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April 17, 2014

Music and fun for Mother's Day


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Here’s a unique way to enjoy Mother’s Day.

The Haverhill Crossings housing complex and the Council on Aging will host a Mother’s Day tea on May 12 at Haverhill Crossings, 254 Amesbury Road.

Entertainment will be provided by musician Eric McFadden.

Admission is free.

Reservations are by calling 978-374-2390.

IF YOU GO

What: Mother’s Day tea

When: May 12

Where: Haverhill Crossings, 254 Amesbury Road

More information: Call 978-374-2390.

Here are other local events and activities for senior citizens:

Trip planned to “Art in Bloom’’ exhibit: The city’s Council on Aging is planning a trip to the “Art in Bloom’’ exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on April 28.

“Art in Bloom” is an annual exhibit at the museum. This festival of flowers event brings together dozens of New England garden clubs and professional designers to create floral displays interpreting art from the museum’s collection.

Tickets are $55, including a private guided tour. More information is available by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

‘Bones and Brain’ exercise: The exercise class “Bones and Brain” is underway Mondays at 11 a.m.

Classes will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. This is a comprehensive program of fitness appropriate for senior citizens. The program focuses on balance training to prevent falls, strength training to increase bone density, and age-appropriate trivia to challenge the brain. By incorporating trivia questions along with the workout not only challenge your body, but your brain, too. To register or for more information, call 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

Herbs discussion planned: Herbalist Suzanne Wicks will present a program on culinary herbs May 21 at 10 a.m. Learn the history of four herbs, how to grow and use them, and whether they have medicinal properties.

Participants will plant an herb patio garden and receive recipes for using these four herbs. A door prize will be provided. There is a $10 fee for the cost of plants and materials. Please bring your own 8-to-12-inch diameter by 12-inch-high decorative pot. Call 978-374-2390 to sign up for this workshop and pay registration fee.

Trip planned to acappella show: The Council on Aging and Best of Times is offering a trip to Luciano’s Lake Pearl in Wrentham on May 20 for a North Shore Acappella performance.

Price for this trip is $79 per person and includes motor coach transportation, luncheon and show.

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

Every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.

Garden Club seeks members: Spring is here and the Haverhill Garden Club is getting ready for good-weather projects.

It is also looking for people to help them with planting projects. Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts and a variety of projects during the planting season. More information is available from Carol Sobel at 978-377-0106.

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.

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 Norwegian Cruise Line Dawn.

New weekend trips offered: 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.

Cost of the trip is $92. Contact the Council on Aging for additional information.

A trip is planned to Mystic, Conn., Aquarium and seaport on May 18. The trip includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, admission to the aquarium and seaport, and a $10 gift card for lunch. Cost of this trip is $89.

A trip to hear the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall for a film night conducted by John Williams will be June 7. Cost of this trip is $94 per person and includes dinner at California Pizza Kitchen.

New Foxwoods trip planned: On April 22, the Council on Aging and Bethany Communities are planning a trip to Foxwoods Casino.

Cost is $35 per person and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, full buffet lunch and slot play. Contact the Council on Aging for more information.

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.

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.

Popular exercise class offered: Zumba Gold has become one of the Council on Aging’s most popular classes.

Instructor Stephanie Smith has her class dancing up a storm. Classes are held every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is $5 per week. This is offered as a drop-in class, so come to the Citizens Center and join the fun.

Scrabble games played: 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.

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.

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 each 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.