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March 6, 2014

Scrabble group invites new players


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — It’s a classic game, one enjoyed by young and old alike.

Senior citizens have a chance to play Scrabble in an organized group setting. The group meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Citizens Center.

New players are welcome.

IF YOU GO

What: Weekly Scrabble games

When: Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Here are other local events and activities for senior citizens:

St. Patrick’s Day Party coming up: Tickets are on sale for the annual Council on Aging St. Patrick’s Day Party and Taffe Award presentation.

The event will be March 14 at DiBurro’s function hall. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 for Haverhill senior citizens and $15 for others. This year’s award recipient will be Russell V. J. Chaput of the Disabled American Veterans, Hannah Dustin Chapter 20. Chaput, 86, was instrumental in erecting the Korean War Memorial statue at GAR Park and is dedicated to assisting disabled veterans.

For tickets, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

It’s a SNAP: The Greater Boston Food Bank has established a SNAP Outreach Program.

Every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Brittany Mangini, a SNAP application assistance counselor, will be available to help elders with the application process and following up with the Department of Transitional Assistance.

There have been many changes to the eligibility for this benefit, so even if you have applied before or don’t think you’re eligible, stop by to talk to Mangini to make sure you get the benefits you deserve.

For additional information, contact Mangini at 617-431-8341 or bmangini@gbfb.org or stop by the Citizens Center to see her.

Bowling for men and women: The Council on Aging bowling group offers senior citizens a way to get some exercise and have some fun.

The group meets on Mondays, with men bowling at 9:30 a.m. and women at 11 a.m. at the renovated All Saints Bowling Center, 26 Broadway.

The cost is three strings for $4.50, including shoe rental and coffee.

More information is available by calling 978-374-0083.

Exercise program delayed: The start date for the 3 B’s Exercise program has been postponed. Call the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 for updated information.

Trips offered: The Council on Aging is planning several trips.

On March 12, travelers will go to Venus de Milo in Swansea for an Irish Celebration with Ronan Tynan. The cost is $79. On April 15, travelers will go to Mohegan Sun to see legendary actress and singer Debbie Reynolds. The cost is $79, including a gaming package. On April 26, travelers will go to Newport to the Doris Duke Mansion, with lunch at the Atlantic Beach Club and a tour of the Thomas Tew Distillery. The cost is $92. More information is available from the Council on Aging.

Florida-to-Boston cruise offered: The Council on Aging is offering a 15-day Caribbean Escape Reposition Cruise from Clearwater Beach, Florida, to Boston.

The cruise will be from April 25 to May 9 on the Norweigan Cruise Line Dawn.

Continuing education offered: The COOL Program at Northern Essex Community College offers educational opportunities for life-long learners who are 50 and older.

This program provides a wide variety of topics to be explored each semester. For additional information, contact Charlene Boucher at 978-659-1225.

Educational workshop offered: Historic New England’s Haverhill office is offering a new educational outreach workshop for older adults at community centers and residential facilities across the region.

“Remembering Home’’ uses a teaching collection of 20th-century objects and images – from Depression glass to Jello – to evoke memories of the way people lived. The three-week workshop is designed to stir up conversations about homes and housework, food and consumers, entertainment and communication. For one man, a meat-grinder brought back the smells in the kitchen when his mother cooked hamburgers. For another, a pair of ice tongs produced visions of summer days when the delivery man doled out ice chips to the neighborhood kids.

At the end of the workshop, some of these memories are preserved in personalized “I Am From’’ poems – a creative writing activity, which yields vivid imagery. The workshop will be offered at the Citizens Center on March 5 at 1 p.m.

Volunteers sought: Volunteers are needed at the Citizens Center on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m.

For details, call 978-374-2390.

Bingo games played: Bingo is played at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., every Monday and Thursday at 1 p.m., and Super Bingo is played on Mondays only.

Players 60 and older or those who are disabled are welcome to play.

Drivers sought: The NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc.) program is seeking volunteer drivers to help senior citizens get to medical appointments.

Reimbursement is 43 cents per mile. Anyone interested is asked to contact Kathy Fairchild at 978-388-7474.

Gardeners sought: The Haverhill Garden Club is looking for new members.

Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts. Contact Carol Sobel at 978-377-0106 for additional information.

Making blankets for needy children: The Blankets for Kids group meets Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

No sewing or knitting skills are required. Blankets go to the Department of Child Services in Haverhill. This is an opportunity for senior citizens and others to volunteer for a valuable cause. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

Helping military members: Local Heroes Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization working to support local servicemen and servicewomen and their families.

All donations received go to these people. Over the last eight years, Local Heroes Inc. has sent more than 15,000 packages to military personnel across the globe. Local Heroes Inc. Acts of charity from the community are extremely important to the success of troops.

The Haverhill Council on Aging and Veterans Services would like to help Haverhill senior citizens and others make these donations by collecting items in Haverhill and delivering donations to the Wilmington Council on Aging. Call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or ext. 16, for information on what items are requested or to volunteer to help with this project.

Massages offered: Chair Massages are available at the Citizens Center on the first Tuesday of every month.

Licensed massage therapist Susan Ploueffe offers senior citizen pricing at $5 per session. This service is provided on a walk-in basis.

Help for diabetics and their families: The Diabetes Support Group meets at the Citizens Center on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 45 on the second floor.

Karen DiPietro of Home Health VNA leads the group. This group provides important information to help senior citizens living with diabetes. No reservations are required to attend.

Reducing stress, developing balance in life: Tai Chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, and also helps increase flexibility and balance.

It is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercises and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. It is low impact and suitable for older adults. The Council on Aging offers tai chi on Thursdays at 9 a.m. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

Help sought for bingo games: Volunteers to work at bingo are need at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Anyone interested is asked to call 978-374-2390.

Making key changes with a phone call: Senior citizens can call 800-772-1213 to replace Medicare cards or make changes to addresses or phone numbers.

Changes to direct deposit, proof of benefit amounts, Social Security card applications, field office locations, information messages, social security statements and other information can be obtained by calling this number.

Mexican Train game played: The Dominos Mexican Train game is played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested, contact Kathy or Rita at the Council on Aging 978-374-2390. An instructor teaches novice players.

Art classes offered: The Council on Aging is offering art classes with Cara Smoley.

Classes are held every Thursday from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9-by-12 Bristol drawing pad, a 2B pencil and a kneaded eraser.

Smoley received a certificate in art at Cooper Union in New York City, and received her BFA from the University of Colorado. She is a seasoned art instructor and welcomes both experienced and inexperienced students into her mixed-media classes.

Healthy diet help provided: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides financial assistance to senior citizens and others who cannot afford the cost of a healthy diet.

The Council on Aging office has applications for the program.

Help for families of Alzheimer’s victims: Penacook Place is hosting an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group on the last Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m.

The group will meet in the Conference Room at Penacook Place, 150 Water St. Contact Barbara Stricsek at 978-374-0707 for additional information.

Help available from Council on Aging: Details about all trips and activities are available by contacting Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390 or at kbresnahan@cityofhaverhill.com.

Newsletter has complete listings: The Council on Aging’s newsletter, The Voice, has a complete listing of activities and trips.

The Voice is available for viewing at www.ci.haverhill.ma.us or you can send your email address to rlabella@cityofhaverhill.com to receive your copy via email.