matters Most: Conversations about Health Care Proxy, Five Wishes, and More!: 10 a.m. March 20. Learn about the importance of advance care planning and making one’s health care wishes known through the use of “Five Wishes” and other planning tools. Mary Crowe and Joan Sullivan of Care Dimensions, offering hospice, palliative care and support services, will provide this program for those who have concerns about family or friends or anyone who would like to know more about making sure your wishes at the end of life are known and followed.
What You Need to Know about Affordable Housing: 2 p.m. March 20. If you are interested in applying for or living in affordable housing, this presentation is for you! Elizabeth Rust, director of the Regional Housing Services Office, which works with the town of Lincoln on affordable housing issues, will explain the many different types of affordable housing, how to apply for it, where it is in Lincoln and how to tell if you might be eligible. Bring your questions and concerns!
LINCOLN ACADEMY: Craig Donaldson: Massachusetts and the 1917 Halifax Explosion: 12:30 p.m. March 23. On Dec. 6, 1917, the Norwegian vessel SS Imo and French cargo shop SS Mont-Blanc, which was full of high explosives, collided close to Halifax Harbor. The resulting explosion destroyed much of the city of Halifax, killing 2,000 people and injuring 9,000 others. Boston, which had a centuries-long relationship with Halifax, immediately sent people and supplies to help. Learn the story of Boston’s herculean rescue efforts and the holiday gift given by Halifax in gratitude that is still enjoyed today. The COA provides beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a Q&A period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to continue their discussion. All ages welcome.
The Art of Storytelling: 10-11:30 a.m. March 25. Everyone has a story, or more, to tell. All are invited to join a four-session free class to learn the art of storytelling by sharing a portion of your life with those in the class, and possibly a larger audience. The class will be held on Wednesday mornings March 25, April 1, April 15 and April 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will be taught by experienced storyteller Sal Lopes. You do not need to come to all sessions. You will have support in preparing your story for telling, and then enjoy sharing it and hearing the stories of others. Call the COA to sign up.
New Connections Café for Elders with Memory Changes and Caregivers: 10:30 a.m.-noon March 26, The Commons, 1 Harvest Circle, Lincoln. The Commons in Lincoln, Right-at-Home In Home Care and Assistance, and the Lincoln COA invite those with memory changes and their family, friends and caregivers to the free Lincoln New Connections Café in the main building of The Commons in Lincoln. Enjoy refreshments and the jazz vocal stylings of Wendee Glick in a fun, informal, social atmosphere. The New Connections Café is held each fourth Thursday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Commons in Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Kaupp of Right at Home at 781-275-1400 or the COA for more information.
Spend a Cozy Afternoon Painting Your Own Teacup or Mug!: 10 a.m. March 30. Paint your own mug or teacup when Pokadot Pottery comes to Bemis Hall! They will bring the mugs, cups and paint, and you choose your favorite design and create something of your own! The first mug or teacup is free, but you may paint more for $25 for each mug or teacup. Call the COA to sign up.
LINCOLN ACADEMY: Mark Hopkins: Amazonia’s Rainforest: Assessing Its Health and Future: 12:30 p.m. March 30. Today’s Amazon rainforest, one of the most pristine, wildlife-rich places left on earth, is facing environmental challenges like never before. In this talk, Mark Hopkins discusses why rainforests are of such importance to the planet’s health, and reveals how deforestation and other human-induced threats are challenging their very existence. His discussion covers both the damage that environmental exploitation has caused, and the significant successes that teamwork between scientists and local people is achieving to sustain the health of the Peruvian rainforest and its many rare species. The COA provides beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a Q&A period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to continue their discussion. All ages welcome.
For Caregivers: Technology to Help Elders Be Safer at Home: 7 p.m. April 1. Every day new technology comes out that can assist elders to be safer in their homes, whether it monitors well being and sends information to caregivers or others, provides virtual assistants, or offers support for those with hearing or visual impairments. Learn more about what is available, as well as their advantages and possible challenges, when Margaret McLaughlin comes to Bemis Hall to reprise her November talk during an evening to accommodate working caregivers. McLaughlin is professor of communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and is currently Distinguished Visiting Research Scholar in the College of Communication at Boston University.
The Red Lion Inn and Norman Rockwell Museum: Journey with the COA through the Berkshires to Stockbridge on May 6. The group will have lunch at the Red Lion Inn, strategically located in the center of this quaint village that has hosted notables including American presidents plus Nathaniel Hawthorne and Longfellow. Following lunch, take a stroll about town before heading to the Norman Rockwell Museum. At the museum, you will have time to visit the world’s largest and most significant collection of Rockwell art at your own pace. Departure is from Donelans’ parking lot at 9 a.m. and return by 6:30 p.m. This trip requires the ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time. Cost, including lunch, is $55 and is nonrefundable. To make a reservation, send a check payable to FLCOA/Trips to Donna Rizzo, 22 Blackburnian Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. Include your telephone number and email address. Your reservation is complete when your check has been received. For information, contact Donna at 781-257-5050.