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Callahan Senior Center Happenings (November 2011)

Filed under: Seniors by News Staff at 11:35 pm on November 1, 2011
(photo) Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center, Framingham, MA

Located at 535 Union Avenue, the Callahan Center is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mon - Fri

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The following information is about activities and services at the Callahan Senior Center for the month of November, 2011.

NOTICE: Most of the activities, special programs and events listed below require signing up or advance reservation, (unless otherwise noted). Please do so in advance so activities can be scheduled effectively and in the appropriate space.

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Tuesday, November 8th from 9:30 – 10:00 AM - New Member Orientation Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month. If you have just joined Callahan you might want to attend one of these meetings as we enjoy coffee and pastry, answer your questions and seek your input on activities.

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PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Monday, November 7th at 2:30 pm in Blais Room - Boomers & Beyond Dance - to benefit the Friends of Callahan. Donation is $2.00. Refreshments will be available.

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Monday, November 14th at 1:30 pm - The Friends of Callahan will hold their general meeting with entertainment provided by Judy Capone with “Memories by Judy”, a musical performance. Refreshments will be served.

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Tuesday, November 22nd at 1:00 PM - Armchair Travel - Each month, through the wonders of a DVD, we are traveling in the comfort of the Blais Room to a new and unique site. Sit back in an ARMCHAIR- enjoy the dramatic and entertaining sights of the world without spending a NICKEL! We will travel the world learning about the food and customs of many places.

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MOVIES AT CALLAHAN

Tuesday and It Must Be Movie Time

1:00 PM (NEW START TIME!!!!)

Popcorn, drinks and fun all for only $2.00

November 1—The Last Station

November 15—Miss Potter

November 29—Bridesmaids

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Thursday, November 10th at 11:30 AM - Calling all Veterans!!! Please join us for a celebratory luncheon in honor of Veterans’ Day with Mark’s Creative Catering.

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Thursday, November 17th at 11:00 AM - Join us when ARTMatters presents a look at a very brief but special time in our nation’s history through the eyes of artists who tried to capture it and its special flavor - The Great American West.

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Monday, November 21 at 11:00 AM - Framingham Garden Club will demonstrate and supply you with the necessary items to make a lovely Thanksgiving arrangement. The cost is $5 per person and you will take home a gorgeous creation of your own doing! Join the group and begin creating!

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Staying Healthy! Staying Fit! Thursday, November 10th from 10:00 -11:30 am - What’s in Your Cupboard? Please join us with the students from Keefe Tech in this interactive program about ‘GOOD’ nutrition.

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Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center

  • Bereavement Support Group: Mondays, November 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 10:00 am.
  • Better Breathers’ Support Group: Wednesday, November 9 at 12:00 pm.
  • Diabetes Support Group: Tuesday, November 29 at 10:00 am.
  • Caregivers’ Support Group: Wednesday, November 23 at 1:00 pm.
  • Grandparent Support Group: Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm. Please call the Center to confirm in the event of a change.
  • Low Vision Group: Friday, November 18 at 1:00 pm.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group: Tuesday, November 15 at 1:30 pm.
  • Stroke Survivors’ Support Group: Monday, November 7 at 1:00 pm.
  • BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC FOR NOVEMBER - November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 9:30am —12:30pm

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Medicare Open Enrollment is Changing! New Dates: OCTOBER 15 – DECEMBER 7 The Medicare Open Enrollment ends on December 7! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE! Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back, as soon as possible. For assistance from a Medicare customer service representative 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, call 1-800-MEDICARE.

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Heart for the Holidays is a 6-week Bereavement Support Group geared especially for those who have experienced loss of a loved one. Come and be with others. Educational materials and healing rituals will be provided at each session. The group will meet on November 9, 16, & 30th and December 7, 14 and 28th from 2:30-4:00 pm. Please contact Judith Chaloux (Bereavement Field Coordinator) for more information and to register at (508) 875-1380.

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Susan Moriarty, LICSW from MetroWest Meds will be presenting on Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00 am. The program is designed for under-insured individuals to access medications through pharmaceutical company prescription drug programs. This DOES NOT take the place of a SHINE appointment. Susan will be available after her talk to answer questions. Please contact Lisa for more details at ext. 4108. No sign up is required.

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HOME ENERGY & FUEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Home Energy & Fuel Assistance Program 2011 - Callahan Center will process NEW Fuel Assistance applications for Framingham, 60+ residents only. Please call the front desk to schedule an appointment. We do not have 2011 income limits yet. Last year’s 2010 were: 1 person household = $30,751. and 2 person household = $40,213.

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 SERVICES

Thursdays at 9:30 AM - Newly Retired - or Thinking about It Discussion Group? – Come share, laugh and learn what others are thinking about and doing as they near retirement age or have already retired! Join this lively group and become a “BUCKETEER!” What’s on your Bucket List?

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Paraffin Hand Waxing Rina Zarba, Licensed Aesthetician and teacher at Keefe Tech. has appointments for Paraffin Hand Waxing each month. Please call or stop by the Front Desk for this month’s date and times. Limited appointments - 508-532-5980.

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Tuesday, November 22nd appointments begin at 9:00 AM - The Callahan Center will be offering a Legal Clinic on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Appointments are required. Call Deb at 508-532-5980, x4110 to schedule a consultation.

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 FRIENDS’ LUNCHEON

Wednesday, 30th at 11:30 am - Friends’ Luncheon. There is only one seating at 11:30 am. The cost is $4.00 per person. You must stop by the front desk or call the Callahan Center at 508-532-5980 to make your reservation by the Friday prior to the luncheon. No exceptions and no refunds. Lunch will be provided by Mark Curtis of the American Eagles Grille.

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HERITAGE GALLERY

Heritage Gallery has new items popping up daily. Colorful, unusual, eclectic, antique, collectible, one-of-a-kind, handmade - we have it all! Do visit us on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, located at the Callahan Center at 535 Union Avenue in Framingham.

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WANTED

Volunteer Outreach Services Corner

We need individuals to assist residents in the following ways:

  • Telephone Reassurance – briefly call elder residents daily to inquire of well being.
  • Medical Appointment Escort Transport – drive elder residents to appointments.
  • Food Shopping Assistance – shop for grocery and other household items.
  • Friendly Visiting – visit elder residents periodically providing friendly contact.

Reach out! By serving, you respond to the need and strengthen our community! Contact Sam Swisher, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, Callahan Center via phone: (508) 532-5980, Ext. 4113 or via email: ccvolrec@gmail.com

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AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed! There are a number of volunteer opportunities – from tax volunteer to technology coordinator. To volunteer, phone Tom Ligon, District Coordinator, at 508-364-0604, or email him at tomligon@comcast.net.

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Contract Bridge Players Wanted: A fun group of bridge players is looking to expand its group. We meet each Tuesday, year round. Play is from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Come alone or bring a friend. You will always get to play.

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For additional information about the Callahan Senior Center, or other services, activities or programs of the Framingham Council on Aging visit the center at 535 Union Ave, Framingham, MA 01702, or phone (508) 532-5980.

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