To sign up for any Council on Aging events or programs, to reserve a seat on the COA van, or for more information, please call 978-456-4120.
Unless otherwise noted, events are at Hildreth House and signup and payment are necessary in advance.
St. Patrick’s Day party
Join the COA Thursday, March 14, at noon for the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon held at St. Theresa’s Church. The meal will be a traditional corned beef dinner prepared by local chef Bill Ference with the usual side dishes and dessert. Reserve your place by March 7 and be sure to indicate if you need a ride.
Let’s go to the movies
See a feature-length movie Monday, March 11, at 1 p.m. in Volunteers Hall. The film, rated R, is “The Wife.” starring Oscar nominee Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce. It interweaves the story of a couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage 30-plus years later.
Bromfield Student Council lunch for seniors
Bromfield Student Council students under the direction of Chef Paul Correnty will prepare and serve a lunch for seniors Wednesday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. in the Bromfield cafeteria. RSVP is required by March 13. When you call, let the COA know if you need a ride.
Dean Martin, King of Cool
On Wednesday, March 27, at 1 p.m. actor and music manager Bruce Hambro will present a musical program devoted to the life and career of the late Dean Martin.
Permanent absentee voting
If you are unable to visit the polls to vote on election days because of a disability, illness, or physical hardship, you may be eligible to become a permanent absentee voter. As a permanent absentee voter you’ll receive absentee ballots by mail for all elections in a calendar year. For more information contact the town clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-456-4100 ext. 316.
Computer support and workshops
Schedule an appointment for help with computer issues Tuesday or Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hildreth House. Or sign up for a workshop:
• March 8 – Learn some new features of iOS 12 for the iPhone and iPad.
• March 22 – Learn what you can do with Excel.
Want to talk books?
Are you nterested in participating in a book club and discussing books that have relevance to seniors? Facilitator Carlene Phillips, a retired English teacher (and Harvard Press writer!) will describe choices for the books and will arrange dates and times for monthly discussions. The library will provide copies of books. If you are interested, call the COA or email Phillips at email@example.com.
Inclement weather policy
If the Harvard public schools are closed because of inclement weather, COA programs are canceled, and the van may be taken off the road. If there is a school delay, call the COA office for more information.
Harvard Public Library Books @ Home
If you are temporarily or permanently homebound because of a health issue and would like books delivered to your home, call the library at 978-456-4114 and ask for someone to bring the library to YOU!
Tax aid applications available
Harvard’s Elderly and Disabled Tax Aid fund, consisting of private donations, helps elderly and disabled residents defray the costs of their property taxes. The funds are disbursed based on need and vary from year to year. Donations are accepted at any time and are tax-deductible. Applications are available at the town website, www.harvard.ma.us, the Council on Aging, or the town treasurer’s office. Call the COA or the town treasurer at 978-456-4100, ext. 318, with any questions.