Upcoming events for seniors

  • Karin McGowan, of Haydenville, dumps dirt on what will be one of the garden beds at Grow Food Northampton's Giving garden where all the produce is given to those in need.

  • Alisha Gallego, 11, left, and Josiyah Leonard, 12, both of Holyoke, teach Maureen Murray of South Hadley how to take a selfie April 20, 2017 during an event to teach seniors how to use their electronic devices at the South Hadley Council on Aging. The event was sponsored by United Way and funded by the Massachusetts Service Alliance and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

  • Sarah Etelman , campaigns for a position on the select board at the South Hadley Senior Center during a meet the candidates lunch Wednesday afternoon. to the left is Dolly Crossland and right is Grace Kelly.

  • Kyle Belanger , campaigns for a position on the school committee at the South Hadley Senior Center during a meet the candidates lunch Wednesday afternoon, middle is Marie Tamburro and right, Gertrude B. Kennedy.

Friday, April 21, 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


COMEDY SHOW – Friday, 2 p.m. Senior Players presents the comedy, “The Haverston Mills Town Meeting.” Free and open to the public. 

TAI CHI – For arthritis and fall prevention, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with instructor Arianne Pfoutz. Gentle, fluid movements boost health and mobility, creating relaxation, calm and an increase in energy and clarity. Classes are $5 each payable to the instructor. 

SECOND HAND SHOP – Needs donations of clean adult clothing, jewelry, shoes and small household items. Open every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations can be left anytime Monday through Friday at the senior center office.

FREE CAREGIVER MASSAGES – Talya Solomon is offering free caregivers massages. Contact Helen to schedule a massage at 259-3062 or macmellonh@amherstma.gov   


Day in Gloucester, May 25

Father’s Day “Drover’s Roast” at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, June 18

Day on your own in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, June 30

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.

May 13-19 Barcelona, Spain


60 State St.


WIRE ARTMay 10, 6 p.m. Each person will create a work of art that may represent an event in their life or contain items from a special vacation. All supplies are provided, please bring a pair of wire cutters, and a special piece of jewelry or metal art that you would like to incorporate into your piece, if desired. Call Susan at 323-0420 ext 501 to sign up. 

MOVIE – Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., “Woman in Gold” 

SEWING CLASS – 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Bring your project along. A portable sewing machine is available.

SHOPPING TRIP – Senior center van home pick up Friday  to shop at Wal-Mart or Big Y in Ware. Door to door service is $3 round trip. Call Kim to schedule.


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

May 9, “A Taste of Providence” in Providence, Rhode Island, $74.  

July 27, “The Spirit of Johnny Cash” in Kingston, Rhode Island.

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


19 Union St.



GENEALOGY CLUBWednesday, 2 p.m. Join Estelle Stasz and learn the techniques and research options involved in researching our roots. She specializes in French Canadian ancestry.

CATERED BREAKFASTApril 30, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Annual Helping Hands Society breakfast includes juice, fruit cup, scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries and homemade pastries. No reservations needed. If you require transportation, please call the council on aging at 527-6151 no later than April 26. Fee for the ride is $3.

MEN’S CURMUDGEON GROUP – Thursday, 12:30 p.m. All men 55+ are welcome to attend. No set agenda. The group takes up whatever anyone wants to discuss.

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. 

Walmart and BigLots, Northampton, Monday, 10 a.m. $4.

Helping Hands Society Spring Brunch, April 30, 9:30 a.m. $3.


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

May 25, The Gatlin Brothers at the Indian River Ranch Theater, Webster. Lunch included: $89.

June 19, Tall Ships in Boston. three-hour cruise and lunch.

July 19, Rod Stewart Tribune at the Hu Ke Lau, Chicopee. Twin lobsters or prime rib. $61.



ACTIVITY MEETING – Friends of Granby’s Elderly will have a meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. All are welcome. Come help with event planning.

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.

MEET & GREET – Granby’s New Fire Chief, John Mitchel, Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.


46 Middle St.


SPRING POCKETBOOK/SCARF SALEApril 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the center’s programs.

YOGA – Stretch, flex, breath, Wednesdays at 9:15

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.

VETERANS INFO – A veteran’s service agent is available Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, or you may call 587-1299. Honor Flight is accepting applications from WWII and Korean Vets. Call 603-518-5368 to learn more.

COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSEWednesdays, 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.

CANASTAFridays at 12:30 p.m. The group will teach you how to play. No excuses.   

COMPUTER TUTORIALS – One-on-one computer tutorials at our Community Center. If interested, please call the office. 


67 Conz St.


ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Nancy Nickerson’s watercolor paintings will be on display at the center for the month of April.

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. 

TAP CLASSES – Learn to tap. Many classes with various experience levels offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Come join the fun with Carol Butler Watelet. Call the center for more details or come and observe a class.  

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

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

We have a few seats available for the Boston Red Sox game on May 14.  The Northampton Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring the trip. $105 for Northampton residents. Leave a message for Francine at 587-1228 or sign up in person at the senior center on Monday afternoons.

GLOUCESTER HARBOR CRUISE – July 16. $116, lunch at the Gloucester House included. Sign-up deadline June 17.

Aug. 20, Cruise to Bermuda for eight days. $350 will reserve your cabin; full cost starts at $1,189 for a double occupied cabin. 

Aug. 26, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. $45 includes bus transportation, entrance fee and guided tour. Departs 9 a.m., returns at 5:15 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.

LUNCH: Monday, liver and onions; Tuesday, tuna salad; Wednesday, chicken cacciatora; Thursday, shepherds pie; Friday, breaded pollack

THE HUMBLE BEES – Thursday, 12:15 p.m. The five-man group from central Connecticut will provide unique musical entertainment.

MEMORIES CAFE – Will meet the second Tuesday of the month, 10 to 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 are all available. 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.

River Roll & StrollMay 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Holyoke/ South Hadley River Roll & Stroll will include music, activities, art, food and run for all ages and will be held on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge. 


210 College Highway


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


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 quick bread, 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.

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