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

  • Caridad Martinez of Belchertown, left, has her face painted by granddaughter Janae Imara Sheff Martinez, 5, of Amherst, during a May Day celebration May 4, 2018 at The Common School in Amherst. Sheff Martinez is in the school's nursery program.

  • Margaret McLaren of West Hartford, Conn., right, assists her granddaughter Isla Ferris, 3, of Amherst, in creating a decorative piece to contribute to an outdoor art installation of CDs and beads May 4, 2018 during a May Day celebration at The Common School in Amherst. Ferris is in the nursery program at the school.

Friday, May 11, 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


ELDER LAW — Ed Smith, Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney, will be on hand May 18, from 1-4 p.m. to answer questions about planning for your own and your loved ones’ future. Call the center to make your free 15-minute appointment.

WIDOW AND WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUPMay 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For those who have lost a spouse or a partner in the last year. Contact Michele at 259-3038 or chmuram@amherstma.gov.

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

Bus trips

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.

VISIT ROCKPORTJuly 21. Trip departs at 8 a.m., returns between 9 and 9:30 p.m. $60 includes motorcoach, gratuity. Time for sightseeing, eating, shopping. Optional time at Good Harbor Beach. Bring a beach chair and umbrella.


60 State St.


WELCOME NEW DIRECTOR – Jessica Langlois is the new executive director of the Belchertown Adult Community Center. Congratulate and welcoming her at a meet and greet, May 24 at 1 p.m. If you plan to attend, please let Katy know so we can be sure to have enough goodies for all.

MOVIEMay 23, 12:30 p.m. “The Post.”

ALZHEIMER’S INFO – Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Behaviors are a form of communication. Learn to identify, understand and respond to challenging behavior.


19 Union St.


MEDICINAL CANNABIS FORUMTuesday, 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.

CHIROPRACTORS AND COFFEEThursday, 1-2 p.m. A free open table conversation about health with Dr. .Jill and Dr. Emmanuel of Easthampton Chiropractic Office.

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.


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

GARDENINGSaturday, 10 a.m.-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.

FOOT CARE CLINICMay 22, 9 a.m. The cost is $30 at the town hall, and $40 for an in-home visit. Call Liz Loven to make an appointment: 268-7122.


10 West State St.


HEALTH PLAN OPTIONS May 22, 10:45 a.m. Geared toward individuals on Medicare or approaching Medicare who may have questions about their health plan or other available plan types. Susan Flanagan of Blue Cross & Blue Shield will focus on the differences between Medigap and Medicare Advantage plans and explain when enrollees can switch plans.

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

AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER — Informational, presented by Executive Director Mindy Domb, May 24 at 11:15 a.m. Did you know that the Amherst Survival Center is open to Granby residents? Come learn of the amenities offered by this organization.


46 Middle St.


CHAIR MASSAGE — During May, we offer chair massage for $1 per minute on Wednesdays beginning at 3:15. Call the office to book your appointment.

FOOT CAREMay 21, by appointment only.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10-11 a.m. Coffee and treats provided. May 15: caregiver stress and self-care strategies; June 5: choosing care providers; June 19: managing difficult behaviors; July 3: end of life care.

BETTER BALANCE — “Stay On Your Feet! Your Guide to Preventing Falls.” May 22, 1 p.m. Presented by Center for Extended Care & Rehabilitation at Amherst. We will talk about who’s at risk for falls, causes of falls and prevention, safety tips.


67 Conz St.


MYSTERY BOOK CLUB – Join other mystery readers as they discuss mystery novels, the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Free with a scan card.

NEEDLE WORKSHOP — Assist in creating handmade baby items, doll clothes, scarves, mittens, and other items for Senior Services. Mondays, 1-3 p.m.

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.

TANGLEWOOD TRIPAug. 19, Sunday Matinee Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert, featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Shed seats, lunch on your own. All-inclusive cost is $84. Limited seats, must sign up by May 31.


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: cheese lasagna with sauce; TUESDAY: baked ham with fruit sauce; WEDNESDAY: broccoli quiche; THURSDAY: barbecued chicken; FRIDAY: fish sandwich

MAY MOVIETuesday at 12:45, “The Zoo Keepers Wife”

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.


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.

BINGOWednesdays, 1 p.m.


3 South Road


COMPUTER CLASS — Bob Miller will be at the library on Monday 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 BREAKFASTFriday, 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.

COFFEE & SOCIAL TIMEWednesdays, 10 a.m. at the library.