Please note that reservations are requested for most programs offered at Mashpee Senior Center unless indicated otherwise at the end of each description. More information is available by contacting Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

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Mashpee Senior Center will be closed Wednesday, January 1, for New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Luncheon & Party

Who says the party needs to end at midnight? Come join us as we continue to welcome in the New Year with a special luncheon/party on Thursday, January 2, at noon. Put on those dancing shoes as this party comes complete with a deejay, dancing, noisemakers, our own countdown, and a toast to the New Year! Join us with your old friends and meet some new ones. Due to space limitation this is open to Mashpee seniors only. The event is sponsored in part by Royal Health Group.

Introducing Outreach Coordinator Lori Nelson

The following is a welcome message from Lori Nelson, the new outreach coordinator for Mashpee Council on Aging. Ms. Nelson has a master of education degree in counseling.

Hello everyone! I am very fortunate and excited to be working with the seniors here in Mashpee. I started on November 4. During my first month, I’ve been orientated to all the incredible work the council on aging and senior center provide on a daily basis. My role as the outreach coordinator is to assist Mashpee older adults to remain independent and safe in the community. Mashpee has been my home for more than 30 years. My entire career has been devoted to helping others. I am passionate and committed to working with you in my new position. I look forward to a long-term relationship with you and the Town of Mashpee. We live in an incredible and supportive community and I will work hard to gain your trust. My job is to help support you! If I haven’t said hello to you yet, please feel free to stop by the senior center or call me at 508-539-1440, extension 3502.

Monday Morning Movie Musings

John Grisham has written many novels that Hollywood has turned into films. Please watch the film, “Runaway Jury” (2003) on your own; then come prepared to discuss it (like reading a book for a book club). The DVD is available through the public library CLAMS catalogue. Did the film follow the book’s writing? Did you like the acting? Directing? Music? Join us on Monday, January 6, at 9:30 AM and share your insight. Looking forward to an exciting discussion on this noteworthy author’s material. There is no need to make a reservation—just drop in!

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Breakfast

On Thursday, January 9, at 10 AM, join us as we celebrate, acknowledge and appreciate our men and women in blue, the members of Mashpee Police Department. They do so much for the Mashpee community and our senior center community. Here is your opportunity to share a cup of coffee with them (and yes, a doughnut) and thank them for all they do. Mashpee seniors only. Due to space limitations, this is open to Mashpee seniors only. Reserve a spot by calling 508-539-1440 or stop by the front desk to sign up.

Karen’s Krafts

Join us as Karen Thurber leads workshops for making beautiful crafts. She will provide the needed supplies. Come on in and create! There is a fee. If you choose to supply your own decorations, be aware that the fee will still be required for instruction.

Chunky Yarn Blanket—Thursday, January 9, at 2 PM. Come and enjoy making a really soft lap blanket with your hands in only an hour! These blankets are so easy to make and are heavy, warm lap blankets. There is a fee, which covers three skeins of yarn to create one lap blanket. Come join us and have fun knitting with your hands.

Finger-Loop Knitting for Gloves and Infinity Scarfs—Thursday, January 16, at 2 PM. Finger-looping yarn is designed for fun, fast hand-knitting projects! No knitting or crocheting is needed. Learn to make a beautiful infinity scarf or warm gloves. There are lots of colors to choose. They are wonderful for this winter weather and make great gifts!

New Session! Matter Of Balance

Matter of Balance is back! Classes are on Thursdays, January 9 through February 27, from 1 to 3 PM. Presented by the team at Healthy Living Cape Cod, the eight-week session may transform your life and give you the confidence that you need to stay active and healthy as you age. Light to moderate exercise, group discussion, a reference workbook, videos and a visit from a physical therapist makes for a thorough learning experience. The workshop is free. Registration is required. Call Amy from the VNA at 508-957-7423 to sign up and obtain registration forms. Mashpee seniors only. A physician release is required in advance before you can participate. For more information, visit www.healthylivingcapecod.org.

Book Club

The book “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, who met and fell in love while imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. It is their story of beauty, hope, courage and survival against the odds. Join us January 17 at 2 PM and on the third Friday of each month; reservations are not required, just pop in!

Activities On Hold

Some of our activities are on hiatus during the winter:

Wednesday Painters—The morning Wednesday painting class is on recess through Wednesday, April 29. The morning class will resume on Wednesday, May 6. The afternoon Wednesday painting class continues as usual.

PC Laptops Skills held the first and third Mondays is on recess from January through March.

Aerobics for the Brain held the second and fourth Tuesdays is on recess in January, resuming on February 11.

Exercise for Longevity held Fridays is on recess through March, resuming in April.

Don’t forget: If there is an inclement weather concern, the Mashpee schools are closed and senior center/council on aging activities and programs—as well as the minibus—are cancelled. The senior center building will remain open and COA staff will report unless Mashpee Town Hall is closed. Listen to the local radio stations for updated information.

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