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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, breaded chicken, stuffing, green beans, pineapple. Tuesday, barbecued beef rib, sweet potato, brussels sprouts, rye bread, pears. Wednesday, Three C soup and crackers, chicken with red pepper pesto, corn, whole wheat bread, vanilla pudding. Diet: sugar-free vanilla pudding. Home-delivered meal: broccoli. Thursday, beef stir fry with Oriental blend, brown rice, green beans, pineapple, whole wheat bread. Alternate meal: chicken quinoa salad, rotini salad, 3 bean salad. Friday, sweet potato fish, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, whole wheat bread, fresh fruit.


March 10 to 14: 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.


Veterans Outreach Program: Greenfield area veterans director, Timothy Niejadlik will present a program on veterans services on Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m. Call 772-1517 today to reserve a seat for this free program geared to veterans, dependents and widows/widowers of veterans.

Dance/Fit Sampler March Irish Dance. Register today for the Irish dance sampler class with Melanie Reneris on March 20, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. No experience needed. This is a basic, beginner Irish Dance class. Reneris will demonstrate some advanced dance at the conclusion of the class. Call 772-1517 today to register for this free class.


Monday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge, Mahjong; 1:30, Writing Group. 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 p.m., Cribbage, Art Open Studio. Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 9:30, Scrabble, Benefits Counseling; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 11:30, Yoga; 1 p.m., Crafty Seniors, Pool Table Open. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Stretch & Tone Exercise; 12:45 to 3:45 p.m., Ask Our Computer Geek; 2, Veterans Outreach Program with Timothy Niejadlik. Friday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 1:15 p.m., Mahjong; 1:30, Eating Mediterranean (snow date, full, wait list only). Monday to Friday, Computer Drop-in, Drop-in.


March 10 to 14: 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: Jeff Suprenant. For more information, meal reservations or to sign up for programs, call 863-9357 or leave message.


Monday, 9 a.m., foot clinic by appointment; 10:10,9:30 a.m., Chair Yoga; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., Painting with David Sund. Wednesday, 9 a.m., foot clinic by appointment; 10:10, aerobics; 10:55, chair exercise; 11:15, Friends meeting; noon, lunch; 12:45 p.m., Bingo. Thursday, 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 10, Coffee & Conversation; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., Pitch. Friday, 10:10 a.m., Aerobics; 10:55, Chair Exercise; 1 p.m., Writing Group.


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 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.


March 10 to 14: Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., cards, cribbage, games and puzzles.

Monday, 9:30 a.m., trip to Walmart in Hinsdale, N.H., with lunch at Ninety-Nine Restaurant. For information and transportation, call 834-4084. Tuesday, 10 to 10:45, Chair Exercises; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 11 to 11:45, “Mythis of Alzheimer’s” with Robin Martin; 12:30 to 2:30, Painting Like the Masters. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers; 10:30 to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 12:15, Fortnightly Group will attend followed by a presentation on Healthy Aging activities including presentation of Tai Chi by Alan Young. Planning to have lunch. Call Robbin at least a day in advance at the dining room number: 648-5319; 12:30 to 2:30, Quilting Workshop. Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Health Promotion Clinic; 10:15 to 10:45, Chair Exercises; 10:30 to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 11 to 11:45, Music by the ROMEOS (Irish sing-along); 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 March 10: 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 at 834-4084. Director Heather Tower can be reached at 498-2901, ext. 14, and Jeanette Tessier, outreach worker at 498-2186. The van is now available for medical appointments on Wednesdays. Call Betty to schedule a ride.

Highlights of the week: The center has door-to-door van service. Call 834-4084 to schedule a ride.

Wednesday, Spa Day. Come for a hand massage and manicure from the seniors in the Cosmetology Program at Franklin County Technical School. Call 498-2186 for an appointment.

Thursday, 6:30 p.m., second week of the center’s six-week Second Stage Symposium: What you need to think about for retirement. All are welcome! Call ahead at 498-2186.

Activities: Monday, 9 to 11 a.m., Bridge; 9:30, trip to Walmart in Hinsdale, N.H., with lunch at Ninety-Nine; 11:30, lunch; noon, Verizon to help get the most from cell phones and tablets. Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m., Bingo; 11 to 11:30, The ROMEOs; 11:30, congregate meal; 12:30 p.m., Mahjong. Wednesday, 9 a.m., Bridge; 10:30, Spa Day with Franklin County Tech Cosmetology seniors; 11, Osteo Exercise Class. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Yoga; 11:30, congregate meal; 12:30 p.m., quilting; 6:30 to 8, Second Stage Symposium: Caregiving. Friday, 10 a.m., Caregivers Meeting; noon, Bridge; 12:30 p.m., Market Basket.


Week of March 10: 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.

• Quilting Classes: The center will resume its popular series of Quilting Classes, beginning March 24. Classes for beginners will start that day for those with no or very little experience. Techniques such as rotary cutting and creating a simple pot holder will be taught. Alternate Mondays, beginning March 31, there will be classes for advanced quilters. To sign up or for more information, call Polly at 423-3649


Monday, 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 10, Osteo-Exercise; 12:30 p.m., movie. Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., Aerobics; 9:30, Council On Aging meeting; 12:30 p.m., Painting. Wednesday, 8:45 a.m., Aerobics; 10, Chair Yoga; noon, Bingo. Thursday, 8:45 a.m.,Aerobics; 10, Health Bones & Muscles; noon, cards. Friday, 9 a.m., bowling; 11:30, St. Patrick’s Feast.

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 SCSC@town.deerfield.ma.us or call 665-2141.


Monday, 11 a.m., Michele Ellicks of the Dept. of Motor Vehicles will be at the center to discuss handicap placards.

Tuesday, AARP appointments are still available today and March 25. Call Sue at 665-9508 for an appointment.

Trip to North Hadley Sugar House and Smith College Spring Bulb Show, Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Call Sue at 665-9508 to reserve a place. Monthly lunch trips are scheduled. Call today.

Wednesday, 11 a.m., bring in a photo of your favorite four-legged friends.


Monday, 9:20, Relaxation Group; 10, Exercise; 11, Handicap Placards-DMV; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., social hour. Wednesday, 9:20 a.m., Relaxation; 10, Exercise; 11, four legged photos; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., social hour. Nurse at town hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m., card games; 9:30, Bingo, Tai Chi; 10:30, Osteo Exercise; noon, lunch.


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.


Exercise class. Classes are held at the town hall on Wednesdays, 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., and will continue through May. The aim of these classes, which include weight traing, is to maintain flexibility, increase endurance and build muscle strength. For information, call Pat Lynch at 369-4284 or Peg Tiley at 369-4010.

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.

Charlemont and Hawley

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, Second Tuesday Walk-in Wellness Cl.inic with Public Health Nurse Lisa White, registered nurse, at Charlemont Federated Church Social Rooms.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., socializing, games, and lunch at noon.

Reminder: During winter months, the center will be closed when local schools are closed.


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. For 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 (www.townofshelburne.com) 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.

A Home Repair Program for small maintenance jobs is available. The labor is free; you pay for materials.

Special programs and events: Monday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., foot clinic; 10 to 11, Tai Chi Class. Tuesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Excel Computer Class; 2 p.m., Book Chat. Wednesday, in-town shopping; 9:30, Tai Chi in Ashfield; 5 to 7:30 p.m., Men’s Night Trip to Franklin County Technical School. Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m., French Class; 2 to 4, Mahjong.


Mondays, 11:30 a.m., lunch; 12:15 p.m., Wii Bowling. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Computer Lab Open; 10, exercise; 11:30, lunch; 12:15 p.m., Wii Bowling; 4, Tai Chi; 5, Fun Aerobics. Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga; 10, Osteo Fitness; noon to 1 p.m., Brown Bag (third Wednesday). Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga; 9:30, Osteo Fit-Ashfield; 10, Exercise; 10:30, Knitting Group; 11:30, lunch; noon, Bingo. Fridays, transportation available. Staff available by phone.


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. Home delivered meals can also be ordered by calling FCHC mealsite kitchen at 978-544-7082.

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.


Walking is available on 8 to 11 a.m., Monday to Thursday, and 9 to 11 a.m. on Fridays upstairs at the Armory.

Tuesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., quilting, knitting, crocheting at the Armory.

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

Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., rug braiders meet at the Armory.

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