April 2021 at the Bellingham Senior CenterMar 30, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Bellingham Senior Center
A Gradual Reopening Is Planned“I love it!” exclaimed Kathy Holmes at her first in-person class at the Senior Center in nearly a year.
Sixty-one seniors registered for the 10 classes that opened up indoors the first week of March.
“I’m so excited,” smiled Bev Nigro, “I’ve been waiting so long!” Teacher Linda Trudeau added, “This has been the longest year! Everyone seems thrilled to get out of the house.”
“Due to the steady decline in Covid-19 cases in town and people getting vaccinated, the BSC can slowly start to reopen,” explained program coordinator Terri Graham. “We are very excited to offer some in-person programming with limited capacity, which includes knitting, quilting, line-dancing, yoga, senior dance (aka zumba), tai chi, and motion to music.”
Please call the Senior Center to pre-register for class as well as call to cancel if you cannot attend. With limited class size, cancellations allow those on a waiting list to be called.
“The protocol set in place is that attendees should not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to the start of class, check in at the front desk and wear their masks when inside the Senior Center. Once class ends, attendees exit through the dining room to prevent congregating in the lobby,” explained Graham. “We have truly missed everyone! The Senior Center has always been and continues to be a warm and welcoming place.”
SHINE—You can make a telephone appointment to speak with SHINE representative Jean Roy by calling the Center at 508-966-0398. She will be available this month on April 7 and 21. Appointments are 45 minutes long and are scheduled between 9am and 12PM; please call ahead or you may email Jean at [email protected]
BESG—The Bellingham Elder Service Group plans to resume the Drive-by-BBQs on third Thursday (April 15). Please call the Center for more details.
The BESG also announced that the Senior Center has received a $15,000 donation from Amazon to replace the tent on the patio that was destroyed by weather. They are going to build a permanent covered structure, and that may affect the Drive-by-BBQ. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
SENIOR SAFE—Bellingham Fire Department Lt. Brad Kwatcher will return via Zoom on Monday, April 19, at 12 PM. He will talk about grilling, including how to safely grill and maintain your grill; pool safety, including how to have fun with your pool and keep you and your family safe at the same time; and air conditioning safety, including how to properly install and maintain your AC units. To participate, email Terri at [email protected]
HONORING CHOICES—There are lots of choices when it comes to planning your health care. The second of two virtual seminars on this topic will be presented by Peggy Fuller on Thursday, April 15, at 4pm. “Throughout my career, I’ve been dedicated to serving senior citizens in my community,” explained Fuller.
In “Honoring Choices” we will follow a road map for developing a quality health care plan, ways to communicate and share this plan, and identifying those individuals who will be instrumental in carrying out the plan. Call the Center at 508-966-0398 to sign up.
Calendar below includes specific dates/times for all senior center events in April.