ARE YOU NEW TO THE COA? TRY AN EXERCISE CLASS OF YOUR CHOICE AND GET A FEEL OF WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT.
On Tuesday, February 11 at 10:00am, the Low Vision Group. The group which meets monthly at the Center and facilitated by Social Worker, Cheryl Lavallee, gives people the opportunity to talk, share concerns and ideas as they navigate their way through life with low vision. Any loss that we experience is difficult to deal with, however, having the support of a group, educating oneself with information, empowers people to live a quality life with the challenges they face. If you or someone you know is experiencing any loss of vision, plan on attending the meeting on February 11 at 10:00.
Valentine’s Dance– Saturday, February 15, 2014 7pm-10pm. Enjoy an evening of music and dancing, with light refreshments and beverages compliments of FOSI. Ticket price is $12/pp.
St Patty’s Day Dinner– Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 5pm. Tony Filippelli and Dave Oppenheim will man the kitchen and prepare another fabulous boiled dinner. Enjoy the company of friends and the Everything’s Coming Up Irish” show by Mel Simons. Cost is $10 per person.
Foxwoods– Join the Medfield and Millis COA for a day at the Casino on Thursday, March 20. Enjoy a complimentary lunch buffet and $10 in slot play. The bus will leave Medfield at 8:30am and the cost is $24pp.
Newport Playhouse– Leave the Center Thursday, April 3 at 9am on a coach bus traveling to the scenic Ocean Drive to the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant for an extensive hearty buffet. Following lunch we will access the theatre for a performance of My Husband’s Wild Desires (Almost Drove Me Mad). The spark has fizzled for a man and his wife, so hubby tries to rekindle the fire, with the building superintendent, a nervous burglar and the result is a comedy gone amuck! Enjoy this trip for $79/per person. A great early spring day trip!
FOSI’s Annual Yard Sale– Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:00am-2:00pm. FOSI is the organization that supports the Council on Aging with fundraising activities. The annual sale is their biggest event of the year. It requires the help of many. In order to be successful again this year, we need people to donate, people to sort, people to price and people to shop. The winter months give us an opportunity to sort through “our stuff” that we no longer need or want, box it up and save it for our April sale. FOSI meets on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm at the Center and are always looking for members to help out with their mission.
Bermuda Cruise- Fourth annual cruise week May 23-May 30, 2014! It is getting deep into the season, but there are cabins available! If you are interested, stop in to the Center and speak with Roberta, a simple call can be made to book your reservation. You will be on your way to enjoy the benefits of traveling in a group, but yet the freedom to do as you please. Do not hesitate, do not wait, book today with the COA!
Block Island– Enjoy a day trip to Block Island on Thursday, June 26. The Fox bus will leave the Center at 8:30am for Point Judith, RI, where we will board a ferry for a one hour ride to Block Island. Once there we will enjoy a 1-1/4 hour tour across the island with a native Block Island guide, followed by a delicious luncheon at the National Hotel. There will be time to browse the shops and enjoy the elegance of the small town. We will return to Medfield approximately 7pm. Cost is $99/person.
Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise– Travel to beautiful New Hampshire Lakes Region for a narrated cruise, buffet luncheon and beautiful scenic sights on Lake Winnipesaukee on Thursday, July 24. The coach bus will leave the Center at 9:15am. Your cruise, lunch and visit to the Moulton Farm Market will make for a wonderful summer day trip. Cost is $74/person.
Enjoy The Era of the Crusades by Professor Kenneth W. Harl who details the “big picture” of the Crusades as an ongoing period of conflict involving Western Christendom (we would now call it Western Europe), the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world. From this perspective, you will study the complex but absorbing causes of the Crusades, which include the many political, cultural, and economic changes in Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.
In addition, Professor Harl presents the Crusades in terms of the specific military campaigns—the eight “canonical” Crusades that took place from 1095–1291—proclaimed to retake Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim hands and return them to Christendom. You will consider the immediate circumstances—the leaders, purposes, key battles, and degrees of success or failure—surrounding these often-monumental expeditions (they could number as many as 100,000 soldiers and religious pilgrims).
This course is an opportunity to appreciate fully how Western Civilization changed in many profound ways during the Crusading era. You will understand how the Byzantine Empire collapsed; how Western Europe began its rise to global political, economic, and cultural power; and how the Middle East became a majority Muslim world. Join us on Thursdays beginning February 13 at 2:15 (subsequent classes will be at 2:00pm) for this next interesting lecture series.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY On your birthday we wish you much pleasure and joy;
We hope all of your wishes come true.
May each hour and minute of your special day be shared with the staff of the COA! Enjoy your favorite Love Songs by Johnny Diamond following lunch.
Our monthly breakfast is on Tuesday, February 18 at 8:30am. Bill DeKing, Medfield EMT, will be here to answer questions about the services they provide, when to call an ambulance and what you might call for. Sign up today
The aging process provides us with many challenges and often we experience a variety of losses. With every day we have to make choices to do or not do many things. These choices may range from profound to trivial and each one has an effect that makes our lives more fulfilling or less fulfilling, more balanced or less balanced, that make our process of living more effective or less effective. Life coaching helps you learn how to make choices that create an effective, balanced and fulfilling life. Deborah A. Merriam, Ed.D. holds a master’s in counseling and a doctorate in behavioral studies. She is the founder of Medfield Counseling Associates and has been in practice since 1980. Dr. Merriam will be volunteering at the Center twice a month on Tuesdays, from 1-2:30pm. Free confidential sessions will be scheduled by calling 508-359-3665.
Appointments are being accepted for the tax program by calling 508-359-3665. This service is provided by AARP trained tax preparers and is intended for simple tax returns. It is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Please call the Center and schedule your appointment. The program runs on Wednesdays, February 5ththru April 9th, 9am-1pm. Once the appointment is made we will confirm the date and time by sending you a letter detailing what you need to bring to your appointment and the intake / interview form that you will need to fill out prior to your appointment. Medfield residents will be given priority for the first 6 weeks.