The Senior Center will be full of activity this June, with the annual art show, brain games, senior self defense classes and much more.
Press Releases from the Watertown COA/Senior Center Some of our June 2019 events include:
Senior Center Art Class Annual Exhibition & Reception
The Senior Center Art class works hard all year (and has fun too)! Every June we have a chance to admire their best works of the year in a week long exhibit that is open to the public starting this year on June 4th.
Be sure to come by and meet the artists and their talented teacher Dawn Scaltreto at the Artists’ Reception!
WHEN: Wednesday, June 5 TIME: 10:00 AM WHERE: Watertown Senior Center
Can’t make it that week? The exhibition will be on display at the Watertown Free Public Library during the entire month of July.
DAWN SCALTRETO—ZEN ART FOR MIND-BODY WELLNESS
When: Tuesday, June 11th – Join us when we try Zen Watercolor Painting—use fluid watercolors on paper to create abstract paintings with saturated, high frequency colors. The paintings make beautiful cards, bookmarks and framing.
When: Tuesday, June 25th – Peaceful Print Making using leaves, stamps, and Gelli printing plates. Create beautiful art using simple materials. Prints & cards included.
Time for both classes is 4:30 – 6:30 and the cost for each class is $3.00. Light refreshments. Pre-register by calling 617-972-6490.
No experience needed and first time seniors are encouraged to attend this relaxing program. This program is funded through a grant from the Watertown Community Found
FAMILY PORTRAIT PROOFS
Family portrait proofs (photos) of Watertown residents in the 1940’s and 50’s, were donated to the Historical Society of Watertown. They were able to return some of the photos to the families, but many have gone unclaimed. The Watertown Senior Center has partnered with the Historical Society to have these proofs available for viewing. We hope you will recognize family, friends or neighbors so you can give them their photos. WHEN: Wednesday, June 12 TIME: 10:00 AM Light Refreshments. Pre– Registration Required.
PEARL PRESSMAN & BRAIN GAMES
Looking for a fun way to stimulate your brain and keep your memory sharp? These mind exercises are fun for everyone. Sessions will include a light dinner with pre-registration. When: June 4 & 18 Time: 4:30 – 6:30
Cost: $3.00 Call 617-972-6490 to register.
Pearl will also be here for games July 9 & 23, and August 6 & 20. Dinner is supported by a grant from the Watertown Community Foundation.
DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST THE AGGRESSOR – D.Y.A.T.A.
Gain confidence and be empowered to be able to combat a potential assault in a real world scenario. Instructor, Kristin Ann LaShoto, will highlight the aspects of awareness, including personal space, while giving us strategies and a wide range of methods and techniques used to safeguard and provide knowledge of individual protection.
You will learn: The two methods of a physical assault, action vs. reaction, diversion/distraction and be educated on scams, holds and the physical aspect of self-defense. WHEN: June 26 TIME: 10:00 A.M. Space is limited and sign-up is required.
SENIOR CENTER TRIPS!
6/13 Larz Anderson and Mt. Auburn Grille. Join us when we travel to view the automobiles at Larz Anderson’s. Lunch choices: chicken kebab sandwich, sirloin tips or chicken cutlet Parmiagiana. Time: 9:30—2:00 Cost: $30
June 20th Sleeper McCann House and The Gloucester House. Enjoy a day along the water. Our first stop is the Gloucester House. Your meal choices are: Baked Fresh Haddock, Roast Sirloin (Baked stuffed chicken if not enough sirloin orders) and includes a cup of New England Clam Chowder, garden salad, roll & butter, and Strawberry Shortcake for dessert. Next we will spend the afternoon at the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor each of the 40 rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, or color. The home does not have an elevator. Please check with the staff is you use a walker. There is walking and stairs but the gardens and lawn overlooking Gloucester Bay have some seating. Date: Thursday, June 20 – Time: 9:00—5:00 Cost: $89.00 To run this trip we need 40 people to sign up by May 30th.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO “TOWN OF WATERTOWN”There are no refunds but you may pass your seat to someone else.
The following trips should be made out to “Fox Tours”
July 8th Casablanca By The Sea, Portland, Maine. Our first stop is the Bull & Claw Restaurant close by the salt marsh in Wells. Your choices for lunch are stuffed Haddock, Chicken Parmigiana, or Shrimp & Mussel Scampi. Next we have a 90 minute cruise of Portland Harbor, along with lighthouses, Civil War Forts, and fishing boats. Time: 8:30—6:30 Cost: $89.00
August 8th Mamma Mia! Join us for a fantastic day starting with a full luncheon of Roast Turkey, Sirloin of Beef, or Baked Haddock at the Hart’s Turkey Farm. Next it’s on to the Lakes Region Summer Theatre for the zany story of a mother planning her daughter’s wedding while her daughter has plans of her own. MAMMA MIA will make you laugh and sing at the happy ending. Time: 9:00—7:30 Cost: $89.00
In regards to refunds—Fox Tours provides trip insurance which is available at sign up for $10.00.
Public Safety Mornings
Tuesday, June 11 & 25 Coffee with Chief Lawn & Captain Dupuis
Thursday, June 27 Hot Coffee! with Fire Captain William (Billy) Maietta Let’s make it FIRE SAFE SUMMER!
Don’t Become a Victim of Medicare Fraud!
Medicare scams are common, including one in which people are being sent braces they don’t need. The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) offers these tips to protect you from being scammed:
• Do not provide your Medicare or Social Security number to anyone, except your trusted medical providers.
• Medicare and Social Security will NOT call you and ask for personal information.
• Hang up if anyone calls offering you free products or claiming to be from Medicare to obtain personal information. Beware!
• Do not reply to any postcards you receive in the mail offering free braces, creams, pain medication, or other products.
• Do not respond to deceptive TV Ads.
• Do not accept or open any packages you did not order.
To report potential fraud, you can contact the Massachusetts SMP program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 1-800-892-0890. Call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 to set up an appointment, or if you still need assistance in reviewing your coverage, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). You can also compare plans online at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan.
Metro West Legal Services will be here on the third TUESDAY of each month by appointment. This month’s date is June 18th. Please call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490.
Watertown Food Pantry 80 Mount Auburn Street—Rear. OPEN: Tuesdays 10-11:30 AM Thursdays 4-6:00 PM
FOOD PANTRY REQUESTS – Canned Soup, Pasta Sauce, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Cold Cereal, Canned Vegetables, Tuna Fish, Chick Peas, and Cooking Oil.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
June 20: Podiatry Clinic at 11:00 AM. Toenails, corns, caluses only. The cost for this service is $25.00 payable to Dr. Alper. Insurance is not accepted.
June 27: Blood Pressure Screening at 10:00 by Linda Micklay, R.N. from CareGroup Home Care. Free.
THE SENIOR CENTER BOOK CLUB WHEN: Wednesday, June 19 at 9:30. WHERE: Senior Center, 31 Marshall St. Join us to discuss: Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler. Copies of the book are available at the Watertown Free Public Library. “BALTIMORE WOMAN DISAPPEARS DURING FAMILY VACATION.” The headlines are all the same: Beloved mother and wife Delia Grinstead was last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing only a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To the best of her family’s knowledge, she has disappeared without a trace. But Delia didn’t disappear. She ran.
Exhausted with her routine and everyone else’s plans for her, Delia needed an out, a chance to make a new life for herself and to become a different person. The new Delia can let go of all the hurt and resentment that left her stuck in her past. As she eagerly sheds the pieces of herself she no longer needs, Delia discovers feelings of passion and wonder she’d long since forgotten. The thrill of walking away from it all leads to a newfound sense of self and the feeling that she is, finally, the star of her own life story. New members are always welcome!
JUNE MOVIE MATINEE
6/6 A Quiet Place: In this tense chiller, the horror mounts as the Abbott family struggles to survive in a postapocalyptic world where monstrous blind creatures use their supersensitive hearing to stalk human prey — forcing the Abbotts to live in silence. Cast John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe 2018 PG-13 90 mins.
6/13 Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again: In this sun-soaked sequal, a pregnant Sophie (Donna’s daughter) is now running the family villa on Kalokairi and worried about facing motherhood minus her mom’s guidance. But Donna’s best friends reassure Sophie with tales about Donna’s experiences. Cast: Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper 2018 PG-13 114 mins.
6/20 Finding Your Feet: When Lady’ Sandra Abbott discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister, Bif. The two could not be more different – Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet. Cast: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie 018 PG-13 111 mins.
6/27 The Mule: Earl, a broke man in his 80’s, is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does so well that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; he also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. Even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne 2018 R 116 mins.
IMPORTANT REMINDER!Please remember to use your My Senior Center key tag and check-in at the kiosk when you enter the building. Your record of attendance helps us to manage our programs and space effectively. If you don’t have a key tag, please ask at the Front Desk to register. It’s free! Thank you!
SENIOR NEWSLETTER DELIVERED TO YOUR EMAIL!
Have the Watertown Senior News emailed to your home computer every month by going to the Town website: www.watertown-ma.govand signing up on the ‘Notify Me’ list. Follow the link on the left side of the home page, scroll down to Watertown Senior News and check it off! Or call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 with your email address & we’ll add it for you!
The Watertown Senior News is published monthly.
TRANSPORTATION for WATERTOWN SENIORS – Call the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 for more information. GROCERY SHOPPING, TRIPS TO TARGET, MARSHALLS, WATERTOWN & ARSENAL MALLS Via the Watertown Senior Shuttle (617) 972-6490.
Call the Senior Center to be added to the route if you are new or need to change from your scheduled day. The Shuttle will pick you up and return you to your home. Approximately 1 hour of shopping time. Suggested donation is $1.00 Round Trip. 3 BAG LIMIT! Please show the driver your My Senior Center Key Tag. Applications available on the Senior Shuttle.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE SENIOR CENTER FOR PROGRAMS and SERVICES
(617) 972-6490 – We want to see you at the Senior Center! Call us! Program available as funding permits.
TO LOCAL DOCTORS – (617) 972-6490 – Call the Senior Center 2 days in advance to schedule your taxi ride.
You may tip the driver at your discretion. A spouse, friend, or companion may accompany you at no extra charge. Program available as funding permits.
THE MBTA RIDE
Have you thought about taking the MBTA Ride? For eligibility contact: THE RIDE – 617-337-2727 www.mbta.com/theride
OTHER SPECIAL SERVICES—CALL THE SENIOR CENTER AT (617) 972-6490 FOR DETAILS
¨ Metrowest Legal Services Clinic – Call to schedule a 20 minute appointment with the attorney
¨ Watertown Food Pantry at 80 Mount Auburn Street, Rear– Tuesdays 10-11:30 and Thursdays 4-6
¨ Senior Parking Permits – for up to 2 free hours of metered parking in Watertown’s municipal parking lots
JOIN ONE OF OUR REGULAR PROGRAMS
Art Class — Mondays at 9:30 AM – Bring your own art project (oil, watercolor, pencil or ink) to this open studio.
Bridge/Chess/Cribbage/Rummikub/Whist/Canasta —Bring your skills to any of these groups. Drop in and join in the afternoon fun.
Knitting—Wednesdays at 12:30 PM – Working on a project or need a little help? Stop in for an afternoon of creative work and conversation.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – Wednesdays at 2:00 PM – Explore history and culture while learning the English language with this group.
Mellowtones Choral Group—Fridays – Love to sing? This co-ed group led by music director Anne Silverman will put a song in your heart! All welcome. Fridays at 12:30 PM.
BINGO! Fridays at 10:00 AM for BINGO fun.
EXERCISE CLASSES at the SENIOR CENTER
$3 for each Exercise or Yoga class. $4 for Line Dancing. Each class lasts one hour.
In the absence of an instructor, the Senior Center reserves the right to substitute an instructor or cancel the class.
MONDAYS: 11:00 – Exercise with Shannon
TUESDAYS: 9:30 – Exercise with Joanna G 11:15 – Line Dancing with Manny
WEDNESDAYS: 11:00 – Mat Yoga with Sue G. (Please bring your own mat.)
THURSDAYS: 9:30 – Chair Yoga with Diane S. 11:00 – Exercise with Joanna G
FRIDAYS: 10:00 – Exercise with Henry O.