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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Remembering The Blizzard Of ’78

Old Man Winter gave the Northeast a beating 42 years ago that we would never forget. The Blizzard of ’78 dropped catastrophic amounts of snow, forcing motorists to be stranded in cars along roads and major highways and schools were closed for days. On Tuesday, February 11, at 1 PM, come in from the cold and enjoy some hot chocolate and a twist to our “Meet and Greet” series as Mashpee Council on Aging Director Lynne Waterman and Julie Silva, activity coordinator, reminisce and hear your stories of this unforgettable storm.

Google Gmail Workshop

Gmail is Google’s free web-based e-mail product with a large amount of storage space. All that storage space allows users to archive e-mails. With its search function one can easily access archived e-mails. By adding a few search keywords in the search box, you can find e-mails and attachment types. Join us on Thursday, February 12, at 11 AM with volunteer Paul Gentile as he continues with his presentations—and learn more about Gmail. Prior Internet use is recommended.

Bike Trip Across America Presentation

What is it like to bike 3,411 miles across America? On Monday, February 13, at 1 PM, find out as we welcome adventure-seeking Patrick McGinty and he explains how he averaged 80 miles per day over 43 days. Hear about some of the interesting people he met along the way as well as his other trials, tribulations and rewards of achieving a dream. If you, too, are an adventurer, have an adventurous spirit, wondered about biking across America or just love to hear about travel stories, this presentation is for you!

Valentine’s Day Smooth Jazz & Savory Treats

Valentine’s Day is a day to show others and yourself some love. Join us on Friday, February 14, at 1 PM to sit back and relax while the smooth sounds of the Bart Weisman Jazz Group fill the room. Enjoy some sweet and savory treats. Due to space limitations, this is open to Mashpee seniors only. Sponsored in part by Laurentide at Mashpee Commons and reservations are a must.

Inaugural Remembrance Day

The month of February is often associated with Valentine’s Day and love. It tends to be a time to rededicate your love to someone special. This month can be difficult if that someone special—be it a spouse, partner, friend, family member or neighbor—is no longer with us, especially the first year without them. This gathering will be held to remember those members of the Mashpee Senior Center community who passed away in 2019. Join us on Tuesday, February 18, at 2 PM as we remember and take the opportunity to connect with others who knew that special someone. For more information or to include the name of a Mashpee senior to be remembered, contact Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512. Reservations are needed by February 11.

“Shifting Hope” A Hospice Presentation

If you’ve cared for a loved one with a complex illness, you know what an ordeal it can be. Sometimes you don’t know what to expect or prepare for or perhaps the goals of the medical provider may be different from our goals and the goals of our loved ones. This talk will provide strategies to help families struggling with decisions such as of treatment, medical interventions and others. It will provide valuable tools for communicating with medical providers to understand what is important to you. This talk will also give you the opportunity to ask a nurse practitioner specializing in palliative care questions relating to any aspect of the hospice journey. Join us on Wednesday, February 19, at 11 AM for this program.

Independence House Relationship Education And Advocacy

Independence House will have a volunteer at the senior center on Wednesday, February 11 (as well as every second Wednesday of the month), from 10 AM to noon to confidentially assist with information and referrals for services if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic, sexual, or elder violence. Appointments are not necessary; just stop by.

Cape Cod Healthcare Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services

This support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1:30 PM at the senior center; the group will meet next on February 12 and 26. The group is for people with memory impairment and their care partners and provides information, guidance, and respite to caregivers, and conversation and social interaction for those with memory impairment. To preregister, call Cape Cod Healthcare Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services at 508-775-5656.

Intermediate/Advanced Beginner Bridge Instruction

This is an excellent opportunity to continue to improve upon your already basic understanding of this popular game. Improve your skills with supervised hands-on play. It is a great refresher program with three sessions of instruction on Wednesdays, February 12, 19 and 26, from 1 to 3 PM. Register for this three-week commitment at the senior center by calling 508-539-1440 or stopping by the front desk to sign up.

Book Club

This month the book “Dutch Girl” by Robert Matsen will be the selection we discuss when the book group meets on Friday, February 22, at 2 PM. Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like “Roman Holiday” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. Come and learn more about her. Come join us on the third Friday of each month to participate in the book club. Reservations are not required—just pop in for a fun hour.

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