Senior Centers, Aug. 29

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, Labor Day, no meals served. Tuesday, ravioli bake with Marinara sauce, Italian green beans, whole wheat bread, peaches. Wednesday, chicken breast with red pepper pesto, au gratin potatoes, mixed veggies, whole wheat bread, pears. Thursday, turkey chow mein, brown rice, crunchy noodles, broccoli/pea pods, fortune cookie, pineapple. Alternate meal: seafood Asian slaw, Hoisin black bean salad, Mandarin oranges. Friday, minestrone soup with crackers, roast pork with applesauce, mashed potatoes, whole wheat bread, fresh fruit. Home-delivered meal: carrots.


Sept. 1 to 5: 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. Volunteer coordinator, Winfield Hall, 772-1517, ext. 4.


Tai Chi & Yoga Fitness Samplers: Register now for free Tai Chi & Yoga one day Fitness Samplers. Try Tai Chi on Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon, and Yoga, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You must register in advance for each free class. Call 772-1517. Space is limited. Maximum is 12.

Low Vision Support: This group will meet Wednesday at 10 a.m. Newcomers and guests welcome.

Brown Bag & SNAP: The Food Bank’s Brown Bag food distribution for qualifying Greenfield seniors is Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. The SNAP coordinator will be on hand to answer questions and assist with applications. Note: Volunteers only arrive at 9:30 a.m. All Brown Bag participants arrive between 10 and 11 to avoid long lines and parking lot congestion.


Monday, Labor Day — the center is closed. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Stretch & Tone Exercise; 11 a.m., free Fitness Sampler/Tai Chi with Lynne Smith; noon to 3 p.m., SHINE; 12:30 p.m., Contract Bridge; 1, Cribbage, Pool Table Open. Wednesday, 9:15 a.m., Advanced Aerobics; 9:30, Scrabble; 10, Low Vision Support Group; 10:30, Dancercise; 11:30, Free Fitness Sampler Yoga with Lynne Smith; 1 p.m., Pitch, Crafty Seniors, Pool Table Open. Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m. Brown Bag and SNAP. Center closes at noon. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Footwork with Kip Moeller; 9:15, Advanced Aerobics; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 1 to 3 p.m., Legislative Office Hours; 1:15, Mahjong. Tuesday to Friday, Computer Drop-in, Drop-in.


Sept. 1 to 5: 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. All fitness classes are supported by a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Donations accepted. 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, Labor Day — the center is closed. Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Chair Yoga; noon, lunch; 12:45 p.m., Council On Aging meeting. Wednesday, 10:10 a.m., Aerobics; 10:50, Chair Exercise; noon, lunch; 12:45 p.m., Bingo. Thursday, 9 a.m., No Tai Chi today; 10:30, Brown Bag and SNAP applications; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., Pitch & Five Crowns. Friday, 10:10 a.m., Aerobics; 10:50, Chair Aerobics.


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. Who to call at the center: Dianne Cornwell, director, 648-5413; Nancy Wood, outreach coordinator, 413-522-8245; Betty Stafursky, van driver, 834-4084; Robbin Terault, meal site manager, 648-5319. Mailing address: P.O. Box 504, Bernardston, MA 01337.


Week of Sept. 1: Tuesday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., cards, cribbage, games and puzzles.

Monday, Labor Day — the senior center is closed.

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; 10:45, Introduction to “15 Minute Stress Out” with Ann Twohig; 12:30 to 2:30, Painting with Friends. Wednesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers; 10:30, “15 Minute Stress Out”; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing. Thursday, 10 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; 12:45 p.m., Bingo, Brown Bag; 3, Caregivers Support Group. Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers.


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 is available for errands, medical appointments and to meal sites, Monday to Friday. Call Betty Stafursky at 834-4084. For further assistance: Heather Tower, director, at 498-2901, ext. 14, and Jeanette Tessier, outreach worker at 498-2186.

Week of Sept. 1:

Highlights of the Week: This week begins a three-part program on Emergency Preparedness with Robert Quinn-O’Connor from the FRCOG. This week will focus on “Sheltering,” whether at home or a shelter. Learn what you need to know in case of an emergency. ... First Friday Film will be “Singing in the Rain” at 12:30 p.m., a new time. ... Join in for the 8 a.m. walk with Louise Hoff every morning! Canine friends are welcome. Meet in the town hall parking lot. ... The van is available Monday to Friday for doctor appointments, meals including monthly potluck, errands and visiting. Call 834-4084 to schedule a ride.

Activities: Monday, Labor Day — the center is closed. Tuesday, Walking with Louise Hoff (canine friends welcomed); 9, Bingo; 9:30, blood pressure clinic; 11, The ROMEOs entertain; 11:30, lunch; 11:45, Emergency Preparedness with Robert Quinn-O’Connor; FRCOG; 12:30 p.m., Mahjong. Wednesday, 8 a.m.,Walking with Louise Hoff; 9, Bridge; 11, Osteo Exercise Class. Thursday, 8 a.m., Walking with Louise Hoff; 9:30, Yoga; 10:30, Brown Bag unloading; 11:30, lunch; 12:15 p.m., bagging; 12:45, pickup; 12:30, quilting. Friday, 8 a.m. Walking with Louise Hoff; noon, Bridge (sign-up required); 12:30 p.m., First Friday Film, “Singing in the Rain.”


Week of Sept. 1: The Erving Senior Center is open Tuesday 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.

Small Home Repair: The Erving Council On Aging has been awarded monies to help Erving seniors with small repairs to their homes. Money is still available for this purpose. The homeowner is responsible for the cost of materials; the center will cover the labor. This program is possible because of a grant from EOEA and FCHCC. Call Polly at 423-3649 for more information.


Monday, Labor Day — the center is closed; Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., Chair Aerobics; 10, Dance Fitness; 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; noon, cards. 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.

Week of Sept. 1


Labor Day: The center is closed for the holiday.

Cribbage Tournament: The center’s monthly Cribbage Tournament will be held Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Walter Sadowsky was not able to make the Aug. 20 tourney to defend his championship. Chuck Dougherty, also known as Mr. Muggins, has taken over.

Tai Chi and Osteoporosis Exercise will begin Friday with Marcia Gobeil.


Labor Day — the center is closed. Wednesday, 10 a.m., exercise; 9:30, Cribbage Tournament; 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; 1 p.m., social hour.


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 over for the summer and will resume in September. 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 369-4326.

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

Medical Equipment Loan: Assorted durable medical equipment (potties, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.) are available for loan free of charge. To arrange a loan, call Julie Clark at 369-4629.

Charlemont and Hawley

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

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

Open hours on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Council On Aging will meet at 10:30 a.m. Games and socializing with 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. Wal-Mart 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: $2.50.

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

Week of Sept. 1: Monday, Labor Day — the center is closed. Tuesday, 8 to 10 a.m., veterans agent. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Outreach coordinator at St. John’s Corner; noon, Ashfield Council On Aging with Ageless Waves of Rhythm Drummers entertaining. Friday, 10:30 a.m., bus to Franklin County Fair Bingo leaves center. Pre-registration required.


Mondays, 10 a.m., Tai Chi; 11:30, lunch; noon, Wii Bowling. Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Computer Lab Open; 10, exercise; 11:30, lunch; noon, Wii Bowling; 1 p.m., Mahjong; 5 to 6, Fun Aerobics. Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga; 9:30, Tai Chi in Ashfield; 10, Osteo Fitness; noon to 1 p.m., Brown Bag (third Wednesday); 4, Food Pantry (every third and fourth Wednesday). Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Yoga; 9:30, Osteo Fit-Ashfield; 10, Exercise; 10:30, Knitting Group; 11:30, lunch; noon, Bingo; 2 p.m., French Class, 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 provides information, referral and services to seniors in Orange. 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.


This week: Thursday, 1 p.m., Senior Citizens Club. Tuesday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Quilting/Knitting/Crocheting at the Armory. Friday, 8:15 a.m., exercise class (stretching) at the Armory. Sign-in at the Council On Aging office.

Walking is available 8 to 11 a.m., Monday to Friday, upstairs at the Armory. Sign in at the COA office.

Monday to Thursday, walking is available from 8 to 11 a.m., upstairs at the Armory.

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

The COA offers a book and video, puzzle swap/exchange program and free copying, faxing and shredding for senior residents of Orange, Wendell, Warwick and New Salem.

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