Transportation Program: Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority representatives will discuss local transportation options on Tuesday Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Discussion will include the Ring & Ride program, a free curb-to-curb shared van service available to Georgetown residents that provides transportation for any purpose such as medical appointments or shopping at destinations within the Merrimack Valley along with the Medi-Ride Program, which provides one-day-a-week, shared medical transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. Refreshments will be served. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for more information.
Budgeting Program: Bea Stankard, money management program manager at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, will present Budgeting 101 on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church. The program offers simple steps on preparing a budget and how to live within the budget. It also includes some strategies for individuals who may be experiencing financial difficulties. Refreshments will be served. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for more information.
November Birthday Party: The monthly birthday party for November will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church. November birthday celebrants will receive a free lunch; the cost for everyone else is $2. To make reservations, call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 by Wednesday Nov. 21.
November Van Trips: The van schedule for November is Thursday, Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m., Super Walmart in Salem, N.H.; Thursday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m., Plaistow, N.H.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m., Newburyport; Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m., Haverhill; Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m., Rowley; Tuesday, Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m., Seabrook; and Thursday, Nov. 29, 10:30 a.m., North Shore Mall, Peabody. Suggested donation is $2 round-trip. Reservations can be made two days in advance by calling the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726.
NEET Fundraiser: The Northern Essex Elder Transport program is collecting used cell phones as a fundraiser for the volunteer-run elder medical transportation program. By partnering with Cellular Recycler, the National Council on Aging either recycles used cell phones for their metals or refurbishes the phones for use in developing countries. Funds raised by the local collection will benefit the NEET program. The fundraiser will continue through February. In its 31st year, the NEET program is a nonprofit volunteer program serving elders in 14 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley. Volunteer drivers with the program provide door-to-door transportation for elders to local and out-of-town medical appointments. A collection box for used cell phones is available at the Council on Aging office.