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October 25, 2012

Council on Aging activities


Knitting and craft fair: A senior knitting and craft fair will happen Nov. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This fair will provide an opportunity for knitters and crafters to sell their items and for holiday shoppers to buy hand-made items. Call 978-374-2390 if you are a senior citizen who would like to sell items.

Bingo helpers sought: Volunteers to work at bingo are needed at the Citizens Center Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Please call 978-374-2390 if you are interested.

Holiday trip to White Mountain Hotel: Enjoy some holiday spirit at the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H. The Council on Aging plans an overnight trip to this luxury hotel Dec. 9 and 10. The trip includes one night accommodation, three meals, two holiday shows and motor coach transportation. Cost is $225 per person, double occupancy.

Helping senior citizens by phone: A new community-based program titled “Phone Pals” provides a way to reduce isolation, victimization and health concerns. Volunteers are asked to telephone “at risk” senior citizens to provide reassurance and social support services. Contact Carol Corso at 603-425-3199 if you are interested in volunteering.

Gardening volunteers sought: Active retirees may 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 to maintain the beds, and volunteers are needed. Anyone interested is asked to contact Kathy Bresnahan at the Council on Aging.

Beautification programs: Haverhill’s Brightside is reorganizing and needs 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 to help beautify the city. More information is available from Elaine Barker at 978-372-3861.

Medicare information 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 this number.

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