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March 21, 2012

Baby boomers and beyond


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.

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