What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • Meera Tamaya, of Northampton, plays chess during Drop-in Chess, last week at Forbes Library. She hosts the gathering each week at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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


NAME THAT TUNE — Sing-along with Steve from 11 to 11:45 a.m in the large activity room. Monday, TV Themes. Jan. 22, Americana Sing-Along

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

LEGAL CLINIC – Ed Smith, estate planning and elder law attorney, will hold a free clinic  Jan. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m  Call 259-3060 to make your 15-minute appointment.

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 to 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.


MEMORY CAFETuesday, 3 p.m. A safe, comfortable, engaging environment where people with memory loss and their care partners can share and remain socially engaged with others. For questions or additional information call Bill at x 503.

THIS MONTH’S MOVIESWednesday, 12:30, “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Jan. 24, 12:30 p.m., “The Mountain Between Us.”

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.


CARE ROOM — Located on the lower level and accessible by elevator, the care room allows privacy for personal health services such as foot and nail care, and creates a relaxing inviting space for health counseling and minor assessments for referrals. Free samples courtesy of RITE AID include toothpaste, vitamins, pain rub and pill containers.

MOBILE FOOD BANK — Visits Millside Park, 2 Ferry St., on the first and third Thursday of every month from 1 to 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.


10 West State St.


BOOK READINGJan. 17, 11 a.m., local author Shawn Flynn will read from his debut book.“The Kitty Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him.” 

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

BALLROOM DANCING CLASS –   Feb 2 and following Fridays, from 1 to 2 p.m. $20 to $25 per month, depending on how many Fridays in the month. Payment due at the beginning of each month

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.


SELF-HYPNOSIS — For well-being, Wednesday and Jan. 17. Sign-up by calling 586-4023. This program will help you develop your goals for weight loss, stress reduction, sleep improvement or other topics. You will learn a simple self-hypnosis format to practice each day. Led by Val Miller, certified hypnotist. $30.

WHOLE BODY FITNESS — Begins Monday at 10:30 a.m. $40 for six-week session. Class includes 15 minutes each of whole-body stretching and fun warm-ups, light and easy to follow cardio-dance, fitness stations for strength training and toning, and gentle movement. Fun workout will leave you feeling energized, relaxed, strong and healthier in mind and body.

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.

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 flyer.

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.


AUTHOR OF THE MONTH: Anthony Thomas will do a reading from his book "The Lunch Box - Crossroads of Williamsburg" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 22

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Carol Boyer is a fiber artist who makes quilts, collages and wearable art, such as jackets out of various fabrics and fiber. Her work will be on display for the month of January.  A closing reception will be held Jan. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.

FOOD SEMINAR – The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will hold an educational seminar Jan. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Topics include how to read a food label, meal plan, calculate unit prices and shop for healthy foods while on a budget.

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 $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: teriyaki chicken; TUESDAY: French meat pie; WEDNESDAY: spaghetti and meatballs; THURSDAY: beef stew; FRIDAY: stuffed shells with sauce

ASK THE PHARMACIST – Coffee and conversation Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. Holyoke Medical Center’s pharmacist will provide information about your medications – generic vs. brand-name and drug interactions. Bring your questions and concerns. Call to reserve.

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

MOVIE – Tuesday at 12:45 p.m., “No Way Out.”

JEWELRY CLASSThursday, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.  Most items can be made for under $5 and many can be made at no cost.

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 — Meets 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. Participants may stay for lunch. Call 538-5042 to inquire.


210 College Highway


MAH JONGG – And Mexican train dominoes, Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

CRAFTS –  Tuesday and Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m. – crocheted snowflakes.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION – Jan. 16, 11:30 to 1. Learn about healthy cooking and eating with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Call Joan at the center to sign up.

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

BINGOWednesdays, 1 p.m.

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


3 South Road


FOOT CARE — Registered nurse Diane Roeder will be at Westhampton Woods Thursday morning. If you’d like to have your nails trimmed, you can reach her at 374-0457 to make an appointment. Her next visit will be in March.

PAINT NIGHTJan. 25, 6:30 p.m. at the library. Let two local artists guide you in creating your own piece of art. Please call, email, or stop by the library to register. Space is limited.

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.

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.