Programs

 

    What's Happening:

    SPECIAL EVENTS

    Sock Hop!, Wednesday, June 13th at 5:00PM

    Get out your poodle skirts and leather jackets as we turn back time to the 1950’s. Enjoy tunes from the past with live music from Double Trouble. Dinner includes hamburgers, chicken fingers and fries with root beer floats for dessert. Cost $8. Prizes awarded for the two best costumes. Register by June 6th

    Strawberry Social & Summer Memories, Thursday, June 21st at 1:30PM

    What’s better than a lazy summer afternoon with Strawberry Shortcake and good conversation? Send or bring in a picture of a favorite summer memory for our slide show! Cost $5. Register and submit photo by June 14th

    Trivia Night, Thursday, June 28th at 4:30PM

    Get your game on! Join staff, bring your friends, create teams or play solo! Can you answer this—to which famous blond actress was Playwright Arthur Miller married? Or What U.S. city is nicknamed "The Birthplace of Aviation"? Wraps, pasta salad & dessert round out this event. Cost $6. Register by June 21st.

    Queen of Omelets

    Wednesday, May 2nd at 1:00PM

    Presented by Author John E. Finn

    Simsbury resident John E. Finn,  author of The Perfect Omelet: Essential Recipes for the Home Cook, talks about the process of writing his definitive book on the iconic omelet. The book is full of practical wisdom, cooking, and life. Free.

     

    Tornado at the Air Museum

    Thursday, May 10th at 1:00PM

    Presented by Carl Stidsen, Research Librarian, New England Air Museum

    In 1979 the Connecticut Air Historical Association's outdoor aircraft museum was demolished by a freak tornado. The New England Air Museum (NEAM) rose from the wreckage. Learn more about the storm and the rebuilding process. Cost $5.

     

    War at Home—Era Stories from CT

    Tuesday, May 22nd at 1:00PM

    Presented by Christine Gauvreau, CT State Library

    Hear stories of the home front during World War I era, culled from the digitized runs of the “Norwich Bulletin,” the “Bridgeport Evening Farmer,” and the “Bridgeport Times.” Free. Register by May 14th.

     

    CT Civilian Conservation Corps Camps

    Wednesday, May 30th at 1:00PM

    Presented by Author Marty Podskoch

    Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps in Connecticut began in 1933 to relieve poverty and unemployment during the Depression. Come learn more about them. Cost $5. Register by May 23rd.

     

    What You Should Know
    Native American Archaeology in CT

    Wednesday, June 6th at 1:00PM

    Presented by State Archaeologist Brian Jones

    The archaeology of this state provides fertile ground for understanding Native American life, their ways and much more. Cost $5. Register by May 30th.

     

     

    Wild Alaska

    Tuesday, June 19th at 1:00PM

    Presented by Photographer, Gary Melnysyn

    Gary, a Granby resident and award winning photographer, will be offering a stunning and spectacular look into Wild Alaska as seen through the photographers eye. Free. Register by June 12th.

     

    “A Sister to Honor”

    Tuesday, June 26th at 1:00PM

    Presented by Author, Lucy Ferris

    Award winning Author Lucy Ferris will be discussing her latest novel as well as her other books and what it is like to be a writer. Free. Register by June 19th.

     

    Beginner Zentangle, Thursday, May 3rd at 10:00AM

    Presented by Laura Marks
    Everyone can be an artist!  Zentangle is a method of creating abstract art through structured patterns.  You will learn about the origin and principles of Zentangle and create a Zentangle tile using patterns and shading.  Cost $20 includes your own starter kit with all the supplies you need.

    Intermediate Zentangle, Thursday, May 24th at 10:00AM

    Presented by Laura Marks
    This class is designed for anyone who has taken a basic or Intro to Zentangle class with any Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and is seeking to learn more patterns and techniques.  PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING YOUR STARTER KIT TO THIS CLASS. Cost $15. Register by May 17th.

    AARP Safe Driver Course, Wednesday, May 16th at 9:00AM
    Facilitated by AARP
    Learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, reaction time and much more. Cost $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members.  Pay instructor on day of class day.  Register by May 9th.

     

    The Con Artists Playbook, Tuesday, June 12th at 1:00PM

    Presented by AARP
    This interactive seminar takes a look at the psychology behind ID theft, fraud and scams. Actual footage of scammers as well as insights and advice to arm you with tools to keep you safe. Free. Register by June 5th.

    Nordic Walking, Starting Tuesday, June 5th at 10:00AM

    Jack Fila, Certified Nordic Walking Instructor
    Maximize your Walk! Learn basic skills of Nordic Walking. Learn walking techniques that engage the entire body. Great for any fitness level. Nordic Walking Poles will be provided. Wear appropriate footwear for short easy walks outdoors. Classes will meet at Salmon Brook Park by the band shell. Cost $35 for the 4-week class. Register by May 29th.

    Medicare 101, Tuesday, May 15th at 1:00PM

    Presented by John Silliman, Aetna
    Are you starting to explore the process of applying for Medicare? Do you have Medicare or a Medicare Supplemental plan that isn’t working for you? This program will provide you with a wealth of knowledge and the answers to many questions you may have. Free. Register by May 8th.

    Veteran’s Coffee, Tuesday, May 15th & June 19th at 10:00AM

    Presented by Hartford HealthCare at Home
    A monthly coffee to learn about benefits, entitlements and other services. Hartford Healthcare's Veteran's liaison, Wayne Rioux will facilitate the group discussion. FREE.  Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.  Call 860-844-5350.

    Greeting Card Stamping Class, Thursday, May 11th & June 21st  at 9:30AM

    Learn the basics of creating your own greeting cards.  No experience necessary. Register by calling 860-844-5350. Cost $5. Supplies provided

    AARP Tax Assistance:
    By Appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from mid-February until the beginning of April

    AARP Tax-Aide is the nation's largest free, tax assistance and preparation service. These trained volunteer professionals will assist those 60 years and over with form 1040 and the standard schedules, including A and B. Electronic filing is available. Call (860) 844-5352 for an appointment. This service is now on recess until 2019.

    Alzheimer's Support Group,  May 15th & June 19th at 10:00AM

    As a caregiver, while in the support group, there will be a supervised activity for your loved one in the next room. Caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's can be overwhelming. Learning to cope with the changes in their behavior and understanding how to handle it is sometimes best explained by those who are dealing with a similar situation. Led by Peggy Coburn of the Alzheimer's Association.

    Helping Hands Needed: Days For Girls: May 23rd & June 27th at 9:30AM

    Please join Days for Girls Internationally (website) who will be sewing for women in need of sanitary products around the world. For our project to be a success we are looking for both sewers and non-sewers to volunteer their help. Please help us make a positive difference for others in need. To learn more please call Josie Klein at (860) 653-5752 or click here to email.

    Coloring Class: Tuesdays 10:00am to Noon

    Coloring is not only for kids anymore! With a hugely diverse range of styles and scenes, there is something here for all tastes. Coloring is the new meditation and is the ideal way to enhance your artistic skills along with socializing. Materials provided, drop in, free!

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    Health & Wellness:

    Emergency Preparedness, Wednesday, May 23rd at 1:00PM

    Presented by Tully Meyer, McLean Homecare & Hospice
    “Preparedness” means “readiness”. Each day we are faced with challenges such as weather conditions, injuries, power outages, job loss, etc. Learn skills so you are ready. Free. Register by May 16th.

    Stroke Awareness, Thursday, May 24th at 12:30PM

    Knowledge is power! You may save a life, even your own. Come and learn the common and uncommon symptoms of strokes. Hear from stroke survivors about their experience. Free. Register by May 17th.

    Healing Meals...Healthy Cooking, Tuesday, June 5th at 10:00AM

    Presented by Sarah Leathers, Healing Meals Project
    Do you belong to a CSA or get produce from the Holcomb Farm program? Learn traditional and healthy new ways to make use of local, fresh produce. Free. Register by May 29th.

    Parkinson’s Support GroupMonday, June 18th at 1:30PM
    Facilitated by Krisztina Jarai, Residence at Brookside
    Beginning in June, on the third Monday of the  month, we will be holding a support group for those with Parkinson’s and their families. Free. Please call 860-844-5350 to register.
     
    Walk with Ease, Mondays starting April 16th - May 21st  at 9:30AM

    Facilitated by Justine Ginsberg, FVHD
    This Arthritis Foundation program offers many benefits including feeling better, reducing pain and stiffness, more energy, confidence that you can manage arthritis and the opportunity to be active and social. Free. Register by April 9th. Full benefits will be realized by attending the entire program.

    Step Up To Golf, Starting Thursday, April 19th at 11:00AM  (with optional 2 holes afterward)
    Located at Copper Hill Golf Club, East Granby

    Need a refresher? Just starting out? This is a great bridge to the “Boomers” Golf League. This is a four week session. Cost $65. Call 860-653-6191 to register.

    Copper Hill “Boomers” Golf League, Starting Thursdays beginning April 12th  (tee times 8:00AM to 9:00AM)

    Located at Copper Hill Golf Club, East Granby
    Come as you can golf league for golfers of all ages and abilities. Special rates: green fees $12, optional cart fee $5 for ages 55 and over. Copper Hill provides structure for fun with a mix of non-competitive and quasi-competitive formats. Call 860-653-6191 if interested in playing.

    Hearing Clinic with And-How Hearing, by appointment January 4th

    Granby Senior Center is pleased to offer a new and improved hearing service for its members. Dr. Howard Raff from And-How Hearing in Avon will be available for screenings, hearing aid cleanings and simple servicing. 

    MS Support Group: Second and Fourth Monday at 1:00pm

    This is a self help group for persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers.

    Foot Care Service with Pedi-Care: Third Monday of the Month AND Fourth Friday of the Month By Appointment

    A specially trained nurse will perform assessment of the feet and lower extremities, trimming, filing and cleaning of the nails, smoothing of corns and calluses, massaging of the feet and referrals to medical doctors or podiatrist as needed. Cost is $28, payable at time of service (not covered by insurance). Call (860) 844-5352 to schedule.

    Healthy Minds: By Appointment

    Coping with life's transitions are not always easy. Situations such as the death of a loved one, failing health, strained family relationships or the stress of deciding to leave a home that is too big to manage can be daunting to face alone. Working through feelings of isolation, anxiety, abandonment or failure may ease your mind. Colleen Golnik, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, has the ability to help you understand and deal with these feelings so you may move forward with the better part of life. Call (860) 844-5352 to schedule a confidential appointment. Suggested donation is $20 per session.

    VNA Health Clinic Blood Pressure Clinic: Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:30pm

    The nurses will be available to check your blood pressure. Be sure to stop by.

    Chair Massage: First, Third, and Fifth Tuesday of the Month By Appointment  

    Provided by Bev Harris. 15-minute chair massage. For an appointment, call (860) 844-5352. Cost $10.

    Reiki: Second and Fourth Tuesday of the Month By Appointment

    Reiki treatment is believed to aid in reducing stress and anxiety. It is an ancient Japanese healing method. Call for an appointment (860) 844-5350. Cost $20 for half hour.

    On Grief and Loss: Second and Fourth Wednesday at 2:30pm

    Through discussion, sharing and creative activities this group will help you in understanding and coping with grief. Whether your loss is recent or long ago, you will find support, information and strategies for helping you with the grieving process.

    Grandparents Support Group: Thursdays at 12:00pm

    This group is for grandparents who find themselves helping to raise children for the second or third time. Bring a bag lunch and join others like yourself to share friendships, ideas and tips on being a parent again. Call (860) 844-5355 for additional information.

    CHOICES: Third Wednesday of the Month By Appointment

    "One-stop shopping" information source for services available to older adults. CHOICES provides information and assistance about Medicare and other related health insurance options including: Original Medicare, Medicare Rx, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare Managed Care, Prescription Drug Coverage and Long-Term Care Insurance. Please call (860) 844-5350 to schedule a meeting with our counselor.

    Ask the Attorney: First Wednesday of the Month By Appointment

    An Elder law attorney will be available to answer your questions. Please call (860) 844-5350 to schedule an appointment.

    Durable Medical Equipment Loaner Closet: By Appointment

    You may donate or borrow gently used wheelchairs, walkers, tub seats, etc. The closet may be accessed by appointment. Call (860) 844-5352. (Program funded in part by NCAAA, Inc.)

    Checks and Balances: By Appointment

    Aurelle Locke, retired tax attorney, will assist you in balancing your checkbook at the Senior Center. Call (860) 844-5352 to make an appointment.

    Handicapped Parking Permits

    Forms are available in the senior center office and also here online. Click here to download a form.  Form must be signed by a physician and returned to DMV.

    Meals on Wheels

    McLean Home provides meals for ill, homebound, or disabled persons. Delivered by volunteers 5 days a week. Call (860) 653-3700.

    TAP (Transportation Action Program)

    This volunteer service provides rides for medical appointments when the Senior Van is booked. TAP Line: (860) 264-6131. Leave a message on voice mail.

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    Club News 

     

    Billiard League: Fall and Spring Doubles Leagues

    Please call (860) 844-5352 to get involved.

    Camera Club: First Monday of the Month at 7:00pm

    Annual dues are $10 for Granby residents and $20 for non-Granby residents.

    Civic Club: Third Thursday of the Month at 1:00pm

    All women are invited to join for service and socializing with a vision for "A Better Granby." (No meeting during July and August.)


    Civic Engagement Team: Second Thursday at 9:30am

    Self- directed teams identify, develop and execute community minded projects. (Medical Equipment Loaner Closet and Lunch for the Mind, Educational program are examples)

    Senior Club: First Thursday of the Month at 12:30pm

    Promotes fellowship among senior citizens. Annual dues $3.

    Men's Breakfast Group: Second Friday of the Month at 8:30am
    Guest speakers on a variety of topics. $2 for breakfast. (No Breakfast during July and August.)
     
    Women's Breakfast Group: First Wednesday of each month at 8:30am

    Guest speakers on a variety of topics. $4 for breakfast. (No Breakfast during July and August.)

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    Ongoing at The Center:

    Monday Morning Coffee: Mondays from 8:30am to 10:30am

    Drop in for a cup of coffee and friendly banter. It is the place to get the latest on Granby happenings!

    Mexican Train: A Domino Game: Mondays at 10:00am and Wednesdays at 1:00pm

    It's easy to learn and fun to play!

    Community Cafe: Tuesdays and Thursdays at Noon

    The Community Renewal Team (CRT) provides the meals. Suggested donation is $2.50. Call (860) 844-5350 by noon on Friday to sign up for the following week.

    Setback: Tuesdays at 2:00pm

    Come and play this friendly card game.

    Artists Group: Wednesdays from 9:00am to 11:00am

    Do you have an interest in watercolors, drawing or painting? Bring your materials and join artists during this friendly gathering. Ideas and techniques are shared.

    Needleworkers: Thursdays at 10:00am

    Knitting, cross stitching, crewel work and other needlework projects are worked on during this friendly gathering. Enjoy a cup of coffee as you work on your latest project.

    Beading Group: Fridays at 9:30am

    Drop in with your current projects. Work, share and enjoy time with your former classmates and instructor.

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