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July Happenings at the Teague Center

July 2019


Summer is in full bloom here at the Claire Teague Senior Center! Our robust vegetable garden is beginning to produce a bounty for us, our friends and neighbors. Stop by to take a look.

Meanwhile, our new website is under construction, and we were fortunate to have a visit recently from reporter Brian Sullivan of WGBY news in Springfield. He produced a wonderful program about our Senior Center and our role in the community. Below, you will be able to watch this video in full.

We have the usual array of activities in store in July, including a summer picnic dinner, and we are planning ahead for some autumn adventures.

Please stop in, bring a friend, tell a friend.

We always look forward to seeing you.

Polly Mann-Salenovich, Director
Jennifer Messina, Assistant Director

Claire Teague Senior Center
In the News!
WGBY-TV news reporter Brian Sullivan produced a great program about the Great Barrington Senior Center. Watch it here.
Music & Lunch
Tuesday, July 16, 11:30

 Bill Shontz is back! Join us and hear Bill sing and play the saxophone, 11:15-12:15. Great Barrington Health Care provides FREE lunch at 11:30. Call or sign up in the dining room to attend.
Summer Cookout & Music
Thursday, July 18

One of our other popular performers, Willie Nininger, plays during our summer cookout, July 18 from 11:15-12:15. Lunch is served at 11:30, with hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and baked beans for $2 per person. 

To attend, call us or sign up in
 the dining room.
Evening Picnics: July 17 & Aug. 14

Join us at the Senior Center for two evening picnics on Wednesdays, July 17 and Aug. 14, from 4-6 p.m. Wine and cheese from 4:00-4:30, followed by summer sandwiches from 4:30-6. Cost: $2 per person. RSVP no later than the day before. RAIN cancels.
Music Circle with Oren: July 30
Oren will return again this month for a music circle on Tuesday, July 30, 1-2 pm. Feel free to bring your own instruments as well. A sign-up sheet is in the dining room for this event.
GB Historical Society 
In July, there will be a walk and picnic lunch to the Great Barrington Historical Society in July. We will be walking over together and have a picnic lunch, after a tour of the historical site. Date and time to be announced, so please indicate your interest by calling or signing up in the dining room.


Check out the July lunch menu HERE.
A $2 lunch donation is requested for guests 60 or over; free lunch provided July 18 by Great Barrington Health Care. Veterans and spouses are invited for free lunches on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month.


Some of our region's great cultural institutions offer free Friday
for all ages throughout the summer.

July 5:     Jacob’s Pillow
July 12:   Chesterwood & Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
July 26:   Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum
Aug. 2:     Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood & Naumkeag
Aug. 9:     Hancock Shaker Village
Aug. 16:   Berkshire Theatre Group
Aug. 23:   Berkshire Museum
Aug. 30:   MASS MoCA

For questions about the program or for a full listing of events throughout Massachusetts, call 617-969-8900, or visit The full list is posted at the Senior Center's bulletin board.
Making the Most of Your Farmer's Market

Do you use your Farmers Market coupons to their fullest potential?
A Berkshire Botanical Garden representative will give a talk at the Senior Center on Thursday, July 11 at 11:45 p.m. on how to “best utilize” your Farmers Market coupons this summer and fall. Coupons will soon be available to income-eligible participants, so call to reserve yours now (528-1881). Call us or sign up for this talk in the dining room. 
Friday Movie: July 19, 12:15

This month’s movie will be "Crazy Rich Asians," released in 2018, starring Constance Wu & Henry Golding. This contemporary romantic comedy follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu to Singapore to meet her boyfriend's family. A sign-up sheet is in the dining room
Wellness, Art, Computer Classes & More
All classes and vents are FREE unless otherwise noted
For activities requiring sign-up or appointments, call 528-1881
9 a.m.-2 p.m.  (second Monday) Foot Nurse Jane Kelly, by appointment, $40

12:15-3 p.m. Tech Tips: Computer, iPhones, iPads & More: By appointment

12:30 p.m.  Acupuncture 1st & 3rd Monday, 1-hour group sessions
(last appointment at 12:30)

9 a.m.-noon  SHINE (Health Insurance Counseling). By appointment, 
Noon-3:30 p.m.  Bridge 
12:30-2 p.m.  Bingo (1st Tuesday free pizza for Bingo players)

12:30 p.m.  Brown Bag Groceries/Food Bank of Western MA, for eligible participants, (2nd Wednesday)
12:30-2 p.m.  Painting with Margaret Bucht, $3
12:45 p.m.  Melt Method pain relief, DONATION
1:30-2:30  Tax Prep through April 10, by appointment
1-2 p.m.  Caregiver Support Group, 3rd Wednesday, 
4 p.m. Decorative Arts

9:30 a.m. Vera's Painting Class
10:30-11:30 a.m.  News and Views discussion group with David Rutstein  
10:30-11:30  Dixie the Therapy Dog Visits 
Noon: Blood Pressure Clinic (4th Thursday)
1 p.m. Art Class with Eunice
4 p.m.  Women's Cancer Support Group (2nd & 4th Thursday)

12:30 Knitting Classes with Peg Butterworth 
12:30  Genealogy using, by appointment
MOVING: Fitness, Dance & More

9:15  a.m Cross-Training w/Misha ($3:50)
10:30 a.m. Awareness Through Movement w/ Misha (floor, $3.50)
12:45 a.m. Beginners Tap Dancing with Carolyn ($5)
2 p.m. Intermediate Tap Dancing with Carolyn (5)


9:30 a.m. Move and Groove with Nadine "Dee" Foster $3
9:45 a.m.  Pilates for Osteoporosis Prevention/Kathi (challenging, $5)
3:30 a.m.  Strength Training with Christine ($3)


9:30 a.m.  Easy-Does-It Yoga with Joanne ($5)


9:30 a.m.  Move & Groove with Nadine "Dee" Foster, $3
10 a.m.  Therapeutic Movement Exercise/Breathing w/Suzanne ($3)
4 p.m.   Misha's Advanced Class ($10)

9 a.m.  Tai Chi w/Christine ($3)
10 a.m.  Chair Exercise with Ann (FREE)
12:45 p.m.  Beginners Tap Dancing ($5)
2 p.m.  Intermediate Tap Dancing ($5)
Planning Ahead

The Great Barrington Historical Society and the Senior Center are collaborating on a program about the historic Bidwell House in Monterey, on Wednesday, Aug. 28.  Hold the date. Details coming soon.

Oct. 5: Craft and Bake Sale

The Senior Center is holding a Craft and Bake Sale at the Center on Saturday, Oct. 5th, 10-2 p.m. The booth fee is $10.00. We are looking for vendors selling handmade items only, please. Reserve space now and showcase your handiwork. We will be selling hot dogs and baked goods. We are looking for vendors and volunteers to provide baked goods.

Oct. 18: "On Your Own in Salem" 

Another joint trip with the Sheffield COA takes place Friday, Oct. 18, departing Claire Teague Senior Center at 8 a.m., departing Salem for home at 5:30. The cost is $55 per person, which includes tip and snacks. Everyone is “on their own” to the sights of this historic town. Payment is due by Sept. 11; no refunds, but you can give your ticket to someone else. 
Notes and Footnotes
We are forming a Quilters Club for all ages and abilities at the Claire Teague Center. We are seeking quilters to teach, learn and quilt together. Quilting is a creative and social craft and we welcome quilters and aspiring quilters. Contact us at (413) 528-1881.
Stop in anytime! There is always someone here, something to do and something to enjoy. New in town? Come and meet some of your neighbors. 

Give us a call during weekday business hours with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
(413) 528-1881

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