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7th Annual Senior Art Show is on display at the Wellesley Free Library for the month of June. The work of more than fifty local artists working in multiple mediums will be on display through June 28 in Wakelin Room and the lobby of the main library. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Council on Aging, Waterstone of Wellesley and the Wellesley Free Library. There will be a reception on June 12, 7pm – 8:30pm at the library, where some artists will discuss their artwork and share techniques and inspiration. If you plan to attend the reception, please contact Deborah Gordon, receptionist at Waterstone by phone at 781-235-1614 or email [email protected].
Art by students at Saint John School will be displayed in the Children’s Room and the glass cases at the entry to the Children’s Room during the month of June.
The work of Michelle Jong, nationally recognized for her large-scale works of contemporary realism featuring atmospheric seascapes and coastal settings, will be on display through June 8 at Page Waterman, Gallery & Framing in Wellesley Square at 592A Washington St. A special painting demonstration by Jung on Saturday, June 8, 3pm to 6 pm brings the event to a conclusion. Get all the details here.
Ladies, what do you say to lunch? I say lunch is always a good idea, especially when the Wellesley Service League (WSL) is in charge.
On Mondays from October through May, the WSL along with the Wellesley Friendly Aid Society hosts Friendship Circle, a social program for senior women of all income levels. Participants enjoy a wide variety of activities including speakers, holiday parties, musical performances, and excursions. WSL members provide transportation to each meeting, and everyone enjoys camaraderie and a good lunch.
Before breaking for the summer, the WSL puts together the much-anticipated annual spring luncheon. It’s called the provisional luncheon because the first-year members of Service League (called the provisional class) are in charge of the event. WSL member Margaret Loofbourrow says, “The newest class of Service League hosts the beautiful luncheon, complete with white table cloths, flowers, a menu, a four course meal, superior service with a smile, and a goodie bag for all the ladies. Service League sure knows how to make the ladies feel special.”
This year’s theme was “Spring Florals and English China” and a group of 35 was served at the lovely home of Deb Paul. “Sixteen Wellesley Service League provisionals planned, set up, cooked, and waited on the esteemed guests,” said member Carol Morrow.
On the menu: starters of mini quiche and mini crab cakes with dipping sauce; a main of grilled lemon chicken served with a spring pasta and pesto and pea salad, with honey roasted baby carrots; a salad of baby romaine lettuce with tomatoes and cucumbers; and pound cake with fresh strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate drizzle for dessert. Iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and tea were also served.
A pianist set the mood with cool jazz standards, and all the guests went home with party favors of tea cups filled with chocolates.
Morrow said, “It was such a rewarding experience to see our seniors so enjoy themselves — smiling, laughing, socializing. They certainly look forward to the event each year. Their heartfelt thank you’s at the end of the luncheon was more than enough reward.”
Interested in joining Wellesley Service League? You can get more information here.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter will offer a free program on the latest in research on Thursday, April 25 beginning at 7 p.m., at the Wellesley Council on Aging, 500 Washington Street.
Science of Hope will teach attendees about the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the underlying brain changes caused by Alzheimer’s and other dementias and how this knowledge is being translated into treatment and prevention strategies.
Reserve your spot today by calling the Wellesley Council on Aging (781) 235-3961.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 1pm
WHERE: Tolles Parsons Center, 500 Washington St.
Sign up with the COA (781) 235-3961
Walk-ins are welcome
This program is sponsored by the Wellesley Sustainable Energy Committee.
The Wellesley Council on Aging (COA) March/April 2019 program registration begins on Wednesday, February 27 for Wellesley residents and Thursday, February 28 for non-Wellesley residents.
There are three ways to register for programs:
Please note: registration begins at 9am for all registration methods. Online registration is only available if you have received your key tag and created a MyActiveCenter account.
Join in the fun and educational opportunities the COA offers such as the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration; see Wellesley College’s Slam Poetry Team perform their original poems and recite some of the favorite works by their favorite authors; attend a lecture; join the photography club; take a fitness class; get creative in an art class; take a day trip, and more.
The Wellesley Council on Aging (COA) wants to hear from you.
The COA is seeking input from residents and patrons on how to better meet their needs beyond the current operating hours at the Tolles Parsons Center. The Center is now open for business Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.
Are you interested in visiting the Center, participating in programs and accessing services at other times of the day or during weekends? Complete a short survey to share your thoughts. Participation is voluntary and answers are confidential.
The survey is included in the February utility bills sent to residents; interested participants may also pick up copies of the survey at the Tolles Parsons Center at 500 Washington Street.
All surveys must be completed no later than March 15, 2019.
I took the survey, and it’s just a quick five or six questions. It seems to assume that survey takers will want to expand the hours. There’s no question that says should the hours should be expanded? It’s more like which hours should be expanded. So if you think the hours are fine the way they are you’ll have to speak up in a box that allows you to expand on your answers.
The Wellesley Council on Aging on Monday, Jan. 7 (1:30-2:30pm) will host an information session about Discovery Centers for Civic Engagement, a program designed to help Wellesley residents aged 55-plus lead more meaningful lives by becoming more engaged in their community.
The pilot program to be held at the Tolles Parsons Center will provide peer coaching to help people get more involved with nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations that can benefit from their skills. Volunteers are being sought as well to become peer advisors.
If you are interested but unable to attend, please contact Gayle Thieme, Director of Senior Services at the Wellesley Council on Aging (COA).
Advance registration for the information session is required by calling the COA at 781-235-3961 or by going online.