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The mission of the Department of Senior Services is to optimize quality of life for older adults and those who support them through welcoming, respectful and meaningful opportunities that engage and value older people, and empower them to remain independent and to be important assets in our community.

Newton Senior Center
345 Walnut Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
Main number: 617-796-1660

Special Upcoming Events at the Newton Senior Center

Vietnam Today: through a Veteran’s Eyes Tuesday, Sept 8th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Join us for a talk by Donald Liberte, a Vietnam War Veteran who returned to Vietnam recently and took fascinating photos of his experience. Learn about the history of Vietnam and conflicts between other countries, his experience coming back after war, and a video/ slideshow of going back to visit. Donald was a member of the 69th Combat Engineers in Vietnam and he is the current Treasurer of American Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 51. Register with the Front Desk by calling 617-796- 1660. Free, thanks to The Falls at Cordingly Dam in Newton (Benchmark Senior Living).

Ventriloquist/Musician Brian Tiernan Performance Wednesday, September 9th, 2:00 p.m. Do not miss this amazing show! Acclaimed ventriloquist Brian Tiernan’s show features musical hits from the 50’s and 60’s, and classic ventriloquism reminiscent of the great ventriloquists of the Golden Age of Radio and TV. Brian Tiernan has worked as an actor on the daytime dramas All My Children, One Life to Live, and in the Broadway show Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Register with the Front Desk at 617-796-1660. Free, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Waban Health Center.

Living and Aging in Newton Library Series Thursday, September 10th, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St. The Newton Department of Senior Services and the Newton Free Library cosponsor an Annual Library Series that features expert panelists on current topics. September’s theme is Lifelong Learning Options for Seniors in Newton. Featured experts are Ed Hauben of Newton Community Education, Avi Bernstein of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis, and Marvin Drake of Road Scholar.  Moderated by Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D.  Open to all and no registration required. For questions contact Ilana Levine at 617-796-1670.

AARP Smart Driver Program Friday, September 11th, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Newton Senior Center is proud to host the AARP Smart Driver Program. AARP has offered safety refresher courses since 1979 to more than 11 million graduates. The aim is for older drivers to better understand the updated technologies in new vehicles, provide a refresher on the rules of the road, and learn strategies to compensate for agerelated challenges in vision, hearing, or response time. There is no test to take and no actual driving, and a certificate of completion will be awarded to each participant. Please bring your lunch. Students must attend the entire class. Space is limited to 12 participants. Register with Ilana Levine at 617-796- 1670. $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Make check payable to AARP.

Broadway Seated Dance for Older Adults: Demo Class Friday, September 11th, 12:30-1:15 p.m. What if you could dance to your favorite stage and movie musicals from the comfort of your chair? Have a ball dancing (and singing along!) to show tunes from the 1930's-1960's including My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, The King and I, 42nd Street, Gypsy and more! We sprinkle in popular crooners like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby with The Andrew Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Motown and it's a dance party you'll never forget! Led by Phyllis Rittner, Trained Dancer and Performer and Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor. Register with the Front Desk at 617-796-1660. Free.

Upcoming Day Trips

Fruitlands Museum Thursday, September 17th Depart 8:45 a.m. return 3:30 p.m. $55 (lunch included) or $35 (lunch on your own) Deadline to register is September 10th We will explore the Fruitlands Museum, founded in 1914 by Clara Endicott Sears. The Fruitlands takes its name from an experimental Utopian Community led by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane which took place on this site in 1843. After a guided tour of the exhibits on the Fruitlands campus, we will enjoy a catered lunch overlooking the absolutely spectacular grounds of the Nashoba Valley! Included: Guided docent tour of museum, transportation to and from the museums via coach bus, driver’s tip, and optional lunch cooked by chefs at Gibbet Hill Grill.

Castle in the Clouds and Hart’s Turkey Farm Thursday, October 1st Depart at 8:00 a.m. return 5:30 p.m. $78 per person (lunch is included) Deadline to register is September 17th; 40 people required for this trip to run We will make our way north with Silver Fox Tours for a delightful day amidst the scenic fall splendor of New Hampshire. This is the perfect time to view the fall foliage! We will have a full course luncheon at Hart’s Turkey Farm. After lunch, we will enjoy the beauty of the Lakes Region, touring the estate of eccentric millionaire Thomas Plant’s Castle in the Clouds. This magnificent 5200 acre estate commands a panoramic view of Lake Winnipeaukee and the surrounding mountains, meadows, and streams. The Castle is a truly unique experience! Included: Guided tour of Castle in the Clouds, transportation to and from the museums via coach bus, driver’s tip, and full lunch at Hart’s Turkey Farm.

Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Thursday, November 12th Depart at 9:15 a.m., return 6:15 p.m. $78 per person (lunch is included) Deadline to register is October 22nd We will head to the Newport Playhouse for an extensive and hearty buffet which includes BBQ chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, a salad bar, a full dessert table, and much more. After our delicious lunch, we will stroll to the intimate theatre for a performance of “Remember Me?” a play about what happens to a marriage when an old boyfriend shows up. After the play, we will be treated to a delightful and fun-filled musical cabaret! Included: Reserved seats to the performance and cabaret, transportation to and from the Playhouse via coach bus, driver’s tip, and a full buffet lunch.

Program Updates

  • The Theatre Group that meets Mondays 10-1 is cancelled until Monday, September 21st.
  • September 2nd Zumba Gold is cancelled.
  • September 9th Zumba Gold is cancelled.
  • September 10th Alderman Danberg's Constituent Hour has been changed to 11:00 a.m.
  • September 14th Zumba Gold, Ageless Grace, Yoga: Chair, and Nia are cancelled.
  • September 17th The Newton Senior Center is a Primary Voting Location for the Newton elections and Beginner's Tai Chi, Tong Ren, Tai Chi, Yoga: Chair and Yoga: Mats are cancelled.
  • September 23rd Zumba Gold is cancelled.

Living and Aging in Newton: Now and In the Future

A needs assessment by the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, Gerontology Institute. Available here.

Helpful information

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Join us for lunch five days a week. Please view our newsletter to see the daily lunch menu.

Senior Citizen's Parking Sticker, July 2015 to June 2017
Newton residents, 65 years and older, are eligible for a Senior Parking Sticker that allows free parking in the City's municipal lots. Applicants must show license and registration with a Newton address or a copy of the lease agreement for personal leased cars. Stickers are $6.00, and are good until June 30, 2017. Stickers are good at 1, 2, and 3 hour meters in all city lots, but never on the street! Stickers are available at the Newton Senior Center between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Please click
here for information about the Senior Citizen's Parking Sticker.

Council on Aging
The Council on Aging (COA) is a group of interested volunteers, appointed by the mayor, to serve the needs of and improve the quality of life for all Newton Seniors focusing on advocacy education, outreach, and legislation. The Council on Aging is composed of 9 commissioners and 29 Advisory Board members. Among the members are citizens and service providers. They support the work and mission of the other components of the department as well as act as citizen advocates. Reach the COA through Department Head, Jayne Colino, at 617-796-1671 or email

Durable Medical Equipment
Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower chairs, commodes. Please contact Alice Bailey, Executive Adminstrator, at 617-796-1664 or Please call in advance to donate, pick-up or drop-off equipment.

Contractor Referral List
For a list of pre-screened contractors, plumbers, electricians, handymen, etc. please call Alice Bailey, Executive Administrator, at 617-796-1664 or