The Center Programs

Gardening

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

Summer Swim

Mondays and Fridays
Starting June 18—August 30
11:00am-12:00pm

Thank you to the Groton Country Club for the use of the swimming pool.
There is no charge for this program thanks to their generosity. Swimmers must register with the Council on Aging prior to attending. During the summer the pool at the Country Club is available for use by Groton’s seniors

There is a steep walk to the pool. Golf carts and a lift Apparatus are available for easy access. Please call the COA at 978-448-1170. if you need either.
Advance notice is required.

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 and Thursdays,
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
978-448-1170.
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!

Mahjong

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.

Knitters

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 Get help with your laptop,
phone or tablet and talk with our tech expert

First and Third Thursdays
10am-12pm July 1 and 15 August 5 and 19

Tom Pistorino.
We will work over the phone or by Zoom or Google Duo.
Appointments are necessary, please call the COA, 978-448-1170.
Due to limited availability this program is for Groton residents only

Writing Creatively

Tuesdays
10:00-11:30am
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

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.

Movies

Join us Wednesdays in July and August for lunch and a movie.

12:00pm lunch outside between movie showings. Lunch is for those attended either movie showing.

Movies shown at 10am or 1pm (specify your time at registration) Reservations are necessary so please call The Groton Center, 978-448-1170

Wed, July 7 10am or 1pm
Trial of Chicago 7

Rated R 2 hours and 10 minutes The film is based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy and more, arising from the countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The trial transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government

Wed, July 14 10am or 1pm
Mank

Rated R 2 hours and 11 minutes 1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing wit and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish "Citizen Kane."

Wed, July 21 10am or 1pm
Nomadland

Rated R 1 hour and 50 minutes A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad

Wed, July 28 10am or 1pm
The Father Rated PG-13 1 hour and 37 minutes

Starring Anthony Hopkins. A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Wed, August 4 10am or 1pm TO BE RESCHEDULED CENTER CLOSED THIS WEEK
Ma Rainy’ s Black Bottom Rated R 1 hour and 37 minutes

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a celebration of Ma Rainey, often referred to as the “Mother of the Blues,” whose name and song give the film its title . During a recording session, tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues".

Wed, August 11 10am or 1pm TO BE RESCHEDULED CENTER CLOSED THIS WEEK
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.

Wed, August 18 10am and 1pm
Minari Rated PG-13 1 hour and 5 minutes

A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Wed, August 25 10am or 1pm
The Little Things Rated R 2 hours and 8 minutes

Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon joins forces with Sgt. Jim Baxter to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles. As they track the culprit, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke's past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.