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March 7, 2013

Council on Aging activities

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Help sought for parks, cleanups: Haverhill’s Brightside is reorganizing and is seeking the public’s help. Many programs are in progress, including Bloomfest, Adopt-A-Park, community gardens and cleanups. Interested people are encouraged to become involved help to beautify the city. For additional information contact Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.

Phone support offered: 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.

Games played at center: Dominoes “Mexican Train” is played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested, call the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390. An instructor will teach novice players.

Bingo volunteers sought: Volunteers to work at bingo are needed at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Anyone interested is asked to call 978-374-2390.

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

Art classes: 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, 2B pencil, and 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 experienced through inexperienced students into her mixed-media classes.

Help with healthy eating: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program providing financial help to senior citizens and others who cannot cover the costs of a healthy diet. Applications are available at the Council on Aging office.

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