The Council on Aging is planning a day trip Oct. 27 to New York City to visit the 9-11 Monument and tour Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The itinerary includes a full day of walking and activity, and there will be ample time to take in the sights and see these attractions. This trip would be ideal for grandchildren. Cost is $69, including tours and transportation. Participants must pay for their own lunch.
Look for an announcement that Dick LeBlonde and Haverhill’s Brightside will be doing a clean-up at the Route 110 park on River Street. Many volunteers will be needed to work on community project. Contact Kathy Bresnahan at the Council on Aging for additional information.
Active retirees may also want to help out with gardening and pruning. The Haverhill Garden Club has been planting and maintaining the gardens at City Hall and the Citizens Center. Much labor is required and volunteers are needed. Anyone interested is asked to contact Kathy Bresnahan for details.
The Council on Aging is hosting a presentation on the benefits of Prescription Advantage. A representative from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will be at the Citizens Center Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. to explain how Prescription Advantage can help fill the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage. Call 978-374-2390 for more information.
A presentation on “Healthy Eating for One” will be held at the Citizens Center Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. This event is free for all senior citizens and reservations are suggested.
Woodcarving instructor Fred Arakelian will resume his class on Aug. 3.
The Council on Aging and The Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union are sponsoring a Haverhill Community Help Day on Sept. 13. If you would like to be included in this project, please contact Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.
A free ice cream social will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. on Aug. 13 at noon. All Haverhill seniors are invited to attend, but reservations are required.
The Haverhill Council on Aging is planning a trip to Atlantic City from Nov. 7 to 9. This trip includes accommodations at the deluxe Resorts Hotel and Casino, motorcoach transportation, a $25 slot bonus and two dinner buffets. Cost is $179 per person, double occupancy. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at the Council on Aging for additional information.
Join the Council on Aging at Northern Essex Community College for our annual lobster or chicken luncheon on Aug. 16, at noon. This event will take place in the Hartleb Technology Center on the College campus. Lunch will be provided by Broadway Caterers. Tickets are $25 per person.
Haverhill’s Brightside is reorganizing and needs your help. Many programs are in progress, including Bloomfest, Adopt-A-Park, community gardens, and clean-ups. Interested people are encouraged to become involved. Additional information is available from Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.
A new cribbage group meets at the Citizens Center on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the balcony.
Dominoes “Mexican Train” is played at the Citizens Center on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390. An instructor will teach novice players.
A scrabble group meets at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Players meet in the library in the basement level of the Citizens Center.
The Council on Aging is offering art classes with Cara Smoley every Thursday at 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Students should bring a 9-by-12 Bristol drawing pad, 2B pencil and kneaded eraser Smoley is a seasoned art instructor and welcomes experienced and inexperienced students into her mixed-media classes.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides financial assistance to senior citizens and others who cannot cover the costs of a healthful 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 Zumba Gold Toning class will incorporate light weights into the workout. This class will be taught by certified Zumba Gold instruction Stephanie Smith and will complement the Thursday Zumba Gold class which is held at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 per class.
Penacook Place is hosting an Alzheimer’s Family Support Group on the last Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 p.m. The group will meet in the conference room at Penacook Place, 150 Water St. Contact Barbara Stricsek at 978-374-0707 for additional information.
Each month the Council on Aging distributes more than 2,000 copies of its newsletter “The Voice” throughout the city. The council needs volunteers to collate newsletters and deliver them to specific locations. If you would be interested in helping with this important task, please call 978-374-2390, ext. 16.
The Merrimack Valley Transportation program offers EZ Trans for people who are at least 60 years old and people who are disabled. EZ Tran is a “shared ride” service intended to accommodate those who cannot use the MVRTA fixed route bus system. Communities serviced by EZ Trans include Andover, Amesbury, Haverhill, Lawrence, Merrimac, Methuen, Newburyport and North Andover. Rides are also available to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. Special services require a 21-day application period. Contact the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority at 978-469-6878 for details.
Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center. Tuesday evenings at 6:30 Flyn Costello leads a on- hour yoga class for people of all ages. On Tuesday afternoons at 1, Mary Van Abs offers a 90-minute gentle senior yoga class. Cost is $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a 90-minute class.