Registration for Spring 2017: February 6 - 10
   Register at My Active Center

Our BoomerVenture Campus has something for everyone: exercise classes, lectures, workshops and an ongoing film festival. We welcome your suggestions for subject matter. Try any exercise class once for free or ask about a 1/2 session.
For more information please contact IWANTMYBOOMERVENTURE
See also Exercise and Adventure;  Enrichment and Social Activities.

Jump to Screenings
Screening Room   
Award-winning, Independent Films, Thursdays, 6:30 pm.

Belly Dancing
Thursdays, February 23 - May 11; 6 pm; $78
Energize with Exercise
Mondays, February 27 - May 8; 3:30 pm; $55
Thursdays, February 23 - May 11; 3:30 pm; $66
Serenity Yoga
Thursdays, February 23 - May 11; 7:15 pm; $78

 Reflexology  Reflexology with Uli Kapp
Refreshing, healing therapy for hands or feet. Must register the day before to hold spot
Thursday evenings. $1 per minute, in 15 minute intervals.

Mindfulness Meditation   
mindfulness carter  Fridays, 3:00-3:30pm, Donations accepted

icon piano Play Piano!
Ever wish that you had learned piano, or continued those lessons of long ago? Just say “yes I can”! Half hour piano lessons are offered here at The Center and the first lesson is free of charge. A block of four lessons costs $132.
Please call (978) 623-8321 to set up your complimentary lesson. Space is very limited.

  icon healthyliving  Living Healthy Series ~ Coming in March
Join us for any or all of these cutting-edge presentations by local experts in each field!
Thursday evenings; 5:30-7:00 pm; $5 suggested donation. 
Light supper at 5:30 with presentation at 6:00.
Pre-registration requested by calling 978-623-8320.
March 9:   Spine and Orthopedics: Understanding Spine and Orthopaedic Pain and Your Management Options; Lawrence General Hospital
March 16: Diabetes Management and Plant-based diets; Pavilion Medical
March 23: To be announced
March 30: Women’s Health Month: Incontinence: common causes and solutions presented by Judith West, RPT Physical Therapist;
                 Holy Family Hospital

April 6:    Non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain management. Pavilion Medical Home Care
April 13:  Hand Pain, Carpal Tunnel & Osteoarthritis present by Xavier Simcock, MD Orthopedic Surgeon; Holy Family Hospital
April 20:  Joint Replacements and Robotics presented by Gregory Johnson, MD Orthopedic Surgeon; Holy Family Hospital
April 27:  Pain Management: General and Back present by Stephanie Gianoukos, MD Pain Specialist; Holy Family Hospital
May 4:     Shoulder Pain present by Joshua Philbrick, MD Orthopedic Surgeon; Holy Family Hospital

These events were arranged with the assistance of Lawrence General Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Atria Marland Place, Pavilion

Thursday evenings; 5:30-7:00 pm; $5 suggested donation.  Light supper at 5:30 with presentation at 6:00

Boomventure Screening Room

 cropper trans   Thursdays at 6:30pm Screening Room
February 2     
Spellbound:  (English) Follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

February     A Man Called Ove:  (Swedish) Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman's international best-selling novel, Ove , the main character is the quintessential angry old man next door.  What emerges is a heartwarming tale of unreliable first impressions and the gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it's shared

February 23    Mustang:
(Turkish) Drama. When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.

March 2           The Line King:  the Al Hirschfeld Story
: (English) Documentary.The childhood, adolescence, and incredible adult years of Al Hirshfeld, celebrated creator of thousands of line drawings of famous people - many in the entertainment industry - over a span of more than sixty years. He is still drawing in his nineties.

Special Interest
Also Click here for  Enrichment and Social Activites
;  Exercise and Adventure;  Current Events.
stethoscope no sh    Series ~ Health Communication:
                Regaining a Sense of Control During Times of Uncertainty
How does communication among friends, family members, professionals and others influence an individual’s well-being? How do health and illness shape communication and relationship dynamics? What are the stigmas and stereotypes within healthcare, as portrayed by advertising campaigns and education/promotion efforts that deeply affect the ways we personally experience illness? Presented by and based on current research by Andrew C. Tollison, PhD, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences, Merrimack College.
Mondays,  February 6, February 13; 1:30–2:30pm

logo irs    Tax Preparation Assistance
AARP-trained tax-aides are available at the Center at Punchard to assist with simple tax preparation. Hourly appointments are available on Friday mornings from February 10 to April 14 from 9am until Noon. Please call the Center at 978-623-8320 to schedule a confidential appointment.
February 10 to April 14 from 9am until Noon
, by appointment.

elders in classroom   Intergenerational Literacy Project with Wood Hill Middle School
41 seniors needed!
Please sign up at The Center. Join 6th students from Wood Hill Middle School as they embark on a literacy program to learn about developing community. As part of that program, they will write letters to our seniors and then meet with us to share “artifacts” from their life – and ours. Afterward, they will create a mural at the school, which will incorporate what they have learned from reading the book, “The Egypt Game,” as well as from talking with us. In April, they will share all this with us at Wood Hill Middle School, as we enjoy a tea party together.
Thursday, February 16; 9 – 10:30am; at The Center at Punchard.

Firsts in Boston and Massachusetts - Friday Speaker Series
Because Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, many of our nation’s “firsts” occurred here; such as the first newspaper, automobile, chocolate factory, and many more. Come discover more from our speaker, Jim Healey, History Officer at the Boston Duck Tours
Friday, February 24; 8:30am; $4

eBooks - MHL Comes to the Center
Learn how to download free eBooks and audiobooks to your iPad, iPhone or other tablet or smart phone from Memorial Hall Library’s Overdrive! Bring your library card and know our app store log in info and passwords. We will also talk about Hoopla for free movies, TV shows and documentaries and how to get a Boston Public Library eCard! Gerry Deyermond, Assistant Head of Circulation.
Monday, February 27; 1:30pm; FREE

 Opportunities for Caregivers

memorycafe icon   Memory Making Cafes
Memory Making Cafes create opportunities for diverse individuals living with memory challenges, their caregivers, families and friends to come to gather for a lighthearted social event - for memory making.
Monday, February 27; 10:00am

meetup logo   Caregivers Meet-up Group!
Welcome to our exciting group. We aim to create care-giver friendly communities so that the places we work, shop, meet-up, and play are supportive of our caregiving efforts. Our objective is to better identify, co-ordinate, and implement existing and innovative supports for caregivers of all ages and their familes, friends and employers.  Click here for information
First Wednesdays of month; 9:30am; Cafe Nero, 77 Main Street, Andover, MA.

Monthly Caregiving Support Group  
The Andover Elder Services is pleased to announce a FREE caregiver support group for all Andover residents and those attending Senior Connections.  The group will meet on third Wednesday of each month at 9:30am. This support group is a means to aid caregivers in having a safe environment to help them with self care. This group will be facilitated by Annmary I.Connor, LICSW and Flescania Piverger, BSW Intern. We ask that you RSVP to Annmary Connor's voicemail at 978-623-8320.
Third Wednesday; 9:30am
. Call for info.

Respite Voucher Program 
Needing a break from caregiving responsibilities that sometimes feel overwhelming? Respite vouchers provide you a well-deserved rest while your loved one receives quality care.
For more information, contact Kristine Arakelian at (978) 623-8320.

BoomerVenture is a series of activities created by and for Andover's baby-boomers sponsored by the Town of Andover and The Center at Punchard.  Advance registration requested for all events. All classes are held at The Center at Punchard at 30 Whittier Ct, Andover MA 01810. To register visit:  Please call (978) 623-8320 if this is your first class or for information.


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