Upcoming events for seniors

  • Though she lost her queen early on, Meera Tamaya of Northampton persevered and capitalized on an un-wise move by Ronan Soergel, 7 1/2, of Northampton to win the match during a regular weekly drop-in chess meet on the mezzanine of Forbes Library in Northampton on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. David Chu, center, of Easthampton paused in his game to watch the action.

  • Though she lost her queen early on, Meera Tamaya of Northampton persevered and capitalized on an un-wise move by Ronan Soergel, 7 1/2, of Northampton to win the match during a regular weekly drop-in chess meet on the mezzanine of Forbes Library in Northampton on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. David Chu, center, of Easthampton paused in his game to watch the action.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Following is a sampling of activities at area senior centers. Complete lists of their activities are on their individual websites.

Amherst Senior

Bangs Community Center

70 Boltwood Walk


AGING TOGETHER First Monday of each month at 2 p.m., beginning June 5. Share experiences and learn new information about aging and health. Lisa White, RN, will lead. Contact Lisa at 259-3257 if interested.  

MUSIC CLASS — ”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Music, The Composer, The Classical Era,” taught by Stephen A. Gottlieb, emeritus professor of English literature Thursdays, June 1 to July 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Sign up at the senior center.

TAI CHI – For arthritis and fall prevention, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with instructor Arianne Pfoutz. Gentle, fluid movements boost health and mobility, creating relaxation, calm and an increase in energy and clarity. Classes are $5 each payable to the instructor. 

SECOND HAND SHOP – Needs donations of clean adult clothing, jewelry, shoes and small household items. Open every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations can be left anytime Monday through Friday at the senior center office.


Father’s Day “Drover’s Roast” at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, June 18

Day on your own in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, June 30

TRAVEL – Details available at the senior travel desk. Call 259-3060, Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Younger people and non-residents are welcome.


60 State St.


MAKE AN INFINITY BRACELETJune 2 at 10:30 a.m. This simple little band of silver metal makes a big statement, and is easy to make and take home the same day. Supplies will be available but if you have any jewelry tools, bring them along.  

THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND June 9, 7 p.m. This one-hour presentation incorporates video footage. It melds historical fact,  legend and myth to produce an interesting and fascinating new look at real events and the stories of haunting that followed them.

MOVIE OF THE MONTHJune 14, 12:30, “The Shack”

SEWING CLASS – 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring your project along. A portable sewing machine is available.

SHOPPING TRIP – Senior center van home pick up Friday  to shop at Wal-Mart or Big Y in Ware. Door to door service is $3 round trip. Call Kim to schedule.


Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 323-0420 ext. 513 

July 27, “The Spirit of Johnny Cash” in Kingston, Rhode Island

Oct. 3, “The Naugy” in Waterbury, Connecticut, $80  


19 Union St.


MONTHLY MOVIE – “The Birth of a Nation” Monday, 1 p.m.

CHAIR MASSAGE – With Crystal, Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. $10 for 15 minute appointment. Limited spaces available. Please call to schedule.

MINI HAIR SALON – Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Spring style from Cheryl Coltman, owner of Continuous Creations Salon. Men’s or ladies haircut and dry style for only $12, $10  for new clients. Call to schedule an appointment.

HANDCRAFT GROUPWednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. For those who knit, crochet, embroider, bead, weave, paper craft, spin, felt or cross stitch. 

VAN TRIPS -- Costs shown are for transportation only.

Big Y shopping, every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., $3

Big E’s Foodland, every Friday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 


 Travel Club group leaders: Ginni Hurteau and Marilyn Parmenter 527-6151 ext. 17

Thursday, The Gatlin Brothers at the Indian River Ranch Theater, Webster. Lunch included: $89

June 19, Tall Ships in Boston. Three-hour cruise and lunch

July 19, Rod Stewart Tribune at the Hu Ke Lau, Chicopee. Twin lobsters or prime rib. $61


10 West State St.


HOME SAFETY – Thursday, 1 p.m. Simple ways to keep yourself safe presented by SERVPRO. Learn tips to prevent fire and water damage. Light refreshments will be served.

CHESS CLUB – Friday afternoons (except the last Friday of the month) 12:45 til 3 p.m.  We have a board, but you can bring your own. All are welcome!

ADULT COLORING –  The lastMonday of every month, 1 p.m. Coloring is a great meditative activity that rests the mind. It has been shown to reduce overall stress.

FOOD PANTRY – The senior center food pantry is open Monday through Friday  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

State Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose — Office hours at the Council on Aging on the second Monday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon.

Friends of Granby’s Elderly Events

Mohegan Sun Casino

June 24, $28, food and gambling voucher included. Bus leaves Granby senior center parking lot at 8:30 a.m, and returns at 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 11, $28, food and gambling voucher included. Bus leaves Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot at 8:30 a.m., and returns at 4:30 p.m.

Summer Concert Series

6 p.m. at Dufresne Park, Free

June 20, Ed Forman Band

July 18, Dan Kane Singers

Aug. 22, Skid Marks

Tanglewood, Aug. 1. $69. $25 deposit due within 1 week of sign-up. “Tanglewood on Parade” includes three orchestras, fireworks. Bus leaves senior center parking lot at 6 p.m.


46 Middle St.


FILM PRESENTATION – Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. “Being Mortal.” Surgeon Atul Gawande challenges viewers to re-examine thinking about death and dying 

PUBLIC FORUM – The design team will present the conceptual design and plans for the new senior center. Two sessions are offered: Thursday at 3 and 6 p.m., Hopkins Academy. 

ELDER LAW – Presentation June 1, 1 p.m. “Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup.” Attorney Cheryl Parker will review the evolving legal issues to consider when estate planning, and as we age. 

CHICKEN-TO-GO — Sponsored by the Hadley Friends of the COA, June 11. Tickets are $10 and available now at the center. Pick-up 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion.

VETERANS INFO – A veteran’s service agent is available Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, or you may call 587-1299.

SHOPPING TRIPThursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for seniors who no longer drive. Available to go to Hadley grocery stores and the mall. $4 round trip. Call by Tuesday to reserve your seat.


67 Conz St.


ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Donna Verville’s photographs are on display at the center for the month of May.

FELDENKRAIS – Movement education utilizing  small, simple, easy motion patterns develops bodily learning, for better flexibility, posture, balance, and range of motion. Wednesdays at 2:45 p.m. with Michele Morales Wolk. $8 per class for Northampton seniors, $10 per class non-resident seniors and those ages 55-59.

MOVIE RENTALS – Join the movie club for a one-time fee of $5, and then rent popular DVDs for just $1. Ask to see the list of more than 600 movies at the reception desk. 

TAP CLASSES – Learn to tap. Many classes with various experience levels offered on Wednesdays and  Thursdays. Come join the fun with Carol Butler Watelet. Call the center for more details or come and observe a class.  

TRIPS — Coordinator Francine Frenier is available Monday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m. Call for more information.

GLOUCESTER HARBOR CRUISE – July 16. $116, lunch at the Gloucester House included. Sign-up deadline June 17.

Aug. 20, Cruise to Bermuda for eight days. $350 will reserve your cabin; full cost starts at $1,189 for a double occupied cabin. 

Aug. 26, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. $45 includes bus transportation, entrance fee and guided tour. Departs 9 a.m., returns at 5:15 p.m. 


45 Dayton St.


Lunch is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; reservations must be made by 1 p.m. previous day. In-town transportation available 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment.

Monday, Chicken teriyaki, brown rice, peas and onions, mandarin oranges; Tuesday, Cheese lasagna, broccoli, cookies; Wednesday, Shepherd’s pie, carrots, Jell-O; Thursday, Sweet and sour pork, confetti rice, mixed vegetables, tropical fruit;  Friday, Egg and olive salad, potato salad, three bean salad, banana

SARAH THE FIDDLERTuesday, 12:30 p.m. Sarah will be entertaining in the dining room.

MEMORIES CAFE – Will meet the second Tuesday of each month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.  A welcoming place for people with memory loss to spend time with family or a friend.  Experienced facilitators, support, activities, lending library for caregivers, coffee and snack are all available. Participants may stay for lunch. Call 538-5042 to inquire.

COMPUTER CLASSES — Offered to those over 50; residency not required. Call 533-6889 for more information.


210 College Highway


Bingo — Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

Computer Class — Thursdays at 10 a.m. Sign up in advance.

HEALTHY BONES and BALANCE — Tuesdays, 9 a.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m.

Self-monitored fitness program — A recumbent stepper and treadmill are available for use during regular hours. Registration and liability forms must be completed prior to use. Membership fee of $5 per month or $50 per year must be paid in advance.


3 South Road


 MONTHLY BREAKFASTS — The third Friday of each month at Westhampton Woods, Unit F. All are welcome between 8 and 9:30 a.m. for coffee cake or quick bread, hot cereal, coffee, tea, cocoa and conversation.

WALKING GROUP & HIKES – Walkers meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the parking lot in the center of town. Walk as much or as little as you like around our local area, led by local folks.

BOARD & CARD GAMESTuesdays, 1:30 p.m. at Westhampton Woods. A great chance to socialize.

COFFEE & SOCIAL TIME — Wednesdays, 10 a.m. at the library.