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Town of Marblehead
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Activities for Fun and Fitness

Activities for Fun and Fitness as of January 1st, 2017

Dates & Times Subject to Change

The Council on Aging holds numerous classes and activities for both fun and fitness. In addition, workshops, programs, health screenings and lectures are added to the monthly schedule.

For information on COA activities contact the Activities Coordinator at 781 631-6225 x10.

  • To contact the Outreach Worker with concerns about a senior, or for a senior, call 781 631-6225 x15.
  • Please check the Town of Marblehead, Council on Aging Website to obtain the current Monthly Newsletter and calendar of events
  • Please note, Marblehead residents age 90 and over, will not be charged to attend Activities, Fitness classes or lunches.

Balance & Mobility (formally called Physical Therapy) – Taught by North Shore Physical Therapy staff. This class will teach you effective, safe techniques for stretching all the muscles of your body to relieve joint and muscle pain, improve posture and increase your energy. Alternate techniques are provided for those with arthritis and other painful conditions. This class also addresses increasing balance and functional mobility. Classes are held Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15 am. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Bocce - Held at the COA on our beautiful outdoor court. Participate in group competition or individual games. Tuesdays and Thursdays from May through October at 10:00 am. Cost: $10.00 per season. 

Bridge – This group meets every Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 for an afternoon of fun and competitive play. Cost: Free

Bridge Instruction - Beginners - Learn the fundamentals with Instructor Sheila B. Keating on Mondays from 1:45 - 3:30.  Cost: $ 11.00 per class.

Caregiver Café - This is a Caregiver Support Group that meets at the COA on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm.

Chair Yoga - This class provides the fulfillment and benefits of traditional Yoga without the difficulty of getting on the floor.  Instructor Stacy Lubets, Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Chair Yoga Advanced –
This class is for those who would like more challenge than the Traditional Chair Yoga class. It immediately follows Chair Yoga class.  Instructor: Stacy Lubets, Tuesdays at 2 pm.  Cost: $3.00 per class.

Crazy Whist
- Play Crazy Whist the fourth Thursday of the month. This includes lunch. Cost: $2.00 game only or $5.50 with lunch. Reservations are required.  Call the COA or check the monthly Newsletter for specific dates.

Cribbage - Join this fun-loving group of folks for a spirited game of cribbage.  Tuesday mornings 10:00 am. An understanding of the game is needed in order to participate.

Curling – Indoor Floor Curling is a modified version of the Olympic sport of curling- minus the ice!  Check it out!  Begins each November and goes through April.  Tuesdays 10:00 – noon; Thursdays 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.; Fridays 1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Cost: $10.00/season

Dance for Joy - A dance movement experience incorporating dance, yoga, and creative movement for all ages and bodies.  No previous experience required; just a desire to explore music and movement. Tuesdays 8:45 a.m. Instructor: Nancy DeMuth.  Cost: $5.00 per class

Drawing -
A variety of drawing classes are offered periodically. Check the Center for the latest schedule and cost.

Fitness Room -
The Center has a well-equipped Fitness Room.  There are 3 treadmills, 2 seated elliptical bikes, a recumbent bike and more. The Fitness Room is currently available Monday – Friday 7:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.: Cost: $10.00/5 visits or $35.00 per calendar month for unlimited visits.

Golf League - The COA sponsors a golf league run by COA participants Mondays at 9:00 am at Lakeview Golf Course in Wenham from May through October. Contact the Center for more information.

In Stitches-
This is a knitting club with all levels of knitters.  Whether you are hoping to learn to knit, or are a seasoned knitter, all are welcome to participate in this social group.   Projects include hats for the Troops, MGH Chemo hats, and “Premie” caps.  The group meets every Thursday from 9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  Cost: Free

Introduction to Muscle Conditioning - Form is everything in executing safe and effective strength training.  Join Kim for weekly breakdowns of proper form and technique to strength train.  Dumbbells, resistance bands and balls will be utilized to properly train every part of the body.  You will become adept at key movements and modifications.  Each week will focus on a different part of the body, as well as learning to isolate muscle groups.  Instructor: Kim Crowley.   Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Cost: $3.00 per class

Library -
Our lending Library is available during Senior Center hours. A vast selection of hardcover and paperback books, jigsaw puzzles and VCR/DVD movies are available for you to borrow. Cost: Free.

Lunch -
Lunch is served at the Center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 pm. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $2.50 participants 60 and under and $2.25 for 60 and over. 

Mah Jongg - Players must sign in at front desk.  Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Men's Group Luncheon - This social group for men meets quarterly. A guest speaker will provide information on various topics. Please call the center for dates and times. Cost: $8.00.

Movies - From classics to new releases, movies are shown on Fridays at 1:00 pm twice per month. Please check the Newsletter for further information. Cost: Free. Sign up in advance.  

Painting with Marty- Learn to paint from local artist, Marty Riskin.  The class welcomes a variety of painting mediums; acrylic, oil, watercolor. Please call the Center for a list of required supplies. Mondays, Thursdays and/or Fridays from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Cost: $15.00 per class.

Osteo Prevention Class - North Shore Physical Therapy staff lead this class designed to strengthen bones and improve balance to aid in preventing osteoporosis and eliminate falls.  Thursdays at 10:00 am. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Outreach - An Outreach professional is available Monday through Friday to speak with or visit seniors in need of information about COA activities or other services. Referrals are accepted. Please call the Center to contact our Outreach professional.

Parkinson Fitness - A fitness program for Parkinson patients designed to increase strength, balance, coordination and cognitive awareness using seated and standing positions. This class utilizes music as well as voice projection and various types of speech patterns. Instructors: Keith and Linda Hall, Marilyn Freeman. Wednesdays at 1:00 pm. Cost: $5.00 per class.

Pickleball - Come to this fun, competitive class. This is a game which incorporates the fundamentals of tennis, racquetball and ping-pong. Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.  Tuesdays 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Cost: $2.00 Mondays/Wednesdays and $1.00 on Tuesdays. Players must sign up at front desk.

Pickleball Instruction - For those who are interested in learning how to play Pickleball, scoring, and rules of the game.  Instructor: Pat Bibbo Mondays 12:30-1:30 pm & Thursdays 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $1.00

Puzzlemania - A complex puzzle is always underway in the Center lobby. These are community puzzles so feel free to add a few pieces while visiting at the Center.  Monday through Friday 8:00 am through 3:00 pm.

Qigong Meditation (CHI KUNG) –This is an ancient form of exercise used for cultivating Qi in our body through a meditative state of stillness or motion. In the Orient, Qigong is known to be a practice for sustainability, which aids in maintaining optimal health and wellbeing.  Instructor: Master Nicanor Snow. Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.   Cost: $5.00 per class

Quilting Day - Special Saturday class offered with a specific theme/pattern and Instructor. Check with the Center for date and cost.

Quilting - This group of hand quilters works on joint and individual projects. Fridays at 10:00 am. Cost: Free.

Quilting with Janet - Machine quilting classes in addition to individual project instruction.  Instructor: Janet Barnet, Thursdays at 10:00 am. Cost: $5.00 per class.

Quilt Guild - Seacoast Quilt Guild meets monthly on the third Thursday evening from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Catch up with other quilters, learn new techniques and enjoy guest speakers. All quilters welcome. Annual Fee: $20.00.

Scrabble - Friendly Scrabble games are played Wednesdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.  Newcomers are welcome. Cost: Free. Players are required to sign in at front desk.

Senior Boot Camp – This Fitness Class combines body weight exercises with strength training in a fun, encouraging group setting.  Group participants perform a warm up, then work their way through a circuit of challenges ranging from: squats and lunges to mini obstacles, resistance work, and partner exercises.  Class activity is designed to make strides in strength and balance while adapting to individual physical challenges.  Instructor: Kim Crowley.  Wednesday and Friday at 7:15 a.m.  $3.00 per class

Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-off Program - This municipal program provides property tax credit in exchange for volunteer work performed by eligible senior citizens. Applications are available in January. Please contact the COA Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

S.H.I.N.E. - Health insurance information and assistance is available at the Center by appointment. Certified volunteer SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors will provide assistance to Marblehead seniors. Call the Center for dates and times.

Small Group Circuit Training – Build your endurance, strength and balance in the Fitness Center with Kim.  You will be coached thru a circuit of strength and cardiovascular workouts using interval training.  Class size is limited to 8 people per session, so sign up early.  Instructor: Kim Crowley Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Cost: $3.00 per class

Strength & Stretch - This class includes weight training, basic yoga stretches and relaxation. Wednesdays at 11:30  a.m. Instructor: Vivien Consalvo, Kim Crowley Cost: $3.00 per class.

Tai Chi - This exercise class is a low impact fitness class that improves balance, strength and flexibility. Instructor: Master Nicanor Snow Thursdays at 1:00 pm.. Cost: $5 per class.

Tai Chi for Beginners – Level I Tai Chi Basics – In this class you will learn Tai-Chi basics, sitting on a chair standing or walking.  Learn meditative movements, relaxation exercises, Zen meditation walking and the philosophy of Tai-Chi lifestyle. Instructor: Master Nicanor Snow. Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – noon.  Cost: $5.00

Tap Dance - Learn to tap dance. Beginners through advanced are welcome. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:45 am. Instructors: Debbie Davis and Ginny Carlson. Cost: $6.00 per class.

Transportation - Transportation is offered Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm for medical appointments. Requests must be made at least two business days in advance. Weekly trips to Crosby's, Market Basket and Vinnin Square; bi-weekly trips to the North Shore Mall are also available. Please contact the Transportation Clerk for our schedule, requests and cost.

TRIAD - This is a partnership of public safety, senior citizens and agencies serving seniors to provide safety programming for seniors. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am. Any senior is welcome to join. TRIAD also sponsors "Shredding Day" - a shredder is available in the Center lobby for seniors to dispose of unwanted papers safely Wednesdays at 11 am.

Trips - The COA sponsors a number of day and overnight trips throughout the year. Information on upcoming trips can be found in our Newsletter, on Facebook or by clicking Trips.

Walking - The Center's gymnasium is available for individuals to walk every day, Monday through Friday, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm. Cost: Free. Walkers are required to sign in at the front desk.  

Weight Training - These classes utilize light hand and leg weights, stretch bands and exertubes in strength workouts. The emphasis is on proper form and technique. Every day, Monday through Friday at 8:45 am. Instructors: Vivien Consalvo and Kim Crowley. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Wellness Clinic - The town's Public Health Nurse, Tracey Giarla, is available for questions regarding health issues, blood pressure checks and for those who need continued monitoring.  Thursdays , 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. Cost: Free. 

Yoga - Yoga is an exercise of the mind and body which reduces stress and tension while improving your health. Instructor: Evie Fessenden. Mondays, 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m., Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Cost: $3.00 per class.

Zumba - Zumba Fitness classes are an exciting way to exercise, dance and have fun. Move to the beats of the merengue, salsa, cumbia, tango and other Latin songs and learn easy-to-follow dance patterns that will reenergize your exercise routine. Instructor: Rachelle Brazuzzi.   Mondays 9 11:15 am. Cost: $3.00 per class.