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September 19, 2013

Senior Citizen Corner

Community craft fair is next month

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Transportation services: The Merrimack Valley Transportation offers a program called 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.

People who are at least 65 years old are eligible for a 50 percent discount on the commuter train to Boston. If you would like to learn more about the MBTA Senior/TAP program, please contact Kathy Bresnahan at the Council on Aging.

Volunteers needed to help seniors: The Council on Aging is seeking volunteers to assist with its Brown Bag program, held on the first Tuesday of every month.

Volunteers are needed for about three hours from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. There is also a need for drivers to provide transportation to doctor and hospital appointments through the NEET program.

Many senior citizens are no longer able to drive and have difficulty getting to appointments to area hospitals and doctors. If you can give a few hours a month to assist, contact Kathy Fairchild at NEET (Northern Essex Elder Transportation) 978-388-7474. Several additional volunteer opportunities are also available.

Bowling for health: Stay in shape by joining our bowling group which meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. at the newly renovated All Saints Bowling Center at 26 Broadway.

Yoga for all: Yoga is offered twice a week at the Citizens Center.

Tuesdays at 6:30, Flyn Costello leads a one-hour yoga class for people of all ages. On Tuesday afternoons at 1, Mary Van Abs offers a 1½ hour gentle senior yoga class. Cost is $5 for a one-hour class and $7.50 for a l ½ hour class.

Newsletter: Be sure to pick up a copy of the newsletter, “The Voice,’’ for a complete listing of our activities and trips.

The Voice is available for viewing at www.ci.haverhill.ma.us or you can send your email address to rlabella@cityofhaverhill.com to receive a copy via email.

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