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Council on Aging
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Secretary/Receptionist
Address:
106 Main Street
Monson, MA 01057
Phone:
(413) 267-4121
Fax:
(413) 267-4143
 
The mission of the Monson Council on Aging is to identify and provide comprehensive programs and social and support services that enrich the quality of life for Monson’s older adults and their families while also benefitting the well-being of the general community.

WHAT DOES THE MONSON COA DO FOR THE TOWN OF MONSON?
  • We provide an infrastructure of support for older adults within the community.
  • We help older adults to age with dignity and independence.
  • We are usually the first responders in time of need.
  • We provide an opportunity for socialization and growth.
COA Announcements & Updates
Monson Senior Center Activities

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday through Friday                          8 am - 3 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays
                             
Free WIFI
We have free WIFI at the center.  Stop in, have a cup of coffee, meet new friends, and search the web.

Don't Forget...
There is now a payment box located at the Monson Senior Center for the Tax Collector’s office. This box is for payments only.


THE FRIENDS OF MONSON SENIOR CITIZENS, INC.

The Friends is a non-profit group which supports the Council on Aging in providing nutrition, transportation, direct assistance, ctivities, opportunities for education, socialization and promoting independence for the older adults in the community of Monson.

The Friends are proud to report that purchases for the Council on Aging in the last few years include: a large screen HD TV, commercial freezer, tables, heated food containers for melas on wheels transport, as well as assistance in purchasing the current telephone and computer systems.

BE OUR FRIEND, PLEASE!
Join the Friends of Monson Senior Citizens, Inc. All Ages Welcome! Membership dues $15 per year; however any help is appreciated.  Monthly meetings are held at the Senior Center at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month .



WISH LIST
* Toilet Paper  * Rite-Aid Gift Cards   * Postage Stamps  
*  Paper Towels  * Nutritional Supplement Drinks    
*  Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards  
All donations are appreciated!

IF YOU ARE HOMEBOUND, and need information or assistance, Peg Harrison, Outreach Coordinator, or Elizabeth Faichney, Health & Human Services Coordinator, can visit you in your home.

TRANSPORTATION DONATIONS:
  • Trips in Monson – $2.00
  • To Palmer -- $3.00
  • To Wal-Mart -- $5.00
  • Long Distance Trips -- $5.00+
  • Volunteer Drivers -- $10.00+ for trips to Springfield, Belchertown or Ware areas and $15.00+ for Worcester or farther. Plus any tolls or paid parking.
NEWSLETTER LOCATIONS
A Senior Moment is available monthly at the following locations:

Adams (IGA) Supermarket
Beth's Restaurant
China King
Colonial Village Laundry Room
Colors Nail & Spa
Kim's Kuts
Monson Free Library
Monson Laundromat
Monson Medical Center
Monson Savings Bank
Monson Senior Center
Monson Town Administration Building
Palmer Green Estates
Pam's Hair
Rt. 32 Barber Shop
Woodbine Country Store

If you prefer, you may subscribe to have a year’s subscription of A Senior Moment mailed to your home, just send your check for $5.00 to:

Monson Council on Aging
106 Main Street
Monson, MA  01057

Keep Informed!  Subscribe today!







 


“LIBRARY AT YOUR DOOR”
The Monson Free Library is pleased to offer the community the  “Library At Your Door” homebound delivery service.  Tell us what you like to read, watch, or listen to and once a month we will deliver these items to your door.  Simple as that!  Call us at 413-267-3866 to get started today.
We are also looking for volunteers to deliver for this program.  Please call and ask for Hope if interested.


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SENIOR CENTER LUNCHES

The price of the Congregate and Home Bound Meal lunch is $2.50 per meal.   Parties and special dinners will be $4.00.

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PENNIES FOR FUEL
Monson's Ecumenical Fuel Fund Drive
Monson Emergency Fuel Fund

As of August 1, we reached the 50,000 penny mark ($500), and are now aiming for 100,000 pennies ($1,000).  Although this campaign ends Sept 1, donations to the Pennies for Fuel are always welcome through the Council on Aging.

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UPCOMING EVENTS / GUEST SPEAKERS


ANNUAL SUMMER PICNIC
August 28

Music by Jerome Riley (former lead singer of the Platters), following lunch.
Join us for Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salads & More

Make reservations by 2:30 pm on August 27.

This year our picnic will support the Monson Open Pantry.  We will be accepting donations of non-persishables or cash.


SEPTEMBER ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Stop by the Center to see an art exhibit by Susan Dion, a life-long resident of the Pioneer Valley and an artist for over 40 years. With a degree in Fine Arts from Westfield State, Dion draws her inspiration from a wealth of resources, and continues to learn from a variety of local artists. Her ongoing, reverential and keen observations of nature and all things in her visual world have continued to propel her to paint and draw. An admirer of the Impressionists, she enjoys trying to capture and play with the effects of light, space, and multiple colors found in her world, and using nature as a springboard for doing more playful abstract drawings with a more light-hearted approach.. As an ongoing part of her development, Dion continues to attend local exhibitions to learn and be inspired by others’ work. Through most of her work, she tries to convey feelings of celebration, wonderment and serenity. Her hope is to share this passionate vision with others.


Upcoming BusTrips
K-Mart/Ocean State  -- Sept 4
Call 267-4121 for your reservation  -  Leaving Senior Center at 9:00 AM


Join the Lunch Bunch for Fun and Food
The Lunch Bunch meets on the second Thursday of each month for lunch at nearby restaurants.  Transportation is available upon request.  

In Septembert, the Lunch Bunch will meet on Thursday, September 10 at Michaels Pasta in the Pan on Rt. 20 in Wilbraham.  Call the Center by Monday, August 10 to make your reservation.


TEA & EMPATHY
August 26   1-3 pm
September 30  1-3 pm
Come to the Senior Center to visit and enjoy a chat and a cup of tea with your peers.  A smile and good laugh can be therapeutic and help reduce stress in your life.  If you need a ride, please call the Center in advance at 267-4121 and make an appointment for the van to pick you up.


LUNCH AT WESTVIEW FARMS & SHOPPING AT KORAN'S
September 17 at 11:30 am
Space is limited, so please call early to reserve.  The van will leave the Center at 11:30 am.


APPLE PIE BAKING CONTEST - Open to all ages
Sept 23 at 12:30 pm
Call the Senior Center at 267-4121 to register for the Pie Baking Contest no later than Friday, September 18.  
If you'd like to join us for lunch prior to the contest, please make your lunch reservation by 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22.

September 23 @ 1:30 pm
The Monson Council on Aging has started a Senior Hiking Club.  All interested adults are welcome to join us on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30 pm.  We will meet at the Senior Center and then head off to Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Monson, MA for a wonderful hike.  Please call to register, and remember to bring a hat, sunscreen & insect repellant.

THE BIG E - Thursday Sept 24
The van will leave the Center at 8:30 am and return at approximately 2:30 pm.  You will be dropped off and picked up at the Gate.  The cost is $20.00 which includes the entrance fee.

Payment MUST be made when you make your reservation.  Spaceis limited, somake your reservation early to ensure a seat on the van.


TAG & BAKE SALE
Sponsored by the Friends of Monson Senior Citizens, Inc.
A Tag & Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, Sept 5 on the front lawn of the Senior Center (inside if it rains).  This will be in conjunction with the Annual Town-Wide Tag Sale.  All proceeds will benefit the Seniors of Monson through the Friends support of the Senior Center.  Donations of clean, saleable items for the tag sale (no clothing please) and baked goods for the bake sale are needed and would be greatly appreciated!   All tag & bake sale donations should be delivered to the Monson Senior Center on Friday, 9/4 between 1-3 pm.  Volunteers are also needed for both days.  Call Suzanne at 413-267-893-9182 with any questions or further information.


SENIOR ACTIVITIES AND SOCIAL EVENTS

CRAFTS & LAUGHS
Calling all crafters!! Bring a project to work on or share with others.  Come to the Center on either Monday or Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm or BOTH for twice the fun!


Calling All Those Who
Knit, Crochet, Quilt or Sew  

The Monday night Craft & Laugh group is working on making wraps/blankets for the schools.  They will be used in the event that an evacuation is needed and the children/youth are unable to get to their coats.
The blankets are made using #6 super bulky yarn.  
They would love to have you join them at 6 p.m. on Monday nights.
If you would like to help but are unable to come on Monday nights, donations of yarn would be greatly appreciated.

 
Monson WoodWackers - Wood Carving Club
Thursday evenings 6 – 8 pm
Anyone interested in woodcarving is encouraged to attend.  Membership fees are $10 per year. Beginner projects are available.  
For more information, contact Wes Harnois
T: 267-3322.  Email   bharnois22@comcast.net


Art Classes
Water colors, oils and acrylics.   Instructor, Loretta Medeiros
Class meets each Monday at 1:00 pm.   All adults, any age, are welcome.  Supplies are provided.


Other Activities include:  (unless otherwise noted, all activities are held at the Monson Senior Center.)

  • Canasta
  • Ceramics
  • Knitting/Crocheting
  • Chair Exercise
  • Chair Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Reiki
  • Zumba
  • WII Bowling  (resuming on Friday, Sept 11)
  • Strength Training and Pilates (held at the Monson-Glendale United Methodist Church on Main   Street, Monson;
 For further information, please refer to our monthly newsletter "A Senior Moment", or call the office at 413-267-4121