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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Federal Census -What You Need tp Know


The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories.  The Constitution in Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. The census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.  Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire online, by phone or by mail. On March 12 there will be a mass mailing by the Census Bureau.


The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others need to know in order to provide daily services, products, and support, including your Council on Aging.  Funding that is provided to the Medfield Council on Aging from the state of Massachusetts is dependent on the census.  The Formula Grant that the Medfield COA receives yearly from the State is based on the Federal Census.  This year the COA received $12.00 per 60+ person based on the 2010 census, for which Medfield was noted to have 2010 60+ plus residents.  According to our town census in 2019, there has been a significant increase to 2733 in Medfield’s 60+ population.  It is imperative that you respond to the U.S. census, as State funding to the Medfield COA is based on that total number for the next 10 years.


Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed a survey from the Census   Bureau.  A complete and accurate count is necessary for you and our community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect funding, congressional representation, and more. If you need help completing your questionnaire, please stop into the Center and we will be glad to help you.


MA Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

The Massachusetts Circuit Breaker tax credit is a refundable credit for senior citizens based on the real estate taxes paid on Massachusetts property owned/rented and used as the primary residence. Maximum credit allowed for the tax year is $1,130. The following are eligible for the tax credit:  

  • MA residents age 65 or older by December 31 of the taxable year  
  • MA return must be filed with the Senior Circuit Breaker Credit attached  
  • MA property must be owned/rented and occupied as primary home                           Massachusetts income not more than:  
  • $60,000 for Single  
  • $75,000 for Head of Household  
  • $90,000 for Married filing Joint (married filing separate does not qualify for the credit)                                          

Learn more about this unique tax credit by attending the meeting hosted by Representative Shawn Dooley on Monday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m.

CANCELLED >>>FOSI YARD SALE – SAT. MAY 2, 2020 - The Center at Medfield 

Help to make the 2020 YARD SALE one of the finest sales in our history!  There is a place for your gently-used, unwanted items!!!  Drop them off at the Center at Medfield beginning Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Yard Sale items will be accepted the following week during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.  All baked goods can be delivered on Friday before the sale.  We accept and appreciate all gently-used items except for computers, printers and clothing.  Unique items are always appreciated!

Pickle Ball at the PFAFF Center


The invitation is out!!!  Play Pickle Ball at the Pfaff Center on Tuesdays.   Stop in at 9 a.m. for an hour of instruction followed by over an hour of match play. Participants will rotate through for games and different opponents.  This is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels.  The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Try something new, its fun, its exercise and a great way to meet people.  There is a $5 drop-in fee.  For questions, call Kevin Ryder at the Pfaff Center at 508-359-2715.


Volunteer Appreciation Party


It’s time to celebrate all of our wonderful volunteers who make our Center the vibrant community we love.  Save the date on Wednesday April 22nd for the recognition you deserve. We will have a catered dinner from Basil’s and entertainment by Jumpin’ Juba* playing American blues music. An Invitation will follow.

 “This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”

Minds in Motion


Are you curious by nature? Do you have a variety of interests? Do you like to laugh? Do you   enjoy sharing your opinions? If so, Minds in Motion is for you. But don’t delay. Minds in Motion is limited to 15 participants, and there are lots of curious people out there. Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - March 11, 18, 25, April 1 - $15 Program Fee

Technology Class


Have you ever thought about shopping online?  Ordering your weekly food?  Have you experienced AMAZON?  Join Medfield TV’s Brett Poirier for a class dedicated to on-line shopping on Thursday, March 5 at 2:00 p.m. Bring along your tablet, laptop or phone and sit back and go shopping!


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.


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2020 DAY TRIP SCHEDULE

(If the event is underscored, click it to view and event flyer)

Thursday, March 12- COA trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show. The bus will leave promptly at 9:30 and this trip is limited to 14 people.  Cost for ticket and           transportation is $21/ pp

CANCELLED >>>Wednesday, March 18– Annual St. Patty’s Day Dinner at the Center

CANCELLED >>>Sunday, March 29 —Mood Swings Orchestra Concert

CANCELLED >>>Saturday, April 4 — NYC Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 911 Memorial trip

CANCELLED >>>Saturday, May 2— Annual FOSI Yard Sale

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

Friday, June 12 to Friday, June 19— Cruise n the Norwegian Gem to Bermuda

Thursday, July 28— Visit the beautiful, Block Island with lunch at The National Hotel

Thursday, August 13 — Enjoy a majestic Maine cruise and lunch at Cook’s Lobster House

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

Thursday, October 15— Colorful foliage trip Fabulous on the N.H. Turkey Train.

Thursday, December 31– Celebrate New Years at Noon on the Boston Harbor

December — Boston POPS holiday concert (Date & Time pending)

Give Yourself the Gift of a Cruise

Join the COA for a fantastic Cruise to Bermuda on June 12—June 19.  Information and reservations can be made by calling our NCL Cruise Consultant, Maria Umpierre at 1-954-514-4314.  Several cabins have been reserved, waiting for you to book!  June is a summer month in Bermuda. This is the month when the weather warms up and the temperature stays between an average high of 81 degree Fahrenheit to a low of 73 degree. The water temperature also rises to about 77 degree. So the time is now to book for a great summer vacation for swimming, relaxing, sightseeing and other beach activities.  

CANCELLED >>>FOSI YARD SALE – SAT. MAY 2, 2020 - The Center at Medfield 

Help to make the 2020 YARD SALE one of the finest sales in our history!  There is a place for your gently-used, unwanted items!!!  Drop them off at the Center at Medfield beginning Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Yard Sale items will be accepted the following week during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday.  All baked goods can be delivered on Friday before the sale.  We accept and appreciate all gently-used items except for computers, printers and clothing.  Unique items are always appreciated!

NOTABLE EVENTS

CANCELLED >>>St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Entertainment 


On Wed. March 18, start the evening with a social hour at 4 p.m., then  a delicious corned beef & cabbage dinner catered by Basil at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation on Bing Crosby by Bruce Hambro at 6 p.m.  All for $12/person


VNA HEALTH CLINIC 

MONDAY, MARCH 2  AT 10 A.M.


Meet Sargent Maxfield

On Tuesday, March 24 at 10 a.m. meet with Sgt. Maxfield for coffee and conversation.  Learn about  the Medfield Police Department and tips on keeping yourself safe.


CANCELLED >>>Social Security Presentation


Medfield resident, Jon Bicknell joins us on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of Social Security information. Thinking of retirement and Social Security is far more complicated than people realize.  The decisions we make now can have a   tremendous impact on the total amount of benefits we could receive over time. Common questions are; will SS be there for me, when should I apply, how do I maximize my benefits, is SS enough for retirement?  These questions and others will be answered.  For more information, call the Center at 508-359-3665.    Pre-registration is required


FRAUD PRESENTATION by Needham Bank 


Every year, tax season brings a fresh crop of scammers with yet another way to con you out of your money. Between emails, internet scams, robo-calls and actual phone calls, it is becoming harder and harder to protect oneself. On Monday, March16 at 2 p.m. Needham Bank will be presenting an informational session on preventing fraud.  You will learn:


  • About the three most common types of fraud  
  • Ways to better protect yourself  
  • What to do if you fall victim to fraud  
  • About tools and resources banks may have to help assist  with fraud protection

CANCELLED >>>Cooking Demonstration


Join Roberta Powlis on Monday March 23 at 1:00 p.m. for another delightful afternoon of new recipes.  This cooking demonstration will focus on soups.  A no-fuss version of a classic soup is everything you need to serve as an appetizer or as a main meal.  Soup is perfect on those the cold , raw days of March.  So sign up  to have an enjoyable class learning about different soups and the ease at which to do it.  So sit back, listen, learn and enjoy the delicious samples.


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Enjoy an award winning television series on Mondays, beginning March 2 at 1:00 p.m.  The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, winner of 8 Emmy Awards, is based in 1958 in NYC.  Midge Maisel’s life is on track—husbands, kids and elegant Yom-Kippur dinner in their Upper West Side                        apartment.  However, her life takes a surprising turn; she has to quickly decide what else she’s good at – and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her.  It is a fun, fast-paced show.  The costumes will bring back memories and the music is inspiring. Some episodes have mature content with occasional salty language.  Drop in on Mondays at 1:00 p.m. for The                          Marvelous Mrs. Maisel!


Bowl with the Center


Our bowling program has started on Thursdays at 1p.m.  at Ryan Family Amusements in Millis.  If you missed this notification in January, it is still open for participation.  If interested simply sign up for the bowling and indicate if you need a pick-up at your house, you will meet at the Center, or you will drive yourself to Millis! This is a great way to get out of the house and have some fun!  Cost is $3/string. All welcome!


Do You Like To Sing?  Good Voice or NO Voice?


Join Maggie Joseph as she leads a singing group with great songs, lots of laughs and a chance to SING! There are so many benefits you get from singing: Self-confidence! Breathing right! Great posture! Memory training! Socialization! Bye to the Blues!  And most important, just sheer JOY! All this is possible to anyone who wants to sing! So this is an invitation to sign up for a weekly Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Sing-Along.


DJ Bob Vartanian 


Did you know that once a month the Center has DJ Bob scheduled to play all your   requests! Join us on Thursday, Mar. 12 from 11:30-1:30.  It’s free, it’s fun and it’s for you!



Art Classes


Art in Bloom


Come join us at our Bloom Party on March 9th from 2-4 p.m. in the CENTER at Medfield! We will be heralding the arrival of Spring with a delightful Art in Bloom event. Art in Bloom seeks to "interpret" art with a flower arrangement and the art to be interpreted is Kira Seamon’s beautiful photography. She is honored to receive a grant from the Medfield Cultural Council for this free, hands-on, floral-arranging workshop! On the day of our event, Kira will bring dozens of flowers and you will be able to try your hand at flower arranging. The flowers will then be on display for about a week afterwards to allow many more seniors and others in the community to enjoy this fun exhibit. After the period of display, the participants will be able to take home their arrangements.  


Put your petal to the metal and join us for the sweetest smelling event of the month. Step into an oasis of flowers on March 9th, with the arrival of Spring only a few days away!  Space is limited. Kira’s Art in Bloom workshops consistently fill up to the max, so reserve your spot today! 


“This program is supported in part by a grant from the MedfieldCultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”


Artist Nan Rumpf


Plan ahead. Interested in a new hobby? Look for sign-up sheets for art classes beginning on Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m. with Artist Nan Rumpf, a member of the Concord Art Association and the Wellesley Society of Artists. She is an Artist Member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, and is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society. Additional information to follow!


Drop-in Art Club


Also, Nancy Tella and Kathy Simon are program leaders for a new initiative; the Drop-in Art Club on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon.  During this time, you will have access to the craft room for your painting pleasures!  Simply bring along an easel, art medium and brushes for 2 hours of pure artistic creativity.  This is a great way to focus on a hobby, make new friends and enjoy the Center and what it offers.  Be sure to register for a scan-card and scan in every time you come into the Center!

           

Saturday Hours 


The Center at Medfield has grown tremendously over the last ten years. As home to the Medfield Council on Aging, the Center’s presence has evolved into an active and vibrant community, offering over 900 seniors an extensive and broad range of activities, resources and events. A grant was submitted to MetroWest Health Foundation in October 2017 for funding to open our doors on Saturdays. And it was approved! Plan to visit the Center for programming each Saturday from 10:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m. 


Saturday Zumba at 9:00 am


Perfect For everybody and every body!    Beginning Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. enjoy exercising to the beats of salsa, flamenco, and meringue.  The music feels more like a dance party than a workout, which is exactly what makes Zumba so popular. The Latin-inspired dance workout is one of the most popular group exercise classes in the world. ... You don’t need to be a great dancer  to feel welcome in our Zumba class.  All welcome to join this early morning workout at the Center.  Only $5/class.


Lunch at the Center


The Center serves lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30.  Below are the               specials offered. ($3)    


Every Wednesday enjoy Soup and a Sandwich 


Sign up with Kim!!!  Let’s grow our lunch program.  Look for in house food             preparation in 2019.


 

LOW VISION AND LOW HEARING


Low Vision Group Meeting


You are not alone in your vision challenges! Come share your successes and struggles and together we shall navigate the journey of life with low vision. Contact Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator at (508)359-3665 for information. 


Low Hearing Group


Hearing loss happens as we age. Contact Susan Bernstein for information on ways to manage your hearing loss.  Learn strategies to maintain your quality of life and relationships.


CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Caregiver Support Group

Come share your experience, advice, and support to other caregivers. The group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of providing care for a loved one. Our group meets Thursday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. in our Library. Please feel free to contact Lisa Marie Donovan, Outreach Coordinator at (508) 359-3665 with any questions or concerns.

ADULT RESPITE CARE

The Club – Adult Respite Care

Are you caring for a loved one at home? Could you use a break? Inquire about The Club on Tuesday and Thursday. It may be just the relief that you need.


SCHEDULED EVENTS 


Men’s Book Club 


March 12 at 1 p.m. - Last Men Out. Enjoy a compelling discussion about the moment-by-moment narrative based on a wealth of recently declassified documents and in-depth interviews of the last day in Vietnam.  Bob Drury and Tom Clavin focus on the story of the eleven young Marines who were the last men to leave Vietnam, rescued from the embassy roof just moments before capture, having voted to make an Alamo-like last stand

Page Turners Book Group

On Monday, March 2 at 10:15 a.m. the Page Turners will be discussing "Kitchen       Privileges: A Memoir" by Mary Higgins Clark. "America’s Queen of Suspense" describes what it was like growing up in the Bronx during the Depression. All Welcome to attend!

Great Books Discussion

On Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. enjoy a lively discussion on the novel by  Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge.  The novel begins with a shocking first scene when in a fit of drunken rage, Michael Henchard, an out-of-work laborer, sells his wife and baby daughter to a passing sailor. After realizing what he has done, he is   determined to set his life on a different path.

Outside Events (reference top of page for a complete listing and select flyers)

Join the COA for a visit to the Flower Show on Thursday, March 12!  The bus will leave promptly at 9:30 and this trip is limited to 14 people.  Cost for ticket and transportation is $21/ pp!

CANCELLED >>>Saturday, April 4 — NYC Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 911 Memorial trip (click link to view event flyer)

Boston to Bermuda COA Cruise

It’s not too late to join the COA for a fantastic Cruise to Bermuda on June 12—June 19, Our Group Number is 1006218. Information and  reservations can be made by calling our NCL Cruise Consultant, Maria Umpierre at 1-954-514-4314.  Several cabins have been reserved—waiting for you to book!  Park you car at the Center, hop on the bus and off we go!  

Movies at the COA

Show times: Wednesdays at 2 pm and Saturdays at 10:15 am hosted by Joan Lee

Sat. March 7 – Knives Out.  A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an     eccentric, combative family. 

Sat. March 14 — Rear Window.  A wheel-chair bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced that a murder has been committed. 

Wed. March 18 (AT 12:30 P.M.) IN THE LIBRARY – The Irishman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, former labor union high official and hitman, looks back on his life. 

Sat. March 21 – The Good Liar. Con man, Roy Courtnay has set his sights on the recently-widowed Betty McLeish. 

Sat. March 28—  Judy. Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts

TRIPS 

Shopping: The bus leaves at 12:15 p.m.                                  

Mon. Mar. 2 — Market Basket

Mon. Mar. 9 — Market Basket

Mon. Mar. 23 — TJ Max’N More

Mon. Mar. 30 — Market Basket  

Special Trips 

ROMEO OUTING– Retired Old Men Eating Out on Friday, March 27 at 11a.m. 

JULIET OUTING— Jovial Unique Ladies Independently Eating Together on               Tuesday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m.

BINGO

TBD

BOARD GAMES 

Mah Jongg

Play Mah Jongg every Monday at 1 p.m.; Wednesdays on June 19, 26 at 1:00 pm and Saturdays at 12:30 pm.

CARDS, CARDS, CARDS !

CANASTA 

Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. with program leader Phyllis Fitzpatrick! All welcome!

The object of the game is to form all the cards in your hand into combinations. It’s an easy to learn and fast paced game. Get in on the fun.

WHIST 

Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. It is a fun game of strategy and communication between four players.

3-13 

Mondays at 12:00 p.m.

PO-KE-NO -A new game !!


A new game has started at the Center, thanks to Gerry Shapiro.  He has brought us a fun, fast paced card game called PO-KE-NO.  Pokeno is a game played with special cards, called Pokeno Game Boards, and chips, called Pokeno Chips. The manufacturer says "Pokeno offers the thrill of Poker and the suspense of Keno," and that’s pretty much true.  It’s a very fun game for a group of players, and some groups have been known for substituting   pennies, and sometimes larger coins than that, for the chips.  Stop in on Mondays  at 1:15 p.m. and give Pokeno a try; it’s new, it’s fast and a lot of fun!