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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 June 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, Wednesdays at 2:00 pm. Cost $5.00 per class.

Bingo - Bingo is held at the Center on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Cost: $.50/card - 2 card

Bocce - Held at the COA on our Outdoor Court. Tuesdays & Thursdays from May through
    October at 10:00 am. Group competition or Individual games. Cost: $8.00 per season. 

Bridge - Current Players - Mondays from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Instructor Sheila B. Keating. 
    Players who want to learn advanced methods and modern conventions. Cost: $15.00 per

Bridge - Beginners - Mondays from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Learn the fundamentals with Sheila
    B. Keating. Cost: $15.00 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-equiped fitness room monitored by a training professional. There are 3 treadmills, 2 seated elliptical bikes, a recumbent bike and more. The Center is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am - 10:30 am and Friday from 12:30 pm - 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 in Wenham from May through October. Contact the Center for more

IPad/IPhone -  Individual Instruction and Problem Solving in IPad/IPhone. Cost: $15.00 for a
    30 minute session. Instructor: Ruth Curtis. Monthly sessions, contact the Center for dates
    and availability. 

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.

Line Dance - Learn the fundamentals of a variety of Line Dances and Country Line Dances
    with Instructor Cindy Gray. This is a great way to exercise while having fun. 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 - Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Cost: Free.
    Players must sign in at front desk. 

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

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

Oil Painting - Learn oil painting from local artist, Marty Riskin. Cost: $10.00 per class. 
    Classes are held Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Please
    call the Center for a list of required supplies. 

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 worker is available Monday through Friday to contact and/or visit
    seniors in need of information about COA activities or other services. Referrals are
    accepted. Please call the Center to contact the Outreach Worker.

Parkinson Fitness - 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.
    Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Instructors: Keith and Linda Hall, Marilyn
    Freeman. Cost: $5.00 per class.

Physical Therapy - Taught by staff from North Shore Physical Therapy. This class will teach 
     effective techniques for stretching all of the muscles in your body to relieve joint and muscle
    pain, improve posture and increase your energy level. Alternate techniques are
    demonstrated for those with arthritis and other painful joint conditions. Wednesdays at
    10:00 am
. Cost is $3.00 per class

Pickleball - Come and learn what all the talk is about in this fun and competitive class. This  a
    game which incorporates fundamentals of tennis, racquetball and Ping-Pong. Tuesdays &
    Thursdays from 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
. Cost: $5.00 per class.

Puzzlemania - A complex puzzle is always underway in the Center lobby. These are
    community puzzles so feel free to add a few pieces while at the Center. Available 
    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 
. Cost: Free.

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

Quilt Guild - Seacoast Quilt Guild meetings monthly, on the third Thursday evening of the
    month, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
. Catch up with other quilters, learn new techniques and
    enjoy Guest Speakers. Annual Fee: $20.00. All Quilter Levels welcome.

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

Strength & Stretch - This class includes both weight training, basic yoga stretches and 
    relaxation. Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Instructor is 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 is $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 the schedule. 

TRIAD - This is a partnership of public safety, senior citizens and agencies serving seniors to
    provide safety programming for seniors. TRIAD also sponsors "Shredding Day" - a shredder
    is available in the Center lobby for seniors to dispose of unwanted papers safely - every
    Wednesday at 10 am. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month. Any senior is
    welcome to join.

Trips - The COA sponsors a number of day and overnight trips throughout the year. Please
    see Trips for more information.

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

Watercolor Painting - Experiment with watercolor in this six week instructional class for
    beginners and intermediate painters. Instructor: Marty Riskin. Cost is $10 per class. Call the
    Center for dates and times.

Weight Training - These classes utilize light hand and leg weights, stretch bands and
    Exertubes in strength workouts. The emphasis is on proper exercise. 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 on Thursdays 
    at 11:00 a.m.
for questions regarding health issues, blood pressure checks and for those
    who need continuing monitoring.

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

Yoga - Yoga is an exercise of the mind and body which reduces stress and tension while
    improving your health. Instructor: Evie Fessenden. Classes are 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.