Rochester Council on Aging

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            The Rochester Senior Center will host the monthly Senior Book Club on Tuesday, January 21 at 10:15 am. The meeting is led by Gail Roberts, Director of the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library in Rochester. The book being discussed this month is, The Daring Ladies of Lowell, written by Kate Alcott. It is the story of the original mill girls of Lowell, their friendships, hardships, and bravery. The story takes place at a mill in Lowell where single young women work cotton looms in the early industrial age. They are considered pioneers, and although this gives them opportunity and freedom, the working conditions can be dangerous. The mill girls strive for better, safer conditions, and this is met with complications and conflict. Next month’s book is Silas Marner and will be discussed on February 18.

            The Fitness Room at the Rochester Senior Center has new hours. The new hours are; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Tuesday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The fitness room is open to all seniors. There is a monthly fee of $10 to join. Please call the Senior Center at 508-763-8723 for details.

            The Rochester Senior Center is hosting AARP trained tax-aide volunteers for Free Income Tax Preparation Appointments in February. Free tax preparation is provided for all moderate-low income individuals with special consideration for those over 60 years of age. This service is offered every other Wednesday beginning in February and ending April 15. Please call the Rochester Senior Center to schedule an appointment in advance. You must bring all pertinent paperwork with you to your appointment. This is a very popular program, so appointments are required to meet with a trained tax-aide volunteer.  Please call 508-763-8723 for information or to make an appointment.

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