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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Annual Children’s Holiday Shoppe, Dec. 4, 3:30 – 5:30pm

Mark your calendar for Wayland’s 32nd annual Children’s Holiday Shoppe on Wed., Dec. 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Town Building Gym (enter through the Large Hearing Room). This favorite event allows children in Grades K – 5 to shop for low-cost gifts while their adult waits in the next room. (Some activities will be available for pre-K children while they wait.) Adults purchase $1 tickets for their children to spend in the Shoppe. Middle- and high-school “elves” — from the Girl Scouts, Girls Ice Hockey Team, and National Honor Society — are paired one-on-one to help the youngest shoppers and deliver them safely back to their adults. Volunteers — including members of Wayland Police and Fire — wrap all gifts, so children leave with a collection of wrapped surprises to give their loved ones. Brought to you for 32 years by the Wayland Council on Aging, whose volunteers work year-round to shop for, make, display, sell and wrap gift items. Don’t miss this beloved holiday tradition!

Can You Drive A Senior to the Doctor?

Wayland’s FISH program — Friends in Service Helping — provides free rides to Wayland residents who have no other way to get to a medical appointment. Created nearly 30 years ago as a grass-roots community program, FISH is now managed by the Wayland Council on Aging.

Residents request rides by calling FISH (508-358-FISH), and administrators reach out to find a volunteer driver who is available. More than 90 percent of rides are in the MetroWest area. This is a flexible, “as-available” volunteer role, and vitally important to Wayland residents who face transportation challenges.

Give a neighbor a lift, and get one yourself, by helping to meet these important needs. When neighbors help neighbors, it knits our community together. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Ann Gordon at the Wayland Council on Aging, 508-358-2990, or download a volunteer application from the COA website.

Deliver a Difference with Meals on Wheels

Delivering Meals on Wheels in Wayland is a rewarding volunteer job that is time-limited (it takes about an hour), direct (you meet the people you serve), local (neighbors serving neighbors), and important (a vital part of the social safety-net that enables folks to remain at home). If you have time to help out once in a while, or regularly, we would welcome your help.

Monday through Friday, starting at 11am, three volunteers pick up food at the Wayland Council on Aging in the Town Building, and fan out across town delivering a hot meal to eight or ten addresses each. Some are regular weekly volunteers; others are on-call and fill in when they can. All are critically important to the health and well-being of Wayland residents who find it difficult to cook for themselves.

If you would like to volunteer, or to learn more, please contact Ann Gordon at the Council on Aging, 508-358-2990, or visit the COA website and download a volunteer application.



Tai Chi Paradigm Class

On Mondays at 2pm join in this gentle, time-honored exercise designed to reinforce posture, balance and fundamental movement. Instructors from the Calvin Chin Martial Arts Academy lead “mindful meditation in motion,” a modern approach to an ancient art. Offered by the Council on Aging in the Large Hearing Room in the Town Building, Nov. 4, 18, and 25. Cost: $21 for the month of November, or $10 per class (drop-in). Your first class is a free “Try-it!” For those age 60 and over, or younger if spots are available. Call the COA for details (508-358-2990) or simply come to class and sign up.

The Great Molasses Flood

On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m., come to the Council on Aging to hear Emmy Award-winning historian John Horrigan present a lecture on a famous story that lives on in New England folklore: “The Boston Molasses Flood.” On January 15th, 1919, as workers were beginning their lunch break, a large storage tank in Boston’s North End collapsed, sending a wave of over two million gallons of refined molasses cascading at 35 MPH down Commercial Street, killing 21 and injuring 150 people. It could have been prevented if the tank was properly constructed and inspected. After the disaster, countless law suits would be filed, but the owner of the tank managed to avoid prosecution. Come hear more about this uniquely local bit of history.

Fire Safety: How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Do you know how to safely and properly use a fire extinguisher in your home? To learn how, join Wayland Firefighter and Educator Todd Winner at the Wayland Public Safety Building meeting room. Listen indoors to instructions, then watch a demonstration outdoors using both water and dry chemical extinguishers. Wear warm clothing and sturdy footware. Class size limited. By pre-registration only, call the Council on Aging at 508-358-2990 to register.

The ABCs of CBD and THC

On Wed., Oct. 16, 7pm, in the COA, with Uma Dhanabalan, MD. Medical marijuana and related products are becoming mainstream. Marijuana use is legal in Massachusetts, and CBD, a product of hemp plants, is legal at the federal level. CBD is increasingly used for pain and a range of other physical and behavioral conditions. Learn more about the cannabis plant and its products; benefits and risks; control and regulations; and the buying process. Join us for this informative evening, and bring your questions for the Q&A period following the presentation. Please call us at 508-358-2990 to reserve a spot. (Need a ride? Let us know.)