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Register now for fall bridge classes!

Intermediate bridge play of the hand- in person     

Six session class on: Monday, September 12, 19 and October 3, 17, 24, 31; $120.00pp due upon registration, 10:00am-noon. Come by the center to register 117 East Central St or online at Community Pass. 

Join bridge teacher Anand Lele, who has been teaching bridge for 32 years, ACBL accredited and certified. Join other intermediate bridge players to learn the various techniques associated with the “ Play of Hands”. Each session includes instruction followed by supervised bidding and play of prearranged hands, with emphasis on improving your thinking at the table. Working knowledge of basic bidding is recommended. Comprehensive and easy to understand handouts will be distributed.

Evening- bridge for beginners- in person

7 weeks, Tuesday, September 13, 20, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1 (no class on September 27); $99.00pp; 6:30-8:30 pm. Come by the center to register 117 East Central St or online at Community Pass. Please purchase Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction by Audrey Grant before the class begins. This will be our textbook.

If you have always wondered what bridge is about – or used to play it a long time ago but need a refresher – this class is for you! Bridge is a card game enjoyed by millions of people around the world. This course will provide you with all the basics so you can begin playing and enjoying the game. Bridge will provide you with a lifetime of learning, fun and friendship. 

Instructor: Rita Vachani, a Bronze Life Master and a Board Member of the ACBL Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association.

Borrow our member passes!

Passes must be reserved in advance by calling our Center at 508-647-6540 x1908 between 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Monday-Thursday and 9:00 am-2:00 pm on Friday. 

Massachusetts Horticultural Gardens At Elm Bank 

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm; Friday-Sunday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Gardens close for the season October 31.

Our pass admits two people and may be picked up from the Center between 9:00-9:30 am the day of your visit. 

The pass must be returned the same day of your visit before 4:00 pm on Monday-Thursday and before 1:00 pm on Friday. 

Our pass is available to borrow on Monday-Friday (not on weekends). 

Sponsored by Whitney Place Assisted Living and Memory Care at Natick.

Tower Hill Botanic Gardens

11 French Drive, Boylston

Open year-round, 7 days a week, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

We have six available admissions per day. 

The pass may be reserved in person or by phone 508-647-6540 and can be picked up at the Center or emailed to you.

 Mindfulness Meditation- Zoom & In Person

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.

 Tuesday Walking Group

September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 11, 18, 25, free, 9:30- 10:30 am

Meet us at the Elm Bank/Mass Hort Visitor’s Center parking lot for our weekly walk around the loop road. This casual walk is a great way to start the day, meet new people, get outside and moving! Please wear sneakers/walking shoes, and any other outdoor stuff you need. Goes rain or shine. Meet in the Visitor’s Parking Lot outside the entrance to the gardens, 900 Washington St.

 Beeyonder Virtual Travel to Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina- ZOOM

Thursday, September 1, 2:00-3:00pm, free, call to register 508-647-6540

Come and enjoy the beauties of the End of the World from the comfort of your home.

During this tour to one of the most southernmost national parks of the World, you will discover the incredible nature and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego, as well as the history of the Famous Beagle Channel discovered by Fitz Roy back in the mid-1800s. Some of the areas we will visit include a famous Post office and the end of the Pan American highway. Questions welcome during our travel. Zoom Link will be sent out a week in advance. 

Mondays At A Museum- Zoom

Mondays from 3:00-4:00 pm, free. Call to register 508-647-6540

We visit museums all over the world and view artwork with commentary by artists, docents, curators and others.

September 12- Matisse Red Studio and Homer Crosscurrents exhibits

September 19-Van Gogh in the Olive Groves: Impressions of Provence

September 26- Egyptian Sculpture from the British Museum

Walking Group At Elm Bank- In Person

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

September 6, 13, 20, 27 & October 4, 11, 18, 25

Meet us at the Elm Bank/Mass Hort Visitor’s Center parking lot for our weekly walk around the loop road. This casual walk is a great way to start the day, meet new people, get 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. Meet in the Visitor’s Parking Lot outside the entrance to the gardens, 900 Washington St.

Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion And Evolving Views On Race- Zoom

Wednesday, September 7, 1:30-2:30, free, call to register 508-647-6540

Norman Rockwell is heralded for depicting and defining American life. He often captured bittersweet images of people experiencing universal and relatable feelings of being left out or left behind. Yet, as an artist working in the 20th century, his works are curiously devoid of America’s rich cultural and racial diversity. Toward the end of his career, Rockwell painted several poignant works about race in America that can be seen as an extension of his earlier sense of the power of inclusion and exclusion. This is a presentation from Culturally Curious, hosted by Jane Oneail, with a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. She has taught at Southern NHU, was Executive Director at the Currier Museum of Art. Thank you to Whitney Place, Assisted Living and Memory Care, Natick for sponsoring this program.

Bfl History Book Group- Zoom

Thursday, September 8, 11:00am-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 Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O’Farrell (Fic).

Sort Your Treasures And Sell Your House- In Person

Monday, September 12, 1:30-2:30pm, free, call to register 508-647-6540

Join Daryl Lippman, Realtor, and Ann Newberry from Smooth Transitions, for some helpful advice and strategies on decluttering and how to have a seamless transition to preparing and selling your home.

Creatures Of The Night- In Person And Zoom

Tuesday, September 13, 1:30-2:30pm. free, call to register 508-647-6540

Nature talk with Joy Marzolf.  From bats to fireflies, frogs and more, learn about the animals that come out in our neighborhoods at night. Many of these animals include important predators, such as bats, frogs and owls, and help us unseen under the cover of darkness. Some of these animals, such as fireflies, are also under threat. Learn what you can do to help these amazing creatures of the night!

Pranayama- Yogic Breathing- In Person

Wednesday, September 14, 10:30-noon, free, call to sign up 508-647-6540

Experience pranayama, the art and science of yogic breathing. Pranayama’s health benefits include reduced anxiety, lower blood pressure, increased energy, muscle relaxation, improved concentration, and more. Join Anjana Bhargava, an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, has bachelor’s degree in Science and Mathematics and master’s degree in Electronics. Note: This is best done on an empty stomach.

Meetup At Drumlin Farm, Audubon, Lincoln

Thursday, September 15, 10:00 am, free, self-guided, registration required, call 508-647-6540

Meet us at this working Audubon run farm, 208 S. Great Rd., Lincoln, MA for an hour-long visit (or more if you like). Our self-guided walk features a visit with farm animals including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows in the farmyard. We’ll also observe resident owls, hawks, and a fox in their native wildlife exhibits. Optional: meet up at 11:30 for lunch at Verrill Farm at 11 Wheeler Rd., Concord, (a five minute drive away) with outdoor and inside seating. Shop the gift area, purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and enjoy lunch! 

 Harvey Leonard Talk- In Person

Wednesday, September 21, free, 1:30-2:30 pm, call to sign up 508-647-6540

Join recently retired meteorologist Harvey Leonard as he shares his experiences as an award-winning Chief Meteorologist for WCVB TV over the past 50 years reporting on extreme weather events, climate change impacts and the many people he met and worked with along the way.  He has received numerous awards throughout his career including four New England Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in television weather casting, induction into the NATAS Silver Circle in 2004 and the prestigious NATAS Governors’ Award in 2016. In 2018, Leonard was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and in 2019 he was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. Q&A to follow.

 Sharing Your Genealogical Research- In Person & Zoom

Tuesday, September 27, 1:30-2:30, free, call to sign up 508-647-6540

Join Genealogist, Seema Kenney on the various ways you can share your genealogical research. From creating a gift book, sharing written documents, photos and more. Great for ideas on gifts for the holidays!

 Natick’s Rail Trail- In Person 

Tuesday, September 27, 7:00-8:00pm, free, call to sign up 508-647-6540

The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a 3.5 mile paved trail in Natick and Framingham, providing an accessible, enjoyable path for recreation and transportation along a corridor that was used for freight trains ran for more than 150 years. Come learn about the history of the CRT project, and future extensions and connections, at a presentation by Josh Ostroff, Chair of the Natick Cochituate Rail Trail Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of the Friends of Natick Trails. In addition, Josh will lead a tour of the trail on Saturday, September 24, 2022 starting at noon (rain date Sunday, September 25). Plan to meet at the end of Mechanic Street, where parking for the CRT will be available. 

Elder Law Updates With Tim Loff- In Person

Wednesday, September 28, 1:30-2:30pm, free, call to sign up 508-647-6540

Join Elder Law Attorney Timothy Loff in this overview of important updates and changes for 2022 on many legal issues important to seniors. Big changes in the area of Estate Recovery for MassHealth benefits, and continuing developments involving Life Estates and Irrevocable Trusts will be among the issues discussed.  General questions are welcome. Bring yourself up to date!