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Council on Aging Announces March Programming

Feb 28, 2019 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Senior Center

Chinese Luncheon: Tuesday, March 5, sponsored by the Bellingham Elder Service Group (BESG).

Chess Club: Tuesdays, 4 PM, beg. March 5. Chess champion John Platt from the Franklin Chess Club brings his talent and expertise to Bellingham. You don’t need to be experienced—but you can be—to join us. Please reserve your spot by calling the front desk, 508-966-0398.

Art Anyone Can Paint: Wednesdays, March 6 and 13, 1 PM. This month, art teacher Darrell Crow will lead seniors in painting “Fisherman’s Trail”; $25 for both classes, includes supplies. First class is starting the painting, second is finishing it. Please sign up at the front desk.

Scam Prevention Program: Thursday, March 7, at 10:30 AM. Reps. from Norfolk County Sheriff's and District Attorney's offices will present information on common swindles, major red flags to be aware of, and precautionary tactics used to protect yourself & your identity.
Writing Just for Fun: Thursday, March 7, 1 pm. Take an opportunity to stretch. Sum up your life in six words. Write a want-ad offering a rattlesnake as a family pet. What would you title a novel about your childhood? Please call ahead to reserve spot.

Bereavement Support Group: Thursdays, March 7 and 21, at 11:15 AM.
Join with others who have experienced a similar loss. Please call the front desk.
Chasing Sleep: Tuesday, March 12, 5 pm. Author Patricia Hinkley will visit the Senior Center to talk about sleep. She lives near the beach in Rhode Island and has experience as a Registered Nurse, and is a holistic psychotherapist. She’s dedicated to helping people navigate these turbulent times and deal with the stressors and situations in their lives. Call ahead to reserve your space, 508-966-0398 (free).

Judge Michael Vhay: Thursday, March 14, 10 AM. Ever ask yourself why we have courts? Are they just for criminals? Join Judge Vhay for his thoughts on why courts matter to us all. Bring your questions, and please sign up in advance.
Backyard Birders: Six Thursdays, beginning March 14, at 10:15 AM. Grab a front-row seat for the sights and sounds of feeding, nesting, and bathing birds right in your backyard, using these tips shared by experienced birders. Bellingham residents Frank McMahon and Leslie Glover return with details to share about birds’ spring migration. (Free, but please call ahead to save your seat.)       

American Military History: Paul Peter continues his popular presentations that combine DVD visuals from The Great Courses with lively discussion from folks in attendance.  Beginning Tuesday, March 19, at 1:30 PM, learn about America’s armed conflicts from mid-18th century to today’s global war on terrorism. Additionally, Frank McMahon will contribute fascinating detail about animals used in American wars, including carrier pigeons, ambulance dogs, horses and ducks.

Mohegan Sun Casino Trip: Thursday, March 21. Bus leaves the senior center at 7:45 AM and returns at approximately 5 PM. Cost is $22/pp.   
Minds in Motion: Four Thursdays, beg. March 21, at 1–2 PM; cost is $10 for the series. Introduce yourself to the works of famous painters, composers, sculptors, choreographers and poets. The program, led by Jerry Cianciolo, promises to be lively and entertaining. (Suggestion: “Attend Writing Just for Fun” on Thursday, March 7, as a prelude to this program.)
Memory Café: Saturday, March 23, 10–11:30 AM. After a successful launch, Memory Café will now be held every month. It is a safe and stimulating environment for seniors dealing with dementia, as well as their caregivers. Activities include magic shows and sing-alongs and a variety of entertainment and refreshments. (Free.)   
Monthly Birthday Party: March 28, sponsored by the Bellingham Elder Service Group.
Effective Communications Strategies: Friday, March 29, 1 PM. Communicating with people experiencing Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge. Come learn successful strategies to connect. Please reserve your spot for this free program.





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