Bedford Council on Aging Newsletter – March 2024

March 6, 2024

Submitted by COA Director Alison Cservenschi    

Here we are in the third month of the year already, happy March to you! Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 10. Remember to turn your clocks forward and spring forward.

Tuesday, March 19 is the first official day of spring, the start of the vernal equinox where there is almost an equal amount of daylight and darkness in all latitudes. Being out in the daylight is so good for us.

Wear green throughout the month as we bring some Irish culture from the Emerald Isle to the Bedford COA. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage at one of our lunches. Take a look at the COA’s calendar page to see all the great social programs and various meal programs offered each month. Menus for the Minuteman lunches are available at the COA by the first of the month.  Remember our new Gentle Chair Yoga, offered on Saturdays at 11 a.m. And remember to bring a friend to all our programs.

The COA hosts the Jacob Wren Throckmorton Art Show on April 13. Please see page 5 of the latest COA Connections Newsletter for details and how to submit your art for this year’s special event. Every year we gather to appreciate the talents and skills of our local artists. Last year, the show raised funds to support our first, popular Ukulele classes and another set of greetings cards. I am grateful for the Throckmorton family, volunteers, and staff who help to showcase wonderful senior art, remember Jacob, and expand related art programs each year.  

In the theme of remembrance, here are a few famous Irish people for this month’s theme: poet and writer Oscar Wilde, actress Maureen O’Hara, writer C.S Lewis, soccer player George Best and singer and musician Van Morrison.

One notable birthday from Ireland is the fearless, mysterious, and intriguing Anne Bonny. She was a notorious and fearsome pirate born in March 1697 in Cork. Later moving to the Caribbean with her family, she met Calico Jack Rackham, her partner in crime. Together they terrorized the Caribbean sea, plundering ships and accumulating great wealth. Her legacy lives on at the Wydah Museum in West Yarmouth.  

Our no-cost AARP tax preparation continues this month and appointments are going fast. Please call for assistance with your simple tax return through April 15.

In closing, thank you all for your continued readership and support. Take care, and like the snowdrops returning in early spring, we hope to see you soon.  

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