City of Bonney Lake

THE WEEKLY GEM - September 14, 2020
Published on Sep 14, 2020 08:35


Foxborough Senior Center

September 14, 2020



Sheryl Leary, Director of Planning and Community Development at HESSCO is conducting a community needs assessment and will host a listening session in Foxborough at the senior center on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m.  HESSCO is the Area Agency on Aging and Aging Services Access Point for Foxborough and 11 other communities.  Every 4 years, HESSCO develops an Area Plan that outlines how HESSCO will respond to the needs of older adults living in the HESSCO communities.  This listening session will provide Foxborough residents the opportunity to share their ideas about the needs of older adults.  Call us to sign up and reserve your seat.


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.


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.


MOVE PAIN FREE – Under the Tent

This 6-week program focuses on four areas typically troublesome for seniors.  We will activate muscles responsible for good posture, use unorthodox techniques to improve balance and confidence, examine the most efficient way to get out of a chair, and improve your ability to navigate stairs. This program is facilitated by Steve Avellino, CFT, CES. The cost for the program is $42 and classes will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Mondays, Sept. 21 & 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Space is limited so you must register and pay in advance.



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 pick-up time.



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.


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


CBD OIL – Fact or Fiction

Join Eddie Martucci, Parmacist from the Big Y Pharmacy Wellness Center, on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. for an interesting talk about CBD oil.  This talk will include discussion about the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, define CBD and the uses of CBD.  You will also learn about the differences between CBD and THC, including the talk about claims backed by scientific data and medication interactions.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Seating is limited and so you must call to sign up, and learn how CBD can help you in your daily life.



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.



Come join in a conversation with William Keegan, the Foxborough Town Manager on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m.  The town Manager will provide updates on town proceedings and, if time allows, a Question and Answer session.  Call us to sign up.



We have scheduled 2 additional video showings of the hit musical “Hamilton” on Thursdays, Oct. 1 & 8 at 12:15 p.m.  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.



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. 22 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.



Our manicurist Sheri Thorpe will be at the senior center on Tuesday, Sept. 29 beginning at 9 a.m. for 20 minute appointments.  Sheri uses OPI products.  The cost is $10.  Call us to make an appointment and be sure to wear your face mask.



We will be resuming our Senior Suppers starting on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. We will be limiting the seating to 10 to allow for social distancing.  Masks will be required when not eating and you MUST sign up in advance. This event is free.



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.



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.


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.



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.