Bocce is back: May happenings at the Council on Aging

All programs are held at the Judy and Gene Jacobi Community Center, 10 Humphrey St.,  unless otherwise stated. For more information or to RSVP for programs, call 781-631-6225 or email

Lunch at the COA

Lunch is offered on Tuesdays at noon for $3. The meals are prepared in the Council on Aging’s commercial kitchen. These lunches are supported by The Friends of the Council on Aging. 

Grab-n-go lunches 

Grab-n-go lunches are offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Council on Aging. Pick-up time is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Reservations must be made the Thursday before. Traveling Chef

On Friday, May 5, at noon, there will be no grab-n-go lunch. Instead come inside to enjoy a carving station menu. RSVP by Monday, May 1. Suggested donation is $2. 

Maple Street Bistro at Essex Tech

On Monday, May 15, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., come to the Maple Street Bistro before it closes for the summer. The COA van can transport up to 12 people or you can drive on your own. Cost is $16 due Monday, May 8.

The Marblehead COA Golf League 

The Golf League starts Monday, May 1. Come to the New Meadows Golf Court in Topsfield at 8:40 a.m. that day. Or visit the Salem Municipal Golf Course on Thursday, May 4, at 7:55 a.m.

All past and new players: if you are not registered yet, please email your contact information and availability to Maureen Horan at

It’s Bocce season

The season begins Monday, May 8. Games will be played at the COA on Mondays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Friday Travel Team will play 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Cost is $15 for the season. Sign up at the front office. Contact for more information.

Movie Days

On Friday, April 28, at 1 p.m., watch “To Catch a Thief.” 

Then Friday, May 5, at 1 p.m., enjoy “Eighty for Brady” about four best friends living life to the fullest when they take a wild trip to the 2017 Super Bowl to see their hero Tom Brady. 

On May 19, at 11 a.m., see “House of Gucci,” starring Lady Gaga. RSVP.

Calling all veterans

Celebrate veterans at this breakfast hosted by the COA and the Masons on Friday, May 26, at 9 a.m. RSVP by Friday, May 19.

Photographic journey with Ulrike Welsch

Join Ulrike Welsch on Friday, May 12, at 11 a.m,. on a photographic journey to the country of Georgia, in Eastern Europe. Georgia is rich in art, agriculture and talent and is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world. Welsch will share photos and stories from a recent visit. RSVP.

Taking and organizing photos on your iPhone

KevTech returns for thai special class on May 10, 11 a.m. You’ll learn abouthe iPhone’s camera app and explore the different types of photos you can take. You’ll also learn ways to organize photos in favorites and albums. $15. Call to register.

Talking about grief

Join Trish Crean, the bereavement coordinator with All Care Hospice, on Friday, May 12 at 10 a.m. to talk about living with grief. Call to reserve a seat.  

Guess who’s coming to dinner

COA Outreach Coordinator Sharon Dolober and Stacey McCarthy will lead this caregiver support group on Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Flying Solo road trip

This group, designed for people who live alone, will be taking a road trip to Winter Island in Salem. Meet at Winter Island in the function hall on Tuesday, May 23, at 1 p.m, and learn about the history of Winter Island. The group will then get ice cream at Salem Willows. RSVP by Friday, May 18.

Trips & Tours

The COA is planning several trips and tours this spring and summer, including a luncheon and Bee Gees tribute concert at the Danversport Yacht Club on Tuesday, May 23; a luncheon and Texas Tenors concert at the Danversport Yacht Club on Tuesday, June 23; and a Montreal-Quebec trip July 18-21. For more information and to sign up, call Janice at 781-631-6225.

Coffee with a Cop

Join Chief Dennis King or someone else from the Marblehead Police Department to discuss community concerns. Fridays at 8:30 a.m. 

Blood Pressure Clinic 

Drop-in blood pressure clinic on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon.  

Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Passes can be purchased for $10 for five visits.

Tai Chi/Qigong

Tai Chi/Qigong is an excellent form of exercise for low-impact strengthening, stress relief, balance and flexibility. Qigong is an ancient Chinese system that combines breathing, movement and meditation to cultivate health and wellbeing. Thursdays at 1 p.m. $5. 

Chair Volleyball

Chair Volleyball is now at the COA on Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. 

Muscle Conditioning 

Senior Muscle Conditioning with Kim on Mondays and Fridays at 9 a.m and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Cost is $3.

Stay Active

North Shore Physical Therapy runs an osteo class on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. There’s also Balance and Mobility with Mary Manning on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Each class is $3. 

Zumba Gold 

Zumba Gold classes are held on Wednesdays at noon. It is a lower intensity dance class inspired by Latin and world music.

Parkinson’s Fitness  

The Parkinson’s Fitness class is free on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Specifically developed for folks with Parkinson’s disease but appropriate for all, this class focuses on strength, mobility and balance. This program is paid for by the Friends of the Council on Aging.

Indoor Curling  

Indoor curling takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. 

No experience is necessary for this indoor sport. Instructions on how to play the game will be available at every session. Yearly fee is $15. Contact with questions. 

Stretch & Strength

The Council on Aging offers a Strength & Stretch class on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $3. 

Step it Up 

Karen Jancsy leads this low-impact movement and muscle conditioning class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. 

Weight Training 

A Weight Training class is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m. Cost is $3. 

Yoga with Evie 

This yoga class is held on Mondays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. 

Chair Yoga  

Gail Perry Borden teaches Chair Yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Cost is $3. 

Line Dancing 

Kate Hoffman teaches Line Dancing on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first hour is focused on beginners; however, all are welcome and encouraged to participate. Cost is $5. 


Learn how to quilt in this class on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.

Knitting Group

Drop-in knitting is Thursdays at 9 a.m.


Cribbage is held on Tuesdays. Doors close at 9:30 a.m.  


Play mahjong Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

I Love Bridge 

This advanced bridge instruction class meets Mondays, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5. Drop-in bridge is on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


Canasta is now at the COA on Thursdays and Fridays, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

Learn more about insurance

Trained SHINE counselors offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of Medicare and related insurance programs. Appointments are available at the COA. Call 781-631-6225.

Get a senior Charlie Card 

People who are 65 years or older are eligible for reduced MBTA fares with a senior Charlie Card. These cards are valid for eight years. Call Nadine Lepick at 781-631-6225 Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to ask questions or make an appointment to process an application. Cards can also be reloaded with cash on any bus. 

Want a lift?  

The COA offers transportation services to both in-town and out-of-town medical appointments and in-town errands such as the hairdresser, bank, to vote or to the COA for programs and/or lunch. Weekly grocery shopping trips to Crosby’s and Market Basket and bimonthly trips to the North Shore Mall are also available. Transportation runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule a ride, call 781-631-6225. 

Home safety audits  

The town offers home safety audits to local residents. A representative from both the Marblehead Fire Department and the Council on Aging will schedule a time to meet seniors at their homes and review and discuss home safety options. Also, free fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and lock boxes can be installed. To learn more, contact Sharon Doliber at 781-631-6225. 

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Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter. She also works as a PR specialist.

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