Shared medical rides: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority provides shared medical transportation one day a week for Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. In Georgetown, a van will pick up and drop off clients at their homes on Mondays. Those who need a ride on another day should call the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services, which will do its best to accommodate needs. At Lahey Clinic, customers should make medical appointments between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The van will leave Lahey Clinic no later than 3:30 p.m. Customers with medical appointments in Boston should make appointments between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The van will depart Boston no later than 3:30 p.m. Boston hospitals include Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Shriner’s Burn Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts New England Medical Center, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center and VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. Rates are $8 cash one-way or $16 cash round-trip. Reservations and applications are necessary and may be made one to two weeks in advance by calling the MVRTA at 978-469-6878, option 3.
Drivers needed: The Council on Aging is seeking additional volunteer drivers to provide local elders with rides to medical appointments through Northern Essex Elder Transport. Staffed by volunteer drivers, a donation of 43 cents per mile is suggested to help support the program and defray the increased cost of gasoline for volunteer drivers. However, donations are only suggested and no one will be denied a ride if unable to give a donation. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for information or to volunteer.
Morning card games, cribbage: Drop in for a card or cribbage game Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church. Coffee and snacks are served. Make a day of it and stay for lunch. Call the Council on Aging at 978-352-5726 for more.