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.

  • 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.

  • Cindy Briere, of South Hadley, cleans her nieces boat to help get it ready to be put in the water for the warm weather.

  • 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.

  • Morey Phippen hangs prayer flags on her pea fence in her plot at the community garden in Northampton.

Friday, May 12, 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


FINANCIAL SEMINARMonday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Vikki Lenhart will discuss Social Security, a key component of retirement income. With over 2,700 rules and hundreds of claiming strategies, this is a confusing, yet important financial topic.

MUSIC CLASS — ”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Music, The Composer, The Classical Era,” taught by Stephen A. Gottlieb, emeritus professor of English literature Thursdays, June 1 to July 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. This course is free. Sign up at the senior center.

NAME THAT TUNE –  Monday from 11 to 11:45 a.m., join Steve Damon for an Americana Sing Along. Damon is the founder of A Natural Music School, www.anaturalmusicschool.org  

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.


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.


60 State St.


BOOK CRAFT – May 24 at 6 p.m., learn how to create a masterpiece from pages in a book. Bring “a ready to discard” hardcover and create a novel decoration or a wonderful gift. Free. Class size is limited, so call to reserve your spot.

MOVIE – “Lion” May 24 at 12:30 p.m.

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 

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

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


19 Union St.


ADULT HIKE Friday at 9 a.m. Enjoy a hike in Greenfield to Sachem Head, located near Poets Seat. Starting on Sachum’s Run from the parking lot near the pond, you following the winding trail to the staircase. There is a short, steep ledge climb at the end of the staircase, but  the view is worth the effort. Call 527-6151 to pre-register no later than Wednesday.

MONTHLY MOVIE – May 22, 1 p.m. “The Birth of a Nation”

HANDCRAFT GROUPWednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. For those who knit, crochet, embroider, bead, weave, paper craft, spin, felt or cross stitch.  

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. 



 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.


10 West State St.


HOME SAFETY – May 25, 1 p.m. Simple ways to keep yourself safe presented by SERVPRO. Learn tips to prevent fire and water damage. Light refreshments will be served.

CHESS CLUB – Friday afternoon (except the last Friday of the month) 12:45 til 3 p.m.  We have a board, but you can bring your own. All are welcome!

ADULT COLORING –  The lastMonday of every month, 1 p.m. Coloring is a great meditative activity that rests the mind. It has been shown to reduce overall stress.

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.


46 Middle St.


FILM PRESENTATION – May 23, 10:30 a.m. “Being Mortal.” Surgeon Atul Gawande challenges viewers to re-examine thinking about death and dying, especially our priorities if one’s time is limited, which can empower patients to live their lives fully, to the very end. 

PUBLIC FORUM – The design team will present the conceptual design and plans for the new senior center. Two sessions are offered: May 25 at 3 and 6 p.m., Hopkins Academy. 

ELDER LAW – Presentation June 1, 1 p.m. “Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup.” Attorney Cheryl Parker will review the evolving legal issues to consider when estate planning, and as we age. 

CHICKEN-TO-GO — Sponsored by the Hadley Friends of the COA, June 11. Tickets are $10 and available now at the center. Pick-up 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion.

VETERANS INFO – A veteran’s 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.


67 Conz St.


ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Donna Verville’s photographs are on display at the center for the month of May.

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.

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.

Monday, Cheese tortellini with sauce, squash blend, cookies; Tuesday, Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, spinach, pears; Wednesday, Roasted turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, cranberry sauce, mixed fruit; Thursday, Beef stroganoff, noodles, broccoli, apricots;  Friday, Baked salmon with lemon, rice, corn, pudding

MOVIE – Tuesday, 12:45, “Spring in Park Lane” (1949)

CHORALITES CONCERT – The South Hadley Choralites will serenade us with a luncheon concert on Wednesday. Please RSVP to 538-5042.

MEMORIES CAFE – Will meet the second Tuesday of each 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.


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.