What’s up for 55-plus this week

  • High school basketball referees Mark Grumoli, left, and Mark Volpe chat during a time out in a game at Amherst Regional High School. Grumoli has been a referee for 30 years; Volpe for nine years. Both declined to provide the town then live in. "Oh, no. They'll burn my house down," Volpe quipped.

Friday, January 26, 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


SENIOR CRAFT WORKSHOPSFridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Crafters work on projects of their own choosing. Much chatting, instruction (upon request), and refreshments. Donated items are sold to raise funds for center programs. Contact Parvin Niroomand, craft club director, at 218-5093. Many free craft supplies are available.

MEMOIR WRITING — Workshops are held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Join this group of spirited writers to write down your memories. We’ll write both in and out of class and read our work to the group. This group meets weekly. For further information contact George Cernada at 549-7815.

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.


60 State St.


VALENTINES DAY LUNCHFeb. 14; doors open at 10 a.m., entertainment starts at 10:30 a.m., and the $4 meal will be served at 11:45 a.m. Reservations accepted beginning Feb. 1. You may reserve your seat and one for a guest. One person per party may reserve a table of four to eight people. Please call Katy for reservations at 323-0420 x 501.

MOVIEFeb. 14, 1 p.m., “Breathe.”

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.

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.

April 17Country Jamboree with the music of Pasty Cline, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette, Reagle Music Theatre, Waltham. $48.


19 Union St.


BINGO Tuesdays from 12:45-3 p.m. Please arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to purchase your cards. Fifty cents per person per week.

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 1-2 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.


BALLROOM DANCING — Lessons start this Friday at 1 p.m. Instructor: Emily Foxtrot. Class will be $5 per person; singles and couples welcome. For more information call 467-3239.

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

BALLROOM DANCING CLASSFridays 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.


NEEDLE WORK GROUPTuesdays at 10:45, starting Feb. 6. Bring your own projects and supplies. Linda Golding will facilitate. All levels are welcome.

ARTY CARDSFeb. 8, 12:30 to 2 p.m. $12 fee covers the cost of materials for five cards. In this special one-session class Joanne Milloy will guide you in making five gorgeous for any occasion. No need for prior experience or artistic ability. Class is limited to 10 people. Please sign up at the center.

HEART HEALTHY EATINGFeb. 15, 1 p.m. Learn about delicious meal and snack ideas, reducing sodium in cooking without losing flavor, choosing healthier types of fats and carbohydrates, and reading nutrition labels.

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.


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 Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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: lasagna with meat sauce; TUESDAY: oven fried chicken; WEDNESDAY: macaroni and cheese; THURSDAY: unavailable; FRIDAY: unavailable

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., ”What About Bob?”

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 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


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.