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Callahan Happenings - March 2011

February 28, 2011 (1:52 am EST)
Filed under: Seniors by News Staff
(photo of) Raymond J. Callahan Senior Center, Framingham, MA USA

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 March, 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.


The Foster Children’s Project, Thursday, February 10th, 2011 from 9:30—11:15 am, Students and five teachers from the Fuller Middle School will pack 40 bags of small items for local foster children.


The Friends of Callahan will hold their next meeting on Monday, March 14th, 2011 at 1:30 pm at the Callahan Center. Entertainment will be provided by Matt McCabe on Piano with Vocalist. Refreshments will be served.


Tuesday and It Must Be Movie Time!...and Pizza Time! All for only $3.00!!!!!

  • March 8th, 2011 (promptly at 12:00 NOON) - "Gone With the Wind"
  • March 22th, 2011, (promptly at 11:30 AM) - "Gettysburg"

Due to the early start times, and so pizza for lunch can be ordered, you must sign up to attend at 508-532-5980, by March 4th for “Gone with the Wind” and by March 18th for “Gettysburg”.


"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" - Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 10:15 am. Traditional ballards, jigs, reels and good old-fashioned drinking songs. Following this performance at 11:30 am, there will be a Corned Beef and Cabbage luncheon catered by Mark’s Creative Catering. After lunch the Irish Step Dancers will perform. The fee for this program is $15.00 per person. Pre-payment is required and you do not have a reservation until we receive your payment. You must sign up and pay before March 11th. No admittance without a reservation.


Self -Defense Course: Monday March 21st from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Dolores Coots and Debi Nau of the Framingham Police Department will be at Callahan to provide a self-defense course for seniors.


Callahan’s Book Club: Thursday, March 24th at 1:00 pm. Jane Peck from the Framingham Public Library will be leading the discussion of Framingham Reads Together - The Killer Angels (1974).


Acrylic Painting Classes: Starting Thursday, March 31st from 10:00-11:30 am and continuing for 7 weeks. The cost is $55.



Support Groups at Callahan Senior Center:

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


Healthcare Reform Improves Medicare Benefits: Medicare coverage has been improved because of the Healthcare Reform, now called the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is important to understand the changes, so you will be able to take advantage of them. Remember there are SHINE counselors, who volunteer at Senior Centers to help you understand your Medicare plans and to assist you in getting your Medicare services. To learn more about your Medicare benefits, you can go to or the Medicare & You 2011 Handbook. For a free, confidential SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) appointment, call your Senior Center. You can also reach a SHINE counselor by phone at 1-800-AGE-INFO and press 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and phone number.





Does anyone have any Civil War memorabilia they would be willing to have on display at Callahan?

Our Weight Management Support Group is looking for new members. They meet on Wednesdays at 11:30.

Anyone interested in Board Games? How about learning a new game or playing an old favorite-Checkers or Chess? Strategic moves on a game board are good for our brain health. We have someone who would be interested in organizing groups on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Water Aerobics …..Think Spring? If anyone is interested in a second class this spring at Suburban Athletic Center, please call Deb at 508-532-5980 x4110. This is one type of low impact exercise that can be a lot of fun, a good place to meet people, and help keep your muscles active. Since most people get a kick out of going to the pool, water aerobics are an easy way to get someone excited about working out.

Sudoku? We are still trying to get a group going for the Spring. Please call if you would be interested in learning the skills involved in this pencil and paper game that is all the current rage!

Writing Class? - Is anyone interested in a class that will teach you memoir and journal writing skills and techniques? Perhaps writing short stories or the Great American novel?

If you are interested in any of the subjects above, please contact Deb Garretson at 508-532-5980, extension 4110.


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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