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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

January 2019

Fitness with Brent

  • Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:15 A.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 10:00 A.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 4:00 P.M. in the Conference Room
    • Carlyn Immerman is the moderator for a discussion group regarding local and world events.

Calendar Highlights

Wednesday Lecture Series: History of the Supreme Court

  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019; from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • This lecture is a video session taught by a California Professor and will begin with the debate concerning establishment of the Court and then focus on its major decisions.

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, January 5, 2019; from 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents: “Adriana Lecouvreur”

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019; Van Departs at 11:55 P.M. for the Cinemark Theater in Hadley
    • “Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana's lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar's staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the "elegant production, sumptuously designed ... The spectacle guarantees a good night out."

Valley Classical Concerts

  • Sunday, January 13, 2019; Van Departs at 2:15 P.M. for Sweeney Hall at Mt. Holyoke College
    • Peter Serkin will perform on the piano.

Applewood Annual Meeting of the Association

  • Thursday, January 16, 2019; at 10:00 A.M. in the Dining Room
    • You will have the opportunity to vote on the slate of officers proposed by the Nominating Committee at 9:30 A.M. in the Lobby.

“Over the Bridge”

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • “Bella Halsted is a painter and writer living in Amherst MA. After college and graduate work on the West coast, she taught literature and writing in Italy and New York City for many years, before moving to Amherst for an advanced degree in international education. Staying on after her degree, she began teaching basic writing and freshmen courses in nonformal programs for adults, while working with the American Friends Service Committee and the Peace Development Fund and, recently, the Markham/Nathan Fund of Northampton MA.”

Six Cellos Perform

  • Sunday, January 20, 2019; at 4:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room

Alina’s Restaurant

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019; Van Departs at 5:00 P.M. for Hadley, Massachusetts
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a wonderful meal out.

Aaron Diehl: Paradoxes in Performance

  • Thursday, January 24 2019; at 3:30 P.M. in the Meeting Room followed by a reception in the Tavern.
    • Willie Hill, Director of Umass Fine Arts will be the speaker and this will be his final engagement before retiring in February.

Panopera Presents: “Sweeney Todd”

  • Friday, January 25, 2019; Van Departs at 7:00 P.M. for the Academy of Music in Northampton
    • “2019 marks the 40th Anniversary of Sondheim’s masterpiece, Sweeney Todd. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, the work has been equally at home in the world’s opera houses. In keeping with this tradition, Panopera will present Sweeney Todd with its full, original orchestration and a cast of singing actors also equally at home on the musical and operatic stage.”

The Support and Encouragement of New Inventions

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • “Since 1996, Phil Weilerstein has been the chief executive of VentureWell, a US- based non-profit formed to stimulate and support the incorporation of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. From the beginning, Phil’s focus for VentureWell has been to help bring science and technology innovations to commercial scale. He’s accomplished this goal by designing and overseeing programs that encourage curricular innovation and venture creation, provide resources and training for faculty and student entrepreneurs, and develop community through conferences and workshops for faculty and students. Phil is a Founder and Past Chair of the ASEE Entrepreneurship Division and a recipient of the 2008 Price Foundation Innovative Entrepreneurship Educators Award, the 2014 Engineering Entrepreneurship Pioneers Award from ASEE, and the 2016 Deshpande Symposium Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Phil attended the University of Massachusetts where he was a co-founder of a biotechnology company developing naturally occurring pest control products.”

Arcadia Viols

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • This is a preview of a concert the group will give at Folger Library, Washington D.C. in February.

“The Caring and Feeding of the Brian”

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019; at 3:00 P.M. in the Meeting Room
    • The Applewood Wellness Program has asked Kate Tyler, Community Relations, Homewatch Caregivers will continue the discussion on The Odyssey of Homer Brain Health.

Coffee with Loomis CEO Lauren Scruggs

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Lauren will present an overview of the Loomis Communities goals for 2019 and answer questions you may have.

Prior Events

December 2018

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018; Recycling In Amherst and Elsewhere
    • Mimi Kaplan, Research Assistant at Umass Amherst will discuss the Amherst Carbon Foot Print along with surrounding towns.
  • Sunday, December 2, 2018; Mt. Holyoke Christmas Vespers
    • The college Choral Ensembles and the Chamber Jazz, Vocal Jazz and English Handbell ensembles will once again present their holiday singing. The theme this year is “On a Winter’s Night” and musical selections include images of stars, dreams, and memories and the magic and wonder of the season.
  • Sunday, December 2, 2018; The Bamidele Dancers and Drummers
    • “The Bamidele Dancers & Drummers are from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean. They are dedicated to the preservation of African and African rooted cultures through dance, music and song.”
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018; Dinner at Food 101
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a scrumptious meal.
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018; Ask Rob
    • Quarterly meeting with Rob Claflin, Executive Director of Applewood will answer your questions and give an update regarding Loomis Communities business.
  • Friday, December 7, 2018; Music at Amherst Series Presents: Seuentia
    • Monks Singing Pagans.
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018; Author of the Loom
    • Therese Chehade is an Arab American novelist who lives in Amherst, MA and teaches English language education.
  • Sunday, December 9, 2018; Stephen Page: Piano
    • Listen to the musical repertoire of Stephen Page
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018; Chimes Ring Out
    • A musical performance by the Applewood Chimers, conducted by Hampshire College student, Mel Jordan.
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018; Wilson’s Department Store Trip
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a shopping trip to one of the last family owned department stores and dine at Hope & Olive for lunch.
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018; Educational Programming: Refunds and Estate Planning
    • Tom McRae, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones of Amherst and Valerie Vignaux, Associate Attorney of Estate Planning & Elder Law of Bacon & Wilson will discuss the topic of estate planning.
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018; Metropolitan Simulcast presents: “La Traviata”
    • “Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 19th-century setting that change with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.”
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018; Piano 4 Hand
    • Greg Hayes and Heather Reichgott will perform
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Friday, December 21, 2018; Arcadia Players’ Present: Handel – Messiah
    • “Please join us once again for our annual, signature performance of Handel’s Messiah, illuminated by our expert ensemble of soloists, singers, and period instrumentalists. Messiah amply deserves its widespread reputation and its unique place in the musical life of Western Massachusetts.”
  • Sunday, December 23, 2018; Marion Barouche
    • Alice Robbins and the group will perform pieces by Bach.


  • Saturday, November 3, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018; Holyoke Community College
    • Christina Royal, President will discuss what’s happening at Holyoke Community College.
  • Sunday, November 4, 2018; Music At Amherst Chamber Series
    • Gabriela Montero, piano will perform.
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018; Pre-Talk on Koto Performing “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” at The Fine Arts Center
    • Dr. Anne Prescott, Director of Center for East Asian Studies, Five College Inc., will discuss this performance that will take place at the Fine Arts Center at Umass on Thursday, November 8.
  • Thursday, November 8 2018; Umass Fine Arts Presents: Yumi Kurosawa on Koto
    • “Discover the evocative sounds of the Japanese koto and hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as you have never heard it before. Kurosawa's performance will highlight the versatility of this instrument in a program that features both western and Japanese classical and contemporary compositions. Kurosawa began studying the 13-stringed instrument at the age of three. After winning awards in her home country of Japan, she began touring throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theatre. "Mesmerizing." - The New York Times
  • Saturday, November 10. 2018; Photography
    • Holly Lynton-Poole will discuss her photographic works.
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents: “Marnie"
    • “Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.”
  • Sunday, November 11, 2018; Valley Classical Concert Series
    • The Neave Piano Trio will perform.
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018; Tariffs and World Trade
    • Vinnie Ferraro, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Mount Holyoke College.
  • Sunday, November 18, 2018; Elm Chamber Ensemble
    • A Piano Trio playing Prokofiev, Bernstein and Brahams
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Sunday, November 25, 2018; The Afro – Semitic Experience
    • “Co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd, and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998, The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band that combines an eclectic array of styles, sophisticated musicianship, good songwriting, deep grooves, and years of friendship with a simple message: Unity in the Community. Their music has been heard around the United States—the group has performed at festivals, in churches, synagogues, colleges, and wherever people come together to share their love and respect for community. Their performances are celebrations of community and culture that invariably get audiences up and dancing.”
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018; Monthly Social Hour
    • Join your Applewood neighbors for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018; Green Street Brew
    • A Cappella group will perform followed by a reception.

October 2018

  • Monday, October 1, 2018; Democracy in Action
    • Join your friends and neighbors in sharing key issues ahead of the November mid-terms.
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018; Promoting Diversity
    • Join us for a discussion of Michael Landrieu’s article “Repairing the story of race…” and a sharing of insights from Dr. Barber’s presentation that was held at the Fine Arts Center on September 20, 2018.
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018; Wellness Program with Encompass Home Care
    • The Encompass professionals program will focus on gait and velocity screening for fall risk.
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018; Informational Program on the Amherst Food Co-op
    • Join this “Listening Circle’ to discuss the future for the Amherst Food Co-op. They want to create a market deeply grounded in social justice and welcoming to everyone. Come and hear the focus of their vision.
  • Friday, October 5, 2018; “History and Spectacle Behind The Chinese Warriors of Peking”
    • Ranjanaa Devi, Umass Fine Arts Center’s Asian Arts & Cultural Program’s Artistic Director will discuss this excellent primer on the upcoming show at the FAC Concert Hall on Thursday, October 25th. This will be followed by a delicious lunch. (RSVP required and space is limited)
  • Friday, October 5, 2018; Boat Ride On The Lady Bea
    • Meet and get to know residents from Loomis Village and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing during this 75 minute trip up the Connecticut River.
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018; Retired U.S. District Court Judge and Author
    • Judge Michael Posner will discuss his career and his novels.
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast of “Aida” by Verdi
    • “In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.”
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018; Applewood’s Sunday Afternoon Musical Performance
    • Heather Reichgott will perform on the Piano
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018; Annual Fall Outing in the Orchard Arboretum
    • Enjoy a beautiful fall day outside while tasting Jim Mahoney’s Apple Cake and mulled cider.
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018; Minister and Climate Change Activist
    • “The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Ph.D., is an author, retreat leader, and Episcopal priest. In a pioneering ecumenical partnership, she serves as Missioner for Creation Care for both the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ. A long-time climate activist, she believes that the ecological crisis – from climate change to the extinction of species – calls us to claim our kinship with all creation, to look deeply into our sources of hope, and to work together to build a just and sustainable future.”
  • Sunday, October 14, 2018; Applewood’s Sunday Musical Performance
    • Joel Pitchon, String Trio will perform.
  • Monday, October 15, 2018; Coffee with Lauren Scruggs, CEO, The Loomis Communities
    • Come and hear about what’s happening with the Loomis Communities.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018; Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018; Wellness Program with Vivien Weiss, LMHC
    • Vivien is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who will conduct a workshop.
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018; Amherst Candidates Night
    • All six candidates for an at-large seat on the new Amherst Town Council will be here. Bring your questions.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018; Educational Program With Edward Jones
    • Tom McRae, Financial Advisor will discuss your Applewood refund and Estate Planning.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018; Dinner At Tavern On The Hill
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a night out.
  • Friday, October 19, 2018; Music at Amherst Chamber Series
    • Stephanie Houtzell, mezzo-soprano with John Mibauer, piano
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018; The Life of Stephen Hawking
    • George Greenstein with discuss Stephen Hawking.
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018; Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents: “Samson et Dalila”
    • “When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.”
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018; Applewood’s Sunday Afternoon Musical Performance
    • The Apple Hill String Quartet will perform.
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018; Umass Fine Arts Center Presents: The Chinese Warriors of Peking
    • “Filled with high-intensity martial arts and breath-taking acrobatics, this production recounts the tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in the ancient Chinese capital of Peking set during the Ming Dynasty. In constant demand, the company’s performance of “Pagoda of Bowls” was selected by the American UniverSoul Circus to tour the United States while the company’s “Slack Wire” act was picked up by Cirque du Soleil for a world tour. Under the direction of Qui Jian, the Chinese Warriors of Peking provides a culturally enriching experience filled with juggling, acrobatics, aerials, and live stage combat.”
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018; Health Care In Haiti
    • Diane Berg and Alison Childs will discuss their work in northern Port au Prince, Haiti where they are constructing a homeless shelter for families and children.
  • Sunday, October 28, 2018; Applewood’s Sunday Afternoon Musical Performance
    • Monica Jakuc Leverett will perform on the piano.

Independent Living

Independent Living Homes and Apartments


What is independent living?

Independent living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

When referring to retirement communities, independent living describes a house or apartment home in an age-restricted community setting designed for older adults who are able to manage their homes and daily activities without supervision or medical assistance. Independent living can be offered as an apartment in a stand-alone building, or as part of a larger community with a wide range of services, including access to a continuum of health care should you need those services in the future.

Our independent living apartments, villas, and cottages set the standard for distinctive retirement living. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle in a spacious, thoughtfully designed homes. Comfort and peace of mind are the focus of our independent living homes, with features such as a private balcony or patio, lovely views, a well-equipped kitchen, generous closets and storage, and many other amenities.

A wide selection of independent living apartments and homes is available at all of The Loomis Communities. Whichever of our communities you choose, you’ll find neighbors who become friends, and plenty of space for your treasured possessions. The Loomis Communities offers everything you need to create a healthy, happy, active retirement.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living


What is assisted living?

Assisted living is available at the following Loomis Communities:

Assisted living offers a middle ground between independent living and nursing care. Assisted living is a good choice for you if you do not require the extensive medical care provided in nursing care but are not able to manage living on your own. Staff is available to provide 24-hour comprehensive assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, grooming, eating, mobility and hygiene. A variety of activities and social events, as well as transportation, cleaning, and laundry services, also are typical features of assisted living. The Loomis Communities provides assisted living as part of a comprehensive continuum of care, while many organizations only provide one level of assistance.

Our assisted living features private apartments that residents furnish with their own personal treasures, providing all the comforts of home. Our studio and one-bedroom apartments provide a place where residents who need a little help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) can truly enjoy life. Caregivers are available to help residents with activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and medication management. The intimate residential design of assisted living allows our staff to get to know and understand the needs and desires of residents and their families.

Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Care


What do all these terms mean: home care, skilled nursing care, licensed skilled care, and long-term care?

Skilled nursing care and rehabilitation are avaiable at the following Loomis Community:

Nursing homes are licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offer furnished rooms and health services to residents who require consistent and ongoing medical care with physician oversight but do not require hospitalization. This is called skilled nursing care. Our communities provide skilled nursing care, which includes post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation, complex medical care, and long-term care. Oversight is provided by licensed professional nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. A comprehensive therapy department is staffed by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists. The Loomis Communities nursing homes are designed to meet the individual needs of the residents.

Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing offers licensed, skilled nursing care in a cozy and supportive environment. Both our nursing centers are Medicare and Medicaid-certified and provide short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. The Loomis House nursing center also offers specialized dementia care. Our compassionate staff delivers care with respect and dignity.


What is rehabilitation, skilled rehabilitation, or short-term rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is available at the following Loomis Community:

The Loomis Communities offers rehabilitation services in partnership with Genesis Rehab Services. Our combined staff of professionals such as physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, licensed social workers, and gourmet chefs, work as a team to get you back home. We complete a comprehensive assessment to develop individualized care plans to manage residents’ physical, social, and emotional concerns.

Our unique approach promotes independence and a rapid return home after rehabilitation from a broad range of surgical procedures, injuries, and illness.

Our nursing center, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing is Medicare and Medicaid-certified, and provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term care in well-appointed private or semi-private rooms. Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing received a 5-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Person-Centered Long-term Care. This mark of excellence means that we have been recognized as a provider of quality care for your loved one that meets state-of-the-art, international standards of performance.

To learn more about rehabilitation at the Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing nursing center, please contact:

Gabrielle Thomes,
413-782-1800, ext. 5850, or

Applewood Senior Independent Living in Amherst MA
Loomis Lakeside CCRC Springfield MA
Loomis Village Senior Living South Hadley