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Council on Aging
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
Director
Administrative Assistant
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 and Wednesday                      8 am - 4 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday             8 am - 3 pm
Closed 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.

BE OUR FRIEND, PLEASE!
Join the Friends of Monson Senior Citizens, Inc. All Ages Welcome! Membership dues $5 per year; however any help is appreciated.  Next meeting at the Senior Center - December 10 at 7:00 pm.

PRICE INCREASE
Due to the continuing increase in the cost of food we must increase the price of the Congregate and Home Bound Meal lunches to $2.50 per meal as of September 1, 2014.

The cost of the parties and special dinners will be $4.00.

The staff has worked hard to keep expenses low and, as a result of their efforts, this is the first price increase we have had to make in 6 years. I’m sure you’ll agree that our meals are still a bargain.

The Salvation Army Service Unit will be interviewing for  Emergency Assistance the 2nd Monday of every month  from 12:30 – 2:30, except when there is a holiday on Monday; appointments will be made for the following Monday.  Call first so you will know what documents to bring to your appointment.  Appointments to see the Unit Secretary can be made by calling the Monson Senior Center at 413-267-4121.

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!

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.
 
Upcoming BusTrips
WalMart... Dec 5
Holyoke Mall... Dec 12
Call 267-4121 for your reservation  -  Leaving Senior Center at 9:00 AM

Join the Lunch Bunch for Fun and Food  
The Lunch Bunch will meet on December 11 at The Steaming Tender in Palmer.  Call the Center by December 8 to make your reservation.

Ceramics -  Thursdays at 9:30 am.  Also included on Tuesday nights at 6:00 pm as part of Craft & Laugh.

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.

COMPUTER ABC’s  and 123’s

Looking to learn a little more about emailing, surfing the web, social networking, or writing letters?

Once again, Lori will be holding classes at the Senior Center.  Classes will be one on one, 1 hour long, once a week for 4 weeks.  Day and time will be determined when you call, based on your schedule and Lori’s.  If interest indicates the need, she will accommodate 2 classes per week.  There is no charge; however, donations will be accepted with all proceeds to benefit the Monson Council on Aging and Senior Center.

CHRISTMAS PARTY
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Wednesday, December 17
Appetizers 11:15
Christmas dinner at Noon
Entertainment immediately following
Ted Hamel
Make your reservations by TUESDAY, December 16 at 2:30 pm.  Suggested donation $4.00


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Wednesday, December 31
Appetizers 11:15
Meal served at Noon
Then spend the afternoon dancing to the tunes of the
Music Masters
Make your reservations by Tuesday, December 30 at 2:30 pm
Suggested donation $4.00

*** SPECIAL LIVE SHOW ***
December 3
1:00 – 2:00 pm @ Senior Center

“Amahl and the Night Visitors”, a short opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, features a young, crippled boy and the miracle that cures him.  Three kings come to visit Amahl and his mother. They have come searching for a king and bring with them treasures of great value. After Amahl’s mother is caught trying to steal some of the gold to help her child, the kings forgive her. Overcome with gratitude, she tries to return the gold and Amahl tries to donate his staff because, due to a miracle, he can walk!

Presented by Green Room Productions and
sponsored by the Monson Arts Council

THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES
December 4    1:00 pm
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“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.

Crafts & Laughs
Crafts & Laughs Some More
Two nights available

Calling all crafters!! Bring a project to work on or share with others.  This Fall we’re offering twice the fun. Come to the Center on either Monday or Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm or BOTH!
SPECIAL:  MAKE A BEAUTIFUL CROCHET RIBBON NECKLACE.  Tuesday, Dec 9 & Monday, Dec 15 will each feature a special class on making beautiful crochet ribbon necklaces.  Fee $3.00.  All materials are supplied, with a limited number of crochet hooks.  If you have a G or H hook, please bring it.
All Tuesdays will include ceramics, and the first Tuesday of each month will also feature card-making with instructor Dory Hennihan. December 2 will feature Christmas Cards. Fee $3.00 for 6 cards. For more information call 413-267-4121.

Calling All Those Who
Knit, Crochet, Quilt or Sew  

The Monday night Craft & Laugh group is working on making 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

Other Activities include:  (unless otherwise noted, all activities are held at the Monson Senior Center.)
  • Strength Training and Pilates (held at the Monson-Glendale United Methodist Church on Main Street, Monson;
  • Knitting/Crocheting;
  • Canasta;
  • Zumba;
  • WII Bowling;
  • Tai Chi
  • Computer ABCs and 123s
For further information, please refer to our monthly newsletter "A Senior Moment", or call the office at 413-267-4121