Senior Bulletin Board, Nov. 23-29


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, caregiver services, and more. There is a suggested donation of $2 per meal. Information: 413-499-0524 or 800-544-5242.

Menu for the week of Nov. 23:

Monday: Cheeseburger.

Tuesday: Chicken divan.

Wednesday: Italian meatballs.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.


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 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 by appointment.

Monday: 9:30 a.m. — Spinning class, Cutting Edge Fitness, Summer Street; 9:30 a.m. — Cranium Crunches; 10 a.m. — Cards & coffee; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; 1 p.m. — Brown Bag.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. — Chair Yoga; 9:30 a.m. — Tai Chi, East St.; 10 a.m. — Pitch & Coffee; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; Noon — Big Y; 12:30 p.m. — Bridge; 1 p.m. — Quilting; 1 to 3 p.m. — Computer & Internet use; 6:30 p.m. — Zumba, Cutting Edge Fitness.

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. — Cranium Crunches; 10 a.m. — Pitch & Coffee, Walmart, Blood pressure clinic; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; 1 to 3 p.m. — Computer & Internet use.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.


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 and a potluck is offered on the third Thursday of each month. Brown Bag is no longer offered.


The Council on Aging van is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 413-743-9719 Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., for all inquiries and reservations. Call Elsie at 413-743-9612 for foot clinic appointments.

Monday: 9 a.m. — Exercise; 11:30 a.m. — Senior lunch; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Brown Bag.

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. — Senior Lunch.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. — Exercise; 10:30 a.m. — Blood pressure clinic; 11:30 a.m. — Senior lunch; 12:30 p.m. — Senior Club; 2 p.m. — Movie.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.


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: Thanksgiving.


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; 1 to 3 p.m. — Acrylic Painting, Friends of COA meeting.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. — Intro to Writing Poetry; 10 a.m. — Osteo exercise class; Noon — Soup & Sandwich: Salmon Pea Wiggle; 12:30 to 3 p.m. — Oil painting class; 1 to 3 p.m. — Knit/crochet.

Wednesday: Shake Your Soul canceled.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.

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

Sunday: 1 p.m. — Sunday lunch at First Congregational Church.


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: 10 a.m. — Move n' Meditate; 11 a.m. — Walking; 1:30 to 2 p.m. — Brown Bag pickup; 2 p.m. — Scrabble.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.

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: 8:30 a.m. — Coffee Hour; 9 a.m. to noon — Foot nurse; 9:15 a.m. — Cross Training; 10 a.m. — Awareness Through Movement; 10:30 a.m. — SHINE by appt.; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; 12:30 to 3 p.m. — Diabetic class w/ Pat Donovan; 1 p.m. — Balance & Movement; 2 p.m. — Berkshire Health's Get Cuffed; 2 p.m. — Intermediate Tap Dancing.

Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. — Breakfast w/ Virginia & Barbara; 9 a.m. — Bingo; 10 a.m. — Crossword; 11 a.m. — Blood pressure checks, CHP Van health checks, Music with Doug Schmolze; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; Noon — Cards, Bridge; 12:15 p.m. — Computer Class; 12:30 p.m. — Bingo; 3:30 p.m. — Strength training.

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. — Coffee Hour; 9:30 a.m. — Easy Does It Yoga; 10 a.m. — Genealogy; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; 12:30 p.m. — Cards; 1 p.m. — Caregiver Support Group; 1:15 p.m. — COA meeting; 4 p.m. — Decorative arts.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. — Coffee Hour; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; Noon — Movie: "Alice's Restaurant."


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

Special Event: Christmas party for Hinsdale seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Fire Station includes free turkey dinner and entertainment. Make Reservations with Marion Tinney at 413-655-2292 by Dec. 3.

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

Wednesday: 1 p.m. — Knit & Crochet at Old Town Hall.


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.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.


The Lee Council on Aging office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meals are provided at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday in the COA Community Room. Suggested donation is $2 for ages 60 & older; $6 for all others. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance at 413-243-5545. 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, 413-243-3512).

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.


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

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

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

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.


The Council on Aging meets from 10 a.m. to noon the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at the Town Hall. The Foot Nurse will be at the Town Hall at 9 a.m. the second Thursday of the month. For information or Foot Nurse appointments, call Kay Purcell at 413-528-9151.

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; 11:30 a.m. — Hot lunch; 12:30 p.m. — Brown Bag pickup.

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

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. — Tai chi at The Armory; 9:45 a.m. — Van transportation to Big Y; 10 a.m. — SHINE counselor; Van transportation Price Chopper & 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: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.


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. Tuesday for reservations. Information: 413-269-0100, ext. 107.


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. Lunch is offered daily at 11:30 a.m. for a $2 donation. Order meals 24 hours in advance at 800-981-5201 or 413-499-9346. Van transportation ($3 each way) is available by appointment. Call 413-499-9346 or 413-499-9347, 24-48 hours in advance. Supportive Day Program is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Prior arrangements are necessary. Call 413-499-9346. Blood pressure screenings are available by appt. from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Special Event: Annual Friends Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. To reserve a vendor table, call 413-499-9346, ext. 104.

Monday: 9 a.m. — Line dancing, Advanced Osteo exercise; 10 a.m. — Poetry, "The Councilman is In"; 10:15 a.m. — Shake Your Soul; 10:30 a.m. — Brown Bag Day; 11 a.m. — Ladies Pool; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; Noon — Scrabble; 12:15 p.m. — Pinochle; 1 p.m. — Mahjong, Hand and Foot.

Tuesday: 8:45 a.m. — Blood pressure clinic by appt.; 9 a.m. — Woodworking; 9:45 a.m. — Beginner Meditation; 10 a.m. — Chess, Core & Flexible Feet; 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, by appt.; 1 p.m. — Bridge, Canasta; 1:30 p.m. — From Stage to Screen.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. — Woodworking, Beginner Osteo Exercise; 10 a.m. — Oh Hell!; 10:30 a.m. — Tai Chi; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; 12:30 p.m. — Tai Chi; 1 p.m. — Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, Bingo; 1:35 p.m. — Yoga.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed..

* May charge a small fee.

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: 10:45 a.m. — "Soldier On" with John F. Downing, CEO of Soldier On Inc.; Noon — Lunch: Chicken enchilada casserole.

Tuesday: Noon — Lunch: Veal stew.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.


Council on Aging van scheduling is available by calling Al Hanson at 413-698-2507 or Phyllis LeBeau at 413-698-3656. 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: The COA has planned the following trips. Information/registration: Phyllis LeBeau, 413-698-3656. Friday Nov. 27, "Alice's Restaurant" film screening with Arlo Guthrie, Mahaiwe Theatre, 7 p.m., $7; Thursday, Dec. 3, bus trip to Radio City Christmas Spectacular in NYC, includes lunch, $169 PP; Tour of the Hartford Atheneum and/or the Clark Museum's world-class collections of American Furniture and Silver, date and time to be announced.

Monday: 3:30 p.m. — Yoga with Christine Faber at Town Hall ($2).

Wednesday: No class.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: No class.


The Senior Center located at 25 Cook Road, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jennifer Goewey is executive director. Hot lunch every Wednesday at noon, $2 suggested donation, reserve by 11 a.m. Tuesday. Pot luck lunch on the third Thursday of each month unless noted differently on the monthly calendar. Blood pressure and foot clinics offered monthly. Transportation services provided daily, 48 hours notice required, $4 round trip for local trips. Meals on Wheels available weekdays except holidays. For appointments and information: 413-229-7037.

Monday: 10 a.m. — Mahjong; Noon — Spanish; 1 p.m. — Art Class.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. — Exercise class; 10:15 a.m. — Sit to Be Fit; 10:30 a.m. — Movie; 11 a.m. — Knit & Stitch; Noon — Hot soup lunch; 1 to 3 p.m. — Healthy Eating Series.

Wednesday: Noon — Spanish, Congregate Meal; 3:30 p.m. — Chair Yoga.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.


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: 4 p.m. — Yoga, walk-ins welcome.

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. — Lunch at Heaton Court, call Carol at 413-243-4686; 1 p.m. — Bingo, walk-ins welcome.

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

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.


The COA, 116 Main Road, 413-243-1749, 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.


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: 8:30 a.m. — BOT, back room; 9 a.m. — Yoga; 10:30 a.m. — Exercise; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; 1 p.m. — Introductory Tai Chi; Brown Bag day.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. — Oil Painting; Noon — Open-faced sandwiches; 12:30 p.m. — WFD program.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. — Yoga; 10:30 a.m. — Exercise; 11:30 a.m. — Lunch; 1 p.m. — Bridge.

Thursday: Thanksgiving.

Friday: Closed.

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.


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