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May News & Events from Bellingham COA

Apr 27, 2016 03:16PM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Senior Center

Council on Aging - Phone: 508-966-0398 Fax: 508-966-5843
Email: [email protected] For Details, Contact: Laura DeMattia, Director

Cold War America

On Friday, May 13 at 1:00 pm Professor Gary Hylander will visit the Bellingham Senior Center and lead a discussion of America’s most dangerous days and the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The thirteen days that the United States and the Soviet Union teetered on the brink of nuclear war as Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro faced off over the installation of Soviet rockets in Cuba, just ninety miles from the Florida coast will be portrayed and depicted.
Gary L. Hylander earned his Ph.D. at Boston College.  His advisor and dissertation director was the noted Boston historian, Thomas H. O'Connor.  Dr. Hylander is currently an independent scholar who specializes as a presidential historian.  Gary is a former pedagogical specialist for the NEH Foundation and an adjunct professor of history and education at Framingham State University as well as program supervisor of student teachers at Boston University.  Gary is a frequent presenter at library forums, historical societies, senior living centers, civic and professional organizations as well as a public affairs commentator on local cable news and radio.
Admission is free but seating is limited; to reserve a space, call 508-966-0398. “This program has been funded by the Bellingham Cultural Council, a local agency that is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”

Floral Arrangements Made Easy

 Brian Perrico of Brian’s Country Greenery will begin series of monthly flower arranging workshops at the Bellingham Senior Center on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m.  Sign-ups must be made no later than Friday, May 13.  Brian has volunteered to teach those who would like to make simple, lovely, and creative flower arrangements.
He provides the guidance, the flowers and other supplies. The participants pay a modest rate $15 to $20. Those who attend will leave with a completed DIY floral arrangement for their home and a new skill. There will be a sample of the arrangement at the center for the week prior to the class.  The sign up closes at ten people so get your name on the list as soon as possible by calling 508-966-0398.

Stories for My Family

Have you ever wanted to pass on your family history and were unsure how to do it? Come to this program and learn to share with your peers, as well as record for your family, those happenings in your life that are important to you and that you want to share. Learn how to do it in easy steps.  Done for the first time in the U.S., this program has been extremely successful in Australia and is now spreading throughout Europe. We are lucky to be able to offer this to you first.
The program will run on Tuesdays, May 17 through June 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  It will be limited to 10 people. Additionally, the program is seeking three individuals who would like to be trained as facilitators. At least one must be computer literate, (you will have to use a notebook or ipad which will be supplied). If you have any questions contact Sheila at 508-657-2710.

Brain Healthy Luncheon

On Tuesday, May 17 at 11:30 Cornerstone Assisted Living is sponsoring a Brain Healthy Luncheon at the Center. Seniors who wish to learn how the foods they eat effect their brain function as well as what foods are really good for them to maintain their health should participate in this program. Cornerstone is one of the few assisted living facilities that sponsor this type of dieting for their residents.  Please sign up at the front desk no later than May 10. Should there be less than 10 participants we will have to reschedule the program.

Armed Forces Day Dinner

Bellingham Senior Center invites you to our first ever Armed Forces Day Celebration on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Everyone will enjoy a Chicken Pot Pie Dinner, catered by Mickey G’s, with cranberry sauce, bread & butter, dessert, coffee, tea, cold drinks.
The Goodlie Company will entertain after dessert with a musical performance. This event will include door prizes, and a 50/50 cash drawing. Dress is casual. This event is sponsored in memory of J. Eugene Corriveau, and advance sign up is required. To reserve your place, call 508-966-0398. Tickets are available at the front desk. –Seating is limited to 125. All Veterans tickets are available for free; all others are asked to make an optional donation, an item for the Food Pantry or a cash donation for a local veteran’s organization.

Dancing through the Decades with Dance Caliente

Join us at the Bellingham Senior Center for a not-to-be-missed interactive ballroom dance performance on Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00 pm. This program celebrates a variety of dances from the 1800s through the present.

You will feel the passion, experience the energy, and remember your youth as you see Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves (owners of Dance Caliente) theatrically perform ballroom dances such as the Waltz, Peabody, Castle Walk, Charleston, Swing, Cha-Cha, Argentine Tango, Polka and Salsa.  These entertainers artfully blend fabulous dance performances with humor, nostalgia, stories, and lots of audience participation!

Between dances and during Eileen’s off-stage period costume changes, Raul entertains with on-stage costume changes while telling amusing historical stories about the dances and teaching a variation of the previous dance. He effectively uses gestures and sound effects to involve the audience, regardless of physical ability. A question and answer period completes the show.

Decades” offers: 1) High quality ballroom/social dance entertainment, 2) A Broadway/Vaudeville-style show in a convenient location, 3) A visceral means to reviving memories of the big band era, 4) A physical and brain fitness activity promoting happiness, health, and wellness, 5) Socialization, 6) Multicultural exposure via Latin, European, and American dance and music. 7) Suitability for fully active audiences to wheelchair bound.

Dance Caliente’s mission from the get-go has been to impart their love and knowledge of social dance along with its physical and emotional benefits to people of all ages.  Listening to the beloved music of your generation will bring you so much joy!  Raul and Eileen add the visual aspect of period costumes, expertise in ballroom dance and a good wallop of humor.  With Dance through the Ages, they have created a program that delights and inspires audiences. Please call 508-966-0398 to request a reservation.  Admission is free but seating is limited; to reserve a space, call 508-966-0398. Interested seniors may bring a voluntary donation for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. “This program has been funded by the Bellingham Cultural Council, a local agency that is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”
Eileen Herman-Haase, choreographer/performer/teacher for 44 yrs earned an MA in Dance Ed. from Columbia U. and Raul Nieves, a successful competitor/teacher/innovator/performer for 37 yrs., created Dance Caliente in 1998. Humor, unique teaching techniques and a personal touch characterize our classes and interactive performances.

Elder Law Event

Attorney Daniel Doyle will visit the Center on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to assist you with a "Legal Checkup," on a wide range of legal issues affecting the lives of seniors. Topics include: Twenty commonly asked questions in elder law, Medicare Part D/Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Regulations and Resident Rights. Please contact the Center to sign up and assure yourself that the attorney is planning to be here at a specific time. While this program is provided to seniors without a fee sign up is imperative by calling 508-966-0398.




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