Sign up for Senior Center activities in July and August

Above: Registration for activities at the senior center in July and August open this week, including two bus trips in the summer. (LR images from Facebook and the Polar Park website)

This Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Seniors Center will open registration for their summer programs. Here is an overview of what is offered to seniors in July and August.

Activities include weekly exercise classes, special bus trips or social mornings and meals. For many offers, pre-registration is required.

To note: This time, the Seniors Center devoted a good part of the newsletter to registration policies. Again, they insist on canceling ahead of time if you know you can’t attend a program. (Too many programs with waiting lists end up with empty seats the same day!) General registration policies can be found on page 2. You will also find details specific to exercise classes on page 6.

There are also free host programs that you might want to mark in your calendar.

Below are highlights of the options this summer. You will find more details about each program in the newsletter. (You can also check the newsletter for more advice and news for older people in Southborough.)

Bus trips

These are always filling up – so don’t wait too long to get your name on there.

Plainridge Casino and Racecourse
Friday, July 29, 2:45 p.m. to approximately 9:15 p.m. (Suggested donation of $15)

Enjoy slot machines and horse racing (which start at 4:00 p.m. and run approximately every 15 minutes until 7:30/8:00 p.m.). Thanks to the Friends of the Council on Aging, attendees will receive a $25 dinner gift card.

WooSox Baseball
Wednesday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. ($25 suggested donation)

Headed to Polar Park in Worcester to hear the bat crackle. We will be seated in the third base area with use of Shaw’s third base bullpen patio, which will include an all-you-can-eat buffet from a pre-set menu.

Special Events at the Center

Cinema mornings

Free cinema screenings at 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

Before each film, participants can socialize over lunch at noon. Bring your own or for a suggested donation of $5, buy the lunch provided.

West Side Story
Wednesday, July 6, 12:30 p.m.

Steven Spielburg and Tony Kushner’s adaptation of the famous musical. (Rated PG-13, lasts 2 hours 36 minutes.)

Wednesday, August 10, 12:30 p.m.

The semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama “feel good” by Kenneth Branagh, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. (Rated PG-13, lasts 1 hour 38 minutes.)

Book club kick-off meeting
Tuesday, July 26 at 10 a.m.

The Seniors Center will relaunch its Book Club in September. This meeting allows organizers to solicit feedback in advance and choose September’s selection. No need to pre-register to attend.

Adult coloring and lunch
Tuesday, August 30, 12:00 p.m.

This free event, with lunch provided, does not require pre-registration.

You will see a variety of books to choose your coloring option to start your creation. All supplies will be available or feel free to bring your own. It will be a great time to eat, chat and enjoy coloring together. There are lots of conversations and laughs.

Off-site social meals

Since construction is scheduled for the small expansion of the senior center, events could not take place on the lawn this summer. Instead, they planned two gatherings at local restaurants.

Pre-registration is required for these. See bulletin for meal details.

Dinner on Kennedy’s Terrace
Wednesday, July 20, 4:00 p.m. (suggested donation of $15)
Patio of the Kennedy Pub, 247 Maple Street, Marlborough

Enjoy the beautiful garden terrace, friends, background music and a delicious dinner with the option of a cash bar. (Rain date—Wednesday, August 3)

Summer BBQ at TJ’s Food & Spirit’s
Wednesday, August 24, 3:00 p.m. (Suggested donation of $10)
TJ’s, 355 W. Union Street, Ashland.

Enjoy a summer buffet, cash bar and lots of fun. (Rain date—Wednesday, August 31)

exercise activities

Free walking groups

This is a free activity twice a week. Walkers meet at the Trottier outdoor trail (49, chemin Parkerville) on Mondays and at the rural cemetery (11, chemin Cordaville) on Thursdays. General time is 8:30 am for one hour. (But you can join them late, finish early, or go longer!)

You can also team up with the Senior Center’s “Team Southborough” for the Mass Council on Aging Walking Challenge. (See more details in the newsletter.)

Summer fitness classes

All members must register on the day of registration. Payment is due in full before the start of each session, but some insurance companies offer reimbursement. (See page 6 of the newsletter.)

stretch break
Mondays at 10:15 a.m., from July 11 to August 22 (suggested donation of $35)

The class is for seniors at a wide range of fitness levels. Exercises on the mat (and also standing), flexibility, mobility and stability.

strength class
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m., from July 12 to August 25 (Suggested donation of $80)

The class will consist of full body strengthening and conditioning. At the end of the class there will be core/abs/lower back strengthening as well as full body stretching. All fitness levels are welcome.

Dumbbells and mats are located at the senior center, but feel free to bring your own.

chair yoga
Thursdays at 12:30 p.m., from July 14 to August 22 (suggested donation of $35)

The class is for seniors at a wide range of fitness levels. Exercises on the mat (and also standing), flexibility, mobility and stability.

Free weekly/daily free activities

These groups are open to everyone, welcome new participants and do not require prior registration. But the listing says: “If you are new to our senior center please register at reception”.

The following days and times are the general schedule, but participants are advised to check the monthly calendars for any changes to specific dates.


  • Billiards (Swimming pool)Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • BridgeTuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
  • Mah JonggThursdays at 10 a.m.
  • CanastaFridays at 10 a.m.

dull men’s club
Fridays at 10 a.m.

From a past invitation:

If you are bored. If you’re not doing anything special on Friday morning. If you like stimulating conversations, either as a speaker or a listener, or both. If you like a good cup of coffee, a donut and good camaraderie, the Dull Men’s Club is for you. . .

There are stories of past lives (before he retired), generally sound advice, information on town activities, occasional speakers, and always a “good” joke or two. All this makes for the fastest hour of the week. If all of this sounds interesting to you and you want to dive your oar into the water, join us.

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Richard V. Johnson