Coming up: Events for 55-plus

  • Henny Lewin talks about her memories of Israel during a Valley Jewish Seniors Luncheon to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary. Gazette Staff/Carol Lollis

  • Adele Oppenheim, left, and Eunice Greenberg get plates of dessert during a Valley Jewish Seniors Luncheon to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary. Gazette Staff/Carol Lollis

  • Smith College Campus School third-grader Henry Daggett and Beth Grams Haxby of Northampton practice their cursive skills during Grandparents and Special Elders Day on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Northampton.

  • Janice Brickley of Amherst and her grandson Smith College Campus School kindergartner William Messier play a game of "Double Compare" cards during Grandparents and Special Elders Day on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Northampton.

  • Smith College Campus School third-grader Henry Daggett and Beth Grams Haxby of Northampton practice their cursive skills during Grandparents and Special Elders Day on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Northampton.

Friday, May 04, 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


FOOT CARE CLINIC — offered by FootCare by Nurses, Wednesday, by appointment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 259-3060 to make an appointment.

NEW OPTIONS – Discussion group. Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. “What Robots Can & Can’t Do.” A look at some robots and how their capabilities have expanded. Our discussions are always open, mutually respectful and empathetic.

MUSICAL SHOWCASE — “Country Rebels and Icons” with Eric Weld and Donna Lee, May 18, 2 p.m.

PRACTICE ENGLISH — Especially for seniors who are immigrants and English-language-learners, Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Led by a volunteer from Center for New Americans who can help you learn about the senior center. Contact: info@cnam.org 413-587-0084

NOT JUST ANY LINE DANCING Tuesdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m., with Anastasia Christie. $5 per class, payable to the instructor. Beginners can start at any class; no advance registration necessary.

SENIOR CRAFT WORKSHOPSFridays, 9-11 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.

Bus trips

BRONX ZOO in New York, May 11. Departs 8 a.m., returns 10 p.m. $110 includes admission, motorcoach, gratuity.

TANGLEWOODJuly 4. James Taylor concert will be followed by fireworks. Trip departs at 3:30 and returns at 11 p.m. $65 includes motorcoach, lawn ticket, gratuity. Plan to bring a chair or blanket and picnic.


60 State St.


MOVIEWednesday, 12:30 p.m., “The Greatest Showman.”

ALZHEIMERS TALK – “Effective Communications Strategies,” Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Explore communication changes due to dementia and the skills needed to successfully connect and communicate throughout the disease process.

July 26 Frank Sinatra tribute at Quidnesse Country Club in Rhode Island. Choice of lobster or filet mignon. $99. A deposit of $20 will hold your seat.


19 Union St.


ANNUAL BREAKFASTSunday, 9:30-11 a.m. Helping Hand Society breakfast for Easthampton residents 55+. No reservations necessary.

MEDICINAL CANNABIS FORUMMay 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free to attend, limited to 21 and older. Call 527-6151 for required pre-registration.

SPRING LUNCHEONMay 23 at noon. Sponsored by Arbors at Westfield. Chance to win a box of Rose flavored candy or a centerpiece. Easthampton Residents 55+ priority, limited seats.

BINGO Tuesdays from 12:45-3 p.m. Please arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to purchase your cards. 50 cents per person per week.

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.

Goshen Council
on Aging

40 Main St.


MEMORIAL DAY LUNCHEONTuesday at noon in the Town Hall dining room. In honor of our veterans, the council on aging board will be bringing a variety of dishes. Bring one to share if desired.

MUSCLE STRENGTHENING CLASS Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., town hall.

GARDENINGMay 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goshen town hall at 10 a.m. This session is on annuals, including an overview, planting and care requirements. Attendees will be provided a planter which they will “dress up” and plant with their choice of assorted annuals. $8.

June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This session on perennials includes a general overview and include time for questions, and crafting of a bird house from a dried gourd. $5.

MAGIC WINGS – Trip, May 16 at 11:30 a.m. Trip to Magic Wings, South Deerfield, departs at 11:30 a.m. For reservations call Evelyn at 268-3316.


10 West State St.


DINING OUT W/ KIM — Wednesday, 11 a.m. Center Square Grill, EastLongmeadow. Transportation is $5, and the cost of lunch is on your own.

MOTHERS DAY LUNCHMay 14 at noon. All are welcome. Reservations by May 11.

TRAVEL LOG – Travel the world without ever leaving your seat. We will make a virtual visit to Alaska, May 17 at 12:45 p.m.

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.


46 Middle St.


MY PLATE — Presentation by Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Wednesday, 1 p.m. Will discuss the benefits of a well-balanced diet, importance of reading food labels, and healthy lifestyle choices.

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.


67 Conz St.


HEALTH & SAFETY FAIR — Free event focused on the health and safety of local seniors, their families, and the community, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information, demonstrations, displays and more.

CREATIVE WRITING – Share your writing and hone your writing skills in a group atmosphere, Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon. Free with a scan card

TRIPS — Coordinator Francine Frenier is available Monday afternoons from noon to 4 p.m. Call for more information.

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. $50 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: macaroni and cheese; TUESDAY: roasted pork with gravy; WEDNESDAY: sweet and sour chicken; THURSDAY: cold plate; FRIDAY: veal patty with gravy

MAY MOVIETuesday at 12:45, “Wonder Woman”

MOTHER’S GARDEN — at the council on aging needs volunteers to water the window boxes. Please call the council office at 538-5042 and leave your name/number.

CREATE WITH THE CARLE — Art classes for adults, free to South Hadley residents. Wednesdays, through June 13, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Enrollment limited to 15. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of techniques for creating collage materials and collage. Call 559-6307 to reserve your place.

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, 10-11:30 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


SENIOR THEATERMonday, 1 p.m., at First Congo Church.

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

LUNCH BUNCH — Soup social or pizza, every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

MAH-JONGG and Mexican train dominoes, Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

BINGOWednesdays, 1 p.m.


3 South Road


COMPUTER CLASS — Bob Miller will be at the library on May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon to tackle seniors’ computer problems. People are welcome to attend with any level of computer skills. The group quite often learns by sharing problems.

COA BREAKFAST — May 18, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Unit F of Westhampton Woods. Besides coffee, tea, hot cocoa and milk, there’s always homemade coffee cake or quick breads to enjoy while visiting with friends or meeting soon-to-be friends.

BOARD & CARD GAMESTuesdays, 1:30 p.m. at Westhampton Woods.

SPRING CHAIR YOGA — A 10-week series at Westhampton Woods, Unit F, Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

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.