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The Jenks Center continues to remain closed to promote public safety resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. Check our website for updates. Staff are operating with minimal coverage to support older adults in Winchester. Please call 781-721-7136 if you need assistance.

Upcoming events

Livestream: "LINCOLN AND LIBERTY": 7 p.m. Feb. 4.What if Lincoln kept a diary during the Civil War? Join New York Times best-selling author William Martin for a talk about his historical suspense book,"The Lincoln Letter," where his treasure hunters, Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington, go to Washington, D.C., in search of Lincoln's diary. Travel with them to the modern city and deep into the history of the Civil War. A fascinating presentation from the Jenks Center archive of this amazing author. Tune to WinCam Verizon Channel 36 or Comcast Channel 8. Available on our website after the livestream date. Sponsored by agrant from the Cummings Foundation.

Virtual: "WOMEN IN COMEDY WHO PAVED THE WAY": 1 p.m. Feb. 8.Join us for a fun time looking at the life of one of Hollywoods greatest icons, Lucille Ball. An American comedian, actress, model, studio executive and producer, Lucy continuously broke barriers for women in the entertainment business. She starred in and produced the sitcom I Love Lucy,"a series that became one of the most beloved programs in television history. We welcome back Debi Block, as she looks at Lucys life on and off the big screen, before and after Desi, and shares some of Lucys funniest TV sitcom moments. Come to laugh and reminisce together. Debra Block, creator and artistic director, has been involved in theaterfor over 28 years. Space limited. Visit our websiteto register and obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by agrant from the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation.

Virtual: MAKE A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: Get Your Affairs in Order!: 9-10 a.m. Feb. 9.Back by popular demand, we have added two new dates to register for this free online webinar. Psychologist and end of life doula, Emily McClatchey, will introduce the five simple steps you can take today to rest assured that youve taken care of your affairs before a crisis strikes. Register on the Jenks websiteto obtain the link for the 30-minute Zoom webinar followed by Q&A.

Virtual: MAKE A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: Get Your Affairs in Order!: 9-10 a.m. Feb. 9.Back by popular demand, psychologist and end of life doulaEmily McClatchey will introduce the five simple steps you can take today to rest assured that youve taken care of your affairs before a crisis strikes. Register at to obtain the link for the 30 minute Zoom webinar followed by Q&A.

Virtual: TRAVELOGUE TO ISTANBUL: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 9.We welcome back Tony Conte for another enlightening and enjoyable travel adventure to beautiful Istanbul, Turkey, the only city to span two continents and serve as the capitol of three great empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Istanbul served as the gateway between East and West for centuries and contains many architectural and other reminders of its storied past. From the comfort of your warm home, learn about the fascinating details of this ancient city through the photos and commentary by Tony Conte. Register to obtain the Zoom link.

In person: BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 10. The Jenks nurse will offer blood pressure checks by appointment only. To comply with state COVID-19 guidelines and regulations, masks are required, and 10 feet social distancing must be maintained if waiting. Disinfecting between patrons and disposable arm sleeves for blood pressures will be provided to ensure everyones safety. Please call the Jenks at 781-721-7136 for a time slot.

Virtual: GRACEFUL AGING THROUGH AYURVEDA: 7 p.m. Feb. 10.Aging is a natural and inevitable phenomenon. The goal of graceful aging is to die young as late as possible:young at heart, in body, in mind, in spirit! Ayurveda, an ancient health science, identified geriatrics as an independent branch of medicine 5,000 years ago. Ayurveda provides a treasure trove of guidelines and resources to live by to experience a wholesome healthful life of fulfilled potentials and a smooth journey into the wisdom years. Join Pratibha Shah BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), MPH, to learn more about these guidelines and resources. Dr. Shah holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery from Mumbai University, a Master of Diseases from the National Institute of Ayurveda in Jaipur, and a Master of Public Health from Boston University. An editor with the Ayurveda Journal of Health, she also practices in the Greater Boston area. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by agrant from the Cummings Foundation.

Virtual: LIBRARY ONLINE: Foreign Language Learning Opportunities: 1 p.m. Feb. 11. Do you speak another language? If you are learning or brushing up on your foreign language skills, there are websites and apps that can help you and make it fun at the same time. Join Nancy McColm, Head of Technology and Information Services with the Winchester Public Library, to learn and discuss Mango Languages, Duolingoand more options. Register to obtain the Zoom link.

Virtual: COMPOSERS CORNER: 7 p.m. Feb. 11.How do composers approach writing music? Join Andrew Celentano for aninterview with Doug Hammer, an award-winning pianist, composerand producer who started playing piano at the age six. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Doug gained experience in everything from record production to orchestration and arranging. After Berklee, he opened his own studio and production company, Dreamworld Productions, where he worked on projects for film, web, TV, radioand corporations. Mr. Hammer has also released his own music and is widely popular on internet, satelliteand radio stations all over the world. His albums include "Solace," "Travels," and "Piano2" (series of piano duets where he plays both parts.) Doug has performed at New Yorks Carnegie Hall and continues to tour regularly. Andrew Celentano, himself a local pianist and composer, interviews talented musicians in the Boston area that compose and perform their own pieces. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by agrant from the Cummings Foundation.

Exercise classes

This month we continue to offer weekly exercise classes. Register for your class session, pay for the month and receive the link that will be used for every class in the session. There are no drop-ins. When registering, please type in your email address correctly or you will not receive the confirmation email and link. Check for accuracy! Please call the Jenks with any questions at 781-721-7136.

Virtual: MUSCLE CLASS: 3:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Feb 4. Join this class to focus on muscle conditioning, strength training, balance, and stretching, all while seated, standing, or on mats (optional). Enjoy upbeat music with exercises that are challenging yet safe, and easily modified for all fitness levels. Bring your weights and resistance bands. Instructor: Gail LaRocca. Registration required; 4 classes in this session. Cost: $20. Register on our website for the Zoom link.

Virtual: DANCE FEVER CLASS: 3 p.m. Fridays starting Feb. 5. Join this class for a low-impact aerobic workout timed to oldies but goodies and current day tunes. Instructor: Gail LaRocca. Registration required; 4 classes in this session. Cost: $20. Register on our website for the Zoom link.

Weekly happenings

Virtual: CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH: 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. Experienced speakers engage in conversation discussing society, politics, culture, movies. All are welcome. Call the Jenks Center to learn more.

Virtual: POETRY: 1p.m. first and third Wednesdays. Recommend, recite, share poems. Discuss poets and the many forms of this artistic and emotional literature. Register and obtain the Zoom link on our website.

Virtual: DROP-IN COFFEE HOUR: 10 a.m. Thursdays. Join our weekly Zoom Coffee Hour to see your friends, meet new people and enjoy some conversation. Bring your favorite beverage and drop in. Talk about whats on your mind or ask some questions. Zoom link available on our website: Hope to see you there!

Virtual: LORINS ROUNDTABLE OF CURRENT EVENTS: 11 a.m. Thursdays. Join Lorins discussion on our news today: worldwide pandemic, struggles over civil rights, presidential election, and more. Lorin Maloney will facilitate a dialogue on a new topic each week. Learn some history, hear some facts and share your thoughts. Additional ideas welcome! Registration required at our website to get the Zoom link.

Virtual: CONVERSATIONAL GERMAN: 2 p.m. Thursdays. Whether fluent or beginning, join conversational German to practice speaking, expand your vocabulary and have fun. All are welcome. Leader: Peter Rosenberger. Register on our website to get the Zoom link.

Virtual: WILSON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FORUM: 10:45-11:45 a.m. second and fourth Fridays. Join this enthusiastic discussion about science and technology topics ranging from climate change, to solar power, and cyber security. Our meetings include spontaneous topics as well as planned presentations offered by participants in advance. Call the Jenks Center if interested in learning more.

Virtual: ONE-ON-ONE TECH HELP: Since you cannot drop in at the Jenks Center for help with your tech devices during this pandemic, our tech help team has designed a new way to serve you remotely. Send an email to, explain what device you have (computer, tablet, phone, Apple, PC, Android), identify the problem and provide your phone number. A team member will contact you to discuss how they can help. If you cannot send an email, call the Jenks Center 781-721-7136, ask for the Tech Group, and leave your name and phone number.

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