This winter at the Senior Center we offered lots of opportunities for people to learn new things. Many heartfelt thanks to all the fantastic volunteer teachers who made it possible. It’s been great to welcome new people to the Center, and the new programs and classes have been most informative and entertaining.
Eight people just graduated from the Mah Jongg class of 2014. Many thanks to Mary Ann Burns and Connie Marshall for teaching the American version of this intriguing ancient Chinese game. Well done all. Mah Jongg is now played Monday and Friday mornings.
A six-week series of Yoga classes begins March 18 at 1:30 p.m. The cost for six weeks of yoga is $50 for members and $56 for non-members. Yoga is taught by Kelley Reagan, CMT & RYT. For those of you who prefer seated yoga, Sandi McGowan teaches classes Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m.
Carl Potter leads weekly writing workshops on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call Peggy Pearson for more information at 871-5791.
Nine people learned to play cribbage from Gil Myers, with help from Bill Pearson, We’re going to try forming a cribbage club to play on Thursday afternoons, so if you’re interested, just show up at 1 p.m any Thursday.
Bridge classes taught by Barbara Couture, Donna Powell and Fran Landis run on Fridays at 1 p.m. through March 7. Several new people are learning, and we hope to see them playing at the center. Bridge is regularly played Monday and Wednesdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
In a three-week series of genealogy workshops Sherry Marcoux shared her knowledge about documenting family history and helped six people learn more about building their family trees.
The Essex Senior Citizens St. Patrick’s Day luncheon of corned beef and cabbage is at St. Pius Church March 12 at 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $5 and available from Renata McGrath at 879-3021. On March 19, the luncheon is at Maple Street Park hosted by Essex Alliance and First Congregational churches.
Spring ahead! Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night, March 8.
How do you get to be a member of the senior center? Fill out a short form and pay $12 annual dues. Dues are pro-rated, so join in March for $10. Everyone gets one free visit. After that, non-members pay $1 per visit except for certain programs.
The Senior Van provides free transportation for Essex residents aged 60 or more anywhere in Essex Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays to church from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. To make a reservation, call the Center at 878-6940 the previous business day between 9 and 11:45 a.m. Volunteers are waiting to take your call.
If you’re looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity, why not take reservations on the senior van? Just call and leave a message if you’re interested. People are needed to substitute and/or work a regular schedule. Training is provided and volunteers work in pairs in the Senior Center office.