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What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Bette Schmitt, 76, of South Deerfield, right, accepts a donation from Kathy Belanger of Deerfield to go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief Aug. 31, 2017. She, along with grandchildren Forrest and Ingrid Schmitt, 13, and 9, both of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and her friend Margie Haffer of Amherst, teamed up to offer cookies, cold drinks and free books outside her home in exchange for the donations. "We needed to do something," Schmitt said. "Just to make some small impact on what is happening."

  • Bette Schmitt, 76, of South Deerfield, accepts a donation from Natalie Engstrom, 4, of South Deerfield, to go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief Aug. 31, 2017. Schmitt, along with grandchildren Forrest and Ingrid Schmitt, 13, and 9, both of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and her friend Margie Haffer of Amherst, teamed up to offer cookies, cold drinks and free books outside her home in exchange for the donations. "We needed to do something," Schmitt said. "Just to make some small impact on what is happening."

  • Bette Schmitt, 76, of South Deerfield, right, accepts a donation from Kathy Belanger of Deerfield to go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief Aug. 31, 2017. She, along with grandchildren Forrest and Ingrid Schmitt, 13, and 9, both of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and her friend Margie Haffer of Amherst, teamed up to offer cookies, cold drinks and free books outside her home in exchange for the donations. "We needed to do something," Schmitt said. "Just to make some small impact on what is happening."


Friday, September 01, 2017

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

The centers will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Amherst Senior
Center

Bangs Community Center

70 Boltwood Walk

259-3060

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., through 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 SHOWCASESept. 8, 2 p.m. Laurie Festa, free admission and refreshments.

BUS TRIPS

Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information

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

BELCHERTOWN
SENIOR CENTER

60 State St.

323-0420

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’s 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.”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — To help with meal preparation, dish washing, serving. Call Laura Wagner at ext. 507 for information.

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

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

EASTHAMPTON
COUNCIL ON AGING/
ENRICHMENT CENTER

19 Union St.

527-6151

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 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.

Ingleside Mall in Holyoke, Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $5.

 Target and Aldi’s in Hadley, and Fish Hook, Northampton, for lunch, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. $6. 

Auntie Kathie’s Kitchen, shopping at Savers and Dollar Store, all in West Springfield, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. $7.

Eastern States Exposition, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $9. 

WalMart and Bernie’s Dining Depot, Chicopee, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. $7. 

Eastern States ExpositionSept. 26, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. $11. 

McDonald’sSept. 27 at noon. $3.

TRAVEL CLUB

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.

GRANBY COUNCIL
ON AGING

10 West State St.

467-3230

SUMMER PICNICWednesday, 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.

VETERANS AGENTFriday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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

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.

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.

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.

HADLEY SENIOR
COMMUNITY CENTER

46 Middle St.

586-4023

American Legion Chicken-To-Go – Sept. 10. Tickets available at Council on Aging  office or the legion, $10 each. Pick up at noon and 4 p.m.

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.

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.

Upcoming long trips

Call Jane Nevinsmith at 586-3772 for more information or a flyer.

Southern Caribbean Cruise, Jan. 28 to Feb. 9.. Cruise on Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). From $1,649 to $1,899 per person.

American river boat cruise, May 27 to June 4, 2018. Columbia and Snake Rivers. From $3,999 per person.

NORTHAMPTON
SENIOR SERVICES
& SENIOR CENTER

67 Conz St.

587-1228

THEORETICAL PHYSICS — Beginning Sept. 14 at 1 p.m., a six-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

Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Dec. 6. Includes free time in New York. $142, lunch on your own. $50 deposit will reserve a seat; balance due by Oct. 27. Only a few seats remain.

SOUTH HADLEY
SENIOR CENTER

45 Dayton St.

538-5042

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: center is closed; TUESDAY: barbequed chicken; WEDNESDAY: roast turkey with gravy; THURSDAY, cold plate: turkey salad; FRIDAY, potato crusted pollock

MOVIE — -“Rebel Without A Cause” staring James Dean, showing Tuesday at 12:45.

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.

CHAIR YOGA Thursdays, 10 a.m. in the exercise room.

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.

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

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

Dec. 8, Holiday Concert. Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston. A 4 p.m. matinee performance preceded by a full course luncheon at the Venezia Restaurant, with a Yule drive along Boston Commons. Cost $130. Call Judy Fortier, 534-3598.

SOUTHAMPTON
COUNCIL ON AGING

210 College Highway

529-2105

SEPTEMBER PICNICFriday, 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, through Oct. 16, 9-10 a.m. Call 529-2105

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.

WESTHAMPTON
COUNCIL ON AGING

3 South Road

527-2404

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

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 quickbread, 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.

Hilltown Food Pantry — Northern Hilltown residents with low to moderate incomes may be eligible to receive free groceries from Hilltown Pantry, a satellite program of the Northampton Survival Center, located at the Town Office Building on Route 9 in Goshen. Income guidelines are set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture: $1,832 per month for a single person, or $2,470 per month for two people. Hours are 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday, and until 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. To enter the pantry, go to the left of the building and through the side door. For additional information, please call Diane Meehan, pantry director, at 268-7578.