Arts & Crafts

Discussion Groups

Entertainment & Socializing

Exercise and Fitness



Language Skills


Technology Workshops

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Jenks Center
109 Skillings Road
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: (781) 721-7136
Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Activities at the Jenks Center

Whether you’re intetrested in learning a new language or craft, sharing your opinions, playing games, singing, dancing, getting help with your computer, socializing, or something else, you can find others who share your interests at the Jenks Center.

This page describes the many activities currently available. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask. Won't you join us?

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Arts and Crafts

Art Group

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
There is no charge.

If you have a passion for painting and like to combine that with conversation with others; join this group to work with watercolors and acrylics. Members provide their own materials; the Jenks provides the meeting space. No sign-up necessary, walk-ins welcome!


Knitting Group

Alternating Mondays, 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$1.00 per sessiion

The knitting group is a good way to begin the week. The knitters get together to work on a variety of projects, discuss the affairs of the day and enjoy a cup of coffee. You do not need to be an expert to join this group. Knitters who have a basic knowledge of knitting are welcome. Depending on skill level, some of the items we have worked on are sweaters, socks, mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, hats for charity, baby blankets, doll clothes and even finger puppets for kids.

Leader: Linda Faiola

Quilting and More

Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(except July and August)
$3.00 per sessiion

Lots of quilting projects (small wall hangings, table runners, quilting basics), small projects (tote bags, pocket books). Some of the quilts are donated to charity and others are sold to benefit the Jenks Center. Newcomers are welcome to join and learn—experience with sewing machines is the only requirement.

Leader: Jane Norberg

Discussion Groups

Coffee and Books

4th Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(except July and August)
There is no charge.

Informal book discussion group open to all. Books are available at the Winchester Public Library and the librarians will gladly assist you in locating an audio or downloadable copy.

Leader: Ann Wirtanen

Men’s Discussion Group

1st and 3rd Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
There is no charge.

We discuss today's headlines on TV, the Internet and other media outlets of interest to our members. Opinions are expressed, drawing opposing sentiments, with points and counterpoints spoken. We also discuss historical events that we lived through. Those of us with different backgrounds educate each other on our respective experiences. Many of our comments elicit humorous retorts that lighten the atmosphere and assure the return of our members for another enjoyable good time together.

Leaders: Ed Brady

Science & Technology Discussion Group

2nd and 4th Friday, 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
There is no charge.

Sometimes we are casual about discussing topics that arise from people who are enthusiastic about them at the time, and sometimes we are more formal in having people who propose topics in advance. Examples of topics include climate change, solar power and cyber security. We are not as dry as you might think!

Leader: Dave Wilson

Poetry Discussion Group

2nd and 4th Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
There is no charge.

We discuss poetry and share our own poems.

Leader: Rosemary Sullivan

Entertainment & Socializing


Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
(except March, July and August)
There is no charge.

For people who love to sing, join the group and rehearse familiar songs and present them at various events at Jenks throughout the year. Musical scores are provided. “Walk-ins” are welcome, and no auditioning is necessary.

Leader: Dick Pharo

Line Dancing

Friday, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Beginners)
Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Intermediate)
$4.00 per class

Good for mind and body! The beginners class teaches Basic steps. The advanced class includes basic and much more.

Leader: Mary Bailey

Square Dancing

Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Advanced)
$3.00 per class

Square dancers listen to instructions then dance them to music. Square Dancing requires application of mental and physical exercise -- a major benefit. Beginners are welcome to join and learn.

Leader: Jane Carlson

Exercise and Fitness


Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Woburn Bowladrome
(except June, July and August)
$14.00 per session

Enthusiastic bowlers compete, We enjoy an Annual Banquet with prizes for High, Low, and Most Improved Bowler.

Leader: Joyce Gigliotti

Exercise (Total Fitness)

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
$3.00 per class

This class is designed to improve strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. Bands, dumbbells and ankle weights are provided. All exercises are performed in or behind a chair, and modifications are provided for all levels of ability.

Leader: Terry Currier

Strength Training

Tuesday, 3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$5.00 per session

Are you 55+ and tired of the noisy health club scene? We get it and so have created a program using upbeat music with exercises that are challenging yet easily modified for all fitness levels.

Tuesday and Thursday focus on muscle conditioning, strength training, balance and stretching, both seated, standing and on mats (optional).

Leaders: Judy Whitney and Gail LaRocca

Walking Club

Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
There is no charge.

Join us for weekly walks to differing areas of town. This is a great way to stay in shape.

Leaders: Carol Keller

Dance Fever

Friday, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
$5.00 per session

Friday is hopping with “Dance Fever,” a low-impact aerobic workout timed to oldies but goodies and current day tunes.

Leaders: Gail LaRocca


2nd and 4th Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
$48.00 per 8-week program; $8.00 for drop-ins

For those not familiar with yoga, it is a series of poses, stretching and breathing exercises, which improve balance, flexibility and strength. We use a gentle approach and incorporate chairs for those needing modification in the poses and for balances. Yoga quiets the mind and you will leave the class with an overall feeling of health and well-being. The yoga group welcomes new members both male and female. Tuesday mornings. Please arrive 15 minutes before ther start of class.

Leader: Ruth Lieberherr

Gentle Yoga

Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$48.00 per 8-week program; $8.00 for drop-ins

This class combines hatha yoga poses, flowing meditative Zen yoga stretches, calming breathing exercises and revitalizing deep relaxation. All fitness levels are welcome. No previous yoga experience required and no sign-up necessary.

Leader: Marilyn Arnold


Rubber Bridge

Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$3.00 per session

Whether you are just starting to play bridge, are renewing your interest or have played for years, you can enjoy a friendly game of Rubber Bridge. This is a very welcoming group. No partner is necessary; in fact, you will change partners every four hands.

Leader: Frank Gages

Sunday Duplicate Bridge

2nd Sunday of each month, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$14.00 per session

A very friendly Sunday afternoon bridge game with fantastic prizes and hospitality. You do not have to bring a bridge partner; we always have several very patient and skillful bridge players who are available for anyone that needs a partner.

Leader: Bob Gaudet


Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
There is no charge.

Cribbage is a card game that uses a peg board with pegs. The idea is to race your opponent around the board by leap frogging your pegs according to the points that you have in your hand. The game dates back to late 17th century England. All levels of skill are welcome. We teach beginners the game. “Walk-ins” are most welcome. Please feel free to join us.

Leader: Doug Cromwell

Mah Jongg

Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$1.00 per sessiion

We play the American version of the Chinese tile game. You must have some experience. If you're interesterd in learning how to play, you can observe for as long as you need.

Leader: Marilyn Tempesta


Food Management

2nd Friday of each month, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
There is no charge.

Learn to eat better and save money while making wise choices.

Leader: Jessy McNeil, MSRD, LDN

Keep Well Clinic

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
There is no charge.

This clinic features a professional nurse from the town's board of health as well as nurse volunteers to administer blood pressure and weight check-ups.

Leader: Joyce Gigliotti


2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
$5.00 (cash only)
By appointment only

45-min manicures are available for seniors.

Manicurist: Kristin Steebruggen


Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
There is no charge.

Mindfulness and meditation are practices that benefit mental and physical health through compassionate awareness and focused concentration. Join us for guided meditation and learn a myriad of mindfulness techniques.

Leaders: Vanessa Gobes


3rd Wednesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
There is no charge.

Nutrition classes offered through the support of Cummings Foundation.

Leader: Jessy McNeil, MSRD, LDN

Language Skills

French Conversation

Wednesday, 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
There is no charge.

Whether you would enjoy learning French and practice conversation, or just want to hear it spoken, join us. Our group is diverse and fun, and always welcomes new members.

Leader: Claudine Nacamuli

German Conversation

Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
There is no charge.

This group is for German speakers. It is not a beginner’s class, but you don't need to be fluent. We will help you improve your speaking abilities and correct you in conversation as needed. Please join us!

Italian Conversation

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
There is no charge.

Italian Conversation enthusiasts meet for lively conversations in Italian. Bring your stories and laugh with us!

Leader: Betty Ellis

Portugese Conversation

Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
There is no charge.

This group is for Portugeser speakers. It is not a beginner’s class, but you don't need to be fluent. We will help you improve your speaking abilities and correct you in conversation as needed. Please join us!


Eating Together

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 a.m.
$3.00 per meal
Transportation can be provided at no extra charge.

The Eating Together Program provides delicious and nutritious meals to seniors and an opportunity to come to the beautiful center to socialize with peers and enjoy a few hours out of the house.

Leader: John Day, Minuteman Site Manager

Financial Counseling

There is no charge.
By appointment only

Our Financial Counselor serves as a resource to seniors regarding entitlements and financial planning issues.

Counselor: Harry Rothman

Legal Counseling

Last Monday of each month, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
There is no charge.
By appointment only

30-minute private consultations are available for issues affecting seniors.

Attorney: Noreen Murphy

SHINE Counseling

Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
There is no charge.
By appointment only

SHINE is an acronym for “Serving the Health Needs of Elders.” SHINE Counselors are volunteers who provide information, counseling, and assistance regarding health insurance and health benefit options. Our counselor understands the nuances of health insurance and is here to help seniors maneuver their way through the health insurance system.

Counselor: Judy Minardi

Technology Workshops

iPad/iPhone Support

Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
There is no charge.

There are a variety of computer, iPhone, iPad, and smart phone workshops, as well as one-on-one problem-solving sessions. Classes for larger groups are free, but when they are private tutorials or small group classes, then a small fee is charged. Some require registering in advance. Others are in a drop-in format, where no advanced registration is required. During the school year, high-school student ‘docents’ occasionally run Friday-afternoon Cyber Cafés in which people can drop in with questions they may have on their smart devices.

Library Online

2nd Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
There is no charge.

The Library Online offers a rotating series of free, beginner-level workshops dealing with technology. We encourage people to register with the Jenks Center, but “walk-ins” are welcome.

Leader: Ran Cronin