Coming up: Events for 55-plus

  • left, Carolyn Bruneau of Westhampton, Janet Dibrindisi, of Northampton, Carol Balise, of Hatfield, and Jeanne Reynolds, of Florence, and Martha McCormick, of Northampton, enjoy coffee and conversation as part of an Active Older Adults Exercise group at the YMCA.

Friday, May 18, 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


CAREGIVERS’ GROUPThursday at 1:30 p.m. A nurse and a social worker facilitate the group, which provides both information and emotional support. One-to-one consulting with the nurse is available, and books are available at the caregivers lending library.

CREATIVE CRAFTSFridays from 1-3 p.m. May 25, quilted potholders; June 1, crochet with plastic bags.

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.

NEW OPTIONS — Community group. Discussions are always open, mutually respectful and empathetic. May 28, 2-4 p.m., “Sharing Our Favorites: Family Memories, Funny Stories, Poems, Movies & Jokes.”

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.

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, Thursday at 1 p.m. If you plan to attend, please register so we can be sure to have enough goodies for all.

MOVIEWednesday, 12:30 p.m. “The Post.”

SECOND BEST THRIFT SHOPTuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. -11 a.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC – Estela from Judy’s Angels Care will be here the last Wednesday of the month from 9-10 a.m. in our wellness room for free blood pressure checks. Stop in to have yours checked.

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

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.


SPRING LUNCHEONWednesday 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.

GENEALOGY CLUBWednesday, 2 p.m Free and open to public.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS needed. Interested in becoming a companion driver? Please register for an informational meeting and refreshments, May 31 at 2 p.m. Get all your information and meet some of our current drivers. Drivers utilize their own car and receive a small gas stipend. Please call 527-6151.

COFFEE STATION — Self-serve coffee, teas, and cocoa available, 50 cents per cup. You may bring your own lunch to eat in the cafe area.

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. to 2 p.m. Goshen Town Hall. 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.

WOMEN’S BOOK DISCUSSIONFriday, 11 a.m.-1 pm. This month’s discussion will be on “In Fairleigh Field” by Rhys Bowen.


10 West State St.


HEALTH PLAN OPTIONS Tuesday, 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.

AMHERST SURVIVAL CENTER — Informational, presented by Executive Director Mindy Domb, Thursday 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.

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.

FOOD PANTRY — The senior center food pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MAY MOVIE — “Rebel in the Rye,” May 31, 1 p.m.


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 CAREMonday, by appointment only.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP – Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10-11 a.m. Coffee and treats provided. 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.” Tuesday, 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.

BIRTHDAY ICE CREAM SOCIAL — Reliving the ‘60s Through Song, Friday, 2 p.m. Join us for a fun, informal hour singing classic songs of the ‘60s with Sara Snyder of Joy of Song. Lyrics will be provided.

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.


MEET AND GREET — A reception for the new Director of Senior Services Marie Westburg will be held Monday, 4-6 p.m. Come welcome Marie.

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

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: stuffed cabbage with sauce; TUESDAY: veal parmesan; WEDNESDAY: oven baked chicken; THURSDAY: beef stew; FRIDAY: cold plate: tuna salad

MAY MOVIETuesday at 12:45, “The Greatest Showman”

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


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.

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.

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