What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • John Spencer shovels the walk in front of his residence on Elm Street in Northampton as the snow falls early Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018.

  • John Spencer shovels the walk in front of his residence on Elm Street in Northampton as the snow falls early Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018.

Friday, January 19, 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 to11:45 a.m in the large activity room, Monday, Americana Sing-Along

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.


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 MOVIES Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., “The Mountain Between Us.”

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


19 Union St.


MONDAY MILESMonday and Jan. 29, 1 to 2 p.m. Led by a staff member, walkers will do 10 walking circuits though the building, upstairs and down. That is 1,000 steps. One free raffle ticket each time you attend.

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.

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.

Easthampton Diner — Breakfast run, Monday at 8:30 a.m. $3.


10 West State St.


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

BALLROOM DANCING CLASSFeb. 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.


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.


67 Conz St.


AUTHOR OF THE MONTH — Anthony Thomas will read from his book, “The Lunch Box — Crossroads of Williamsburg,” Monday from 1-3 p.m.

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 4-7 p.m.

FOOD SEMINAR — The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will hold an educational seminar Wednesday 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.

Chicopee’s Polish Center of Discovery & Learning, April 20. A unique museum filled with 10 rooms of Polish history, emigration and culture. $36 includes bus transportation, admission, and driver gratuity. Enjoy a German-fare lunch on your own at the Munich House in Chicopee prior to the museum stop. Sign up early; seats are limited.

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: shepherds pie; TUESDAY: liver and onions; WEDNESDAY: American chop suey; THURSDAY: roasted turkey with gravy; FRIDAY: fiesta pollock

COFFEE & CONVERSATION — with Senior Center Director Leslie Hennessey, Friday, 10-11 a.m. If you have questions about the new senior center and our goals for 2018, join Leslie for discussion in the dining room.

DIABETES EDUCATION SERIESFeb. 28: “Diabetes and Healthy Eating” with Registered Dietitian Marissa Chiapperino; March 7: “Continuing Your Journey” with Pharmacist Christine Petraglia; March 14: “On the Road to Better Managing Diabetes with Registered Nurse April Medeiros.

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

MOVIETuesday at 12:45 p.m., ” “Calendar Girls.”

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.

CRAFTSTuesday and Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m. — crocheted snowflakes.

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


PAINT NIGHTThursday, 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.