What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • left, Harry Nishman, of Haydenville, and Amy Cullen of Williamsburg watch the adult and baby Geese at Look park Wednesday morning. "We come to watch the babies, we wanted to come check up on them and see how they have grown, said Amy Cullen.

  • left, Harry Nishman, of Haydenville, and Amy Cullen of Williamsburg watch the adult and baby Geese at Look park Wednesday morning. "We come to watch the babies, we wanted to come check up on them and see how they have grown, said Amy Cullen.

  • left, Harry Nishman, of Haydenville, and Amy Cullen of Williamsburg watch the adult and baby Geese at Look park Wednesday morning. "We come to watch the babies, we wanted to come check up on them and see how they have grown, said Amy Cullen.

Friday, June 16, 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


DEMISTIFYING HOSPICEFriday, 1 to 2 p.m. Join Cooley Dickinson Hospice staff and volunteers for a casual conversation as we answer your questions, share stories, and explore some of the myths and realities about hospice.

MUSHROOMS OF THE NORTHEAST — With Naturalist John Root, July 5, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. A PowerPoint presentation featuring habitats, seasons of availability, and characteristics of local edible and poisonous mushrooms. No reservation required.

NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve is held first and third Mondays,11 to 11:45 a.m. Monday, Name That Tune: Jazz

AGING TOGETHER First Monday of each month at 2 p.m. Share experiences and learn new information about aging and health. Registered nurse Lisa White` will lead. Contact her at 259-3257 if interested.


Day on your own in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, June 30, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. $55 includes motor coach and gratuity.

Schooner Cruise in Newport, Rhode Island, July 29. Departs at 8 a.m. and returns between 7 and 7:30 p.m. $75 includes cruise, motorcoach and gratuity. Prior to the 1.5 hour cruise, participants will explore shops and eat lunch at the restaurant of their choice.

Tanglewood on Parade, Aug. 1, 3:30 to 11 p.m. $60 includes motorcoach, lawn seats, and gratuity. Features the Boston Symphony, The Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras as well as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Fireworks follow the concert. Participants can bring their own chair, blanket, and picnic set up; food is also available for sale.

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.


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

SHOPPING TRIP — Senior center van home pick up Friday to shop at Walmart 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.


OPEN HOUSEWednesday, 1 to 3 p.m. Come see our newly rejuvenated areas, meet our staff and board members. Enjoy Hawaiian-themed refreshments and food throughout the building. The “Grey Divas” will be singing beginning at 1:30 p.m.

REPAIR CAFÉ — Informational meeting, June 29 at 4 p.m. Why get rid of perfectly good items you love when they might get repaired? That is the premise of the Repair Café. 527-6151

HANDCRAFT GROUP Wednesdays 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.

Walmart — and Scotties for lunch, Monday, 9 a.m. $5.

Stanley Park — in Westfield and Classic Burgers, West Springfield, Wednesday, 9 a.m.


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

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

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


10 West State St.


S.A.L.T PICNICTuesday at Dufrense Park. Noon lunch includes chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, a variety of salads, refreshments and dessert. $4 per person or $3 with donation of an item for emergency preparedness kits. Requested: manual can openers, flashlight batteries, matches, first aid supplies, and personal hygiene items.

WII BOWLING Fridays, 10 a.m. All are welcome.

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

ADULT COLORING — The last Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Coloring is a great meditative activity that rests the mind.

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.

Dining Out with KimThursday, 11:15 a.m. Four Leaf Clover Restaurant in Bernardston. $5.

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.


WRITING GROUP Tuesdays through July 25, 10 a.m. A facilitated, small non-judgmental group. Form may be fiction, non-fiction, biography memoir or poetry. Facilitated by Sharon Howard. Sharing your work will be optional.

HONORING CHOICESTuesday, 10:30 a.m. This hands-on workshop will help you make health care choices that are right for you, write down your preferences in a personal health care plan, and get the best possible care that honors your care goals, values and choices throughout your life.

Memory Café – Friday, 10 a.m., at the Wesley United Methodist Church. A place to where people living with dementia and their caregivers can relax and form friendships for mutual support, share positive experiences and have an opportunity to explore music, art, poetry and socialization. Presented in partnership with the Arbors at Amherst.

VETERANS INFO — A veterans 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.

Trips: (all in large motor coach)

Contact Jane Nevinsmith 586-3772 for more information

Aug. 9 — JFK Library & Boston Harbor Cruise $95

Aug. 12 — Yankees vs Red Sox @ Yankee Stadium: reserved seats $145

Sept. 23 — Turkey Train Lake Winnipesaukee $110


67 Conz St.


ARTIST OF THE MONTH — Easthampton photographer Donna Verville’s photographs will be on exhibit for the month of June. She has exhibited at the Northampton Senior Center, Hosmer Gallery, Hill Institute and Easthampton’s Arcadia preserve, where her photographs will be shown once again in July.

Coffee & CanvasJuly 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Paint your own version of a beautiful chickadee while enjoying coffee and refreshments. All paint and materials included. $20 for Northampton seniors with a scan card; $25 for all others. Guests welcome!

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.

JUNE MOVIE — “La La Land” Monday, 1:30 p.m.

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 CRUISEJuly 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.

Radio City Music Hall – New York City, Rockettes Christmas Show, Dec. 6, $142. Limited seats available. Sign up early. $75 deposit due by June 21.


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, broccoli and cheese quiche; Tuesday, roast turkey with gravy; Wednesday, shepherd’s pie with gravy; Thursday, oven fried chicken; Friday, macaroni and cheese

SUMMER PICNIC — Join us July 19 for our summer picnic. Entertainment by Jimmy Mazz featuring “Songs Across America.” Sign up in the office starting July 3.

WATERCOLOR CLASSESThursdays at 10 a.m. Watercolor artist and teacher Tina Addison offers fun and the love of painting. $4 per class. Drop-ins and beginners welcome.

MOVIE — June’s theme is romantic comedies. Tuesday, 12:45, “Something’s Gotta Give” with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.

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. 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


FOOT CLINIC — Foot care provided by registered nurse Margaret Camerota. Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $29. Requires appointments by the Monday before the clinic. Home visits are available upon request.

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


BOOK GROUP and author talk, June 27, 7 p.m. Author Ed Orzechowski will introduce Donald Vitkus, read selections from “You’ll Like It Here, The Story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394,” and show slides from Belchertown State School. Ed and Donald will answer questions and sign books which will be available for purchase. Open to all.

PICNICJuly 6 celebrate the many COA volunteers will be at the Elks Club on Spring Street in Florence. It will begin at noon. Food from the Bluebonnet Diner in Northampton. The Friends of COA would like to remind everyone that the 2017-18 dues can be paid at the picnic. Deb Barthelette will be collecting $5 for individuals and $8 for couples.

MONTHLY BREAKFASTS — The third Friday of each month at Westhampton Woods, Unit F. All are welcome between 8 and 9:30 a.m. for coffeecake 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. You can reach Chuck at 527-6765 for information about any hikes.

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.