Coming up: Events for 55-plus

  • Cheryl Fox, right, of Leeds, and All Out Adventures volunteer Helen Kahn of Florence hike up Bray Trail during a three-mile trek through Mount Tom State Reservation in Holyoke on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The program, put on by AOA, was originally set to be a senior snowshoeing event but the lack of snow forced a change of shoe gear to ice grippers.

  • About a dozen people took part in a three-mile hike in the Mount Tom State Reservation in Holyoke put on by All Out Adventures on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. During a break, Fred Callahan, foreground left, chats with, from right, All Out Adventures staffer Adrienne Phelps, AOA Executive Director Karen Foster and Maryellen Prince of Westhampton. The program was originally set for snowshoes but the lack of snow forced a change of shoe gear to ice grippers.

  • Nancy Kiernan-Campbell, left, of Southampton and All Out Adventures staffer Patti Dougherty hike up Bray Trail during a three-mile trek through Mount Tom State Reservation in Holyoke on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The program, put on by AOA, was originally set for snowshoes but the lack of snow forced a change of shoe gear to ice grippers.

  • Maryellen Prince, left, of Westhampton, All Out Adventures volunteer Helen Kahn, just behind her, and Nancy Kiernan-Campbell of Southampton, join a dozen other hikers on the universal access trail around Bray Lake in the Mount Tom State Reservation in Holyoke on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The program, put on by All Out Adventures, was originally set for snowshoes but the lack of snow forced a change of shoe gear to ice grippers.

Published: 2/16/2018 5:49:05 PM

Following is a sampling of activities at area senior centers. Complete lists of their activities are on their individual websites. The centers will be closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day.

Amherst Senior

Bangs Community Center

70 Boltwood Walk


SLEEP IMPROVEMENT SEMINARTuesday, 1:30 p.m. Presented by Valerie Miller of Hadley Hypnosis. Learn some techniques to calm your mind, relax your body and sleep better.

NAME THAT TUNE – With Steve Damon, first and third Mondays at 11 a.m.  March 5, Americana Sing-Along; March 19, Jazz Standards.

SENIOR CRAFT WORKSHOPSFridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Crafters work on projects of their own choosing. 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 — Weekly 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. 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.

Bus trips

BOSTON FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW and optional lunch at Maggiano’s, March 15. Trip departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns between 7 and 7:30 p.m. $65 fee includes flower show, motorcoach, gratuity.

BOSTON SYMPHONY CONCERTMarch 30. Trip departs at 8 a.m. and returns between 6 and 6:30 p.m. $122 fee includes motorcoach, ticket, gratuity. Sign early as this concert will be a sell-out. Featuring Yo-Yo Ma on cello.


60 State St.


MOVIEFeb. 28, 12:30 p.m., “Only the Brave.”

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.


READER’S THEATRE— A new program styled after the radio drama programs of years ago is being formed. The group will be focusing on acting with voices. Having fun is the only requirement. Dramatic voice training and guidance will be provided. The group may be able to present on Valley Free Radio 103.3 FM in Florence, and/or the Easthampton Community TV. Those interested should contact the enrichment center, 527-6151

COFFEE WITH THE CHIROPRACTORSThursday from 1 to 2 p.m. Come for open conversation about health with Dr. Jill and Dr. Emmanuel of Easthampton Chiropractic Office.

BINGO Tuesdays from 12:45 to 3 p.m. Please arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to purchase your cards. Usage fee 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 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.

Eastfield Mall and Golden Corral — in Springfield, Wednesday, 9 a.m. $8.

Bluebonnet Diner — breakfast run, Feb. 26, 9 a.m. $4.


10 West State St.


MONTHLY MOVIE — “Home Again,” Thursday at 1 p.m. Free. Refreshments will be served.

INSURANCE INFORMATION – March 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come have your insurance question answered by the professionals from Health New England.

BALLROOM DANCING — Lessons on Fridays 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 has begun taking names for the AARP Tax Preparation.

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.


VETERANS INFO — A veterans service agent is available Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, or you may call 587-1299.

TAX CLINICS — Hadley COA is now scheduling tax clinics for March and April. Call the center as soon as possible as appointments go quickly.

JOINT REPLACEMENT INFOThursday, 1 p.m. Lynn Proulx, rehab director at Porchlight VNA/Home Care will talk about common diagnoses that lead to joint replacements and what to expect before and after.

BIRTHDAY ICE CREAM SOCIAL Friday, 2 p.m. Whether you celebrate your birthday this month or would like to celebrate with others, you are invited to our party. Call us ahead if you are in need of transportation. Celia Miller performs jazz and blues standards.

TYME4SPA: INTRO TO SKIN CARE March 1, 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Come and learn about a new services that we will offer at the center staring in March.

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.

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 MONTH Yani Kounelis was first drawn to the world of visual art through his formal education in math and physics. His work will be on display in the Northampton Senior Center throughout the month of February.

HYPNOSIS PRESENTATION Friday, 1 p.m. Join Valerie Miller of Hadley Hypnosis for a presentation about the benefits of hypnosis for stress reduction and sleep. Free with a scan card.

CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE DINNER – March 11, 11:30 a.m. $10 for Northampton seniors, $15 for all others. Open to the public

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. $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.

TUESDAY: Veal Parmesan; WEDNESDAY: Stuffed cabbage with sauce; THURSDAY: Beef stew; FRIDAY: Macaroni and cheese

VACATION WEEK ACTIVITIES — Things to do with the kids. Chocolate making, Wednesday at 10 am.; “Charlotte’s Web” will be shown Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the exercise room. Snack will be provided. Please sign up in the office by Tuesday; winter craft, Friday, 10 a.m., suitable for age 4 and up. Sign up by Tuesday.

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., “Moonstruck”

LUNCH & LEARN – South Hadley Alcohol & Drug Coalition presentation, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.  Information on the new marijuana law and  the upcoming South Hadley vote

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


MARCH LUNCHMarch 9 at noon, corned beef and cabbage dinner. Donation $12. Irish music and talk by the Holyoke Gas & Electric Co.

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.


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