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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

Virtual: COFFEE AND BOOKS: 1 p.m. Feb. 18. Do you like to read? Come join the discussion led by Erin Dagenais, Community Engagement & Reference librarian with the Winchester Public Library. This month’s read is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Although a poor Southern tobacco farmer, her cells — taken without her knowledge — were used to develop the polio vaccine, uncover secrets of cancer/viruses, advance in vitro fertilization, cloning and gene mapping. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years. Her family learned of her “immortality” more than 20 years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. This story is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. Register to obtain the Zoom link.

Virtual: TOUR THROUGH ASIA WITH MEI: 7 p.m. Feb. 18. In partnership with The Chinese Culture Connection, we welcome back Mei Hung as she transports us to Asia, the largest, most populous, energetic continent on earth. Mei will share her photos of a tour she took of the Silk Road route in China and in Kyoto, Japan. She will share local and historical information, including what remains today. Mei Huang is the executive director of The Chinese Cultural Connection, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote cross-cultural education and understanding. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by a grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Virtual: NUTRITION WITH JESSE MCNEIL: 2 p.m. Feb. 22. February is American Heart Month. Pulses (technical term for legumes) have been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, reducing the risk factors for heart disease. Pulses are the latest “superfood” packed with vitamins and minerals. They are considered both a protein and a vegetable. Join us to learn about pulses and how to incorporate them into everyday recipes. Recipe item for demonstration: apple cake and brownies. Register to obtain the Zoom link at http://jenkscenter.org.

Virtual: A TALK WITH HISTORIAN ROBERT MACDOUGALL: 7 p.m. Feb. 22. In partnership with the Winchester Historical Society and the Stoneham Historical Society, join us as historian Robert MacDougall discusses the abolition of slavery and its impact on events today. An American history teacher for 49 years, Mr. MacDougall has written four books on the American story; his latest work is “The Agitator and the Politician, William Lloyd Garrison, Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation of the Slaves.” Listen to the presentation and bring your questions to engage in an open discussion. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by a grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Virtual: LEONARDO DA VINCI WITH JANE BLAIR: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23. We welcome Jane Blair back for another enlightening and enjoyable presentation this month on Leonardo da Vinci. He was one of the greatest painters in the world, but painting was not what he did the best. Da Vinci was a scientist, a chemist, an engineer, mathematician, a designer of military equipment and strategist, a sculptor, a concert-level musician and an inventor. He was The Renaissance Man. Join us for a look into all the works of Leonardo da Vinci and the vision that was his genius. Jane Blair, owner of Art Matters, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts degree the University of Illinois. Register to obtain Zoom link. Sponsored by a grant from the John and Mary Murphy Educational Foundation.

Virtual: MEMORY CAFÉ: Fill Your Life With Song: 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23. Join us for a special musical program of animated show tunes, crooner hits and familiar sing-alongs lead by Joel Light and his accomplice, Dan, whose fun banter will leave you smiling and singing along to your favorite tunes. Fun for all ages and cognitive abilities. Please register to obtain Zoom link.

Virtual: SOCIAL SECURITY: How to Grow from Here: 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Join Jeff Wheeler to learn about changes that are taking place with Social Security in 2021, such as the cost-of-living adjustment, workers penalty and federal payroll tax (FICA) wage cap. Social Security has the potential to be a key financial asset, yet many retirees fail to make the most of it. The webinar is a 50-minute presentation with slides that discuss how to make the most of the government program by reviewing the basics of Social Security, incorporating Social Security into a retirement portfolio and strategies for maximizing the benefits it offers. Jeff Wheeler is a financial advisor with Edward Jones of Winchester. Register to obtain the Zoom link.

Virtual: CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL: Craft Group: 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 24. Interested in learning to make a Chinese lantern in celebration of Chinese New Year? The lantern symbolizes the wish for a bright future as part of the New Year’s celebration, while representing happiness and wealth. Join your friends to make this fun craft designed by high school students who will participate and guide you with step-by-step instructions. A materials kit will be provided. Space limited. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by a grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Virtual: CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR 2021: 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Since we cannot attend in person, Jennifer Zhang is bringing us a wonderful virtual Chinese New Year show with exciting performances by the Winchester Chinese School students and parents. Enjoy the costumes, music and dance of these talented performers. Officially on Feb. 12, this is the Year of the Ox. Jennifer Zhang is the vice principal and outreach director of the Winchester School of Chinese Culture. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by a grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Virtual: CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: “What Does it Mean to Practice Love and Compassion?”: 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 25. Are you feeling frazzled related to the demands of caregiving? Would you appreciate a little compassion and support? Make February the month to show love and compassion to yourself and other caregivers. There are many common threads to be discovered and topics to untangle within the Jenks Caregiver Support Group. It’s private, confidential, and free and it’s a perfect way to honor your needs. It’s important to remember that you are not alone on this journey. So take a small break from your day, grab a glass of sparkling water or herbal tea and log into Zoom with us. No regrets. No judgment. It’s just an hour of open hearts and minds, attentive ears and, of course, genuine compassion — and hopefully a few laughs. Visit http://jenkscenter.org to register for your free Zoom link for this meeting.

Virtual: COFFEE AND BOOKS: 1 p.m. Feb. 25. Do you like to read? Come join the discussion led by Erin Dagenais, community engagement and reference librarian with the Winchester Public Library. This month’s read is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Although a poor Southern tobacco farmer, her cells — taken without her knowledge — were used to develop the polio vaccine, uncover secrets of cancer/viruses, advance in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years. Her family learned of her “immortality” more than 20 years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. This story is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. Register to obtain the Zoom link.

Virtual: GUA SHA FACIAL MASSAGE: A Deeper Look: 7 p.m. Feb. 25. We welcome back John Saia for a deeper look at caring for the face and neck through Gua Sha and acupressure points. Gua Sha, a modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine, moves blood to improve circulation, health and well-being. This workshop will review the basic indications, tools and methods for practicing Gua Sha, with a focus on anatomy and acupressure points of the head and neck. Having a master’s degree in acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, John practices TCM in the North Shore and Greater Boston area. Facial rollers provided. Space limited. Cost: $5. Register to obtain the Zoom link. Sponsored by a grant from the Cummings Foundation.

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: 1 p.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 what’s on your mind or ask some questions. Zoom link available on our website: http://jenkscenter.org. Hope to “see” you there!

Virtual: LORIN’S ROUNDTABLE OF CURRENT EVENTS: 11 a.m. Thursdays. Join Lorin’s 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 techhelp@jenkscenter.org, 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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