Nadine “Dee” Foster and her Lucky Bucket band, a fresh new force in the local live music circuit, will perform at the Claire Teague Senior Center on Tuesday, March 10, 6-8 p.m.

Foster took the leap toward live music performance as a 65th birthday present to herself, diving into singing practice with a musician friend and mentor, Mark Tuomenoksa. Later on, she connected with vocalist Wanda Houston for vocal instruction.

In recent years, Foster had lost her connection to music with family demands and other challenges, but that changed abruptly about six months ago with her band’s first successful concert at The Brick House Pub.

The band has been invited back to The Brick House for a Feb. 29 date; meanwhile, Dee turns up periodically at The Barn to for Open Mic Nites. The March 10 event includes three members of her larger, nine-member band.

Polly Mann Salenovich, director of the Claire Teague Senior Center, booked Lucky Bucket for a 6 p.m. show to draw students from Foster’s uber-popular fitness classes at the senior center. The event is also aimed at anyone and everyone who might prefer a show time earlier than at other local venues where live music tends to start later.

“I knew that when I turned 65 I wanted to be singing with a band — a year earlier, I’d been at The Barn, and Dave Dempsey was playing, and I said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ And it’s one of the best things I ever did,” said Foster.

She said she’s gained joy and self-confidence in putting herself in the spotlight with other music lovers.

Inspiration for her new venture has come from Wanda Houston, and her musical friend Mark who Foster described as “musically infectious.” The Barn and her band partners — not to mention Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mary Chapin Carpenter and many others whose songs she sings, add to the energy she’s found in music.

A suggested donation of $5 is requested for the March 10 event, and all are welcome to the event, at 915 S. Main St.


How to be Prepared for an Unexpected Hospitalization:


Please join us on Thursday, February 27th at 1 PM


Marketing Coordinator for Bane Care, Denise Vigna will be our guest speaker at the senior center to discuss how to be prepared for an unexpected hospitalization.  Many feel unprepared or do not understand what it entails and how coverage works.  This is a very helpful information, so mark your calendars, if you need transportation call 528-4773  a week ahead and let Polly of Joan know you will be taking the van, the senior center will be responsible for your transportation cost for this event.

The Claire Teague Senior Center is now hosting a free weekly legal clinic on Thursdays from 11:30-12:30. No appointments required; simply drop in.

The clinic is staffed by the Berkshire Center for Justice, which offers services for prospective clients who are 60 or older.

A Community Lunch is also offered at this time, for a suggested $2 donation.

The drop-in legal clinic is a grant-funded program that will be available while funding is available.

Be Counted!!          

Did you know that part of the funding that we get for the Council on Aging (for the senior center)  depends on the census numbers? It is very important that everyone is counted, so that we don’t lose funding.

On Thursday, January 23rd at 11:30 -Census Bureau Specialist Mark Sabastino will be here. He’s a representative from the census bureau and will discuss the different ways to be counted, where you should be counted, part time residents , etc., so don’t miss this informative  session. Mark will be explaining how to apply for a job as a census taker.


Open Enrollment for Medicare and other public insurance programs begins Oct. 15, and we can help.

The Claire Teague Center participates in the SHINE program, (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone), a free insurance counseling program for seniors and others. Learn more here.

You can also watch this video about the SHINE program.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling (413) 528-1881.


Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12:30 pm 

If it isn’t full-blown diabetes, why does it matter?

Nutrition & WellnessThe “pre” language may lead you to believe it isn’t serious, but pre-diabetes puts you at a higher risk for not only Type 2 diabetes but also for heart disease and stroke. Taking steps now can reverse it, or prevent it from becoming diabetes.

Join our Pre-Diabetes Workshop, sponsored by the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, to learn how to help reverse pre-diabetes. You will learn to identify foods, read food labels and cook easy meals. To attend, sign up in the dining room.

Open to all.

Sign up in the dining room or call (413) 528-1881.

Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15, 2:15 pm Cost: $30
You probably know that meditation can improve your brain functions, reduce stress hormones, lower blood pressure, and offer a range of other health benefits.
BUT, here’s what you may not know: There’s more than one way to meditate! There are at least 5 different techniques for meditation, and Kathi Casey teaches all of them in her 6-week course. Each week, you’ll experience a different technique until you find the one that fits with your life! It’s easier than you think.

Call (413) 528-1881 for more information to register for this course today, or see Polly to sign up.

All ages welcome.

Check back in September as our “Talks” get under way again for the fall.

The Claire Teague Senior Center and Sheffield Senior Center are collaborating with a day trip to historic Salem, Massachusetts, on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

Guests will be “on their own” for this day trip to this lovely a coastal town, which is rich with maritime history, colonial architecture and witchcraft tales.

The Peabody Essex Museum is an increasingly popular destination and features an exhibition, “Order of Imagination, The Photographs of Olivia Parker,” through November.

Trip cost is $55 per person.

Sign up Sept. 11, by calling the Claire Teague Senior Center (413) 528-1881 or (413) 229-7037.