What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Don Zuckerman of Northampton, plays a game of pool at the Northampton Senior Center.

Friday, December 01, 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


HOLIDAY PARTY Dec. 19, 2-4 p.m. Featuring a concert with Moonlight Davis and Morning Star Chenven. Yummy refreshments of course. Please RSVP.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SALEFriday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Baked goods, handmade crafts.

SECOND HAND SHOP — Open every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Adult clothing, jewelry, shoes, and small household items.

WALK and CHAT — A weekly social activity, held Mondays in Hadley. Meets at 9:30 a.m. when the weather is good at the entrance to the Norwottuck Bike Trail behind Panera/Whole Foods. If it is rainy, meets at the Hampshire Mall Target entrance.

WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUPTuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. For those who have lost a spouse or a partner in the last year. Group facilitators will be licensed clinical social worker Michele Chmura and volunteer Larry Birkholz. For questions or to register, please call Michele Chmura at 259-3038.

FOLK DANCINGTuesdays, 1-2 p.m. Instructor Eva Goldwater teaches all dances. Exercise your mind as well as your body with a gentle, weight-bearing activity. If you can walk, you can do these dances. Newcomers can join at any time, and there is no fee.


DAY ON YOUR OWN IN NYCDec. 13. Leaves 7 a.m., returns 11 to 11:30 p.m. $80 includes motorcoach and gratuity. We will have a coffee break on the way down and a supper break on the way home at the Blue Colony Diner. The bus will leave the city at 6 p.m. from the Met.

Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information.


60 State St.


HOLIDAY CONCERTDec. 21, concert includes brunch. Put on by the art society and student council of Belchertown High School, bus pick-up is 8:45 a.m., concert from 9-9:45 a.m., and brunch from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Please sign up in advance. Sign up sheet is in the senior center.

COOKIE SALEDec. 13 from 1-3 p.m. Stock up on delicious cookies for only $7 per container! Early bird gets the best selection.

OFFICERS VISIT — Belchertown Police Department officers visit on the first Thursday of each month at 11:20 a.m. to review the newest crimes, scams and concerns. Join in and stay for lunch (don’t forget to sign up).

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

The Travel Club will be closed for the month of December.


19 Union St.


HOLIDAY PARTYDec. 14, noon. Sponsored by Big E’s Supermarket. Open to seniors ages 60+ with priority given to Easthampton seniors. Seats are limited to ticket holders. Tickets are $10 each.

DANCE YOUR YOGAMondays, 9:30 a.m. Register as soon as possible for this popular program. $5 per class, pre-payable at the receptionist desk.

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 bring your own bags.

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.

Bright Nights and Renaldi’s, Springfield, Monday, 4 p.m. $10

Ingleside Mall, Holyoke, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $5

Singing Christmas Tree and Bobby J’s, Friday, 4:30 p.m. $10

Walmart and Friendly’s, Westfield, Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. $6.

Enfield Square and Olive Garden, Enfield, Connecticut, Dec. 13, 8:30 a.m. $10.

Look Park lights and Blue Bonnet Diner, Florence, Dec. 18, 4 p.m. $6.

Piasano’s, Southampton, for lunch, Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m. $4.


10 West State St.


COA HOLIDAY DINNERDec. 8, noon, $3 per person at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Please call to make a reservation by Monday.

VETERANS AGENTFriday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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.


HOLIDAY DINNER PARTYTuesday, 5:30 p.m. Catered buffet, music by the Hopkins Jazz Band and caroling by Girl Scouts, who will also help with serving and clearing. Tickets are $16 and are available at the office.

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.

Motor Coach Day Trips

Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Dec. 10, $115. Includes lunch at the Pier on Newport’s waterfront.

Highland Valley Elder Services


Meals provided for the following community dining sites on weekdays:

Amherst, Bangs Community Center, 259-3164, 70 Boltwood Walk; Hadley, Hadley Community Senior Center, 586-1910, 46 Middle St.; Hatfield, Hatfield Senior Center, 247-9003, 59 Main St.; Northampton, Walter Salvo House, 584-6784, 81 Conz St.; Williamsburg, Williamsburg Senior Center, 268-8407, 141 Main St., Haydenville (meals served only Tuesday through Thursday).


67 Conz St.


HOLIDAY DINNERDec. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (meal served at noon). Enjoy a delicious holiday meal, great company and musical entertainment. Tickets are $10 for those with a scan card and $15 for all others.

STATE REP — Diana M. Szynal of State Rep. Peter Kocot’s staff will be available at 10 a.m. Dec. 19.

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.

An initial visit is $60; follow-up appointments are typically every 8 weeks at $45 per session. Call for an appointment.

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

Westchester Theater, New York, April 26 for “Sister Act,” a musical comedy. A full luncheon is included. Cost is $125 with a $10 discount if paid in full by March 15.

Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota, May 25 to June 4. Cost is $950 with double occupancy. Roommates are available. There is a $25 discount if paid in full by Feb. 1, 2018. $100 reserves your seat.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, June 26 to 28. Two shows, “Jesus” at Sight & Sound Theater and “The Wizard of Oz” at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. $434 with double occupancy. Pay in installments or pay in full by April 5 and receive a $25 discount. $50 deposit.

Hartford Yard Goats baseball game, July 18, An affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Field box seats, tour of the state of the art stadium and bus transportation included. $37. Sign up required by Dec. 15.

Washington D.C., Sept. 7 to 11. Bus transportation, $540 with double occupancy. Full day at the Smithsonian. Pay in installments or pay in full by June 1 and receive a $25 discount. $100 deposit.


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.

MAH-JONGG — Learn to play Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.

WATERCOLOR CLASSESThursdays at 10 a.m. Watercolor artist and teacher Tina Addison can help you develop a love of painting in a fun atmosphere. $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.


210 College Highway


CREATIVE CARDS BY KATHY Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon. Come make holiday cards, $5 each student. Limit eight people. Sign up ASAP.

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

BINGO — Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

Computer ClassThursday, 10 a.m. Sign up in advance.


3 South Road

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 TIMEWednesdays, 10 a.m. at the library.

HOLIDAY LUNCHEONThursday noon at the church. This dinner will be in place of our usual potluck buffet. We will still be collecting nonperishable food items for the Easthampton Food Pantry. The entertainment will be a holiday sing-along led by Pat and Bob Miller. Blood pressure checks will be available, and birthday cards will be there to be signed by seniors for those with upcoming celebrations.