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APRIL Mondays at a Museum – zoom program
free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
Join us on Monday, 11am-noon, as we preview video highlights from a range of Museums, free
April 5- Art in Gardens and parks- NYC Central Park, St James Park, London and NY Botanical Gardens
April 12-Frick Museum
April 19- Patriots Day - COA is closed
April 26- Manet, Bonnard, Vuillard and more
May/June Mindfulness Meditation- Zoom program
free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
Every Thursday with Sharon 1:00-1:40 pm. This meditation is audio only and participants are muted during the meditation portion. Everyone is welcome to join for some guided meditation, some quiet sitting and some reflection with Q & A and sharing.
Virtual History Bookgroup with Bacon Free Library/Natick Historical Society
Thursday, April 8, 11am-noon, free 
Join us for a discussion of historical fiction and nonfiction books. Our book pick is Purple Hibiscus​ by Chimanada Ngozie Adichie (fiction).  Sign up at https://baconfreelibrary.org/clubs-programs/
Forgotten Patriots: Little Known Heroes of the American Revolution- zoom program
Tuesday, April 13, 1:30-2:30, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
We are all familiar with the names Washington, Adams, Franklin, and Lafayette.  They were some of the important figures in our struggle for independence. Yet there were countless others whose deeds and sacrifices helped shape and win the Revolutionary War.  This lecture will look at some of those lesser known, or even forgotten, patriots. Join historian Paolo DiGregorio for this talk. Thank you to Whitney Place Assisted Living & Memory Care for their generous support of this and other programs at our Center.  Now open for Virtual Tours!  Call (508) 655-5000 to schedule yours today!
Meet Marth Washington-dramatization with Anne Barrett- zoom program
Wednesday, April 14, 1:30pm, free. register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
Meet the first First Lady, Martha Washington. Known for her genteel and quick-witted personality, she was devoted to her husband, as well as an outspoken and loyal patriot. This performance will include songs from the battlefields. Anne is an actress and singer who brings historical theatrical performances to communities across New England. 
Earth Day - zoom program
Thursday, April 22, 1:30pm, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
We’ll stream a talk given by environmental activist and founder of 350.org, Bill McKibben in 2019 about climate change, what we need to do and where we go from here. We’ll also hear from climate activist, Greta Thunberg and the CDC on How Climate Affects Communities.
Planning for Medicare- Countdown to 65- zoom program
Monday, April 26, 1:30-2:30pm, free. register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
Are you turning 65 soon? Then let us help you navigate signing up for Medicare! Whether you’re continuing to work & remaining on your current health care plan or retiring and wanting Medicare coverage, you will need to enroll. We will cover the following:
• Explanation of Medicare Parts A, B, and C
• Medicare enrollment timeline
• Medigap plans that help supplement Medicare coverage
• Medicare Advantage plans, such as HMOs and PPOs
• Medicare Part D prescription drug plans
• Plans and programs available to early retirees, such as COBRA
Mother’s Day Breakfast Goody Bag - Special Give-Away to pick up at Natick CSC
Wednesday, May 5 between 9:30am-11:30am, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
RSVP required, free, call Natick Community Senior Center to register 508-647-6540.  
Our traditional Mother’s Day breakfast will be a bit different this year, it’s Drive-Through! You are invited to enjoy a free bagged Panera continental breakfast including pastry, fruit cup and orange juice, plus a special surprise, provided by Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center here in Natick.  We’ll have 100 breakfasts ready to go for community seniors, in honor of Mother’s Day. Preregistration is required. Sponsored by Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center, Natick
Art Matters- Mother and Child- zoom program
Wednesday, May 5, 1:30 pm, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
The bond between mothers and their children is very special, very personal, and yet universal. This relationship transcends language, different cultures, great distances and time itself. We’ll look at a range of art and artists from ancient times to modern including Cassatt, Picasso, Raphael, Kahlo and many more. Come and celebrate Mother’s Day with this art appreciation!  All are welcome. Sponsored by Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center, Natick. 
Garden Tour at Elm Bank/Mass Hort – in person
Tuesday, May 25, 10:00am, rsvp required, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.
Garden Tour- limited to 15 participants. Meet at the main parking lot of Elm Bank, 900 Washington St, Wellesley. Join this lovely garden tour to admire shrubs, trees, flowers and learn about the history of this fascinating estate as well as horticultural plant identification and background stories. Highlights include the Bressingham Garden, Weezies garden for children (including pollinator plants), seed to table vegetable garden and the show stopping Italianate Garden by the Manor House. Some seats available throughout the gardens, but be prepared to stand and walk, wear comfortable shoes, hat etc. Bathrooms are available on-site. Allow 2 hours, but feel free to stop whenever. Rain Date will be Wednesday, May 26, 10:00am. Sponsored by Whitney Place Assisted Living Residences, Natick. 

NOTES:
Home Fit Tips (12’ video) 
Did you know that 89% of people 50 and older have told AARP that they want to remain in their homes for as long as possible?
The AARP HomeFit program was developed to educate older adults how to navigate all living spaces independently to allow them to remain in their own homes as they age. Participants receive information on how to easily evaluate their own home for “livability” should they themselves or one of their family members become unable to use stairs, or must rely on assistive devices. It is designed help individuals plan for independence, choice and dignity as they age.
AARP Massachusetts Executive Council member Ellie Meyer is an occupational therapist with 30 years experience covering a wide range of populations and settings.
Ellie has put together this useful video to help you stay safe at home during COVID-19. You’ll get tips to help you understand how homes can be designed and modified to help you get around independently in all of your living areas and how to make your home as safe as possible.
Author talks from NEHGS – zoom program
Monday 3/8, 1:30-2:30pm, free
1:06’ Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times” author talk by David S. Reynolds, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rabQgOxHWmQ 
3/22, 1:20’ Demagogue- The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, author talk NEHGS, https://forum-network.org/lectures/demagogue-life-and-long-shadow-senator-joe-mccarthy/
LINK for Social Security program 1 hour long: a little over an hour long- https://states.aarp.org/massachusetts/want-to-know-more-about-social-security-join-our-webinar-octob...
We’ll stream this ½ hour talk given by environmental activist and founder of 350.org in 2019 about climate change, what we need to do and where we go from here. Greta Thunberg’s TED talk 11’ from 2019
CDC 4’ you tube on How Climate Affects Communities

TBD- Bee Keeping for Bee-ginners- zoom program with NCOF 
Wednesday, April 29, 1:30-2:30pm, free
Join Heather Livingstone and Antonio Nissi from Natick Community Organic Farm to learn all about bees, the benefits they bring, how you can encourage these pollinators to flourish and how you might get going on establishing your own beehive(s). 
Earth Day Talk with Bill McKibben- zoom program
Thursday, April 22, 1:30pm, free, call Natick Community Senior Center to register 508-647-6540.  
We’ll stream this 24’ talk given by environmental activist and founder of 350.org in 2019 about climate change, what we need to do and where we go from here. 
CDC 4’ you tube on How Climate Affects Communities, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JywsWktvODc

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