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Bohemian rhapsody: Jeanette Winterson’s “cover version” of The Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare – that magpie plunderer of other people’s plots and characters – would undoubtedly have approved. The Hogarth Shakespeare project invites prominent contemporary writers to rework his plays in novelistic form and this is Jeanette Winterson’s reimagining of The Winter’s Tale. Like the original, it shuttles disturbingly between worlds, cultures and emotional registers. It has never been an easy play, for all its apparent focus on reconciliation, and Winterson handles the gear-changes with skill, moving between the offices of Sicilia, a London-based asset-stripping company, and New Bohemia, a New Orleans-like American urban landscape (with interludes in both a virtual and a real Paris).

Her Leontes is a hedge-fund speculator, Polixenes a visionary designer of screen games (the presence of this world echoes the unsettling semi-magic of Shakespeare’s plot). They have a brief and uncomfortable history as teenage lovers at school and Polixenes – Xeno – has also slept with MiMi (Hermione), the French-American singer who eventually marries Leo.

The story unfolds very much as in the play (though Winterson cannot quite reproduce the effect of Shakespeare’s best-known deadpan stage direction), with Leo using advanced surveillance technology to spy on Xeno and MiMi, and Perdita being spirited away across the Atlantic to the US, where her guardian, Tony, is mugged and killed and she is left in the “baby hatch” of a local hospital – to be found by Shep and his son and brought up in their affectionate, chaotic African-American household. Perdita falls in love with Zel, the estranged son of Xeno, discovers her parentage, returns to London and meets Leo; Leo’s PA, Pauline, has kept in contact across the years with MiMi, a recluse in Paris, and persuades her to return secretly to give a surprise performance at the Roundhouse, when Leo is in the audience, and – well, as in the play, the ending is both definitive and enormously unsettling. “So we leave them now, in the theatre, with the music. I was sitting at the back, waiting to see what would happen.”

That last touch, bringing the author into the narrative in the same apparently arbitrary way we find in a text such as Dostoevsky’s Demons – as a “real” but imperfect witness – gently underlines the personal importance of the play to this particular author. Winterson is explicit about the resonance of this drama for an adopted child and one of the finest passages in the book is a two-page meditation on losing and finding: a process she speculates began with the primordial moment of the moon’s separation from the earth, a lost partner, “pale, lonely, watchful, present, unsocial, inspired. Earth’s autistic twin.”

It is the deep foundation of all the stories of lost paradises and voyages away from home. As the moon controls the tides, balances the earth’s motion by its gravitational pull, so the sense of what is lost pervades every serious, every heart-involving moment of our lives. It is a beautifully worked conceit, a fertile metaphor. The story of a child lost and found is a way of sounding the depths of human imagination, as if all our longing and emotional pain were a consequence of some buried sense of being separated from a home that we can’t ever ­remember. If tragedy is the attempt to tell the story of loss without collapse, all story­telling has some dimension of the tragic, reaching for what is for ever separated by the “gap of time”.

Winterson’s text is full of metaphorical riches. She writes with acute visual sensibility (from the first pages, with their description of a hailstorm in a city street) and this is one of the book’s best things. There are also plenty of incidental felicities: Xeno is designing a game in which time can be arrested, put on hold, accelerated, and so on, and the narrative exhibits something of this shuttling and mixing – most effectively in the 130-page pause between the moment when Milo (Shakespeare’s Mamilius, Leo’s and MiMi’s son) slips away from his father at an airport and the fatal accident that follows. In the play, Mamilius’s death is a disturbing silence behind the rest of the drama, never alluded to, never healed or reconciled; here, Milo’s absence in this long “gap of time” sustains a pedal of unease that has rather the same effect and the revelation of his death, picking up the narrative exactly where it had broken off, is both unsurprising and shocking.

Recurrent motifs are handled with subtlety, especially the theme of “falling”; a song of MiMi’s alludes to Gérard de Nerval’s image of an angel falling into the gap between houses in Paris, not being able to fly away without destroying the street and withering into death. The convergence and crucial difference between falling and failing, falling in love and the “fall” of the human race – all these are woven together hauntingly, reflecting, perhaps, Shakespeare’s exploration in the play of Leontes’s terror of the physical, of the final fall into time and flesh that unreserved love represents.

A book of considerable beauty, then, if not without its problems. MiMi somehow lacks the full angry dignity of Hermione and Leo is a bit too much of a caricature of the heartless, hyper-masculine City trader. His psychoanalyst is a cartoon figure and Pauline’s Yiddish folksiness – although flagged in the text as consciously exaggerated – is a bit overdone.

How a contemporary version can fully handle the pitch of the uncanny in Shakespeare’s final scene, with the “reanimation” of Hermione, is anyone’s guess (the Bible is not wrong to associate the earliest story of the resurrection with terror as much as joy). Winterson does a valiant job and passes seamlessly into a moving and intensely suggestive ending but I was not quite convinced on first reading that her reanimation had done justice to the original.

However, weigh against this the real success of the New Bohemia scenes as a thoroughly convincing modern “pastoral” and the equally successful use of Xeno’s creation of virtual worlds in his games as a way of underlining Shakespeare’s strong hints in the play that art, with its aura of transgression, excess, forbidden magic, and so on, may be our only route to nature. Dream, surprise and new creation are what tell us what is actually there, if only we could see. Winterson’s fiction is a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling.

Rowan Williams is a New Statesman contributing writer. His most recent book is “The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language” (Bloomsbury). The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson is published by Vintage (320pp, £16.99)

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Top 5 Best KitchenAid Attachments

Your KitchenAid stand mixer can already do just about anything you wish. However, you can make it even better with a KitchenAid attachment. These attachments range from practical for daily use, such as the flex edge beater, to fun options such as an ice cream maker and pasta roller. While some attachments are sold individually, you can purchase others as part of a larger set for added convenience. Many attachments work with any KitchenAid stand mixer. Most can be inserted directly into your mixer’s power hub, ensuring a fast and easy way to prepare your meals. Here’s a list of the top best KitchenAid attachments on the market right now.

1. KitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater for Tilt-Head Stand Mixers

As the name suggests, this mixer attachment features flexible edges for superior scraping power. It’s also crafted from a sturdy metal material that helps it stand up well over time. This beater maintains a safe wattage draw, keeping messes to a minimum while delivering your desired results. Many consumers praise this beater for its more thorough and quicker ingredient corporation. It’s also easy to clean as you can simply run it through the dishwasher when needed. You can use this flex edge beater on any KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixer.

Price: $18.97 (53 percent off MSRP)

Buy the KitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater for Tilt-Head Stand Mixers here.


  • Flexible edges
  • Durable metal material
  • Ideal for any KitchenAid tilt-head stand mixer


  • Can occasionally leave ingredients at the bottom of the bowl
  • Some consumers may need to make adjustments to ensure desired results
  • May toss lighter ingredients around on higher speeds

Find more KitchenAid KFE5T Flex Edge Beater for Tilt-Head Stand Mixers information and reviews here.

2. KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers

This grinder effortlessly grinds just about anything you desire, whether it’s meat, cheese, bread, or ingredients to make your favorite dips and salsas. You can use this grinder to whip up bread crumbs and spreads. The product comes with fine and course grinding plates for added versatility. You’ll also receive tips and recipes to help you get started or expand your cooking adventures. As an added bonus, you can use this attachment with any KitchenAid stand mixer. It’s also quite simple to clean as most parts are dishwasher-safe.

Price: $36.99 (43 percent off MSRP)

Buy the KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers here.


  • Grinds a variety of food
  • Includes fine and course grinding plates
  • Compatible with any KitchenAid stand mixer


  • Can get clogged with larger quantities
  • Meat should be chilled or frozen for at least 30 minutes to avoid getting stuck
  • Not ideal for use on higher settings

Find more KitchenAid FGA Food Grinder Attachment for Stand Mixers information and reviews here.

3. KitchenAid KICA0WH 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker Stand Mixer Attachment

If you own a 5 or 6 quart KitchenAid stand mixer and you want a separate attachment for making ice cream or other frozen desserts, this product is a great choice. There’s also an ice cream attachment for 8 quart mixers. With this attachment, you can make up to 2 quarts of your favorite soft serve ice cream or another frozen dessert, such as sorbet or gelato, in just 20 to 30 minutes. It’s equipped with a rotating dasher to spread, mix, and scrape the ice cream. You can also easily store this attachment away thanks to its compact design. Regardless of what you’re making, it’s essential to freeze the bowl at least 24 hours before use.

Price: $69.99 (30 percent off MSRP)

Buy the KitchenAid KICA0WH 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker Stand Mixer Attachment here.


  • Holds up to 2 quarts
  • Ideal for soft serve ice cream and other frozen desserts
  • Makes dessert in 20-30 minutes


  • Not ideal for making back-to-back batches
  • Can be a bit tricky to attach
  • Hard to avoid making a mess when pouring in ingredients

Find more KitchenAid KICA0WH 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker Stand Mixer Attachment information and reviews here.

4. KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice

This versatile attachment makes meal preparation so much easier. You can use it to peel, core, and slice a variety of food. It can also be used in other fun ways, such as making zucchini noodles or lemon twists for your favorite drink. A highlight of this system is its multiple quick-change blades, which adds an element of convenience and helps to cut down on meal preparation time. To use this attachment, simply attach it to your mixer’s power hub. From there, it will use the motor’s power to peel, core, and slice a variety of fruits and vegetables. As an added bonus, you can use this attachment on all KitchenAid stand mixer models.

Price: $89.99 (31 percent off MSRP)

Buy the KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice here.


  • Peels, cores, and slices fruits and vegetables
  • Makes meal preparation easier
  • Can be used on all KitchenAid stand mixers


  • Slicing attachment could be better
  • Can slow down motor on lower wattage units
  • Slicer blade can become dull over time

Find more KitchenAid KSM1APC Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core and Slice information and reviews here.

5. Kitchenaid KPRA Pasta Roller and cutter for Spaghetti and Fettuccine

You can make fresh pasta in the comfort of your own kitchen with this handy attachment. The three piece set includes a pasta roller along with a fettuccine cutter and a spaghetti cutter. It’s easy to make spaghetti and fettuccine noodles, including cutting them to the optimal thickness. The durable all-metal housing remains stable throughout the process and holds up well over time. Attaching this unit to your mixer’s power hub is a stress-free process. If you detest messy cleanups, you’ll appreciate the fact that this attachment comes with a cleaning brush. It’s also compatible with any KitchenAid stand mixer.

Price: $145.26 (42 percent of MSRP)

Buy the Kitchenaid KPRA Pasta Roller and cutter for Spaghetti and Fettuccine here.


  • Includes pasta roller, fettuccine cutter, and spaghetti cutter
  • Durable metal housing
  • Works with any KitchenAid stand mixer


  • Initial learning curve
  • Can’t handle larger amounts of pasta at once
  • Tough to clean when dough is still wet

Find more Kitchenaid KPRA Pasta Roller and cutter for Spaghetti and Fettuccine information and reviews here.

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Lobo softball holds drive to help California fire victims

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Lobo softball team is hoping the public can step up to help fire victims in California, and for one teammate, this service project is hitting close to home.

Firefighters have gotten a hand on the fierce wildfires that have ripped through Northern California. More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed, and for victims, something as basic as bottled water or bedding can make a difference.

Brooke Breland, a freshman outfielder, had family members in the fire danger zone.

“I was kind of scared,” she said. “I didn’t know if they were going to be OK, it freaked me out,” said Breland.

Her uncle and cousins lost just about everything in Middletown, California, in the Valley Fire.

“Their houses were gone and they didn’t have anything left,” said Breland.

University of New Mexico has set up a donation center at the Lobo Softball Field to help fire victims.

“Anytime you can focus on someone other than yourself, it’s a good thing. It brings perspective into your life, and it’s always better to give than to receive,” said Coach Erica Beach, UNM’s head softball coach.

Items accepted include household goods such as cups, utensils, pots, pans and can openers. They are also accepting extension cords, bedding, air mattresses and pumps, towels, non-perishable food items, tents, diapers, bottled water and pet food. Clothing is not being accepted.

The donation drive will take place weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lobo Softball Field, which is south of the Pit and accessed via Sunshine Terrace SE off University Blvd.

UNM has a double header Saturday, October 3 against Embry Riddle Arizona from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and donations will also be accepted at that time.

A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help the fire victims»

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Senior notes for East Longmeadow, Enfield, Longmeadow, Somers, Springfield and …

All Senior Centers are Closed on October 12 for Columbus Day Holiday

Senior Center
Pleasant View Center, 328 North Main St. (413) 525-5436.

Friendship Club: Call at least a day in advance to register for luncheon.
Oct. 8: lunch is grilled chicken wrapped in ham and cheese; Harmonica and Polka Band
Oct. 15: lunch is meatloaf; The Country Duo performs.
Oct. 22: lunch is fish piccata; $5 bingo.
Oct. 29: lunch is roast pork; Harvest Party with “Old Country Road” entertainment.

Movie Matinee: In media center following lunch at 12:45 p.m. If coming for lunch at noon, please reserve a meal at least 24 hours in advance by calling the senior center.
Oct. 13 : “You’re Not You”
Oct. 20 : “Forever Strong”
Oct. 27: “My Best Friend’s Wedding”

Smiles for Seniors: Oct. 9, 10:45 a.m. presented by Interim HealthCare. Information on oral health as you age, whether you have your own teeth or not. Participants will received an Oral Health Supply take-home bag. Call the senior center to register.

Apple Picking: Oct. 16, 11:25 a.m. to Apple Place on Somers Road. Cost is $7. Call the senior center to sign up.

Glass Fusing Class: Oct. 19, 1 p.m. Sherry Coulis will guide you in creating two fused Christmas ornaments. Cost is $50. Call the senior center to register.

Senior Book Club: Oct. 27, 10:30 a.m. “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini.

Canasta Players: Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. New Canasta group looking for players . Stop by to play or be taught. Call the senior center for information.

Senior Manicures: Licensed manicurist Catherine Rasid takes appointments at the senior center on alternate Thursdays. Call Cathy at 413-335-7422 for appointments on Oct. 8 and Oct. 22..

Free Massage Therapy: Christina Conti, LMT offers free massages on 2nd and 4th Monday of each month in the Wellness Center at the senior center. Call Christina for an appointment at 413-348-8370.

Reiki Clinic: A master practitioner will take appointments on the first Tuesday of each month, 9:30 a.m. to noon at an introductory rate of $10. Call Carleen at 413-525-7345 for an appointment.

Wednesdays: Morning Glory Walkers, 8 a.m.; Rail Trail Walkers, 8:30 a.m.; Chair Exercise, 9 a.m.; strength and cardio, 9:30 a.m.; bocce open group, 10 a.m.; cribbage, 10 a.m.; deaf seniors, 10 a.m.; Bosu Balance, 10:15 a.m.; French, 11 a.m.; chair volleyball, 1 p.m.

Thursdays: Bosu Balance, 8:30 a.m.; Bosu Balance, 9:30 a.m.; Trivia, 10 a.m.; billiards instruction, 10 a.m.; arthritis exercise, 10:30 a.m.; Canasta, 12:30 p.m.

Fridays: Morning Glory Walkers, 8 a.m.; Arthritis exercise, 8:30 a.m. Chair Exercise, 9 a.m.; bean bag baseball, 9:30 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m.; cribbage, 10 a.m.; dominoes, 1 p.m.; needlework, 1 p.m.; line dancing class, 4 p.m.

Mondays; Morning Glory Walkers, 8 a.m.; arthritis exercise, 8:30 a.m.; chair exercise, 9 a.m.; strength and cardio, 9:30 a.m.; arthritis exercise, 10:30 a.m.; pitch, 12:30 p.m.; ballroom dance $2.50, 1:30 p.m.; Zumba fitness/toning, 4:15 p.m.

Tuesdays: Bosu Balance, 8:30 a.m.; Arthritis Tai Chi, Level 2, 9:30 a.m.; Arthritis Tai Chi, Level 1, 10:30 a.m.; ballroom/latin dance, 10:30 a.m.; mah jong, 12:30 p.m.; movie, 12:45 p.m.

Senior Center
299 Elm St. (860) 763-7425, and click on Senior Center.

Pickleball: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to noon at the courts at Mark Twain on South Road. All games are drop in and everyone is welcome.

Fermi High School students – Technology Instruction: Tuesdays, 3 – 5 p. Will help participants with any questions about their computer, tablet, phone or social media. Available for one-on-one lessons also.

Flu Clinic: Oct. 8, 16 and 22, 10 a.m. to noon. No appointment necessary

Superintendent of Enfield Public Schools Dr. Jeffrey Schumann: Oct. 14, noon luncheon. All community older adults are invited to this complimentary lunch. Dr. Schumann will also host a conversation at 1 p.m. Bring your questions and comments to share with him. Call 860-763-7428 for reservation.

Coloring for Stress Relief: Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. We provide coloring sheets, colored pencils and a relaxing cup of tea. No charge but registration is requested.

The Magic of Brian Miller: Oct. 15, 6 p.m. Tickets on sale for $7 per person. Dessert and coffee will be served.

Enfield Single Seniors: Oct.. 21, 6 p.m. Pot luck dinner at the senior center. Bring your favorite dish and your own dinnerware. New members are welcome.

“Beatles for Sale” Tribute Band: Oct. 23, 6 p.m. Tickets on sale for $7 per person including coffee and dessert.

Ageless Grace classes: Free trial class Oct. 26, 2:15 – 3 p.m. Cutting-edge brain fitness program based on neuroplasticity involving all five areas of the brain and simultaneously addresses all 21 physical skills ne3ded for lifelong optimal function. Class coming to the senior center in November. Call the senior center office to register.

Oct. 7, 1 p.m.: Social Security Check-Up.
Oct. 21, 1 p.m.: Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration.
Oct. 22, 6 p.m. Do You Have Prediabetes?

Day trips are available for sale on or after the trip sign-up date.

Nov. 4: Foxwoods Resort Casino and Theater to celebrate Veterans day with the music of the 4TROOPS. Cost $80 per person.

Nov. 18: Goodspeed Opera House to see “A Wonderful Life.” Prior to show, lunch at Gelston House restaurant. Cost is $149 per person.

Dec. 3: Foxwoods with Lee Greenwood “Tennessee Christmas” Cost. $94 per person. Sign-up date: Oct. 9, 10 a.m.

AARP CHAPTER 3062 TRAVEL CLUB: For reservations, call Evelyn at (860) 749-8798 or Stacia at (860) 749-3714. Pick-up for all trips will be on the west side of Macy’s, near Wendy’s. Anyone wishing to join Chapter 3062 can do so by coming to any meeting, held on the first Thursday of the month.

Oct. 14: Octoberfest at Platzl Brauhaus in Pomona, NY German lunch and entertainment with German music and dancing. Standing Steamship Roast Sandwich for ride home. $91 per person. Departs at 7:45 a.m.

Nov. 1: We have added another bus to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Cost: $74 per person. Register at the senior center front desk.

Nov. 17: Newport Playhouse and Cabaret in Newport, RI. Includes buffet lunch, a playhouse comedy show “Remember Me?”, and a cabaret show. Departs 8:30 a.m. $82 per person.

Dec. 6: “Sinatra’s 100th Birthday Party”, Paul Salos, America’s Got Talent finalist will amaze you with his talent and Sinatra sounds and looks. This is an exclusive matinee show at the Hu Ke Lau. Includes a plated lunch and reserved seating. Departs 10:30 a.m. $85 per person.

LONGMEADOW Senior Center, 231 Maple Road, (413) 565-4150.

Flu Clinics in 2015:
Oct. 8, 4 – 6 p.m. Greenwood Adult (Over 60 room)
Oct. 14, noon – 2 p.m., Greenwood Adult Center
Oct. 28, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Greenwood Adult Center
Nov. 3, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Storrs Library Meeting Room

Longmeadow Veterans’ Circle: Oct. 7, 12:15 p.m. View documentary film “Price of Peace.” A lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. prior to the meeting and is free to veterans. You must call and sign up for lunch at least 24 hours ahead at 413-525-4150.

Over 60 Club: Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m. Steve and Tom Duo will entertain with music from the 40′s through the 70′s. Yearly dues are $10 (drop in rate is $5) and includes cake and coffee. New members are always welcome. Call 413-567-0584 with questions.

AARP Smart Driver Course: Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m.. – noon; Refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. No test to pass – just useful information to keep you safe on the road. Call the senior center to register in advance.

Classical Music: Oct. 14, 12:30 p.m.

Movie: Oct. 15, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. “McFarland, USA.”

Senator Eric Lesser: Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m. Bring your questions and say “Hi.”

Discussion Group: Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m. moderated by Saul Finestone. Open discussion of current events and topics that you bring along and would like to discuss.

Bingo: Oct. 21, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. $3 a card. join in the fun; bring your friends. Six games, six ways to win.

Journey to Jazz: Oct. 27, 1 – 2:30 p.m. DVD recording of Benny Goodman’s last recorded live performance in 1981.

Halloween Bash: Oct. 29, noon; We will trick or treat, paint pumpkins, play Halloween bingo, tell ghost stories and eat ghoulish treats. Prizes for best costumes.

Book Club: Nov. 3, 12:20 – 1:30 p.m. November reading is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.

Play Bridge: Thursdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. George Armstrong coordinates bridge games for non-competitive players. You are welcome whether you are a beginner, haven’t played for a long time or just like to play for fun.

Oct. 21: Art in the Orchard at Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, MA. Self-guided trail about half mile long; 28 selected sculptors. Bring a picnic lunch or buy pre-picked apples, peaches, berries and cider slushies in the farm stand. Van will leave the center at 10 a.m. and return by 2 p.m. $5 per person for the van.

Senior Center
19 Battle St., (860) 763-4379. Florence Hurley; fax: (860) 763-8229. Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Flu Clinic: 9 – 11 a.m.

Senior Club Lunch – noon to 1 p.m.:
Oct. 7: stuffed chicken breast
Oct. 14: roast beef and potatoes
Oct. 21: pizza
Oct. 28: ham and scalloped potatoes

Wednesday: 1 -3:30 p.m. Dominoes; Wii bowling, 1 -3:30 p.m.; Pitch card group, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday: Healthy breakfast, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m; Chair Aerobics, 10 a.m.; bingo, noon – 3:30 p.m.; Bridge Club, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday: Qigong, 8:30 – 9 a.m.; Art group, 9 a.m. – noon;
Monday: Chair aerobics, 10 a.m.; Zumba Gold, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Coffee Donuts, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.; Reiki (by appointment) Knitting Group, 9 – 11 a.m; Pinochle group, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.; Pitch card group, 1 – 3:30 p.m.



Fuel Assistance Applications: Applications are taken by appointment only. Call 413-732-1072 to schedule your appointment or for information. This is a federally funded program to assist low income and elderly households with their winter heating bills. Eligibility is determined on the basis of a household’s gross income (before deductions) and size.

Outreach Help line, weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., (413) 750-2896.

Mature Workers Program: Are you 55 or older and seeking employment? Low income seniors may qualify to work as Senior Aides. Call (413) 787-6126 for information

Fitness Center:310 Plainfield St., residents 50 and over, $1 per day or $10 per month. Wheelchair accessible. Open 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call Margaret Sheldon, (413) 886-5240.

Basic Computer Training: With Generations online, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (413) 750-2090 to register.

Golden Age Travel Club: To register, call (413) 787-6486. Buses depart from Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex.

Greater New Life Christian Center
1323 Worcester St., Indian Orchard, (413) 304-2077.

Tuesdays: Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; fun and games, 1 p.m.; afternoon prayer, 1 p.m.; Cyber 4 Seniors Intro to Computing, 2 p.m.

Thursdays: Arts and crafts, 11 a.m.; hula hoop and aerobics for seniors, noon; day spa, 1-3 p.m.

1187 1/2 Parker St., (413) 750-2873.

Monday: Walking Club/Coffee Hour, 9 a.m.; dancercize, 9:30 a.m.; mini-strength class, 11:30 a.m.; lunch, $2 donations requested; reservations required.

Tuesday: Walk Club/Coffee Hour, 9 a.m.; walk/strength class, 10:30 a.m.; tai chi, 10:45 a.m.; line dancing, 1 – 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Walk Club/Coffee Hour, 9 a.m.; mini-strength class, 11:30 a.m.; lunch at noon; $2 donation requested; reservations a must.

Thursday: Walk Club/Coffee Hour, 9 a.m.; walk/strength class, 10:30 a.m.; pitch, 12:15 – 3 p.m., $2.
Friday: Sixteen Acres Golden Age Club meeting, 1 – 3 p.m.

25 Barney Lane, Springfield, (413) 787-7714. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lunch: Hot lunch served 2nd, 4th Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.,
$2, reservations required by the previous Friday, call (413) 787-7714.

Tuesdays: Easy Does It group exercise, 10:30 a.m.

Third Thursday Wellness clinic, blood pressure, blood
sugar checks and INR checks, 11:30 a.m.; Vietnamese Women’s Group, 10 a.m.-noon.

1600 East Columbus Ave., (413) 787-6785.

Computer Lab: Two-week class on Tuesdays and Thurs´
days, 9:30-11 a.m. Call (413) 787-6785 to register.

ACTIVITIES: Mondays, 9-11 a.m., New Goodtime Singers.

309 Chestnut St., (413) 739-4874, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lunches: Monday through Friday, noon. Call by 11 a.m. Members $3.25, non-members $3.50. Delivery, add 25 cents.

Line Dancing: Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. in the dining room.

Trains Running: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m

773 Liberty Street, Springfield, (413) 733-9411; Director, Linda M. Henley.
Open Mon.Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday: Light aerobics and strength exercise, 10:30 a.m.; social hour, coffee and news, 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday: Knitting and crocheting group, 9:30 a.m.; Pokeno, noon; hot lunch served every second and fourth Tuesday, noon. Call the senior center for reservations; required by the previous Friday.

Thursday: Exercise group, 10:30 a.m.; tai chi, 1st and 3rd Thursday, noon, $3; movie matinee, 1:30 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing, 10 a.m.; Brown bag, every second Friday; Reflexology and cair massage, every third Friday.

439 Union St., Emerson Hall, (413) 733-3917.

Monday: Bible study, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday: Bingo, noon; chair class, 1-2 p.m.; blood pressure screening, 12:30-1 p.m.

Wednesday: Strength with Bands, 10:30 a.m. (alternate biweekly with line dancing).

Friday: Movie, 10 a.m.; dominoes, 12:30 p.m.

1516 Sumner Ave., (413) 782-4536; contact: Alex Martin, director, email:

Lunches: First and third Thursday, 11:45 a.m.

Monday: Line dancing, 10 a.m.

Tuesday: Dominoes, 10 a.m.; arts and crafts, 10 a.m.

Wednesday: Easy Does It exercise, 9 a.m.; meditation, inspirational dancing.

Thursday: Lunches, 11:45 a.m.; gardening in small spaces, 11 a.m.

Friday: Tai chi, 8:45 a.m.; weight loss support; blood pressure check; diabetic screening, 10 a.m.

Community Center
335 Berkshire Ave., (413) 732-1072.

Lunch: Daily, 11:45 a.m., $2.

Monday: Chair exercise, 9:15 a.m.; coffee with friends, 9:30 a.m.;cards, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Chair exercises, a.m.; coffee with friends, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 10-11:30 a.m.; bingo, 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday: Coffee with friends, 9:30 a.m.; foot care,
second Wednesday, by appointment; cards, 1 p.m.; wellness clinic, fourth Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.

Thursday: Coffee with friends, 9:30 a.m.; Golden Agers, 1 p.m.

Friday: Coffee with friends, 9:30 a.m.; cards, 1 p.m.; pokeno, 1-3 p.m.; movie.

Senior Center
122 Clyde St., (413) 787-5220, hours: weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch: 11:15 a.m.

Monday: Coffee hour, 8 a.m.; Elm’s nurses, glucose and blood pressure clinic, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Open Art Studio, noon.

Tuesday: Coffee hour, 8 a.m.; drop-in knitting with Nancy, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Open Art Studio, all day.

Wednesday: Coffee hour, 8 a.m.; Crochet basics, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Open Art Studio, all day.

Thursday: Coffee hour, 8 a.m.; resident doctors from Brightwood Health Center; lectures and education program, 10 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; sewing project, noon.

Friday:Coffee hour, 8 a.m.; Fit Fridays!, lectures, cooking demonstrations, activities, Fitness with Glenny, strengthening, stretching and smiling, 10 – 11 a.m.; book club with Hayde from Brightwood Library, 11 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Open Art Studio, noon.

Available Daily: Billiards and dominoes.

Brown Bag for Food Pantry: Fourth Tuesday of the month (unless it is a holiday.)

1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715, or online at

Kosher Meals: Served daily. To reserve a lunch, call 413-739-4715 by 11 a.m. the day before.

Transportation Service: Available Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Call 413-739-4715 for more information or for reservations. Cost $2 per ride or buy a card of 12 rides for $18.

Medical Stock Exchange: You can borrow medical equipment from the JCC. Canes, walkers, shower chairs, motorized scooters and more in our inventory. Please donate gently used equipment that is no longer needed.

The Civil War: Its Causes, Technology and Much More: Oct. 14 – Nov. 18. presented by Stu Greene. Cost: $100 JCC members, $135 general public.

Clinics: Blood pressure screenings, Thursdays, 11

To register for trips, stop by the JCC, contact Beverly Nadler at or call (413) 739-4715.

Oct. 20: Trip to O’Live A Little Specialty Gourmet at Evergreen Walk.
Includes transportation and 10% store discount on all purchases made that evening. Cost: $15 JCC members, $20 general public.

Oct. 29: The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, includes transportation, driver gratuity, lunch and admission to museum. Cost $100 JCC members and Glenmeadow residents. $110 general public. Co-sponsored by Glenmeadow Retirement.

Nov. 5: A Wonderful Life, new musical based on the classic film, at the Goodspeed Opera Hosue. Includes orchestra seat, transportation, driver gratuity and lunch at the Gelston House. Cost $115 JCC members and pasts trip participants, $120 general public.

Senior Center
145 Bridge St., (860) 668-8830, Paula J. Pascoe, director; Open Mon. – Thurs. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Lunch menu: Make reservations 24 hours in advance. Lunches are $3.50. If it’s your first time having lunch at the senior center, it’s on us! Spread the word, bring a friend.

Oct. 7: Beef stroganoff over egg noodles
Oct. 8: Corn chowder and seafood stuffed pita
Oct. 14: baked haddock
Oct. 15: spaghetti and meatballs
Oct. 21: lasagna
Oct. 22: Hawaiian ham and Swiss sliders
Oct. 28: herbed baked chicken
Oct. 29: lazy stuffed cabbage

We will resume soup lunches in October on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 5. For $2 you get 8 oz. bowl of soup and crackers. No reservations are necessary.

Wednesdays: Billiards, 8 a.m.; library/computers, 8 a.m.; A Stroke of Color, 8:30 a.m.; Pilates with yoga, 9 a.m.; computer assistance, 9:30 a.m.; cardio fit, 10:10 a.m.; chair exercise, 11:20 a.m.; lunch, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.; cards, 2 p.m.; yoga, 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays: Billiards, 8 a.m.; library/computers, 8 a.m; computer assistance, 9:30 a.m.; line dancing, 10 a.m.; lunch, noon; bingo, 1 p.m.; cards, 1 p.m.; beginner line dance, 3 p.m.; combo cardio-yoga, 4:30 p.m.; A Stroke of Color, 6 p.m.; Salsa, 6:30 p.m.

Fridays: Billiards, 8 a.m.; library/computers, 8 a.m.; Pilates with yoga, 9 a.m.; Wii bowling, 9 a.m.; bunco, 10 a.m.; cardio fit, 10:10 a.m.

Mondays: Billiards, 8 a.m.; library/computers, 8 a.m.; Pilates with yoga, 9 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 9:30 a.m.; Cardio Fit, 10:10 a.m.; cards, 1 p.m.; cards, 1 p.m.; A Stroke of Color, 6 p.m.

Tuesdays: Billiards, 8 a.m.; library/computers, 8 a.m.; line dancing, 10 a.m.; dominoes, 10 a.m.; Bridge, 12:30 p.m.; A Stroke of Color, 1 p.m.; Combo cardio Yoga, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 6:30 p.m.

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