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Newton Senior Services

The Newton Senior Center


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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

Want to look at or order photos from the "Evening in Paris" Senior Prom? Photos are now on-line!


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MBTA Senior Charlie Card Event
Friday, May 22nd 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Save yourself the trip to Downtown Crossing! Applicants must be 65 (or turning 65 within two months); please bring a photo ID that includes a birthdate. We will take your picture and send it with the application to the MBTA. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your Senior Charlie Card to be mailed to you.

Life’s Joys and Sorrows: a poetry reading, appreciation, and writing workshop
Tuesdays, May 26th, June 2nd, June 9th, June 16th, and June 23rd 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Poetry is perceived by many as an esoteric and inaccessible art form. It doesn’t have to be that way! In this five-session workshop we will use poetry to reflect upon the joys and sorrows of life. No previous experience with poetry is required. Led by volunteer Marcia Felth. Free. Register with Ilana at 617-796-1670 or

Back to the 60's Party Friday, June 12th, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Outside the Newton Senior Center
Have fun with the Crossing Generations Club from Newton South High School. Tye Dye, board games, snacks and relaxed conversation with high school students. Come hang out with us as we take a ride back to the 60s!! RSVP to the Front Desk at 617-796-1660.

Language Classes Updates Mandarin Conversation is re-convening! Class begins Thursday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. Join William Yi Wei, founder & former leader of Harvard University's East Meets West Forum, and committee member of Newton's first Chinese Cultural Festival, for cultural exchange and language learning through conversation. Maria Arcese will now run the Beginner’s Spanish class, starting Monday, May 4th at 9:00 a.m. She is a former Newton Public School teacher and native of Colombia. Join her for language learning and cultural exchange.

Spring Fling 2015 Program Book

Summer Trips to Kennedy Museums and Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine

Edward M. Kennedy Institute and John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
Tuesday, July 7th
Depart at 8:45 a.m., return 3:00 p.m.
$47 (lunch on your own) or $65 (seated lunch)
Deadline to register: Monday, June 29th with lunch; Thursday, July 2nd without lunch
We will explore the brand-new Edward M. Kennedy Institute in the morning. We’ll attend “Today’s Vote” where you will participate in a facilitated debate and vote on the issue of the day. Enjoy an optional lunch with reserved private seating overlooking Boston skyline and Harbor. After lunch, we will explore the JFK Museum & Library.  

Oqunquit Playhouse Matinee: Million Dollar Quartet
Wednesday, August 26th
Depart 9:45 a.m., return 6:30 p.m.
$93 (lunch on your own) or $115 (seated lunch)
Deadline to register: Monday, July 27th
We will head to Jonathan’s in Oqunquit, Maine a casual-fine dining establishment which overlooks exquisite gardens, for an optional three-course lunch. After lunch we will head to the Ogunquit Playhouse for a musical matinee of “Million Dollar Quartet.” Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

20 Years at the Newton Senior Center

A video about the Center's 20 year history can be viewed here.

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 see our
daily lunch menu.

Senior Citizen's Parking Sticker, July 2013 to June 2015
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 now $3.00 for the remainder of the cycle, and are good until June 30, 2015. 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 email. 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 email.

Sidewalk Snow Shoveling Exemption Request Form