What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Fred Luddy, left, of Amherst reads a poem to longtime Fisher Home resident Verda Dale during a celebration of her 101st birthday with David Nicoson, right, of Boston, and other friends on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Amherst. GAZETTE STAFF / KEVIN GUTTING

Wednesday, August 16, 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


JAPANESE CULTURE — Classes in Japanese culture will be held on Thursdays in August from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Pre-registration and $5 fee required for each class.

Aug. 10, Origami; Aug. 17, Furoshiki (technique for wrapping cloth); Aug. 24, calligraphy.

COSMOLOGY — Lectures by James van Luik, professor emeritus, philosophy of science, Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m., Sept. 5 to Oct. 24. Advance registration is not required for these free classes.

NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve is held first and third Mondays, 11-11:45 a.m.

Aug. 14; “A Natural Concert Band” video. Aug. 21; Name That Tune: Americana.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT — Amherst Community Band at Sweetser Park, Aug. 18, 7 to 8 p.m. This multi-generational band plays a mix of classic marches and modern compositions from stage and screen. Parking in town is free at this time.


Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information

Rockport, Aug. 19. Trip departs at 8 a.m., returns at 9-9:30 p.m. $50 cost includes motorcoach, gratuity. Time for sightseeing, eating, shopping. Optional time at Good Harbor Beach. Bring a beach chair and/or blanket, umbrella.

Boston Duck Tour, Maggiano’s of Legal Seafood lunch, Church of Christ Scientist tour. Aug. 29. Departs 7:30 a.m., returns: 7-7:30 p.m. $90 includes motorcoach, duck tour, church and Maparium tour, tip.

Vermont, Sept. 9. Visit King Arthur Flour Bakery/Cafe, Norwich and Country Store in Weston. Sept. 9. Departs at 8 a.m., returns 6-6:30 p.m. $60 cost includes history tour, mini-baking demo, motorcoach, gratuity.

Big E, Sept. 21. Departs at 8:30 a.m., returns 7:30 p.m. $15 van cost — you pay your own $12 admission.

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.

NORTHERN NATIONAL PARKSSept. 8to15. Per person rates: couple $3,069; single $3,769; triple $3,039. Roundtrip airfare, insurance, air taxes, hotel transfers included.


60 State St.


MOVIE OF THE MONTHAug. 23, 12:30 p.m., ”The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

SUMMER CRAFTAug. 16. 6 p.m. Make a little sailboat using a piece of drift wood and some vintage lace. Sign-up is required; call 323-0420 ext. 502.

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

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

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

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


19 Union St.


GRANDPARENTS SUMMER ACTIVITY & MOVIE Friday, 10 a.m. Free activities planned include “Moana”-related coloring sheets, bring your own bag lunch with ice cream sundaes provided, and showing of the movie “Moana,” rated PG. Please call to pre-register by Monday to facilitate planning.

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

MOBILE FOOD BANK — Visits Millside Park, 2 Ferry St., on the first and third Thursday of every month from 1-2 p.m. Open to all. Please be sure to bring your own bags; they are not provided.

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.

Outlook Farm and Brewmaster’s Tavern — Monday, 10:30 a.m. $6.

Easthampton Farmer’s MarketAug. 12, 9 a.m. $4.

Walmart, 5 Guys, and Fini’s Farm Stand — Westfield, Aug. 21, 8:30 a.m. $6.

Cracker Barrel, K-Mart, and Dollar Store — Holyoke, Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m. $5.


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

Sept. 19 to 22Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. Four days, three nights. JFK Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum, guided tour of the outer Cape, a day on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Scallop Festival in East Falmouth. Price: $385, plus $51 for the festival ticket.


10 West State St.


CHESS CLUBFriday afternoons (except the last Friday of the month) 12:45-3 p.m. Chess board available, or you can bring your own. All are welcome.

ADULT COLORING — The last Monday of every month, 1 p.m. Coloring is a great meditative activity that rests the mind.

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.

Friends of Granby’s
Elderly Events:

Summer Concert Series:

6 p.m. at Dufresne Park, Free

Aug. 22, Skid Marks

Mohegan Sun, ​Oct. 11, $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.


46 Middle St.


OFFICE HOURS — State Rep. John Scibak will be at the center Aug. 28 at 11:30 a.m. Please call the center to confirm, or he can be reached directly at 539-6566 or John.Scibak@mahouse.gov

ICE CREAM SOCIALSaturday at 2 p.m. Join us to make a free ice cream sundae and catch up with others.

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.

Trips: (all in large motorcoach)

Contact Jane Nevinsmith 586-3772 for more information

WednesdayJFK Library & Boston Harbor Cruise $95

Aug. 12 Yankees vs. Red Sox @ Yankee Stadium: reserved seats $145

Sept. 23 Turkey Train Lake Winnipesaukee $110


67 Conz St.


SUMMER COOKOUTAug. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food, music, prizes. Free to those with a scan card, all others $5.

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.

Nurses will make suggestions about skin care, shoe fit and compression socks and other relevant issues. An intake and lower limb assessment will be conducted during the visit to our clinic. An initial visit is $60 and will take 45 minutes. Follow up appointments are typically every 8 weeks at $45 per session. To make an appointment, 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.

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.

Sept. 14, Quechee Gorge, Vermont, $111 includes gourmet lunch at Simon Pearce. View waterfalls and glass blowing. Stop at Vermont Country Store. Sign-up deadline Aug. 14.

Oct. 5, Moon River. Andy Williams’ songs performed by Jimmy Osmond. Lunch included at Mohegan Sun Casino. $87 Sign-up deadline Sept. 5

Oct. 19 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. $65. Lunch on your own. Stop at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley on the way. Sign-up deadline Sept. 19

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. Only a few seats remain.


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: oven fried chicken; TUESDAY: veal Parmesan with pasta; WEDNESDAY: stuffed cabbage; THURSDAY, beef stew; FRIDAY: breaded pollock.

SUPER BINGO DAYAug. 30, 12:30 p.m. Cash prizes, fun games, Bingo lingo, 50/50 raffle, $5 minimum to play: $3 for 3 cards and $2 for the coverall. $1 each additional card. Proceeds support the COA activity fund.

CHAIR YOGA Thursdays, 10 a.m. in the exercise room.

WATERCOLOR CLASSESThursdays at 10 a.m. Watercolor artist and teacher Tina Addison offers fun and the love of painting. $4 per class. Drop-ins and beginners welcome.

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.

COMPUTER CLASSES — Offered to those over 50; residency not required. Call 533-6889 for more information.

Travel Club

Aug. 27 to 28Lake George and Saratoga, New York. Cost $315. Call Susan Canedy, 536-2106.


210 College Highway


FOOT CLINIC — Foot care provided by registered nurse Margaret Camerota. Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $29. Requires appointments by the Monday before the clinic. Home visits are available upon request.

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


CONNECTICUT RIVER CRUISE — Onboard the Lady Bea Cruise Boat, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. Lunch in the Dockside Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Cruise and lunch cost $10. Transportation to and from Brunelle’s Marina, 1 Alvord St. South Hadley, will not be provided. Carpooling is recommended. Pre-registration is necessary — please register early. For more information or if you need assistance with transportation, please contact Deb Barthelette at 222-2050.

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 quickbread, 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. You can reach Chuck at 527-6765 for information about any hikes.

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.