Upcoming events for seniors

  • Ed Daniels, 91, of Easthampton climbs while his friend John Olver, 80, of Amherst belays Dec. 23, 2016 at Central Rock Gym in Hadley. "It's fun," Daniels said of climbing, which he has been doing since 1967. "If you're not having fun, you should go do something else."

  • Joe Blumenthal, left, of Northampton, and other members of A-E-I-O-Ukes perform during a group sing Wednesday at Northampton Senior Center. The next sing at the center is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Friday, January 06, 2017

All of the senior centers listed below have a full slate of weekly activities that are detailed on their websites. Following is a sampling of what they offer.


Amherst Senior

Bangs Community

70 Boltwood Walk


EXPLORING COLLAGEMondays,  Jan. 9, 23, and 30, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Learn to use collage to create a still life, landscape or abstract design, and to make paper to draw on. Bring any kind of material — old magazines, fabric scraps, trinkets, things from nature, etc. and anything to attach things — glue, glue stick, glue gun, tape, pins; and scissors. Sturdy items like poster board, the back of a pad, cardboard of any kind will work as a backing. Call Carolyn Bruneau, 527-0579 with individual ideas, needs, questions and requests. Classes are $10 each payable to the instructor.

SOOTHING STRETCH – Led by Alicia Morton Fridays,  Jan. 20 to March 24, 3 to 4 p.m. Mats are provided or bring your own for this free gentle exercise class which focuses on full body stretches and all-important abdominal strengthening.

JOY OF SONG –  With Sara Snyder, Jan. 19, 1 to 2 p.m.  A fun, informal community singing hour. Join in on familiar old songs, and enjoy the proven health benefits of group singing. All abilities welcome. 

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.

Jan. 19, Worcester Museum of Art. Departs at 10:30 a.m, returns between 3:30 to 4 p.m. $50 includes motorcoach, admission and gratuity. Bring your own lunch or buy in the museum’s café.

Feb. 16, Kennedy Library, Boston, and supper at the Steaming Tender in Palmer. Depart at 8 a.m., return between 7 and 7:30 p.m. $60 includes motorcoach, JFK Library, gratuity. Dinner on your own. 

May 13-19Barcelona, Spain


60 State St.


FOOT DOCTOR – ​Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Join Dr. Perica of  Valley Podiatry, South Hadley and learn everything you always wanted to know about your feet. Perica has extensive training in all types of pathologies as well as experience in diabetic limb salvage, wound care and sports medicine. 

BOOK CLUB Jan. 17, 1 p.m. “The Invention of Wings ” by Sue Monk Kidd, a masterpiece of hope, courage, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. Call Sue for information at 323-0420 extension 501, or stop in and pick up a copy .

BLOOD DRIVE – Jan. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In conjunction with the American Red Cross, The Belchertown Police Department, TRIAD and the Council on Aging.  Donors will receive a Dunkin Donut gift card and TRIAD will be offering hot dogs and beverages to all participants, as well as showcasing current programs. Also, you may order and pick up your house number.  

MOVIE – Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. “Sully,” The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers.


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


19 Union St.


WELLNESS CLASSES — Jan. 19. Release, Restore and Rebalance, 10:30 a.m., an exercise method from Montreal, Canada, which was featured on PBS; and MELT That Pain Away, 1 p.m, a method of self massage for pain. The snow date for these free demonstration classes with Lea Becker is Jan. 20. Spaces are limited, call 527-6151 to pre-register by Thursday.

AROMA THERAPY & SOUND THERAPY — Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Shirley Landry of Point of Light Healing will offer aroma therapy using her own mixture of essential oils and sound therapy with singing bowls. Call 527-6151 to schedule your 45-minute appointment. $15 fee payable in advance.

ACTIVE ADULTS GROUP – Annual planning meeting and luncheon, Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. Please join us. Bring suggestions for local hikes and bring a new friend. Call 527-6151 to pre-register by Jan. 17.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — Second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Call Linda Talbot

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 1 p.m.     

WalMart, Big Lots and lunch at Webster’s Fish Hook, Northampton, Monday at 10:30 a.m. $4.

Yankee Candle and Jerry’s Place for lunch, both in South Deerfield. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. $5. 

Janik’s Pierogi Cafe and Ocean State Job Lot in Westfield, possibly the dollar store. Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. $5.

Fernandez Family Restaurant, Holyoke, serving Spanish, American and Irish food, Jan 23, 10:30 a.m. $5. 

Tandem Bagel, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. $3.


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


46 Middle St.


COMPUTER TUTORIALS – Steve Eagle is a volunteer from RSVP offering free one on one computer tutorials at our Community Center. If you are interested, please call the office.

BOOK CLUB – with Sharon Howard. Friday at 10:30 a.m., Howard is holding an organizational meeting for a fiction book club. The group will select the book, and Goodwin Memorial Library is happy to get six to eight copies through the inter-library loan program. If you are interested, but can’t make that first meeting, call the office and we will let them know.

ELECTIONTuesday, noon to 8 p.m., regarding override items such as the Senior Center, fire sub-station, etc. at Hopkins Academy. The senior van will be available to seniors who no longer drive by calling in advance. Absentee ballots are also available until Monday, noon, at the Town Clerk’s office. 

FOOT CARE CLINIC – Offered by Diane Roeder, RN. Jan. 17. $30 for clinic visit. $50 for a home visit. Call 586-4023 to schedule an appointment. 

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE — Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to noon on the main floor. 586-2513. Needles accepted in approved containers. Medical devices available for loan.

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.

DancerciseMondays at 10:30 a.m. $6 per class payable to instructor.

Fun and Fit – Aerobic and small weights workout, Mondays at 3 p.m. $3 per class, pay one month in advance.

Osteo Exercise — Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15 a.m, Free.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Hadley Council on Aging is looking for congregate meal fill-ins, office personnel, program leaders, van drivers and event planners — energetic, personable, idea-oriented people who can pass a CORI check. Please submit a letter of interest stating the position desired and mentioning related skills to Suzanne Travisano, Hadley COA, 46 Middle St., Hadley, 01035.


67 Conz St.


COFFEE WITH A COP – Friday at 9 a.m. This program provides monthly opportunities for police officers and citizens to sit down, enjoy a beverage and chat. The goal is to give community members a chance to get to know their local officers in an informal manner. No agendas or speeches, just a chance to voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

FREE CONCERT – Klezmer trio, New England’s dynamic, roots rocking band, performs Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. 

DIGITAL PHOTO CLASSES: Six-week sessions in progress. Pre-registration recommended. Class meets 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $30, Northampton seniors, $35 non-residents and ages 55 to 59.

HAIR CUTS BY KENDRA –  and the senior class hair stylists at Smith Vocational High School, Building A, Jan. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. Wash, cut and blow dry for $5 – other salon services available. Schedule an appointment at the center. 

MOVIE RENTALS – Join the movie club for a one-time fee of $5, and then rent popular DVDs for just $1. Ask to see the list of more than 600 movies at the reception desk.

PHYSICAL FITNESS –Various exercise groups and classes offered. Call for details about Zumba, walking, yoga, tai chi and Feldenkrais. Or join the fitness center and create your own work out.

TAX WORK OFF – 30 positions open to Northampton senior citizen property owners. Income guidelines apply. Contact Linda Desmond at 587-1231 for information.

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

The following two trips have early sign up deadlines and require passports.

May 21 we head to quaint Mackinac Island for seven days by bus, with four consecutive days in northern Michigan. $75 will reserve your seat; full cost is $595.

Aug. 20, we cruise to Bermuda for eight days. $350 will reserve your cabin; full cost starts at $1,189 for a double occupied cabin. An informational meeting will be held on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.


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.

LUNCHMonday, veal Parmesan with sauce; Tuesday, roasted turkey with gravy; Wednesday, stuffed shells with tomato sauce; Thursday, teriyaki chicken; Friday, macaroni and cheese

SHINE APPOINTMENTS – Monday, 9 a.m. to noon.

FRIEND’S BOUTIQUE – Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MOVIE  – Tuesday, 12:45, Elvis Presley in “Jailhouse Rock.” 

COMPUTER CLASSES — Offered to those over 50; no residence required. Call 533-6889 for more information.


Jan. 17, Mohegan Sun Casino Trip, $25 per person. Full casino package. Call Howie Walsh 593-6286.

Feb. 7 to 17, Caribbean Cruise. Book now to escape the cold winter. 11-day cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem. Valid passports required. For more information or reservations call The Ship Shop at 1-800-243-1630

Feb. 21, Twin River Casino Trip, $27.  Full casino package. Call Howie Walsh 593-6286.

March 29, ”Mamma Mia!” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, New York. $105.  Enjoy a pre-show lunch and matinee performance.  For reservations call Susan Canedy. Final payment due Feb. 21.


210 College Highway


Bingo — Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

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

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.

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


3 South Road    

AFTERNOON MOVIE – Weather permitting, the monthly movie at the library will be Thursday, at 1:15. You’re welcome to call the library a few days before to see which movie will be shown.

WALKING GROUP & HIKES – Walkers meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the parking lot in the center of town. You can walk as much or as little as you like. The hikes take place around our local area and are led by local folks.

KNITTING GROUPMonday, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library. Everyone welcome.

BOARD & CARD GAMES — Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. at Westhampton Woods. A great chance to socialize.

COFFEE & SOCIAL TIME — Wednesdays, 10 a.m. at the library