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March at the Claire Teague Senior Center

March 2020

We hope to see you here in March!


Polly Mann-Salenovich

Visit our new website,!
Monument Mountain High School
 Musical  Presentation
Seniors are cordially invited to a FREE evening
of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s         
Monday;  Mar 30, 2020  at 6 pm
Snacks and drinks provided courtesy of  National Honors Society.
Why not come out and spend time with Barbara Bailly and some of our community seniors in March on a couple of Saturdays!

Pancakes and Bingo 
 March 14th
at 10 am
March 28th at 10 am

 Please sign up in the dining room at
least 24 hours in advance or call the
Claire Teague Senior Center.
Join us at 12:30 
Friday, March 13th for 
 the 2019 version of

with Meryl Streep
 please sign up in the dining room or call (413) 528-1881
Spring into Spring
with musician, 
Bill Shontz 
          Thursday March 19
                11:15 -12:15 
We’ll be having our
First of the Season Cookout
with potato salad and beans…..Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Polly won’t have to be out there with a parka and snowshoes! hahaha!
$2 Suggested Donation
Please sign up in the dining room or call us at 413-528-1881


Check out the March menu HERE.
A $2 lunch donation is requested for guests 60 or over. Veterans and spouses are invited for free lunches on the 2nd Thursdays of the month. You are welcome to bring a guest any time. Laurie Hils, our Great Barrington Veterans representative will be here as well. We ask for at least 24 hrs. notice and the fee for Guests are: those under 60: $7; 60 years and over: $2 donation. Call us at (413) 528-1881.


Learn about RSVP

Wednesday, March 11th at 10:30 am

Claire Teague Senior Center is now RSVP Station!!

I am pleased to announce that the Claire Teague Senior Center is now a RSVP
Station. Retired Senior Volunteer Program ( RSVP) has many volunteer
opportunities available. Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Monterosso will be on site in the lobby of the senior center  on Wednesday, March 11th at 10:30.  I am especially excited about the possibility of having a broader base of  volunteer drivers to meet the  transportation needs of our seniors.  There are many different opportunities available and Diane will discuss all of them and the benefits. 
For direct questions about RSVP; please call at (413) 499-9345.

RSVP is a national organization funded in part by the Corporation for National & Community Service (Senior Corps) & sponsored locally by the City of Pittsfield.  RSVP has chapters in every county of our country, with over a half million volunteers.
Join us on
March 19th
At 1 PM

John Wheeler
The Mycolodge
Will be here to talk with us all about
Please sign up in the dining room or 
call us at 413-528-1881.


Massachusetts Equipment Distribution Program
At the Claire Teague Senior Center
March 17th At 10:30 AM
           If you live with a disability, the Massachusetts Equipment  Distribution Program (Mass EDP) may be able to provide you with a specialized telephone network. Depending on your income level, these telephones may be offered for free or at reduced cost.
Mass EDP only provides home telephones with land line service.

the Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc.

The Claire Teague Senior Center is now hosting a free weekly legal clinic on Thursdays from 11:30-12:30. No appointments required; simply drop in. The clinic is staffed by the Berkshire Center for Justice, which offers services (health care proxies, wills, power of attorney, etc.) for prospective clients who are 60 or older. 
The drop-in legal clinic is a grant-funded program that will be available while funding is available.
Juggling classes
Free for the First Four Weeks of March -
Join us Fridays at  12:30 pm.
The BBC today reports that “complex tasks such as juggling produce significant changes to the structure of the brain”. These findings come from a study that performed brain scans on 48 volunteers before and after a six-week period, in which half of them were learning how to juggle. At the end of the study, jugglers showed a 5% increase in the white matter in an area at the back of the brain called the intraparietal sulcus. This is an area that is involved in “reaching and grasping for objects in our peripheral vision”.
This study indicates that learning a complex skill can result in changes in brain structure. This research will be of interest to the research community, but at the moment the practical implications of these findings are unclear. One of the authors suggests that this sort of knowledge could eventually help in developing new treatments for neurological diseases, but acknowledges that such  clinical applications are a long way off.

Please sign up in the dining room or 
call us at 413-528-1881.

March 26th at 1 pm
Carol Owens
 Author and writer

will be leading you in a workshop to create memoirs for your grandkids and the  next  generation.  Please bring sample photos.  This workshop is free and open to the public.
Please sign up in the dining room or call 413-528-1881.

If Dee Foster’s class Moves and Grooves (which resumes on January 7th) is bit much for you, please try Move and Groove II on Wednesdays at 9:45 –10:30. Your first class is free; then $3 per class.

Also, Ann Waldman has a great FREE Chair Exercise class that is FREE on Fridays, 10:00-11:00 am.

In both classes, you’ll get a fun, great workout--no matter what your exercise level--while seated in a chair. 
All classes and events are FREE unless otherwise noted
For activities requiring sign-up or appointments, call 528-1881
9 am-2 pm  (second Monday) Foot Nurse Jane Kelly, by appointment, $40

12:00-2 pm Tech Tips: Computer, iPhones, iPads & More: By appointment
10 am  Acupuncture 1st & 2nd Monday (this month due to observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) 1-hour group sessions

Noon-3:30 pm  Bridge  
12:30-2 pm  Bingo 
3:30 pm Strength Training

12:30 pm  Brown Bag Groceries/Food Bank of Western MA, for eligible participants,
(on 2nd Wednesday)
12:00 Pitch
1:30 pm  Melt Method pain relief, DONATION
1-2 pm  Caregiver Support Group, 3rd Wednesday

2:30-4 pm  Painting with Margaret Buchte, $3
3 pm Decorative Arts (on break until February)


9 am-noon  SHINE (Health Insurance Counseling). By appointment.
9:30 am Vera's Painting Class
10:30-11:30 am  News and Views discussion group with David Rutstein  
10:30-11:30 am  Dixie the Therapy Dog Visits 
11:30 am Blood Pressure Clinic (4th Thursday)
1 pm Art Class with Eunice
4:00 pm  Women's Cancer Support Group (2nd & 4th Thursday)


12:30 pm Knitting Together 
12:30 pm Genealogy using, by appointment

9:15 am Cross-Training w/Misha ($3:50)
10:30 am Awareness Through Movement w/ Misha (floor, $3.50)
1:00 pm Beginners Tap Dancing with Carolyn ($5)
2 pm Intermediate Tap Dancing with Carolyn (5)


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


9:30 am Easy-Does-It Yoga with Joanne ($5)
9:45 am: Move and Grooves II
with Dee Foster ($3)


9:30 am Move & Groove with Nadine "Dee" Foster, $3
4 pm Misha's Advanced Class ($10)

9 am Tai Chi w/Christine ($3)
10 am Chair Exercise with Ann Waldman (FREE)
1:00 pm Beginners Tap Dancing ($5)
2 pm Intermediate Tap Dancing ($5)
Claire Teague &Sheffield Senior Centers present:
MGM Casino &
Lunch at The Student Prince

Thursday, April 30th
Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Student Prince (a charming German-style restaurant), spend the afternoon at MGM Springfield Casino. Everyone receives $20 free bet and $10 food bonus!
Cost is $86 pp based on 40-52
Payment is due: March 20, 2020
Make checks payable to Friendship Tours

Depart:10:15 am from Sheffield Senior Center
Estimate Return: 5:30 pm Sheffield
For more information about either trip or to make reservations,
please call 413-229-7037.
Elizabeth Macchi         March 2
Roberta Nussbaum     March 3
Rosemary Smith           March 3
David Rosenburg          March 5
Cathy Walker                March 6
Patricia Broughan        March 7
Evelyn Race                   March 7
David Tucker                 March 8
Kathi Casey                    March 11
Mary Vogt                      March 12
Bruce Bailly                   March 14
Norbert Gudath           March 15
Alice Olender               March 16
Susan Peisner              March 16
Marylynn Hall             March 16
Judith Corbett             March 16
Pat Shultis                    March 19
Barbara Bailly              March 20
Rachel Shaw                March 20
Mimi Hassett               March 23
Steve Strommer         March 23
Jean Kollmer                March 23
Alan Buckes                 March 25
Lynn Stonebridge       March 25
Michelle Loubert        March 25
Veronica Deome        March 26
Jean McCarthy            March 30
Stop by 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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