What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Jancie and Richard Tracy, center and right, of Westhampton fill their plates at the Lathrop Home's annual picnic in Northampton on Friday, August 18, 2017.

  • Bill Glenny of Granby, on clarinet, and Faythe Turner of Amherst, on trumpet, perform with the Horse Mountain Jazz Band for the 25th year of the Lathrop Home's annual picnic in Northampton on Friday, August 18, 2017.

  • Lathrop Home resident Lydia Omasta, left, 92, and Sue Walz of Easthampton chat during the residential facility's annual picnic in Northampton on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Friday, August 25, 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


JAPANESE CULTURE — tea ceremony class will be held Thursday, at 10:30, pre-registration and $5 fee required.

BAGA DANCING and DRUMMING — with Sekou Djiatta Sylla, four Fridays, Sept. 8 to Sept. 29, 1 to 2:15. Explores African culture, music, drumming and movement from Guinea, West Africa to South America. No prior dance experience required; comfortable soft-soled shoes recommended. Sekou will provide drums. $7 for each class payable to the instructor.

COSMOLOGY — Lectures by James van Luik, professor emeritus, philosophy of science, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m., Sept. 5 to Oct. 24. The talks will address hidden variables and entanglement in quantum theory and the completeness of quantum theory. Advance registration is not required for these free classes.

NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve is held first and third Mondays, 11-11:45 a.m. Sept. 11, Americana Sing-Along. Sept. 18, Name That Tune: Jazz.

MUSICAL SHOWCASE — Sept. 8, 2 p.m. Laurie Festa, free admission and refreshments.


Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information

Vermont, Sept. 9. Visit King Arthur Flour Bakery/Cafe, Norwich and Country Store in Weston. Sept. 9. Departs at 8 a.m., returns 6-6:30 p.m. $60 cost includes history tour, mini-baking demo, motorcoach, gratuity.

Big E, Sept. 21. Departs at 8:30 a.m., returns 7:30 p.m. $15 van cost — you pay your own $12 admission.

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.

NORTHERN NATIONAL PARKSSept. 8 to 15. Per person rates: couple $3,069; single $3,769; triple $3,039. Roundtrip airfare, insurance, air taxes, hotel transfers included.


60 State St.


NUTRITION and BRAIN HEALTHSept. 27, 10:30 a.m. Certain nutrients and other key chemical compounds are essential to human brain function. Come hear the latest info on the correlation between the two.

TRANSPORTATIONMonday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Daily to center, in-town destinations, medical appointments when schedule permits. $2.

FREE BREAD AND ROLLS — Thanks to Stop and Shop donations of day-old breads, we have distribution Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday just before lunch. Volunteers help sort and package desired amounts.

OFFICERS VISIT — Belchertown Police Department officers visit on the first Thursday of each month at 11:20 a.m. to review the newest crimes, scams and concerns. Join in and stay for lunch (don’t forget to sign up).

MOVIE OF THE MONTHSept. 13, “Hidden Figures.” Sept. 27, “Gifted.”

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

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


19 Union St.


DANCE YOUR YOGAMonday, 9:30 a.m. Register as soon as possible for this popular program. $5 per class, pre-payable at the receptionist desk.

BOCCEWednesdays at 9 a.m., an active group of Bocce players meet at Nonotuck Park. Please call for details and schedule. Bocce balls provided by the Easthampton Council on Aging. No cost.

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

MOBILE FOOD BANK — Visits Millside Park, 2 Ferry St., on the first and third Thursday of every month from 1-2 p.m. Open to all. Please be sure to bring your own bags; they are not provided.

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.

Cracker Barrel, K-Mart, and Dollar Store — Holyoke, Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m. $5.


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

Sept. 19 to 22Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Four days, three nights. JFK Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum, guided tour of the outer Cape, a day on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Scallop Festival in East Falmouth. Price: $385, plus $51 for the festival ticket.

Nov. 2 to 5Amish Country Weekend. Two nights at Best Western, three breakfasts and three dinners. Home for the Holiday Show at American Music Theatre, Wine Tasting, QVC Tour, guided tour of Amish Country and more. Fliers are available at the center. Call Michelle for more information at 532-0246.


10 West State St.


SUMMER PICNICSept. 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dufresne Park. $6 lunch includes chicken, side dishes, dessert and refreshments. Entertainment by Laurie Festa. Sign up at the senior center.

CHESS CLUBFriday afternoons (except the last Friday of the month) 12:45-3 p.m. Chess board available, or you can bring your own. All are welcome.

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.

Mohegan Sun, ​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.


46 Middle St.


FASHION SHOW and afternoon tea, Sept. 23 from 3-5 p.m. at Hopkins Academy. Tickets are $15. Multiple raffles. Proceeds benefit the Hadley Senior Center.

OFFICE HOURS — State Rep. John Scibak will be at the center Monday at 11:30 a.m. Please call the center to confirm, or he can be reached directly at 539-6566 or John.Scibak@mahouse.gov

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.

Motor Coach Day Trips

Turkey Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad, Sat. Sept. 23, $110/person.

Halloween in Salem, Oct. 22, $78 includes admission to the Salem Witch museum.


67 Conz St.


THEORETICAL PHYSICS — Beginning Sept. 14 at 1 p.m., a 6-session physics course led by longtime physics professor James Van Luik. Sign up at the front desk.

FOOT CARE — The registered nurses from FootCare by Nurses will be offering foot care on the first Friday of the month, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

An initial visit is $60 and will take 45 minutes. Follow up appointments are typically every 8 weeks at $45 per session. To make an appointment, call the senior center at 587-1228.

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

Sept. 27, Big E. Performance by the Lovin’ Spoonful. $12 for Northampton residents, $14 for others. Sign up deadline is Sept. 14. No refunds due to bargain price.

Oct. 19, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. $65. Lunch on your own. Stop at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley on the way. Sign-up deadline Sept. 19


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: cold plate: ham salad; TUESDAY: chicken patty with gravy; WEDNESDAY: roasted pork with sauce; THURSDAY, chicken marsala.

MOVIE — “Seven Year Itch” showing Tuesday at 12:45.

SUPER BINGO DAYWednesday, 12:30 p.m. Cash prizes, fun games, Bingo lingo, 50/50 raffle, $5 minimum to play: $3 for 3 cards and $2 for the coverall. $1 each additional card. Proceeds support the COA activity fund.

WALK AT BUTTERY BROOKSept. 17, 1 p.m. All inclusive, low vision and/or low mobility. Community Collaboration of the Bike/Walk Committee, Leo Club, Friends of Buttery Brook Park and the South Hadley Council on Aging.

WATERCOLOR CLASSESThursdays at 10 a.m. Watercolor artist and teacher Tina Addison can help you develop a love of painting in a fun atmosphere. $4 per class. Drop-ins and beginners welcome.

MEMORIES CAFE — Will meet the second Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 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.

Travel Club

Sept. 21-22, Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. Includes lunch at the Daniel Webster Inn, and a visit to the Sandwich Glass Museum. Dinner, live entertainment and overnight at the Irish Village Resort. Day two includes a buffet breakfast, ferry to Nantucket Island, lunch on your own. Cost $305. Call Judy Fortier, 534-3598.

Oct. 17, Octoberfest. Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, luncheon at the Inn at East Hill Farm in the shadow of Mount Monadnock. A stop at Randall’s Farm on way home. Cost $85. Call Susan Canedy 536-2106


210 College Highway


SEPTEMBER PICNICSept. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m. Includes shepherd’s pie, hamburger and macaroni, tossed salad, rolls, water, tea and coffee, assorted desserts $10 cost.

SILVER AEROBICS and strength class, taught by certified fitness instructor Trish Clark of Southampton. Six-week session starts Sept. 11, runs through Oct. 16, 9-10 a.m. Call 529-2105

Bingo — Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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


3 South Road


FOOT CARE — Foot nurse Diane Roeder will be at Westhampton Woods, Unit F, on Sept. 14. Call 374-0457 for appointment.

WALKING GROUP & HIKES — Walkers meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the parking lot in the center of town.

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.