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Senior Calendars April 14-18

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, chicken ala king, bow-tie pasta, broccoli, whole wheat bread, mixed fruit. Tuesday, Salisbury steak, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, whole wheat bread, fresh fruit. Wednesday, tomato bisque with crackers, baked salmon with herbed dill sauce, rice pilaf with spinach, dinner roll, apple crisp with topping (congregate only). Diet: gingerbread cookie. Home-delivered meal: broccoli. Thursday, Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, carrots, whole wheat bread, Mandarin orange. Alternate meal: chicken salad with cranberries, pasta salad, beet ’n’ onion salad. Friday, ravioli bake with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, California-blend veggies, muffin. Diet: chocolate graham.


April 14 to 18: 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.


Dance Performance by GCC Mixed Company, Thursday, 2 to 3 p.m. Mixed Company is directed by Sharon Arslanian. They will perform a variety of dance styles. A $1 donation with registration is suggested to help support senior center programs. Register in advance as seating is limited.

Low Vision Support: This group meets April 18 at 10 a.m. New members welcome. There is no fee.

Activities (April 14 to 18):

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, Cribbage. 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, 9:30 a.m., Stretch & Tone Exercise, Art Open Studio; 12:45 to 3:45 p.m., Ask our Computer Geek; 2, Dance Performance by Mixed Company. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Footwork; 9:15, Advanced Aerobics; 10, Low Vision Support; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 1:15, Mahjong. Monday to Friday, Computer Drop-in, Drop-in.


April 14 to 18: 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, Aerobics; 10:55, Chair Exercise; 1 p.m., Knitting Circle. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Chair Yoga; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., Painting with David Sund. Wednesday, 10:10 a.m., Aerobics; 10:55, Chair Exercise; noon, lunch; 12:45 p.m., Bingo. Thursday, 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 11, Sing-along with Morningstar and Moonlight; 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 handicapped 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. Who to call at the center: Dianne Cornwell, director, 648-5413; Nancy Wood, outreach coordinator, 648-5413; Betty Stafursky, van driver, 834-4084; Robbin Terault, meal site manager, 648-5319; Diane Ryan, SHINE (Health Insurance) counselor, 773-5555. Mailing address: P.O. Box 504, Bernardston, MA 01337.


Week of April 14: Mondays to Fridays, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., cards, cribbage, games and puzzles.

Monday, 9:30 a.m., trip to Wal-Mart in Hinsdale, N.H. with lunch at Ninety-Nine. For information and transportation, call 834-4084. Tuesday, 9:30 to 11 p.m., foot clinic with Kip Moeller, registered nurse. Fee, $25; 10 to 10:45, Chair Exercises; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing; 10:30 to 11:45, “Loose Ends” presentation with Betsey Yetter. How to organize your paperwork; 12:30 to 2:30, Decorative 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 2:30 p.m., Quilting. Thursday, 9:30 to 11:45, Easter Egg Hunt. Finder of the most eggs win a prize. Also a prizes for the best Easter Bonnet. Prizes given out at lunch time; 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., Bingo. Friday, 9 to 11 a.m., toenail clipping with Ruth; 9:30 to 10:30, Osteoporosis Exercise.


Week of April 14: 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.

Monday, 11 a.m., Lynne Walker will be at the center to share her piano talents.

Tuesday, foot clinic, by appointment. Bring a towel.

Want to play Scrabble or Mahjong? Let the center know. For all reservations, call 498-2186.


Monday, 9 to 11 a.m., Bridge; 9:30, trip to Wal-Mart in Hinsdale, N.H., with lunch at Ninety Nine; 11, Lynne Walker on piano; 11:30, lunch. Tuesday, 9 to 11 a.m., Bingo; foot clinic, by appointment, bring a towel; 11 to 11:30, The ROMEOs; 11:30, lunch; 12:30 p.m., Mahjong. Wednesday, 9 a.m., Bridge; 11, Osteo Exercise Class. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Yoga, 11:30, lunch; 12:30 p.m., quilting; Friday, 9:30 a.m., Council On Aging board meeting; noon, Bridge.


Week of April 7 to 11: 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.


Monday, 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 10, Osteo Exercise; 12:30 p.m., Quilting. Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., Aerobics; 10, Steve Damon; 10:45, senior business; 12:30 p.m., painting. Wednesday, 8:45 a.m., line dancing; 10, Chair Yoga; noon, Bingo. Thursday, 8:45 a.m., Aerobics; 10, Healthy Bones & Muscles; 12:30 p.m., Computer Class. Friday, 9 a.m., bowling. Note: Closed Monday, Patriots Day.

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.


Wednesday trip to Salvatore’s Restaurant in Springfield and Randall’s Farm in Ludlow for those who signed up.

Birthday celebration, Friday at noon. with birthday cake from the New England Health Center. Piano accompaniment by Jay Stryker, celebrating all April birthdays. Whately Elementary Student Council will be joining seniors for this celebration.

Wednesday, 11 a.m., Game Day. Play your favorite game.

Note: The center will be closed on April 21 for Patriots Day.


Monday, the center is closed for Patriots Day. Wednesday, 19 a.m., exercise; 11, Steven Damon — ”Spring Fever”; 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.


Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. with Brown Bag food distribution after 12:30 p.m.


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, 9 a.m . to 3 p.m., foot clinic; 10 to 11, Tai Chi; 1:30 p.m., Conversation Cafe, “Home Sharing as a Housing Option for Seniors” — Discussion of retrofitting existing homes so they may be shared with Senior Housing Working Group and Jim Hawkins, building commissioner. Free and open to the public. Coffee and snacks served. Tuesday, 1 p.m., Poetry Workshop. Come and write poetry with poet Cindy Snow; 1 to 3 p.m., Mahjong. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Tai Chi in Ashfield; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Benefits Counselor; 10:30, Lunch Bunch departs for Route 9 Diner and Atkins Farm; 5, Men’s Night trip to Franklin County Technical School. Thursday, 11:50 a.m., April birthday party; 2 to 3, French Class; 5:30, Hilltown Harmony Chorus rehearsal. Friday, trip to Wal-Mart.


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.

Wednesday, Brown Bag distribution at the Armory. Pick up bags between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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

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

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