Haverhill senior lunches

Monday: No lunch - closed for holidays.

Tuesday: No lunch - closed for holidays.

Wednesday: Baked chicken quarter, cranberry sauce, Red Bliss whipped potatoes, peas and carrots, multigrain bread, chocolate pudding or diet pudding.

Thursday: Red salt ham with fruit sauce, whipped sweet potatoes, sweet peas, whole wheat dinner roll, fruited gelatin or diet gelatin.

Friday: Cheese lasagna with marinara sauce, Roman style vegetables, fresh fruit, garlic bread.



Workshop registrations

Senior Net is now accepting registrations for its two-hour, low-fee computer workshops that begin in January. Workshops are meant to sharpen skills, learn new things, have fun and explore the world of new technology. For more information or to register, call 800-892-0890 ext. 516.



Historical presentation at library

Local commentator and historian James Vanderpol will speak on "The State of the Union ... Dictatorship versus Democracy," on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Milhendler Room at the Haverhill Public Library. He will speak on life under the Hitler regime from personal experience, as well as the state of our educational system, poverty in the United States and illegal immigration. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Medicare enrollment

The open enrollment period for Medicare policies is from now through Dec. 31. Medicare offers many different plans. The Web site www.medicare.gov lists these plans, as well as answers to many questions. Those who believe a loved one may benefit from another plan but feel overwhelmed by the system can contact the SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) Program at 800-892-0890 or through the Haverhill Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.

Council on Aging trips and events

New Year's Eve at Noon party Dec. 31 at Lake Pearl in Wrentham. Tickets are $60 per person and include transportation, a complete lunch, ballroom dancing, a musical show, line dancing, hats and noisemakers. Song impressionist Russ Peterson will entertain with a variety of music. Transportation will depart Haverhill at 11 a.m. For more information, call Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Red Sox trip: A trip to the Sky Dome Baseball Stadium in Toronto, Canada, to see the Red Sox play the Blue Jays. The bus will leave on April 4 at 7 a.m. and return in the early evening on April 6. The trip includes a day of sightseeing at Niagara Falls and possibly a trip to Niagara's new casino. Hotel accommodations are at the Travelodge at Niagara Falls. Transportation is provided. Cost is $249 per person, double occupancy; $245 triple occupancy; $329 single occupancy; meals not included.

Bethany Community Services

Ring in the New Year Dec. 30 through Jan. 1 at the Norwood Four Points, Norwood. Enjoy Andy Cooney and his Orchestra, the Tom LaMark Orchestra special show featuring Linda Miller, and four additional shows.

Cruise the Norwegian Dream May 18 through 25 from Boston to Bermuda for eight days and seven nights. Trip includes round-trip transportation from Haverhill to Boston port and travel protection. Several cabin categories are available. Price starts at $976. Final payment due by Feb. 4.

For more information on any event or trip above, call Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or e-mail dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.

Northern Essex Life Long Learning

Lecture series events take place on the Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St., in the Technology Center, Room 103A. Programs are open to the public and begin at 2 p.m. unless noted otherwise. Light refreshments served. Admission $1. For more information, call Charlene Boucher, 978-556-3700.

Council on Aging ongoing offerings

Creative Problem Solving through Journaling on Tuesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 32 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Cost is $20 for six weeks. For more information, call Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Drawing and painting classes with Cara Smoley. Classes are held every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and are open to the public. Cost for the six-week series is $30. Participants must buy their own materials. New members need to bring three pencils, a kneaded eraser and a 9-by-10 Bristol Drawing Pad. Registration is required. To register, call 978-374-2390.

"Mr. Fix-it": A volunteer is available to come into the center on a monthly basis to fix small appliances and lamps, change watch batteries, etc., for seniors for a nominal fee. To sign up, call Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Yardwork: The Boys Club will provide boys for light yardwork such as picking up trash and dead branches and bagging. Mowing and use of mechanical tools are not allowed due to the boys' ages. All work will be done at a reasonable rate. To sign up, call Brian Theirrien at 978-374-6171 after 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Bingo is played Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Line dancing is Mondays and Wednesdays 9 to 11 a.m.

Bridge is played Wednesdays and Fridays 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Memoir writing is Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Evening yoga classes every Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Pentucket Bank Community Room, 35 Merrimack St. Cost is $5 per session. Parking is available in the parking deck. For more information, call Kathy or Rita at 978-374-2390.

Newcomers group for seniors who have recently moved to Haverhill meets the first Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in Room 22. If the first Monday is a holiday, coffee hour is held the second Monday. Longtime Haverhill seniors are also encouraged to participate. Refreshments will be served.

Vintage movies are shown Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in Room 45.

Wood shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Knitting circle is Mondays at 10 a.m.

Tai chi classes are Thursdays at 9 a.m.

Walkers meet Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m.

A discussion group meets Mondays at 1:30 p.m.

Blood pressure clinics every Tuesday in the nurse's office from 8 a.m. to noon.

Chair massages offered free for Haverhill seniors the first Tuesday of the month by licensed massage therapist Susan L. Plouffe. For reservations, call 978-274-2390.

SHINE counselors are available to offer confidential health insurance counseling for elders and their family members at no cost. For appointments, contact SHINE counselor Pat Paradis on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Free cellular phones are available for qualifying seniors. Phones are programmed to call 911 in an emergency. For details, call Joel at 978-374-2390.

Electric wheelchairs available at no cost to seniors and permanently-disabled citizens through the Three Wishes Inc. program. The power wheelchairs are provided to those who cannot walk and cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair, and who meet guidelines. For information, call 800-823-5220 or www.threewishes2.com.

Caregivers Home accepting referrals

Caregivers Home, a program that provides community-based housing options for elders and disabled adults in need of daily care and assistance, is now accepting referrals in Haverhill. The Caregivers Home program pays family, or nonfamily caregivers to care for an elder or adult disabled family member, over the age of 16, at home. Caregivers are reimbursed $10,000 to $18,000 per year for home-based care. The program participant and caregiver must live together in either the caregiver's or the participant's home. Care can also be provided by a nonfamily caregiver who is carefully screened and credentialed by Caregivers Home. A registered nurse and a care manager oversee each case through regular home visits, telephone contact and a Web-based case record system. For more information about the Caregivers Home program or to see if your family qualifies, call Linda Morreale-Steele, RN, at 857-891-7432 or visit www.caregiverhomes.com.

On-the-job training offered

The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides a paid, on-the-job training program that enables a participant to work 20 hours per week at a nonprofit organization or government agency training site in the community, and earn $7.50 per hour. The training site agrees to train the participant in a new skill that will enable him or her to pursue unsubsidized, full-time employment over time. For more information, call Ms. Jepson at Operation A.B.L.E., 888-470-2253, ext. 122.

Shredder available at Citizens Center

The Haverhill Council on Aging and TRIAD have purchased a shredder for city seniors to use. The shredder will be available at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., Room 30, every Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Papers that should be shredded to reduce the risk of identity theft include charge slips and charge bills, bank statements, financial records and all papers that contain Social Security numbers and account numbers. There is no charge for this service. For information, call Joel at 978-374-2390, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 2:30 p.m.

Senior Staying Healthy program schedule

Haverhill Council on Aging revised its Senior Staying Healthy program schedule. Blood pressure clinics will now be held every Tuesday in the nurse's office at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a walk-in clinic and first come, first served. The food clinic will be the second Thursday of each month, by appointment only. The blood pressure and foot clinics are provided by Home Health VNA and HomeCare Inc. For additional information, call Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Applications available for reduced-price condos

Community Action Inc. has applications available for low- to moderate-income residents over the age of 55 to purchase new condominiums for the reduced price of $209,100 and $220,913. The two-bedroom condominiums are part of The Fairways, a new development located off Newton Road. Income requirements: The maximum annual income for a single person is $54,700, two-person household is $62,600, three-person household is $70,400, four-person household is $78,200. Applications are available in the Community Action Office, 145 Essex St. For more information, call Richard Lynch at 978-373-1971.

Elder Services needs volunteers

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley needs volunteers to help with the distribution of food for the Brown-Bag Program on the first Tuesday of every month from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Volunteer activities primarily center around the production line, packing bags with nonperishable items and meat products. The program operates out of the Pentucket Lake School at 252 Concord St. For more information, call Janice Boyd at 800-892-0890, ext. 1321.



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