Elder Services of Berkshire County

Elder Services offers resources and services for Berkshire seniors, including Meals on Wheels and senior group lunches, information & referral, case management, homemaker, personal care, grocery shopping, companionship, laundry service, money management, supportive housing, health insurance counseling (SHINE), caregiver services, Long Term Care Ombudsman program, Healthy Aging programs, and a Senior Training and Employment Program. Information: (413) 499-0524 or (800) 544-5242.

Menu for the week of Aug. 18:

Monday: Shepherd's pie.

Tuesday: Ham salad.

Wednesday: Baked fish.

Thursday: Chicken cacciatore.

Friday: Macaroni & cheese.

There is a suggested donation of $2 per meal.

Adams

The COA office, located at 3 Hoosac St., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and van service is available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; call (413) 743-8333 at least two days in advance for medical appointments, in-town shopping, banking, and rides to the Visitor's Center for lunch and/or programs. SHINE, Health Insurance Assistance, is available every Monday by appointment.

Monday: 9:30 a.m. -- Knitting & Crocheting, Spinning class, Hot Spot Spin, Park Street; 10 a.m. -- Cards & coffee; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Chair Yoga; 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi, East St.; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m.


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-- Lunch & Learn, presentation; Noon -- Trip to Big Y; 1 p.m. -- Quilting; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. -- Spinning; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee, Walmart; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Movement Group; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Thursday: 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Senior Club, Computer & Internet use; 4 p.m. -- Lions Club picnic; 7 p.m. -- Quilting Club, new members welcome.

Friday: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. -- Fuel & Food Friday, by appt.; 9 a.m. -- Matter of Balance; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Movement Group; 1 p.m. -- Brown Bag; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Becket

Congregate meals are served Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Town Hall. Bingo will follow the meals. There is a suggested donation of $2. For reservations, call Sonny at (413) 623-8934, ext. 27, on Tuesday or Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A blood pressure clinic is offered on the third Tuesday of each month. Brown Bag is offered on the third Friday, and a pot luck is offered on the fourth Friday of each month.

Cheshire

The Council on Aging van is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call Ed at (413) 446-2559 for reservations. Call Elsie at (413) 743-9612 for foot clinic appointments. Call Karmen at (413) 743-9719 Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., for Monday and Wednesday lunch reservations (requires 24 hour notice & $2 donation), questions concerning seniors and SHINE Program.

Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; 9 a.m. -- Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Senior lunch.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; SHINE appts.

Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; 9 a.m. -- Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Senior lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Senior meeting; 1:30 p.m. -- COA meeting.

Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Van available; 1 p.m. -- Quilting.

Clarksburg

The Council on Aging is located at 712 West Cross Road. The phone is (413) 663-8253. The following activities are held each month:

Monday: 10 a.m. to noon -- Walking Club.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Breakfast with blood pressure & speaker (last Tuesday); 1 p.m. -- Bingo (1st & 3rd Tuesday); 1 p.m. -- COA board meeting (2nd Tuesday).

Wednesday: 1 p.m. -- Video exercise.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon -- Walking Club; 1 p.m. -- Games, cards & crafts (2nd Thursday); 1 p.m. -- Aladdin concert & light lunch (3rd Thursday); First Thursday: Senior Club membership meetings; Last Thursday: Senior Club board meetings. 

Dalton

Nutritious meals for persons 60 and older are served at the Senior Center on Mondays and Thursdays. Reservations must be in by noon of the business day before by calling (413) 684-2000. A donation of $2 is requested.

The Café is open from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The building is equipped with WiFi.

Monday: 10 to 11:30 a.m. -- Line Dancing; Noon -- Lunch.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Intro to Writing Poetry; 10 a.m. -- Osteo exercise class; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch Bunch leaving for The Creamery in Cummington; Noon -- Soup & Sandwich: Pasta salad/cheeseburger; 12:30 to 3 p.m. -- Oil painting class; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Knit/crochet.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. -- Shake Your Soul; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Learn to Paint, Mahjong.

Thursday: 10 a.m. -- Osteo Exercise Class; Quilting canceled; Noon -- Lunch; 1 to 4 p.m. -- Bridge; 1:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi; 4:30 to 6 p.m. -- Veterans Agent; 4:30 to 7 p.m. -- Veterans' Agent.

Friday: 9 a.m. to noon -- Pitch; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Foot Care Clinic; 10 a.m. -- Osteo Exercise Class; Quilting project canceled.

Saturday: "On Track with the Dalton COA," check local TV listings.

Sunday: 1 p.m. -- Sunday lunch at First Congregational Church of Dalton hosted by St. Agnes.

Florida

The Florida Senior Center, located at 367 Mohawk Trail, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday. Information: (413) 662-2811. Registration for all special events and meals, two days in advance, is requested.

Monday: 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Chair Yoga; 10:30 a.m. -- Men's Pitch; 11 a.m. -- Veterans Agent Steve Roy; Noon -- Lunch, free.

Wednesday: Noon -- Triad meeting, (413) 663-8195.

Thursday: 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Free coffee & muffin; 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Stretch ‘n Move (fall prevention); 11 a.m. -- Horseshoes; 11:15 a.m. -- Strength Training; 1 p.m. -- Matter of Balance exercises; 6:30 p.m. -- Caregiver Support Group.

Friday: 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Free coffee & muffin; 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Chair Tai Chi (new class); 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Berkshire Museum trip, free; 1:30 to 2 p.m. -- Brown Bag pick-up.

Great Barrington

The Claire Teague Senior Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays. Suggested donation: $2 for people 60 and over, $6 for all others. Reservations are required the day before by calling at (413) 528-4118. For information on daily programming or special services, call Director Polly Mann at (413) 528-1881.

Transportation for the elderly or disabled is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For arrangements, call (413) 528-4773.

Special events: The Aug. 23 Craft Fair at the Senior Center is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Info: (413) 528-1881.

Monday: 8:30 a.m. -- Coffee; 9 a.m. -- Cross Training; 10 a.m. -- Awareness Through Movement; 10:30 a.m. -- SHINE; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Balance & Movement class; 2 p.m. -- Tap dancing.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. -- Coffee; 9 a.m. -- Bingo; 11:15 a.m. -- Crossword Club; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Cards & Bridge; 12:30 p.m. -- Bingo; 4 p.m. -- Strength training.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-- Coffee; 9 a.m. -- Tap Dancing; 9:30 a.m. -- Easy Does It Yoga; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Cards; 4 p.m. -- Decorative painting w/Liz.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. -- Bagels and coffee; 9 a.m. -- Bingo; 9:30 a.m. -- Painting with Vera; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- VNA blood pressure clinic; 12:15 p.m. -- Pearls Exercise Class; 12:30 p.m. -- Poker, Rummikub; 4:30 p.m. -- Misha's Advanced Exercise.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. -- Coffee; 9 a.m. -- Tai Chi; 10 a.m. -- Chair Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Bridge; 12:15 p.m. -- Computer Class.

Hinsdale-Peru

The Council on Aging is located at Hinsdale Town Hall, 39 South St. Information: (413) 655-2310.

Bus trips: Big E in West Springfield on Wednesday, Sept. 24, $40 includes transportation and fair admission, Hinsdale seniors will receive $12 rebate on trip day. Reservations due Sept. 8. Information: Rosanna Iacovelli at (413) 655-8069 or Sherrie Dewkett at (413) 655-8596.

Special Event: A foot care clinic conducted by Lynette Dukehart RN, board certified foot care nurse, will be held Monday, Aug. 25, at the Town Hall. The clinic is by appointment only. Call Lois Murray at (413) 655-8367.

Monday: 9 a.m. -- Yoga at Old Town Hall, $2, call Judy Casey at (413) 655-8856 for registration/information.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. to Noon -- Blood Pressure.; 1 p.m. -- Knit & Crochet Group at Old Town Hall.

Lanesborough

Meals are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Community Room of Town Hall. There is a suggested donation of $2. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance, (413) 442-4761.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. -- Walking Club at the Mall; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. -- Billiards at Town Hall.

Thursday: 10 a.m. -- Walking Club at the Mall; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch

Lee

The Lee Council on Aging office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A blood pressure clinic is held from 11 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The Brown Bag Program is held on the second Wednesday of the month. All programs and activities are held at 21 Crossway St.

Monday: 9 to 10 a.m. -- Osteoporosis exercise class, in gym; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Senior Bingo.

Wednesday: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi in Gym; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 to 4 p.m. -- Bridge Club (Call Jan 243-3512); 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. -- Shape (Call Teresa at 243-9816.)

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Senior Bingo; 1:30 p.m. -- Line Dancing in Gym.

Friday: 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch.

Lenox

The Senior Services Office at the Lenox Community Center is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, (413) 637-5535. On Fridays, call (413) 637-5530.

Meals for seniors are provided at noon every Monday and Friday at the Lenox Community Center (suggested donation is $2).

Monday: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Van; 11 a.m. to Noon -- Line Dancing; 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. -- Yoga; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch and Bingo.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Van; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- SHINE Counseling; 10 to 11 a.m. -- Osteo Exercise.

Wednesday: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. -- Local Shopping; 1 p.m. -- Berkshire Mall/Walmart.

Thursday: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. -- Tai chi; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Bridge; No Van.

Friday: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. -- Van; 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch and Bingo.

North Adams

The Spitzer Center at 116 Ashland St. offers lunch five days a week. Suggested donation is $2. Call (413) 662-3125 for reservations two days in advance. The COA office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30. Chair car tickets are sold Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday: 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 11 a.m. -- Public computer & Internet use; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Bridge.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Gentiva blood pressure clinic; 9:30 a.m. -- SOS weigh-in; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 10:45 a.m. -- Exercise class; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Bingo.

Wednesday: 9:15 a.m. -- Van transportation to Big Y; 9:30 a.m. -- Tai chi at The Armory; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to Price Chopper; 10 a.m. -- Van transportation to Stop & Shop; 10:15 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; Noon -- Dice Game: Left, Right, Center; 1 p.m. -- Advance Osteoporosis Exercise and Prevention Class.

Thursday: 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 10:45 a.m. -- Exercise class; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12:15 p.m. -- Bingo; 1 p.m. -- Chair yoga.

Friday: 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 10:15 a.m. -- Walmart shopping trip; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Brown Bag pickup.

Otis

The Council on Aging has drop-in hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. The van is available every Thursday to pick up seniors and take them to the Great Barrington Senior Center for a nutritious meal, shopping, doctor appointments and errands. Suggested donations: $2 for the meal and $10 per trip, billed monthly, for the transportation. Call (413) 528-4773 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday for reservations. Information: (413) 269-0100, ext. 107.

Pittsfield

The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the kitchen is open for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2013 parking stickers are available for $4.

Lunch is offered daily at 11:30 a.m. for a $2 donation. Order meals 24 hours in advance at (800) 981-5201 or 499-9346.

Van transportation is available by appointment. Call (413) 499-9346 or (413) 499-9347, 24-48 hours in advance. The fee is $3 each way.

Supportive Day Program is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Prior arrangements are necessary. Call 499-9346.

Travel programs: Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Oct. 20: 911 Memorial Museum, $85. Information: (413) 499-9346.

Monday: 9 a.m. -- Line dancing, Advanced Osteo exercise; 10 a.m. -- Poetry; 10:15 a.m. -- Shake Your Soul; 11 a.m. -- Ladies Pool; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Scrabble, cards; 1 p.m. -- Mahjong, Hand and Foot, Drawing & Painting.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. -- Beginner Bridge, Chess; 10:15 a.m. -- Ageless Grace; 10:30 a.m. -- Meditation; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Tai Chi with weights; 12:15 p.m. -- SHINE; 1 p.m. -- Bridge, Canasta; 1:30 p.m. -- From Stage to Screen.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. -- Line Dancing, Beginner Osteo Exercise; 10 a.m. -- Oh Hell!, New Member Day; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, Bingo, Berkshire Writers Group: Memoirs; 1:35 p.m. -- Yoga.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Beginner Osteo Exercise, Ceramics; 10:15 a.m. -- Ageless Grace; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Chair caning; 5 p.m. -- Third Thursday, Chris, Woody & Steve under the marquee.

Friday: 9 a.m. -- Pitch, macramé; 10:30 a.m. -- Brown Bag Day; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Quilting; 1 p.m. -- Bingo.

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires offers a Senior Adult Kosher Lunch Program in conjunction with Elder Services at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road. Reservations are required before 9 a.m. by calling (413) 442-2200.

Monday: Noon -- Lunch: Meat lasagna, tomato juice, Italian beans, tropical fruit salad; 1 p.m. -- "Ben Shahn and the Joy of Letters" with Analesa Bressler Berg and Shema Productions.

Thursday: Noon -- Lunch: Curried egg salad platters, gazpacho, spinach salad with sweet & sour dressing, Farmer's loaf, oatmeal raisin cookies; 1 p.m. -- Staged reading of "Anna's Brooklyn Promise" with Milton Lestz.

Richmond

Council on Aging van scheduling is available by calling Joanne Lahey at (413) 443-0151. The van is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for medical appointments, grocery shopping, etc. Registered nurse Jane Kelley, Countryside Nurse, holds freestanding foot care clinics for a fee. Call (413) 698-2706 for an appointment.

Special events: Boston bus trip on Wed., Sept. 24, leaves Richmond at 8 a.m., leaves Quincy Market at 6 p.m., $38 includes tip. Reservation: Joanne Lahey at (413) 443-0151.

Monday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi with Christine Faber at Town Hall ($2).

Wednesday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi with Christine at Richmond Consolidated School cafeteria ($2).

Thursday: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. -- Strength Training with Christine ($2).

Friday: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Line Dancing with Christine at Town Hall ($2).

Sheffield

The Senior Center located at 25 Cook Road, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. John-Arthur Miller is director. Meals on Wheels available weekdays except holidays. Free blood pressure clinics and moderately priced foot clinics are offered monthly. For appointments and information: (413) 229-7037.

Monday: 10 a.m. to noon -- Mahjong; Noon to 2 p.m. -- Bingo.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Exercise class; 10:15 a.m. -- Sit to Be Fit; 10:30 a.m. -- Movie; 11 a.m. -- Knit & Stitch; 12:30 p.m. -- Cribbage.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. -- AC all day, conversation, games, puzzles.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Exercise Class; 10 a.m. -- Bridge, Wii bowling; Noon -- Third Thursday potluck lunch; 6 p.m. -- COA meeting.

Friday: 9 a.m. -- Coffee & conversation; 10 a.m. to noon -- Intergenerational activity: Trip to Berkshire Museum; 3 to 6 p.m. -- Sheffield Farmers Market.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m. -- Uke n' Brew at Town Park.

Stockbridge

The Senior Center at the Town Offices, 50 Main St., has canceled all activities for the month of August due to recent storms. COA office hours will remain Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone (413) 298-4170, ext. 263.

Give 24-48 hours notice for medical transportation.

Senior lunches will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Heaton Court during August. Reservations: Carol at (413) 243-4686.

Tyringham

The COA, 116 Main Road, (413) 243-1749, www.tyringham-ma.gov. The COA meets at the Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for coffee and social time. A pot luck lunch is held the second Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. in the basement of Union Church. A program or social time follows. An osteoporosis prevention exercise class led by Patricia "Niti" Martin is held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays from September to May at Town Hall. Drivers are available for doctor appointments, shopping and other errands. Call Elder Services at (413) 499-0542 or 1-800-544-5242 and ask for a Tyringham driver.

Williamstown

The Harper Center at 118 Church St. offers lunch five days a week. The suggested donation is $2. Call (413) 458-8350 for reservations two days in advance. The COA office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday: 9 a.m. -- Yoga; 10:30 a.m. -- Exercise; Noon -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Introductory Tai Chi.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Oil Painting, Foot Care; 11:30 a.m. -- Blood pressure clinic; Noon -- Hot dogs; 12:30 p.m. -- Don Bettis.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. -- Yoga; 10:30 a.m. -- SHINE, Exercise; Noon -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Bridge.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Walking Group; 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi; Noon -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- MOB; 5 p.m. -- Weight Watchers.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. -- FTF; 10:30 a.m. -- Exercise; Noon -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Bingo; Brown Bag.

Readsboro, Vt.

First Baptist Church on Main Street offers lunch on the second Wednesday at noon. Sponsored by Senior Solutions, all ages are welcome. Suggested donation is $2 for seniors. Information: (413) 424-5446 or (802) 423-5346.