COA Programming

Group assembled in board room listens to speaker
Senior Medical Patrol Presentation to the Low Vision Support Group








In-Person Programming

in and around the Senior / Community Center

Abstract Art

Most Thursdays 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Andrea Alukonis

$5 Materials Fee

Abstract & Experimental Art is offered once a week and will inspire a love for creating that lasts long after class ends.  Acrylic paint art class comes together to share artistic creativity and expression in a social atmosphere.


Beginner Ukulele Class

Most Thursdays 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Brian Testa


Beginner Ukulele is an educational class for anyone that is new to the instrument and would like to become part of the Port City Ukulele Group.


Birding Tours

1st & 3rd Fridays at 8:30 a.m.

Instructor:  Sue McGrath

$5 Fee

Bird Tours with Sue McGrath are held outside the Senior/Community Center on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the spring and summer months.

Sue is a Newburyport resident. She’s the founder and program designer at Newburyport Birders which offers birdwatching classes, guided, private tours and educational programs. She has been observing birds for over thirty years and remains fascinated by bird behavior. Sue has traveled to observe birds throughout North America, Central America, the Senegambia region of West Africa and western Europe. Sue is a member of the American Birding Association, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, the Nuttall Ornithological Club, the Brookline Bird Club, the Seacoast Chapter of New Hampshire Audubon. She’s involved with the Friends of Parker River NWR and is the perennial volunteer Purple Martin landlord at Parker River NWR.



Most Mondays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Novice through expert players encouraged to participate!


Bocce Ball

Bocce Ball, a sport played by two teams of two players each, can be played on the Senior/Community Center's court as long as the weather permits. Each player uses two large balls called bocce. A smaller ball called the pallino is the target.


Chair Yoga

Most Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Instructor:  Mary Van Abs


Chair Yoga is done seated in a chair making this practice accessible for everyone.  Chair yoga is offered once a week and has all of the same wonderful yogic practices as a class that happens on the floor. Gentle Pathways Yoga chair class address posture and breathing, as well as movement, meditation and end with traditional chanting. 


Community Day Talks

Most Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.    TEMPORARILY ON HOLD

Coordinator:  Mary Kelly

Community Day Talks held on Wednesdays feature Greater Newburyport proprietors and residents who have interesting information to share about their businesses, hobbies, and passions. Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know your neighbors and business owners around Newburyport and beyond.


Dance Classes

(Two Levels:  Novice and Intermediate/Advanced)

Dancing is a great way to stay fit while having fun and this program will help you learn the basics of ballet and tap. Different levels are offered to meet the needs of both beginners and more experienced dancers. Whether you have always wanted to learn ballet and tap, are working on refining your dance technique or are simply looking for a chance to stay active, this is the perfect way to keep the beauty of dance in your life in a fun and friendly weekly class.


Most Tuesdays (novice) 9:00 a.m.; Thursdays 10:00 a.m.

Teacher:  Nicole Marquis-Chabot


Most Tuesdays (novice) 10:00 a.m.; Thursdays 11:00 a.m.

Teacher:  Jenn Grinnings




Most Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Ann Harter


Have you ever thought about learning to draw? Or love to draw and want to brush up (so to speak) on your drawing skills? Newburyport artist, Ann Harter (, teaches a weekly class on drawing.  Lessons will be structured according to the level of experience among the class members. Currently, we are using a graphite pencil, but will use other types of drawing mediums as time goes by. Subject matter will be from photographs or drawing from life using objects and still lifes that are set up in class.


Emotional Support Canines Chloe & Tilly

Most Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Volunteer:  Michael T.

Dogs can make many of us feel all warm and fuzzy, and it’s particularly comforting to those who have had to give up owning pets due to circumstances beyond their control. Our emotional support pet program brings dogs in to snuggle with community members of all ages. Research shows that spending even a short period of time with animals can improve your mental and emotional health.


Exercise To Music

Most Mondays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Instructor:  YWCA Instructor Carol


We are partnering with the Newburyport YWCA to offer the very popular Exercise to Music fitness class. Seasoned instructors, such as Paula Pressler, will focus on meeting the specific needs of the senior population in a safe and social environment. They bring a myriad of training and certifications and design classes to specifically meet the key elements of functional fitness for seniors: balance, flexibility, mobility, cardio/strength and mind/body. The class is set to invigorating music and includes stretching, hand weights, no-impact and low-impact aerobic movements, and cool-down.  The program is suited to wheelchair users, post-mastectomy patients, arthritic elders, etc.


Fit for Life

Most Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Instructor:  YWCA Instructor Paula Pressler


Life can throw you a curve ball at times! This exercise class will not only develop movement stamina , strength, and flexibility, but will prepare you with balance, brain and agility training as well...All set to motivating music! 


Game Day

Most Fridays 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ease into the weekend with a relaxing afternoon of games with friends new and old.  Come alone or recruit friends to come to the SCC to play a variety of card and board games for 30-180 minutes!


Gentle Movement

Most Mondays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Susan Tribble


Using influences from Dance, Fitness and Qi Gong, the Gentle Movement focuses on breathing, stretching, balancing, and gently working all major muscle groups, within exercise guidelines for those 50 and over. The class can be performed standing and/or sitting (except for the balance portion). This weekly Gentle Movement Class is for anyone who would like to improve their posture, balance, flexibility and mobility, and better control the symptoms associated with aging and conditions such as Arthritis and Parkinson's. Soothing music played in the background.  


Intergenerational (IG) Garden Project

Spring Gardening-Students from the Bresnahan School plant edible gardens in our Senior/Community Center patio boxes. This annual project brings generations together with a common purpose and produces a robust harvest.


Language Conversation Gatherings

SPANISH:  Most Mondays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

GERMAN:  Most Mondays 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

FRENCH:  Most Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

These individual group meet once a week and are for anyone who speaks and understands the foreign language of that particular group. Discussions are lively, about various experiences in different countries, as well as current topics and activities. These groups are not designed as a Class, where the language will be taught, but rather as a conversation group.


Line Dancing

Most Tuesdays 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Susan Tribble


Newcomers and experienced line dancers alike are welcome in our class. Individual steps are taught and then combined into repeating patterns that can be used in a variety of ways to accommodate different rhythms and musical styles.


Low Vision Support Group

Monthly on 2nd Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Co-Coordinators:  Joanne Maki & Jo An Kincaid

Low Vision Support Group promotes confident living with vision loss. The group is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The mission is to provide information about resources, devices and practices that will aide in adapting and maintaining a full and active life for those who are blind or with lessening vision. Transportation to the SCC is provided from Newburyport residents upon request.



Most Thursdays 12:00 p.m.


McG’s Discussion Group

Most Mondays 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Informal group that meets once a week to discuss ideas, solve problems, or make comments in a social group setting.


NBPT High Street Crafters

Most Fridays 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The Newburyport High Street Crafters is a weekly craft group that works independently in a social group setting.  Needlecrafts like knitting and crocheting are some of the most popular activities among the members in this group.


News & Views

Most Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

News & Views has been meeting for over twenty years.  Each week topics for discussion are suggested by the members and then voted on in order of the group's preferences.  It always evolves into lively and interesting conversations.  We welcome all who enjoy discussing current events.


Next Chapter Book Club

Monthly on 1st Wednesday 2:00 p.m.

Guide:  NPL Staff


March 2nd:  The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristen Harmel

April 6th:      Of Women and Salt by Gabriella Garcia

To reserve a copy, call the Newburyport Public Library:  (978) 465-4428


Parkinson's Stretch Class-ON HOLD

Most Thursdays 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Mary Van Abs



Pastel Drawing

Most Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Ann Harter


Ann Harter ( teaches a weekly class in pastel drawing. Students of all skill levels are welcome. Each week a different printed picture is provided as the subject matter. Instruction aligns with the level of experience of the students. A materials list consisting of a set of basic supplies that can be expanded as the student gains experience is provided and students are always welcome to bring their own set of pastels. Come experience the joy of creating art with other art-loving people!




Coordinator:  James Jones

Pickleball is a paddle sport played using a perforated, plastic ball over a tennis-type net on a badminton-sized court. The game can be played in a singles or doubles format. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn. 



Most Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

The Pongsters meet two times a week and enjoy playing, learning, watching, and chatting around the table to the soothing back-and-forth sound of the ping-pong ball. A great way to sharpen your reflexes and have fun at the same time! All are welcome.


“Port City Ukulele”

Most Thursdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Brian Testa


The Port City Ukulele Group is an enthusiastic group of Ukulele players that get together once a week to sing “Happy Sounds” and play the Ukulele.


Stamp Club

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

The Newburyport Stamp Club, Chapter 176876 of the American Philatelic Society, with members from as far north as Hampton, NH and as far south as Ipswich, MA, meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the SCC. Club meetings provide an opportunity for stamp collectors to meet and “share their love for little bits of paper.” Members, who pay just $10/year, can buy, sell, trade, participate in auctions, get evaluations, or just chat with other collectors. Longtime collectors, those returning to the hobby, and beginners are encouraged to join this animated and dedicated group.


Stretch with Lisa

Most Fridays 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Lisa



Tai Chi

Most Fridays 12:00 - 1 p.m.

Instructor:  Barbara Tindall


Tai Chi is "a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching that involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing."



Most Fridays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Joan Hancock

Zentangle is a form of Art Therapy that reduces stress, increases wellbeing, and enhances relaxation. In this unique meditative drawing class you will be guided to find your own ways of expressing your emotions so as to improve your overall health.


Zumba Gold

Most Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Instructor:  Susan Tribble


Zumba Gold pairs Latin and international music, including American popular music, with dance and exercise movements. A variety of rhythms and dance styles are used to tone the entire body and provide cardiovascular benefits. Participants adapt the moves to their own ability and fitness level. The goal is to move and have fun!


Virtual & Hybrid Programming

Our innovative and engaging Virtual Programming will be on pause May-September


First Monday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Guide: Various


If you enjoy reading, watching, or listening to thought-provoking content or if you enjoy participating in a book club, then Club TED is for you!  Lifelong learners and the most curious among us will enjoy watching a TED Talk (a 15 minute presentation on just about any subject imaginable given by an expert in the field) together and then discussing.  While a guide has volunteered to keep the conversation going and to ask insightful questions, Club TED participants will be encouraged to bring ideas for future discussions.  


Virtual Adventures-VIRTUAL...................OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL

Most Thursdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Instructors:  Assorted


1st Thursday:  Silver Screenings

That's entertainment!  Vinny takes us behind the scenes of Hollywood and dives into the lives of your favorite actors.  He also introduces us to pop culture during this immersive experience that takes the audience on a roller coaster of emotions!

2nd Thursday: Global Experiences

Chrysa takes us around the globe to impressive Unesco World Heritage Sites and to so many more places that tie into a theme or a season.  These extraordinary virtual journeys will leave you wanting to learn more and our incredible guide always recommends wonderful books and movies that tie in to the place or theme.

3rd Thursday:  Virtual Adventures

Longtime educator Nancy offers tours of places you should know closer to home.  She takes us behind the scenes and to lesser known corners of a variety of locations that will appeal to everyone.

4th Thursday:  REMOTEly Educational Sessions

Guest presenters provide information that is of interest to older adults in the comfort of their homes.  Experts from a variety of fields, including staff from AgeSpan, SHINE Counselors, AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers, City of Newburyport Officials, Department Directors, staff, and volunteers, local agencies, and so many more, educate participants about programs and services available in the Greater Newburyport region.  Even if you do not require the assistance being described, you might learn something that could help friend, family member, or neighbor.

5th Thursday-None



Our novice and intermediate/advanced Balley and Tap classes will be offered on Zoom when requested.  Call the COA Office to request the link at least 24 hours ahead.

Programs Promoting Social Engagement

Coffee Time-Virtual

Grab your coffee or your tea and call in or zoom in for a chat.  Discuss the current events of the day or various topics such as:  New Year’s goals, Favorite movies, Snow day memories, Recipes… or whatever comes up.  Enjoy this time to connect with each other through fun non-political conversation.


Friendly Calling Phone Tree

Friendly Calling Phone Tree is a friendly voice checking in on a neighbor to say hi, and see if they need anything.  Receive a friendly call saying hi and seeing if you need anything.  In these isolating times it is just nice to reach out to our neighbors and connect.  Reach out to your phone friend weekly and receive a call weekly.


Pen Pals of the Pandemic

The Pen Pals of the Pandemic are a group of seventeen people (and growing!) who are community-oriented and want to keep our seniors included and supported during these difficult times by initiating a pen pal program with the Newburyport Council on Aging. Each volunteer will introduce themselves to their new pen pel via letter, and include a pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelope with a blank piece of paper for their new pen pal to respond.