Activities, Clubs & Programs

Are You Okay Program

This program is in conjunction with the Pittsfield Police Department and the Senior Center.  It provides a daily check-in telephone call to people who may live alone, be at risk of falling, have no local family, or for anyone who just wants to feel safer.  Each morning the individual receives a phone call in the morning.  If there is no response after several attempts then an alert to the family or emergency contact of the individual would occur.  If all else fails the Police Department will go to the house to make sure you are okay!  If you are interested please call (413) 499-9346 for more information.

AARP

Meetings are held at the Senior Center approximately five times per year, the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 PM.  Please check the events calendar for exact date.

Bingo

Games are played on Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:00 PM.  Bingo is not played on the first Wednesday of the month.  There is a small fee to play, with an extra cost for specials and monthly raffles.  Great Fun! Open to all seniors.  This group also has yearly free dinner parties.  Check daily schedule to see if Bingo is on or not.  Individuals interested in playing bingo should be at the game at least 15 minutes before to sign up with the group on the second floor.

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is held on the second Thursday of every month, except for the summer months of July and August, at 8:00 AM.  It is held in the main room on the second floor where the breakfast is cooked by staff and volunteers.  Guest speakers, usually related to health issues, begin at 9:00 AM.  This club is sponsored by Ralph J. Froio Senior Center and is open to all seniors.  Interested individuals must sign up in advance at the office where they can purchase a Breakfast Club ticket for $3.00.

Bridge

This program takes place every Tuesday at 1:00 PM.  All skill levels are welcomed!  You can come alone or bring other interested friends who like to play.  So, stop by, mingle with a great group of people, and enjoy yourself!

Brown Bag Program

Brown Bag provides groceries once a month to supplement the food budgets of low-income people who are 55 years of age and older.  This program is sponsored by the Food Bank of Western Mass and has a suggested donation of per month.  Applications can be picked up at the Senior Center office and eligibility will be determined.  Each client who is approved will receive an ID card and number.  The Brown Bag contains approximately $15.00 worth of food, and each month the bag of groceries is different.  Pickup for the Brown Bag program is the 4th Friday of each month between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
 

Bowling League

Enjoy the favorite sport of bowling on Mondays at 9:30 AM held at the Candle Lanes on North Street.  The team plays from September until the third week in April followed by a bowling banquet for those involved.  Good exercise and a lot of fun!!  Open to Pittsfield Seniors only.  Go to Candle Lanes, 255 North Street, (413) 447-9640.

Card Party

The Card Party is held every month on the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM.  The cost to attend is $1.00 per person and tickets can be purchased in the front office on the first floor.  The party includes dessert/coffee, time to play cards, or other games and table prizes.  This party is open to all seniors, but you must sign up and purchase your ticket(s) in advance at the front office.

Cards, Scrabble and Mahjong

Join the fun and cordiality of these engaging table games on Mondays at 12:30 PM.  You’ll encounter afternoons of fun with like-minded gamesters.  It’s instructive and delightful!  

Ceramics

The Ceramics class meets every Thursday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Beginners are welcomed.  Volunteers organize this group.  Dues are paid weekly to allow group purchases of paints and glazes.  Supplies are also purchased and then re-sold to the attendees.  The dues are $1.00 per week.  Admittance to class secures your slot.

The front office will take the names and phone numbers of interested individuals and give this to class volunteers for placement of the individuals into the class.

Coffee Shop

The Senior Center operates a Coffee Shop, Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The menu includes full breakfast at low prices.  Lunch is available from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The lunch menu includes soup, hot and cold sandwiches and desserts.  Many folks stop by to have a cup of coffee and visit with friends.  This is a great way to start the day at the Senior Center.  Open to all seniors.

Computer Courses-The Surf Club

The classes are one-hour surfing sessions held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at hourly increments from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.   The instruction includes the basics of computer usage and computer software used most often - Word Processing (letters) and Spreadsheets (budgets).  The Froio 'surfers' will learn to surf the web independently and the ability to emailing with messages and photos as well as assistance in setting up their own personal email account. Free!   Sign up or call the Senior Center.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

This is a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren, regardless of age.  The support group is made possible by the efforts of The Berkshire Children and Families McInerney Parents Center in collaboration with the Senior Center.  Each session will begin with a group meal followed by instructional support time for grandparents and supervised activities for grandchildren.  For more information call Amy at (413) 445-4136, Ext.  14 at the Berkshire Children and Families or Vincent Marinaro at the Senior Center at (413) 499-9346 for dates.

Line Dancing

The Monday class focuses on Traditional Line Dancing.  Free and open to all seniors!! Classes are held every Monday at 9:00 AM.

Literature Class

The Literature class is held from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Tuesdays.  The class is conducted by a volunteer, and consists of reading a chosen book or play and reviewing it.  If a film was made of the book, the film will be shown at the end of the reading and discussion.

Macramé

This group meets on Fridays at 9:00 AM and is instructed by volunteers.  This group fashions macramé patterns onto chair frames to create beautiful lawn chairs, plant hangers or pocketbooks.  Students supply their own materials or can purchase them from the instructor.  Step by step instruction is given through to the completion of the project.  No charge.  This class meets September through June.

Meals on Wheels

For information on home delivered meals - call Elder Services at (413) 499-0524.

NARFE - National Association of Retired Federal Employees

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees - Chapter 428 will hold eight meetings at the Senior Center on the fourth Monday of the month.  All meetings start at 1:00 PM.

No meetings are held in July and August.  The May luncheon meeting and the December dinner meeting are at other sites, at the direction of the Chapter.

NARFE is the only organization solely devoted to protecting the individual and family interest of civilians who have retired or will retire from federal service.  All federal annuitants, their spouses, federal employees and their spouses are eligible for membership.  Guests and visitors are welcome at all times

New Member Day

Every third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM, we are reaching out to local seniors in the community who may not know what is offered at the Senior Center.  It is an overview of all programs and a tour of the facility.  Complimentary danish pastries and coffee will be provided.  This lasts approximately one hour. These meetings are open to all seniors.

Nutrition Program

Elder Services of Berkshire County provides a hot meal at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center, Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM.   It is held in the Main Room on the second floor.  A voluntary donation of $2.00 is suggested.  Reservations are required a day in advance by calling (413) 499-9346 or checking in on the second floor before 11:30 AM.  Cancellations can be made by telephoning this office (413) 499-9346 and we will notify the program.

Osteoporosis Class

This class is a blend of discussions, nutritional information and exercise for those with Osteoporosis.  Exercise consists of balance, stretch and working with small weights.  We offer a Beginner Class, which entails a 12-week curriculum; while the Advanced Class acts as a support group, information sharing, and is more intensive.  Classes are held from September to December 12 weeks, and from January to March for another 12 weeks.  No charge and open to all seniors.

Outreach Services

An Outreach Worker is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM by appointment only.  The purpose of the outreach service is to provide informational and referral services free of charge to those seniors in the community who may not be aware of what is available to them, and also to bring seniors to the center to take advantage of the services available there.

Topics include health care and insurance information, activities at the Senior Center, community activities as well as assisting with identifying specific needs individuals may have.  The Outreach Worker is available to meet with you in your home or at the Senior Center, depending on personal preference.  For more information, or an appointment, please contact us at (413) 499-9346.

Pitch League

This group meets on Fridays at 9:00 AM weekly, to play Pitch.  There are prizes and yearly luncheons, and it is open to all seniors who wish to play and have fun!  There are nominal weekly dues per person.

Poetry Group

Members of this group read poems and discuss and analyze them.  Some members compose their own poems.  This group meets every Monday morning at 10:00 AM.  There is no charge for this group. Open to all seniors.

Quality Time Club

The Quality Time Club, a financial and social club for seniors, was established by the Greylock Federal Credit Union in 1990 for members who are age 55 and over to recognize the special place they hold in the Credit Union.  There are special qualifications to belong to the Club and in return there are special benefits for the members.  The membership meets quarterly at the Senior Center and hosts a variety of speakers on subjects as housing, financial planning, consumer issues, health exercise, and more.  The group also offers Grandbuddy, Quicksteppers, and Green Thumb programs, day trips, and publishes a quarterly newsletter.  For more information, call Greylock Federal Credit Union at (413) 443-5114.

Quilting

Beginners are welcome.  Join our class and meet new people.  Learn strip quilting and appliqué.  We make quilts in all sizes plus wall hangings. There is no charge for this group, but participants are responsible for buying fabric and basic sewing supplies.  The class meets on Friday afternoons at 12:30 PM from September through June.  Open to all seniors.

Senior Health Program

Free Blood Pressure clinics are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month call the Senior Center at
499-9346 for an appointment.  Provided for free by Molari HealthCare Services.

SHINE – Serving Health Information and Needs of Elders

A volunteer counselor will meet with you one on one to help with Medigap insurance problems, Medicare questions or concerns with changing policies, etc.  This program is by appointment only, every Tuesday afternoon beginning at 12:15 PM.  All appointments can be made by telephoning the center at (413) 499-9346.  This is a free service.

Supportive Day

The Supportive Day Service Program is offered to seniors who require some assistance and supervision.  The program provides a safe environment, offering support for families, while providing socialization and activities in a group setting.  The program is located at the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center at 330 North Street in Pittsfield.  A supportive atmosphere is provided, with activities to meet the needs and interests of each participant.

The following are just a few of the activities offered:

  • Current Events
  • Craft Work
  • Exercises
  • Health Programs
  • Holiday Programs
  • Memory Sharing
  • Movies
  • Music Program

The program is open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  We offer morning and afternoon snacks and luncheons daily for a nominal donation of $2.00 per day.

There is a fee for the program based on full-day or half-day participation.  Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. covers the program fee for eligible seniors.  Some transportation can also be arranged at an additional charge.

Tai Chi Classes

The purpose of Tai Chi is to promote health and tranquility in one’s mind, body and spirit.  We achieve this by training ourselves to calm and relax our mind intent while performing gentle, soft, natural movement with gentle diaphragmatic breathing.

People with arthritis, bursitis, high blood pressure, breathing disorders, stress, balance problems, muscle and joint soreness are encouraged to participate, as Tai Chi is known for alleviating these problems.  Having fun and enjoying yourself are the only requirement.

Classes are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and again at 12:30 PM.  Beginners are encouraged to attend the Friday sessions at 1:45 PM.   The cost is $3.00 per class.

Transportation

The Ralph J. Froio Senior Center operates two wheelchair-lift equipped vans, with curb-to-curb service.  We offer transportation to and from Social Day Programs at the Senior Center, and the Adult Day Health Program for a special cost.  We also offer transportation to and from grocery shopping, medical appointments, errands and social activities around town.  A 48-hour advance notification is required for all rides and is based on availability. There is a $3 charge each way for this service.

Traveling Seniors

The Traveling Seniors Program is a travel group sponsored by the Friends of the Pittsfield Council On Aging, Inc. for the purpose of offering low cost trips.  There is no fee to join.  You do need to be a resident of Berkshire County.  All trips are posted on a regular basis on the Traveling Senior Bulletin Board located near the front office windows.  Interested individuals are requested to register for trips by filling out a form and putting a deposit down on overnight trips and full payment for day trips.  These trips fill up fast, so be sure to make your reservations early.  No age requirements.

Volunteering at the Senior Center

Volunteering at the Senior Center offers many rewards not only to you but also to users of the center.  There are many volunteer positions available, so stop by the center office and fill out an application and let us know in what areas you are knowledgeable and give us an idea of things you like to do.

All volunteers are requested to submit to the office a monthly time card detailing what you did and the total of hours.  This can range from piano playing to setting tables, or working on center committees, or teaching a class.  CORI checks must be done on all volunteers. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Volunteers are special to us, but we can't recognize your participation unless you submit your time cards to the office.

There is a volunteer recognition dinner held once a year to reward our volunteers.  Volunteers need to donate at least 25 hours of service each year in order to qualify for this dinner.

Woodcarving

This course is designed to give the beginning carver an introduction to carving.  Tool and wood selection, tool sharpening, carving basics and painting will be covered.  Projects to carve will be selected by the class with the instructors help.  Come and join the fun.  There is a nominal fee per session for this class.  Students are responsible for buying their own basic carving knife and 2 to 3 small chisels.  This class meets every Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM.

Woodworking

This class is for the beginner to mid-skill experienced woodworker.  Instructors are on hand to offer skills in the use of hand and power tools, safe use of equipment and project layout.  There is a charge for this weekly class and class size is limited.

Classes meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 AM.  Students can only use the shop with an instructor present.

YMCA Senior Program

The YMCA Senior Program is designed for individuals aged 60 and older.  All classes are tailored to the unique needs of older adults and taught by certified instructors specifically trained in senior fitness.  This program is made possible by partial funding from the Ralph J. Froio Senior Center.  Participants who are residents of Pittsfield must be members of the Senior Center.  A doctor's permission is required annually.

Exercise improves muscle strength, endurance, heart and lung efficiency, flexibility and circulation.  It also reduces body fat and lowers blood pressure.  It gives you a chance to socialize with old and new friends too!

To receive your discount you must join the Senior Center and receive our membership card and then go to the YMCA to register and pay for their program.