All activities, unless otherwise noted, will take place at the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St. For information or to register for events: 508-497- 9730; http://hopkintonseniorcenter.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE SENIOR CENTER: Many opportunities are available; in particular, waitstaff and prep cooks for the weekday lunch and drivers for local medical appointments.
FUEL ASSISTANCE: Those who would like to apply to SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council) for fuel assistance this coming heating season can contact the Hopkinton Senior Center Outreach Department at 508-497-9730, and Joyce or Marlene will add the name and mailing address to the list. The program runs November through April, and the income guidelines are set by the state. The paperwork necessary includes: social security numbers for all in the home, income verification, a recent copy of a heating bill, an electric bill, a photo I.D. (usually a driver’s license) and a few other documents.
TED Talks: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays. This one-hour program involves watching a short 18-20 minute thought provoking video, followed by a discussion of the ideas.
THRIFT STORE: Store hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays.
LAUGHTER YOGA – LAUGHTER WELLNESS PROGRAM: 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15. In Laughter Yoga, the body leads the mind — the group will start with the physical act of laughing and mood improves in response.
HONORING CHOICES: 10 a.m. Nov. 7. Sure, you have a health care proxy, but do you have a health care plan for how you want to be treated if you are sick? Attorney Arthur Bergeron and a guest medical practitioner will talk about the kinds of medical emergencies that people may face and the decisions they should be making ahead of time about treatment.
HEARING AID CLEANING: 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Darcy Repucci, the licensed audiologist at Baystate Audiology here in Hopkinton, will be at the senior center. Participants should bring any hearing aids they would like to have checked.
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN GROUP: 10 to 11:30 a.m., second Wednesday of each month.
MEDITATION AND LIVING A MINDFUL LIFE: 3 p.m. Nov. 13, 27 and Dec. 11; noon Nov. 17 and Dec. 8 and 22. Did you know Insurance Institute study found that people who meditate on a regular basis had 87 percent fewer hospitalizations for heart disease and 50 percent fewer hospitalizations for any reason? The ancient practice of meditation and living “mindfully” has come into our present awareness. Robin Natanel, our Tai Chi instructor, will teach the meditation and mindfulness classes.