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Senior Center Calendars: Dec. 30 to Jan. 3

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, roast turkey/gravy, mashed potato, peas and carrots, whole wheat bread, pears. Tuesday, chicken and broccoli, Alfredo and linguini, broccoli, whole wheat bread, tapioca pudding. Diet: SF banana pudding. Wednesday, New Year’s Day, no meals. Thursday, meatballs with Hawaiian sauce, rice pilaf, Italian green beans, fresh fruit. Friday, Portuguese Kale soup with crackers, fish sticks, herbed noodles, whole wheat bread, mixed fruit.


Dec. 30 to Jan. 3: 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.


New Year’s Day: The center is closed on Wednesday in observance of the holiday.

Brown Bag: The Food Bank’s Brown Bag Food Distribution will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center.

Legislative Office Hours: Rep. Paul Mark or his legislative aide will be at the Center Friday, Jan. 3, 1 to 3 p.m. Drop-in.

A Grandmother’s Essays on Education: Local author Marguerite Willis will talk about her book and her writing process on Mon., Jan. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Call 772-1517 to register.

Activities: . Monday, 9:15 a.m. Advanced Aerobics; 10:30, AM Fit and Fabulous Exercise; 1 p.m., Duplicate Bridge, Mah Jongg; 1:30, Writing Group. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Stretch and Tone Exercise. Center closed at noon today. Wednesday: Center closed for New Year’s Day. Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., brown bag; center closed at noon. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., footwork; 9:15, Advanced Aerobics; 10:30, Fit & Fabulous Exercise; 1 to 3 p.m., Legislative Office Hours; 1:15, Mah Jongg. Monday through Friday, computer drop-in.


Dec. 30 to Jan. 3. 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. Meal Site manager: Kerry Togneri. Council on Aging director: Roberta Potter. For more information, meal reservations or to sign up for programs, call 863-9357 or leave message.

Activities: Tuesday, 10:30, a.m., Chair Yoga; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., Painting Class. Wednesday, closed. Thursday, 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 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. Call Dianne Cornwell 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.

Activities: Dec. 30 to Jan. 3.: Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., cards, cribbage, games and puzzles.

Monday, 11:30 a.m., Lunch Bunch, Wolfies, South Deerfield. For information and transportation, call 834-4084.

Tuesday, 10 to 10:45 a.m., chair exercises with YMCA instructor. Suggested donation $1 per class; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Creative Crafting and Sewing. Assistance available by appointment. Call 648-5413. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., painting with friends. Wednesday, Jan. 1, New Years Day. Senior Center closed. Thursday, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m., chair exercises with YMCA instructor. Suggested donation $1 per class; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., creative crafting and sewing. Assistance available by appointment. Call 648-5413. No sign up required and walk-ins accepted; 11 a.m., music by the Romeos Retired (Old Men Entertaining Other Seniors); 12:45 p.m., bingo; 12:45, Brown Bag; 3, Caregivers Group. Friday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Osteoporosis Exercise with RSVP volunteers; no fee but recommended donation is $1 per session.


Week of Dec. 30 to Jan. 3. 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.

Activities: Wednesday, closed. Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Yoga; 11:30, congregate meal, Music with Shirley; 12:30 to 3 p.m., quilting (making small projects for Christmas with Jeanette). Friday, 10:30 to 11 a.m., historical walks with Joel and Ed.


Week of Dec 30: The Erving Senior Center is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day. 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.

• Free rides: The FRTA has waived its fee to Erving seniors. Seniors may get free van rides to and from the senior center for meals and programs. To schedule a ride, call Polly at 423-3649. Seniors have to pay for weekly shopping and/or medical appointments. To request a ride, call the center a day in advance.

• Home repair for seniors: 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 Erving COA will cover the labor. Call Polly at 423-3649.

Activities: Monday, 9 a.m., Tai Chi; 10, Osteo-Exercise; 8:45, chair.

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. Closed New Year’s Day. She can be reached at or call 665-2141.

Monday, 9:20, Relaxation Group’ 10, exercise; 11, karaoke New Year Celebration; noon, roast turkey; 1 p.m. social hour. Wednesday, closed for New Year’s Day. Friday, 9 a.m. cards; 9:30, tai chi; bingo; 10:30, Osteo Exercise; Noon, fish sticks; 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.

Activities: Monday, 9:30 a.m., Walking Group: Meet at the UCC for gentle walks around town. Leader: Phyllis Dacey, 369-4326.

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/ 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. Closed Wednesday for New Year’s Day. 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: Closed Wednesday for New Year’s Day.


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.

Special programs and events:


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. 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.

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