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Posted on: December 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Gifts for Seniors and Other Updates from the COA

Gifts for Seniors

The Shrewsbury Council on Aging and In It Together Volunteer group would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Gifts for Senior program. We have collected many items including toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, tooth brushes and toothpaste, lotions, coloring and puzzle books with colored pencils and crayons, socks, gloves, scarves, lap blankets, and many goodies like candies, soups, crackers, hot chocolate, and much more! 

We hope to put together enough bags for 500 seniors and are still collecting items through December 15th! Any donations can be dropped off at the Senior Center in the collection bin by the front door.


Commit to Your Well-Being

Join us today at 10AM by phone or online to Commit to Your Well-Being! Which habits can you change to improve your well-being? What are you considering doing more of? Or less of? We can all make some positive changes to improve our health and quality of life. But with the current crisis, these changes can easily get postponed and end up on the back burner. Take part in this invigorating workshop to prioritize these changes. Through conversations, live demonstrations and interactive exercises with peers, you will feel energized and more committed to your well-being. Whether it’s exercising more, eating healthier, drinking less alcohol, sleeping more, unplugging from our phones, spending less time on social media, watching less television, or reducing stress and tension, there are many changes we can make! Altering our choices and modifying our habits can improve our physical and emotional health. Let’s discuss changes that are important to you.

Call in to listen at 219-778-6076 [PIN: 640 904 802#]

Or join the virtual workshop:

Virtual Event Sponsored by the Shrewsbury Public Library Foundation

"The Difference Between Being Not Racist and Anti-racist" Q&A with Prof. Ibram Kendi

Professor Ibram X. Kendi, will join us for a 45-minute “In Conversation” followed by a 15-minute Q&A. Registrants will receive an invite to the Zoom webinar.

Register here:

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky.

For more information on this Speaker please visit

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL), a partnership between Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library offers classes to people age 60+ for free - or a voluntary donation - with classes meeting on Tuesdays in January, April, and October. Courses are typically held in person, but we have moved to a remote format (via Zoom) due to COVID 19 and will continue with this format until it is safe for people to meet in person again.

  • Intersession 2021 classes take place on Tuesdays, January 12, 19, and 26.  
  • Online registration opens at 11:00 am, on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. 

Find more information and register here:

The Eighteenth-Century: The Evolution of Modern Europe

 The John L. Heineman Intersession 2021 offers an integrated study of literature, art, and history during one of Europe’s most tumultuous centuries. Instructors from different disciplines will examine the creative tensions that produced not only literary and artistic masterpieces, but also the meaning of life within a social framework in which art, literature, and political and social aspiration merged into a tightly interwoven consciousness.


9:00 am – 10:15 am  Dr. Bridgette Sheridan

Dr. Sheridan will focus on economics, ideas, and revolution, particularly of the French Revolution.  Together with the development of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the political ideas of the Enlightenment, these events and ideas have ushered in the dawn of modernity.

Art History 

10:30 am – 11:45 am  Dr. Erika Schneider

Professor Schneider’s art segment will include 18th century European and American artists and works in the court style of the Rococo, including Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher, Vigee-LeBrun, and Hogarth,  culminating in the didactic Neoclassical, with David, Kauffman, West, and Copley, among others.


1:00 pm – 2:15 pm   Dr. Helen Heineman

Professor Heineman will present Defoe’s masterpiece, Robinson Crusoe, a story of peril and the solitudes of the human soul, of a man stranded upon a desert island, isolated and brooding upon the nature of society. The novel profoundly impressed Rousseau, who was inspired by it to “return to Nature,” while others, like Marx, regarded it as a meretricious model of economic independence. The novel’s strong reputation has remained constant, and it has undergone hundreds of editions and translations into many languages.  Please read the first third of the novel by the first class meeting.

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