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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Newton, MA - The Newton Senior Center

Newton, MA - Seniors: The Newton Senior Center
Welcome!Newton Senior Center

Our mission is to serve as a place for older adults in the community and to create an environment that validates the changing needs and interests of individuals in Newton. We are a nationally accredited senior center where people gather in an atmosphere that promotes and utilizes life experiences. The Newton Senior Center programs and services are designed for those 50 years old to 100+


Our Programs

Ongoing programs below. For a current listing of one-time events, presentations and talks, please see page 3-4 in our newsletter or see our calendar. For more information on the meal program, please visit Let's Eat.


Zumba Gold, Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
Join a certified instructor for an exciting and energizing workout. A donation of $2 is suggested.

Tai Chi, Mondays 8:45 - 9:45 a.m., Thursdays, 11:45 - 12:45 p.m.
It is through the generosity of the Newton/ Wellesley hospital and the Rotary Club, each a partial sponsor, that we can provide this program. A donation of $3 per class is suggested to cover the remaining costs.
Tong Ren, Thursdays, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Learn about the ancient Eastern pursuit of wellness through power of positive thought. A donation of $2 is suggested.
Beyond Balance, Mondays, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m., Wednesdays, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Whole body workout focuses on building core strength. Pre-register/pre-pay $50 for 8 weeks for either Monday or Wednesday. Try out the class to see if you like it! Drop-in only $10. Want to participate but need more flexibility? Purchase a punch card allowing you attendance at either day.
Yoga (chair), Mondays, 2:00 p.m., Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.
Gentle yoga for all ages and fitness levels. A donation of $2 is suggested.

Yoga (mats), Thursdays, 2:00 p.m.
Mats provided for this calming hour of stretching, breathing and balancing. A donation of $2 is suggested.
Aerobics, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m.
Certified teacher leads class. Individuals modify exercise to their own needs. A donation of $2 is suggested.
Muscle Conditioning, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Certified teacher leads class. Individuals modify exercise to their own needs. A donation of $2 is suggested.

Health & Nutrition Services and Support

Lunch, Monday - Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Pre-register by 11:00 the previous day (for Monday pre-register by 11:00 Friday). Suggested donation, $1.75. Punch cards available in the office.
Health Clinic, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Nurses from the Newton Health Department see individuals on a first-come, drop-in, basis to take blood pressure.
SHINE: Serving Health Information Needs of Elders
A trained representative sees individuals by appointment to assist with health insurance questions. To make an appointment call 617-796-1660.
Legal Consultation, First Friday of the month, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Law students from Boston College Law School will see individuals by appointment, under the supervision of a law professor. Call 617-796-1660 for appointment. No appointments in January.
Social Services
Call Kathy Laufer, LICSW or Outreach Worker, Christie Rexford, for social service assistance. Concrete services, case management services and clinical services available. Call 617-796-1673 for appointment.
Social Work Group, Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Topics changes periodically. This group is led by our Social Worker Intern, Bri Doughty. See newsletter for details.
Low-Vision Group, first Monday of each month (unless it is a holiday, then moves ahead one week), 10:00 a.m.
This is a support group for those with vision impairments. Information, friendship and sharing. Brought to the Center by the Vision Foundation and Massachusetts Association for the Blind. Group suspends meetings for January and February.


NewsTalk, Mondays 10:00 a.m.
Lively current events discussion led by former educator. All are welcome.
Short Story Discussion Group, Last Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
Ditta Lowy as she leads a monthly short story discussion group. Upcoming stories available from receptionist 2 weeks in advance of meeting.
Spanish Classes
Beginner Spanish Class- Mondays, 9:00- 10:30a.m. $2 suggested donation.
Intermediate Spanish I- Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00a.m. $2 suggested donation
Intermediate Spanish II- Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30a.m. $2 suggested donation

Beginning French, Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Challenge your mind and learn a new language! Volunteer Ilse Garfunkel teaches this course for beginners. All are welcome.

French Salon (Conversation), Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.
Group gathers to speak in French about a variety of subjects. All are welcome.

Mandarin Chinese Conversation Group, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Speak Mandarin Chinese or learn a bit about the language. All are welcome.

Current Events, Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.
Join fellow community members and join in current events discussions. All are welcome.
Computer and iPad Classes, Schedule set individually for each student. Session is 6-weeks. $50. (Classes held in computer rooms.). For more information or to register, please call Molly at 617-796-1670 or email.
Book Talk, Second Monday of the month, 2:30 p.m.
The Newton Free Library presents a program at the Senior Center that reviews books of interest. All are welcome.
Book Club, Third Friday of each month, 10:30 a.m.
The Newton Senior Center Book Club meets to discuss a book previously chosen. The book is listed in the prior month’s newsletter. All are welcome.


Newton Swing Band, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Musicians gather to form band. Musicians welcome to join. They practice each week and do gigs around the city. All welcome to sit in listen.
Newton Senior Center Chamber Music Ensemble, Wednesdays, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Chamber Music suspended from June through August. Resumes September. Bring your instrument and join in or pull up a chair and just listen!
Lunchtime Piano, Every other Wednesday and every Friday, 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy live music and lunch with friends.

The Arts

Fine Arts Studio, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Artists gather to explore their creative sides in this supportive environment. Bring your own supplies. Local artist David Wenstrom is offering basic instruction and guidance.
Ceramics, Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Pre-register, pre-pay $50 per session for classes running 8-weeks. Teacher will teach technique, offer guidance and handle firing in the kiln. All materials available including raw clay. Purchase bisque-ware at cost.

Fused Glass Class,
Tuesday, March 5 and March 26, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  $20 donation per class.
Local artist Suzi Wilder will lead this two hour class. Each participant will create a usable and decorative glass piece and learn techniques for working with fused glass and playing with color. Registration required; please contact Molly at 617-796-1670 or email.

Quilting, Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Learn this beautiful art form; all levels welcome. Material fees may be required.


Movie Matinee, Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy Oscar-winning movies: March Movies


Bridge lessons, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Lessons are offered at the Newton Senior, drop-in!

Canasta lessons,
Tuesdays, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., $35 donation for five weeks
Five week class, registration required. Please contact Molly at 617-796-1670.

Pool Cues, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This group is scheduled for drop-in billiards. There is a sign in sheet for order of play. Tournaments are set up a few times a year and those wishing to play may contact Harry Wentzell (volunteer) through the office.
Monday and Thursday Games, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Drop in to play Scrabble, Bridge, Mah Jongg or another game of your choosing.
Duplicate Bridge, Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:45 p.m.
Drop-in players seated in order of arrival for friendly Bridge.
Chess Nuts, Fridays, 1:00 p.m.
Friendly games of chess with a yearly tournament.
Poker, Fridays, 12:00 p.m.
Friendly game of poker; drop in!