From the January 2022 COA NewsletterDec 30, 2021 06:00AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Bellingham Senior Center
UPCOMING EVENTSNote: With the Omicron variant causing the number of COVID-19 cases to skyrocket, please verify all events that are identified as “in person” before attending. (Scroll down to view the January COA calendar at a glance.)
Carbon Monoxide Safety with Lt. Brad Kwatcher—Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas. CO poisoning can occur when a fuel-burning appliance or machine, such as a furnace, heater, or generator, is not working properly. Breathing in high levels of CO can be fatal. Lt. Kwatcher will present ways to protect yourself—and your family—from the dangers of CO. Join us for Senior Safe on Monday, January 3, at 12PM. Call ahead because sometimes this program is rescheduled.
ELDER SERVICE GROUP—Beginning on January 4, monthly lunches and birthday parties will resume. Please sign up at the front desk so we can have an accurate head count for our caterers. Chef du Jour will be serving Shepherd’s Pie on January 4; Mickey G’s will offer beef stew on January 27.
COA Board Meeting—The monthly meeting of the Bellingham Council on Aging will be held on January 11 at 11AM, in person,
Tech Corner—BHS Honor Society students welcome seniors who need help with their tech things like iPads®, phones, and other devices. Tuesday, January 11, at 2:30PM. Please sign up. (See related article on page 14.)
BOOK CLUB: The book club will meet at the Senior Center on January 25 (the last Tuesday of the month), at 1 PM. Come join us for book discussions—it will be great to be together and enjoy the discussions!
Wonderful Wednesdays: Enjoy a delicious lunch from Tri-Valley, Inc. and a game of BINGO every Wednesday at noon. Please sign up for “Congregate Meals” at the front desk at least a week ahead of time. Price per person is $3. Menus include Chicken Pesto, Roast Pork Loin, Stuffed Pepper Casserole and much, much more. Sides and desserts are included. There’s a separate charge for BINGO; good luck with your game!
BRIDGE: If you enjoy playing bridge and haven’t played in a while, come to the Senior Center on Thursday mornings, at 8:30AM, and join in the fun.
ATTENTION KNITTERS: Every Monday, knitters and quilters meet at the Senior Center, at 9AM. Abby Cirioni, knitter-in-chief, is looking for more participants. If you are interested, call her at 508-966-3788.
SPIRITUAL BOOK CLUB: Every Monday, at 9AM, Josie Dutil leads a Zoom discussion about the current book being read, and you are invited to join (for January, the book is Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty). “The more people involved in the conversations the better— I’d love to see this evolve into a multigenerational book club, meaning you don’t have to be a senior to join in. We all learn so much from each other.” You can speak with Josie by calling 508-657-2705 or emailing her at [email protected].
TABLET LOANS: The Senior Center has tablets to lend. For more information or to borrow one, call the Center at 508-966-0398.
MEN’S GOLF: Not exactly golf weather right now, but if you want to join the senior league, this is a good time. The league plays at Bungay Brook beginning in April. Call Ray Webb at 508-966-0857 for more information.
Pool Team: The Bellingham Senior Travelling Pool Team is looking for a couple of new members. Games are held on Tuesday mornings from early April to mid-June at various nearby locations. For more information, call Ken Bamberry at 508-395-3656.
Walking Club moves indoors to the YMCA in Franklin because of inclement weather. Rain, wind, snow, cold—all good reasons to move inside. Walkers pay $2 each to the Y. Call for the Senior Center (508-966-0398) for updates.