Senior Center September News & Events AnnouncedAug 30, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Bellingham Senior Center
HISTORIAN—Jim Buckley is back! The well-known Bellingham historian will be at the Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 11am, to talk about a courageous Bellingham woman during the hurricane of 1938.
SENIOR BREAKFAST—Bellingham residents 60+ years of age are invited to a free breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 11, 9—10:30AM, at the Senior Center, sponsored by the Council on Aging. Space is limited so please call ahead.
TAI CHI—Introduction to Tai Chi begins Monday, September 13, at 3pm. This is an often-recommended exercise for balance and fall prevention. It will continue weekly. Cost is $40 to sign up for the four-week intro. Long-time Tai Chi teacher Jeanne Donnelly will lead the classes.
COA MEETING—The COA Board will meet on Sept. 14, at 11AM, at the Senior Center.
LEARN TO PAINT—Classes will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 15 and 22, 1—3 PM. To enroll, contact the Senior Center at 508-966-0398. Special senior rates of $25 per painting will cover all supplies (paint, canvases, etc.) except for paint brushes, easels, and paper towels; please bring your own. Check out instructor Darrell Crow’s website for more information about him and the program: www.darrellcrow.com.
COOKOUT FOR SENIORS—State Rep. Mike Soter will sponsor a special barbeque for Bellingham seniors at the Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 16, 4:30—6:30 PM, and, best of all—it’s free (thanks, Mike!). The menu will include pulled pork, chicken quarters, and BBQ-style sides. Please call ahead to reserve since space is limited.
YARD SALE—On September 18, 8am—1PM, support the Bellingham Elder Service Group’s (BESG’s) annual yard sale—and tell all your friends to come too. This is one of the BESG’S biggest fundraisers for the Senior Center, and it promises to offer all kinds of treasures.
SCREENING—You can receive a hearing screening, hearing aid cleaning, and video ear exam free of charge from the experts at At Home Hearing Healthcare, who offer this opportunity monthly at the Senior Center. The next screening is Thursday, Sept. 23rd, at 10am. Call the Center at 508-966-0398 to reserve a time to meet. You can learn more at www.athomehearinghealthcare.com or call 508-250-9324.
CONCERT— Join us on Thursday, Sept. 23, 6:30—8PM, for a free concert by the Southeastern MA Community Concert Band, based in Medway. The band has been in existence for 45 years and, except for the COVID-caused interruption last year, they have played at the Bellingham Senior Center every year for the last several years.
Be sure to reserve a seat by calling the Center at 508-966-0398. The band will perform an entertaining concert of various music which includes well-known show tunes, patriotic songs, lively marches, and more. Their performance is once again being sponsored by a grant from the Bellingham Cultural Council.
MEDMINDER—Smart Pharmacy with an Integrated Pill Box, MedMinder makes it easier for your parents or loved ones to take their medications in the right amount and at the right time. With visual, audio and phone alerts, you’ll never need to remind them when to take their meds again, and you will be notified if they missed a dosage. MedMinder is the only pill dispenser with Medical Alert, daily weather forecast, and the ability to upload family pictures. For more information, attend the presentation at the Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 24, 1—2 PM. Please call ahead and let us know you’ll be coming.BRAIN HEALTH—Boost your brain health by eating well. Current research shows that diet can boost your brain health at any age. Learn how our easy nutrition guidelines and recipes can get you started on the road to a healthier mind and improved memory. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 30, 11am —12 PM. Please RSVP to Terri Graham at 508-657-2710. This special presentation is made possible by Cornerstone at Milford. And food will be available.
COOKOUT—Country & Western is the theme for a special BESG cookout planned for Thursday, Sept. 30, at 4 pm. What’s on the menu? What else but ham and beans, corn bread, dessert, and beverage. Please let us know you’ll be coming (508-966-0398).
LUNCHES—Drive-by-lunches will continue this month (thanks to PJ’s Bar & Grill). They will be available for Bellingham residents on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for $3 apiece, 11:30—12:30pm.
ENHANCE FITNESS—This is a physical activity program featuring three sessions per week designed to safely increase participants’ fitness levels through aerobic and strength-training exercises while building a sense of community and social connectedness. Finishing a successful first run early next month, the program will return for another 16 weeks in mid-October. Cost for Bellingham residents will be $75; out-of-towners, $150.
BRIDGE PLAYERS—If you would like to get back into playing bridge, come to the Senior Center on Thursday mornings at 8:30 AM and join in the fun.
PHONE SCAM—Sheriff McDermott advises that you should be alert to an evolving phone scam in Norfolk County. There are multiple reports of a recent scenario where a caller claims to be from the Sheriff’s office and attempts to extort money by threatening arrest. Hang up the phone!
“DISCOVER BOOKS”—This non-profit organization provides collection boxes for old books in more than 500 locations in New England. Soon, there will be one at the Senior Center where you can contribute your unused books and know that they will be given to people in need. (Please continue to donate any large-type books to the Senior Center.)