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Town of Marblehead
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-8571 fax
Activities for Fun and Fitness
The Council on Aging holds numerous classes and activities for both fun and fitness. In addition, workshops, programs, health screenings and lectures are added to the monthly schedule.

For information on COA activities contact the Coordinator at 781 631-6225.

To contact an Outreach Worker with concerns about a senior or for a senior call 781 631-6737.

Please check the Marblehead Council On Aging Monthly Newsletter for the current schedule.

Our Activities and Programs as of October, 2015 - (dates & times subject to change)

Ambulatory Tai Chi - This class is designed for those with limited mobility secondary to
disease, post-surgery or post injury. Those with walkers or wheelchairs are welcome.
Instructor: Master Nicanor Snow, Second and Fourth Wednesday at 2:00 pm.
Cost: $5.00 per class.

Balance & Mobility (formally called Physical Therapy) - Taught by staff from North Shore Physical Therapy, this class will teach you effective safe techniques for stretching all the muscles of your body to relieve joint and muscle pain, improve posture, balance and increase your energy. Alternate techniques are provided  for those with arthritis and other painful conditions. This class also addresses increasing balance and functional mobility.
Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 am. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Bocce - Held at the COA on our beautiful outdoor court. Participate in group competition or individual games. Tuesdays and Thursdays from May through October at 10:00 am.
Cost: $8.00 per season. 

Bridge - Current Players - Players who want to learn advanced methods and modern conventions. Instructor: Sheila B. Keating, Mondays from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm.
Cost: $11.00 per class. 

Bridge - Beginners - Learn the fundamentals with Instructor Sheila B. Keating on Mondays from 2:00 - 3:30. Cost: $ 11.00 per class.

Caregiver Café - This is a Caregiver Support Group that meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm.

Chair Yoga - This class provides the fulfillment and benefits of traditional Yoga without the difficulty of getting on the floor. Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Computer Classes - Learn introduction to computers - Word, Excel and the Internet. Call the
Center for the class cost and schedule.

Crazy Whist - Play Crazy Whist the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. The fourth
includes lunch. Cost: $2.00 game only or $5.50 with lunch. Reservations are
required. Call the center or check the Newsletter for specific dates. 
Cribbage - Join this fun-loving group of folks on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am for a spirited
game of cribbage. An understanding of the game is needed in order to participate.

Day of Quilting - Special monthly Saturday class offered with a specific theme/pattern and Instructor. Check with the Center for date and cost. 

Drawing - A variety of drawing classes are offered periodically. Check the Center for the latest
schedule and cost.

Fitness Room - The Center has a well-equipped Fitness Room monitored by a training professional. There are 3 treadmills, 2 seated elliptical bikes, a recumbent bike and more. The Fitness Room is currently available: Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00 am through 1:30 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 am through 10:30 am and Fridays 7:00 am through 10:30 am and also 12:30 pm through 2:00 pm. Cost: $10.00/5 visits or $35.00 per calendar month for unlimited visits.

Golf League - The COA sponsors a golf league run by COA participants Mondays at 9:00 am
at Lakeview Golf Course in Wenham from May through October. Contact the Center for more

IPad/IPhone -  Individual instruction and problem solving on your IPad or IPhone.
Contact the Center for dates and availability. Instructor: Ruth Curtis.
Cost: $15.00 for a 30 minute session.

Library -
Our lending Library is available during Senior Center hours. A vast selection of
hardcover and paperback books, jigsaw puzzles and VCR/DVD movies are available for you
to borrow. Cost: Free.

Line Dance - Learn the fundamentals of a variety of line dances and country line dances.
This is a great way to exercise while having fun. Instructor: Cindy Gray. Wednesdays at
10 am
. Cost: $5.00 per class.

Lunch - Lunch is served at the Center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 pm.
Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $2.50 or
$2.25 for people 60 and over. 

Mah Jongg - Players must sign in at front desk. Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm.

Men's Group Exercise - Each session will focus on cardiovascular and strength training. Instructor: Vivian Consalvo, Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 am. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Men's Group Luncheon
- This social group for men meets quarterly. A guest speaker will
provide information on various topics. Please call the center for dates and times. Cost: $8.00.

Movies - From classics to new releases, movies are shown on Fridays at 1:00 pm twice per
 Please check the Newsletter for further information. Cost: Free. Sign up in advance. 

Oil Painting - Learn oil painting from local artist, Marty Riskin. Please call the Center for a list of required supplies. Mondays, Thursdays and/or Fridays from 9:00 am - 11:30 am.
Cost: $15.00 per class.

Osteo Prevention Class - Staff from North Shore Physical Therapy lead this class designed
to strengthen bones and improve balance to aid in preventing osteoporosis and eliminate
falls. Thursdays at 10:00 am. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Outreach - An Outreach professional is available Monday through Friday to speak with or visit
seniors in need of information about COA activities or other services. Referrals are
accepted. Please call the Center to contact our Outreach professional.

Parkinson Fitness - A fitness program for Parkinson patients designed to increase strength,
balance, coordination and cognitive awareness using seated and standing positions. This
class utilizes music as well as voice projection and various types of speech patterns.
Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Instructors: Keith and Linda Hall, Marilyn Freeman.
Cost: $5.00 per class.

Pickleball - Come and learn what all the talk is about in this fun and competitive class. This  a
game which incorporates the fundamentals of tennis, racquetball and ping-pong. Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 pm through 3:00 pm and Tuesdays 1:30 through 2:20 pm.
Cost: $5.00 per class. Players must sign up at front desk.

Puzzlemania - A complex puzzle is always underway in the Center lobby. These are
community puzzles so feel free to add a few pieces while visiting at the Center. 
Monday through Friday 8:00 am through 3:00 pm

Quilting - This group of hand quilters works on joint and individual projects.
Fridays at 10:00 am. Cost: Free.

Quilting with Janet - Machine quilting classes in addition to individual project instruction. 
Instructor: Janet Barnet, Thursdays at 10:00 am. Cost: $5.00 per class.

Quilt Guild - Seacoast Quilt Guild meets monthly on the third Thursday evening from
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
. Catch up with other quilters, learn new techniques and enjoy guest speakers. All quilters welcome. Annual Fee: $20.00.

Rug Hooking - This group works on individual projects while enjoying fellowship of other rug
hookers. Please call the Center for more information.

Scrabble - Friendly Scrabble games are played Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Newcomers are welcome. Cost: Free. Players are required to sign in at front desk.

Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-off Program - This municipal program provides property
tax credit in exchange for volunteer work performed by eligible senior citizens. Applications
are available in January. Please contact the COA Director for more information.

S.H.I.N.E. - Health insurance information and assistance is available at the Center by
appointment. Certified volunteer SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
counselors will provide assistance to Marblehead seniors. Call the Center for dates and times.

Strength & Stretch - This class includes both weight training, basic yoga stretches and 
relaxation. Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Instructor: Evie Fessenden. Cost: $5.00 per class.

Tai Chi - This exercise class is a low impact fitness class that improves balance, strength and
flexibility. Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Instructor: Master Nicanor Snow. Cost: $5 per class.

Tap Dance - Learn to tap dance. Beginners through advanced are welcome. Tuesdays and 
Thursdays at 11:45 am
. Instructors: Debbie Davis and Ginny Carlson. Cost: $6.00 per

Transportation - Transportation is offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm for medical appointments. Requests must be made at least two business days in advance.
Weekly trips to Crosby's, Market Basket and Vinnin Square; bi-weekly trips to the North
Shore Mall are also available. Please contact the Center for our schedule, requests and cost.

TRIAD - This is a partnership of public safety, senior citizens and agencies serving seniors to
provide safety programming for seniors.The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. Any senior is welcome to join.TRIAD also sponsors "Shredding Day" - a shredder
is available in the Center lobby for seniors to dispose of unwanted papers safely.
Wednesday at 11 am.

Trips - The COA sponsors a number of day and overnight trips throughout the year. Information on upcoming trips can be found in our Newsletter, on Facebook or by clicking Trips.

Walking - The Center's gymnasium is available for individuals to walk everyday, Monday
through Friday, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
. Cost: Free. Walkers are required to sign in at the
front desk. 

Watercolor Painting - Experiment with watercolor in this  instructional class for
beginners and intermediate painters. Call the Center for dates and times. Instructor: Marty Riskin. Cost: $15.00 per class.

Weight Training - These classes utilize light hand and leg weights, stretch bands and
Exertubes in strength workouts. The emphasis is on proper form and technique. Monday through Friday at 8:45 am. Instructors: Vivien Consalvo and Kim Crowley.
Cost: $3.00 per class.

Wellness Clinic - The town's Public Health Nurse, Tracey Giarla, is available for questions regarding health issues, blood pressure checks and for those who need continuing monitoring.Thursdays  at 11:00 a.m. In addition, a VNA CareNetwork RN is available on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 - 12:30 pm. Cost: Free.

Wool & Bull - This group knits items which are donated to local nursing homes, hospitals and
sold at the Center. Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Cost: Free.

Yoga - Yoga is an exercise of the mind and body which reduces stress and tension while
improving your health. Instructor: Evie Fessenden. Mondays at 9:30 am,
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am and Fridays at 9:00 am
. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Zumba - Zumba Fitness classes are an exciting way to exercise, dance and have fun.
Move to the beats of the merengue, salsa, cumbia, tango and other Latin songs and
learn easy-to-follow dance patterns that will reenergize your exercise routine. Instructor:
Kim Crowley. Mondays at 11:15 am. Cost: $5.00 per class.