Beech Street Center

Belmont Council on Aging
Belmont Senior Center

Lunch Reminder

Remember to sign up for lunch by 11:30 am on the previous day ....
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Belmont Senior Center

The Belmont Council on Aging (COA) at the Beech Street Center invites citizens of the Belmont area to attend a wide variety of events and activities and make use of services available. Boomers, seniors, and caregivers of senior citizens can all pursue varied interests, get needed information or referrals, learn new skills, have fun, and form new friendships.

Friends of the Belmont Council on Aging

A nonprofit organization, the Friends' ongoing mission is to help support and enhance resources and activities at the Beech Street Center (Belmont senior center).

Please contribute any amount, using the PayPal button below. Your donation is tax-deductible! Thank you.

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Help support community center resources for Belmont boomers and seniors!

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Caregivers Book

Order your copy today at this link! Proceeds directly benefit the Belmont senior center.

book cover-caregiving-MaggieRoseAsk Maggie Rose: Managing Life's Sweet Sorrow

A compilation of letters from her column in the Belmont Citizen-Herald on the challenges and tough questions we face as our loved ones age.

Welcome to the Beech Street Center — Belmont Senior CenterBelmont senior center activities range

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (M,W,Th,F), plus 8:00 am - 7:00 pm on Tuesdays
Extended Tuesday hours provide a great way for working adults to take advantage of what the Beech Street Center offers!

General Questions? Call 617-993-2970

News from the Director of the Belmont COACOA Director, Nava Niv-Vogel

Electronic Swipe-In for Activities

Please remember to swipe your Beech Street Center card for each activity you attend — whether calendar-scheduled activities or other Center resources such as the Game Room or Computer Lab. It helps us for both planning and reporting vital statistical data for the Town (and plays a crucial part in determining our budget), so swipe-in and be counted!


parking ban symbolIMPORTANT PARKING BAN NOTICE!

No cars are to be parked over the weekend of August 16-17.

Our parking lot will be sealcoted that weekend!


Welcome New Belderbus Driver

Our new full-time Belderbus driver, Martin Cloherty, comes with solid driving experience and an eagerness to serve seniors. We will be able to accommodate more rides now!

Thank you, Robert Bonnano

The Council on Aging extends its thanks to Robert Bonanno and his crew for repairing our bocce court. Bocce courts require a lot of maintenance and Mr. Bonnano donated a significant amount of time and materials to make ours tip top again. He and his crew weeded, leveled, and placed a second layer of crushed stone to make the court great for playing.

bocceCome and enjoy the renewed court while the weather is still nice! If you want to learn to play, call the Front Desk (617-993-2970) to sign up for a lesson on a Wednesday or Thursday.

Ice Cream Social and Mad Science Extravaganza

Friday, August 22
Ice cream servings start at 1:30 pm; entertainment starts at 2:30seniors line up at ice cream social at Beech Street Center

Ice cream and toppings plus entertainment for all ages — so bring the special children in your life to this fun-filled (air conditioned) indoor event.

Suggested donation: $1. Tickets are available for 160 people. reserve: 617-993-2970 (or in person).

Mad Science Extravaganza

Ever see scissors sizzle and shiver? Ever taken a bubble shower? Here's your chance! Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with the Mad Scientist. The show will include foggy dry ice and demonstrations of floating beach balls in the air. The Mad Scientist will unlock the mystery of how to get "Egg-bert" back into his house using suggestions from the audience.

Thanks to our sponsor and volunteers

Special thanks to Waltham Crossings for co-sponsoring this event. Many thanks also to the volunteers who help serve the ice cream and toppings.

Upcoming Events

For an event that requires sign-up, call 617-993-2970, or stop by the front desk.

Movie

Friday, August 15 at 1:00 pm

movie Breaking Away (1 hour 40 minutes)
A wonderful comedy-drama about four local kids coming of age in Bloomington, Indiana. One of the kids, who wants to be a champion Italian bicycle racer, drives his father crazy with opera records and broken Italian. The performances, both kids and parent roles, are loving and funny.

This film won multiple awards and nominations in 1979, including Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe Award for Best Film. It is also ranked eighth on the List of America's 100 Most Inspiring Movies, compiled in 2006 by the American Film Institute.

Ask Your Doctor the Right Question

Tuesday, August 19 at 1:15 pm

patient-doctor Do you sometimes leave your doctor's appointment feeling like you forgot to ask something important or that you didn't quite understand what she or he said to you? What if you got coaching to learn how to ask good questions? Evidence shows that people who learn how to do this have an edge on those who don't. They get around the health care system more easily and are more involved in their health.

The Right Question—Effective Patient Strategy(tm) has proven to be effective no matter what your level of education. Learn how:

  • to feel encouraged to ask questions
  • to generate and prioritize your questions
  • to focus on decisions about healthcare concerns and treatment
  • to share decision-making with your doctor

Sing-along with Tommy Smith

Tuesday, August 25 at 1:15 pm

sing-along Tommy returns to the Center With his keyboard and good sense of humor to entertain us with his wide range of musical styles.

He started performing Irish-American music with his father, and now is a popular regular on the senior circuit as well as performing at local musical venues.

Other Events

special events at the Belmont senior  centerBoth fun and informative!

Notices & Reminders

Social Worker: Summer

Our social worker is not funded over the summer. If you have a social service need, please call our Director Nava Niv-Vogel at 617-993-2975. As an LICSW, she also serves as the social worker in charge during Janet's absence.

Calling All Artists

— painters, lithographers, photographers, and other artists. We feature regular exhibitions of local artists from Belmont and New England. If interested, call Dena, our Coordinator (617-993-2977) to find out more.

August Shopping

See our Transportation schedule.

Caregivers' Support Group

  • (Tue) Aug 5 at 7:00 pm - Library
  • (Thu) Aug 21 at 2:00 pm - Classrm B

Visiting Services and Consultations

From financial to health-wellness professionals to government represenatives. Many are recurring monthly; others may be a one-time service. See which Visiting Services are scheduled for August.

Podiatrist

Not available in August. Dr. David Alper returns September 4

Book Discussion Group

No meetup in August. September's book will be Seize the Day by Saul Bellow.

Swimming and Walking

Swimming is available at the Fernald Pool, but check the latest status.
Walking Group meetups now available two days — Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 am (meet in our lobby).

Friendly Yoga (Mat Yoga)

Tuesdays 5:30-6:45 pm
$15 per session
or $130 for 10 sessions
Jun 24 - Sep2
(Note: Next sessions are Aug 19, 26, and Sep 2
(No class Aug 12)

This is a non-COA evening class made available at our Center for your convenience.

Discover Our Fitness Center

senior fitnessNow with more equipment!
It's easy and affordable to join.

See the Fitness Room page or inquire at the Front Desk.

Art Exhibit

Will Bielitz
Photographic Exhibition

photo sampleA retired Town of Belmont employee, Will made the switch from film to digital images. His photos have appeared in local papers and bank calendars and cards. This show highlights Will's varied interest in flowers, landscapes and simple nature scenes.

Fundraiser

engraved brick fundraiserBuy-a-Brick

Purchase an engraved brick for the rear patio and walkway of the Beech Street Center.

Your engraved brick will help support the Center, provide a personal memory for you, and also serve as ongoing inspiration for continued support of a permanent senior center for Belmont.

buy-a-brick donation

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