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Lincoln Council on Aging

March 2009

Lincoln Academy - 12:15 PM.
Bring a bag lunch to Bemis Hall on Mondays at 12:15. We provide beverages and dessert. The lectures last about an hour, including a question and answer period. Participants are welcome to stay after the program to socialize and continue their discussion. Schedule March 9 - Drumlin Farm History - Rob Todd March 16 - An Overview of the Gropius House - Wendy Hubbard March 23 - Spies in the Skies - Wayne Mount March 30 - Anatolia, Anatolia - Kemon Taschioglou April 6 - Galapagos Trip - Benjamin Horne April 13 - The Karuna School at Walden - Prajna & Ted Hallstrom April 27 - England in Word War II - Enid Winchell and Paul Davis May 4 - A Personal View of the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens - Marko Bonito May 11 - Translating French Poet Jean de la Fontaine - Craig Hill
Inside this issue:

New Transportation Policy Income Tax Prep Social Services Adult Day Care Community Programs China Travelogue Senator Fargo Artists’ Gallery Men’s Coffee Conservation Coffee Collate the Newsletter Classic Jazz at Library Memoir Workshop Exercise Opportunities Trail Wallks Day Trips Movies Calendar Greening of Lincoln



If you have a life experience that you would like to share with the group contact Crawley Cooper at 781-259-0426.


The Delvena Theatre Company returns to Bemis Hall to perform Amelia Earhart on Thursday, April 23 (during school vacation week, so feel free to invite your grandchildren). Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make a circum-navigational flight of the globe in 1937. Fascination with her life continues today with many theories as to her disappearance. This edutainment production, which has been incorporated into a 1940’s radio show – complete with commercials - offers several creative scenarios as to what may have happened to Amelia, as well as a dramatic overview of her life. At the show’s conclusion, audience members are encouraged to enter into discussion regarding Amelia Earhart’s life and mysterious disappearance. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lincoln Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



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* * * NEW TRANSPORTATION POLICY* * * The COA will continue to offer rides to medical and other appointments, shopping, and COA activities through a combination of volunteer drivers (LINC) and taxis. In an effort to streamline the process of booking rides, all calls will now go to Lincoln Concord Coach at 781-259-7822. Call at least two business days ahead to book a ride. You may book a ride up to one month in advance. There is no charge for rides, whether taxi or volunteer, but donations to the Friends of the Council on Aging are greatly appreciated.

INCOME TAX PREPARATION - Free Tax Help: Volunteers certified under the AARP Tax Aide Program will prepare your Federal and Massachusetts personal income tax returns or answer your tax questions. This free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low and middle income taxpayers, with special attention to those over age 60. Call the COA office to schedule a confidential appointment (781-259-8811). THE RIDE is the MBTA door to door transportation system for those who are disabled. Applications are available at the COA. SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) Counselors are available for individual counseling regarding health insurance, medical bills and long-term care needs. Call the COA for an appointment. MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN Donated medical equipment is available at the COA including wheelchairs, walkers, canes, commodes, etc. HOME DELIVERED MEALS Meals on Wheels are provided by Minuteman Senior Services. Call 781-272-7177. Meals are delivered by Lincoln volunteers. FILE OF LIFE Store your medical information within a refrigerator magnet or wallet cards for use in medical emergencies. Stop in at the COA to pick up a magnet or call to have one mailed. EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE A town fund is available to help Lincoln residents of all ages with financial emergencies of up to $500. Call Pam at the COA for further information or to make an appointment. SUPPORTIVE DAY CARE PROGRAM - The Lexington Council on Aging offers an adult day care program for seniors who need assistance to continue to live independently. The home like setting is located on Mill Street in Lincoln. Cost of the program includes breakfast, a hot lunch, round trip transportation, and a full day of activities. Income eligible persons may apply for state home care assistance to offset the cost. To apply, call Carolyn Griffith at 781-259-1807.

Council on Aging Board Dot Taylor, Chair Bob Curtiss, Vice-Chair Valerie Lee, Recorder Peggy Boyer, Treasurer Flo Caras John Caswell Ben Horne Jack McCandless Julie Pugh Mary Sheldon Bob Sutherland Barbara Terrano

FCOA Board Beth Ries, President Laura Eschenroeder, VP John Cowles, Treasurer Susanna Joannidis, Asst.Tr. Rob Todd, Secretary Kim Buell Peggy Elliott Kenton Ide Avram Kalisky, Emeritus Harold McAleer Joseph O’Brien Cheryl Wilson Nancy Zuelke

Staff Karen Santucci, Director Pam Alberts, Asst. Director ______________________ Lincoln Council on Aging Bemis Hall 15 Bedford Road P. O. Box 6353 Lincoln, MA 01773 781-259-8811 Fax: 781-259-7990 E-mail:

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Free concert with singer/songwriter Geoff Bartley, "spiritual godfather of the Cambridge folk scene," Lincoln Public Library. Friday, March 27th, 7:30 PM. Geoff Bartley, "the spiritual godfather of the Cambridge folk scene," will share his songs and guitar. The free concert for all ages is sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Library. Check out tunes from Bartley’s latest CD “Blackbirds in the Pie” by googling “Geoff Bartley on MySpace Music.”

100th Anniversary of the Center School - Celebration - Sunday, March 8th , 2:00 PM at Town Offices. The program will include talks on the building's history as a school with "open mike" reminiscences and a tour of the building.

Classic Jazz at Lincoln Library. Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 PM. Norm Nichols “This is Great Music”

L-S Staff Variety Show March 13, 7:30 PM at L-S Kirshner Auditorium "Talented L-S faculty and staff join together to bring you an evening of comedy, visual arts and music. The lively and original show includes classic folk and rock songs along with original creations. It is an evening of true entertainment not to be missed!" Tickets $7. Contact Terri Morgan at 781-259-0717 for transportation if needed.

Join Kathy Rowe at the COA on Thursday, March 12 at 2:15 PM as she shares her recent trip to China: Visit China from Beijing and the Great Wall to Xian the ancient city near the Terra Cotta Warriors. Drive through rice fields and walk through beautiful gardens. Before our return, we spend a few days in Shanghai. This slide show will take you on an 18-day journey of an amazing country.

Senator Susan Fargo will be at Bemis Hall on Friday, March 27 from 11 AM to noon. Stop in for a cup of coffee and a chat with Susan.

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LINCOLN ARTISTS’ GALLERY AT BEMIS HALL Jane Cooper is our March/April artist. Please join us at a reception with the artist on Thursday, March 26 at 2:15 PM. Artist’s Statement: “For me, art is the act of centering after I have prepared to paint: With nervous energy, I prowl around my “sloppy copy,” the idea in my head, plotting light, colors, and the negative and positive spaces. I am testing colors, and letting them dry to check accuracy. Often I eat popcorn to calm my anticipation. Ultimately, as I ease into painting, I sense a spiritual elation and connectedness. M. Jane Cooper

Collate the Newsletter. Once a month, usually on a Tuesday late in the month, a group of about 18 to 20 people gathers to assemble and fold our newsletter. This social gathering provides a chance to make new friends and catch up with old friends while doing a good deed for the COA. Many hands make light work, so please consider joining us. The next newsletter collation date is Tuesday, March 24 at 9 AM. Call the COA if interested.

Donate old cell phones to benefit Minuteman Senior Services. There is a collection box in the front vestibule of Bemis Hall. Minuteman Senior Services is a non-profit agency providing services to senior citizens in Lincoln and surrounding towns. Friends of the Council on Aging Annual Meeting and Volunteer Luncheon - Thursday, April 30. The Friends will vote on two amendments the ByLaws, in accordance with IRS regulations, at the annual meeting which begins at 1:00 PM. All are invited to the meeting. Volunteers will receive invitations to the luncheon.

SENIOR MEN’S MONTHLY COFFEE Thursday, March 19 from 8:00 - 10:00 AM. Coffee, bagels and camaraderie - a great chance to catch up with your buddies and make new friends. Conservation Coffee March 12 8:00 AM Donaldson Room-Lincoln Town Offices Wild Flower Watch for Spring" -- Frances Clark, freelance botanist and Chair of The New England Wild Flower Society, will highlight the native plants that unfurl their flowers and leaves starting mid March and continuing into early June. Pictures and stories of over 25 favorites will encourage you to get outside and explore once warm weather arrives."

Saturday, May 9 - Beatles Back at Bemis. Save the Date. More details will follow in the April newsletter. Tickets will be available at Town Meeting and at the COA.

Coming in April--A new session of the Memoir Workshop. New members welcome! The starting date will be announced in the April COA newsletter. We will meet from 10 AM to noon for six Wednesdays (though possibly not six Wednesdays in a row). Cost: $50 for six sessions. Connie Lewis is the facilitator. If you have questions, call Connie (781-259-9415) or email her (con.

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Opportunities for Exercise:
Water Exercise Class at Healthpoint in Waltham - Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11:00 AM. $45 per month. Fitness & Strength Training - Tues. & Thurs. at 1:00 PM. $3 per class. (Subsidized by a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.) Bowling - Mondays at 9:30 AM, West Acton Bowladrome. Call Jim Kjellander at 259-8968. Line Dance - Tuesday, March 3 at 10:00 AM at Bemis. Free. Tai Chi - Wednesdays, Tai Chi I at 12:30 PM, Tai Chi II at 1:30 PM. Free practice session on Mondays from 2:00 to 4:00 PM for those registered in the Wednesday classes. Winter session is full. Tai Chi is subsidized by a grants from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Friends of the Lincoln COA. Yoga - Thursdays at 11:00 AM. 10 week session, January 22 through March 26. $10 per class. Ping Pong - Fridays - 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Wii Fit is a fun, easy way to work up a sweat. Balance Games, Strength Training, Yoga, and Aerobics.

Trail Walks
Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – Noon, Rain or Shine April 1 – May 20, 2009 sponsored by Lincoln Conservation Commission, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust, Lincoln Council on Aging and Lincoln Recreation Department.
Explore Lincoln’s open space. Visit a different area of Lincoln each week. Eight walks will be led by Conservation Department staff and they are typically about 2.5 miles long. Wear sturdy shoes and always dress for the weather. Meeting places and descriptions are listed below. Date April 1 Description Codman South Fields & Forest Meeting Place Codman House (Historic New England) main parking lot on north side of Codman Road Smith School Parking Lot, Ballfield Road (the parking lot on the left as you enter) Parking lot on Route 126 opposite entrance to Concord-Carlisle High School Roadside pullouts at north end of Sandy Pond Road (south of Garland Road) Just inside main entrance to Farrar Village, off Oxbow Road Riding Ring at Upper Browning Field, Weston Road just south of Silver Hill Road North end of Old Concord Road Lincoln Town Offices, 16 Lincoln Road

April 8

Lincoln Schools to Farm Meadow Codman Forest & Bergen-Culver Fairyland Pond & Brister’s Hill (Concord)

April 15

April 22

Sandy Pond Trust Lands

April 29

Farrar Pond to Dean Field

May 6

Beaver Pond

May 13 May 20

Adams Woods Pierce Park/Lincoln Fields

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Please park in the parking lot behind Pierce House, not along the driveway.

St. Patrick's Day Lunch Wednesday, March 18. Join us for lunch at J.P. O’Hanlons Irish Pub and Restaurant in Ayer during the "Week of St. Pat's." Select from lunch entrees: Cliffs of Moher Bangers and Mash, Erin’s Own Shepherds Pie, Kinsale Fish and Chips, burgers, or sandwiches. Depart at 11:00 AM from Pierce House by Doherty's bus. Send check for $14 payable to Friends/COA/Trips to Bob Sutherland, 34 Windingwood Lane, Lincoln. This amount includes luncheon special, coffee/tea, tax and tip. Bring cash for extras: Guinness and other libations, at $5, including tax and tip. Questions? Call Bob at 781-2590874. We especially welcome those who can sing Molly Malone and My Wild Irish Rose, but singing is not required. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Museum of Science - IMAX theatre and lunch. Wednesday, April 29. Time to be announced in April. The Greatest Places, showing in the Omni Theatre. From oceans of sand to frozen deserts, Earth's most dynamic landscapes fill the giant screen with color and contrast. The Greatest Places takes audiences on a geographical odyssey to seven amazing locations — including Greenland's giant icebergs, Tibet's Chang Tang Plateau, and Iguazu's immense waterfall — that show nature's enduring power in high relief. The film explores beautiful landforms, amazingly complex ecosystems, and rich cultures of indigenous peoples that are inseparable from the places where they live. Though diversity is the theme of The Greatest Places, the film reveals that nature, and human nature, are what unify us as a planet. A delicatessen lunch will be served at the museum. Makes checks for $35 per person out to Friends/COA/ Trips and mail to Flo Caras, 67 Wells Road. Questions? Call the COA at 781-259-8811. Franklin Park Zoo Guided Tour and Lunch - Thursday, May 28. Save the Date.

MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN Thursday, March 5 at 2:15 PM - The Children of Huang Shi - In this sweeping historical drama, British correspondent George Hogg (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) attempts to save 60 war orphans during Japan's occupation of China in the 1930s. With help from a guerilla fighter (Yun-Fat Chow) and a nurse (Radha Mitchell), Hogg leads the children across hundreds of miles of treacherous terrain -- struggling to overcome one obstacle after another -- while falling in love and learning what courage truly means. Rated R, 125 minutes. Tuesday, March 31 at 2:15 PM - Happy Go-Lucky - Poppy (Sally Hawkins, in a Golden Globe-winning role) is a perpetually cheerful 30-year-old London teacher. When her beloved bike is stolen, she decides to take up driving, and is paired with Scott (Eddie Marsan), an instructor who's her polar opposite. Their relationship is strained until Poppy's bright personality attracts a co-worker, making Scott unexpectedly jealous. Alexis Zegerman and Karina Fernandez co-star in Mike Leigh's effervescent comedy (nominated for a Best Picture Golden Globe). Rated R, 118 minutes.

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Calendar appears on this page in the printed version of the newsletter.

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Sunday, March 15 1:30 to 5:00 PM Bemis Hall, Lincoln

Forum Sponsored by the Green Energy Technology Committee
Facilitator, Jay W. Vogt, of Peoplesworth, Author of Recharging Our Team: A Grounded Visioning Approach.

This will be an opportunity for Townsfolk to share ways to: • reduce our consumption of the planet’s resources • save money • enhance the quality of life in Lincoln and beyond Bring your ideas, dreams, tell of green things you have done. Brainstorm how to develop local services, use local resources wisely: • make homes energy efficient • grow and buy locally produced food • simplify lifestyles • rethink transportation options, ways to reduce CO2 missions • find kindred spirits with whom to set initiatives in motion Contact Barbara Buchan: or 781 259 9022 with questions or to volunteer.


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