Blood Drive at the Beech Street Center Today

Events and classes being held at the Belmont Council on Aging's Beech Street Center.

Red Cross Blood Drive.

The Beech Street Center will host a blood drive on Friday, Dec. 30, in the fitness room.

Art Exhibit. An exhibit of Katha Seidman's portraits and still lifes can be seen in the Lounge and Game Room through Jan 4. Please visit the Center and enjoy the paintings done by this talented local artist. 

We are also accepting requests to exhibit at this time. If you have a collection of paintings or photographs to display please call 617-993-2970 to add your name to our art exhibit list.

Appreciating Chinese Culture Through Shen Yun

Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.

Shen Yun is a world-class Chinese culture show dedicated to promoting the traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts.  It is produced by Shen Yun Performing Arts, which has been touring around the world in the past five years. This presentation is about how to appreciate Chinese culture through Shen Yun. China is also called Shen Zhou, which means the land of the divine. Chinese people believe that the divine beings created human beings in China and passed on a divine culture to them. However this great culture was destroyed by the Chinese Communist regime. Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture.

Cardio & Conditioning

Starts Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

Each class begins with low impact aerobic exercise to limber up, and gradually prepare the body for the workout to follow. We will continue moving in the first half hour to a steady pace, using all of the major muscle groups of the body. Intensity can be adjusted so that each individual stays within his or her target zone. After a gradual cool down, we will move on and focus on conditioning specific muscles (abdominals, upper body etc.) with the use of light resistance. The entire class emphasizes proper technique, improving posture, balance and coordination while getting in shape. An hour well invested! This class is not chair-based and requires movement across the floor. Cost is $20 for 6 sessions.

Writing Life and Family Stories.

Starts Monday, Jan. 9, at 1:30 p.m.

Writing life stories can be a fun and rewarding way to preserve memories for current and future generations and let them know, “the way it was then.” Learn how to get organized to write your stories. Get tips on researching your family’s history, and a list of possible topics, like the places you’ve lived or the pets you’ve loved. Hear exciting excerpts from the life stories written by other local seniors. Presenter Lynette Benton teaches writing at local senior centers, retirement communities, and adult education programs. Cost is $25 for 3 sessions. Classes meet 1/9, 1/23, and 1/30. Please sign up by Thursday, Jan. 5.


Menotomy Weatherization Assistance Program

Beat the cold weather rush and insulate now!

Stay WARMER and SAVE on Energy Costs

Menotomy Weatherization Assistance Program services eligible homeowners and tenants twelve months a year at no cost to them with air sealing, insulation and more. Heating system tune-ups and repairs may be completed when needed. All contractors are licensed and insured. The program oversees the entire project from the initial audit through the final quality control inspections after the work has been completed.

Please take advantage of our program. Contact us now and beat the rush.

For additional information and guidelines please call 781-316-3436 or visit http://www.town.arlington.ma.us/Public_Documents/ArlingtonMA_Planning/weatherization/index

Day and Overnight Trips

Friday, May 11 to Friday, May 18

Bermuda Cruise.

8 days & 7 nights Boston to Bermuda cruise on the Norwegian Cruise Line Dawn, which includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Belmont to Boston, all meals on board the ship plus NCL’s freestyle dining ashore program, travelers’ insurance, an exclusive cocktail party, and the services of a Best of Times Professional Tour Director. Cruise leaves Boston’s wharf at 4 p.m. and will spend 3 days at King’s Wharf, 3 days at sea, and will return to Boston on Friday at 8 a.m. Costs range from $729 pp inside stateroom to $1129 pp mid-ship balcony stateroom (plus $300 pp for taxes, transfers, and government fees.)  A deposit of $400 pp is due upon registration.  Final payment due no later than Feb. 2, 2012.  Checks or credit card payable to Best of Times.

Wednesday, March 14

Irish Day at the Venus de Milo Restaurant, Swansea, MA

Enjoy the music and voice of Andy Cooney’s Forever Irish show, featuring the Irish Sopranos and Liam O’Connor. Meal choice: Corned Beef & Cabbage or Baked Haddock. Cost is $69 per person. Check payable to Best of Times.


If you wish to rent space at the Beech Street Center for a private event, please call 617-993-2990.

About the Senior Center

The Belmont Council on Aging Center, 266 Beech St., invites community members to attend a wide variety of events and to make use of the many services offered. Please do not hesitate to call or visit for more information: Belmont Council on Aging. Main number (617) 993-2970, Transportation (617) 993-2980.

About this column: A weekly update on the services provided by the Council on Aging and what's happening at the Beech Street Center.



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