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Applewood Upcoming Events

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

November 2018

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

Complimentary Continental Breakfast

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018; 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.

Holyoke Community College

  • Saturday, November 3, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Christina Royal, President will discuss what’s happening at Holyoke Community College.

Music At Amherst Chamber Series

  • Sunday, November 4, 2018; at 3:00 P.M. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College
    • Gabriela Montero, piano will perform.

Pre-Talk on Koto Performing “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons” at The Fine Arts Center

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2018; at 11:00 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • 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.

Umass Fine Arts Presents: Yumi Kurosawa on Koto

  • Thursday, November 8 2018; at 7:30 P.M. in Bowker Auditorium at Umass.
    • “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; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Holly Lynton-Poole will discuss her photographic works.

Metropolitan Opera Simulcast Presents: “Marnie"

  • Saturday, November 10, 2018; at 12:55 P.M. at the Hadley Cinemark
    • “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.”

Valley Classical Concert Series

  • Sunday, November 11, 2018; at 3:00 P.M. at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College
    • The Neave Piano Trio will perform.

Tariffs and World Trade

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018; at 10:30 A.M. in the Meeting Room
    • Vinnie Ferraro, Professor Emeritus of Politics at Mount Holyoke College.

Elm Chamber Ensemble

  • Sunday, November 18, 2018; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • A Piano Trio playing Prokofiev, Bernstein and Brahams

Hearing Aid Clinic

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018; from 9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. in Wellness Area
    • Alison Holmberg, MS, CCA-A/SLP from Hampshire Hearing Services will be at Applewood to assist you. Sign up at the front desk.

The Afro – Semitic Experience

  • Sunday, November 25, 2018; at 4:00 P.M. in the Lobby
    • “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.”

Monthly Social Hour

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018; at 4:30 P.M. in the Tavern
    • Join your Applewood neighbors for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments

Green Street Brew

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018; at 7:30 P.M. in the Dining Room
    • A Cappella group will perform followed by a reception.

Prior Events

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.

September 2018

  • Saturday, September 1, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast. Go green and bring your own coffee mug.
  • Monday, September 3, 2018; Labor Day Picnic Buffet
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018; Applewood 27th Anniversary Celebration
    • Roland Chilton, Council President and Rob Claflin, Executive Director will say a few words; followed by a champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Tuesday, September 11, 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.
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018; Dinner at Gianni Fig’s Ristorante
    • Join your friends and neighbors for a night out.
  • Thursday, September 13, 2018; Worcester Art Museum: “Poetry of Nature – Hudson River School Landscapes”
    • Explore the New York Historical Society’s “Poetry of Nature” collection.
  • Friday, September 14, 2018; Blueberry Muffin Sale (to benefit Alzheimer’s Association)
    • Purchase muffins made by the Applewood chefs (6 muffins for $5.00)
  • Friday, September 14, 2018; Orchard Arboretum Ribbon Cutting
    • Join the Friends of the Orchard Arboretum to celebrate the new path that connects the Orchard Arboretum to the Upper Orchard.
  • Friday, September 14, 2018; Panopera Presents: “La Traviata”
    • Join your neighbors and friends for this wonderful performance.
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018; Hunger in the Region
    • Executive Director of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts will be speaking on addressing hunger.
  • Sunday, September 16, 2018; Sunday Piano Concert
    • Graham Christian will perform at Applewood
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018; Immigration and the Integration of New Residents
    • Laurie Millman, Executive Director of the Center for New Americans will speak on integration of new residents in our communities.
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018; Sunday Concert at Applewood
    • Gene Jeffries on Horn, Steven Williams, Tenor and Diana Peelle, Soprano will perform.
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018; Antique Post Cards
    • Gregory Wilson will present a program on antique post cards. Participants are encouraged to bring their own collections to discuss.
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018; Valley Classical Concerts Presents:“Telegraph String Quartet” with James Austin Smith, Oboe
    • “The Telegraph Quartet (Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola; Jeremiah Shaw, cello) formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “…an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape” and “powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety,” the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has performed in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States and abroad, including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Masters Series and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. The Quartet is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as their Quartet-in-Residence.”
  • Sunday, September 30, 2018; Sunday Concert at Applewood
    • Laura Piece will perform songs from the Great American Song Book.

August 2018

  • Wednesday, August, 1, 2018; Special Program with GPI US
    • Twenty One Japanese high school girls participating in a Women’s Empowerment Program at Smith College will be at Applewood to share their culture, teach origami and show some photos. Others will be in traditional Kimonos and will do a song and dance.
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018; Complimentary Continental Breakfast
    • Join your friends and neighbors for an Applewood complimentary breakfast.
  • Tuesday, August 7, 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, August 5, 2018; Violinist Joshua Bell at Tanglewood
    • You will hear the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Slobodeniouk conducting “Borodin,” “Wieniawski” and “Prokofiev”.
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018; Wellness Program with Hampshire Hearing and Speech Services
    • Hearing loss presents some challenges in many areas of life. Alison will present some tips and strategies to improve the quality of your life when dealing with hearing loss.
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018; Dinner at the Blue Heron
    • Join your friends and neighbors to a wonderful meal at the Blue Heron Restaurant.
  • Monday, August 20, 2018; Educational Program with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
    • A Community Outreach workshop with Michele Ellicks on Real ID. An informational session on the new state and federal requirements concerning driver’s license and ID card renewals.
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
    • View the works of Frederic Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage and Conrad Shawcross/Matrix179. There will be a public docent-led tour for free at 1:00 P.M.; otherwise wander the museum at your leisure and lunch in the café.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018; Wellness Program on Dementia and Alzheimer’s
    • Carol Constant, Director of Community Engagement and Loomis Village resident Rachel Tierney will discuss what “Dementia Friendly” means and how the Loomis Communities is educating others on this topic.
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018; Monthly Social Hour

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