2017 Special Programs

To participate in a Special Program, contact the Facilitator.  No registration form is needed.  For questions regarding accessibility, parking, guest attendance, etc. contact the program Facilitator.  All events and locations noted may be subject to change.

BOOK INTEREST GROUP ***Temporarily Closed to New Members***
Facilitator:  Naomi Yanis
Day and Time:  Monthly on varying Fridays, September – May
(not conflicting with Opera Prep), 2:00-4:00 PM
Location:  Members’ home

This group meets once each month from September through May, from 2:00-4:00 PM, on various Friday afternoons, not conflicting with Opera Prep.  Responsibility for leading the discussion of each book is rotated among the membership of the book group, with meetings held in members’ homes..  The choices for the year are made early in the summer, so some of the reading may be done when more time for reading might be available.  For information, contact: (, 586-3399).

Day and Time:  Fridays as per published schedule, 11:00 AM
Location:  Applewood, Amherst

Enjoy our Friday programs reprising some outstanding, seminar presentations that members believe would be of general interest.  Occasionally we host outside speakers who discuss topics of interest to our membership.  Information about specific programs is listed in the monthly 5CLIR Newsletter and the on the 5CLIR website, http://www.5clir.org.

Facilitators:  Martha Nelson & Elizabeth Armstrong
Day and Time:
Fourth Thursday of each month, 2-4 PM
Location:  Homes of participants

Come join us for an afternoon of sharing favorite poems and the conservations they inspire.  The group, co-facilitated by Martha Nelson and Elizabeth Armstrong, meets in participants’ homes and can accommodate a limited number of participants.  For more information contact Martha Nelson ( 413-658-7181)

Judith Poole
Day and Time:  July 7, August 25, and Fridays, 1:30-3:30 PM
Location:  Judith’s home in Northampton

This is a group of 5CLIR members who enjoy speaking and learning French.
Contact Judith to register your interest in this program (, 586-2190)

Peg Bedell
Day and Time: Fridays preceding Operas 2-3 PM
Location:  Northampton Lathrop Community House Meeting Room

A series of HD video productions by the Metropolitan Opera is shown at the Hadley Cinemark Theater on Saturday afternoons.  Peg Bedell offers an introduction to each opera and the featured performers the Friday before the opera showing.  2017-2018 opera prep sessions are scheduled for Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Nov. 17, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9, March 30, April 13, and April 27.  See the LIR monthly newsletter for details, or call Peg at 413-585-8661.   Anyone may attend any session and Lathrop residents are encouraged to attend.  Please car pool and park considerately on Shallowbrook Drive.

Marty Espinola
Day and Time:  First Tuesday of the month 12:30-1:45 PM
Location:  Amherst Media Center

Open to anyone who wants to learn how to improve their photographs, how to better use their camera or other photographic equipment, or to learn about new approaches and techniques.  Depending on the interests of the group, short field trips will be planned to sites that offer special photographic opportunities.  Special instructional presentations will be provided depending on the needs and wants of the group.  Open to all LIR photographers who enjoy taking pictures.

  Chuck Aulino
Day and Time:  3rd Friday of each month, 10:30 AM
Location:  Northampton Community Music Center, 130 South St., Northampton

Enjoy the shared ambience of salon music-making in which each musician, whatever their musical level, plays a selection for the group in a relaxed atmosphere.  This is what LIR member music makers do once each month.  Music makers are amateurs (lovers of music) who have in some cases returned to an instrument after a long hiatus, in other cases are beginning to learn an instrument.  To discuss becoming a music-maker or to be put on our e-mail list please contact Chuck Aulino (, 362-9185)

John Armstrong and Larry Ambs
Day and Time:  3rd Thursday of the month, 4 x per semester, 2-3:30 PM
Location:  TBA

Science Roundtable is a discussion group for anyone interested in current issues in science.  At each session we discuss one or two main topics presented by one of our members or a guest speaker.  We reserve time at the end of each session for questions and informal discussion and we encourage members of the Science Roundtable to suggest topics for future sessions or to lead discussions themselves.

A background in science is not needed to participate nor do you have to attend all sessions.  If you are interested in participating and are not already on our mailing list, contact Larry Ambs (, 256-8324)

 Gary Roodman, Kay Klausewitz
Dates and Times:  As arranged for each performance
Locations:  Various theaters, most around one hours drive

The Theater Interest Group enjoys attending professional-quality live theater plays and musicals at the many active theaters outside our usual familiar communities yet most still within an hours drive.  Matinees are preferred and transportation will be arranged.  Sometimes the performance will include talks related to the show offered by the theater.  Sometimes lunch might be arranged on a “pay your own” basis.  Group discounts make the shows more affordable.  Physical needs will be considered (such as hearing assistance, wheelchair ramps).  Guests outside of 5CLIR may come with you.  Possible venues are Hartford, Springfield, Lenox and Stockbridge, Adams, Pittsfield, Greenfield, and Worcester.  For details on arrangements see the 5CLIR newsletter or contact Kay Klausewitz (, 781-248-5446)