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Activities

Social Activities

The COA has something for everyone! This section covers regularly-occurring activities ranging from bridge to help with your taxes. Some activities are only in the initial planning stages, and more info will be posted as they develop. Many one-time-only activities are also scheduled – see Calendars

October 2019 Calendar

Changes and highlights are also published on Mondays in the Senior Bulletin Board in the Berkshires section of the Berkshire Eagle.

**NOTE** : If you are interested in any of the current or proposed activities, please call the COA at 684-2000 to add your name/phone/email to a new database we’re building. You may also email the COA at dmiddlebrook@dalton-ma.gov; be sure to include your name and phone and use the subject “Senior Center program inquiry” so your message won’t get lost in spam!  You will then be contacted by the activity’s sponsor with more details or information about meetings. Sponsors will also be posting specific event info at the Senior Center.

Cards, other table games
Bridge: this card group meets from 1-4PM on Thursdays.
Pitch – card players meet Fridays from 9:30-12:00 AM
Cribbage is played on Fridays from 9:30-11.  Beginners are welcome!

Arts & Crafts
– Knitting/crocheting group meets Tuesdays from 1-3PM; group is organized by Helga Knappe.
– Oil Painting class is offered on Tuesdays from 12:30-3PM with Sue Edwards (fee)
– Quilting Workshop meets Thursdays from 10AM-3PM; class is led by Maureen Michell.
 Art Class is offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00PM with artist Katherine Stocking-Koza (fee), Offering instruction in drawing, portraiture, acrylic painting, watercolor or pastels.

Other
Triad is a collaborative program with local law enforcement, fire, Sheriff’s Department, DA’s Office and seniors that meets on third Wednesdays at 1PM. Learn important updates happening in the community. All are welcome/free
Movie Night is the 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month from 6:00-8:00.  The move costs $2.00 but the popcorn is free!  The featured movies can be found on our monthly calendar.

George E. Kennedy Memorial Movie & Music Loan Program

Is the Center closed for the weekend? Is bad weather leaving you nothing to do?  The Movie and Music Library has a wonderful selection of War Documentaries, TV series (such as Red Skelton), and popular movies.  Music CDs has a wide range of music from Big Band to Rock, Country and Pop!  Come and visit if you are expecting to recover from an injury, or just looking to enjoy a movie or music for the night.  No Charge!

Veteran’s History Project

Are you a veteran?  Are you a civilian who supported the war effort?  Don’t let this important history be lost to time.

Since October 1975 when the Dalton Council on Aging, in partnership with Dalton Community Television were accepted as official collecting partners for the Veterans History Project in Washington, DC, we have submitted over 100 interviews to the Library of Congress.  Service men and women from all branches of the military, family members and those who worked towards keeping the war and home-front forward moving have submitted their stories.

To participate, you will meet with Veteran and former Marine, Tyrone Belanger who will talk with you about your experiences.  Through this process, you will decide what you would like to share during the interview.  John Ostrech, DCAA Chair or staff will record the talk and create DVD’s for you, the Library of Congress, and the DCTV archives.  Volunteers such as Mary Lamke and Tom Murray transcribe and edit prior to sending.