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June 13, 2013

Council on Aging activities

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:Support by phone: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club is sponsoring a new free program titled “Phone Pals” for housebound Haverhill senior citizens. Participating elders will be contacted by phone on a daily or weekly schedule by trained volunteers. This program offers health care reminders, referrals to appropriate service providers, education information, and emergency safety checks. Phone Pals is free and offered as a public service by the Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club. Funding is provided by the Griffin-White Foundation. Contact Elizabeth Vallerand, program coordinator, at 978 398-5228 or myphonepal@yahoo.com for additional information.

:Bingo volunteers sought: Volunteers to work at bingo games are need at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Interested people are asked to call 978-374-2390.

:Making the city bright: Haverhill’s Brightside is seeking the public’s help to support programs such as Bloomfest, Adopt-A-Park, community gardens and cleanups. Interested people are encouraged to become involved to help beautify the city. More information is available from Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.

:Receiving help by phone: 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 that number.

:‘Mexican Train’ game: Dominoes “Mexican Train” is played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in learning how to play, contact the Council on Aging 978-374-2390. An instructor will teach novice players.

:Weekly Scrabble games: A Scrabble group has formed and meets Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Players meet in the library in the basement level of the Citizens Center on Welcome Street.

:Art classes: The Council on Aging is offering on-going 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 her BFA from the University of Colorado. She is a seasoned art instructor and welcomes all level of students into her mixed-media classes.

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