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 newfriendships.
A nonprofit organization, the Friends' ongoing mission is to help support and enhance resources and activities at the Beech Street Center (Belmont senior center).
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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
Please remember to swipe your Beech Street Center card for each activity you attend — whether scheduled activities (special events, classes-workshops, or interest group meetups) or unstructured activities (such as computer room use, ping-pong, or bocci ball).
Swiping helps us plan ongoing events, and also provides vital statistical data for the Town to show that the Center is being well-used. So keep on swiping!
Town of Belmont residents are advised that at the November 4 Special Town Meeting, Members voted to approve a Residential Sidewalk Snow Removal Bylaw which is now awaiting final approval from the Massachusetts Attorney General. See the Town notice (pdf file).
If you have used a reputable company or individual to shovel your sidewalks, the COA would appreciate the contact information to include in a list we are compiling to help with this very important need. Contact Marie Poore (617-993-2979) or Nava Niv-Vogel (617-993-2975). If unable to reach them directly, please be ready to leave the pertinent information on voicemail. Thank you.
For guidelines on snow-shoveling requests, see our Weather-Related Services section.
If you need help staying warm this winter, contact Marie Poore (617-993-2979) to see if you meet all eligibility requirements, and for help applying to Community Teamwork Fuel Assistance.
Consider making a year-end donation to help our fundraising efforts. It's easy and secure through our PayPal button (in the left column). A donation in any amount is appreciated. You will also receive a thank-you letter, which you can also use for your tax records to verify your tax-deductible giving!
For an event that requires sign-up, call 617-993-2970, or stop by the front desk.
Wednesday, December 4 at 12:30 pm
Just in time for holiday gift-giving, be well informed about gift cards, gift exchanges, and general tips on saving money. Find out why some gift cards are better then others.
Presented by Belmont resident and attorney, Steve Rosales.
Thursday, December 5
from 9:30 am to noon
Update: Workshop is filled,
but a waitlist is active.
If you have a pair of garden gloves and scissors, please bring them (as well as any special items you want to use). Other supplies are provided, no charge. Since this is limited to 25 people, you must sign up in advance. No walk-ins.
Presented by the Belmont Garden Club.
Friday, December 6 at 1:15 pm
Come to this timely and helpful talk offered by Rabbi Dr. Earl Grollman. He is a world renowned expert on grief and trauma, a Belmont resident, friend to many and a very popular speaker at the Center. Among many honors in his distinguished career is receiving the highest award from the Association of Death Education Counseling, one of only three professionals to receive it.
Even if you're just feeling holiday stress, you're sure to benefit from his insights and suggestions.
SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) is a state program that provides free health insurance information and counseling assistance to Massachusetts seniors. Get help figuring out which company offers the best drug formulary and the overall Medicare package that is right for you. If eligible, you can also apply for Medicaid.Two highly trained counselors are available to assist you.
Make an appointment as soon as possible.
We have scheduled a special Burlington Mall trip for December. Also, we have added a new grocery destination: Whole Foods. See our Transportation page for the current schedule.
New single-session (2-hr) workshops, targeted to specific areas of computer learning — from beginner basics to intermediate topics.
See Computer Classes and Tutoring for more details.
Starting December 4 (Wed, 2:00-3:45)
Belmont High School senior Cathryn Tang has again generously offered to teach her popular art classes! Come try your hand at various media (charcoal, watercolor, and other media). Free, but limited to 25!
See a summary of ESL activities.
Many are experiencing the benefits of using our Fitness Center with state-of-the-art-equipment. It's easy and affordable to join.
See the Fitness Room page or inquire at the Front Desk.
Evelyn Polli's artwork shows her range of artistic techniques, including some Chinese brush-stroke pieces. These works also express her life-long interest in nature, especially flowers and their arrangements.
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