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March 21, 2012

Baby boomers and beyond


The Council on Aging has several trips planned.

The trip to the North Shore Music Theatre to see Loretta LaRoche on May 6 will include transportation by Black Tie Limousine. The performance will be of "Life is Short: Wear your Party Pants." Tickets are $82 per person.

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A motor coach trip to see the Red Sox play at Camden Yards will be from May 21 to 23. Travelers will visit Baltimore's Inner Harbor on the way to the game and then enjoy the baseball game. Cost includes hotel accommodations and a full day in Washington, D.C., with ample time to visit monuments, museums and other attractions. The cost is $279 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at the Council on Aging office, 978-374-2390.

The Council on Aging is planning an overnight lobsterfest trip to Indian Head Resort June 18 to 19. This trip to the Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, N.H., includes three meals (including a lobster bake), a cocktail reception, two professional shows, and dancing. Cost is $207 per person, double occupancy. More information is available by calling 978-374-2390.

The council is planning a trip to see the Duttons perform at Mohegan Sun on April 17. The Duttons are one of the most popular groups that perform in Branson, Missouri. They are a versatile musical group and have been featured on "America's Got Talent.'' This trip includes a $30 casino package, deluxe motor coach transportation and lunch at Mohegan Sun. A bus will depart from 500 Primrose St. about 7 a.m. Cost is $75 per person.

A luncheon and show are planned at Angelica's Ballroom in Middleton on April 26. Ida Zecco will perform the most beloved and requested songs from her 30-year theatrical career. Selections include old standards from Cole Porter, Noel Coward, and Rogers and Hart. A live band will perform, and there will be ballroom and line dancing. Tickets for the luncheon and show are $46 per person. No transportation is provided. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Anyone interested in learning a Dominoes game called "Mexican Train" should contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390. The instructor will teach novice players.

The Council on Aging is offering on-going art classes with Cara Smoley. Classes will be held every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9-by-12-inch Bristol drawing pad, a 2-B 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 experienced and inexperienced students to her mixed-media classes.

We are planning several winter trips to the Boston Public Library, the newly renovated Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Currier Museum. If you have any interest, please contact the Council on Aging. Plans are also being made for a trip to see Loretta LaRoche at the North Shore Music Theatre on May 6 for the 2 p.m. show.

Two spring trips are scheduled to Mohegan Sun. On April 17, we will be traveling there to see The Duttons, one of Branson's top shows. On June 12, we will be traveling to see The Hit Men perform the music of Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, and others. Cost for these shows is $75 each and transportation will be by motorcoach.

An interactive support group called The Challenges and Opportunities of Aging sponsored by the Council On Aging and led by Rabbi Allan Press is held on Thursdays at 1:30. Discussions will include topics such as illness, loss, loneliness, isolation, and discovering new paths to happiness. Rabbi Allan Press of Danville, a congregational rabbi for 26 years, holds a master's degree in pastoral counseling from the New York Theological Seminary and has served as a Hospice Chaplain for Merrimack Valley Hospice for seven years. He has counseled and assisted hundreds of people as they deal with many of life's challenges. Registration is by calling 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to senior citizens and others who cannot cover the costs of a healthy diet. Applications are available at the Council on Aging office.

Due to popular demand, the Haverhill Council on Aging announces a second weekly Zumba Gold class on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. This class will be a Zumba Gold Toning class and will incorporate light weights into the workout. This class will be taught by certified Zumba Gold instructor Stephanie Smith and will complement the Thursday Zumba Gold class which is held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.