The Georgetown Senior Center is at the First Congregational Church on Andover Street. For more information about programs, call the Council on Aging office at 978-352-5726.

Blood pressure clinic July 6: A public health nurse will be available to take blood pressure, check blood glucose levels and discuss heart healthy tips with elders Wednesday, July 6, 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

SHINE office hours July 11: SHINE counselor Jerry Goldberg will be available to answer health insurance questions Monday July 11, 9-11:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

ESMV case manager available July 11: Case manager Jen Cook of Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Inc. (ESMV) will be available to answer questions regarding programs and services available through ESMV on Monday July 11, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church.

COA to host Chicken Barbecue July 12: Provided by the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Project, the COA will host a Chicken Barbecue Tuesday, July 12, 11:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Music will be provided by the Over the Hill Band beginning at 10 a.m. Menu will include barbecued chicken breast prepared on site, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, dinner roll and watermelon. Cost is $2. To make reservations, call the COA office by July 5.

Ice Cream social July 20: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month as the COA hosts the Annual Ice Cream Social Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Indulge your cravings and enjoy music performed by local musicians Dick Kaplan and John Battis. Make a morning of it and stay for lunch (lunch reservations required in advance). This program is supported in part by a grant from the Georgetown Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For further information or to sign up for the event, call the COA office.

Van trip to York Beach July 21: The COA will sponsor a van trip to York Beach in York, Maine, on Thursday, July 21. With pick-ups beginning at 9:30 a.m., a stop for lunch is planned. Suggested van donation is $2. Seats are limited. Weekly Tuesday grocery shopping trips include Tuesday, July 12, 9:30 a.m., to Newburyport; Tuesday, July 19, 9:30 a.m., to Rowley and Tuesday, July 26, 9:30 a.m., to Seabrook. Weekly Thursday shopping trips include Thursday, July 7, 9:30 a.m., to Super Walmart in Salem, N.H.; Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m., to Plaistow, N.H., and Thursday, July 28, 10:30 a.m., to The Loop in Methuen. To make a reservation, call the COA office.

Classic movies at the library July 26: As a new partnership with the Georgetown Peabody Library, a classic movie series continues Tuesday, July 26, 1 p.m., with a screening of "Chariots of Fire" starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson. The movie series is open free of charge to elders and other members of the public.

July birthday party July 26: Join us on Wednesday, July 26, 11:30 a.m., to send best wishes to our friends who were born in July as the COA hosts the monthly birthday at the First Congregational Church. July birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch (everyone else is $2). To make reservations, call the COA office by Wednesday, July 19.

Shared medical rides available: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) will provide one day per week of shared medical transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. In Georgetown, two buses will pick up and drop off clients on Monday at the Georgetown Council on Aging. Rates are $8 cash one-way or $16 cash round trip. Reservations and applications will be necessary. For further information, call the COA or the MVRTA at 978-469-6878, selecting option 3.

Drivers needed for elder medical transportation: The Georgetown Council on Aging is seeking additional volunteer drivers to provide medical transportation to local elders. Through Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc. (N.E.E.T.), the COA provides local elders with rides to medical appointments. Staffed by volunteer drivers, a donation of 43 cents per mile is suggested to help support the program and defray the increased cost of gasoline for volunteer drivers. However, donations are only suggested and no one will be denied a ride if unable to give a donation. A vital link in maintaining independence and healthy wellbeing for elders, the N.E.E.T. program fills the transportation void that often exists in rural communities. The program is a real and tangible way of making a difference in other people's lives.

Morning card games and cribbage: Drop in for a card game or cribbage game Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church. Coffee and snacks are served along with plenty of good fun. Make a day of it and stay for lunch.

Weekly COA exercise programs: In partnership with the Georgetown Housing Authority, the Georgetown COA offers weekly exercise programs at Trestle Way Community Room. Yoga classes are held at Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Strength training classes are held at Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. A donation of $3 is suggested per class. The Indoor Walking Club at the Penn Brook School is on hiatus for the summer but will return in the fall.

Updates to newsletter mailing list: As the Georgetown COA updates the newsletter mailing list to comply with new U.S. Postal Service regulations, some addresses have been eliminated from the COA newsletter mailing list. If you no longer receive the COA newsletter and would like to be added back to the newsletter mailing list, call the COA office to update contact information.

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