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 is held at the Center on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm
. Cost: $.50/card - 2 card
- 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.
- Learn introduction to computers - Word, Excel and the Internet. Call the
Center for the class cost and schedule.
- 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.
- 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.
- A variety of drawing classes are offered periodically. Check the Center for the latest
schedule and cost.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
- 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
. Cost: $5.00 per class.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Cost is $3.00 per class
- 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
am. 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
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.