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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Lyme Disease & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Effects On The Older Adult

Learn about Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases and their symptoms and treatment on Thursday, August 1, at 11 AM. Handouts will include tick ID cards plus a pamphlet on ticks and mosquitoes. This program is presented by Rita Mitchell, a registered nurse with the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment.

Mashpee Police Department’s 4th National Night Out

Join the Mashpee Police Department’s Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, from 5:30 to 7:30. Free and totally fun festivities will take place on the grounds between the police and fire stations at Frank E. Hicks Drive. Bring your family and join us for an evening of fun, food and fellowship plus police, fire and DPW equipment with demonstrations and vehicle tours. There will be music by Cape Country 104, free food, free bicycle helmets courtesy of Mashpee Kiwanis and—courtesy of the Salvation Army—free backpacks filled with school supplies (all freebies while supplies last). Face painting is courtesy of NAMI, balloon twister and tattoo artist courtesy of Friends of Mashpee Library; and don’t forget to visit the Mashpee Senior Center/Council on Aging table! National Night Out is a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and better places to live.

Croquet Is Back!

Join us for a morning of fun and movement Thursday, August 8, from 10 AM to noon as we play croquet in the Mashpee Senior Center back yard. Call the senior center to reserve a mallet or just come by and have fun.

Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation is the process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. Mindfulness meditation may help one recognize and manage stressful thoughts and situations, which may lead to a more balanced and healthier outlook. A study by Harvard researchers determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter. Every Tuesday at 1 PM, instructor Pete Cormier will guide you through and help you to develop your meditation practice. This is a drop-in class and there is a fee. More information is available by contacting Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

Book Club

The selection for August is a reader’s choice. We will talk about a recent book we’ve read, an all-time favorite book, maybe talk about one we want to read. Come join us on Friday, August 16, at 2 PM for this entertaining group and enjoy our interesting discussions. We will also discuss various books for the next month’s read. Reservations are not required; just pop in for a fun hour, guaranteed! New members are always welcome to join this lively group. Everyone has a say and we spend 99 percent of the hour discussing books. It is also a nice way to meet new people.

Mashpee Senior Center Talent Show Coming Soon!

What do you get when you combine “America’s Got Talent,” “The Voice,” “American Idol,” “The X Factor,” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” You get the first-ever Mashpee Senior Center Talent Show complete with awards and bragging rights. Here is your chance to showcase your talents. How about singing, dancing, poetry reading, juggling, or a magic act? What else can you do? If you are interested in showcasing your talents (individually or as a team) or judging, contact Julie Silva, activity coordinator, at 508-539-1440, extension 3512.

Mashpee Men’s Club

Retired or semi-retired men over the age of 50 are invited to join the men’s club, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month, starting with coffee at 10 AM followed by a brief business meeting and a presentation by a guest speaker. Members also participate in a variety of interesting trips on and off-Cape each month, with lunch a part of each excursion. The club was formed in 1997. Call Bob MacColl at 508-477-0145 for more information.

Summer Sports Huddle

Stop by the senior center on Wednesdays from 10 AM to noon to join a lively sports discussion. This fun group is open to all seniors (men and women). There are discussions about sports from professional down to high school levels with a special emphasis on Boston and Cape Cod sports news. Come and share your knowledge, give your opinion (Will there be a 7th ring for our beloved Patriots?), or just meet some other sports enthusiasts. There is no fee and no reservation is needed; just drop on in.

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