Here's the latest from the Dover Council on Aging.

Some events require reservations. Please call 508-315-5734 to reserve a space, or go to and click on Council on Aging in the “Dover’s Quick Links” section. Questions? Call the COA and speak to Janet Claypoole, director.

Town Hall will be closing at 1 p.m. on Fridays, including the COA.

Need a ride to COA lunches or events? Please call the COA, and we will arrange a free ride.

If Dover schools are canceled due to the weather, COA activities will also be canceled for the day. If schools open late, COA programs may be delayed as well.

Sand for Seniors

The Dover COA, in partnership with the Men’s Breakfast Group from the Dover Church, will once again prepare and deliver buckets of sand/salt to Dover’s seniors. The Friends of the COA have offered to fund this program. If you would like a bucket of sand/salt (complete with a lid and scoop) for sanding your steps and walkway, please call the COA or sign up at the COA office.

Button cell battery recycling

As part of the Friends of the Council on Aging’s fundraising efforts, you can now recycle your button cell batteries at the COA office, Dover Church or Transfer Station. All funds received from this program will provide additional programs/events for the COA.

Special programs

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS LUNCH — Tuesday, March 27, noon, Grace Church. Join us for a homemade lunch and conversation with friends. The Happy Strummers Ukulele Group will play Irish tunes for all to enjoy. RSVP by March 21.

WORKSHOPS ON AGING HEALTHY — Monday, March 26, at Kraft Hall, Dover Church, 2 and 6 p.m. Free to the public. RSVP by March 22 to Aging in the Home, 2-3 p.m.; How to Be a Caregiver, 6-7 p.m. Workshops co-sponsored with VNA Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, and the Dover Church.

FUN WITH THE UKULELE — $40 (April 11-May 30). Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m., Caryl Center. Ukulele returns with instructor Daniel Metraux. Come learn basic chords and strumming techniques to accompany traditional folk songs and more. New students are always welcome, no experience is needed. Bring your own ukulele, or rent one from Needham Music. Register for one session or both at the COA office.

POWISSET FARM COOKING CLASSES — The COAs from Dover and Westwood are offering cooking classes; space is limited to four Dover seniors from each class. You must sign up in advance. Cost is $15 per class, $25 for both classes. Sign up at the COA office.

March 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Knife Skills and Salads

April 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Bread and Soup

Fuel assistance

Do you need energy assistance? The following resources may be of help:

Town of Dover — assists residents who are facing energy emergencies, including shut-offs.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council — offers fuel assistance and weatherization to eligible families and individuals.

Good Neighbor Energy Program — partners with the Salvation Army to offer fuel assistance to shoe whose income exceeds SMOC guidelines.

For more information, please contact Erika Nagy, financial and energy assistance coordinator for the Town of Dover at 508-654-7778, or

Save the Dates

Lifetime Learning — starts this month. Pick up a brochure at the COA office, or visit

St. Dunstan’s Church — offers Dover Unplugged, a monthly series; on Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m., the community is invited to create and package 10,000 meals to be sent to Puerto Rico through the Outreach Program.

COA Volunteer Luncheon — Tuesday, April 10, at noon at the Caryl Community Center. Watch for invitations.

Gary Hylander — the historian will present “The Great Molasses Flood” on Tuesday, June 12, at the COA luncheon. Sponsored by Rehabilitation Associates.

Up In Smoke BBQ — Wednesday, June 13, at Caryl Community Center. This fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Dover COA.

Travel News

On Friday, March 23, join our Sherborn friends for a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum for a guided tour of Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style exhibit. Cost TBA and will include a guided tour, lunch at the café and bus.

Space is limited; call the Dover COA to sign up.

Ongoing Activities

BLUE MOON BAGELS AND BREADS — Thursday, March 22, Caryl Center, Room 116. Donated baked goods available for pickup after 10 a.m.

BOCCE — will be back in mid-April on Fridays.

SENIOR COFFEE HOUR — Friday, March 30, 8:30 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. Please join us for coffee and conversation.

KNITTING — Mondays at 11:30 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. Beginners and experienced knitters welcome. Bring a project on your own, or you can join the knitters who make hats, booties and blankets for those in need with donated yarn. All are welcome.

MAH JONGG — Thursdays at 1 p.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. All levels welcome.

CHI GONG — Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Dover Town Library, Community Room. Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 108. $3 per class. Perfect for all levels.

YOGA FOR WELLNESS — Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 215. $3 per class.

MEDITATION — Wednesdays, 11 a.m., Caryl Center, Room 215. $3 per class.

STRENGTH AND STABILITY — Tuesdays, 9-9:50 a.m.; Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m., Caryl Center, Room 215. $3 per class. Bring water; equipment is provided.

ZUMBA GOLD — Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Caryl Center, gym. $3 per class. (no classes March 24).

PICKLEBALL — Mondays and Thursdays; choose one of the following sessions — 10:15 or 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. (Monday only). Caryl Center, gym. You must sign up ahead for a session.