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Bedford Council on Aging
September 2018 Announcements
Date: Mondays in September
This popular program teaches a variety of line dances to participants. Your instructor, Maria Devenney, demonstrates movements and the class carries out the dance moves to music. The class is free but a donation to the teacher is encouraged!
Date: Tuesdays in September
Beginner Scottish Dancing
Scottish Country Dancing, a form of folk and formal dancing similar to Square and Contra dancing, is taught in Scotland and around the world. Heather Day, certified SCD teacher, will teach a modified form, less strenuous but providing great physical and mental exercise. Wear comfortable clothing (kilt optional) and flat, soft-soled shoes. Come and have fun for this free class, or just come to watch. Note: Participants should be able to walk at a normal pace and follow directions.
Date: Saturdays in September
Tech Support with Kai
Have questions or need help with your phone, internet, IPad or computer? Kai Holland will be at the COA on Saturdays in August from 10:00 - 11:00 AM to assist any senior having issues or questions with technology. Be sure to take advantage of Kai’s expansive knowledge and get all your technology problems solved here at the COA!
Date: Tuesday, September 11
Enjoy Pizza & Trivia with the Friends of the COA
Come and join the Friends of the Bedford COA for their September meeting while dining on pizza and playing trivia on Tuesday, September 11th at 1:00 PM. Please register in advance by Sept 7th.
Date: Wednesday, September 12
Herman Melville: Sailing Towards My Father
"Sailing Towards My Father" is a one-man show about Herman Melville, the 19th Century writer best known for his Whaling epic Moby-Dick, presented by Stephen Collins. The show explores his complex relationships with family, God and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Sign up is encouraged! Refreshments will be provided!
Date: Wednesday, September 12
The group, Replanting Lives uprooted by mental illness/ brain disorders for caregivers and family members is moving to the COA! "Replanting Lives support sessions are skills based sessions made up of 90-minute segments conducted by a Master's level Certified Family Life Educator and a Mental Health Specialist. It offers family members effective tools and educational resources to manage the changes in the family since a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness/brain disorder. Please contact the COA to be added to these session
Date: Tuesday, September 18
Breakfast & Bingo
Brightview is back at the COA! Come play for a chance to win some GREAT prizes! Breakfast and prizes will be provided by Brightview Concord River. Please sign up by calling (781) 275-6825.
Date: Wednesday, September 19
National Parks of Northern California
Join Carol and Ron Reynolds as they travel through the magnificent national parks of Northern California! We'll start our journey in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and then it’s on to Yosemite and the Tioga Pass Road. We'll travel north to Lassen Volcano National Park and cross into Oregon to visit Carter Lake. We'll finish our trip wandering through the awe inspiring trees of the Redwood National and State Parks.
Date: Thursday, September 20
Beginning Thursday, September 20, for 6 weeks 10 to noon. Just $35! Please join Susan Funk as we explore, re-explore, and/or further our exploration of portraits. This class is for any student looking to work on personal skills in rendering a human face. Using whatever medium you choose, from any personal photos or images I bring to class, we will discuss the “how to’s” of observing, measuring and shading a beloved grandchild, handsome stranger or relative’s image. We always work in a very relaxed atmosphere, so if you love to produce art, please come! Veteran artists as well as newly minted artists are always welcome. Supplies to bring: Sketch book, #2 pencils and erasers, Colored pencils or any medium that you would like to work in, Images that you would like to draw from. Call the COA to sign up.
Date: Friday, September 21
An Afternoon of Music, Laughter, and Stories of Uplift-ment
Come spend an afternoon with Award-Winning Author and Singer/Songwriter Anna Huckabee Tull, a resident of Concord (who, interestingly, spent part of last year walking every street in Concord), as she shares insights from her new book, Living the Deeper YES, and sings songs from her accompanying album, The Days of Your Opening. Anna has put together a program of music, laughter, and storytelling, with a focus on upliftment, possibility, and coming alive to the world all around and within you. She spent a part of her college years traveling the world and studying how different cultures work to make vibrant lives for community elders. Bring a friend and plan on leaving feeling lighter! Please call the COA to reserve your spot.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Bedford Day at the COA
Attendees of the Health Screenings from the Bedford Health Department under the tent at Bedford Day are welcome to enjoy a complimentary juice bar inside the COA, beginning at 9 AM! Beginning at 11:30 AM, everyone is welcome to bring in your lunch and have a glass of punch. We hope you will take advantage of our air conditioned space, enjoy a refreshing drink and learn all about the amazing programs we offer here at the COA!
Date: Monday, September 24
Part 1: Understanding Basic Estate Planning Terms and Documentation
Dale Tamburro Returns! Please sign-up for this lecture so we know you are coming. He will also offer (free of charge) three individual 45 min. appointments beginning at 9:30AM. Information to be covered in this seminar: The Estate Documents 90% of us Need Organizing Paperwork…just in case Estate Planning Terminology How are your Assets Owned? Good or Bad? What is Probate and why you don’t want it. How to Avoid Probate if you become Disabled- -or if you Die The ABC’s of a Revocable Living Trust Basics to Protect Your Home if you need Long Term Care or Nursing Home IF WE HAVE TIME: The Top Five Misconceptions related to Estate and Long Term Care Planning Please call the COA at 781-275-6825 to schedule your appointment or for more info!
Date: Tuesday, September 25
Time: 12 Noon
Newbury Court Lunch
Welcome Fall and come for lunch catered by Newbury Court Retirement Community, Concord. Limit of 40 participants so make sure you sign up.
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Reading is for Everyone
Gayle Yarnall will demonstrate the free, easy to use digital player and explain how all these services can be delivered to your home at no cost. Now you have a library that will deliver books, magazines and movies directly to your door. All this in a format that is accessible to anyone who can’t read print or hold a book. If you are an IPhone user or IPad user there is an app for downloading books directly from the library web site to your phone. If you cannot see well enough to recognize the denomination of US currency, we can give you information on how to receive a free currency identifier. If you did not know that a person with a visual impairment can use an IPhone or IPad, we can show you how that can be done. Applications will be available during the presentation. We can even help fill them out! You could have a player and books arriving at your door in days. Please call the COA to reserve your spot.
Date: Friday, September 28
Trip to the International World War Museum & Lunch at the Villa Restaurant
We will visit The International Museum of World War II in Natick featuring a new exhibition exploring the role of “Women in World War II”. “On the Home Fronts and the Battlefronts” highlights women in every major combatant nation and the vital contributions they made. This unprecedented exhibition will feature more than 100 artifacts illuminating the diversity of roles women served and illustrating their profound impact on the war effort. After visiting the museum we will have lunch at the Villa in Wayland. Departing from the parking lot next to Town Hall at 8:45am we expect to arrive back in Bedford around 2:30pm. Cost of the trip including transportation, lunch and tour of the museum is $70.00. Please call the COA to reserve your spot.