Newburyport Daily News
---- — MERRIMAC — The following special activities for May “Older Americans Month will be held at the Senior Center, 100 East Main St.:
Summertime Tea: Summertime … and the living was easy for many at the turn of the last century. The beaches offered amusements for both the rich and poor alike. People enjoyed dancing, vaudeville shows, bandstand concerts, the latest rides and other entertainments. Join “Mrs. Gordon” on May 16 at 2 p.m. as she gives a first-hand account of what it was like to spend a day at the beach in 1908. Tea, punch and refreshments will be served. There is no charge; sign up in advance.
Donaghue School Chorus: The student chorus of Donahue School will be performing on Tuesday, May 20, at 11:30 followed by lunch.
40th Anniversary and Older Americans Day Celebration: Come and enjoy this special day with surprises all day, luncheon with entertainment. Sign up for lunch in advance.
‘Gen Silent’: A special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary, “Gen Silent,” at the Merrimac Library, May 28, 6 p.m. What would you do if you were old, disabled and being discriminated or hated for your sexual preference? This film uncovers the effects of oppression before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation.
Chief’s Breakfast, May 26: Join us for a fabulous breakfast on May 26 at 8:30 a.m. followed by information sharing from town department heads, legislators, assistant superintendent from Essex County Sheriff’s Department and many others. The breakfast is free; sign up in advance.
Low Vision Support Group: Police Chief Eric Shears will be discussing concerns and safety issues for people living with low vision on Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Merrimac Senior Center. Transportation will be available by calling 978-346-9549. Sign up in advance.
Day trips: Mystic Aquarium and Seaport on May 18, Boston Pops on June 7, The Temptations — Live in Concert, June 11, Newport 2014 Flower Show on June 28. Other trips include touring the Boston Harbor Islands on Saturday, July 26; and Boston Strong: Red Sox with Duck Tour and Sam Adams Tour on Sept. 8. For more information or a full listing of trips, call Ann at the Merrimac Senior Center, 978-346-9549.
Travel Specials: Niagara Falls Finger Lakes Tour, Oct. 21-24; Classic Christmas Markets, Nov. 28-Dec. 6; Hawaii Cruise Tour, Jan. 22 to Feb. 1
Merrimac Senior Gift Shop is run by senior volunteers and crafters who have their beautiful handmade items for sale, including knitted baby sets, blankets, quilts, table runners, placemats, jewelry, cards and soaps. Every week there is something new at very reasonable prices. A portion of every sale is donated to the senior center to support activities and programs. The shop is open Monday. 12:30 to 2 p.m., Tuesday; noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon. The Crafters Showcase in the lobby is open every day during regular operating hours.
COA Mystery Book Readers Club members and anyone who has read “The Kings Reception” will meet Friday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Men’s Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. for coffee and conversation.
Tai chi classes are every Thursday morning at 10:30 at the Merrimac Senior Center with Petra Horgan and open to anyone; $3 per class.
Exercise classes Held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday with Pam Pacione from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; $3 per class.
Drawing and Painting Classes with Beverly Mitchell, May 16 through June 20; one-time fee of $40 for six-week session. Call the senior center to get more information.
Rug Hooking with Gail Majauckas, Mondays, 9 a.m. to noon; Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Line Dance classes with Gerry Mullen, Fridays, 9:30 to11 a.m.; $3 per class
Card games: Bridge, Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; “45’s,” Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.; poker, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.