To save time and fuel, please call ahead (508-966-0398) to confirm your interest and participation in upcoming programs, as those without a registrant will be canceled; others can be postponed.
- Local historian Jim Buckley returns to Senior Center on Tuesday, Oct.5 at 11 a.m. He will talk about a brave woman from Bellingham and what she did during the 1938 hurricane. Call the center to register (508-966-0398). Anyone Can Paint Orca, The Killer Whale! Join professional art instructor Darrell Crow as he walks each student through the painting process step by step. Classes will take place on Wednesdays, October 6 and 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Special senior rates of $ 25 per painting apply. All supplies will be provided with the exception of brushes, easels and paper towels; please bring your own. We will provide paint, canvas, etc. To register, call the Bellingham Senior Center (508-966-0398). Visit Darrell’s website (www.darrellcrow.com) for more information on him and the program.
- ACO Board of Directors Meeting will take place in person on October 12 at 11 a.m. Plan to attend and hear what’s going on at the center.
- Protect yourself against Medicare fraud—The MA Senior Medicare Patrol program arrives at the Senior Center on Tuesday, October 12th at 1pm. Join a discussion on how to prevent, detect and report healthcare errors, fraud and abuse. This free information workshop will provide you with the tools to become a more informed and engaged healthcare consumer, including the importance of protecting your Medicare number. Reserve your spot by calling Terri Graham at 508-966-0398.
- Meet the multigenerational author– On Friday, October 15 at 1 p.m., author Phyllis Calvey will be at the Senior Center for a free reading / presentation of her latest book which seniors and their grandchildren can attend. “I think it would be perfect to bring up all of those Halloween feelings we remember so well and share some interesting stories about writing the book itself,” Calvey said. Grandchildren are encouraged to come to the presentation in full Halloween costumes. Signed copies of the book will be available. Please call ahead to reserve your spot.
- Reading Club – Tuesday October 26, at 6 p.m. Read John Grisham’s The Street Lawyer and enjoy a discussion.
- Halloween party-Oct. 28, at 12 noon. The annual celebration will be hosted by Micky G’s with their splendid fish & chips. Dress up, bring the grandchildren and let’s have fun!
- Hearing health—Thursday, October 28, 10 a.m. Free hearing screening, hearing aid cleaning and video ear exam. Service provided by At Home Hearing Healthcare. Please call ahead to schedule.
Weekly programs in progress
Spiritual Reading Club, 9 a.m. Discussion on The Path of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman.
Women’s well-being, 1:30 p.m.
Chinese calligraphy, 2 p.m.
These programs are all through Zoom and free. Contact Terri Graham (508-966-0398) to sign up and receive a weekly email listing all of Zoom’s opportunities.
(At the end of this article, you’ll find the full Bellingham Senior Center October calendar.)
If you have a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage plan, your plan should have sent you a document called the Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) by the end of last month. ANOC is a summary of changes to your plan for 2022. Your costs (premiums, deductibles, and co-payments), drugs covered, and provider networks may change from year to year. Be sure to read this important document and consider whether your plan will continue to meet your needs. If you haven’t received it in the mail, call your plan and request another copy.
You can change your plan for 2022 during the annual Medicare open enrollment period. You can make changes to your coverage between October 15 and December 7, and the changes will take effect on January 1. SHINE Advisors can help you understand changes to your current plan and discuss other options you may have. Don’t wait, if you want to meet a SHINE advisor during open registration, make an appointment early!
You can make a phone appointment to speak with our Bellingham representative SHINE Jean Roy by calling the center at 508-966-0398.
This month, Roy will be available on Wednesdays, October 13, 20 and 27. Appointments last 45 minutes and are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Volunteers needed for tax season
There is a partnership between the IRS and the AARP Foundation, and volunteer advisers are needed to help low and moderate income people prepare for their federal and state income taxes.
Additional positions for on-site hostesses are also available. Last year, more than 4,700 returns were prepared at 41 sites around Worcester County. Nationally, nearly three million taxpayers benefit from Tax-Aide services.
Volunteers work 4 to 6 hours per week for the eleven weeks during the tax preparation season (February 1 to April 15). The training of volunteer preparers will take place three Saturdays in December. Internet access and basic computer skills are required.
Bellingham Seniors Center October Calendar