136 Elm Street

Stoneham, MA 02180

Ph# 781-438-1157

Stoneham Senior Center

December Sentinel and Lunch Menu

The December edition of the Stoneham Sentinel as well as December's detailed lunch menu are now available for download. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to open and view the the files on your computer. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To see past Sentinels, visit Community Publications site here.

Scam Alert

Notice received today from Emmett Schmarsow with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs:

"This office received an email today about an elder receiving a phone call from “Medicare.”  A very well spoken caller claimed they had “sent her a letter” prior to a doctor coming to her house to ensure the proper services were being provided.  The caller wanted to send Dr. “X” to her house the following day.

"The elder said “this didn’t sound right” and felt very uncomfortable, but the caller gave her a phone # for verification.  When she hung up, she called the Medicare # on her card (1-800-633-4227) and was told it was a scam…and that when they got to her house they would more than likely try to sell her insurance products.

"The elder proceeded to call her local police department to ask them to notify seniors.  If your city/town is in a position to notify seniors (via newsletter, in-town messaging, cable, local newsletter or on-line outlets), this is a story to share with others."

BEWARE: Always verify what an unsolicited caller is telling you. If you receive a call about Medicare, call the Medicare number (1-800-633-4227) and NOT the number that the caller gives you. Please help us spread the work.


Barn's 6th Year A Success!

by Marcia Wengen

A huge THANK YOU to the generous donors, loyal patrons and hard working volunteers for another successful summer at the Thursday Bargain Barn Sale. Except for two rainy days, the weather gods were good which brought many of our regular customers and lots of new ones. One of our regular customers, Virginia Powers won first place at the Topsfield Fair for an afghan she made from a 40 year old pattern and scrap yarn she purchased in the Barn. Congratulations Virginia. Without our dedicated volunteers, none of this would be possible. A shout out to the three Ann’s, Betty, the two Bill’s,  Carol, Donna, Dot, Elayne, Jane, Jim, Joanne, Lucia, Marge, Marcia and our four newest ‘barn babes’…Alicia, Angie, Peg and Rosalyn. This fundraiser allows the Senior Center Friends, Inc. to continue its mission of providing services and activities that enhance the dignity of seniors, support their independence and encourage their involvement in the Senior Center. Opening day is April 30, 2015. Be there!

Use Your Expertise to Help Stoneham Children Read!

Reading Partners are volunteers who make a weekly commitment of four hours to help kindergarten through 4th grade students improve their literacy skills. Designed to boost confidence and improve reading skills, the program pairs adults age 55 and over with children in grades K-3. Please call Ken Neal at (781) 324-7705 or email kneal@mves.org. Combine the wisdom of age with the energy of youth and become a Reading Partner!

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Welcome to The Stoneham Senior Center




Thank you for visiting our web site!  Here you will find information on the Senior Center services, programs, and activities, and a variety of resources available throughout our region that enable seniors to live vibrant, active and healthy lives. The Center is housed in a beautiful, historic building, but it is our community of people that make it a truly special place to be.  


Join us for lunch, stop by for a game of cards, pool, Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue or Wii.  Hone your dancing or singing talents. Meet new friends, and acquaintances.  Learn new skills or hobbies.  Go out to museums, performances, special events, and meals with friends. Seek assistance with filing taxes, choosing the right insurance, or managing medical issues.  Be driven in comfort to the doctors or to the grocery store. And if we don't have what you want, speak up! My door is always open for suggestions, comments, and questions from our seniors, and our community. We are here to serve you, and your input is essential to insure that we are doing just that.  Send me an email under the"Contact Us link, call or stop by to let me know what you think. 


I do ask one favor of you.  After you have visited and experienced what the Senior Center has to offer, talk us up!  Tell your friends and neighbors about our activities and programs.  Invite a friend to join you the next time you come. You are our best ambassador, recruiter, and public relations specialist!


See you at the Center!



Dear Senior Center Friends,


Happy Holidays! It has been a wonderful year at the Stoneham Senior Center, and I am glad to have been part of it. We have had some laughs and even shed a few tears, but through it all, we have grown and strengthened our community and served our mission to provide outstanding programs to all seniors in Stoneham. I look forward to seeing you in the new year, and hope that the peace and joy of the holiday season stays with you and your family in 2015 and beyond!


Best wishes,




T-Shirt Slogan Contest

The Council on Aging recently held a contest to determine who could come up with the best slogan for a new Senior Center T-Shirt. After much consideration, the Counsel voted on a phrase submitted by the Center's own Sandy Kirby! Sandy has won many ribbons for her exquisite paintings - now she has expanded  her talents to include the realm of "word smith". The Counsel anticipates that the new T-shirts will be out in time for the holiday gift giving. We won't give it away - you will have to wait and read in on your shirt!



Tri-Cap Heating Assistance 

A representative from Tri-Cap will be at the Center on Thursday, December 4 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM to answer questions and assist those who may need assistance with heating their homes this winter. You must make an appointment in advance by calling the Center at (781) 438-1157 or by stopping by the front desk.



Happy Holiday Happenings


Plan to join us for one or all of our holiday special events. Whether you are a music lover, a craft person, or a party lover, we've got the right event for you at the Senior Center.  



Annual Senior Center Holiday Party - December 16

The Annual Senior Center Party will be held on Tuesday, December 15 at Noon with a Mystic Valley Elder Services lunch and a few surprises. Entertainer Gary Leanues joins us for a holiday sing-along and a visit from the "Jolly One" himself. Lunch is generously provided by the Friends of the Stoneham Senior Center. The day's entertainment is sponsored by  the Arbors of Stoneham. Please sign up early as this is a popular event, and due to limited space, non-Stoneham residents must be put on a waiting list for this event. We apologize for the inconvenience. Call the Center at (781) 438-1157 or stop by the front desk to reserve your spot.


Girl Scout Sing Along - December 17

Stoneham Girl Scouts will visit the Center on Wednesday, December 17 at 12:15 for a sing-along of holiday carols on Wednesday, December 17!


Holiday Sing Along - December 22

During lunch on Monday, December 22 Jim Barrineau will lead us in a holiday sing-along and Life Care Center of Stoneham will provide a delicious dessert. Come join the fun.



Something for Us Under the Tree?

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the "Giving Tree" this year, or those who have made a contribution in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone close to them. Please consider making a year-end gift to the Center. Look on page 10 for the donation form or stop by the front desk. Thank you!



Special Note


The Senior Center will be closed on Christmas Day

Thursday, December 25, 2014























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