The February edition of the Stoneham Sentinel as well as February's detailed lunch menu are now available for download. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to open and view the the files on your computer. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
To see past Sentinels, visit Community Publications site here.
The Senior Center Friends relies on your donations to be able to fund programs at the Senior Center. At this time, we are working on our online donation module that will enable you to donate via secure credit or debit card processor. For now, please fill out the form below and we will send you an invoice that you can return with your check. Thank you for your support of the Stoneham Senior Center!
Thank you for visiting our web site! Here you will find information on the Senior Center services, programs, and activities, and a variety of resources available throughout our region that enable seniors to live vibrant, active and healthy lives. The Center is housed in a beautiful, historic building, but it is our community of people that make it a truly special place to be.
Join us for lunch, stop by for a game of cards, pool, Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue or Wii. Hone your dancing or singing talents. Meet new friends, and acquaintances. Learn new skills or hobbies. Go out to museums, performances, special events, and meals with friends. Seek assistance with filing taxes, choosing the right insurance, or managing medical issues. Be driven in comfort to the doctors or to the grocery store. And if we don't have what you want, speak up! My door is always open for suggestions, comments, and questions from our seniors, and our community. We are here to serve you, and your input is essential to insure that we are doing just that. Send me an email under the"Contact Us" link, call or stop by to let me know what you think.
I do ask one favor of you. After you have visited and experienced what the Senior Center has to offer, talk us up! Tell your friends and neighbors about our activities and programs. Invite a friend to join you the next time you come. You are our best ambassador, recruiter, and public relations specialist!
See you at the Center!
Message from the Director
I hope that your holidays were enjoyable and you are ready for a great 2016! This is the time of year where many of us set goals and make resolutions to help meet those goals. Here at the Senior Center, we have various programs and activities to help you honor your resolutions and meet your personal goals, whatever they may be.
Learn Something New: Learn to cane chairs, enjoy arts and crafts, make quilts, play a new game, or produce a TV show with programs available at the Center. In addition, most months there are guest speakers on a variety of topics such as genealogy or coin collecting.
Get and Stay in Shape: Do aerobics, yoga, combo exercises, Zumba, dancing, or Pilates with classes offered at the Center. Or, get outside and join the walking club that meets every Wednesday morning.
Get Out More and Meet New People: Join us for a day trip to interesting locations throughout Massachusetts, check out the 60+ club or Red Hat club, or attend one of our many dances and social gatherings offered throughout the year.
Help Others: Volunteer to be a medical appointment driver, deliver meals, help in our dining room, or start a new program for your fellow seniors. Possibilities are endless!
Above all, have a wonderful new year! We look forward to seeing your at the Center!
If you need help paying for heating fuel this winter, contact Bryna Davis of the Community Service Network at (781) 438-9254. Appointments with Bryna can be made Monday through Friday. Please pass this information along to any senior who may need assistance in paying for fuel this winter.
We welcome back instructor Susan McFarland and look forward to her winter classes. Than you to MELD for supporting this program.
Beginning Watercolor - January 12 to February 23
Join us on Tuesdays 1:00 to 3:00 PM (no class on February 16) for this fun, introductory class is for those who always wanted to play in the water with color but weren't sure where to start. We'll cover the basics of supplies, preparing paper, painting on wet-on-wet, dry brush, mixing colors, ways of saving the white or the paper, and some surprise techniques to add texture and dimension. Each class will have a demonstration and a project. The cost will be $30.00. Materials will be supplied.
Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor - January 15 to February 26
The class will be held on Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and will cost $30.00. It's rather magical to see how water and pigment combine on paper, especially when mixed with imagination. This class is for those who already have some experience with watercolor and want to expand their knowledge of color with an instructor demonstration and discussion. Some materials will be supplied.
Drawing Drop-In Class - January 12 to February 26
This is a casual class offered on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the cost of $10 per session. This is an open class to practice drawing skills or learn new ones. No experience needed! All materials will be provided.
Movement, Music & Yoga - February 2
Move to the beat with a splash of yoga! Integrate rhythm, music, movement, and yoga basics to move your body in your own creative light spirited way. No experience necessary, just a willingness to try something new! Beginning February 2, this program will be offered on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 9:45 AM and a cost of $3.00 per class. Call the front desk at (781) 438-1157 to reserve your spot.
Angie's Crafts - February 2 and March 1
Join us on Tuesday, February 2 to make greeting cards using rubber stamps and embellishments just in time for Valentine's Day. We have been using lots of recycled items, and if you have any craft items that you are no longer using (buttons, scraping or card supplies etc.), we would love to put them to great use for this class. Bring them to the Center and put "Angie" on the outside of it. On Tuesday, March 1, the craft will be making dried flower floral arrangements. Create something unique, and have fun with friends.
Crafts with Julia - February 3
Our young friend Jlia returns on Wenesday, February 3 at 1:00 PM and hel teach us how to make fun things for Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Ice Cream Social - February 12
Join us for an Ice Cream Social to celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12 after lunch. Free to all!
Community Conversations - February 22
Senator Jason Lewis is hosting a forum at the Stoneham Senior Center on Monday, February 22 at 1:30 PM. The forum is sponsored by Minuteman Senior Services and Mystic Valley Elder Services, and will feature a panel discussion including:
Alice Bonner, Massachusetts Secretary of Elder Affairs
Will discuss state priorities pertaining to seniors;
Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County Sheriff
Will talk about senior public safety issues as well as scam and fraud prevention; and
James Costantino, Advocacy Director AARP Massachusetts
Will discuss services available for seniors.
The forum is free and open to everyone. Call the Center at (781) 438-1157 to reserve your spot.
Stoneham Theatre Senior Matinee - March 2
It's Election Day 2012, and the close-knit Apple family gathers in Rhinebeck, NY once again in act of solidarity to face putting their beloved elderly uncle into a nursing home in Stoneham Theatre's Sorry. Join us for the Senior Matinee on Wednesday, March 2 at 2:00 PM. Please note that Sorry contains adult language and situations.
The price of tickets will be $16.00 per person. Reserve your tickets and pay for t hem at the front desk by February 29.
Stoneham Chorale - March 3
The Stoneham Chorale under the direction of Tudor, will resume on Thursday, March 3 and every Thursday thereafter at 7:00 PM at the Center. The Chorale is pen to all who are interested, so please join us! This probram was sponsored by the MELD Foundation.
Stoneham Senior Chorus - March 7
Our Senior Chorus, led by Regina, will start to meet again on Monday, March 7 and will meet each Monday at 2:00 PM. All interested seniors are welcome. A love and appreciation for music are all that is required! This program was sponsored by the MELD Foundation.
ClearCaptions - March 7
Words matter, and with Clear Captions, you get the whole conversation. Come to a presentation on March 7 at 10:30 AM to learn how you can hear and read what callers are saying about the ClearCaptions Ensemble phone. If you are hearing impaired and have internet service, you can get the caller's voice plus on-screen captions made possible by ClearCaptions a free service to you! Call the Senior Center at (781) 438-1157 to reserve your spot.
Diabetic Show Clinic - March 11
If you have diabetes, and are Medicare is your primary insurance, you are eligible to receive a pair of diabetic shoes and inserts at little or no cost to you. The Senior Center will host a clinic on Friday, March 11, and there will be 10-minute fitting appointments available starting at 10:00 AM.
You must bring your Medicare information, your supplemental insurance information if applicable, your doctor's name and phone number, and a completed doctor's form that you must pick yup at the front desk of the Center and have your doctor fill out prior to your appointment. Call the Center at (781) 438-1157 to make an appointment.
The Council on Aging is partnering with Stoneham High School this winter to connect seniors who need their driveways and walkways shoveled out after snow storms with high school students who are offering their services. Call the Center, and you will be given a list of interested students. Compensation and other details will need to be worked out on an individual basis between you and the student you select.
Special Inclement Weather Note
In the event of inclement weather, the Senior Center i closed and all services canceled for the day if the Stoneham Schools are closed. Please check the town website, Facebook page, or call the Center at (781) 438-1157 for updates.