Celebrate the new year with the Trad Jazz Band
January 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the free New Year’s offering of traditional jazz on Friday, Jan. 5 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. at Bemis Hall. Enjoy all your favorites including music of such greats as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller, played by a fun group who enjoy playing and providing toe-tapping enjoyment for you.
Paint in pastels with Juliet
January 8 at 10 a.m.
Express your vibrant self with the brilliant colors of pastels with Juliet Rago! She will begin with a short introduction to drawing for those who feel they need it. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on January 8, 12, 19, 22, and 26 at Bemis Hall. No experience necessary. All materials furnished. Please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811. Limit of six. $40.
Lincoln Academy with Margaret Coffin Brown—linebacks, Lincoln pippins, and rangeways: resource management at Minute Man National Historical Park
January 8 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, Jan. 8 at 12:30 to hear Margaret Coffin Brown discuss “Linebacks, Lincoln Pippins, and Rangeways: Resource Management at Minute Man National Park.” North Lincoln retains historic resources preserved in Minute Man National Historical Park. Margie Brown will discuss the delights and challenges of preserving North Lincoln’s cultural and natural resources including heirloom cattle, orchards, witness homes, stonewalls, and the Battle Road. The COA 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
January 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 provides a monthly legal clinic with elder law attorney and Lincoln resident Sasha Golden on Monday, Jan. 8 from 3–4 p.m. at Bemis Hall. There is no charge for the thirty-minute consultation, but please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811.
Free wellness clinic for all ages
January 9 at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Woods
Meet with a nurse at 50 Wells Rd. in Lincoln Woods on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m.–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.
January 10 at 10 a.m.
If you’re interested in writing your memoirs or just curious about what goes on in the group, come to the first meeting of the group at Bemis Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. If you want to continue, the cost of the eight-session term is $75. The dates for the term are Jan. 10 and 24; Feb. 7 and 21; Mar. 7 and 21; Apr. 4, 7 18; and May 2 and 16. For info, call Connie Lewis 781-259-9415 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to decide what to do next with your new freedom
January 10 at 2 p.m.
What do you want to do with your freedom when you’ve retired or had another life change? How do you decide what to do next? Join Pam Mizrahi in a free course of practical strategies to uncover your own values, plan retirement’s stages, identify goals, create helpful habits, balance your days and weeks, celebrate accomplishments, and build in flexibility based on a book by Jean Risley. It will be held every other week for nine Wednesdays at 2 p.m. beginning January 10 at Bemis Hall.
Protect yourself from Medicare fraud
January 12 at 10 a.m.
$60 to $90 billion of our tax dollars are lost to Medicare fraud each year. Come meet Patricia McMillen, a representative of the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program, on Friday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. at Bemis Hall to participate in a discussion on how to prevent, detect, and report healthcare errors, fraud and abuse. Please sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811. The program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol Program which is funded in part by grant number 90-MP 0226-03-01 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, Washington, DC 20201.
Enjoy a potpourri of songs with Rich Eilbert
January 12 at 1 p.m.
Spend a fun, enriching musical afternoon with Lincoln-based singer/songwriter Rich Eilbert on Friday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at Bemis Hall! Rich has run the LOMA (Lincoln open-mike acoustic) event at the Lincoln Library for over eight years and can be seen annually at the Lincoln Winter Carnival coffeehouse. Rich will be performing original songs during the concert covering the gamut from romantic to humorous to topical/political. He’ll welcome comments or discussions at the end about the songs or songwriting in general.
January 16 at 9:30 a.m.
Hand drumming is a fun and unique way to express yourself and enhance well-being that’s sweeping the country. Come learn the joy of drumming with acclaimed drummer Mike Connors from the Concord Conservatory of Music on six Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. beginning January 16 at Bemis Hall. $78. Sign up by calling the COA at 781-259-8811 as space is limited. No need to bring a drum.
Senior dining: now free in your birthday month
January 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, Jan. 16 at St. Anne’s Church. They welcome new diners often—give them a try! Please reserve by calling the COA at 781-259-8811 at least a week ahead. The cost of each meal is $5. Caregivers are welcome to come with those for whom they are caring. Let them 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. New: enjoy a lunch free during the month of your birthday! Just come and let us know it’s your special month.
Coffee with pastel artist Bernadette Quirk
January 16 at 2:15 p.m.
Join Lincoln artist Bernadette Quirk at a Coffee in the Bemis Hall Gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 2:15 to celebrate her exhibit of pastel paintings during January and February. Bernadette is currently an active member of the Lowell Arts Association and has a pastel painting in their Fall 2017 Members Juried Show at Lowell’s Whistler House Museum until January 27, 2018. She teaches at local senior centers and gives private lessons in art mediums.
The Science Club: advances and innovations in the field of radiation therapy to treat cancer from the research labs at MIT past and present
January 18 at 10:15 a.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10:15 a.m. to hear Richard Keough discuss a project he was involved in along with the MGH Radiation Therapy department to combine the traditional forms of ionizing X-rays with a non-ionizing method of ultrasound hyperthermia to treat cancer. Developing this ultrasound system entailed a major engineering effort over a decade which required that the treatments be done at this facility at MIT. Otherwise this lab was a typical academic research center utilizing grad students, postdocs, and technical and medical talents spanning a wide spectrum of talent. Keough will discuss the fundamental principles differentiating the types of radiation interactions that take place in treating this disease as well as some more recent research efforts in this field utilizing concepts of nuclear and high energy physics.
Getting the most out of your iPhone and iPad
January 19 at 9:30 a.m.
The COA’s programs on iPhones and iPads given by Andy Payne have been so popular that they have asked him to come back yet again. Andy will be at Bemis Hall on Friday, Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m. to give you more information on the operation and features of iPhones and iPads and answer your questions. You are welcome to attend whether you came to the other sessions or not. If you have tips for using your iPhone or iPad, bring those, too!
New group for spouses of veterans
January 19 at 10 a.m.
Priscilla Leach, Lincoln’s Veterans Services Officer, is pleased to announce that she is starting a group for spouses of veterans (whether the vet is living or deceased). She hopes that the spouses will benefit from getting to know each other, discussing common concerns, and having fun together. The first meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at Bemis Hall and subsequent meeting places will be The Commons and Lincoln Woods. No need to sign up, but if you would like more information, please contact Priscilla at 781-259-4472 or email@example.com.
Uber and Lyft: they’re easier than you think
January 19 at 11 a.m.
If you need to get somewhere, the best way may be to use services like Uber and Lyft. However, these require a smartphone to set up your rides. If you’re befuddled by Uber, Lyft, and GoGoGrandparent (a new service to use Uber and Lyft without a phone), come on down to Bemis Hall on Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. for an introduction by Andy Payne. Besides telling you how these options work, the class will go through signing up for Uber and Lyft (bring a credit card for your account setup), as well as showing how to request rides.
The stories of your life should be told
January 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Our lives are made of stories, but too often we don’t feel they are valuable to others or we just don’t know how to tell them. Sharing both the fun and tough stories is healing for ourselves and important for our families. Join Lincoln native and professional storyteller Elisa Pearmain on Friday, Jan. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Bemis Hall for an engaging and playful workshop on remembering, shaping and sharing stories for yourself, your family and friends.
2018 Top of the Town Winter Gala
January 20 at 5 p.m.
Are you planning to go to the Top of the Town Winter Gala on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 5–8 p.m. at the deCordova Museum? If so, please send in the reservation form you got in the mail. The form must reach the FLCOA at PO Box 143, Lincoln, MA 01773 or Bemis Hall by January 11 to confirm your attendance. This is a catered party, and an accurate head count is important. Because there is a space limit of 200 persons, the FLCOA will start a wait list if replies reach that number. They request that you let them know promptly if you must cancel so they can notify the next person on the list. While the Friends of the Lincoln COA are pleased to host this event with free admission for Lincoln residents, they greatly appreciate your donations to show support for this event.
Lincoln Academy with Peter Conrad—the medicalization of society: origins and consequences
January 22 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 to hear Peter Conrad discuss “The Medicalization of Society— Origins and Consequences.” In recent years an increasing number of behaviors, conditions and human differences have been defined and treated as medical disorders. Examples include addictions of all sorts, ADHD, obesity, menopause, a wide range of sadness, erectile dysfunction, PMS, infertility, childbirth, aging, cognition loss, and dozens of others. This talk examines the origins and consequences of this widespread medicalization of society. The COA 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: marijuana
January 24 at 10 a.m.
“Should Lincoln become the marijuana mecca? After all, this is a farming community and we are trying to bring more traffic into our downtown area,” quips Fireside Chat facilitator Sharon Antia. Do we want to grow pot commercially? Do we want to have a dispensary here in town? Join the discussion at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Jan. 24 in the Community Room at Lincoln Woods as the Fireside Chat thinks through what options make sense for us here in Lincoln. The Fireside Chat meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Healing motion for life: a free movement workshop
January 26 at 1 p.m.
Being in touch with the way our bodies move, and working to keep our movements unrestricted and fluid help bring health and clarity to every aspect of our lives. Join Susanne Liebich on Friday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at Bemis Hall to experience a variety of sustainable exercises including expressive movement, breathing and relaxation in a program sponsored by Deaconess Abundant Life Services and Newbury Court. Susanne’s movement practice helps you achieve body awareness, presence, physical strength, balance, focus, and serenity. Future programs will be held on February 23 and March 30.
Lincoln’s intergenerational singalong
January 26 at 3:30 p.m.
The LEAP After-School Program, the Lincoln Council on Aging, and the Magic Garden Children’s Center invite Lincoln residents of all ages to enjoy a free Multigenerational Concert and Sing-Along as part of the Winter Carnival on Friday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. at Bemis Hall. The program will include singing groups from each of the three organizations. Members of the audience will enjoy favorite folk songs, children songs, and more.
Lincoln Academy with Zach Woods: amateurs assist in the second war for U.S. independence
January 29 at 12:30 p.m.
Come to Bemis Hall on Monday, Jan. 29 at 12:30 to hear Zach Woods discuss “Amateurs Assist in the Second War for U.S. Independence.” Non-professional militia, privateers, and Napoleon hindered and helped as we fought against the superior but hamstrung British Military in the War of 1812. What was the war all about? Learn about some of the surprising and telling moments in the conflict through a short film and presentation. The COA 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.
Save the date
The Irish and how they got that way
Join us to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, March 14 at the Stoneham Theatre. Trip-goers will attend the matinee performance of The Irish and How They Got That Way by Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes). This revue is a celebration of a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music and love of life. It is a fabulous show, with excellent reviews, an uplifting musical that will leave you smiling. A comfortable air-ride bus will leave Donelan’s parking lot at 12:45 p.m., returning at approximately 5:30 p.m. This trip is rated easy, as it entails a short walk from the bus to the theater with no stairs to climb. Complimentary refreshments are served at intermission. The cost of the trip is $29 and is non-refundable. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, send your check, made out to FLCOA Trips, to Virginia O’Brien, 4 Linway Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. Please include your phone number and email address. If you have questions you can call Virginia at 781-259-1291 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.