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.
Medicare Open Enrollment
October 15 through December 7. Reference the November newsletter for more information.
Annual Christmas Party
Medfield Seniors mark your calendars for the Annual Tri-Club Plus Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Church Hall. Be sure to sign up!
This annual event will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 12 noon at a new location, . Edwards Function Hall. Every year, many organizations come together to support this event. These include; Medfield Lions Club, Medfield Sportsman’s Club, MEMO, Council on Aging, FOSI, Sons of the Legion and Medfield Legion Auxiliary. As in years past, Tom McGue, owner of Basil Restaurant, will be providing the delicious plated meal for all to enjoy. Following lunch, Friends of Medfield Seniors have scheduled the entertainment with impressionist Mike Petit. Mike is a 30-year entertainment professional, whose unbridled energy is infectious and hilarious. Born and raised in Massachusetts, his career started in the Boston radio market and he has blossomed as a national headlining comedian, an on-camera personality and public guest speaker. After moving to Hollywood and performing as a regular at the legendary Comedy Store, as well as performances in Las Vegas and numerous TV appearances on Comedy Central, ESPN and NESN, Mike and his family have returned to Massachusetts, and we are thrilled to have him perform at our annual holiday event.
Holiday Pancake Breakfast with Guest Speaker Kristine Trierweiler, Town Administrator
We have not scheduled a breakfast for quite some time; however, on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 8:30, please join us for a “Holiday Breakfast” with pancakes, sausages, fruit salad, coffee and juice. Following breakfast, Kristine Trierweiler, Medfield’s Town Administrator, will say hello and give us her vision for the town. It’s important to sign up at the Center, as this breakfast is on the house and we need to know how many pancakes to flip!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
(If the event is underscored, click it to view and event flyer)
Friday, February14 – Annual Valentine’s Day Chocolate Tasting
February 23-25 — Enjoy a Showtime Escape in Atlantic City
Thursday, March 12- COA trip to the Boston Flower & Garden Show
Wednesday, March 18– Annual St. Patty’s Day Dinner at the Center
Sunday, March 29 —Mood Swings Orchestra Concert
Saturday, April 4 — NYC Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and 911 Memorial trip
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 23— 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.
Encore Boston Harbor Casino
If you are interested in seeing the much talked-about casino over the last few years, then this trip is for you! Our 14 passenger bus will be leaving the Center on Tuesday, December 10 at 9:30 a.m. for a visit to Encore. Even if you are not one who dabbles at the tables or slots, it might be worth the trip to see the holiday decorations and see what has been talked about for so long. This trip is limited to 14 people; we will take a waitlist and if we can fill another bus, we will schedule a second trip on Thursday, December 19. The bus will leave the Center at 9:30 and will leave the casino at 2:00 p.m. Cost of transportation is $5/pp
Bowl with the Center
Thanks to Medfield resident John Ledwith, the Center will be offering Thursday afternoon bowling. This new activity will begin on Thursday, January 9. You can drive yourself to Ryan Family amusements in Millis or hop on the bus at 12:45 p.m. for bowling from 1-2 p.m. Cost is $3/string and usually 3 strings per hour are played. If you do not bowl, join the bowling party! You can keep score or cheer your neighbors on. Bowling is a great indoor activity during anytime of the year, but especially in the winter.
It may surprise most to realize that bowling is also great exercise. The best part is: there are almost no limits on who can bowl. It's a low impact, easy-to-learn sport, making it great for all ages especially senior citizens! What is really good to know are the benefits of bowling. Bowling burns anywhere from 175-300 calories an hour. With the repeated grasping and swinging of the ball you strengthen your muscles in your hands and shoulders. The movements associated with bowling improves your flexibility, along with hand-eye coordination. Bowling is a social sport. Having fun and being with people helps to prevent depression, so why not sign up for some indoor fun, meet new people, have a few laughs and bowl! If interested,
Do You Like To Sing? Good Voice or NO Voice?
Join Maggie Joseph as she leads the singing group into the holidays 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. Come join us, let’s resurrect the golden oldies and holiday favorites and do ourselves a great favor. Riverbend
Know Someone with a Hearing Loss?
The holidays are almost here, and with them comes problems of talking to family and friends with hearing loss. Join us on Tues., December 17 at 2 p.m.
We are often frustrated when our best efforts to communicate fail. We are sure that we know how to talk to people with hearing loss and that a hearing aid would solve all their problems. We are annoyed when they do not want to purchase or wear their hearing aids. It is common to try to change other peoples’ minds, but it rarely works and creates bad feelings. Arguments can start … So, what can you do to help ensure that they understand you the first time you speak? You can attend a one-time seminar on Tuesday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. with Mary Florentine, co-author of How to Talk to People with Hearing Loss.
Shake up the Winter With a Trip to Atlantic City
A quick escape is planned for Sunday, Feb. 23 – 25 at the Resorts Casino Hotel. No need to gamble when you have tickets to two shows, $50 in food credits and if you like to gamble, $50 in slot play! Pick up a flyer at the Center and sign up today.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Monday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Planning for the holidays can be stressful especially if you host a gathering or are visiting and need to bring something like an appetizer. This month’s cooking demonstration can help you with this. Roberta Powlis plans to show you how to make easy and delicious appetizers using puff pastry. Of course you can make your own puff pastry; however, using the ready-to-bake products are easier and save you time. Join us on Monday, Dec. 2 at 1:00 p.m. and gather ideas and sample these puff pastry delights! Be sure to sign up. The cost of the demonstration is $3, to be paid the day of the class.
Mutiny on the Bounty
n the late 1700's England's Royal Navy was the most powerful in the world. Her navy roamed the entire world in search of territory, commerce, and knowledge. The success of the Royal Navy was based upon two basic tenants: DISCIPLINE and DUTY. These les insured that any and all orders would be carried out at once and with no hesitation. Any challenges to authority would be met with immediate punishment. In 1787, William Bligh, a dedicated but non-descript officer was charged with bringing his ship, the Bounty, to the island of Tahiti to gather samples of the breadfruit plant. On the return voyage, the crew mutinied and cast Bligh and 18 of his loyal men adrift in a 23' open boat. Find out what was the reaction of the RN upon hearing that one of its ships was taken by mutineers? What happened to Bligh and his men? Join us on Monday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. for this presentation by Bob Began
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.
December 18, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Sing-a-long
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, December 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.
Men’s Book Club
The group will be reading The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre and discussing the novel on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. The Spy and the Traitor is touted in its subhead as "the greatest espionage story ever told." That isn't just publisher hype. The real events and the story of Oleg Gordievsky, KGB officer and diplomat reads like something from a John LeCarre or Robert Ludlum story...except it's true and marvelously documented
Page Turners Book Group
Mon. Jan. 13 @ 10:15 am
Founding Mothers, by Cokie Roberts
Enjoy a discussion on the women who played important roles in America’s independence
Great Books Discussion
Thursday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m.
A Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
E Book & Audio Book Class
Join us on Monday, December 9 at 2 p.m. for a presentation by Medfield Public Librarian Anna Ring and learn how to read library books for free (or to listen to them!) on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or Amazon Kindle. We’ll cover how to choose and check out library books online, as well as how to access them on the device of your choice. If you want hands-on help, please bring your device, it’s cords, and your library card. If you have a Kindle brand e-reader, bring your Amazon password, as well.
Romeo Outing: Stay tuned for the next outing date
Enjoy a delicious lunch on Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Center followed by a Yankee Swap. If you haven’t enjoyed the fun of a swap, sign up to enjoy this Juliet event! Your Swap gift valued at approximately $10 should be enticingly wrapped! Be sure to sign up and enjoy this fun & friendly afternoon
Movies at the COA
Show times: Wednesdays at 2 pm and Saturdays at 10:15 am hosted by Joan Lee
Wed. Dec. 4 – After the Wedding. Seeking funds for her orphanage in India, Isabelle travels to New York to meet Theresa, a wealthy benefactor. An invitation to attend a wedding ignites a series of events in which the past collides with the present as mysteries unravel.
Sat. Dec. 7 – Pavarotti. The story of Luciano Pavarotti Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music.
Dec. 21 - Mutiny on the Bounty. The mutiny on the Royal Navy vessel HMS Bounty occurred in the south Pacific on 28 April 1789.
Sat. Dec. 28 – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is still struggling to find meaningful work.
Mon. Dec. 2—Kohl’s & Job Lot 12:15 p.m.
Thurs. Dec. 5— Natick Mall 10 a.m.
Mon. Dec. 9—Xmas Tree/Trader Joes 12:15 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 16—Market Basket 12:15 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 30—Franklin Big Y/Shaw’s 12:15 p.m.
*******More information on these trips to follow-some dates may change*******
Wednesday, December 18. Following Bingo we will be hosting our $6 Supper Club, featuring an Italian entrée with salad and dessert. Enjoy an evening with friends and the COA and leave the cooking to us! Supper is served at 5 pm and will follow with a festive Sing-A-Long.
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 !
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.
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. It is a fun game of strategy and communication between four players.
Mondays at 12:00 p.m.