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FITNESS — Oct. 29 and 31, Zumba Gold, 5 p.m.; Oct. 29, ballroom dancing 6 to 8 p.m.; Oct. 30, osteoporosis class, 10:30 a.m.; Oct. 31, 7 p.m., tai chi; Nov. 1, tai chi, 9 a.m.

MOVIE — Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m., “The Place Beyond the Pines”

MEN’S GROUP — Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m.

COMPUTER — Free workshop, Oct. 31, 1 p.m.

QUILTING — Nov. 1, 1 p.m.

SMITH VOCATIONAL LUNCH — Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.

FALL SOCIAL — Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.

VETERANS — A thank-you event for veterans will be held Nov. 12 at 9 a.m.

HADLEY SENIOR CENTER — The Travel Club is offering a Nov. 4 trip to the Fall Chrysanthemum Show at Smith College, followed by lunch at Brewmaster’s Tavern. Transportation is $5; mum show is $2, plus cost of lunch.


SHRED DAY — Valley Green Shredding will be at the Senior Center on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Documents may contain staples, but items such as 3-ring binders, hanging file folders, large binder clips, vinyl, plastics, x-rays or other general waste products will be accepts for shredding. Donations will be requested based on the quantity of documents brought in. Your contribution will benefit the programs, services, and initiatives of the Senior Center. Event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call 587-1228.

CRAFT FESTIVAL — The holidays craft festival and sale will be held Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the senior center. The festival will feature the work of craftspeople from around the area; Mary’s Bistro, the coffee shop and the gift shop will be open. There will be a book sale, a “this and that” area, a jewelry bazaar, a bake sale, collectibles room, visits with Santa, and more. For more information call 587-1228.

HALLOWEEN — Party takes place Oct. 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. for seniors 55 and older. Live music, refreshments. Free with scan card, $2 without. To register call 587-1228.

ESTATE PLANNING — A program about estate planning, alternatives to nursing home placement and other issues will be held Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the center. The presentation will be facilitated by attorney Marilyn J. Schmidt, of Schmidt & Sikes, P.C., and Deborah Hollingsworth, a social worker with Greater Springfield Senior Services, Inc. No preregistration required; for more information call 587-1228.

NORTHAMPTON – The Northampton Senior Center located at 67 Conz St., Northamtpon, MA, is pleased to announce Majorie Tauer as the artist for November’s art exhibit. If you are at the Senior Center, you are welcome to view Majorie’s exhibit Monday through Friday during normal hours from 8:15 to 4:00 from Friday, November to Friday, November 29th 1 st Marjorie is an impressionistic, somewhat abstract artist. She paints in all art mediums, but mostly does watercolors. She paints with The Easthampton Art Guild, weekly. She paints en plein air as well as from her own photography.

She feels that painting is taking a leap into the unknown, building from what you know about technique, taking risks and trying to stretch yourself in every artistic endeavor. The beautiful New England landscape is her greatest inspiration.

For more information see the Easthampton City Arts web site.

To purchase a painting contact Marjorie at mt72artist@gmail.com or, call 413-527-1838.


ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION — A program about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease will be held Nov. 8 from noon to 1 p.m., at the Southampton Council on Aging, 210 College Highway, Suite 3. The workshop is free and open to the public.

“Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters” will address the difference between typical aging and memory loss or behavior changes severe enough to disrupt daily life. “Knowing the warning signs can help determine if it’s important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about,” said Nicole Gurin, director of clinical services at the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. “This program helps people face what can be a long journey with a difficult disease. We do not have a cure, but we do know there are actions people can take to improve their quality of life with Alzheimer’s.”

For more information about this program or other offerings of the Alzheimer’s Association can visit www.alz.org/MANH or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.


TRIPS — Oct. 29: Willams Inn Germanfest, Williamstown; music and lunch. Cost is $82. For more information contact, Howie Walsh at 593-6286.

Feb. 8-17, 2004: 9-day Caribbean cruise, Norwegian Gem stops in San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Samana. Contact Barbara Laramee at 536-8567 or 335-8786 for more information. Cost depends on cabin category.

The Council on Aging is located at 45 Dayton St., 538-5042 Email notices for this column to newsroom@gazettenet.com with the word “seniors” in the subject line.

UMASS AMHERST — Senior drivers are needed for an older driver training research study. Receive training to help you better understand the challenges facing older drivers and learn strategies to help compensate for age-related declines in physical and cognitive function. UMass is conducting the study and is looking for drivers between the ages of 70 and 85. Upon completion, participants will be compensated $75. For more information, contact Matthew Romoser at 545-4543.

Email notices for this column to newsroom@gazettenet.com, with the word “seniors” in the subject line.

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