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Watertown Senior Center events for Dec.

The Watertown Senior Center is at 31 Marshall St. For information, call 617-972-6490; or visit http://ci.watertown.ma.us. Some of our September 2017 events include:

December notes from the director

Season’s Greetings! Before we say farewell to 2017, we have some great programs scheduled for December that you won’t want to miss! On December 5th we welcome speakers from the Office of Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau for a Lunch and Learn about Avoiding Holiday Scams. Take a break and visit with Destiny, a special therapy dog who will be visiting the Senior Center on December 7th. Flowers with Ernie returns on December 6th for Boxwood Tree Decorating. On December 13th, local author Gwen Romagnoli will be here to share her personal story and excerpts from her book Learning to be a Widow, and on the 19th, the Senior Center will be hosting the Singing Grandpops for a lively afternoon of music and comedy.

Do not hesitate to contact us for help with fuel assistance and SNAP applications, emergency assistance requests, information about the Watertown Food Pantry, and taxi rides to medical appointments locally and to Boston, as Busy Bee has closed. If you need to go grocery shopping or to the mall, consider riding our Senior Shuttle Bus for a $1.00 round trip. Call us for details about these and many more services available to seniors.

On behalf of all of us at the Council on Aging and the Watertown Food Pantry, best wishes for Happy Holidays and good cheer in the New Year! See you at the Center,

Anne-Marie Gagnon

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Join us for the Friends of the COA’s first Holiday Boutique. There will be many items available including a variety of jewelry, handmade knitted baby items, ornaments, wreaths, and giftware.

LUNCH LEARN! HOLIDAY SCAMS: 10 a.m. Dec. 5. Robin Putnam, Research and Special Projects Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and Amy Schram, Senior Community Relations Specialist from the Better Business Bureau will lead a discussion on topics such as: Black Friday shopping tips, return policies, defective merchandise, warranties, lost or stolen packages, gift certificates, credit card skimming devices and how to spot them, and identity theft and fraud prevention. A light lunch will be offered to registrants. Registration Required.

GWEN ROMAGNOLI, AUTHOR – “Learning To Be A Widow”: 10 a.m. Dec. 13. Gwen writes with joy about finding love late in life with TV chef and author, Franco Romagnoli. She describes with humor and grace their happy marriage, the phases of Franco’s illness, and then how she learns to live a new life with out him. Together they wrote the book, Italy, the Romagnoli Way: A Culinary Journey, about lesser-known places in Italy. Gwen Romagnoli has written numerous personal essays as well as travel and food articles for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the American Express Magazine. Registration Requested

HOLIDAY TREE DECORATION: 10 a.m. Dec. 6. Cost: $20. To reserve a place: 617-972-6490. Come join us as Ernie Berardinelli shows us how to decorate a Boxwood tree. Center it on your mantelpiece or dining room table. No experience is needed! We will have all the supplies available for you to add your own personal touches to the design.

HOLIDAY PARTY: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Doors open at 11 a.m. Cost: $14. Join us for an afternoon of music with Phil Cefalo, dancing, and door prizes. Well enjoy a delicious catered luncheon with entertainment by the Mellowtones.

COME MEET DESTINY: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Destiny, a labrador retriever, has been trained as a therapy dog. She volunteers at the Watertown Library and Perkins School for the Blind. She and her owner, Peg Horwitz, will be visiting us. Drop by and say hello!

‘TIS THE SEASON: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St., near the Target end. Come hear the Watertown Senior Center’s Mellowtones performing a collection of Holiday Songs, Christmas Carols, and Popular Favorites to start off the season!

SINGING GRANDPOPS: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 19. To register: 617-972-6490. An entertaining afternoon is in store for us at the Senior Center when the Singing Grandpops perform a concert of oldies but goodies, including Holiday songs. Light refreshments served. Registration required.

END OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON: 1 p.m. Dec. 29. Cost: $5. Sign up starting Dec. 4. Join us as we say good-bye to 2017 and ring in 2018 with the music and a light Chinese lunch. Seating is limited

Public Safety Mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 19: Hot! Coffee with Fire Captain Ryan Nicholson.

Join Chief Lawn when he returns in January!

CAN YOU HELP DURING THIS SEASON OF GIVING?: The Watertown Food Pantry serves over 300 individuals, seniors and families throughout the year with food and personal care products.

The Watertown Food Pantry accepts monetary donations by check made payable to the Watertown Food Pantry and mailed to the Senior Center. Donations will be used to keep the Food Pantry cupboard full throughout the winter season.

Thank you for your support. Watertown Food Pantry, 617-972-6490.

CASE WORKER CORNER – MARINA KIRSANOVA, LSW: You could be eligible for fuel assistance through the Community Teamwork Fuel Assistance Program. Fuel Assistance can pay part of your winter heating bills. You can rent or own your home. If your heat is included in your rent, you may also qualify. Applications are now being accepted. For an application and more information, please call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490.

TRANSPORTATION FOR WATERTOWN SENIORS: Call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490 for more information.

Grocery shopping and trips to Target and the malls on the Watertown senior shuttle

TUESDAYS: Stop Shop on Watertown Street

FRIDAYS: Super Stop and Shop on Pleasant Street

SECOND ANF FOURTH WEDNESDAYS: Watertown and Arsenal Malls

HOW: Call the Senior Center two days in advance if you are new or want to change from your scheduled day.

COST: Suggested donation is $1 round trip

BAGS: Three bag limit

To medical appointments in Boston

HOW: Call the Senior Center three days in advance to schedule your taxi ride.

COST: Suggested donation $3/an envelope will be mailed to your home.

DETAILS: A spouse/friend/companion may accompany you at no extra charge.

This Service replaces Busy Bee which closed in the Fall.

To local doctors and dentists — 617-972-6490

HOW: Call the Senior Center two days in advance to schedule your taxi ride.

COST: No cost, but you may tip the driver at your discretion.

DETAILS: A spouse/friend/companion can accompany you at no extra charge.

Transportation to the senior center and to other appointments — 617-972-6490

As funding permits. Call the Senior Center, 617-972-6490, for details.

Dear Watertown Senior Center, “Thank you for getting me to my doctor’s appointment. I stopped driving a few months ago and this service has really helped me. I think I’ll try the Shuttle to Stop Shop next week. Thank you!” Mrs. A.

REMEMBER A SOLDIER : During the Holidays people tend to think of our servicemen and women, but what about the rest of the year? Operation American Soldier packs boxes to ship all year long, and with the Holiday season especially so. If you would like to volunteer some time to help pack boxes, call the Senior Center for information. Anyone interested in getting together in a group to write letters to be sent in January, join us at 10 a.m. Dec. 27. Need more information? Call Debbie Dunn at the Senior Center, 617-972-6490.

FRIENDS OF THE COA

Monthly meeting: 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Attendees learn about how they support Senior Center.

STAY HEALTHY WITH ONE OF OUR FITNESS PROGRAMS : $3 for each Exercise or Yoga class. $4 for Line Dancing or Tai Chi.

Audio or video tape classes are Free. Each class lasts one hour.

NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGES

Mondays

11 a.m.: Exercise with Shannon Jones

Tuesdays

9:30 a.m.: Exercise with Joanna Grubel

10 a.m.: Chair Exercise by Audio Tape

11:15 a.m.: Line Dancing with Manny

Wednesdays

11 a.m.: Mat Yoga with Sue Gormley (class limited to 20) (please bring your own mat)

Thursdays

9:30a.m.: Chair Yoga with Diane Shufro (class limited to 20)

Fridays

10:40 a.m.: Exercise with Henry

12:30 p.m.: Tai Chi with Marie Favorito

Special Note: Exercise by Video Tape will resume in January. In the absence of an instructor, the Center reserves the right to substitute a class instructor, offer a pre-recorded program, or cancel the class.

MATTER OF BALANCE RETURNING IN JANUARY TO THE SENIOR CENTER: 1:45-3:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27. Free. Registration required. To register: 617-972-6490. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Who should attend? Anyone concerned about falls; anyone interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength; anyone who has fallen in the past; anyone who has restricted their activities because of falling concerns. This eight-week series will be held at the Watertown Senior Center and is sponsored by Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Classes are led by Pearl Pressman.

KNITTING: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Would you like to learn? Need help finishing off a project or want to work on one of ours? Anyone can pick up the steps to make a square. Remember, if you knit a square, squares turn into blankets, and blankets turn into hugs!

HOW DO I USE THIS THING?: Need help using your Computer or learning the features of your SmartPhone? Free Help is Available. Tuesday mornings, smartphones; Friday afternoons, computers and laptops. To register: 617-972-6490.

Medicare news

With Medicare Plans, does it matter which pharmacy you use?

For many Medicare plans, the pharmacy you use could make a big difference in the cost of your drugs!

All Medicare drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans (HMOs, PPOs) have network pharmacies. Most pharmacies accept most plans. However, if you go to a pharmacy that is not in your plan’s network, your drugs will not be covered, and you will pay full retail price.

For 2018, there are 22 Medicare drug plans and all of them have preferred pharmacies. In addition, several Medicare Advantage plans also have a preferred pharmacies. By using a preferred pharmacy, you may save money! Please note that there are significant changes to preferred networks this year across all plans. A plan and/or pharmacy that worked well for you last year may not be the best option for 2018!! You should check that the pharmacy you currently use is the best one to use with your plan. REMINDER: Many plans have made changes to their premiums, deductibles, co-pays and the drugs that are covered. Now is the time to review your options and make a change for 2018. Open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Call today to speak with a SHINE counselor, 617-972-6490.

HEALTH WELLNESS

Podiatry Clinic: 11 a.m. Dec. 21. Toenails, corns, callus care only. The cost for this service is $25.00 payable to Dr. Alper. Insurance is not accepted.

Blood Pressure Screening: 10 a.m. Dec. 28. By Linda Micklay, registered nurse from CareGroup Home Care. Free.

THE SENIOR CENTER BOOK CLUB: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20. Join us to discuss “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton. Copies of the book are available at the Watertown Free Public Library. “The Age of Innocence” centers on an upper-class couple’s impending marriage, and the introduction of the bride’s cousin, plagued by scandal, whose presence threatens their happiness. Though the novel questions the assumptions and morals of 1870s New York society, it never develops into an outright condemnation of the institution. The novel is noted for Wharton’s attention to detail and its accurate portrayal of how the 19th-century East Coast American upper class lived, and the social tragedy of its plot. New members are always welcome!

December movie matinee

Come on over and enjoy in our comfortable lounge at 1 p.m. Thursdays, at the Watertown Senior Center, 31 Marshall St.

Dec. 7: “The Holiday.” Stuck in a vicious cycle of dead-end relationships with two-timing men, Los Angeles resident Amanda (Cameron Diaz) and Londoner Iris (Kate Winslet) decide to swap homes. In the process, their trade paves the way for romances they never imagined possible. Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law. 2006, PG-13, 136 minutes.

Dec. 14: “Holiday Inn.” Bing Crosby croons to the tune of the Oscar-winning “White Christmas” in Irving Berlin’s love triangle romantic comedy. Tired of the bright lights of showbiz, Jim Hardy (Crosby) retires to the countryside to become a farmer. He converts the farm into the Holiday Inn, open only on holidays, then competes against his pal (Fred Astaire) for a singer-dancer’s (Marjorie Reynolds) affection. Cast: Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds. 1942, NR, 101 minutes.

Dec. 21: “Heidi.” When young Heidi is orphaned, she’s sent to the mountains to live with her stern grandfather and gradually warms his heart with her charm. But on her eighth birthday, she is taken away by her conniving aunt to serve as a disabled girl’s companion. Cast: Shirley Temple, Jean Hershold, Arthur Treacher 1937, G, 88 minutes.

Dec. 26: “Meet Me In St. Louis” and hot chocolate. A musical masterpiece about the trials and tribulations of a tight-knit family living in St. Louis on the eve of the 1904 World’s Fair. Songs include “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” “The Trolley Song,”. One of the greatest American musicals ever filmed. Cast: Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor. 1944, NR, 113 minutes.

Dec. 28: “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Loving but irresponsible dad, estranged from his exasperated spouse, is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. When Daniel learns his ex needs a housekeeper, he gets the job — disguised as an English nanny. Soon he becomes not only his children’s best pal but the kind of parent he should have been from the start. Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan. 1993, PG-13, 125 minutes.

SENIOR CENTER HOLIDAY SCHEDULES:

Dec. 22: Closes at noon.

Dec. 25: Closed Christmas Day

Happy Holidays to all! Health and happiness for the New Year!

SENIOR CENTER SNOW POLICY

If Watertown public schools are cancelled for inclement weather, all Senior Center programs, and shopping bus runs, are cancelled. If school opening is delayed, the morning shopping bus run is cancelled, and Senior Center programs may be cancelled at the instructor’s discretion, so call before coming over: 617-972-6490.

Staff members will be available during regular business hours. School cancellation information is broadcast on local cable, radio and network TV.

Remember, safety is your first priority. Use your own good judgment to decide if you should go out in bad weather.

Questions? Call the Senior Center at 617-972-6490.

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW!

Have the Watertown Senior News emailed to your home computer every month by going to the Town website: http://watertown-ma.gov and 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!

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