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Senior Calendars: March 31 - April 4

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, pepper steak with barbecue sauce, Red Bliss potatoes, green beans, banana pudding. Diet: sugar-free vanilla pudding. Tuesday, beef with stroganoff sauce, noodles, peas, rye bread, mixed fruit. Wednesday, roast chicken with apricot glaze, couscous with carrots, green beans, whole wheat roll, fruit loaf. Diet: graham. Thursday, turkey tetrazzini, spaghetti, carrots, whole wheat bread, strawberry cup. Diet: graham crackers. Home-delivered meal: penne pasta. Alternate meal: Italian potato salad, mandarin oranges, seafood salad. Friday, butternut macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, whole wheat bread, pineapple.


March 31 to April 4: 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.


Chair Tai Chi Sampler: Register today for next Thursday’s Chair Tai Chi sample class (April 10 at 1:30 p.m.) with certified instructor Carol Pedigree. The class is free but registration in advance is required. To register, call 772-1517. Space is limited.

Brown Bag: The Food Bank’s Brown Bag food distribution is April 3 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Benefits Counseling: Talk to a Benefits Counselor about Fuel Assistance, Food Stamps (SNAP), low/no interest loans for home repair, home modifications (ramps, chair lifts). By appointment. Call 772-1517.

Legislative Office Hours: Drop-in April 4, 1 to 3 p.m., to see Rep. Paul Mark or his legislative aide. You change to weigh in on state issues. No appointment required.

Activities (March 31 to April 4): 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; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 11:30, Yoga; 1 p.m., Pitch, Crafty Seniors, Pool Table Open. Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m. Brown Bag. Center closes at noon. Friday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Footwork; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 1 to 3, Legislative Office Hours with Rep. Paul Mark; 1:15, Mahjong. Monday to Friday, Computer Drop-in, Drop-in.


March 31 to April 4: 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, 10:10 a.m., Aerobics; 10:55, Chair Exercise; 1 p.m., Knitting Circle. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Chair Yoga; noon, lunch; 12:45 p.m., Council On Aging meeting; 1, Painting with David Sund. Wednesday, 10:10 a.m., aerobics; 10:55, Chair Exercise; noon, lunch; 12:45 p.m., Bingo. Thursday, 10:30 a.m., to noon, Brown Bag; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., Pitch. No Tai Chi today. 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 31 to April 4: Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., cards, cribbage, games and puzzles.

Monday, 11:30 a.m., Lunch Bunch to Marina Restaurant, Brattleboro, Vt. For information and transportation, call 834-4084. Tuesday, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Chair Exercises with YMCA instructor; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 12:30 to 2:30, Painting Comical Garden Stakes. Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers; 10:30 to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Transition Grief Group. Thursday, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., Chair Exercises; 10:30 to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 11 to 11:45, Music by the ROMEOS; 12:45 p.m., Brown Bag, Bingo. Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers.


Week of March 31: 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: Want to come to lunch or a program or shop or see the doctor or visit a friend? The center has door-to-door van service. Call 834-4084 to schedule a ride. Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at the center the fifth week of the center’s six-week Second Stage Symposium: What you need to think about for retirement. Call ahead. First Friday Film at the Library is “Some Like It Hot” with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Want to play Scrabble or Mahjong? Let the center know. For all reservations, call 498-2186.

Activities: Monday, 9 to 11 a.m., Bridge; 11:30 Lunch; 11:30 Lunch Bunch to the Brattleboro Marina. Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m., Bingo; 11 to 11:30, The ROMEOs; 11:30 lunch; 11:45, Lisa Middens and Leona Labour: MOW Walk-a-Thon; 12:30 p.m., Mahjong. Wednesday, 9 a.m., Bridge; 11, Osteo Exercise Class. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Yoga; 10, Brown Bag; 11:30, lunch; 12:15 p.m., Brown Bag Pickup; 12:30, quilting; 6:30 to 8, Second Stage Symposium: Senior Games. Friday, noon, Bridge; 1 p.m., First Friday Film: Some Like It Hot.


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 resumes its popular series of Quilting Classes, beginning this Monday. 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., Intermediate Quilting. Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., Aerobics; 9:30, blood pressure; 12:30 p.m., painting. Wednesday, 8:45 a.m., line dancing; 9:30, blood pressure; 10, Chair Yoga; noon, Bingo. Thursday, 8:15 a.m., foot clinic; 8:45, Aerobics; 10, Healthy Bones; 11, Brown Bag. Friday, 9 a.m., bowling.

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.


Monday, 11 a.m., Jason Dorval will be at the center to discuss Home Safety. Dorval is the public fire and life safety education coordinator from the Whately Fire Dept.

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Joe Kielec will be at the center to show his slides from a trip to Poland.


Monday, 9:20, Relaxation Group; 10, Exercise; 11, Safety with Jason; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., social hour. Wednesday, 9:20 a.m., Relaxation; 10, Exercise; 11, Poland Slide Show by Joe Kielec; 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 training, 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 Phyllis 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: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Council On Aging. Qigong exercise follows 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.

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

Special programs and events: Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., AARP taxes; 10 to 11, Tai Chi orientation for new people who want to join the next session; 1 p.m., Drumming Workship with Irene Baird. Tuesday, 8 to 10 a.m., Veteran’ Agent; 9:30 to 11:30, Internet workshop with Clint Davis; 1 p.m., Poetry Workshop Introduction Session. Hear poems by Buckland resident Burt Bestler and learn about the writing poetry sessions with Cindy Snow. Wednesday, in-town shopping; 9:30, Tai Chi in Ashfield; noon, pizza and a movie, “Saving Mr. Banks.” Pre-registration required. Thursday, noon, Ashfield COA Lunch: “Healthy Brain Food” program with Alan Young. Homemade soup, bread and dessert provided.


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, Senior Citizens Club meeting. The board will meet at 1 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 1:30.

Rug braiders meet every Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Armory.

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