March 2014 Announcements: Bedford Council on Aging

Submitted by the Bedford Council on Aging

Entrance to the Council on Aging at the back of Bedford's Town Center - Image (c) Town of Bedford
Entrance to the Council on Aging at the back of Bedford’s Town Center – Image (c) Town of Bedford

A plethora of events will take place in the Senior Center in March!

Wednesday March 5 at 1:00 PM
Bedford Circuit Trail System
Citizen of the Year, Ralph Hammond, will be doing a presentation on Wednesday March 5 at 1:00 PM on the proposed and increasingly popular Bedford Circuit Trail System. Their goal is to contribute to a safe, healthy, walkable and welcoming community by connecting and maintaining more than 30 miles of trails, paths and bikeways that we already enjoy in our community. Walking the trails in Bedford can enhance the dignity of all the citizens by building connections to our past, to our environment, to our town, and to each other. We need your help to bring parts of the past back to life.

The COA can play a key role in bringing the History of Bedford to life. Much of Bedford has been torn down and replaced. Students and families in town believe the John Glenn Middle School was named after the first man in space. Not only do we want to preserve our past, we want to specifically point out the exact spot in town where our history happened. Hope you all can attend! Please call the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 for more information.

Monday March 10 from 4:00- 9:00 PM
FBCOA Fundraiser
Support the Friends of the Bedford Council on Aging while you eat! Ken’s NY Deli and Brick Oven Pizzeria 72 Great Road (Blake Block) Monday March 10 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM *eat in or take out* 10% of all sales will benefit the FBCOA!

Tuesday March 11 at 6:30 PM
Solar 101
The Town of Bedford, in conjunction with the Town of Lexington, was awarded a grant from the Clean Energy Council for the program “Solarize Mass”. This program assists municipalities in choosing a reputable solar installer who then gives increased discounts based on the number of residents who sign up for rooftop solar. You are invited to join Solar Energy experts from the Mass Clean Energy Center for an educational session which will include an overview of how solar electric systems work, an explanation on how Federal and State incentives can save you money, and how you can go solar with the new community based “Solarize Lexington-Bedford Program.”. Please let us know if you will attend by calling the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825.

Wednesday March 12 at 1:00 PM
Getting Organized for Financial Planning
Join Mike Franco from New York Life on Wednesday March 12, 1:00 PM at the Bedford Council on Aging for an educational seminar will help you with organizing everything in your estate, teach you how to protect yourself in the event of long term care, and how to pass on assets with reduced tax consequences. Please call the COA at (781) 275-6825 with any questions.

Wednesday March 12 at 6:00 PM
Edna Hibel: Painter, Lithographer and Promoter of Peace
Born in 1917 in Boston, Edna Hibel began to paint when she was nine years old. A painter of sentimental pictures of children, she has had a worldwide career for over 60 years! Hibel’s work has been exhibited in more than 20 countries including Russia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, and the United States. In 1995, she was commissioned by the Foundation of the U.S. National Archives to commemorate the 75th anniversary of women receiving the universal right to vote. Her exhibitions “Golden Bridge” and “Peace Through Wisdom” were efforts to promote peace and cultural understanding between China, the United States, Yugoslavia, and Russia. Lisa Honka invites you to a special presentation on Wednesday March 12 at 6:00 PM. Learn more about this inspiring woman and enjoy some of her artwork! There is no charge for this program but please register in advance by calling the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825.

Thursday March 13 at 11:00 AM
For Women Only: Bladder Control and Pelvic Health Information Session
Physical Therapists Judy Curless and Laurie Drake of Emerson Hospital are going to share strategies for women to improve bladder control and pelvic health. Judy is a popular pelvic health physical therapist who recently retired from Emerson Hospital. Several conditions will be covered, including leaking bladder, incontinence, pelvic pain, constipation and organ prolapse. Learn simple exercises that can be done standing and sitting and that will help improve the blood supply and tone pelvic muscles. They will also speak about how physical therapy can address these issues and more. Registration for this program is required. Please call the Bedford Council on Aging at 781-275-6825.

Tuesday March 18 at 1:00 PM
Coffee with the Town Manager
Come to the Bedford Council on Aging to meet with Rick Reed, Town Manager, on Tuesday March 18 at 1:00 PM. Mr. Reed will discuss Town Meeting, answer questions, review the warrant, and address comments about Bedford government.

Beginning Tuesday March 18 at 6:30 PM
New! Learn to Draw!
We are thrilled to announce that Katie Sussman, art teacher at Bedford High School and Assistant Director of Deerfield Academy Summer Arts camp, will be teaching a 6-week drawing course beginning Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 PM at the Town Center building. Learn to draw from life and photographs using pencils, charcoal, colored pencil, and maybe even watercolor pencils. The cost for this class is ONLY $35 (includes materials)! Space is limited so please register soon by calling the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825. Taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, all are encouraged to take this class regardless of previous experience or ability.

Wednesday March 19 at 1:00 PM
Understanding Basic Estate Planning
Attorney Dale Tamburro returns to the Bedford Council on Aging on Wednesday March 19 at 1:00 to answer common estate planning questions, including what is probate, why you don’t want it and how to avoid it; Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney, and Wills; how are your assets owned; the ABC’s of a Revocable Living Trust; how to protect your home if you need Long Term Care or Nursing Home. Dale will also be offering three 45-minute individual consultations that day beginning at 9:00 AM. Please call the Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 to register for the seminar or to make an individual appointment.

Wednesday March 19 at 7:00 PM
An Evening with Shakespeare
You are invited to a special, free performance on Wednesday March 19 at 7:00 PM at the Town Center Building. Let actor Stephen Collins make Shakespeare’s words come alive for you. From the evil machinations of Richard III, to the philosophical bantering of Falstaff, to the brilliant oratory of Brutus and Antony, Stephen brings the Bard’s words to life. Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, histories, and sonnets are all represented in this exciting show. Please call the Bedford Council on Aging at (781) 275-6825 to let us know you will attend.

Thursday March 20 at 11:30 AM
Irish Luncheon Sponsored by BrightView
Join us at the Bedford Council on Aging for a special Irish Luncheon sponsored by BrightView Senior Living. Please RSVP by Friday March 14 by calling (781) 275-6825.

Tuesday March 25 at 1:00 PM
Library Book Discussion: Mao’s Last Dancer
Staff from the Bedford Free Public Library will lead a discussion of Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin at the Bedford COA on Tuesday March 25 at 1:00 PM.

From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice.

Wednesday March 26 at 1:00 PM
Visit the Desert National Parks
Join Carol and Ron Reynolds on Wednesday March 26 at 1:00 PM on their tour of the desert national parks of Arizona and Southern California. Their tour included Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks, Walnut Canyon National Monument and the Petrified Forest and Saguaro National Parks. See Joshua Trees and cactus in bloom. Death Valley, despite its name, is full of life and beautiful scenery. See canyons, salt flats, a castle, and the results of a flash flood.

Tuesday April 1 at 1:30 PM
Jerry Atric – The Older I Get
The Bedford Council on Aging, in conjunction with the Bedford Cultural Council, presents Steve Henderson as “Jerry Atric”, a solo comedy about an elderly gentleman and his experiences with ice cream, health care, romance, and more. You won’t want to miss this entertaining show that reminds us about the possibilities for happiness, love, and fulfillment no matter what your age! This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Thursday April 3 at 9:30 AM Departure
Parker’s Maple Barn ~ $62 pp
Visit some of New Hampshire’s best attractions! Board Fox Tours’ motor coach at 9:30 AM to travel to the little town of Mason to Parker’s Maple Barn for an authentic Parker’s Maple Sugar Brunch. After you eat you’ll have a tour of the Maple House to learn the process of transforming the sap into maple sugar. Take your sweet tooth with you and purchase some maple sugar treats from the gift shop. Next you will travel to Merrimack, NH to the Anheuser Busch Brewery, home of the famous Clydesdale horses where you will be able to view them up close and personal. All of this is included for just $62! Sign up will begin on Monday, March 3 with payment due at time of sign up. Return to Bedford will be at about 5:00 PM.

Thursday April 24 at 1:00 PM Departure
Blue Man Group & Bisuteki ~ $85 pp
Blue Man Group combines music, technology, and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic”, and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself. Enjoy lunch at Bisuteki Tokyo in Cambridge where your food is cooked right on the table where you are seated. Your chef will keep you entertained while he cooks your choice of scallops or steak. Lunch will be at 2:00 and the show will begin at 4:30.The bus will leave from Bedford promptly at 1:00 and return at about 7:30 p.m. This great day of entertainment will cost $85.00 and sign up will begin on Friday, March 7. Payment is due at the time of your reservation.

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