Senior citizens can get shoveling help from Snow Angels 

file photoThe Snow Angels program provides volunteers to clear snow for elderly people. 

Need help clearing the walkway at your home or your driveway after it snows? The Snow Angels program can help.

The program has Boy Scout and adult volunteers who shovel snow for senior citizens. Elders can call the 311 phone line, which provides information on services for residents, and representatives will relay the information to the Snow Angels program.

 

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What: Snow Angels volunteer to shovel snow for senior citizens

How: Elders can call the 311 phone line, which provides information on services for residents

 

 

Here are other local activities and services for senior citizens:

Trip offered: The Haverhill Council on Aging is offering a trip to see the “Fiddler on the Roof’’ Orchestra March 5.

The $139 cost per person includes a seat at the event and motor coach transportation. For details, contact Riteway Travel at 978-682-3245 or ritewaytravelagency@yahoo.com.

 

Chair yoga resumes: The Council on Aging has resumed chair yoga every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Chair yoga is a gentle practice in which postures are performed while seated and/or with the aid or a chair. This style of yoga is ideal for students who may have challenges getting on the floor or anyone who wants to focus on a gentle practice while using a chair for balance. Chair yoga increases flexibility, strength and body awareness. Classes are $5 per session. Call 978-374-2390 to register for this class.

 

Singing group seeks members: If you enjoy singing, here’s 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 every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

For more information, call 978-374-2390.

 

Bingo game volunteers sought: Do you have spare 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.

 

Knitting group welcomes new members: 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.

 

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.

 

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 club, call 978-374-2390 for details.

 

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.

 

 

Brown Bag Program volunteers sought: 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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: 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.

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

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. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Zumba classes: Zumba Gold is 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.

 

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.

If you can give a few hours a month, contact Kathy Fairchild at 978-388-7474.

 

3Bs class: The Council on Aging’s 3Bs (Brains, Bones and Balance) class is 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.

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