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Our Programs

Ongoing programs below. For a current listing of one-time events, presentations and talks, please see page 3-4 in our newsletter or see our calendar. For more information on the meal program, please visit Let's Eat.

Program Updates:

  • The Parkinson's Support Group scheduled for June 29th has been re-scheduled to Monday, July 6th, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Ceramics is cancelled on Thursday, July 2nd.
  • Aaron will be away and not leading Tai Chi on Monday, July 6th.
  • There will be no Beyond Balance the week of June 29th-July 6th.
  • Beth will substitute for Nicole in "Muscles and Movement" on August 21st at 9:00 a.m.

Fitness

Our fitness classes are led by Certified Instructors.

Ageless Grace, Mondays, 11:00 a.m.
A fitness and wellness program performed primarily while sitting in a chair. Although it is beneficial for everyone, this program is particularly good for those with limited mobility or strength. A donated of $2 is suggested.


Zumba Gold, Mondays, 10:00 a.m. and Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.
A dance inspired workout for the young at heart! An hour-long cardio program set to upbeat Latin tunes. A donation of $2 is suggested.


Tai Chi, Mondays 8:45 - 9:45 a.m., Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Beginner's), 11:45 - 12:45 p.m.
Tai Chai involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. It is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints. It is through the generosity of the Newton/Wellesley hospital and the Rotary Club, each a partial sponsor, that we can provide this program. A donation of $3 per class is suggested to cover the remaining costs.

Tong Ren, Thursdays, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.
Tong Ren is a powerful healing energy treatment used to help people restore their health. It is based on the principle that many diseases are caused by physical blockages that interrupt the body's natural flow of "chi." A donation of $2 is suggested.

Beyond Balance, Mondays, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m., Wednesdays, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Beyond Balance is a strength training class that targets all of the major muscles in the body. In addition, there is a focus on exercises that enhance balance and core (abdominal) work. Pre-register/pre-pay $50 for 8 weeks for either Monday or Wednesday. Try out the class to see if you like it! Drop-in only $10. Want to participate but need more flexibility? Purchase a punch card ($60) allowing you attendance at either day.

Yoga (chair), Mondays, 2:00 p.m., Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.
Gentle chair yoga with an emphasis on gradual stretching at your own pace, without stress or strain and integrating what is learned into a daily holistic lifestyle. A donation of $2 is suggested.

Yoga (mats), Thursdays, 2:00 p.m.
Mats provided for this calming hour of stretching, breathing and balancing. A donation of $2 is suggested.

Muscles and Movement, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00 a.m.
An hour-long, low-impact strength and cardio workout, including warm-up and cool-down. A donation of $2 is suggested.

Shimmy and Strength, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
An hour-long strength and dance workout: dance in the first half, strength in the second half. A donation of $2 is suggested. 

Health & Nutrition Services and Support

Lunch, Monday - Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Pre-register by 11:00 the previous day (for Monday pre-register by 11:00 Friday). Suggested donation, $2.00. Punch cards available in the office.

Health Clinic
Nurses from the Newton Health Department see individuals on a first-come, drop-in, basis to take blood pressure and answer medication questions. Check the newsletter for current dates.

Healthy Living Programs, check the calendar for current courses
Sponsored by Springwell, Inc. and funded in part by a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs, these free evidence based programs empower participants to improve their overall health.

Low-Vision Group, first Monday of each month (unless it is a holiday, then moves ahead one week), 10:00 a.m.
This is a support group for those with vision impairments. Information, friendship and sharing. Brought to the Center by the Vision Foundation and Massachusetts Association for the Blind. Group suspends meetings for January and February.

Parkinson's Support Group,  last Monday of each month (unless it is a holiday, then meets the previous week), 10:30 a.m.
This is a support group for people with Parkinson's disease, family members, and caregivers. This is a forum to share experiences and learn from one another. Facilitated by James Demicco, retired primary care M.D. with a 10 year history of Parkinson's.

SHINE: Serving Health Information Needs of Elders
A trained representative sees individuals by appointment to assist with health insurance questions. To make an appointment call 617-796-1660.

Social Services
Call Case Managers Sandy Lopes (617-796-1663) or Emily Kuhl (617-796-1672) for social service assistance. Concrete services, case management services and clinical services available.

Education

Group iPad Classes, see the current newsletter for schedule of group iPad lessons.

Free one-on-one computer and iPad classes are available! Call the Front Desk, 617-796-1660, to schedule a private lesson. Volunteers can teach you basic computer skills, Microsoft Office, digital cameras, email, Google, and more!

Educational Programs, as scheduled SOFA Retirement Strategies Presentation
Learn more about housing, estate planning, Medicare, retirement strategies, and more. See our newsletter for a current list of programs.

NewsTalk, Mondays 1:00 p.m.
Lively current events discussion led by former educator. All are welcome.

Short Story Discussion Group, Last Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
Ditta Lowy leads a monthly short story discussion group. Upcoming stories available from receptionist a month in advance of meeting or available here in a PDF format.

Spanish Classes
Beginner Spanish Class (breaks for summer)- Mondays, 9:00- 10:00 a.m.
Intermediate Spanish- Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.


Beginning French, Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Challenge your mind and learn a new language! Volunteer Ilse Garfunkel teaches this course for beginners. All are welcome.

French Salon (Conversation), Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.
Group gathers to speak in French about a variety of subjects. All are welcome.

Mandarin Chinese Conversation Group, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Speak Mandarin Chinese or learn a bit about the language. All are welcome.

Book Club, Third Friday of each month, 10:00 a.m.
The Newton Senior Center Book Club meets to discuss a book previously chosen. The book is listed in the newsletter. All are welcome.

Community

PACT (Pride Aging Community Together), fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.
Join us for dinner and an activity at our monthly LGBT get-together. All are welcome! 

Newton Men’s Club Second Thursday of the month: Johnny’s Luncheonette, 30 Langley Road, Newton Centre, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Fourth Thursday of the month: Newton Senior Center, 10 - 11 a.m. 
Enjoy good conversation--all retired and semi-retired men are welcome! This club gives you the opportunity to meet with men with similar interests and backgrounds and others with varied interests and vastly differing backgrounds, but all will have an interesting story to tell.

Intergenerational Programs We sponsor intergenerational programming with many community partners, including: Horace Mann Elementary School, Newton North High School, Newton South High School, and the Newton Community Farm. We recently sponsored a "Back to the 60s" Party with the Crossing Generations Club from Newton South.

Music

Newton Swing Band, Tuesdays, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Musicians gather to form band. Musicians welcome to join. They practice each week and do gigs around the city. All welcome to sit in listen.

Newton Senior Center Chamber Music Ensemble, Wednesdays, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Bring your instrument and join in or pull up a chair and just listen!

The Arts

Drawing and Painting Open Studio, Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Artists gather to explore their creative sides in this supportive environment. Bring your own supplies. Local artist David Wenstrom is offering basic instruction and guidance.

Ceramics, Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Pre-register, pre-pay $50 per session for classes running 8-weeks. Teacher will teach technique, offer guidance and handle firing in the kiln. All materials available including raw clay. Purchase bisque-ware at cost. 

Knitting and Crocheting, Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Drop in to knit or crochet.

Theatre Workshop, Mondays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Work with monologues, scene studies and try some improvisation. No prior experience needed. Come to explore acting, theater and plays in a supportive atmosphere. Facilitated by volunteers Gerry and Phil Paquet.

Entertainment

Movie Matinee, two Wednesdays per month, 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy new releases and old favorites. Check the newsletter for the current listing.

Games

Beginner's Bridge and Coaching, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Drop-in to play beginner's bridge!

Pool Cues, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This group is scheduled for drop-in billiards. There is a sign in sheet for order of play. Tournaments are set up a few times a year and those wishing to play may contact Harry Wentzell (volunteer) through the office.

Monday and Thursday Games, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Drop in to play Scrabble, Bridge, Mah Jongg or another game of your choosing.

Chess Nuts, Fridays, 1:00 p.m.
Friendly games of chess with a yearly tournament.

Poker, Fridays, 12:00 p.m.
Friendly game of poker; drop in!

Trips

We run trips to areas of historical, cultural, and educational interest in the New England area. See our newsletter for current trips available.