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August 29, 2013

It's time to exercise that green thumb

If you have a green thumb or want to try your hand at gardening, here’s your chance.

The city’s Garden Club is looking for new members.

The club has regular meetings where experts give advice to members. Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts.

The club does special projects and plantings around the city. The organization also chooses a garden of the month and gives awards to the owners.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

What: The Haverhill Garden Club

Who: The club is seeking new members.

For information: Contact Carol Sobel at 978-377-0106.

Here are other events and activities available to Haverhill’s senior citizens:

Volunteer nursing home ombudsman program: The Council on Aging will host a presentation by Rose McGarry, director of the Elder Services Nursing Home Ombudsman Program, on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

About 600 residents are in Haverhill nursing homes, and ombudsman volunteers visit residents and advocate for those in need. The program is a safety measure to protect residents’ rights. The Ombudsman Program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is the largest in Massachusetts and additional volunteer ombudsmen are needed.

Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 to register.

Golf lessons: Garrison Golf Course is offering a weekly golf clinic for senior citizens at the club, 660 Hilldale Ave.

The clinic is run by Garrison owner Ted Murphy, whose family has operated the course for decades. he clinics are Wednesdays at 10 a.m. A ladies clinic is Mondays at 9 a.m.

More information is available by calling Murphy at 978-374-9380

Tufts representative discusses Medicare: Gerald Lodge of the Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred Plan will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Sept. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. to speak with current Tufts members as well as new members.

The Medicare open enrollment period is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and during this period people may change their plans.

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