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JULY

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Mindfulness Meditation

Thursday, 2-3pm, free

Every Thursday with Sharon 2:00-2:40 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.

Visit Elm Bank/Mass Horticultural Gardens by borrowing the Natick Community-Senior Center member card. Each pass admits 2 for the day.
Reserve the pass online at Community Pass for the date you wish to visit. The pass may be borrowed between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. You may pick up the pass at the Center about 15 minutes before your visit and return the pass directly after your visit.
The pass will also be available to borrow for weekends (Gardens open 10am-7pm daily) with a pick-up time from the Center on Friday between 1:00-2:00 pm and must be returned to the Center Monday morning between 9:00- 9:30am. If there is a Monday holiday, then the pass must be returned the next day 9:00-9:30am.  If you need assistance reserving the pass, please call the center 508-647-6540.
Sponsored by Whitney Place Assisted Living and Memory Care at Natick.

Walking Group at Elm Bank

Tuesday, 9:30-10:30am, free

Meet us at the Elm Bank/Mass Hort Visitor’s Center parking lot for our weekly walk around the loop road and maybe even down the Charles River trail. This casual walk is a great way to start the day, meeting new people, getting outside and moving! Please wear sneakers/walking shoes, and any other outdoor stuff you need (ie. sunscreen, hat, water, bug spray etc). Goes rain or shine. 

JULY MOVIES

Fast-Forward- PBS Documentary

Soul

Bull Durham or A League of Their Own

News of the World

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

BFL History Bookgroup with Bacon Free Library and Natick Historical Society-Zoom Program

Thursday, July 8, 11am-noon, free, register e-mail [email protected]

All are welcome to join this casual group discussing works of fiction and non-fiction. Our book read for this session is Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their epic quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (NF). 

Shifting Gears & REAL ID - - Zoom Program

Wednesday July 14, 1:30-2:30pm, free. Registration required through Community Pass or call the center, 508-647-6540. 

Join MASS DOT presenter, Michele Elicks for tips on how to be a better driver, looking at frequent causes of collisions for older drivers, the warning signs of unsafe driving and medical conditions or medications that may affect your driving. She will also review obtaining a disabled plate or placard and Real ID--the required ID for air travel beginning this fall!

Powerful Tools For Caregivers Course

Powerful Tools for Caregivers helps caregivers learn to take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative.  This six-week class series will give you the tools to:

Reduce caregiver stress

Improve self-confidence in caregiving

Manage time, set goals and problem solve

Better communicate your feelings

Make tough caregiving decisions

Locate helpful resources

Classes will be held virtually via Zoom every Wednesday, for six weeks, beginning on August 25, 10:30am - noon. If you are planning to attend the program or would like to learn more about it, please plan to attend a pre-program Zoom information session on Wednesday, July 21, 10:30am or Wednesday, August 4, 10:30am. 

To register for the information session and/or program, please call the Natick Community-Senior at 508-647-6540.  Registration is required and space is limited.

If you have any questions or are unable to attend the information session but would like additional information, please contact Karen Edwards at [email protected] or call 508-647-6540 and ask for Debbie or Karen.

The program is offered free of charge and is made possible in part by funding from the Older Americans Act, as granted by BayPath Elder Services, Inc.

AARP Brain Health- - Zoom Program

Monday, July 26, 1:30-2:30pm, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.

It’s never too late to take charge of your brain health! In this interactive session, you will learn about supporting a brain-healthy lifestyle, practice brain-boosting activities and be inspired by others. Join us for this fun and informative session!

Meet-Up at Butterfly Place, Westford, MA 

Wednesday, July 28, 1:00-2:30pm, $7 fee. 

Meet Up with us at the indoor aviary at The Butterfly Place, 120 Tyngsboro Road

Westford, MA, (978) 392-0955.  See New England butterflies and tropical species from all over the world. Walk along a winding pathway. Observe butterflies sipping from flowers, basking in the sunshine and flying freely in a natural habitat. Enjoy our koi fish and quail birds, which live among the butterflies. Visit the “show and tell bench” where a staff member is always available to answer your questions and help make your visit fun. See eggs, caterpillars or other interesting creatures up close.

This is about a 45’ drive from Natick, free parking on site. 

AUGUST

ONGOING PROGRAMS


NO Mindfulness Meditation for the month of August.


Visit Elm Bank/Mass Horticultural Gardens by borrowing the Natick Community-Senior Center member card. Each pass admits 2 for the day.
Reserve the pass online at Community Pass for the date you wish to visit. The pass may be borrowed between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. You may pick up the pass at the Center about 15 minutes before your visit and return the pass directly after your visit.
The pass will also be available to borrow for weekends (Gardens open 10am-7pm daily) with a pick-up time from the Center on Friday between 1:00-2:00 pm and must be returned to the Center Monday morning between 9:00- 9:30am. If there is a Monday holiday, then the pass must be returned the next day 9:00-9:30am.  If you need assistance reserving the pass, please call the center 508-647-6540.
Sponsored by Whitney Place Assisted Living and Memory Care at Natick.

Walking Group at Elm Bank

Tuesday, 9:30-10:30am, free

Meet us at the Elm Bank/Mass Hort Visitor’s Center parking lot for our weekly walk around the loop road and maybe even down the Charles River trail. This casual walk is agreat way to start the day, meeting new people, getting outside and moving! Please wear sneakers/walking shoes, and any other outdoor stuff you need (ie. sunscreen, hat, water, bug spray etc). Goes rain or shine. 

AUGUST MOVIES

The Dig

Minari

My Fair Lady

Crip Camp


AARP Prepare to Care- - Zoom Program

Tuesday, August 10, 1:30-2:30pm, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.

No matter where you are in the journey of family caregiving - just beginning to anticipate a need, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member full-time - having a good framework will help guide both you and your loved ones to make care-giving easier. We’ll share tips, advice and resources.

BFL History Bookgroup with Bacon Free Library and Natick Historical Society-Zoom Program

Thursday, August 12, 11am-noon, free, register e-mail [email protected]

All are welcome to join this casual group discussing works of fiction and non-fiction. Our book read for this session is Isaac’s Storm: A man, a time, and the deadliest hurricane in history by Erik Larson (NF).

Tips for a Better Sleep- Zoom Program

Monday, August 16, 1:30-2:30pm, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.

Join Robb Webb, Sleep Lab Manager, MetroWest Sleep Disorders Center, MetroWest Medical Center. Do you chronically have trouble getting a good night’s rest? Do you wake up feeling un-refreshed? An estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorders. Join Robb as he talks about the causes of sleep difficulties, treatments/procedures, and how to identify them- helping you get back on track with a healthier life! Better sleep is a healthier YOU.

Art Matters- Ancient Civilizations Art and Culture

Thursday, August 19, 11:00am-noon, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.

Please join us to examine art from the four great ancient civilizations; Mesopotamia (present day Iraq), Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire. Each culture in turn contributed to the foundation of our own civilization. From these great cultures, we get writing, government, law & order, institutionalized religion, advanced culture, and the spread of information and ideas. Each civilization developed new and greater achievements, adding to the quality of life for all humankind. Sponsored by Riverbend of South Natick. Providing Exceptional Short-Term Rehab & Skilled Nursing Care under CDC Guidelines, www.rehabassociates.com/riverbend.

Karen’s Bookgroup

Friday, August 20, 1:00 pm, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.

Join Karen Mallozzi, volunteer host and book reader for this casual book group discussing a book that Karen has read and liked. The book pick is The Paris Library by Janet S. Charles; Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together. (Excerpted from Amazon books review.)

Fire Safety in Your Home- Zoom Program

Monday August 23, 1:30-2:30pm, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.

Join Kenneth Doucette, Director of Community Affairs, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office as he reviews common fire safety precautions you should take at home and he will demo the Hazard Kitchen Educational Prop which has received accolades from the Mass Department of Fire Services.

Watching Out for Scams- - Zoom Program

Wednesday, August 25, 1:30-2:30pm, free, register thru Community Pass or call the center 508-647-6540.

Join, Ken Douette from Sheriff Koutoujian, Middlesex Sheriff’s Office in an update on scams to Senior Citizens. There are so many new scams happening during this uncertain time and you should be aware of all these techniques and tricks that scammers will try to use on you. Learn how to protect yourself!  

COMING UP

 IN SEPTEMBER


Art Matters- Women Artists- Parts 1 & 2

Thursday, September 16, 11am-noon

Thursday, October 21, 11am-noon

Sponsored by Avenu, Natick

Women artists, capable of the art of creation as well as the creation of art, have historically proved threatening to the dominant male establishment. There are many examples of how she has flourished and failed, been celebrated or crushed, but in almost every instance, needing to be better than their male competitors to be taken seriously. Join us for a look and a discussion about the women who have defied convention to make art from the Renaissance through the 19th century. Part I features women artists up to 20th Century and Part II covers women artists of the 20th Century.