:Editor’s note: The Haverhill Council on Aging provides this regular column to the Gazette.
:Giving Tree provides holiday help: The Council on Aging’s Giving Tree is up, allowing people to help those in need during the holidays. You can stop by the Citizens Center lobby at 10 Welcome St. and pick up a gift tag. All gifts will be brought to local nursing homes and distributed to senior citizens. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 for additional information.
:New Year’s Eve party planned: Haverhill COA and Best of Times are hosting a New Year’s Eve Day party at Castleton in Windham, N.H. Entertainment will be provided by “One for the Road,” a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tribute. Guests will enjoy their choice of maple dijon glazed pork loin with apple chutney or chicken marsala. Dancing will be to the music of the Ray Cavicchio band. Tickets are $54 per person. Transportation is not provided. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBellat at the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390 for details.
:Line dancing class offered: The Council on Aging is offering a new line dancing class on Mondays at 11 a.m. Cost is $5 per person. Instructor Susan Tribble is a seasoned professional and works at many area senior citizen centers. Students will learn new dances. Call 978-374-2390 for additional details or to register.
:Photo IDs available: Secondary photo identification cards for senior citizens will be available at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Seniors must bring at least one of the following primary photo identifications: Massachusetts license, US passport, or Registry of Motor Vehicles identification card.
:Phone checks aid senior citizens: The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club is sponsoring a new free program titled “Phone Pals” for housebound Haverhill senior citizens. Participants 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 email@example.com for additional information.