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 Feb. 17:

Monday: Closed for Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: Veal w/peppers & onions.

Wednesday: Egg salad.

Thursday: Roast turkey w/gravy.

Friday: Lasagna w/meat sauce.

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.

Free tax help: Wednesdays through April. Call 743-8333 for appt.

Monday: Closed for Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi, East St.; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Trip to Big Y; 1 p.


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m. -- Quilting; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 10 a.m. -- Walmart; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon to 3 p.m. -- AARP tax program; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Computer & Internet use.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon -- BerkshireWorks job search; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Senior Club, Computer & Internet use; 7 p.m. -- Quilting Club, new members welcome.

Friday: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. -- Fuel & Food Friday, by appt.; 10 a.m. -- Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 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 the center, (413) 743-9719, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for questions concerning seniors and Wednesday lunch reservations (requires 24 hour notice & $2 donation).

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: Closed for Presidents' Day.

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: Closed for Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- AARP tax prep by appt. only; 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. -- Osteo exercise class; Noon -- Soup & Sandwich: Tomato basil/grilled cheese; 12:30 to 3 p.m. -- Oil painting class; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Knit/crochet; 1 to 4 p.m. -- State Rep. Paul Mark.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. -- Healthy breakfast; 10 a.m. -- Shake Your Soul; 1 to 3 p.m. -- Mahjong, Triad "Hospice 101" presentation.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Intro to Writing Poetry; 10 a.m. -- Osteo Exercise Class; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Quilting; Noon -- Lunch; 1 to 4 p.m. -- Bridge; 1:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- Veterans' Agent.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. -- Healthy breakfast; 9 to noon -- Pitch; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- AARP tax prep by appt. only; 10 a.m. -- Osteo exercise; Noon to 3:30 p.m. -- Quilting Project; 1 to 3:30 p.m. -- My Life, My Health.

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: Closed. President's Day.

Thursday: 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Free coffee & muffin; 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Stretch ‘n Move (fall prevention); 11:15 a.m. -- Strength Training; 12:30 p.m. -- M.O.B. fall prevention exercises; 6 to 7 p.m. -- Caregiver Support meeting.

Friday: 9 to 10 a.m. -- Men's Coffee Club; 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Free coffee & muffin; 9:30 a.m. -- Video walking; 10 a.m. -- Chair assisted Tai Chi (fall prevention); 11 a.m. -- Scrabble tournament semi-finals; 12:30 p.m. -- Bingo; 1 to 2 p.m. -- Fuel applications.

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.

Monday: Closed. Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. -- Coffee; 9 a.m. -- Bingo; 10 a.m. -- Crossword club; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Bingo, Bridge & Cards; 12:15 p.m. -- Computer class; 4 p.m. -- Strength training.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-- Coffee; 9 to 11:30 a.m. -- Genealogy by appt.; 9 a.m. -- Tap Dancing; 9 a.m. -- Tax Help by appt.; 9:30 a.m. -- Easy Does It Yoga; 10:30 a.m. -- News & Views; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Cards; 1:15 p.m. -- Chair Tap; 1 to 2:30 p.m. -- Caregivers' Support group; 7 p.m. -- Historical Society Presentation.

Thursday: 8:30 a.m. -- Bagels and coffee; 9 a.m. -- Bingo; 10:30 a.m. -- Brain exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12 to 1:30 p.m. -- Blood pressure clinic; 12 p.m. -- Crafty Hands; 12:30 p.m. -- Poker, Mahjong, Wii, 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; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. -- Bridge; 1 p.m. -- Food Prevention lecture.

Hinsdale-Peru

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

Special events: Hinsdale Foot Clinic beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Hinsdale Town Hall. By appointment only: Lois Murray at (413) 655-8367.

Lancaster Show Trip & Dutch Country, Oct. 7-10. Information: Rosanna Iacovelli (413) 655-8069.

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: Closed for Presidents' Day.

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: Closed for Presidents' Day.

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.

Monday: Closed. Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Blood pressure clinic; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chair car tickets sold; 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; 5:30 p.m. -- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chair Car tickets sold; 9:15 a.m. -- Van transportation to Big Y; 9:30 a.m. -- Tai chi at St. John's Hall; 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to Price Chopper; 10 a.m. -- Van transportation to Stop & Shop; 10 a.m. -- Heart Disease & Women by Berkshire Health Alliance; 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 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Chair Car tickets sold. 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. -- Elder Services Caregiver Support Group.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Chair Car tickets sold. 9:45 a.m. -- Van transportation to meal site; 10 a.m. -- Berkshire Mall trip; 10:15 a.m. -- Walmart shopping trip; 11:30 a.m. -- Hot lunch; 12 p.m. -- Art Show & Art Reception.

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 2014 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.

Tax help by appt.: Tuesday/ Thursday at 9, 10 & 11 a.m. through April 10. Call 499-9346.

Monday: Closed. Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Woodworking; 10 a.m. -- Beginner Bridge, Chess; 10:30 a.m. -- Meditation; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; Noon -- Tai Chi with weights; 12:15 p.m. -- SHINE, by appt.; 1 p.m. -- Bridge, Canasta; 1:30 p.m. -- From Stage to Screen.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. -- Line Dancing, Woodworking, Beginner Osteo Exercise; 10 a.m. -- Oh Hell!, New Member Day; 10:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Tai Chi; 1 p.m. -- Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, Bingo, COA Board meeting, Berkshire Writers Room; 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; 1 p.m. -- Card party; 1:15 p.m. -- Tai Chi with weights; 2:30 p.m. -- Line dancing with Christine.

Friday: 9 a.m. -- Pitch, macramé; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 12:30 p.m. -- Quilting, woodcarving; 1 p.m. -- Bingo; 1:45 p.m. -- Beginner Tai Chi.

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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 chili, brown rice, salad, corn bread, chocolate cake, tea; 1 p.m. -- Film in honor of Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: Noon -- Lunch: Chicken cacciatore, Italian wedding soup, noodles, beans, apricots, tea.

Thursday: Noon -- Lunch: Salmon loaf, mushroom soup, carrots, beets, healthy harvest muffins, lemon mousse, coffee, tea; 1 p.m. -- "The Process of Aging" with therapist Maggie Bittman.

Richmond

The Council on Aging van scheduling for medical appointments, grocery shopping and more is handled by Kathy McMahon at (413) 698-2214. The van is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registered nurse Jane Kelley, Countryside Nurse, holds freestanding Foot Care Clinics for a fee. Call (413) 698-2706 for an appointment.

Monday: Closed for Presidents' Day.

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: Closed for Presidents' Day, no MOW.

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

Wednesday: 10 a.m. -- Dancing w/Annie; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- For Arts' Sake; 2:30 p.m. -- Qi Gong; 3:30 p.m. -- Chair Yoga.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Exercise Class; 10 a.m. -- Game Day & Bridge; Noon -- Third Thursday pot luck.

Friday: 9 a.m. -- Coffee & Conversation; Noon to 2 p.m. -- Mahjong; 2:20 p.m. -- Commission on Disabilities.

Saturday: 5 to 7 p.m. -- Ye Olde Yankee Pot Roast at Trinity United Methodist, Ashley Falls.

Stockbridge

The Senior Center at the Town Offices, 50 Main St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. COA office hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Telephone (413) 298-4170, ext. 263. For medical transportation, give 24-48 hours notice.

Monday: Closed for Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: 1 p.m. -- Bingo, walk-ins welcome.

Wednesday: Noon -- Lunch, reservation req'd by noon on Monday.

Thursday: 4 p.m. -- Rites of Rejuvenation Class, walk-ins welcome.

Friday: 1 to 2 p.m. -- Tai Chi, walk-ins welcome.

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: Closed for Presidents' Day.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. -- Oil Painting, Foot Care clinic; 1 p.m. -- Valentine's tea; 6 to 9 p.m. -- AARP.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. -- Java Judy; 10:30 a.m. -- SHINE, Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Bridge.

Thursday: 9 a.m. -- Walking Group; 9:30 a.m. -- Tai Chi; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Crafty Seniors; 5 p.m. -- Weight Watchers.

Friday: 10:30 a.m. -- Exercise; 11:30 a.m. -- Lunch; 1 p.m. -- Bingo.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon -- AARP.

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

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.