Winter 2017 Programs

To register for a Winter Program:

Go to Forms and print the Winter Programs registration form and send it to the office (with your check).


Date: Thursday, December 4, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm (concert); pre-concert dinner at 6:00 pm
Place: Abbey Chapel, Mount Holyoke College; Johnny’s Bar and Grill, 23 College Street, South Hadley
Cost: Vespers performance is free
Contact Person: Nancy Denig
The Vespers at Mount Holyoke College dates back to the late 1800’s and has long been a popular event in the Pioneer Valley. 5CLIR will reserve up to 20 seats for the evening performance when some 120 students are expected to perform.
LIR members and guests are also invited to share a pre-concert dinner at Johnny’s Bar and Grill near-by (in “the Commons”), where entrees may run $15-20. We will make 6:00 pm reservations at Johnny’s to allow for early concert seating, for those who express interest.
As parking can be a problem, car pools are recommended.


Date: Wednesday, January 4 (snow date Thursday, January 5)
Time:  10:00 AM
Place: Alumni House, Amherst College
Cost: Free
Contact Person: Sheila Klem
Join your fellow LIR members in remembering those whom we have lost during the past year. We appreciate the many talents of those who have helped make our organization so interesting and informative. Refreshments will be served

WINTER TECH SERIES:  Q&A sessions for learners in the digital age

DatesJanuary 10, 11 & 12 (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm each day
Place: Dewey Hall, Smith College
Cost: $2 per person per session
Program Mentors: LIR Tech Committee Members
Contact Person: Peter Reitt
Bring your concerns regarding the uses of your computer (Mac or PC) and see if our experts can solve your problems. If you have a laptop, please bring it with you. These sessions will not be concerned with tablets or smart phone problems.

    Day 1 Email Questions: What are your problems with emailing? eg. attachments, blind carbon copy (Bcc:), spam, phishing, etc.

    Day 2 Computer Organization Questions: Organize your computer? eg.
Where do you put documents, pictures, downloads so I can find them again? Avoid desktop clutter?

    Day 3 Computer Safety Questions:How to protect yourself from malware…especially when browsing the internet?
When should you upgrade your operating system, or simply get a new system?


Date: Wednesday, January 11
Time: 5:00 pm pre-game dinner, 7:05 pm hockey game
Place: Dinner at Student Prince Restaurant, 8 Fort Street, Springfield, MA
Hockey Game at Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA
Cost: $20 hockey game tickets (pre-paid); dinner entrees $12-25    (not included in registration fee)
Contact Person: Bob Barker
5CLIR will reserve up to 20 seats for a pre-game German style dinner at the recently renovated Student Prince, a much loved tradition in downtown Springfield. The hockey game will be between the Springfield Thunderbirds (the latest American Hockey League team, affiliated with the Florida Panthers) and the Albany Devils.
Car pools or a van service (added cost) will be arranged, depending on the level of interest.

LEGISLATORS’ FORUM:  An annual LIR event open to the public

Date: Friday, February 10
Time:  2-4 pm
Place: Coolidge Room, Forbes Library in Northampton
Moderator:  Carol Jolly, 5CLIR Past President
Contact Person: Nancy Denig
Come hear our area legislators give a summary of 2016 accomplishments and their outlook for the coming year. Senator Stan Rosenberg (President of the Massachusetts General Court), and State Representatives Peter Kocot (First Hampshire District), John Scibak (Second Hampshire District) and Stephen Kulik (First Franklin District) will brief us on critical matters affecting the State’s future. This is your chance to hear directly from those shaping public policies, and to be a part of a Question and Answer session following the presentations. This free event has been a long-time favorite of LIR members.

LET’S PLAY!:  Fun n’ games to chase away the February blues

Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Place: Lathrop Community Room, 1 Shallowbrook  Lane, Northampton
Cost: $2
Contact Person: Nancy Denig
Join us for an afternoon of non-competitive games and getting-to-know-you activities with others longing for Spring Semester to begin. LIR members are invited to email Nancy in January with your suggestions for games or activities. Participants are asked to bring snacks and/or refreshments for break times.