Domestic Violence Services Network office hours
March 1 at 10 a.m.
If you are experiencing violence or abuse by a family member, whether physical, emotional or sexual, or you are concerned about someone who is, come to Bemis Hall on Wednesday, March 1 between 10 a.m. and noon to have a confidential discussion with an advocate from the Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. Come find out more about domestic violence and how to cope with it, as well as learn about available resources in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. All conversations are completely confidential.
Free wellness clinic for all ages
March 1 at 10 a.m.
Meet with a nurse at Lincoln Woods on Wednesday, March 1 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lincoln Woods community room. Get blood pressure checks, nutrition and fitness information, medication management, chronic disease management, resources, and more. Funded by the Ogden Codman Trust and provided by Emerson Hospital Home Care.
Parenting after 45 and loving it
March 1 at 1 p.m.
More and more people are becoming new parents after age 45 for a variety of reasons. This can be uniquely rewarding for both parents and children, but also exhausting and frustrating. Join others in a discussion of the special challenges and joys of parenting after 45, including strategies for coping, with Pam Mizrahi, the COA’s Assistant Director and a social worker, on Wednesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. at Bemis Hall. All are welcome, whether you are a parent or prospective parent or not. Please call the COA at 781-259-8811 to sign up.
Meet with an aide to Congresswoman Katherine Clark
March 1 at 1 p.m.
Jimmy Santos, constituent services and military liaison for Congresswoman Katherine Clark, will hold office hours at Bemis Hall on Wednesday, March 1 from 1-2 p.m. on federal benefits and other concerns. No need to sign up.
Lincoln Trad Jazz Band third anniversary
March 3 at 12:30 p.m.
It’s hard to believe that the Lincoln Traditional Jazz Band has been playing here at Bemis Hall each first Friday of the month for three years! Come join in the celebration on Friday, March 3 at 12:30. The musicians are mostly retirees, spirited amateurs who give life to your favorite music of the 1920s to 1940s by greats like Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Louis Armstrong.
Lincoln Academy with Lucretia Giese—Winslow Homer and Belmont
March 6 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, March 6 at 12:30 to hear Lucretia Giese discuss “Winslow Homer and Belmont.” Winslow Homer’s name conjures up images of Prouts Neck, Maine and its craggy coast, his home from the 1880s. But Homer had an earlier home in Belmont. Thirty years before and for over a decade, Homer visited that town again and again. Why? What was Belmont like then? What features attracted Homer? What work resulted and what effect did his stays in Belmont have on his career? Find out more in this Academy talk. Bring a bag lunch. The Council on Aging provides beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a question and answer period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to continue their discussion.
Coffee with artist George Thomas
March 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Join George Thomas on Tuesday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m.to celebrate his painting exhibition in Bemis Hall that will run through March. George is a Korean War veteran who spent most of his career educating aircraft mechanics and being an avid model builder. After retirement, he took classes at the deCordova Museum and began to paint, often painting scenes from places he has visited. He has participated in two shows at the Lincoln Library and also had a showing at the gallery in the Greek Institute in Cambridge.
Lunch and the latest updates on wound care and prevention
March 10 at noon
A wound that will not heal can be both painful and potentially life-threatening. The Advanced Wound Center at Emerson Hospital will be offering lunch and a presentation on wound care on Friday, March 10 at noon at Bemis Hall. Learn to prevent wounds, when you should seek medical care, what the most up-to-date treatments are, and what the center offers. Call the COA at 781-259-8811 to sign up for the lunch of sandwiches and salads.
Lincoln Academy with Alex Maclean—Aerial interpretations: the connection between agriculture and climate
March 13 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, March 13 at 12:30 to hear Alex MacLean discuss “Aerial Interpretations: The Connection between Agriculture and Climate.” The focus of Alex’s aerial photography for the past 10 years has been on the causes and effects of climate change as seen through land patterns. He has published six photographic books on land use and energy related issues. He is now focusing his photography on food production and agriculture in relation to climate change. Bring a bag lunch. The Council on Aging provides beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a question and answer period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to continue their discussion.
Free legal clinic
March 13 at 3 p.m.
Got a question about a legal issue? The Council on Aging provides a monthly legal clinic with elder law attorney and Lincoln resident Sasha Golden on Monday, March 13 from 3-4 p.m. There is no charge for the thirty-minute consultation, but advance registration is required. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space is available. Register in advance by calling the COA at 781-259-8811.
Coffee with a cop
March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Thursday, March 16 from 1-3 p.m. to meet privately with a Police Officer. Do you have a security concern regarding yourself, a family member or neighbor? An idea the police should try? Would you like guidance about a situation? Come on down! No need to make an appointment. An officer will be at Bemis each third Thursday of the month.
Getting ready for Town Meeting: School Committee asks the community to start planning a school project
March 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Last year Lincoln applied to get state funding to help with a major renovation of the Lincoln School. In December the town learned that we were not accepted into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) funding pipeline. After much discussion, the School Committee has voted unanimously to recommend that Lincoln start planning a town-funded school building project. At the 2015 Town Meeting, the town voted to set aside $750,000 to do a feasibility study if we were accepted by the MSBA. At this year’s Town Meeting (Saturday, March 25), the School Committee will ask voters to allow that money to be used now. Join School Committee Chair Jennifer Glass and Superintendent Becky McFall to learn more about the warrant article and the reasons for the School Committee’s recommendation on Friday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m., Bemis Hall. Please come with questions.
Cabaret concert: Tell me the truth about love
March 20 at 12:30 p.m.
Join vocalist Mary Crowe and pianist Evelyn Harris for a free cabaret concert with historical interludes on Monday, March 20 at 12:30 p.m. at Bemis Hall. You’ll find out more about this artistically rich and exciting musical style and hear familiar and lesser known songs by Britten, Weil, Sondheim, Rogers and Hammerstein, Mary Crowe and others with different perspectives on love.
March 21 at 11:30 a.m.
Lincolnites 60 and older are invited to enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with new friends and old at 11:30 on Tuesday, March 21 at St. Anne’s Church. Please reserve by calling the COA at 781-259-8811 at least a week ahead, even if you have previously attended. The cost of each meal is $5. Caregivers are welcome to come with those for whom they are caring. Let the COA know if you need transportation or a seating partner. The lunch is co-sponsored by the COA, the Friends of the COA, Minuteman Senior Services, Newbury Court, St. Anne’s, and the Lincoln Garden Club. A special dessert will be provided by the staff and children of the Magic Garden Children’s Center.
Fireside chat: Is America still a land of opportunity?
March 22 at 10 a.m.
America prides itself on being a place where anyone can succeed, but is this still true? Do some people grow up receiving a better education which leads to better jobs, health, and other benefits? How much of an advantage does coming from a wealthier family convey? What do the answers to these questions mean for our society? Come join others in a lively but respectful discussion of this topic facilitated by Sharon Antia using questions and answers on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at Bemis Hall. The purpose of the Fireside Chats is not to convince others of your opinion, but to share information and ideas so as to create dialogue and greater understanding.
Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and glass flowers exhibit
March 23 at 10:30 a.m.
Join the COA on Thursday, March 23 for a visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History which will include a docent-guided group tour of the newly restored glass flowers exhibit and time to explore other exhibits. The group will depart the Lincoln Mall via Doherty’s school bus at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to a Cambridge restaurant for lunch followed by the museum visit. They will arrive back in Lincoln by about 4:30 p.m. While there’s plenty of seating within the museum, the tour itself takes place in a gallery where there are no chairs. The non-refundable cost of the trip is $15 with the lunch together at your own cost. The trip will be limited to 24. Reservations must be made by March 20. Send checks, payable to FLCOA/Trips, to Claire Mount, 123 Tower Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773. Please include your phone number and email address. Any questions, please contact Claire at 781-259-8695.
Relax with a mini-massage
March 24 at 11 a.m.
Jai Kaur (Annamaria San Antonio) will be offering seated mini back and neck massages as a gift or by donation March 24 from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. at Bemis Hall. Call the COA at 781-259-8811 to sign up for a 15-minute appointment.
Lunch and jazz piano concert
March 24 at 11:30 a.m.
Traditions of Wayland invites you to a free special gourmet luncheon of delicious seasonal fare and a concert of jazz piano music Friday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. at Bemis Hall. On the menu will be braised stuffed flank steak with gravy, green beans and croquettes, and strawberry cake. Music will be provided by pianist and songwriter John D’Ambrosio, who plays everything from Ellington to the Beatles in an elegant and distinctive style. Please call the COA at 781-259-8811 to sign up by March 17.
Lincoln Academy with Zach Woods—Why we teach STEAM at smARTroom
March 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, March 27 at 12:30 to hear Zach Woods discuss “Why We Teach STEAM at smARTroom.” Most folks are familiar with the push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in our schools, but what are the additional benefits of STEA(Arts) M? Why add the arts to the mix? Zach, co-founder of smARTroom, will talk through his experiences in bringing STEAM education and fun to both young and old. Bring a bag lunch. The Council on Aging provides beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a question and answer period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to continue their discussion.
Geology rocks—a musical performed by Birches students
March 31 at 8:30 a.m.
Students from Birches School invite Lincoln seniors to their third annual school musical, Geology Rocks, on Friday, March 31 at 8:30 a.m. at Bemis Hall. This 35-minute musical production will feature Birches School students in grades K-6. Professor Rock has disappeared! His loyal students go on a quest to find him, joined by the (mostly unhelpful) Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Along the way they meet volcanoes, sea shores, canyons, suspicious ferns, and even Snow White—and learn about the earth’s geological cycles and features as they go. Who’s behind Professor Rock’s disappearance, and will he ever be found? Find out!
Lunch and learn: keeping your brain in shape
March 31 at noon
Deaconness Abundant Life Services invites you to come to Bemis Hall on Friday, March 31 at noon for a special lunch of assorted entrée salads and homemade cookies and a presentation and discussion of the latest research on what does and does not work, to maintain your ability to think and memory. Steve Menichetti, RN, BSN of Deaconness will explore the role of nutrition and supplements, “brain fitness” exercises, sleep, disease and wellness, and more, give practical suggestions, and answer your questions. Please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811 if you would like lunch.
Save May 5 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Spend a delightful afternoon with the COA on a trip to a matinee performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday, May 5. Andris Nelsons will conduct works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Mahler featuring pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Kristine Opolais. The program includes Shostakovich’s suite from the incidental music to King Lear, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. (Symphony Hall is handicapped accessible.) You may have a sumptuous buffet lunch at Symphony Hall or you opt to arrange for your own lunch. This trip is open to Lincoln seniors only. Space is limited. Look for more details in the April COA newsletter. Questions? Contact Marilyn Buckler at 781-259-8886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free income tax preparation help
Volunteers certified under the AARP TaxAide program will prepare your federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or answer your tax questions. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. Appointments begin in February. Call the COA office at 781-259-8811 to schedule a confidential appointment and get a list of documents to bring.
Hand drumming for fun and wellness
Come learn to do hand drumming from cultures around the world in a six-week course with acclaimed drummer Mike Connors from the Concord Conservatory of Music. The class will be held for six Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Bemis Hall beginning on April 4 at a cost of $60 for the course, payable to the Concord Conservatory of Music. Topics to be covered include technique for hand drumming, rhythms from Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, developing a rhythmic vocabulary for improvisation, and exercises to improve internal pulse. This is a fun and engaging way to learn about rhythm and experience the joy of drumming in a supportive group environment. No need to bring a drum, but bring one if you have one. Please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811 now—space is limited.
Ogden Codman Trust funds Positive Psychology Practices class
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of strengths and “what is working” to build transformative change, increased happiness, and a more meaningful life—whether personal, family, professional or community! The Ogden Codman Trust is generously supporting a free, eight-session course in Positive Psychology Practices beginning Wednesday, April 5 at 9:30. Everyone welcome—everyone benefits! No need to have attended last fall’s class which covered the theory and history of Positive Psychology. Learn proven tactics to increase your own happiness level and take them home to try them on in your daily life. Instructor: Alyson Lee, co-active life coach, social worker and certified Positive Psychology instructor.
Easy yoga your way
Yoga improves flexibility, strength, energy and more. Try gentle yoga on the floor or in a chair, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. for 12 weeks beginning April 5. You may sign up for the whole course for $120 ($156 for those under 60) or five-class packs, and drop-in is $10/class ($13 for those under 60). Taught by Jai Kaur Annamaria San Antonio. Please call the COA at 781-259-8811 to sign up.