Here we are in the middle of winter and so far, I believe, we are pretty lucky. We had our first storm Jan. 7 which brought us 17 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. But, hey, we are New Englanders and we can handle just about anything. However, I do miss the warmer weather now that the holidays are gone. So I will throw my sights on the coming months and look forward to shorts, T-shirts, sunshine and the ocean!

2 big birthdays!

On Feb. 21, we will wish a very Happy Birthday to:

*Violet Jessel who was our yoga teacher for 15 years and has been a part of the Happy Hearts Chorus for the past 40 years. Violet turns 100 on Feb. 12. 

*Tuffic Hatem, a lifelong Methuen resident, a city employee for 40 years and a participant of the Senior Center, will celebrate his 100th birthday Feb. 19. 

Join us for a day of congratulations, music, lunch and dancing! Cost is $2 for the luncheon, set for 11:30am. Reserve your spot by calling the Senior Center at (978) 983-8832.

Application assistance 

A representative from the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council will be at the Methuen Senior Activity Center to fill out applications for fuel assistance. SNAP applications are also done at the center. Call us for your appointment: (978) 983-8825.


Legal consultations

Attorney Peter J. McQuillan will host a free legal clinic by phone Feb. 14. Call the center for an appointment.


Good-news reminder 

Good news regarding the MethuenLife newspaper, which has adopted a hybrid model. After some work behind the scenes, MethuenLife will continue to be printed at the same time each month. Additionally, the website will be another option to read the issue, plus some other goodies that will be part of the site.

MethuenLife can still be picked up at the Methuen Senior Activity Center as well as popular locations around the city, just as it has been for the past 23 years. Two great options to read what’s happening in our community!



The Adopt-A-Grandparent program started back at the Activity Center and is in its 22nd year. Methuen High School students and the Methuen Senior Activity participants get together weekly to play cards, do crafts, talk about current events and so much more! If you would like to join, please call us at (978) 983-8825. There is nothing more valuable than the ages coming together to learn about each other and support each other. Eyes of the past, greeting the eyes of the future. Program times are Wednesdays, 2:15-3:45pm.


Coming up

Please call the center at (978) 983-8825 to sign up for all events and programs.

Feb. 1: Happy Hearts Rehearsal, 1pm.

Feb. 2: Kindness Rocks, 10am.

Feb. 5: New program – “New Year, New You” motivational talks with Deb Blood featuring spiritualist Cheryl Bradley. 10:30am.

Feb. 5: 45’s game, 1pm.

Feb. 6: Coffee, Coloring and Conversation; “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” hosted by Brightview. Transform downsizing into a smooth journey with professionals to help with expert tips and strategies; 6-week diabetes workshop begins. Call the center to register.

Feb. 7: Adopt-A-Grandparent, 2:30pm. 

Feb. 8: The Talk, 10:30am-noon.

Feb. 12: Scrapbooking card making club, 10am; BINGO, 1pm.

Feb. 13: Collette Vacations will be at the center to discuss extended tours, 10:30am; 45’s card game, 1pm.

Feb. 14: Heart Health BINGO, facilitated by the Department of Public Health, 12:30 pm.

Feb. 15: Health Literacy with Dr. Don Marcus, retired doctor of veterinarian medicine, will share his general interest and knowledge of human health and anatomy to lead basic discussion topics obtaining and maintaining better senior healthcare. 11am.

Feb. 16: Kindness Rocks, 10am.

Feb. 19: Center closed for Presidents Day.

Feb. 20: Coffee, Coloring, Conversation, 10am.

Feb. 21: Loss and Transition, 10am.

Feb. 23: Special event as guest speaker Bev Brown from the Methuen Historical Society chats about maps, 10am.

Feb. 26: Scrapbooking club, 10am; 45’s game, 1pm.

Feb. 27: Craft class on Irish Gnomes, 1pm.

The Senior Center is located at 77 Lowell St. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am-4pm; Friday, 8am-12:30pm. To view our entire newsletter, go to and click Senior Center. For more information on activities, trips or functions, call (978) 983-8825.


Deals galore in the Thrift Shop!

The Methuen Senior Center Thrift Shop is open Monday to Thursday from 9am-3pm and Fridays, 9am-noon. Browse the volunteer-run store and check out the super deals. Shown are volunteers Joan Zonfa (left) and Susan Mailloux. Courtesy photo