Reduced-price tickets offered for performance of 'Music Man'

MIKE SPRINGER/Staff photoRehearsing a scene from the Pentucket Players' production of "Mamma Mia!'' are, from left, Jen Cardarelli of Middleton, Olivia Avery of Lynn and Sky Chin of Methuen. The theater group is offering reduced-price tickets at an upcoming showing of "Music Man.'' 

The Pentucket Players theater group is offering reduced-price tickets for a performance of "Music Man" on Sunday, Nov. 24th, at 1 p.m. at City Hall Auditorium, 4 Summer St.

The ticket price is $15. The regular price would be $25, plus a service charge of $3. This is the only show available at this reduced price. To purchase tickets, call the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.

  

 

IF YOU GO

What: Pentucket Players' performance of "Music Man"

When: Sunday, Nov. 24th, at 1 p.m.

Where: City Hall Auditorium, 4 Summer St.

Reduced ticket prices: $15 per ticket (regular price would be $25)

More information, ticket orders: Call 978-374-2390.

  

 

Here are other local activities for senior citizens:

Annual Thanksgiving luncheon: On Thursday, Nov. 21, the Council on Aging will host its annual Thanksgiving luncheon catered by Chicken Connection restaurant.

A traditional Thanksgiving meal of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, squash and cranberry sauce will be served. This luncheon is a celebration of all that we have to be thankful for and to share the meal with friends. Cost of the meal is $8 and reservations are required. Call 978-374-2390 to purchase a ticket.

 

Scrabble group seeks new members: Have you got a knack for words? Here’s your chance to show off that ability and have a little fun.

A senior citizen Scrabble group meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. The group is seeking new players. Beginners all the way up to seasoned players are welcome.

 

Call 978-374-2390 for more details.

 

Health insurance, rides to doctor’s visits: On Monday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 at the Citizens Center, Lauren Gray from Commonwealth Care Alliance will discuss how Senior Care Options “piggyback” on Mass Health coverage to expand insurance benefits to include comprehensive dental, transportation to appointments, Healthy Savings debit card and other topics.

You don’t have to change your primary care doctor, if they are in the network, and can keep services that are already in place.

Virginia Salem will share information on free transportation with Northern Essex Elder Transportation. NEET is a non-profit volunteer driver program serving the elderly in 14 communities of the Merrimack Valley. Volunteer drivers provide curb-to-curb, non-lift transportation for senior citizens to local and out-of-town medical appointments when other means are unavailable or unaffordable.

There will be a free raffle for all who attend this event: a $25 gift card for Market Basket. Light snacks will be served.

 

Singing group seeks members: If you enjoy singing, this is a chance to have some fun and bring enjoyment to elders in the community.

The Council on Aging’s Comedy Masque Revue is seeking interested senior citizen singers to join the group.

The group performs at local nursing homes throughout the year. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

For more information, call 978-374-2390.

 

Soap collected for inmates: The Council on Aging is collecting bars of soap for men who are part of the Massachusetts state prison system.

The council asks that donors bring wrapped bars of soap. Bars can be dropped off at Sacred Hearts Food Pantry or Haverhill Council Activities Department. William LaPierre is chairman of this ministry. All soap collected will be taken to male inmates in the prison system.

 

Foot clinic: Dr. Arthur Lynch holds a foot clinic at the Citizens Center on the first Thursday of each month.

Cost is $30. To make an appointment, call Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915.

 

Tax payment help offered: Do you need help paying your real estate taxes? You can earn up to a $1,375 reduction from your real estate tax bill based on eligibility.

This offer is on first-come-first-served basis. Applications will be available starting in November. For more information, call Steve Gullo at the city Assessor’s Office at 978-374-2316, ext. 363, Wednesday and Fridays from noon to 2:30 p.m.

 

Book club seeks members: Like to read and talk over what you’re reading with others?

Then the Council on Aging Book Club is for you.

Club members enjoy conversation and friendship on the first Wednesday of every month as they discuss a variety of books.

If you are newly retired with time on your hands or just want to join the fun, call 978-374-2390 for details.

 

Part D Prescription Drug Plan review: On Friday, Nov. 22, SHINE counselors from Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will offer half-hour Part D Prescription Drug Plan review appointments at the Haverhill Council on Aging, Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Preregistration is required for these appointments and can be made by calling the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390, ext. 3919.

 

Veterans grief group meets: The Haverhill Veterans Services Office and Merrimack Valley Hospice are sponsoring a Grief Support Group for Veteran Loss.

The group will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month now through Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. To register, contact the Veterans Services Office at 978-374-2351, ext. 3932.

 

Pinochle players sought: Anyone interested in playing Pinochle is asked to call the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.

 

Trip to White Mountain Hotel: The Council on Aging is offering a trip to the White Mountain Hotel and Resort Dec. 13 to 15.

This holiday tour offers spectacular entertainment, festive activities, gourmet dining and all the finest amenities of the hotel. This trip includes a welcome reception; two nights deluxe accommodations; five meals — two breakfasts, one luncheon and two dinners; Austrian sleigh ride at Nestlenook Farm in Jackson; three shows; a Christmas gift; and motor coach transportation.

Cost is $479 per person double occupancy and $619 per person single occupancy. To register, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at the Council on Aging 978-374-2390.

 

Variety of trips offered: The Haverhill Council on Aging offers the following Rite Way Travel trips for consideration by Haverhill senior citizens:

Foxwoods trips, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 and 18, $30.

New York City Shopping, Nov. 30, and Dec. 7 and 14, $65.

Wrights Farm and LaSalette Lights, Dec. 8, including luncheon, $69.

New Year’s at Noon Party aboard The Odyssey in Boston Harbor, $109.

Cats the Musical, orchestra seat at the event and motor coach transportation, Jan. 16, $139.

Fiddler on the Roof Orchestra, March 5, seat at the event and motor coach transportation, $139.

For details contact Riteway Travel at 978-682-3245 or ritewaytravelagency@yahoo.com.

 

Library gift shop seeks volunteers: Volunteers are needed at the Haverhill Public Library Friends Gift Shop.

The Friends are seeking volunteers for two-hour shifts to work in the newly renovated shop. This is an opportunity to work in a pleasant environment and meet library patrons and shoppers.

Anyone who is interested is asked to call the Friends Shop at 978-373-1586, ext. 601.

 

Learning about tablet computers: Would you like to connect with friends and family through Facebook, order items online, watch videos, do research or simply play games on a tablet computer but do not have access to one?

The Council on Aging, in partnership with T Mobile, will have tablet computers available for free for senior citizens.

To receive a tablet, you must attend a training class on their use. Classes will be held in September, with dates to be announced. This program is limited to 30 participants. Contact Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 915, for more information and to schedule a training session.

The Council on Aging gives special thanks to the Wadleigh Foundation for supporting this program.

 

Group needs yarn for charity projects: The knitting group at the Council on Aging is in desperate need of clean yarn for the volunteer projects the group works on each week.

The knitters donate handmade items to schools, day-cares, hospitals, veterans homes, nursing homes and other facilities.

Donations can be brought to the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

 

Fresh fruits and veggies within reach: SNAP recipients can participate in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) and buy fresh fruits and vegetables from a HIP authorized farm or vendor and receive the value of the produce back on their EBT card.

SNAP recipients will receive $1 for each dollar spent on eligible fruits and vegetables up to a monthly limit if they have a SNAP balance on their EBT card. A household of one or two people can receive up to $40 per month in additional benefits. A household of three to five people can receive up to $60, and a family with six or more people can receive up to $80 in additional benefits.

 

Brown bag volunteers needed: The Council on Aging is looking for volunteers to help with its Brown Bag Program, which provides food to senior citizens and other needy people.

Volunteers are needed the first Tuesday and the fourth Thursday of every month from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

More information is available by calling 978-374-2390.

 

Help sought to make teddy bears: The Council on Aging is looking for volunteers to help make teddy bears for children.

The work is done Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. No experience is necessary.

Tasks range from sewing to embroidering to stuffing. The teddy bears are donated to hospitals, fire stations, agencies and other organizations that serve traumatized children.

If you have an hour a week to volunteer, call 978-374-2390.

 

Moderate-impact exercises: The YMCA is offering a free moderate-impact exercise class designed for older adults.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., and on Saturdays at 11:30 at the YMCA, 81 Winter St.. Classes include aerobic activity, strength training, balance and flexibility. No registration is required.

More information on times and other details is available by calling The YMCA.

  

Nutritional counseling: Do you have chronic kidney disease or diabetes?

Medicare-eligible senior citizens qualify for free individual nutritional counseling with a registered dietician. Susan Poludniak from Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley meets with clients at the Citizen Center, 10 Welcome St.

To register contact her at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915, or mconnolly@cityofhaverhill.com.

 

Help with stress, anxiety: The Council on Aging offers a senior citizens peer support group for stress and anxiety led by Alice Worland, RN.

The group meets at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. To register, contact Mary Connolly at 978-374-2390, ext. 3915.

 

Garden Club seeks members: The Haverhill Garden Club is looking for new members.

Membership includes 10 presentations by horticultural experts. The club also presents Garden of the Month awards to people in the community who have outstanding displays on their properties.

For more information, contact Dana Haggar at haverhillgardenclub@gmm or check out the Haverhill Garden Club Facebook page.

 

Congresswoman’s staff member visits: A representative from U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan’s office is at the Citizens Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Monday of every month to meet with constituents.

Whether you have a comment or a question on a federal program or issue, feel free to drop in and introduce yourself to Vladimir Saldana, regional director for Trahan.

A bilingual representative from Trahan’s office is at the Citizens Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month to meet with constituents.

 

Low-impact martial art helps with stress, balance: The Council on Aging offers tai chi classes each Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Tai chi is a low-impact martial arts exercise system that helps reduce stress and anxiety. It also helps increase flexibility and balance.

It is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercises and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

It is suitable for older adults. The cost is $5 per one-hour session. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

 

Senator’s staff member available: A representative from state Sen. Diana DiZoglio’s office will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the last Friday of each month.

The senator’s office looks forward to meeting with constituents to discuss concerns and hear comments during these open office hours.

 

Line dancing class: The Council on Aging is offering a line dancing class.

Classes are Mondays from 9 to 9:50 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. A variety of songs will be used, including Broadway music, folk, swing, standards, rock ‘n’ roll, traditional and country. The class is open to anyone. No previous experience is necessary. Basic steps will be taught and reviewed each week, then expanded upon, when everyone is comfortable.

Instructor Susan Tribble has taught a wide range of dance, fitness and yoga classes for more than 10 years. She particularly enjoys working with people 50 and older and can provide modifications to accommodate different ability levels. Cost of the class is $5. More information is available by contacting Tribble at susantribble517@gmail.com.

 

‘Movement to Music’: The Council on Aging offers a gentle, eclectic workout routine called “Movement to Music.”

Senior citizens are welcome to exercise among friends where they are encouraged to work at their own pace. It is important to stay strong and well-balanced no matter what age.

Exercise is done to the music of the 1950s, and singing is optional. Instructor Heather True offers the first class free of charge. Cost is $3 per class and classes are held Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

 

Volunteers needed for bingo games: Do you have some time on your hands and enjoy helping others?

Here’s where you can lend a hand while having a good time. Volunteers are needed for bingo games at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Mondays and Thursdays from noon to about 3 p.m.

For details, call 978-374-2390.

Mahjong group seeks new members: Many members of the Council on Aging Mahjong group are snowbirds, so the group is seeking new members to add to players who stay up north for the winter.

The group meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Current members will teach, so if you are interested in joining call 978-374-2390.

 

Conversational Italian classes: Instructor Maria Chiacchio is offering conversational Italian classes.

Classes are two hours per week for eight weeks. Chiacchio will also hold individual practice conversation sessions for people wishing to maintain conversation skills. For more information, contact the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.

 

Mexican Train Dominoes game: Interested in learning a new game?

The Mexican Train Dominoes game is played at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested, call 978-374-2390.

The instructor teaches novice players.

 

Help for minorities: Minority outreach worker Maria Yagual is available to help senior citizens, especially those who speak English as a second language.

She is available at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. She can be reached at 978-374-2390, ext. 12.

 

Class teaches drawing skills: An ongoing video class on how to draw is being offered.

The course is distilled from four decades of study, studio work and teaching. The class will be led by Robert Stokes. Call 978-476-9750 for more information.

 

Knitters, crocheters sought: The Haverhill senior citizen knitting and crocheting group meets every Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Volunteers make hats and mittens for local children, as well as blankets and lap robes and shawls for senior citizens in nursing homes and veterans hospitals. Beginners are welcome.

Call 978-374-2390 for more information.

 

Diabetic support offered: Pavilion Medical Home Care will host a diabetic support group meeting on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss strategies for living with diabetes, controlling diet, and medical issues.

Call 978-374-2390 to register for this group.

 

Park passes available: The Council on Aging reminds Massachusetts residents 62 and older that for $10 they can purchase a Senior MassParks Pass.

These passes are available for purchase at all Massachusetts state parks that charge a parking fee during the period parking fees are charged. A copy of your Massachusetts driver’s license or other official proof of Mass. residency is required. Information on Senior MassParks is available at www.mass.gov.

An $80 lifetime pass for U.S. citizens 62 or older for national parks is available at participating federal recreation sites.

For additional pricing information, visit www.store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.

 

World affairs discussion: The Council on Aging is hosting a discussion group on terrorism and other world issues.

Jay White, a retired FBI agent and a former member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, lead the discussion. White is an adjunct faculty member at several area colleges.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Call 978-374-2390 if you wish to participate.

 

Heating assistance available: The Council on Aging has a supply of Community Action Heating Assistance applications.

In addition to paying for heating bills incurred between Nov. 1 and April 30, Community Action has money to provide for heating system repairs and other energy efficiency measures such as upgrading old furnaces and weatherization. Call 978-374-2390 or stop by the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., to pick up an application.

 

Vision help: The Council on Aging’s Low Vision Group meets on the first Monday of every month.

The group provides support for people who have lost or are losing their vision. Call 978-374-2390 for details.

 

Art class offered: No previous art experience is required to join the Council on Aging art class.

Artist Theresa Hull is the instructor. Classes meet on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Cost is $5 per class. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella for more information.

 

Library programs for elders: The Haverhill Public Library has numerous programs that are of interest to Haverhill senior citizens.

The library is offering a free workshop on Kindle and Nook e-readers, a book discussion group for knitters and crocheters, workshops in genealogy, movies, art classes, and a program with local authors. Call the library for details at 978-373-1586 or visit online at www.haverhillpl.org.

 

Lifelong learning: The COOL Program at Northern Essex Community College offers education opportunities for life-long learners who are 50 and older.

The program welcomes new members. More information is available by calling the college.

 

Shared ride service: Merrimack Valley Transportation offers a program called EZ Trans for people who are at least 60 years old and people who are disabled.

EZ Trans 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 the 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.

 

Drivers sought to help elders: There is a dramatic need for drivers to provide transportation to doctor and hospital appointments through the Northern Essex Elder Transportation 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, contact Kathy Fairchild at 978-388-7474.

 

Zumba classes gain popularity: Zumba Gold has become one of the Council on Aging’s popular classes.

Led by instructor Stephanie Smith, classes are held Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. at a cost is $5. Participants can simply drop in to take the class.

Toning Zumba is offered Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

 

3Bs are back: Due to popular demand, the Council on Aging’s 3Bs (Brains, Bones and Balance) class is now offered twice a week.

Senior citizens can improve their brains, balance and bones with the help of personal trainer Brian Coyle. Classes are held on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Cost is $3 per class. Contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390 for details.

 

Lock box: Make the entrance to your home convenient for fire and ambulance service with no damage to your home.

Haverhill residents can have a lock box attached to the outside of their house or apartment.

For more information, contact Fire Chief William Laliberty at 978-373-8460 or Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.

 

Medicare ID help: 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.

 

It’s a SNAP: Have you heard of SNAP?

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 healthy diet. Applications are available at the Council on Aging office.

 

Tax help: Do you know there are several tax saving opportunities to assist senior citizens with property taxes?

Veterans, blind persons, the elderly and hardship deferrals are obtained by application to the Assessors Office at City Hall.

 

Newsletter distributed: Each month the Council on Aging istributes more than 2,000 copies of its newsletter, “The Voice,” throughout the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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