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. Gazette Staff/Carol Lollis

  • Tom Watson of Sunderland checks out the interior of a 1929 Dodge Brothers sedan owned by A.J. Mott of Leeds during the weekly cruise night at Tom's Famous Long Hot Dog and Grill in Whately on Friday, May 18, 2018.

  • Mark Parker, left, of Vermont and his brother, Larry Parker, of Turners Falls enjoy ice cream near Larry's 1978 Ford truck - where "Mr. Bones" is seated - during the weekly cruise night at Tom's Famous Long Hot Dog and Grill in Whately on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Friday, May 25, 2018

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 Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Amherst Senior

Bangs Community Center

70 Boltwood Walk


DRAWING CLASSESMondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. June 4, Elements Of Landscape. June 11, 18, and 25 – Landscape, Seascape, or Cityscape. Contact Carolyn Bruneau at 527-0579, or by e-mail at grandmacarolynjean @comcast.net.

MUSICAL SHOWCASE — Special event at the Bangs Community Center. Free admission, free refreshments. June 15, 2 p.m. Gary Landren — “The Honky Tonk Piano Man.”

CREATIVE CRAFTSFridays from 1-3 p.m. Friday, 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. Monday, 2-4 p.m., “Sharing Our Favorites: Family Memories, Funny Stories, Poems, Movies & Jokes.”

WIDOW AND WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUPTuesdays, 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.


QUABBIN TALK — Stanley Boyko, 97-year-young Belchertown resident, will be here June 7 at 10 a.m. to talk about life in Enfield before it became part of the Quabbin Reservoir. Includes slide show of Enfield, its people and buildings, and information about how towns were turned into the Quabbin. Free.

MOTHER’S and FATHER’S DAY BRUNCHJune 12. Doors will open at 10 a.m., and live entertainment provided by Donald McCall will begin at 10:30 a.m. Special $4 meal, served promptly at 11:45 a.m. Call Katy 323-0420 x 501 starting on June 1 to reserve a seat for yourself and one guest if you’d like.

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


MEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP – meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 12:30- 2 p.m. Topics include current events, religion, sex, whatever. Meet in the comfortable chairs by the fireplace, or downstairs. We are a brotherhood witnessing to each other’s lives with acceptance, support, and authenticity.

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, Thursday 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., Goshen Town Hall.

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

BREWMASTER’S – in Williamsburg for lunch, June 12 at noon. The COA will pay for the meal, but any beverage or dessert will be self-pay. Everyone will have a selection of 8 meals to choose from. Please meet us there, or if you need a ride, please give Evelyn a call. Please RSVP to Evelyn so she can make reservations.

ICE CREAM SOCIALJune 16, 2-4 p.m. in the upstairs dining room of the Town Hall. The Library and the Council on Aging will be teaming up with plenty of ice cream and toppings. This is open to everyone, so bring your children, grandchildren and neighbors.


10 West State St.


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,” Thursday 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.

AFTER 2 TEA — Poetry Reading for Mary Clare Powell’s “Everyday Ecstasy” June 6, 2 p.m. These poems have been called “praise songs of the ordinary.” Tea, sandwiches, sweets. Please sign up.

DOCUMENTARY — “Running with Gram: One Family’s Journey into Aging.” June 8, 1 p.m.

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.


MOVIE MONDAY Different movie featured monthly, mostly consisting of new releases with the occasional classic, the third Monday of each month, 1:30 p.m. Free with a scan card.

TUESDAY TEA — Relax, share in good conversation and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee. Light refreshments served. 2:45-3:45 p.m.

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.

The Gilded Age of the Berkshires – June 21. Tour Ventfort Hall and The Mount. Buffet lunch on terrace at The Mount is included. $112. 

Tour of Fenway Park and Lunch at Cheers – Aug. 7. Enjoy some free time in Boston. $123. There is a $10 discount if paid in full by July 1.

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.

TUESDAY: chicken breast with gravy; WEDNESDAY: mild beef chili; THURSDAY: liver and onions.

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.

Travel Club

Stowe VermontJune 18-20 at the Commodore Inn Resort, a wonderful summer resort on a small lake. Two nights, two breakfasts, two dinners. $370 per person, double occupancy. Call Howie Walsh, 593-6286.

Williamstown Theatre FestivalJune 28. Travel the Mohawk Trail and dine at the Historic Williams Inn on gourmet sandwiches. Features Tony Award winner Matthew Brodrick in a comedy, “The Closet,” with Tony nominees Jessica Hetch and Brooks Ashmanskas. $125. Call Dolores Giroux at 536-2779.

Whale Watch — Plymouth, July 26. Luncheon at the John Carver Inn in historic downtown. Stop at Plymouth Rock and head to Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank. $99. Call Susan Canedy, 536- 2106.


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


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.