What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Sue Kozub, a volunteer at the Cancer Connection Thrift Shop, puts ornaments that are for sale on a tree in the shop Wednesday morning.

Friday, December 15, 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 Tuesday, 2-4 p.m. Featuring a concert with Moonlight Davis and Morning Star Chenven. Yummy refreshments of course. Please RSVP.

GROCERY BINGO PARTYJan. 16, 2-4 p.m. This fun event is planned by students from Amherst College. RSVP to 259-3114. Refreshments served.

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.

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. No fee.


MASS MOCA — Mass. Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Jan. 11. Departs 10 a.m., returns 5 p.m. $16 includes admission and transportation.

Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information.


60 State St.


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

HOLIDAY MEALWednesday at 10 a.m. Music by Noah Lis. Raffle prizes will be available too. Call Katy at 323-0420 x 501 to reserve your space.

HOLIDAY MOVIEDec. 27 at 12:30 p.m., “Elf.”

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.


COFFEE AND COOKIESThursday, 10-11 a.m.  with our director, Brendan Rogers, and new outreach person, Hayley Wood.

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.

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

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

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


10 West State St.


TRAVEL LOG — Travel the world without ever leaving your seat. Presentation on Kenya Thursday, 12:45 p.m.

AARP TAX PREPARATION — The center will begin taking names for the AARP Tax Preparation on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m.

FOOD PANTRY — The senior center food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COOKIE SWAPFriday, 12:30 p.m.


46 Middle St.


FOOT CLINICMonday, call for appointment.

BROWN BAG PICKUPThursday, 10:15 am to 1 p.m.

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.

Overnight Trips

 AMERICAN RIVER BOAT CRUISE on the Steamboat American Empress. Columbia and Snake Rivers. May 27 to June 4, starts at $3,999.

SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE on Anthem of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). Jan. 28 to Feb 9. Round trip transportation to the pier in New Jersey, 12 nights on board, all meals, activities, entertainment. From $1,649. Call Jane Nevinsmith 586-3772 for more information or a flier.


67 Conz St.


ARTIST OF MONTH: Donna Lastowski. A reception for her watercolors exhibit at the senior center will be held Monday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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

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. $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.

Washington D.C., Sept. 7- 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. Monday: baked chicken with gravy; Tuesday: veal Parmesan; Wednesday: stuffed cabbage with sauce; Thursday: beef tips with sauce; Friday: macaroni and cheese

COOKIE EXCHANGEMonday, 10 a.m.

DECEMBER MOVIES — Tuesday 12:45, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey”; Dec. 26, 12:45 p.m., “One Christmas”

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


HOLYOKE MALL – for shopping and lunch, Monday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $ 3.

MOVIE OF THE MONTH — “White Christmas” Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. Free.

BINGOWednesdays, 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.

MASS MOCA – Mass. Museum Of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Jan. 11. Departs 10 a.m., returns 5 p.m. $16 includes admission and transportation.

Contact Nancy Pagano at 259-3114 for further information.