The Center Programs


Thursdays 1:00pm
Cost: none

Cribbage, or crib, is a card game, traditionally for two players, that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations which gain points. It can be adapted for three or four players. Equipment provided


The Garden Club meets Tuesdays at 11:00 am
If you have some time to share please call the COA and
let us know - we’ll be happy to put you to work!
Call 978-448-1170 for information

JOY OF LIVING Meditation Group

Thursdays by ZOOM
7:00 pm - 8:30pm
Cost: None

We gather weekly to practice, study, and discuss meditation based on the Joy of Living teachings of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Feel free to drop in anytime!
Call the COA for your Zoom invitation 978-448-1170.

Billiards Open Play

Monday—Friday 8am-4pm
(with the exception of Wednesday, 11:30-2:30pm the table is closed while movies are being shown)

Reservations are necessary for your 1 hour time slot.
Reserve for yourself or to play with friends. Call the center, 978-448-1170.

Ping Pong Open Play

Wednesdays: 1-4pm
Thursdays: 1-4pm

Register for you and your friends for your 90 minute timeslot.

Reservations are required, call the center
Equipment provided

Hand & Foot

Tuesdays 1:00pm
Cost: none

Hand and Foot is a North American card game related to Canasta, in which each player is dealt two sets of cards - the hand, which is played first, and the foot, which is played when the hand has been used up. There are numerous variations of this game and no standard rules. A quick and easy game to learn, always room for newcomers!


Tuesdays 12:30pm
Cost: none

Mahjong, is a popular Chinese game played with sets of tiles. Like many popular games, Mahjong has a small infinity of regional variations, from the Chinese prevailing wind system, to the American Mahjong with special bingo-like scoring cards.


Fridays 1:00pm

Great class for the beginner or an experienced knitter. Expert
knitter, Violetta O’Donnell will teach those just learning and help, when
needed, those more experienced. Participant responsible for cost of supplies. If you would like to participate and need financial help to purchase supplies please call Stacey Shepard Jones, Outreach Coordinator.
Please call 978-448-1170 to register.

Pickle Ball

COA Pickleball League:
Plays 8:30am-12:30pmTuesday and Thursday mornings at the Lost Lake fire station court in the summer. Winter play is at the Twomey Center. You must be a registered player and 60 years or older. The league is full.
Pickleball Occasional Player:
An occasional player will play with our league players however can’t commit to playing on a regular basis or they are waiting for a spot in
the league. Occasional players are subs in our league. You must be a registered player and 60 years or older.
Pickleball Open Play:
The Groton Center has an indoor court that is available to residents at no charge on Fridays, 8am-4pm.The majority of players must be residents and open to all ages. Players are responsible to set up and dismantle the net.
To reserve your court or be added to the waitlist call 978-448-1170.

Tech Support

First and Third Thursdays
10am-12pm      September 2 and 16 October 7 and 21

Get help with your laptop, phone or tablet and talk with our tech expert
Tom Pistorino.
Appointments are necessary, please call 978-448-1170.

Writing Creatively

Cost: none

There are many people who know how to write, but may not know how to write creatively. In this seminar, participants will write every week on topics of their choice and then share their work with other seminar participants. With peer critiques, we will learn valuable editing skills and how to turn ideas into prose. The final product will be something you’re happy with.

Leader: Richard Meibers. After graduating from Hunter College in the 60’s and working as a therapist, Richard began his career as a professional writer. His most recent work includes the novel, Falling off the Wind (2012), but he has also written non-fiction, The Fitchburg Watch: History of a Masterpiece (2002). He has been a Groton resident for over forty years.

Book Club

2nd Wednesday
9:30 AM
Cost: none

Each month read along with the group then meet the 2nd Wednesday to share your thoughts and listen to those of the other group members

September 8 The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham

October 13 The Exiles by Christine Baker Kline

November 10 The Buddha in the Attic By Julie Otsuka

Please be sure to register by calling the COA, 978-448-1170. You may register to participate in person or Zoom. Class size limited.

Kayak Klub

The Kayak Club is ready to get out and enjoy the great weather! Join us where there is safety and comradery in numbers! You simply need to have to have your own kayak and ability to transport it (at times we can help with transport). Outings vary once or twice a week, scheduled dates are available through email within the group and anyone in the group can set up an outing! To join, call and let us know and we will add you to our mailing list.
Call 978-448-1170 to register.


Reservations are necessary so please call The Groton Center, 978-448-1170

Wednesday October 6th     12pm
The US vs Billie Holiday Rated R 2 hours and 10 minutes

This movie follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

Wednesday, November 3rd     12pm
Promising Young Women Rated R 1 hour and 53 minutes

Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past .