Coming up: Events for 55-plus

  • Nancy Flickinger, a volunteer at the Hospice Shop in Northampton, sorts a donation of silver ware Thursday afternoon. The proceeds support the program and patients of Cooley Dickinson Hospice.

Friday, June 08, 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


BELLY DANCING DEMO – with Karen Trehub, Monday, 2-3 p.m. Please come and see if a class in belly dancing at the senior center would be of interest to you.

WIDOW/WIDOWERS SUPPORT GROUPTuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Michele Chmura, LICSW and Larry Birkholz, senior center volunteer, lead this group for anyone who has lost a spouse or partner in the past year. Please register with Michele at 413-259-3038 or email her at chmuram@amherstma.gov.

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

MINDFULNESS-BASED RELAXATIONJune 21, 1:30–3 p.m. Marilyn McArthur, Ph.D., will guide us through various relaxation techniques. All welcome.

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.”

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.

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.


MOVIE OF THE MONTHWednesday, 12:30 p.m. “The 15:17 To Paris”

MOTHER’S and FATHER’S DAY BRUNCHTuesday. 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.-3 p.m.

DRINK WATER AND LIVEJune 19, 11 a.m. Older adults are at a greater risk of becoming dehydrated. Amanda Abrams, a UMass dietetic intern, will discuss the importance of drinking enough water and ideas that can make it enjoyable.

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.


MEDITATION and MOVEMENT – for recovery from illness, Fridays 12:30-1:30, through June. Free to Easthampton 55 plus.

COFFEE Q & A— with Easthampton Chiropractic, June 21, noon to 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

SUMMER BOCCEWednesdays, 9 a.m. at Nonotuck Park.

YOGA DANCE WORKSHOP June 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon. $10 fee must be pre-paid.

MEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP – meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 12:30- 2 p.m. Topics include current events, religion, sex, whatever. We are a brotherhood witnessing to each other’s lives with acceptance, support and authenticity.

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.

BREWMASTER’S — in Williamsburg for lunch, Tuesday at noon. The COA will pay for the meal, but any beverage or dessert will be on your own. Everyone will have a selection of eight 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.

FOOT CARE CLINICJune 26 at 9 a.m. Cost is $30 at the town hall, and $40 for an in-home visit. Call Liz Loven at 268-7122 to make an appointment.


10 West State St.


WELLNESS FAIR — Senator Lesser will host 2nd annual “Thrive After 55” wellness fair Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springfield College. The free program will include a box lunch, educational seminars, raffle prizes and information. Call 526-6501 or visit senatorlessor.com/thrive.

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.



46 Middle St.


FOOT CAREMonday, by appointment only.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10-11 a.m. Coffee and treats provided. : choosing care providers; June 19: managing difficult behaviors; July 3: end of life care.

AFTER 2 TEA — Poetry Reading Wednesday, 2 p.m. Tea, sandwiches, sweets. Please sign up.

Tyme4Spa — fabulous affordable facials and other services at the center, next available appointments are for June 21 and July 19, call the office to book it.

EATING WELL 101 — A mystery lunch trip, Wednesday, 11 a.m. This hands-on Eating Well 101 workshop will help you learn how to make healthier menu choices. Tickets Reservation required.

WEAR PURPLE DAYWednesday. June is Alzheimer’s and brain awareness month, raising awareness at the local level with informational materials that can help create space to promote brain health, educate about the signs of dementia and more. Serving purple Jell-O with whipped cream.

SHRED EVENTFriday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Includes a free lunch. Sponsored by Hadley S.A.L.T./TRIAD

SENIOR JEOPARDYJune 20, 1 p.m. Our senior savvy Jeopardy Game is a computerized game that tests your knowledge about scams, credit, senior law, and other issues that affect seniors.

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.


WISDOM PROJECT — Meets Thursdays from 10-11:15 a.m. to define and describe wisdom, identify wisdom sources and create community dialogue. Free with a scan card.

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.

July 10Tuesday Tour of Mark Twain Home and Wickham Gardens. Lunch at Promenade Shops on your own. Cost is $74.


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: cold plate: turkey salad; TUESDAY: sweet and sour chicken; WEDNESDAY: burger bar; THURSDAY: veal patty with gravy; FRIDAY: chicken breast sandwich.

SPRING ART FESTIVAL — Celebrate the creativity of our members in our watercolor, quilting, collage and knitting groups, Wednesday, 1:30-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Works will be on display and for sale, with raffles, refreshments and music.

SOCIAL STROLL CLUB — For beginners, starts June 19 at the center. All you need to join the Social Strollers is a good pair of walking shoes and a desire for fresh air and fun. Call 538-5042.

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 and number.

CREATE WITH THE CARLE — Art classes for adults, free to South Hadley residents. Wednesday ​​​​​​​, 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 Broderick 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


ANNUAL PICNIC Monday, noon, at Conant Park, with food by Hamel’s Creative Catering. Musical performance by Linda O’Neill and Tom Boido. $12 per person. Tickets must be purchased by Monday at the Council on Aging. Cash or checks.

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


STANLEY PARK TRIP, June 21. Leaves the town parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Contact the senior center to sign-up. Picnic in the park provided by the COA and friends at the pavilion — participants must be dues-paid members of the Friends of the Westhampton Council on Aging and at least 60 years of age.

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.