Announcements

Exercise Your right to Vote! By mail or in person.

Stoneham Community Electricity Aggregation (CEA) Program has been renewed for another 3 years! You do not need to take any action to remain in the program. 

Calling All Crafters! If you can knit or crochet, we’re asking you to get your yarn onand start making hats, scarves and mittens to warm some of our neighborhood homeless this winter. The Senior Center can provide the yarn, and one of our volunteers will bring finished goods to the local shelters. On that note, we are happy to receive donations of FULL SKEINS of yarn (suggest Red Heart four-ply but will take any full skeins). Thank you!

Medicare Open Enrollment has begun! During Medicare’s open enrollment period (October 15th – December 7th) you will have a chance to review and change your plan for next year. SHINE counselors can help you understand your plan changes, as well as explain other options you may have. Due to COVID-19, counselors will only be available for remote counseling over the phone. There will be no in-person appointments this year.

The Memorial/Veterans Day Committee of Stoneham is proud to present the First Annual Field of Honor
November 6 th – 14th
101 Central Street, Stoneham, Ma 02180
Central Middle School Field (Corner of Central and Williams Street)
Presented by the Town of Stoneham Memorial/Veterans Day Committee
*Opening Ceremony Sunday November 8th at 2PM
*Veterans Day Ceremony Wednesday November 11th at 11am
*Closing Ceremony Sunday, November 14th at 12PM Taps
*Taps will be played daily at 5pm

On November 6-14, 2020, members of the community can honor their heroes with an American Flag. Hundreds of flags will be on display for Public Viewing 24 hours a day during the event. Flags can be purchased in memory or honor of service members, past and present, regardless of where they live. In addition, first responders including police, fire and rescue, as well as EMT, Paramedics and Covid-19 heroes, can be recognized. Proceeds from the Field of Honor will benefit the Stoneham Veterans Assistance Fund. For more info or to volunteer, contact stonehamveterans@gmail.com. To sponsor or dedicate your flag at Visit https://www.healingfield.org/event/stonehamma20. To learn more about Colonial Flag Foundation and its fundraising programs, visit: healingfield.org


NEW!

Pen Pal Program- Want to make a new friend? Join our Pen Pal Program this fall! If you would like to join, all you need to do is give us a call at the Senior Center, Monday through Friday (8:30-4:00) You will be paired with a student from Austin Prep based on common interests, and then we will take care of the rest!

BookMobile- In collaboration with the Stoneham Public Library, we will be starting a “Bookmobile” beginning November 10! If you are looking to start reading a new book, please call us at the Senior Center and staff will happily drop off a book to you! The “Book Mobile” will be available every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM. November Schedule will be November 10th and 24th from 10 AM to 12pm.

Autumn Leaves Raking Assistance- This program is available to Stoneham residents whose friends and family are not able to provide assistance. We will be partnering with students from Austin Prep to help raking. Please call us at the Senior Center and we may be able to help (781-438-1157). Bags and rakes will be provided!

Health and Wellness

Melrose-Wakefield Healthcare’s Aging in Balance November 2020

Sunny Side Up Wednesdays 10-11am – November 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Learn How to Begin Your Day in a Positive Way! This free four-session program will teach you how to wake up on the right side of the bed and how to develop a more positive attitude, which can be beneficial to your health and well being. In each session, you will learn techniques to assist in more positive thinking and in managing stress. Music, singing, sharing positive experiences, and learning deep breathing for relaxation are included in the program to help you develop a more positive attitude.

The Savvy Caregiver Program Introductory Session – Tuesday, November 17th, 1-2pm

This evidence-based program is for anyone caring for a loved one or friend with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This free six-week program offers caregivers a source of support. Caregivers will meet for 2 hours each week to: Identifying personal barriers to self-care, Learn techniques for setting reasonable goals, Discover ways to manage stress, Learn skills for effective communication, Develop ways to strengthen family resources. Register for this 1-hour online Introductory Session to learn more.

Home Safety for Fall Prevention – Tuesday, November 24th from 10-11am

Are you wondering about what hazards in your home may cause falls? Do you want to make your home safer? There is a lot YOU can do to make your home safe and to help prevent falls! Join Stephanie Chissler, Occupational Therapist, for a home safety check-up. During this interactive online program we will go room by room and learn safety tips that you can implement to help prevent falls at home.

Coffee & Conversation Ongoing weekly teleconference calls every Thursday afternoons 1– 2pm

Join Stephanie Chissler, Coordinator of the Aging in Balance Department at MelroseWakefield Healthcare, for these weekly calls. Call in once or call in every week for conversation, support, resource sharing and tips to reduce stress and anxiety.

PHONE: 1-646-558-8656 and when asked, enter meeting ID 131-672-167##

To register for Aging in Balance Programs contact Stephanie Chissler at 781-338-7559 or

schissler@melrosewakefield.org.

Virtual Learning

Enrichment

Susan B. Anthony – Women’s Rights Activist
Stoneham TV in association with Stoneham Historical Society will help celebrate 100 years of Women’s Rights to vote. On November 12, historical actress Sheryl Faye will perform as Susan B. Anthony at 7 pm On Stoneham TV; Comcast Channel 9, Verizon Channel 34, RCN Channel 3
Susan B. Anthony was a women’s rights activist, and she devoted her life to racial, gender, and educational equality. She is one of the most famous women in American history, she played a prominent role in the women’s suffrage movement; the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote and she also was in support of women’s labor organizations and for a woman’s right to own property.
In 2020 we celebrate not only 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we’re also celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday!

Stoneham Public Library Program
Mystery Book Group Zoom Meeting – Thursday November 5th at 7 PM
For information on Adult Book Groups, please contact Maureen Saltzman at
saltzman@noblenet.org or 7815072483!

Fitness

Jackie Sorenson Aerobics Classes hosted by Rosemary Graham
The Senior Center is working with Jacki Sorensen Instructor Rosemary Graham to offer Fitness Classes on Zoom Monday through Saturday at 9:00 am.
If you would like to join, please e-mail Rosemary Graham at: rosemarygraham700@yahoo.com

RELAXATION CIRCLE WITH ANGELA SHEA
Join us as we focus and practice various simple techniques that can be used daily to aid in relaxing and help begin the ‘Mind-Body-Spirit’ connection.
Please contact Angela at: angelite9@gmail.com, to get the Zoom link.
Tuesdays from 11-12 noon &/or Fridays from 2-3 pm

Fitness Classes with Aimee Borda
1. Zumba® Fitness
We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.
Equipment: towel, water, lots of energy
Mondays & Fridays12:00-12:45 pm
Fee $3

2. Dance & Tone
We start off with some simple, but fun dance choreographies, followed by some toning exercises combined with dance moves (interval training style). We will work on all our muscle groups, using light dumbbells and body weight.  Some stretches to improve our flexibility will be included at the end of the class. Exercises can be performed standing or seated. Modifications will be taught if needed, so all are welcome! 
Equipment: light dumbbells or bottles of water, mat, if going on the floor, towel
Wednesdays 12:00-12:45 pm
Fee $3

3. Zumba® Fitness plus Total Body Conditioning
This 60 min class, consists of 30 minutes of  Zumba® Fitness, and 30 minutes of Total Body Conditioning, where we will be working on all our muscle groups, using whatever pieces of fitness equipment you have, (resistance bands, Pilate rings, dumbbells, bars and body weight). If no equipment available, I’ll provide options of improvised equipment). Some flexibility exercises will be included at the end of the class. Modifications will be taught if needed, so all fitness levels are welcome!
Saturdays 12:00-1:00 pm
Fee $5

Please contact Aimee at:  aimee@nushapept.com or 617-304-3903 to get the Zoom link. 


The 5-Minute Seated Cardio Blast
Click here for a Seated Cardio Exercise provided by Dorothea O’Reagan

Art

ART Tuesday Classes with Susan McFarlane-Tuesdays 1-2pm
Drawing

In a positive atmosphere, discover ways to improve, or begin, drawing the world around you. Work with materials readily available at home. This class will cover foundational drawing skills–proportion, perspective, and value—to help you represent a 3D world.

Zentangle®  
Take a break with a relaxing, meditative, easy to learn drawing practice. No prior art experience required. You will need paper, a pencil, and a pen (felt tip, Micron, or something that writes nicely). A blender/tortillon, or rolled paper is helpful for shading. 

Classes alternate between Zentangle and Drawing.
Drawing- November 3rd & 17th
Zentangle- November 10th &24th

Register in advance for these meetings:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpcO-gpz4sGtzfLZ_Lw2kJDL3g4tfneTxb
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings. You register once and can attend any of the sessions.

Art Matters:

Primary Video – NOVEMBER Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s life is one of the most dramatic, romantic, and tragic stories in all of art history. His paintings are passionate, beautiful and they succeed in sharing with us, briefly, the experience of his madness. His career was very short but his gifts and his influence were very great. Join us for a look at his work and the brief but brilliant flame that was his life. Nothing is stranger than the truth.

Bonus Video – NOVEMBER Norman Rockwell

One of the most beloved American Artists was a painter who illustrated over 322 covers for the Saturday Evening Post for 47 years. Join us to enjoy and discuss his wonderful images and remember why he is recognized as an icon with such phrases as, “As American as apple pie, baseball, and Norman Rockwell.” This wonderful program is available to COA members: go to http://artmatters.website, login with mcanova@stoneham-ma.gov, password 136elmst, go to “virtual experience” tab and scroll down and select either primary video or bonus video (both are available for the month and will change monthly going forward).

For more information on the Stoneham Senior Center click here for the November Sentinel