What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Don Fil of Hadley ties bunches of strawberry corn Monday at the family farm on Stockbridge Street. Now retired, he ties 12,000-13,000 bunches of decorative corn duirng harvest season, with some help from other family members. He can tie about 100 per hour.

Friday, October 06, 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 on Monday in observance of Columbus Day.

Amherst Senior

Bangs Community Center

70 Boltwood Walk


FLU CLINIC — The senior center and health department will be offering an annual flu vaccine clinic on Oct. 23, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve the first and third Mondays, year-round from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Oct. 16: TV theme songs.

WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUPTuesday, Oct. 26 and Nov. 14 and 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For those who have lost a spouse or a partner in the last year. Group facilitators will be Michele Chmura LICSW, and Larry Birkholz. Call Michele Chmura at 259-3038.

FOLK DANCINGTuesdays,1 to 2 p.m. Instructor Eva Goldwater teaches all dances. Exercise your mind as well as your body with a gentle, weightbearing activity. If you can walk, you can do these dances. Newcomers can join at any time, and there is no fee.

COSMOLOGY — Lectures by James van Luik, professor emeritus, philosophy of science, 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays through Oct. 24. Free. Advance registration not required..


Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information

MULTIBAND POPS — at UMass Fine Arts Center, Oct. 20. Van leaves at 6:45 p.m., returns at 10 p.m. $20 includes transportation and ticket.

LEE PREMIUM OUTLETSNov. 10. Leaves at 10 a.m., returns at 5 p.m. $20. Optional lunch time in Stockbridge for those who enjoy the Red Lion Inn or the shops nearby.

DINNER AT STEAMING TENDERNov. 16. Leaves for Palmer at 4:30 p.m., returns between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Transportation is free.


60 State St.


MOVIE OF THE MONTHWednesday, 12:30 p.m., “A Monster Calls.” Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m., “Spiderman Homecoming.”

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR — Come celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. Wear your best costume; there are prizes for multiple categories. Reservations are required and meal cost is a $4 suggested donation.

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).

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


19 Union St.


HARVEST LUNCHEONOct. 25, noon. Sponsored by Linda Manor, the menu includes scalloped potatoes, ham, green vegetable and dessert. Registration by Oct. 18 required for this free luncheon.

ANTIQUE APPLESOct. 21, 10-11 :30 a.m. Join Francis Martin, orchardist for the Emily Dickinson Museum, for a presentation and tasting of one of the oldest cultivated favorite fruits. Free and open to the public.

MEET THE MAYORAL CANDIDATESOct. 18, 1-3 p.m. A friendly platform open to Easthampton residents. You may submit your questions ahead of time by email, through our website, or in writing at the front desk.

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.

DOUBLE D’S DINER for breakfast, followed by visit to Yankee Candle. Oct 11, 8:30 a.m. $6

INGLESIDE MALL,Oct 16, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $6

WALMART IN WESTFIELD, and lunch at Classic Burger, West Springfield, Oct 18, 9:30 a.m. $6.

SCHMERHORN’S SEAFOOD RESTURANT, Holyoke, Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. $5.

ATKINS FARMS FRUIT BOWL, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. $6.


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

Nov. 2 to 5Amish Country Weekend. Two nights at Best Western, three breakfasts and three dinners. Home for the Holiday Show, wine tasting, guided tour of Amish Country and more. Call Michelle at 532-0246.


10 West State St.


SHARE A PAIR — If you have a pair of pants, or shirts that are not being used, the senior center is accepting donations of gently used clothing for our Share a Pair rack. The front office is the place where you can pick out a new to you outfit. Items are $1, sets are $2.

SHINE COUNSELOR — Fred Thomas is available Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Call for appointments. SHINE (serving health information needs of everyone).

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

Mohegan Sun, ​Wednesday, $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.

Aqua Turf, “Cher & Elvis Show,” Nov. 14. $73 includes buffet lunch. Bus leaves Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot at 9 a.m.


46 Middle St.


WALK-IN FLU CLINICOct. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m., sponsored by Rite Aid. Visionworks of Hadley will also be here with a free clinic to do minor repairs to your glasses.

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

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

Christmas in Newport, Dec. 10, $116, includes the Breakers and Marble house tours and lunch at the Pier on Newport’s waterfront. Call Jane 586-3772.

Highland Valley Elder Services


Meals provided for the following community dining sites on weekdays:

Amherst, Bangs Community Center, 259-3164, 70 Boltwood Walk; Hadley, Hadley Community Senior Center, 586-1910, 46 Middle St.; Hatfield, Hatfield Senior Center, 247-9003, 59 Main St.; Northampton, Walter Salvo House, 584-6784, 81 Conz St.; *Williamsburg, Williamsburg Senior Center, 268-8407, 141 Main St., Haydenville (meals served only Tuesday through Thursday.)


67 Conz St.


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.

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.

Oct. 19, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. $65. Lunch on your own. Stop at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley on the way. Wait list available.

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. Wait list available.


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. TUESDAY: stuffed cabbage with sauce; WEDNESDAY: liver and onions; THURSDAY: meatloaf with mushroom gravy; FRIDAY: pollock loins.

FLU CLINICS – Rite Aid will be providing two flu shot clinics for South Hadley residents 18 years and older. No pre-registration required. Wednesday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the South Hadley Town Hall Auditorium; Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the council on aging.

MOVIES — The October theme is “musicals.” Tuesday, “Guys & Dolls” with Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra; Oct. 17, “The King & I” with Yul Brenner.

MAH-JONGG — Learn to play. Oct. 11 and 18, 11:30 a.m.

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

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


FOOT CLINICOct. 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $29 per person, appointments are required and must be made by the Monday before the clinic. Call 529- 2105. Home visits are available upon request.

HEALTHY BONES and BALANCETuesdays, 9 a.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m.

Bingo — Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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


3 South Road


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.