Senior Calendars

FCHC noontime meals: Franklin County Home Care Corp. serves hot noontime meals at 18 sites in Franklin County/North Quabbin Area. All persons, age 60 or older and their spouses, regardless of age, are eligible to attend by making a reservation a day in advance. For nearest meal site, call 773-5555. All meals include 1 percent milk. Suggested voluntary confidential donation is $2 per meal.

Meal Site Menu:

Monday, breader chicken, rosemary potatoes, carrots, wheat bread, strawberry cup. Diet: pears. Tuesday, hot dog, baked beans, mixed veggies, hot dog bun, orange. Note: high sodium entree. Wednesday, chicken breast with herbed gravy, Red Bliss potatoes, butternut squash, butterscotch pudding. Diet: sugar-free butterscotch pudding. Thursday, Three C soup with crackers, Salisbury steak with gravy noodles, wheat bread. Home-delivered meal: cabbage. muffin. Diet: graham cookie. Alternate meal: chicken salad with cranberry, pasta salad, three-bean salad. Friday, Sloppy Joe, brown rice, carrots, hamburger bun applesauce.


Jan. 6 to 10: The Greenfield Council on Aging/Senior Center, Weldon Apartments building, 54 High St., Suite 2. Entrance/parking accessible from the back, off Union Street. Center hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Director: Hope Macary at 772-1517, ext. 2. Activities/trips: Kathy Dunn, activities director, at 772-1517, ext. 3. Finance/Business Manager/Notary Public: Mary Ann Socquet at 772-1517, ext. 1.


Spec-Check: Drop in to see Dr. jason Besecker to have your eyeglasses cleaned and tightened on Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. Free eyeglass checks only; not a vision screening.

Grandmother’s Essays on Education: Local author Marguerite Willis will talk about her book and writing process on Monday at 1:30 p.m. Call 772-1517 for this free event. Registration required; seating is limited.

Movie: Mamma Mia: Register today to see this uplifting movie musical starring Meryl Streep, Thursday, 1 to 3:30 p.m. A donation of $1 is suggested to help with senior center programs and services. Call 772-1517, seats limited.

Dance/Fit Sampler Yoga: Call 772-1517 to register for a free Yoga Sample Class with Lynne Smith on Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Space is limited. This is a floor class using senior center mats and blocks.

Dance/Fit Sampler/Zumba: Register today for freeZumba (World Dance) class with Kathy Steinem on Jan. 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Call 772-1517. You must reserve in advance.

Daily Activities: Monday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 11 a.m. to noon, Spec Check; 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge, Mahjong; 1:30, Writing Group, Ask the Lawyer, Grandmother’s Essays on Education. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Stretch & Tone Exercise; 10:45, Tai Chi; noon to 3 p.m., SHINE; 12:30 p.m., Contract Bridge; 1, Cribbage, Open Art Studio. Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 9:30, Scrabble, Benefits Counseling; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 11:30, Dance/Fit Sampler Yoga; 1 p.m., Pitch, Crafty Seniors, Open Pool Table. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Stretch & Tone Exercise; Art Open Studio; 10:30, Core Floor; 12:45 to 3:45 p.m., Ask Our Computer Geek; 1, Greenfield Senior Foundation, movie “Mamma Mia.” Friday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 1:15 p.m., Mahjong. Monday to Friday, Computer Drop-in, Drop-in.


Jan. 6 to 10: The Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth St., Turners Falls, is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Congregate meals are served Tuesday to Thursday at noon. Meal reservations must be made a day in advance by 11 a.m. Council on Aging director: Roberta Potter. Kitchen manager is Jeff Suprenant. For more information, meal reservations or to sign up for programs, call 863-9357 or leave message. Messages can be left on the center’s machine when the center is not open.


The Bernardston Senior Center and Council on Aging, 20 Church St., is handicap accessible, with parking accessed from Library Street. Center hours: Monday, 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with some early evening programs scheduled. Congregate meals are served Monday to Friday at 11:45 a.m. Sign up a day in advance for meals either at the center or by calling and leaving a message at 648-5319. Call Dianne Cornwell, director, or Sandra Stevens at the center at 648-5413 with any questions; Nancy Wood, outreach coordinator, 648-5413; Betty Stafursky, van driver, 834-4084; Robbin Terault, meal site manager, 648-5319; SHINE (Health Insurance) counselor, Diane Ryan, 773-5555. Mailing address: P.O. Box 504, Bernardston, MA 01337.


Jan. 6 to 10: Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., cards, cribbage, games and puzzles.

Monday, 9:30 a.m., trip to Walmart in Northampton with lunch at Brewmaster’s Tavern. For information/transportation, call 834-4084. Tuesday, 10 to 10:45, Chair Exercises; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Painting with Friends. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Quilting Workshop; 5:30, Tai Chi. Thursday, 10 a.m., Health Promotion Clinic; 10:15 to 10:45, Chair Exercises; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 11, Musicy the ROMEO’S; 12:45 p.m., Bingo. Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers; 12:30 p.m., Market Basket.


Week of Jan. 6: Center hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. For information or to sign up for programs, call 498-2186. Congregate meals are served Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Suggested donation, $2. One day advance registration required by calling before 10 a.m. For home delivery of Meals on Wheels, call 773-5555; to cancel a meal, call 773-7702. Transportation for errands, medical appointments and to meal sites, call Betty Stafursky at 834-4084. Director Heather Tower can be reached at 498-2901, ext. 14, and Jeanette Tessier, outreach worker at 498-2186.

Highlights: The center now has two vans. Transportation is available for Monday meals and Wednesday doctor appointments. Call Betty anytime you need a ride.

Quilting series: This week begins a new quilting series, “Photos to Quilts.” Learn this technique and transform a beloved photo into a memorable quilt.


Week of Jan. 7: The Erving Senior Center is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meals served at the congregate mealsite at 11:30. For reservations, call the center by 11 a.m. a day in advance at: 423-3649.

• A new exercise program at the Erving Senior Center on Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m. It is called “Healthy Bones and Muscles,” a predominantly chair class, led by Sandy Kosterman, who teaches at the YMCA in Greenfield. The program uses free motion, weights and bands to strengthen and tone. For more information, call Polly at 423-3649.

South Deerfield

South County Senior Center is at 67 North Main St. Tel. 665-2141. It serves the towns of Whately, Sunderland and Deerfield. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Diana Damon is senior center director. She can be reached at or call 665-2141.

Highlights: Monday, 10:30 a.m., Home School children that meet at the South Deerfield Congregational Church will conduct interviews with seniors to enhance communication skills. Wednesday, 11 a.m., the center is asking folks to bring in their favorite/collectible doll for show and tell for “Hello Dolly” Day. Friday, 12:15 p.m., Frontier Regional High School Vocal Ensemble led by Katie Tolles will be at the center to entertain with folk songs.


Conway Council on Aging at town hall, 5 Academy Hill Road. Address mail to P.O. Box 240, Conway, MA 01341. Patricia Ann Lynch is Council on Aging chairperson. She can be reached at 369-4284.

Walking Group. Mondays, 9:30 a.m. Meet at the UCC for gentle walks around town Leader is Phylis Dacey at 369-4010.

Foot Screenings: Bimonthly screenings at the town hall, by appointment only. For an appointment, call Peg Tiley at 369-4010.

Senior Shuttle Bus: The bus runs to Greenfield on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Make reservations no later than 4 p.m. the Tuesday before. Call Heidi at FRTA, 774-2262, ext. 103; to reserve a space.

Medical Equipment Loan: To arrange a loan, call Julie Clark at 369-4629.


Activities and meals are available each Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to all seniors from any locality at the senior center in the social rooms of the Federated Church, 175 Main St. Telephone 339-4201. For meal reservations, contact Linda Reynolds, site manager, by 11 a.m., a day in advance at 339-5324. See: www.charlemont-ma/us.

For local area transportation requests, call 625-2502; for out-of-area transportation requests, contact the Franklin Regional Transportation Authority at 774-2262 or 1-888-301-2262.

Activities: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to noon., Walk-in Wellness Clinic with Public Health Nurse Lisa White, registered nurse, church’s Social Rooms. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Council On Aging meeting at 10:30 a.m. Qigong exercises following meeting. Lunch at noon.


Council on Aging, Town Hall, 55 Main Road, serving town residents, age 55 and older. Activities/programs held at the Colrain Community Church, 306 Main Road. Messages can be left at the COA telephone: 624-5120. Need a more timely response, call Amy or Richie at 624-3417 or Joan at 624-8818.

A foot clinic is held second Wednesday of each month. Appointments begin at 9 a.m.; coffee and doughnuts at 10.

Shelburne Falls

Senior Center, 7 Main St., serving Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne, 625-2502 ( Open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except holidays). Staff available by phone on Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon. Director, Cathy Buntin; outreach coordinator, Leanne Dowd; activities coordinator, Dot Lyman; transportation coordinator, Bob Szafran. Walmart trip every third Friday. For Home-delivered Meals for West County seniors, call 773-7702.

Congregate Meals are served at the senior center on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made before 11 a.m., a day in advance by calling Hugh at 625-6266. Donation: $2.

Special programs and events: Monday, 10 to 11 a.m., Tai Chi class begins with Alan Young instructor; 1 p.m., movie and popcorn. Tuesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Microsoft Word Class begins; 1 p.m., Keeping and Organizing Financial Records Workshop with Sylvia Orcutt from People’s Bank. Wednesday, Tai Chi in Ashfield at First Congregational Church; lunch bunch to Franklin County Technical Scholl; 5 to 7:30 p.m., Men’s Night. Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m., Conversational French Class begins with Tu-Vi Luong, instructor.


Orange Council On Aging at the Orange Armory, 135 East Main St. Daily lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling the mealsite kitchen at 978-544-7082 or the Council On Aging office at 978-544-1113.

Senior Citizens Club will not meet in January or February. Meetings will resume in March.

Quilting/knitting/crocheting is held every Tuesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the Armory.

Foot screening will take place on Thursday and Friday, 8 to 10 a.m. There is a $6 fee; bring a towel. Reservations required by calling the Council On Aging office.

Rug braiding is held every Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., at the Armory.

Walking is available from 8 to 11 a.m., Monday to Friday, upstairs at the Armory.

Tracy Gaudet is the Elder Outreach Worker for Orange seniors. She can be reached at 978-544-3481.

Demand Response Transportation for Orange, New Salem, Wendell and Warwick seniors, age 60 and older, is available for medical appointments, shopping, etc., in the Athol/Orange area for a small fee. Call the office for an application and details.

Med-ride transportation available to senior ambulatory residents for out-of-county appointments. Call the office for details.

Durable medical equipment available through the center’s loaner program.

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