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The Spirit of Bellingham

 

40 Blackstone Street ● Bellingham, MA 02019 Phone: 508-966-0398 ● Fax: 508-966-5843

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8am-4pm Friday 8am-3pm

Beth Cornell-Smith, Interim Director ● This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ● www.bellinghamma.org

 

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Dear Seniors,

On behalf of myself and the Board of Selectmen I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and joyous New Year! Thanks so much to all of you for the incredible support you provide throughout the year to our Senior Center staff, Council on Aging and the Elder Service Group. All of the men and women associated with these groups take great pride in delivering the greatest services possible to our senior population.

As many of you may know, Beth Cornell-Smith recently began serving as the Senior Center’s Interim Director. Beth will be available to all of you so if you see her in the building or in her office stop in and say hello! Beth also serves as Bellingham’s Human Resource Director and has a lengthy career of providing all types of services to our employees as well as retirees. Beth’s background will be enormously beneficial to the staff at the Center and helpful to our seniors regardless of the needs. I will be working closely with Beth over the coming months as we begin the search to hire a permanent full-time Director for the Center. In the meantime, you can rest assured we will not let any of the Senior Center’s needs go unmet.

We look forward to the year ahead and hope you can take comfort in knowing we have a large network of services available should the need arise, all you need to do is ask.

Denis Fraine

Town Administrator

 

1. The Ottoman Empire: Every Tuesday at 1:30pm

2. TRIAD Scam Prevention: Thurs., Dec. 7 at 11am

3. Rep. Kuros Office Hours: Tues., Dec. 12 at 9am

4. A White House Christmas: Tues., Dec. 19 at 2pm

5. Make a Fleece Blanket: Thurs., Dec. 21 at 1pm

 

 

Council on Aging Newsletter

December 2017

 

A LETTER FROM THE TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

 

LIONS CLUB SENIOR LUNCHEON

Saturday, December 2nd

11am & 1pm ● Free

 

Call to sign up

 

Spaces are limited

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Council on Aging (COA) Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide support and leadership to our senior community through advocacy and by implementing educational, nutritional, recreational and wellness programs to meet their needs.

508-966-0398 Our next COA Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 1pm

COA Officers and Board Members

Chair: Kay Page Co-Chair: Betty Willey Treasurer: Tina Tyler Board Members: Joan Mallard, Paul Peter and Tsune Roberts Sunshine Person: Pat Levesque

Associate Board Members: Beverly Trimm

The Bellingham COA Senior Center wishes to thank Hazel Swartz for her monetary donation to the Senior Center in memory of Leona Nicoletti.

COUNCIL ON AGING NEWS & EVENTS

A LETTER FROM THE COUNCIL ON AGING

FALL CRAFT FAIR ~ THANK YOU

Thank you to all the following: Sponsor, Donors and Volunteers of our 2017 Fall Fair

Sponsor: Bellingham Elder Service Group. Donors: Bellingham Quilters, Bill Barrett, Eva Gamache, Diana MacDonald, Kay Page and Evelyn Williams, Unibank, Dean Bank, Terrazza, Bob's, Li’l General, Beef Barn, Stop n Shop, Blackhawk Pizza, BJ's, Dairy Queen, Charlie's Tire, AAA, Bellingham Electric, Walmart, Famous House of Pizza, Advanced Auto Parts, Hunan Garden, Bellingham Palace, Longhorn, Dunkin Donuts on Rt. 126 and Prezo Pizza. Volunteers: Men's Group: Paul Peter, Jim Capenito, Dave Peck, Frank Fry, Bill Kramer, Bill Edwards, Ken Barberry, Bill Eltzroth, Jim Fitzpatrick, Glenn Moody & Fred Milgram. Gift Room: Eva Gamache, Yvonne Bartlett, Susan Smith, John Hogan, Diana MacDonald, Phyllis Dunn, Gail Milgram, Karen Smith, Millie Woodman, Linda Drohan, Pat Gorman & Artrina Haynes. Kitchen: Pierrette Corriveau, Patricia Levesque, Lorraine Gagne, Ron Gamache, Bill Eltzroth, Tina Tyler, Brendon, youth volunteer. Bake Table: Maryellen McFetridge, Olivia Cutler, Jessye VandenAkker. Music: Polka Paul. Many thanks to all our wonderful, talented Crafters. We couldn’t do it without you!

Bellingham Council on Aging Chair, Kay Page

The Council on Aging (COA) had a very successful Craft Fair again this year! I would like to thank the committee--co-chairs, Betty Willey, Eva Gamache & Yvonne Bartlett for all of their many hours of work to create such a successful day! The funds raised will help with new purchases and new programs.

The COA Board is an active Board with several of the Board members involved in programs and the community. Tsune Roberts visits the senior housing at both Depot Court & Wrentham Manner during the week, taking pastry for their bingos and visiting those unable to come to the Center. She has made a positive impact, and we are so proud of all she does. Betty Willey is working with Triad to bring new programs and information to the Center---a worthwhile project. Thank you Betty.

The COA is the eyes & ears of the Senior Community, so if you have any suggestions, ideas or comments please feel free to call the center at 508-966-0398 and we will return your call.

Thank you,

Kay Page, Chairman, COA

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Info for MA elders & families www.800ageinfo.com

STAFF DIRECTORY

Senior Center Offices: 508-966-0398

Interim Director, Beth Cornell-Smith: 508-966-0398

Asst. Director, Lisa Mottola: 508-657-2708

Admin. Clerk, Dan McLaughlin: 508-657-2714

Office Support Clerk, Nancy Champney: 508-657-2707

Transportation: 508-657-2709

Transportation Coordinators, Leo Dalpe: 508-657-2706

MCOA Certified Outreach Coordinator, Sheila Ronkin: 508-657-2710

Marketing & Program Coordinator, Michelle Kohn: 508-657-2716

Supportive Day Program Coordinator, Olivia Mathieu: 508-657-2711

Supportive Day Program Assistants, Sue Smith and Grace Moore: 508-657-2711

Custodians, James Maher and Lenny Brooks: 508-966-0398

Van Drivers: Carl Malo, Roger Hogue, Kevin Knehr, Don Boucher, Paul Haggstrom, Michael Mullaney, Arthur Linnell, Ed Nugent, Bob Greenhalgh and Mike McAlduff

S.H.I.N.E., Judy and Leland Katz: 508-966-0398

SUBSCRIPTIONS

CareGiving Metrowest www.caregivingmetrowest.org

Alzheimer’s Helpline 1-800-272-3900

RUOK program

(phone reassurance) 1-866-900-7865

SMOC (heating assistance) 1-800-286-6776

MCPHS (prescription help) 1-866-633-1617

TVES, Inc. 1-800-286-6640

(help at home) or 1-508-949-6640

SUBSCRIBE

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

CMAA (info & referral) 1-800-244-3032

MASS OPTIONS

(free link to services) 1-844-422-6277

VA (healthcare Q&A) 1-877-222-8387

FoodSource Hotline

(food stamps) 1-800-645-8333

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry 1-508-966-1274

GATRA www.gatra.org 1-800-483-2500

REMINDER

OUT-OF-TOWN SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR

THE SPIRIT OF BELLINGHAM

Please remember to renew your dues:

Those individuals living out-of-town who wish to receive a monthly paper copy of the Spirit of Bellingham newsletter from January 2018 - December 2018 should send a check made out to the Bellingham Senior Center in the amount of $6.50 to cover postage and handling. Please mail checks to: The Bellingham Senior Center, 40 Blackstone Street, Bellingham, MA 02019.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE SPIRIT OF BELLINGHAM NEWSLETTER

To sign up for an email subscription:

Go to www.bellinghamma.org and click Subscribe to News at the bottom of the page. Enter your email address, check the box for Council on Aging News, scroll down and click Send My Request. You will receive a confirmation email to which you will need to reply to finalize your request. You will then receive an email each month with a link to a digital version of The Spirit of Bellingham.

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CULTURAL & LEARNING PROGRAMMING

HEALTHY AGING PROGRAMMING

"A WHITE HOUSE CHRISTIMAS" PRESENTATION WITH PATRICIA PERRY

Tuesday, December 19 ● 2pm ● Free

Join Historical Interpreter Patricia Perry as she takes her audience through the grandeur of the White House at Christmas time. From Presidents past, we will look at decorations, trees and ceremony through pictures, words and music. If you want to experience an old-fashioned American Christmas, this is the show for you! Sign up at the front desk or call 508-966-0398.

HOW TO MAKE A FLEECE BLANKET

Thursday, December 21 at 1pm ● Free

Participants must bring two 2-yard pieces of fleece or a large kit to create their blanket. Fleece blankets make wonderful holiday gifts for family and friends! Sign up at the front desk or call 508-966-0398.

JOY OF LEARNING: THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

Tuesday, December 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 1:30pm ● Free

This educational and informational program explores the fascinating history of

the Ottoman Empire. A 30-minute DVD presentation followed by a group discussion.

WIRE WRAP JEWLERY CLASS

Tuesday, December 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 10am ● $10 per person

Attractive pieces made with gold or silver plated wire The class helps with manual dexterity for people with arthritis. Partially sponsored by the Harvard/Pilgrim Foundation. Sign up at the front desk or call 508-966-0398.

TRIAD: INJURY, FALL & FIRE PREVENTION

Sponsored by the District Attorney’s Office

Thurs., December 7 at 11am-12pm ● Free

Learn how to take action and to prevent injuries and falls and how to implement fire prevention practices at home. Sign up at the front desk or call the Senior Center at 508-966-0398.

SPECIAL EVENTS

LIONS CLUB SENIOR LUNCHEON

Saturday, December 2 ● 11am and 1pm ● at the Bellingham Senior Center

The Bellingham and Franklin Lions Clubs will be sponsoring a Senior Luncheon on Saturday, December 2. This free Luncheon is for all senior citizens of Bellingham and Franklin, and will be held at the Bellingham Senior Center. There will be two sittings, one at 11:00am and another at 1:00pm. Since space is limited, all senior citizens should call or sign up at the Bellingham or Franklin Senior Centers to reserve their place at the Senior Luncheon.

For all programs that you wish to attend, please sign up in advance (at least one week prior) at the front desk or by calling the Senior Center at 508-966-0398. The Senior Center makes decisions on whether or not to hold programming based on the number of attendees who have signed up.

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FREE PROGRAMMING

BILLARD ROOM HOURS

Mon., Tues., & Thurs. 8am-4pm

Wed. 1pm- 4pm & Fri. 8am-12pm

PAID PROGRAMMING

CHAIR

VOLLEYBALL

Mondays at 9:30am

POKER

Mondays at 1pm

GUITAR

Tuesdays at 8am

PITCH

Tuesdays at 1pm

BRIDGE

Wednesdays at 9am

CHORUS

Wednesdays at 10am

MOTION TO MUSIC

Wednesdays at 11am

BINGO

Wednesdays at 1pm

MAHJONG

Thursdays at 1pm

CRIBBAGE

Fridays at 9am

CANASTA

Fridays at 12pm

DAILY PROGRAMMING

TAI CHI

Fridays at 1pm

$5 for seniors (65+) and $10 for non-seniors.

LINE DANCING

Beginners:

Mondays at 1pm

$2 per class

Advanced:

Mondays at 2pm

$2 per class

CHAIR EXERCISE

Mondays & Fridays at 10:30am

$3 per class

BASIC YOGA

Tuesdays at 10:00am

$3 per class

YOGALATES

Thursdays at 10am

$5 per class

ZUMBA/CORE

Fridays at 9:30am

$3 per class

GROUPS & CLUBS

QUILTERS & KNITTERS

Mondays at 9:00am Free

CONVERSATIONAL ITALIAN

Mondays at 1:00pm Free

Open to Italian language learners of all levels, even the earliest beginners. One of the most important parts of learning a language is speaking it!

MEN’S GROUP

Wednesdays at 10am Free

Join us for coffee, conversation and a

joke or two!

Our groups always welcome new members!

BELLINGHAM TRAVELING POOL TEAM

Matches are played on Thursdays from 10am - 12:30pm and take place through mid-November in Holliston, Framingham, Natick, Needham and Norwood. If you’re interested stop by the front desk or call 508-966-0398 to join!

LAST CALL FOR THE ANNUAL GIVING TREE

Join the Knitters on Monday mornings to knit and crochet items for The Giving Tree. You can also create items at home and bring them to the Senior Center . Please include your name with your donation. Items Due By December 11th!

GATRA HOLIDAY SCHEDULE CHANGES

There will be no Dial-a-Ride services on Friday, December 22. Shuttle will operate as normal.

There will be no Shuttle or Dial-a-Ride services on Monday, December 25.

If you lost a ring, please contact the Senior Center at 508-966-0398. We have two in our Lost & Found waiting to be claimed!

The Senior Center will be closed on Fri., Dec. 22 & Mon., Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.

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Bill Eltzroth, President John Hogan, Vice President Susan Wilkins, Secretary

Ray Conklin, Treasurer Jeanne LeBlanc, Assistant Treasurer Gail Milgram, Sunshine Lady

Board Members: Bill Barrette, Louis LeBlanc, Jim Fitzpatrick, Barbara Eltzroth, Tom Donnelly , Eva Gamache & Rita Tetrault

The BESG office is located at the Municipal Center. Please call either the Senior Center at 508-966-0398 or the Town Hall at 508-657-2715 for specifics dates and times.

Dear Seniors,

It has been a while since I have had the chance to write a column so I would like to thank everyone who has come out and supported the BESG at all our meals and fund raisers. We try hard to please everyone and I feel we have two of the best caterers around. If anyone has a suggestion about what we can have for meals please let me know. Our meals in November were lasagna and chicken parmesan. The lunch on December 5th will be pot roast, so please sign up by the Thursday before the dinner so we can give the count to our caterer. The Christmas Party is December 19th so sign up early, we hope to see you – it’s always a good time. We have made baskets for you to take chances on as a fund raiser so please support us. We had to cancel our trip to Pennsylvania Dutch but have planned a trip to the Chicopee Hu Ke Lau for a Christmas show, come and join us! We are also continuing our casino trips. You will be receiving your dues letter and menus for next year shortly. Dues covers from January to January. Everyone have a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Bill Eltzroth

President, Bellingham Elder Services Group

BESG DECEMBER LUNCHEON

Tuesday, December 5 12pm $7 for members and $10 for non-members & late sign ups

This menu has been changed from beef stew to pot roast, catered by Mickey G.

BESG HU KE LAU & ATKINS FARM TRIP

Thursday, December 14 9:45am - 5:30pm $60 per person Call for Availability

Polynesian dining and Christmas Luau show including lunch and dessert. Followed by a trip to Atkins Farm and gift shop. Please call for availability. Spaces are limited.

BESG CHRISTMAS PARTY

Tuesday, December 19 12-2pm $10

Our trips are open not only to seniors, but to anyone. Please think about joining us and supporting us. Information on all the trips are available at the Senior Center.

The B.E.S.G. thanks Jim Fitzpatrick and Millie Woodman for their donations to the B.E.S.G.

SERVING HEALTH INFORMATION NEEDS OF EVERYONE (S.H.I.N.E.)

December 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 9am-12pm Free

SHINE representatives Judy and Leland Katz provide free, unbiased and confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. By appointment only. To schedule a SHINE appointment during Open Enrollment please call the Senior Center at 508-966-0398!

Reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends on December 7th

SHINE NEWS

BESG NEWS & EVENTS

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OUTREACH BY SHEILA RONKIN

Remember when we sang about driving the sleigh to grandma’s house in the snow for Thanksgiving? Well, guess what, we’ve had close to late summer weather for the last three months! Aren’t we lucky? We haven’t had to put the heat on for most days. I guess that’s over until the end of April or May next year! So guess where I’m going with this introduction?

I would like to let you know that the parameters for applying for fuel assistance have changed and that you might want to see if you qualify for support. As always I remind you, that while you worked, you supported the programs that I write about with your taxes. It’s like putting money in the bank, you only take out what you need when you need It. This winter the forecasters are saying will be very cold and snowy. I would urge you to apply for fuel assistance and SNAP also. Just come into the Center and pick up the sheets that tell you what you need to put together and when you have all of the documents together, call and make an appointment with either Lisa or myself and we will assist you in the processing of your application. One of the benefits of qualifying for fuel assistance is that the program will send out people to help with replacement windows, doors, burners, insulation, and other home things. These things are very costly and quite often prohibit you from being comfortable in your own home. You are not depriving anyone but yourself by not applying. So many of us live on fixed incomes, and each year is harder to make ends meet. These programs were designed for people like us who could use a little extra help at this time in our lives.

VA NEWS

Veteran Service Officer: Bob Greenhalgh ● 774-292-2437

VETERANS PENSION: VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.

SURVIVORS PENSION: Also referred to as Death Pension -- it is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse who was married to the veteran for at least one year of a deceased veteran with wartime service.

UNEMPLOYABILITY: Individual Unemployability (IU) basically means that the veteran is unable to secure and maintain gainful employment of either a physical or sedentary nature due solely to service-connected disability(ies). If granted, the level of compensation is paid at the 100% rate and the veteran is entitled to full medical care by the VA including dental. The veteran is also eligible for the state annuity.

VETERANS COMPENSATION: Is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active service.

FLY THE FLAG: Pearl Harbor Day: Dec.7 (half staff) and Christmas Day: Dec 25

TOWN NEWS

The Town of Bellingham Board of Selectmen is undertaking an economic development initiative that will focus on promoting new development and redevelopment in strategic growth locations in Bellingham. The first step of the initiative is to hear from you! A community survey has been developed by our partners at MAPC and can be accessed by using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BellinghamEconDev. If you don’t have access to a computer at home, one has been set up at the Bellingham Library for seniors who wish to take the survey. For questions, or to learn more, contact Town Planner, Jim Kupfer, at 508-657-2893.

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SERVICES

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC

Mon., December 4 at 10am-12pm Free

Bellingham’s Public Health Nurse will be taking free blood pressure readings at the Senior Center. Sign up at the front desk or call the Senior Center at 508-966-0398.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

Thurs., December 7 & 21 at 11:15am Free

Join with others who have experienced a similar loss. Funded by a state grant Administered by Massachusetts Association for Councils on Aging and Senior Center Directors. Please call the Center at 508-966-0398 and we will take your name and information.

REP. KEVIN KUROS OFFICE HOURS

AT BELLINGHAM SENIOR CENTER

Tuesday, December 12 at 9-10am Free

An opportunity for constituents to meet the Representative and voice any opinions and concerns regarding their town. Any constituent who wishes to speak to Representative Kuros, but who is unable to attend these office hours, is encouraged to contact him at (617)722-2460 or email his Legislative Aide at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LEGAL CONSULTATIONS

Wed., December 20 at 2-4pm Free

Attorney Daniel T. Doyle is available by appointment for free legal consultations. To schedule your free 15-minute consultation, sign up at the front desk or call the Senior Center at 508-966-0398.

FINANCIAL CONSULTATIONS

Thurs., November 21 at 10am-12pm Free

Gerald Loftin is available by appointment. To schedule your consultation, sign up at the front desk or call the Senior Center at 508-966-0398.

SUPPORTIVE DAY PROGRAM

Mondays-Fridays from 9am - 3pm $35/day

Members can spend as little as one, or up to five days per week, in this program. Healthy snacks and lunch are included. Enjoyment, conversation and gentle exercise are part of each day. Transportation is available at no additional cost for residents. Please call the Supportive Day Program Coordinator, Olivia Mathieu, at 508-657-2711, with any questions.

SAFE NEEDLE DISPOSAL OPTIONS

You may use the large collection container stationed inside near the front door of the Senior Center. Needles, syringes and sharps MUST BE IN A STURDY CONTAINER that is water and puncture proof (such as a coffee can or smaller bleach or detergent bottle) and marked with the universal biohazard warning symbol. Please, No Plastic Bags or Loose Needles! See the front desk if you require a container.

BELLINGHAM PROPERTY

TAX WORK OFF PROGRAM

Earn up to $1,000 off your property tax bill while helping the Town of Bellingham! For more information, please call the Nancy Champney at 508-657-2707.

GATRA TRANSPORTATION

If you are at least 60 years of age, or a younger disabled resident, we provide rides in town and the surrounding area up to 10 miles. For more information or to schedule a ride, call the Senior Center at 508-657-2709.

BEAUTY SERVICES

There will not be any beauty services offered this month. We apologize for the inconvenience

RMV NEAR ME

Senior citizens can receive assistance processing routine RMV transactions online with help from Lisa Mottola, Assistant Director. Please call Lisa at 508-657-2708 to schedule

an appointment.

1. What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire? Frostbite

2. What do snowmen eat for breakfast? Frosted Flakes

3. What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the regular alphabet? It has Noel

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS

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Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

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8am - 12pm: Billiards

9am: Cribbage

9:30am: Zumba/Core

10:30am: Chair Exercise

12pm: Canasta

1pm: Tai Chi

1pm: Welcome Tour

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11am & 1pm: Lions Club Senior Luncheon

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8am-4pm: Billiards

9:00am: Knitters/Quilters

9:30am Chair Volleyball

10am-12pm: Blood Pressure Clinic

10:30am: Chair Exercise

1pm: Poker

1pm/2pm: Line Dancing

1pm: Conv. Italian

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8am - 7pm: Billiards

8am: Guitar

9am-12pm: SHINE

10am: Wire Jewelry

10am: Basic Yoga

12pm: BESG Luncheon

1pm: Pitch

1:30 pm: Ottoman Empire

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9am: Bridge

9am-12pm: SHINE

10am: Chorus

10am: Men’s Group

11am: Motion to Music

1pm-4pm: Billiards

1pm: Bingo

7 Pearl Harbor Day

8am-4pm: Billiards

10am: Yogalates

11am: TRIAD

11:15am: Bereavement Support Group

1pm-4pm: Billiards

1pm: Mahjong

Medicare Open Enrollment Ends Today!

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8am - 12pm: Billiards

9am: Cribbage

9:30am: Zumba/Core

10:30am: Chair Exercise

12pm: Canasta

1pm: Tai Chi

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8am-4pm: Billiards

9:00am: Knitters/Quilters

9:30am Chair Volleyball

10:30am: Chair Exercise

1pm: Poker

1pm/2pm: Line Dancing

1pm: Conv. Italian

Giving Tree Donations Due Today

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8am - 7pm: Billiards

8am: Guitar

9am-10am: Rep. Kuros Office Hours

10am: Basic Yoga

9am-12pm: SHINE

10am: Wire Jewelry

1pm: COA Board Meeting

1pm: Pitch

1:30 pm: Ottoman Empire

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9am: Bridge

10am: Chorus

10am: Men’s Group

11am: Motion to Music

1pm-4pm: Billiards

1pm: Bingo

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8am-4pm: Billiards

10am: Yogalates

1pm: Mahjong

BESG Hu Ke Lau & Atkins Farm Trip

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8am - 12pm: Billiards

9am: Cribbage

9:30am: Zumba/Core

10:30am: Chair Exercise

12pm: Canasta

1pm: Tai Chi

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8am-4pm: Billiards

9am-12pm: SHINE

9:00am: Knitters/Quilters

9:30am Chair Volleyball

10:30am: Chair Exercise

1pm: Poker

1pm/2pm: Line Dancing

1pm: Conv. Italian

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8am - 7pm: Billiards

8am: Guitar

9am-12pm: SHINE

10am: Wire Jewelry

10am: Basic Yoga

12pm: BESG Christmas Party

1pm: Pitch

1:30 pm: Ottoman Empire

2pm: A White House Christmas Presentation

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9am: Bridge

10am: Chorus

10am: Men’s Group

11am: Motion to Music

2pm-4pm: Legal Consultations

21 Winter Solstice

8am-4pm: Billiards

10am: Yogalates

10am-12pm: Financial Consultations

11:15am: Bereavement Support Group

1pm: Mahjong

1pm: How to Make a Fleece Blanket

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Senior Center Closed

25 Christmas Day

Senior Center Closed

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8am - 7pm: Billiards

8am: Guitar

9am-12pm: SHINE

10am: Wire Jewelry

10am: Basic Yoga

1pm: Pitch

1:30 pm: Ottoman Empire

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9am: Bridge

9am-12pm: SHINE

10am: Chorus

10am: Men’s Group

11am: Motion to Music

1pm-4pm: Billiards

1pm: Bingo

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8am-4pm: Billiards

10am: Yogalates

1pm: Mahjong

Reminder: There is no BESG Birthday Party this month.

A statue of a Confederate soldier at a North Carolina college is down after it was knocked over by protesters tonight. A group of around 250 protestors marched to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill calling for the immediate removal of the monument, called Silent Sam. The crowd started cheering and throwing dirt on it after some people pulled it down using rope.       Court documents are revealing that a Colorado man confessed to strangling his wife, but he claims she killed their two daughters. Chris Watts told police he went into a rage and killed his wife Shanann after he saw her strangling one of their daughters. According to Watts, the other daughter had already been murdered. Chris Watts is being charged with first-degree murder charges over the deaths.        President Trump is worried that anything he tells the Special Counsel in the Russia investigation could be made to look like he's lying. In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he's concerned that if he's interviewed under oath, his words will be compared with testimony from others. He expressed fear that any difference would be used to bring perjury charges.        Actress Rose McGowan is "heartbroken" after learning a fellow member of the #MeTooMovement allegedly paid off an actor who accused her of sexual assault when he was 17. In a tweet, McGowan said their "commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein." McGowan added that while her heart is broken, she will continue to work on behalf of victims everywhere.        It's official, the Eagles have the best-selling album of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America reports Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album overtook Michael Jackson's Thriller album to claim the top spot. The Eagles' album was certified at 38-times platinum while Jackson's album was certified at 33-times platinum.