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THE WEEKLY GEM - August 31, 2020
Published on Aug 31, 2020 08:39


Foxborough Senior Center

August 31, 2020


WHAT IS REMOTE LEARNING – Inside and Virtual

In today’s world, many children are learning remotely.  This program will teach seniors what “learning remotely” actually means as well as explain the different technologies that are used. Sandwich STEM Academy teacher, Chelsea Craig, will be hosting this program which will be broadcast to the senior center live as well as on Facebook on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.  There will be time for seniors to ask questions about the remote learning process.  Seating in the senior center is very limited.  Call to sign up.


YELLOW DOT PROGRAM – under the tent

Representatives from the Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott’s office will be at the senior center at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 to discuss and take photos for the Yellow Dot Program.  Yellow Dot is a free program which provides first responders with quick access to critical medical information about the occupants of an automobile in the event of an accident or health emergency.  Participants place a Yellow Dot Decal on the driver’s side rear windshield of their cars.  In the event of an emergency or accident, the Yellow Dot alerts responders that inside the glove compartment there is an envelope with an updated photo of the participant containing the operator’s medical conditions, allergies, recent surgeries, medications and emergency contact information.  Call us in advance to sign up for this program.



Join historian, Gary Hylander, on the Foxborough Common on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. as he presents a program about the Drafting of the United States Constitution.  This program will be held outdoors on The Common and it is expected that all participants should pre-register and bring a lawn chair.  Participants will be spaced apart to accommodate social distancing, masks may need to be worn for the entirety of the presentation, according to regulations.  At the time of printing, Governor Baker is allowing for 50 participants for outdoor programs.  If this number changes we will adjust accordingly. Please register early to guarantee your spot.



Residents of Foxborough Housing are invited to come and pick up a “to-go” style grilled hotdog courtesy of the Foxborough Senior Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 12 noon.  Enjoy a hotdog (with toppings) and a bag of chips. Registration is required by calling the senior center at 508-543-1234. Hotdogs will be ready by noon.  The grill will be located near the administration office at N. Carl Annon Court.



We have added a video showing of the hit musical “Hamilton” at the senior center on Thursday, Sept. 17 at noon.  If you haven’t seen it yet, or would like to see it again, you must call us to sign up.  This performance was filmed with the original cast in 2016.  In an effort to enforce social distancing, we are limiting the showing to only 6 participants.  Additional show times may be added if there is further demand.



As we celebrate the summer that wasn’t, we wanted to offer a drive-thru BBQ on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.  We’ll be grilling up hamburgers and cheeseburgers at the senior center.  You MUST call us at 508-543-1234 to sign up for a drive-through time.



On Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 10 to noon, and continuing every 4th Wednesday of each month, there will be a Hearing Health program offered at the senior center.  This program is free and will provide hearing testing, ear wax removal, hearing aid cleaning and service by appointment. Call in advance to schedule a 20 minute appointment.

MEN’S BBQ – Under the tent

Come join your new best friends as we enjoy some burgers before the summer ends on Thursday, Sept. 24 at noon.  We will be limiting Men’s BBQ to less than 10 registrants to allow for social distancing, so you MUST sign up in advance. Masks will be required when not eating. This event is free


The CharlieCard is the payment method for the MBTA.  On Friday, Sept. 4 from 11 to 11:30 a.m., the Foxborough Senior Center will be partnering with the MBTA to offer Senior CharlieCards for people 65+.  These cards will allow you to have a reduced fare on the subway, bus, commuter rail and ferry.  Call us to sign up. 



We will be showing a movie outside under the tent at the senior center on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.  Check with the front desk in September to learn which movie we will be showing. Call to sign up.



Our Senior Center Table Top Garden club, under the direction of Marsha Lewicke, will continue to meet once again on Tuesday mornings at 9:45a.m.  All are welcome and no previous gardening experience necessary. 



Yoga is the union between body, mind and spirit.  Our 8-week Yoga class will be held on Fridays, Sept. 11, 18 & 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and the cost is $53 per person.  Everyone is welcome just as they are on their own personal journey towards greater non-judgmental self- awareness. There are no fitness prerequisites, but participants should be comfortable on the floor for extended periods of time.  Call us to sign up in advance. 



Our next luncheon outing is on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Jake n’ Joe’s.  Sign up is required by Friday, Sept. 11. Van transportation arrangements must be made by Friday, the 11th.


BOOK CLUB – Under the Tent      

The senior center Book Club program is designed for seniors who simply enjoy reading or listening to books on tape. The club meets on the first Monday of each month at 11 a.m. The next meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 14 (due to the Labor Day holiday).  Registration is required.  Call Christina at 508-543-1234 to sign up.


VETERANS’ CLUB – Under the Tent                                            

The next meeting of the Veterans Club will be on Monday, Sept. 21 at 9:15 a.m. The mission of the Veterans’ Club is to create a listening session around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten.  Additionally, important veteran issues will be discussed under the leadership of the town of Foxborough’s Veterans Services Officer, Ally Rodriguez.  To conform with regulations, coffee and donuts will temporarily not be served.  Registration is required to allow for furniture set up.



The next meeting of our Low Vision Support Group is on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. The Low Vision Support Group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month. This is an adult group providing peer support and information for anyone with vision loss, or those who have concerns about their vision. All seniors are welcome! Call Pam McGuire at the senior center for information.


THE HATE U GIVE – Book discussion, inside

Please join our 2nd year intern, Victoria Ferguson, for this 6-week series to discuss the book “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.  This program will start on Wednesday, Sept. 23 and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 28.  In this group, members will discuss the book’s themes as well as relevant current events.  This discussion group will be led by Master’s Level Social Work student Victoria, and will be designed to have supportive but difficult conversations, process strong emotions, and discuss how we can make changes in our own community.  If you are interested in attending this group, sign up early as spots are limited.



Strength Training Classes are held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Each week this program features stretching routines and exercises that focus on the core, legs, arms and shoulders. Call in advance to sign up for each class.  The cost for this class is $3 and is punch card eligible.


TAI CHI – Under the Tent

Tai Chi is a great traditional Chinese way of relieving stress.  This gradual form of exercise involves a series of movements performed in a slow focused manner.  Join us on Monday mornings for Beginner Tai Chi class at 10 a.m. or for Tai Chi class at 10:45 a.m. The cost is $3 per class and is punch card eligible.  Thank you to the Friends of Foxboro Seniors for helping to fund this program.  Space is limited, so you must call to sign up in advance.


SENIOR FITNESS – Under the Tent

Senior Fitness classes are held at 9:00 a.m. every Friday morning.  This class uses stretching, aerobics, and hand-held weights to focus on exercising the body from the neck to ankles.  Senior Fitness is designed for all ability levels.  For the time being, this class will be taught by a teacher courtesy of the YMCA.  Space is limited so you must call in advance to register for each class. The cost is $3 per class and is punch card eligible.



Do you enjoy playing a game of Scrabble or would you like to learn how to play?  We have a Scrabble group that meets on Monday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. at the senior center.  Challenge your mind, enjoy some time with friends and have lots of fun.  If you’re interested in playing, call us to sign up.


KNITTING CLUB – Under the Tent

The knitting club meets every Monday at 1 p.m. and is for beginners as well as those who would like to brush up on their skills or work on a project.  Please bring your knitting needles and yarn.



Blood Pressure Clinics are being held at the senior center on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  The next clinic is on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. and is being hosted by Deputy Fire Chief and Public Health Nurse Thomas Kenvin.  These clinics are free. Call 508-543-1234 to schedule an appointment.



Join new friends as we travel together as a group walking around the Foxborough area.  Our Walking Club meets at the senior center on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m., and from there we leave on our chosen route for the morning. Call us to sign up.



You can obtain health insurance information and assistance through the SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) Program. A SHINE counselor is available on Tuesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m. for a “virtual” meeting over the telephone or on a Zoom meeting. This program provides free and confidential health insurance information counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents who are or will be eligible for Medicare and their families.  Call for an appointment.



We know that being social is a major reason why you love the Foxborough Senior Center.  With our new guidelines, it is impossible to allow seniors to congregate for extended periods of time inside the building.  However, we have set up our outdoor benches to allow for socially distant conversations between friends.  Starting at 9:30 a.m. each day, you can come and sit outside and catch up with friends, while remaining responsible.  We request that conversation groups do not exceed 3 individuals.  In addition to these benches, for those that want to be more active while catching up with friends, check out Cornhole, Horseshoes and Ping Pong areas outdoors at the senior center. You do not have to register for this activity, however, we are requesting that you check in at the front desk.  Additionally, please be aware that seating will be limited, so a seat may not be available at the time you arrive.


For more information on Council on Aging & Human Services programs and services, check our website at  or call at 508-543-1234.