What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Al Perrier, 93, left, and his brother, Fran Perrier, 87, talk last week during on of their frequent visits to Nashawannuck Pond. They like the scenery at the pond and said they were killing time before the start of a Red Sox game.

Friday, September 08, 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


LEGAL CLINIC – With Attorney Ed Smith, Sept. 15, 1 to 4 p.m. Free 15-minute private appointments, with ideas and answers regarding estate planning and/or elder law. Call for appointment.

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

BAGA DANCING and DRUMMING — with Sekou Djiatta Sylla, Fridays through Sept. 29, 1 to 2:15. Explores African culture, music, drumming and movement. No prior dance experience required; comfortable soft-soled shoes recommended. $7 for each class payable to the instructor.

COSMOLOGY — Lectures by James van Luik, professor emeritus, philosophy of science, 1-3 p.m., Tuesdaysthrough 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. Monday, Americana Sing-Along. Sept. 18, Name That Tune: Jazz.


Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information

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.

Pacific Northwest and California, April 8 to 30

Alaska Discovery Land and Cruise, Sept. 4 to 16.


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.

FLU and PNEUMONIA VACCINE – Clinic Oct. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop & Shop Pharmacist John Ochs will be conducting a Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine Clinic from 1-3 p.m. Please bring your medical card Medicare cards to the clinic.

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 — From Stop and Shop, day-old breads distributed 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.


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 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.

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

Auntie Kathie’s Kitchen, shopping at Savers and Dollar Store, all in West Springfield, Wednesday 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 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.


COFFEE WITH A COPFriday, 10 a.m. Join Sargent Gary Poehlerfor an informal meet and greet, question and answer session. Light refreshments served.

FRIENDS MEETING – Friends of Granby’s Elderly meets Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the senior center lunch room. All are welcome. Come help to plan events.

THIS MONTH’S MOVIES – Thursday, 1 p.m., “Running Wild.” Sept. 28, 1 p.m., “ Going In Style.”

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.


46 Middle St.


American Legion Chicken-To-Go – Sunday. 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.


67 Conz St.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Mary’s Bistro will reopen for food service in October, and needs waiter and waitresses, administrative help, cashiers and food prep. Applications are available at the reception desk or online at: www.northamptonma.gov/713/SeniorServices. Volunteers are also needed for the reception desk, coffee shop, and various programs and activities including a senior holiday program. For more information, contact Heather Cahillane at 587-1307 or hcahillane@northamptonma.gov

THEORETICAL PHYSICS — Beginning Thursday 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.


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: ham with pineapple sauce; TUESDAY: chicken a la king; WEDNESDAY: veal with gravy; THURSDAY,beef stroganoff; FRIDAY, chicken fillet with gravy

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.

LUNCH WITH AN OFFICERSept. 21, 11:15 a.m. Every third Wednesday of the month join, the council on aging and Officer Steve Fleming for lunch.

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.


210 College Highway


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

SHOPPING and LUNCH –  Holyoke Mall, Monday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $3; Applebee’s in Westfield and a waltz through Walmart, Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $3

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


FOOT CARE — Foot nurse Diane Roeder will be at Westhampton Woods, Unit F, on Thursday. 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.