Watercolors with Jane Cooper
May 1 at 9 a.m.
Jane Cooper will offer fun dabbling in watercolor painting of scenes of nature, landscapes or some favorite sky. Two sessions of four classes will be offered Fridays and Mondays in May from 9–11 a.m. beginning May 1 and 15 at Bemis Hall. Cost is $30/session. Please call the COA at 781-259-8811 to sign up. All materials are included in the fee. No prior experience necessary.
Lincoln Academy with Bijoy Misra: mantra—a chant or a therapy?
May 1 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, May 1 at 12:30 at Bemis Hall to hear Bijoy Misra discuss “Mantra—A Chant or a Therapy?” A mantra is a repetitious chant that we are supposed to keep in in our memory. It is lately taught as an aid in meditation. In its original form in India, it was supposed to be a therapy that could heal. The healing is caused by the orchestral composition of syllables that are required to be uttered with proper breathing. We will explore examples of composition in Sanskrit and examine the breathing through proper articulation. Lincoln resident Bijoy Misra is a physicist and Sanskrit scholar. 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. All ages welcome.
Coffee with Sarah Chester
May 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Join Lincoln artist Sarah Chester at a reception for her show at the Bemis Artists Gallery on Tuesday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Bemis Hall. Her work will be exhibited through May. “I paint what strikes my eye and heart: the lights and colors of land and seascapes, the stories that old structures tell, relationships between and among generations, the relationships between generations and the land,” Chester says. “My paintings have been selected by multiple juried shows and are in private collections throughout the Northeast.”
Domestic Violence Services Network office hours
May 3 at 10 a.m.
No matter what your age, if you are experiencing violence or abuse by a family member, whether physical, emotional, or sexual, or you are concerned about someone else, come to Bemis Hall on Wednesday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon to have a confidential discussion with someone from the Domestic Violence Services Network. Come find out more about domestic violence and how to cope as well as available resources in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. No need to stop at the front desk; just take the elevator to the basement and follow the signs.
Meet with an aide to Congresswoman Katherine Clark
May 3 at 1 p.m.
Jimmy Santos, constituent services and military liaison for Congresswoman Katherine Clark, will hold office hours at Bemis Hall on Wednesday, May 3 from 1–2 p.m. on federal benefits and other concerns. No need to sign up.
Boston Symphony Orchestra matinee
May 5 at 10:45 a.m.
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.) If you aren’t signed up but would like to go, you may contact Marilyn Buckler at 781-259-8886 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see if any spaces are still available. The cost of the trip is $45.50 with lunch on your own, or $75 with a sumptuous lunch buffet at Symphony Hall. This trip is funded by the Hurff Fund and is therefore open to Lincoln seniors only.
Lincoln Trad Jazz Band
May 5 at 12:30 p.m.
A catchy melody you can sing along with? Tap your toes to tunes you know and love when the Lincoln Traditional Jazz Band comes to Bemis Hall on May 5 at 12:30. Join the COA’s swingin’ seniors and sing along with the regulars to such good old favorites as When You’re Smilin’, or Ain’t She Sweet. Put a smile on your face with Ain’t Misbehavin’. Do the Charleston or the Lindy Hop if you’re up for it. Or just put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the band.
Lincoln Academy with Akuot Leek: South Sudanese Enrichment for Families update
May 8 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, May 8 at 12:30 to hear Akuot Leek discuss “South Sudanese Enrichment for Families Update.” The South Sudanese Enrichment for Families began in the 1990s as the Sudanese Education Fund with tremendous support from the Lincoln community. Today its wide-ranging initiatives enrich and inspire adults and children alike, giving them the confidence and resources to create thriving futures for themselves. For example, every year they send kids age 8-15 to a sleepaway summer camp. Come find out how the organization has grown, what new programs and services it offers, who they serve and what some of their life stories are, and where the South Sudanese community and the organization are going from here. 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. All ages welcome!
Free elder law clinic
May 8 at 3 p.m.
Got a question about issues such as estate planning, MassHealth, protecting assets for a loved one with a serious disability, guardianship, conservatorship or probate? The COA monthly legal clinic with elder law attorney and Lincoln resident Sasha Golden is on Monday, May 8 from 3-4 p.m. at Bemis Hall. There is no charge for the 30-minute consultation, but please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811.
Free wellness clinic for all ages
May 9 at 10 a.m.
Meet with a nurse at Lincoln Woods on Tuesday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Blood pressure, nutrition and fitness, medication management, chronic disease management, resources, and more. Funded by the Ogden Codman Trust and provided by Emerson Hospital Home Care.
Positive Psychology practices class
May 10 at 9:30 a.m.
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of strengths and “what is working” to create transformative change, build increased happiness, and lead a more meaningful life. The Ogden Codman Trust is generously supporting a free course Wednesdays at 9:30 at Bemis Hall on proven tactics to try in your daily life. Classes in May will be held on May 10, 17, and 24. No need to have attended previous classes. Instructor: Alyson Lee, co-active life coach, social worker and certified Positive Psychology instructor.
Improve your balance and know what to do if you fall
May 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Losing your balance and falling is one of leading causes of loss of independence among older people. Come to Bemis Hall on Friday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. when Steve Menichetti, RN, BSN, discusses causes of falling, how you can reduce your risk through physical and occupational therapy, preventing falls through medication management, and what to do if you do fall. He will provide practical information that you can start to use today. Menichetti is director of care management for Deaconess Abundant Life Services. A light breakfast will be served. Please call the COA to sign up.
In-home senior services: what’s available, how to choose, what does it cost?
May 12 at 12:30 p.m.
Almost everyone wants to stay in their home for as long as possible, and the vast array of senior services now available from various agencies and organizations can help you do that. However, how do you know what’s out there? How do you choose which services you need? How can you decide which provider to use? How much does it cost? Find out the answers to these and other questions on Friday, May 12 at 12:30 at Bemis Hall when Leslie May-Chibani, assistant director at Minuteman Senior Services, and Carolyn Bottum, director of the Lincoln Council on Aging, give information and answer your questions. All ages are welcome. Co-sponsored by the Lincoln Council on Aging and Minuteman Senior Services.
Lincoln Academy with Karen Keane: What’s hot, what’s not—treasures from Lincoln
May 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered about the value of your antiques and collectibles? Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner, Inc. and an expert in Americana and folk art, will discuss trends in the antique and auction marketplace. In this lecture, Karen will use examples of local treasures found in and around Lincoln. 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.
Be a smarter driver
May 16 at 10 a.m.
The COA is pleased to offer the AARP Smart Driving program on Tuesday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bemis Hall. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Find out about the new technologies in cars, get a refresher on the rules of the road, and learn to compensate for health-related changes and how to handle road rage. The class involves no tests or driving, and you will receive a certificate upon completion that may qualify you for reduced insurance rates. Bring a lunch. Please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811.
May 16 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, May 16 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.
The science club: realities of alternative energy
May 18 at 10:15 a.m.
Join Lincoln resident and physicist Stanley Solomon on Thursday, May 18 at 10:15 a.m. at Bemis Hall for a presentation on “The Realities of Alternative Energy.” Solomon will discuss The Department of Energy’s Boulder facility history, the rate at which new technologies can be implemented, and some available and potentially available alternate energy resources. Bring your questions and ideas
Coffee with a cop
May 18 from 1–3 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Thursday, May 18 from 1 to 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 for the Police to 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.
Adapting your home so you can live independently
May 19 at 9:30 a.m.
Even if you’re finding it hard to navigate stairs, the bathroom, or other aspects of your home, you may still be able to stay in your house by making adaptations. Find out more at a special program on Friday, May 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Bemis Hall. First, Stuart Parsons, a licensed architect specializing in home renovations to help people age in place, will discuss what kinds of adaptations are possible, both minor and major, and what they may cost. Then Dan Walsh, Lincoln’s building inspector, will discuss how to select and pre-screen a home improvement contractor. Find out how to choose a contractor, get good estimates, determine credentials and insurance, legal requirements for contracts and permits, and what to do if you have a problem.
Lincoln Academy with Rebecca Curtin: pioneer woman lawyer Leila Robinson Sawtelle
May 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Suffolk University School of Law professor Rebecca Curtin will relay the fascinating story of Leila Robinson Sawtelle, the first woman graduate of the Boston University Law School. When Leila was denied admission to the Massachusetts bar, she successfully fought to change the law, eventually being admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and authoring two books about the law. 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. All ages welcome.
Fireside chat: how do you cope with change?
May 24 at 10 a.m.
Change is inevitable in all aspects of our lives. Some people welcome and embrace change while others generally fear and avoid it. Each response can be appropriate at different times. What have been some of the most significant changes in your life? What strategies for coping with or embracing change have you found to be the most successful? Join others in a lively but respectful discussion facilitated by Sharon Antia using questions and answers on Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at Bemis Hall. The purpose is not to convince others of your opinion, but to share ideas so as to create dialogue and understanding.
Elders Ensemble dancers
May 25 at 2:30 p.m.
All are invited to experience the wisdom and joy of the Elders Ensemble of Prometheus Dance at a free performance of dance and theater on Thursday, May 25 at 2:30 at Bemis Hall. The Elders Ensemble are eight post-professional dancers, aged 60-94, who create and perform pieces telling the bittersweet stories of their lives as dancers, daughters, mothers, and friends. Following each Elders Ensemble performance there is a post-performance discussion with the aim of reflecting on the work and gaining insight through audience perspective. Many of the dancers studied with the greats of modern dance in the 1930s to 1950s. They perform at community venues, celebrations and arts centers. All ages are welcome.
Veterans Memorial Day BBQ
May 26 at 11:30 a.m.
Veterans and their spouses are invited to a special barbecue on Friday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Bemis Hall featuring a delicious lunch of barbecued pork or chicken or beef brisket. The COA is hoping to create a dynamic veterans community here in Lincoln and would love to see you and your spouse at the barbecue. You must sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811 by May 24 so that they will have enough meals. Unfortunately, they will not be able to accommodate those who do not sign up. A $5 donation is requested.
Techno teach-in with teens
May 31 at 10 a.m.
The L-S Senior Class is having a Give Back to the Community Service Day, and they invite you to join them at Bemis Hall on Wednesday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you want some tips on texting to keep up with grandchildren, or need help learning to store and play your favorite music and films on your computer, or anything else tech-related, call for an appointment today.
Trip to Gloucester and the Cape Ann Museum
On Wednesday, June 14, the COA will head to the Cape Ann Art Museum in downtown Gloucester. There those on the trip will have a docent-led tour of the collection of Fitz Henry Lane paintings, the luminist, marine painter (1804-1865) of this historic seaport, the museum’s collection of 18th-century portraits and contemporary art, and the Fisheries, Maritime and Granite Galleries. This is a delightful, recently renovated museum in historic Gloucester. Lunch will be together at your own cost at a nearby restaurant, and if the weather is good you will have time to wander Main Street filled with galleries, a wonderful artists’ cooperative, restaurants and shops. The bus will leave the Lincoln Mall at 9:30 a.m. sharp, returning to Lincoln around 4 p.m. The non-refundable cost of the trip is $22. This trip, supported by the Hurff Fund, is open to Lincoln residents 60+. Reservations must be made by June 8. Send checks payable to FLCOA/Trips to Donna Rizzo, 22 Blackburnian Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. Please include your phone number and email address. Please contact Donna with any questions at 781-257-5050.