Coming up: Events for 55-plus

  • Amy Stockwell of Decatur, Ill., works on a mixed media collage July 20, 2018, during the Friday Art Wind Down summer series in The Nest at First Churches of Northampton. The Nest is a newly opened space used to merge art and spirituality. Stockwell, who is considering a move to Northampton, took the afternoon to explore the creative scene downtown. "Northampton has been on my radar for a long time," she said. "I needed to meet some other people who were making art."

  • Amy Stockwell of Decatur, Ill., works on a mixed media collage July 20, 2018, during the Friday Art Wind Down summer series in The Nest at First Churches of Northampton. The Nest is a newly opened space used to merge art and spirituality. Stockwell, who is considering a move to Northampton, took the afternoon to explore the creative scene downtown. "Northampton has been on my radar for a long time," she said. "I needed to meet some other people who were making art."

Published: 8/4/2018 6:07:54 PM

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


MUSICAL POETRY — “Everyday Ecstasy,” a new book of poetry by Mary Clare Powell. Reading accompanied by musical saw, played by Violet Walker, Sept. 7, 2 p.m.

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS – A presentation by the Mass. Food Bank, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.

A MATTER OF BALANCE – Falls prevention classes taught by Norma Hallock. Mondays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 5, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Please pre-register.

Bus trips

ISLES OF SHOALS CRUISE — Lobster luncheon at Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery, Maine. Aug. 9. Trip departs at 8 a.m., returns at 9 p.m. $140 includes cruise, lobster bake, motorcoach, gratuity.


60 State St.


AUGUST MOVIES Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., “The Theory of Everything.” Aug. 22 at 12:30, "The Blind Side." 

FAIR TIME – is rapidly approaching. Volunteers needed to walk next to, or ride in the BCOA van on parade day, Sept. 22. Please call Katy at the center so we can order T-shirts for everyone participating.

SUMMER YOGA — For  August. Tuesdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m., Vinyasa Yoga. Thursdays, 9 to 9:45 a.m., Pilates/Yoga Fusion. Participants 60 and older: $8 per class drop in or $5 per class if paying for the month in advance. Under 60, $10 per class.

HEALTHY HABITS — Join us Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for conversation, camaraderie and accountability regarding healthier food choices. Discuss healthy snacking and recipes that have worked well for you.

ZENDOODLE Thursday, 10 a.m.


BOSTON — Dreamland Wax Museum, Little Italy dinner and free time at Faneuil Hall. Deposits of $20 now being taken, for Sept. 19. Total trip cost is $87.


19 Union St.


TAI CHI IN THE MORNING – with Len Burlingame; Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. Free to Easthampton residents 55 plus.

CRIBBAGETuesdays, 1 p.m. Open group, boards provided.

SUMMER BOCCEWednesdays, 9 a.m. at Nonotuck Park

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.


ANNUAL APPRECIATION PICNICAug. 14 at noon, Tilton Town Farm ball field. Enjoy a perfect summer picnic. If anyone needs a ride or directions, please call Evelyn at 268-3316.

MYSTERY LUNCHEON – Aug. 17 at 11:30 a.m.  Depart from the town parking lot. We may be carpooling if the van is not available, so if you’re planning to go, call Evelyn to let her know how many to plan on. She will also have a sign-up sheet at the picnic.

FOOT CARE CLINIC – Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. The 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.


SUMMER CONCERT — Presented by The Friends of Granby’s Elderly and a cultural grant. Aug. 21, Old Country Road. 6 p.m. at Dufresne Park.

PICNIC — Friends of Granby’s Elderly senior picnic, Wednesday, Dufresne Pavilion. Catered by Houle Catering. $6. Ticket available at the Senior Center


Lake George, Sept. 16. Enjoy a champagne brunch cruise on the Lac Du Sacrament. $96. Sign up at the senior center.


46 Middle St.


AFTER 2 TEA - “Quabbin Houses Relocated”; presented by Jackie Tuthill, Monday at 2 p.m. Tea, sandwiches and sweet, please sign up.

HOW TO HIRE IN HOME PROVIDERS – Aug. 7, 10 a.m. Learn about first steps to find the best caregiver match for your loved one.

LEGAL CHECKUP – Taking control of your future, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. Planning for incapacity, including powers of attorney, health care proxies, guardianships and conservatorships, DNR and MOLST forms; Planning for death, including wills, asset protection); a lesson on probate; trusts.

ARTY CARDS  Aug. 14, 12:30 p.m. $12 covers the cost of materials for five gorgeous cards for any occasion. No need for prior experience. Class is limited to 14 people. Please sign up at the center.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP — Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11 a.m. Coffee and treats 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).one.


24 Russell Road


BOOK DISCUSSION — Town-wide discussion on “Being Mortal” by Dr. Atul Gawande. It considers making later life preparations for older adult years. Four weeks starting on Sept. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Huntington Public Library, 7 East Main St. For more information call the Huntington Council on Aging.


67 Conz St.


BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC – Tuesday, 10 a.m. Walk ins welcome.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Wednesday, 1 p.m. Entertainment provided.

AUTHOR OF THE MONTH – A reading with Stan Maron will take place Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the senior center.

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

REIKI SESSIONSMondays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 30-minute sessions with Reiki master and registered nurse Bob Nelson. By appointment only. Visit front desk to schedule. $20-$25 per 30-minute session (payment due at time of sign-up).

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.

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

Guided tour of Kennebunkport, Maine, with time to shop, Aug. 15. Lunch at Mike’s Clam Shack. Cost is $109.


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:barbecued chicken; TUESDAY: French meat pie with gravy; WEDNESDAY: cheese lasagna with sauce; THURSDAY: roast turkey with gravy; FRIDAY: breaded pollack

MAKE A​​​​​​​ TERRARIUM – with succulent plants, Aug. 15. Must pre-register at 538-5042 by Wednesday. $2 suggested donation.

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP – Wednesday, 5:30. Learn hands-on strategies that will help you control your responses to stressors so that they don’t control you. Refreshments served: RSVP: 538-5042.

SOCIAL STROLLERS — For beginners on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.  All you need to join is a good pair of walking shoes and a desire for fresh air and fun. Call 538-5042.

Travel Club

BLOCK ISLAND— in Rhode Island, Aug. 20. Once on the island, we will enjoy lunch at the National Hotel, sit on a wrap-around porch and view the harbor and Atlantic Ocean. Cost $99. Call Dolores Giroux at 536-2779.


210 College Highway


BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC — provided free by our local fire department, Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m.

TRIAD MEETINGAug. 27, 10:30 a.m.

PITCH GAMESThursdays at 1 p.m.

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

BINGOWednesdays, 1 p.m.

Bus Trips

All Trips are leaving from Tractor Supply, Southampton.

Plymouth, Aug. 21, $83. Trip departs at 8:45 a.m. Sail on the Pilgrim Belle Paddle Wheeler. Lunch at Issac’s on the Waterfront.


3 South Road


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

HIKING GROUPAugust hikes planned. If you’d like to know what is scheduled, you can call Chuck or email him at

LADY BEA BOAT RIDE — Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Dockside Restaurant at Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley, followed by a 1½ hour cruise aboard the Lady Bea, Sept. 20.

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