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An afternoon gathering at the senior center are, front row from left: Evie Malm and Milli Greene; back row, from left: Hilda George, Carol Thompson and Joan Stafford

On Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., there will be a Senior Tax Work-Off Info Session at the senior center. As part of this program you could earn up to $1500 off of your real estate taxes. Recently, we have made some changes to our senior tax work-off program. This info session will be a great time to see if you qualify for the program and you’ll hear about the exciting opportunities on the horizon. Please register in advance.

1 ON 1 NUTRITION CONSULTATION

Starting Monday, Dec. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m., and continuing on the second Monday each month at the same time, join HESSCO’S Registered Dietitian, Kelsey McEntee, at the senior center for 30 minute 1 on 1 nutrition consultations. Come prepared with your questions about your health concerns. Call to set up an appointment.

MAKING MUSIC

Calling all musicians and singers: Bring your ukulele, guitar, voice or other acoustic instrument and join us for a new “Making Music” program beginning on Monday, Dec. 6, and the first Monday of every month, at 12:30 p.m. All skills are encouraged and welcome to participate in this monthly FREE sing and play along experience. We will explore fun and familiar songs. Sign up in advance to let us know you’ll be joining us.

JORDAN MARSH: NEW ENGLAND’S LARGEST DEPT. STORE + MUFFINS

Come join author Anthony Sammarco on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. as he presents his program to us on the history of Jordan Marsh. Jordan Marsh opened its first store in 1851 on Milk Street in Boston selling assorted dry goods. Following the Civil War, the store moved to Winthrop Square and later to Washington Street. The new 5-story building unveiled the novel concept of department shopping under one roof. We will also be serving Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins at 4 p.m. prior to the 4:30 p.m. presentation. Space is limited. You must sign up in advance.

VETERANS’ CLUB

The next meeting of the Veterans Club will be on Monday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 p.m. The mission of the Veterans’ Club is to create a listening session around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. Additionally, important veteran issues will be discussed under the leadership of the town's Veterans Services Officer Ally Rodriguez. Registration is required to allow for furniture set up.

FRIENDS’ BINGO – BRING A FRIEND – ALL ARE WELCOME

Come and join us for bingo at the senior center on Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and every first Tuesday of the month. Win cash prizes in varying amounts. There is a nominal fee of $1 per card. Bring a friend! Call to sign up. This program is hosted by the Friends of Foxboro Seniors.

HOT COCOA PARTY

It’s THAT time of the year! Come join us at the senior center on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. and experience a gourmet Hot Cocoa Party with your friends before the holidays. You’ll be able to load up your drink with a variety of fun toppings. Registration will be limited, so please sign up early.

BEGINNER MAH JONGG FREE PLAY

Beginner Mah Jongg Free Play will start on Wednesday, Dec. 8 and will continue every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. This beginner free play is for those players who have just recently started learning Mah Jongg and may want to take each game a little slower than those who have played for many years. Sign up in advance if you’d like to join us.

DECEMBER MOVIE DAYS

The theme for our December movies is Netflix’s “Christmas Chronicles” and the movies will be shown on the following Thursdays at 1 p.m.:

Dec. 9 – “Christmas Chronicles” Siblings Kate and Teddy Piece hatch a scheme to capture Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) on Christmas Eve. When the plan goes awry, the kids join forces with a somewhat jolly Saint Nick and his loyal elves to save the holiday before it’s too late.

Dec. 16 – “Christmas Chronicles II” Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) and Mrs. Claus (Goldie Hawn) when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas. Please sign up in advance.

BOOK CLUB

Our senior center Book Club will be meeting on Monday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. This program is designed for seniors who simply enjoy reading or listening to books on tape. If you are interested in taking part in the Book Club, call Christina at 508-543-1234 to sign up in advance.

MEDITATION

Meditation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. Join us for our meditation classes in the senior center on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Learn to create peace of mind and go on a mini vacation of meditation every day! Each class focuses on breathing, improving posture and practicing different meditation methods including writing your own guided meditation. In these uncertain times you deserve moments of calm personal reflection. The cost is $3 per class and is punch card eligible. Please sign up in advance.

REFLEXOLOGY APPOINTMENTS

The senior center will be offering reflexology appointments on the third Friday of each month starting Dec. 17. Reflexology is based on stimulating specific points on the feet that correspond to other areas and organs of the body. Reflexology is used to restore the body’s natural equilibrium by improving circulation and reducing tension. This relaxing and rejuvenating experience will involve aromatherapy infused reflexology. The cost is $41 per half hour appointment. Sign up with your payment to schedule an appointment.

CHAIR MASSAGE APPOINTMENTS

Sign up for a 15 minutes chair massage at the senior center on Thursday, Dec. 16, and every third Thursday of the month, with massage therapist Joanne O’Brien. The cost $15 per 15 minute appointment. This is a quick, inexpensive way to enjoy the benefits of a massage. Sign up for an appointment with your payment in advance.

LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP

The Low Vision Support Group will be meeting on Thursday, Dec. 16, 1 to 2 p.m. This adult group provides peer support and information for anyone with vision loss or those who have concerns about their vision. If you are interested in participating, please check with Pam McGuire by calling 508-543-1234 for final details.

HEARING HEALTH

On Wednesdays, Dec. 8 & 15 there will be hearing clinics offered from 1 to 3 p.m. This program is free and will provide a hearing screening, ear wax removal, hearing aid cleaning and service by appointment. Call in advance to schedule a 20 minute appointment.

LUNCH OUT

Our next luncheon outing will be on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. at Jake n’ Joe’s Restaurant. Call us to sign up by Monday, Dec. 20 and meet us at the restaurant on the 22nd. For those who require van transportation, arrangements must be made by Monday the 20th.

HOLIDAY PARADE

We’ll be spreading cheer to homebound residents this holiday season with a holiday parade on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. If you would like to be added to our holiday parade route, please register and we’ll drive by with our festive vehicles.

SENIOR SANDWICHES

On Thursdays, we offer Grab and Go Senior Sandwiches at the senior center. You can pick up your sandwich at the front desk on Thursdays at any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and you can take the sandwich with you, or you are welcome to eat in the coffee room or on the outside benches. Quantities are limited, so you MUST sign up in advance to get your Senior Sandwich meal. There is a suggested donation of $3 to HESSCO. Sandwiches will not be available on Dec. 23.

SENIOR SUPPER

Our NEW Senior Supper program will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m., with dinner served around 4:30 p.m., and this new program will focus on a unique, high quality, catered meal. The cost is $4 per person. We hope that you’ll join us for an evening out with friends. The menu for December is Chicken Parmesan, Penne Pasta, Caesar Salad, a roll and water. You must sign up in advance with your payment.

TRAVEL WITH US TO MACKINAC ISLAND IN 2022

Join us as we step back in time and travel to Mackinac Island on June 6-13, 2022. Mackinac Island is considered “The Jewel of the Great Lakes.” NO cars, NO chain hotels, just ferry boats, horse-drawn carriages, tandem bicycles, world famous fudge, unique shopping, unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, and a surrounding landscape that has been preserved as a National Historic Landmark. Registration for this trip has begun and we still have some openings. Call or stop by the senior center for more information or to reserve your spot if you would like to join us.

S.H.I.N.E

You can obtain health insurance information and assistance through the SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone) Program. A SHINE counselor is available on Tuesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m. for a “virtual” meeting over the telephone or on a Zoom meeting. This program provides free and confidential health insurance information counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents who are or will be eligible for Medicare and their families. Call for an appointment.

For more information on Council on Aging and Human Services programs and services, check our website at www.foxboroughma.gov or call us at 508-543-1234.