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The Western Massachusetts Pioneer in Senior Living

Applewood Upcoming Events

With so much to do, how do Applewood residents stay informed about the day's events? That's easy. They simply turn on their televisions to the Applewood channel to see today's announcements at Applewood.

All events (unless otherwise noted) take place at:
1 Spencer Drive
Amherst, MA 01002
For more information call: (413) 253-9833

June 2017

Fitness with Brent

  • Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:15A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Brent, who is a licensed personal trainer, conducts a balance and strengthening program using hand weights and Thera bands.

Fitness with Althea

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00A.M. in the Fitness Center
    • Althea is an Applewood resident who has been certified to teach a “Silver Sneakers” class which consists of a variety of chair and standing exercises using hand weights, Thera bands and one’s own body weight.

Current Affairs

  • Every Friday at 4:00P.M. in the Conference Room
    • Carlyn Immerman is the moderator for a discussion group regarding local and world events.

Calendar Highlights

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.

What’s New At WNPR

  • Saturday, June 3, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Jill Kaufman has been reporting, producing features and commentaries, and hosting shows at NEPR since 2005. Before that she spent almost 10 years at WBUR in Boston, five of them producing PRI’s “The Connection” with Christopher Lydon. In the months leading up to the 2000 primary in New Hampshire, Jill hosted NHPR’s daily talk show, and subsequently hosted NPR’s All Things Considered during the South Carolina Primary weekend. Right before coming to NEPR, Jill was an editor at PRI's The World, working with station based reporters on the international stories in their own domestic backyards. Getting people to tell her their stories, she says, never gets old.

Dehydration (How to prevent it and what can happen if you don’t recognize it)

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017; 11:15 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Presented by Encompass Home Care and Rehabilitation.

Veterinary Research

  • Saturday, June 10, 2017; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Cynthia Pekow, D.V.M. Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Washington will discuss researcher training and education in humane laboratory animal care and use, as the foundation for sound research. Training is available to all personnel on gentle, safe methods of handling and restraint, as well as on research techniques that prevent or minimize animal discomfort. Effective education methods include hands-on laboratories using models and animals, problem-based learning and computer-based training, alongside texts, work-books, lectures and discussions.

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday June 13, 2017; from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. in the Wellness Center
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.

Springfield Materials Recycling Facility Tour

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017; Van Departs at 9:30 A.M. to Springfield, MA
    • The Applewood Greening Committee is interested in seeing how and where the building’s recycling is handled.

Dinner at the Blue Heron

  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017; Van Departs at 4:30 P.M. for Sunderland, MA
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a delicious dinner out.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts – “Matisse in the Studio”

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2017; Van Departs at 8:15 A.M. for Boston, MA
    • “Henri Matisse—who revolutionized 20th-century art—believed that a treasured group of objects was instrumental to his studio practice. “Matisse in the Studio” is the first major international exhibition to examine the importance of Matisse’s personal collection of objects, offering unprecedented insight into the great artist’s creativity. See these rare pairings of Matisse’s major works with objects of inspiration in “Matisse in the Studio” in its only US venue at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”

Annual Resident and Staff Family Picnic

  • Thursday, June 22, 2017; at 4:30 P.M. in the South East Courtyard
    • Enjoy your friends and family at an outdoor barbecue with music and dancing with the “Horse Mountain Jazz Band”.

Prior Events

May 2017

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017; Music with Margery, Piano
    • Margery will play classic tunes from the 20, 30 and 40s.
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017; Museum of Russian Icons
    • “The Museum of Russian Icons inspires the appreciation and study of Russian culture by collecting and exhibiting one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons — sacred paintings used for veneration in the Orthodox tradition. With more than 1,000 icons and related artifacts spanning six centuries, the Museum offers a unique and personalized experience rich with art, history, and culture.”
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017; A Year In The Life Of A Beekeeper
    • Dr. Sara Eddy, teaches at the Jacobsen Center at Smith College and will describe the trials and tribulations of beekeeping in Western Massachusetts.
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017; Valley Classical Concert
    • Performance of “Calidor Quartet”.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017; Reading in the Orchard Arboretum
    • o Children ages 5 – 9 will bring books to read to the Applewood residents and the Eric Carle Museum will provide art activities for the children. This intergenerational event is sponsored jointly by the Kestrel Land Trust, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Town of Amherst Orchard Arboretum and Applewood. Come and enjoy this beautiful setting.
  • Sunday, May 7, 2017; Viola Duo: Slapin and Solomon
    • “The Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo has been featured at several international viola congresses and is the winner of the Best Chamber Music Performance for 2008 at the Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans. They have made premiere recordings for Eroica Classical Recordings, ISG, and the American Viola Society, and their debut CD Sketches from the New World was hailed as 'absolutely brilliant' in Strad Magazine.”
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017; Wilson’s Department Store Trip
    • Shop at the stores 135th Anniversary Spring Sale and then lunch at Hope and Olive.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017; “We’re A Hot Spot-Exploring The Diverse Plants and Animals Of Our Region”
    • Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth, Senior Research Ecologist, New England Wild Flower Society. She’s a biologist, educator and scientific illustrator. Following her talk she will lead a walk through the Orchard Arboretum identifying and documenting species for the Hitchcock Center Biothon.
  • Saturday, May 13, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents “Der Rosenkavalier”
    • “The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elīna Garanča as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met’s recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.”
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017; Ben Wolfson, Piano
    • Ben, age 11 will perform for the Applewood residents.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017; Fitness Center Open House
    • Meet Brent Cappello, Fitness Instructor who will demonstrate the uses of the equipment and answer any related questions you may have.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017; Applewood Chimers Concert
    • The Chimers will play melodies of Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy for your enjoyment.
  • May 19, 2017; Open Forum with Rob Claflin, Applewood Executive Director
    • Come and join your fellow Applewood friends and neighbors to ask Rob any questions you may have and hear about the latest Applewood and Loomis Communities news.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017; Underwater Environmental Inspection
    • Dr. Steven Johnson is a rare species biologist and ecologist with over twenty years of professional experience conducting rare species surveys on a wide array of taxa. At New England Environmental, Inc. (NEE), he is responsible for developing survey protocols and rare species protection plans, conducting field research and rare species assessments in compliance with state and federal permitting, GIS data collection and mapping, habitat mapping, preparing permits, and report preparation.
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017; Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra at Umass
    • The orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”.
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017; Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stow Homes
    • “Author and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known as Mark Twain, married Olivia Langdon (1845-1904) in 1870. Thomas Beecher, Stowe's brother and a friend of both Samuel Clemens and Olivia Langdon, performed the ceremony. Twain had many connections to the Beechers. Stowe's brother Henry, well known and well-connected Brooklyn minister, helped him negotiate savvy terms for his book Innocents Abroad with a Hartford publisher. When the young Clemens couple moved to Hartford, they settled in Nook Farm, first renting John and Isabella Beecher Hooker's house and then building their own. They moved into their new home in 1874, where their three daughters Clara (1874-1962), Jean (1880-1909), and Susy (1872-1896) were raised. Clemens wrote his most famous books while he was living in this house, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.”

April 2017

  • Saturday, April 1, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017; Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
    • Nancy Hanson, Director of Hampshire College CSA will discuss the program and opportunities available through this community resource.
  • Sunday, April 2, 2017; Amherst College Horn Students Perform
    • Several Amherst College students who are members of the Horn Music Program will showcase their music.
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2017; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Allison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP will be available for hearing aid assistance.
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017; Piano Music
    • Applewood resident Margery Forbes will perform.
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017; Artist in Residence Gallery Opening - “A Celebration of Light and Color”
    • Applewood resident Valerie A. Ivy will exhibit a variety of quilts she has made over the years depicting places she has traveled and her daughter Valerie I. Steinberg will exhibit watercolor paintings she has created that will complement the quilts.
  • Friday, April 7, 2017; Hitchcock Center Tour
    • The Greening Committee has set up a private tour for anyone interested and willing to drive themselves to this amazing site with a building that makes its own energy.
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017; The Kestrel Trust
    • Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director of the Kestrel Land Trust's mission is to conserve and care for forests, farms, and river ways in the Pioneer Valley, while nurturing an enduring love of the land.
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017; Dinner at the Whately Inn
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a fine dining trip.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017; Applewood Monthly Social Hour
    • Join your neighbors and friends for wine and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017; Spring Recycling Fair (Sponsored by the Greening Committee)
    • Bring your eye glasses, medication, hangers and other items not taken in weekly pick up.
  • Friday, April 21, 2017; Music at Amherst Chamber Series–Dawn Upshaw, Soprano with Gil Kalish, Piano
    • “Joining rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today.”
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017; Future of Wind Energy in Massachusetts (Earth Day)
    • Dr. James Manwell, Ph.D., Professor at Umass, Amherst and Director of the Wind Energy Center at Umass will speak about renewal energy.
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast – “Eugene Onegin”
    • “Tchaikovsky’s setting of Pushkin’s timeless verse novel is presented on the Met stage in Deborah Warner’s moving production, starring Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei sharing the title role. Alexey Dolgov sings the role of Lenski, and Robin Ticciati conducts.”
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
    • “From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these extraordinary dancers bring African-American cultural expression and the American modern dance tradition to life. The program for the evening will be a mixed rep, closing with the audience favorite “Revelations.”
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017; Building the Science and Symptom Self-Management
    • Dr. Cynthia Jacelon, Ph.D. is the Program Director for the Umass, Amherst School of Nursing.

March 2017

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017; Narrated Tour of Amherst.
    • Kelley Murphy, Resident Services Coordinator will conduct a tour of the community for anyone interested in learning more about what is available in the area.
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017; Applewood Activities Program Showcase
    • Everyone is welcome to come and learn about the various committees; how and why they work and their functions.
  • Friday, March 3, - April 14, 2017; Watercolor Painting
    • Applewood resident John Walker will conduct a painting class every Friday for 7 weeks.
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017; The Big Broadcast
    • This is the 12th Annual Mt. Holyoke College Jazz Ensembles tribute to the 1940s radio show that has become a local classic featuring songs from the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw among others.
  • Monday, March 6, 2017; Manicures and Pedicures
    • Lisa Connor is available for these services; sign up at the front desk.
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017; “Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Takes of Slavery and Power”
    • “Kara Walker is one of the most successful and widely known contemporary African American artists today; she is remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality and the media with which she pursues her studies. Though mainly celebrated for her provocative installations, composed of cut-paper silhouettes, Walker's work in other media is equally strong and expands on the many powerful themes and questions of her practice.”
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017; Meet the Candidates for Amherst School Committee
    • All of the candidates for the Amherst School Committee will be here to meet residents of Applewood. Peter Demling and Jennifer Page are running for one three-year seat on the Committee; Robert Greeney and Eric Nakajima are running for one two-year seat. They will share with you their background, why they are running, and discuss major issues for Amherst public education. Come with your questions and concerns.
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “La Traviata”
    • “Willy Decker's inspiring, "grippingly spare, almost surreal" production returns to the Met Opera! The action is now brought forward to the 1950s, complete with swing dresses and magnums of champagne! Can a consumptive courtesan and a naive nobleman find love together? Or will the fates (and his family) strive to keep them apart?”
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017; Tour of David Ruggles Center
    • The center is a regional archive for the study of the Underground Railroad. It’s named for David Ruggles, the nation’s first African-American book seller and prominent abolitionist. Ruggles founded a utopian factory village in an attempt to secure equal rights and social justice. The community was a center for abolitionism during the Civil War and was home to prominent activists like Sojourner Truth.
  • Saturday, March 18, 2107; Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
    • “Back by public demand after their unforgettable performance of Bach’s St. John Passion in 2015, the Choir of Men and Boys of All Saints Cathedral in Albany NY now join Arcadia in Haydn’s thrilling Nelson Mass, also known as the Mass for Troubled Times. Their glorious sound and youthful energy will deliver a performance not to be missed.”
  • Friday, March 24, 2017; Music at Amherst Chamber Series Featuring Paul Lewis, Piano
    • “Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His recent cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.”
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017; Mead Art Museum Exhibits at Amherst College
    • David Little, Director of the Amherst College Art Museum will discuss upcoming exhibits and the history of the Amherst College art gallery and collections.
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Idomeneo”
    • “Mozart’s first operatic masterpiece returns to the Met in the classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The superb ensemble includes Matthew Polenzani as the king torn by a rash vow; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante; soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia; and soprano Elza van den Heever as the volatile Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness.”
  • Sunday, March 26, 2017; Valley Classical Concerts Presents Ethel
    • Program – “Blue Dress” - “One of classical’s coolest quartets will do new works by three extraordinary women (Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe) combined with music by women who inspired those composers, including Stevie Nicks, Kim Gordon, and Aretha Franklin. Get ready!”