Sign up for Senior Center activities in July & August

Above: Registration for Senior Center activities in July & August opens this week, including two summer bus trips. (images L-R from Facebook and Polar Park website)

This Thursday at 10:00 am the Senior Center will open registration for their summer programs. Here’s a look at what’s being offered to seniors this July and August.

Activities include weekly exercise classes, special bus trips, or matinees and social meals. For many of the offerings, pre-registration is required.

Note: This time, the Senior Center dedicated a good portion of the newsletter to registration policies. Once again, they are emphasizing the need to cancel in advance if you know you are unable to attend a program. (Too many programs with waitlists end up with empty seats on the day of!) General registration policies can be found on page 2. There are also details specific to the exercise classes on page 6.

There are also free drop-in programs that you may want to mark in your calendar.

Below are highlights for options this summer. More details on each program can be found in the newsletter. (You may also want to check out the newsletter for other tips and news geared to Southborough seniors.)

Bus Trips

These always fill up – so don’t wait too long to put in your name.

Plainridge Casino and Racetrack
Friday, July 29th, 2:45 pm to about 9:15 pm ($15 Suggested Donation)

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

WooSox Baseball
Wednesday, August 17th, 10:30 am to about 4:00 pm ($25 Suggested Donation)

Off to Polar Park in Worcester to hear the crack of the bat. We will be sitting in the third base area with use of the Shaw’s 3rd base bullpen terrace which will include an all you can eat food buffet from a preset menu.

Special Events at the Center

Movie Matinees

Free movie screenings at 12:30 pm. Pre-registration is required.

Prior to each movie, attendees can socialize over lunch at noon. Bring your own or for suggested donation of $5 buy the lunch provided.

West Side Story
Wednesday, July 6th, 12:30 pm

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

Wednesday, August 10th, 12:30 pm

Kenneth Branagh’s “feel good” semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama, which takes place in the late 1960s in Northern Ireland. (Rated PG-13, runs 1 hr 38 minutes.)

Book Club Kick Off Meeting
Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00 am

The Senior Center will be relaunching its Book Club in September. This meeting is for organizers to solicit feedback in advance and pick the September selection. No need to pre-register to attend.

Adult Coloring & Lunch
Tuesday, August 30th, 12:00 pm

This free event, with lunch provided, doesn’t ask for pre-registration.

You will view a variety of books to pick out your coloring option to start your creation. All supplies will be available or feel free to bring your own. This will be a nice time to eat, chat and enjoy coloring together. There is lots of conversations and laughter.

Social Meals Offsite

Given that construction is expected for the Senior Center’s small expansion, events couldn’t be scheduled to take place on the lawn this summer. Instead, they scheduled two gatherings at local eateries.

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

Kennedy’s Patio Dinner
Wednesday, July 20th, 4:00pm ($15 Suggested Donation)
Kennedy’s Pub patio, 247 Maple Street, Marlborough

Enjoy the beautiful garden patio, friends, background music and a delightful dinner with the option of a cash bar. (Rain Date—Wednesday, August 3rd)

Summer BBQ at TJ’s Food & Spirit’s
Wednesday, August 24th, 3:00 pm ($10 Suggested Donation)
TJ’s, 355 W. Union Street, Ashland.

Enjoy a summer buffet, a Cash Bar, and a lot of fun. (Rain Date—Wednesday, August 31st)

Exercise Activities

Free Walking Groups

This is a free twice weekly, drop-in activity. Walkers meet up at the Trottier Outdoor Track (49 Parkerville Road) on Mondays and the Rural Cemetery (11 Cordaville Road) on Thursdays. The general time is 8:30 am for an hour. (But you can join them late, end early, or go longer!)

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

Summer Fitness Classes

All members are required to sign up on Registration Day. Payment is due in full before each session begins, but some insurance companies offer reimbursement. (See page 6 of the newsletter.)

Stretch Break
Mondays at 10:15 am, July 11 – August 22nd ($35 Suggested Donation)

The class is for seniors at a wide range of fitness levels. Mat based (and standing as well), flexibility, mobility and stability exercises.

Strength Class
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:30 am, July 12 – August 25th ($80 Suggested Donation)

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

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

Chair Yoga
Thursdays at 12:30 pm, July 14 – August 22nd ($35 Suggested Donation)

The class is for seniors at a wide range of fitness levels. Mat based (and standing as well), flexibility, mobility and stability exercises.

Free Weekly/Daily Drop-in Activities

These groups are open to all, welcome new participants, and don’t require pre-registration. But the listing does state, “If you are new to our Senior Center—please register at the Front Desk”.

The following days and time are the general schedule, but attendees are warned to double check the monthly calendars for any changes on specific dates.


  • Billiards (Pool)Daily from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • BridgeTuesdays at 12:00 pm
  • Mah JonggThursdays at 10:00 am
  • CanastaFridays at 10:00am

Dull Men’s Club
Fridays at 10:00 am

From a past invitation:

If you’re a bored guy. If you’re not doing anything special on Friday mornings. If you enjoy stimulating conversation either as a talker or a listener or both. If you enjoy a good cup of coffee, a donut and some good camaraderie then the Dull Men’s Club is for you. . .

There’s stories about past lives (before retiring), some generally sound advice, catching up on town doings, occasional speakers and always a “good” joke or two. It all makes for the fastest hour of the week. If this all might appeal to you and you would like to dip your oar in the water please join us.

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