City of Bonney Lake

THE WEEKLY GEM - November 23, 2020
Published on Nov 23, 2020 08:32


Foxborough Senior Center

November 23, 2020



At the November 2019 Special Town Meeting, the residents of Foxborough voted in favor (188 to 10) of “funding a Council on Aging/Human Services Senior Center and/or Community Center Building Feasibility Study.”  Late last winter, the firm of Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype Inc. was selected as the firm to conduct a new Building Feasibility Study.  As with many aspects of our lives, Covid-19 placed a temporary pause in the study. Today, the first major step in this Building Feasibility Process is beginning with the issuance of a community survey.  We would appreciate your input on this survey which can be found online at  .  If you, or someone you know, would like a paper survey, please visit the Foxborough Senior Center at 75 Central Street.  We will be accepting surveys until Friday, Nov. 27th, at which point the survey will be closed.  The Feasibility Study will continue with many steps throughout the winter, including other public engagement opportunities.  We hope to finalize this study with a presentation to the town and Board of Selectmen in the late spring.  If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please contact Director of Human Services Marc Craig at



The senior center will be offering Men's Fitness classes on Thursdays, starting Dec. 10 at 10:35 a.m.  This 6-week program is designed to help senior males move and feel better.  We'll combine fitness with corrective exercise to alleviate joint pain and promote better mobility.  All ages and fitness levels are welcome.  The program is facilitated by Steve Avellino CFT, CES.  The cost for this 6-week program is $42 and must be paid at the time of registration.


Starting in December 2020, we have scheduled additional Art with Ally classes on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.  Bring your creative side, and your brushes for this fun activity.  You must bring your own acrylic paints in primary colors, assorted brushes (flat & round tip), canvas, table top easel, palettes, pencil, eraser and ruler. The cost is $5 per class and is paid on a monthly basis.  The cost for the 5 Wednesday classes in December is $25 and the payment is due at the time you register.



It’s time to get moving, so let’s do some line dancing!  Our line dancing instructor, Jeanne Bonneau, will be here on Thursdays, Dec. 10 and 17 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. to lead us through some line dancing steps.  The steps are uncomplicated, the classes are fun and beginners are always welcome.  Space is limited. Call us to sign up.



Meditation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent.  Learn to create peace of mind and go on a mini vacation of meditation every day!  We have scheduled Meditation classes starting in December on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m., and this first session will meet on Dec, 8, 15, 22 & 29.  The cost is $19.  There will be additional 4-week sessions in January and February. Each class will focus on breathing, improving posture and practicing different meditation methods including writing your own guided meditation.  In these uncertain times you deserve moments of calm personal reflection. Please sign up for the December four-week session and pay in advance.



Start your musical journey and join us for 8 weeks of Ukulele Lessons for Beginners, to be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29, Jan. 12, 19, 26, & Feb. 9. No prior musical experience is needed.  During this 8-week program, participants will learn how to play basic chords, rhythms, and strum patterns that will enable you to explore familiar songs in no time!  Bring your own SOPRANO, CONCERT or TENOR ukulele (with GCEA tuning).   An electronic tuning device, such as a Snark tuner, is also recommended.  As the learning continues, songs of increased challenge will be offered. The cost for this program is $75. You must sign up and pay in advance.



Celebrate the season on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. by picking up a to-go style Peppermint Ice Cream & Brownie Sundae.  Brownies are provided by the Kraft Organization.  You must call us in advance to register, and please indicate if you’d like a Brownie or a Blondie.



The Apple Watch was first developed in 2015 as a wearable smart device.  Since then, Apple has primarily focused on enhancing safety features which has transformed the watch in to a “must have” accessory that can save your life in an emergency.  Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. to learn about the Apple Watch and why it should still be on your holiday shopping list. Space is limited.  Sign up to reserve your seat.



Ayurveda is the “Science of Life,” and is the oldest continually practiced healthcare system in the world – 5,000 years.  On Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m., join us to learn about your unique biology and how to apply Ayurvedic Principles to YOU.  The Ayurvedic approach is about aligning with the cycles of nature rather than struggling or trying to force things to go your way.  When in balance, you naturally desire only that which nurtures your health and life.  You flow in harmony with your body’s natural rhythms, getting restful sleep, feeling your senses with experiences, tastes, touch, aromas, sounds and sights that uplift and nourish you.  This workshop assumes little to no prior knowledge of Ayurveda.  Sign up in advance.



An Ayurvedic Daily Routine teaches us to ride nature’s waves so we can effortlessly float through each day. Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. for the Ayurvedic & Daily Self-Care Program where we will learn that small health habits that we perform consistently on a daily basis can have immense accumulative benefit in our lives.  A steady routine consistent with the rhythms of nature supports health.  By understanding the functioning of the human body as it relates to the Ayurvedic Clock, one can make mindful choices throughout the day that will help bring balance, support health, and boost mental and physical focus and immunity.  It is recommended that you first attend the Introduction to Ayurveda program on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.  You must sign up in advance.


VETERANS’ CLUB                                      

The next meeting of the Veterans Club will be on Monday, Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.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.



Come see the smash hit musical “Hamilton” at the Foxborough Senior Center where we will be showing the video in 2 parts. Part 1 will run on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4:15 p.m. and part 2 will run on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 4:15 p.m. This performance was filmed with the original cast in 2016 and recently premiered on Disney+.  In an effort to enforce social distancing, we are limiting each date to only 6 registrants.  If there is further demand, we may add more show times. (We know that we said November would be the last month, but we continue to receive requests to show the video!)  You must sign up in advance.



The senior center Book Club program is designed for seniors who simply enjoy reading or listening to books on tape. The club meets virtually on the first Monday of each month at 11 a.m. The next meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 7.  Registration is required.  Call Christina at 508-543-1234 to sign up.



At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 there will be a free Blood Pressure Clinic at the senior center. Blood pressure checks are done by Foxborough Fire Department Deputy Chief and Public Health Nurse Tom Kenvin, and the free clinics are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.  Call us for an appointment.



Do you want early access to all of our programs?  Do you like to keep track of your calendar digitally?  Do you want to be able to use your credit card to register for programs?  Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. for an online registration tutorial and you will be able to sign up for our great programs from the comfort of your own home.  Sign up in advance to reserve your seat.



Come play the fun and exciting game of Mah Jongg while making new friends at the senior center.  We will be severely limiting the amount of players for this game while also enforcing social distancing.  In addition to our Monday afternoon Mah Jongg play at 1 p.m., starting December 16th, we will also be adding Mah Jongg Free play on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. If this proves successful, we may add another day for skilled players.  Lessons will resume in the future.  Space is limited. Call us to sign up.



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.



There are now 2 Strength Training classes held at the senior center on Wednesday mornings. The first class starts at 8:25 a.m. and the second begins at 9:15 a.m. These classes feature stretching routines and exercises that focus on the core, legs, arms and shoulders. Space is limited so you must call in advance to sign up.  The cost for a class is $3 and is punch card eligible.



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.



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.



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. and Fridays 9 a.m. to noon 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.


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