Programs

 

    What's Happening:

    SPECIAL EVENTS

    THE LAUNCH OF OUR LIFETIME LEARNING ACADEMY: The Senior Center encourages and recognizes the ongoing desire for stimulating, high-level programming and experiences for our adult population in Granby and surrounding towns. With that in mind, we are launching a new initiative, The Lifetime Learning Academy, this fall. The fall semester will offer a variety of interesting, educational and engaging programs including historical presentations, science and art courses, creative arts programs, extended travel opportunities and more. This program has been made possible, in part, with a grant from the Granby Education Fund.

    SENIOR CENTER MONTH:  The National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) encourages communities to participate, engage and discover the wonderful programming, events and information at hand at their local center.

    ACTIVE AGING DAY:  Wednesday, September 26th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
    We will be celebrating Active Aging day this year on Wednesday, September 26th with a carnival as well as informational programming. The event is free and open to all members and their guests. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Wellness”.

    Sponsored by: Carmon Funeral Home, Suffield by the River, The Residence at Brookside, McLean Home Care & Hospice, Farmington Valley VNA, MeadowBrook of Granby and Granby Pharmacy.

    • From 10:00AM to 2:00PM we will be holding an indoor carnival featuring a continental breakfast table, smoothie station, potato bar, salad bar, games, prizes and more. Come down and have some fun at this FREE event.
    • From 10:30AM to 11:30AM Home Helpers will be presenting a seminar, “I Want To Stay at Home…What are my Options?” If you want to remain at home, but you might need some extra help, you will find out what is available to make that a reality.    
    • From 1:30PM to 2:30PM “Dignity of Life” presentation. This panel discussion will help you understand the ins and outs of elder care and end of life planning. Experts include Carmon Funeral Home, Elder Law Attorney, Marcia Hess, and the CCA of the Archdiocese of Hartford. There will be a Q&A session at the end.

    AUTUMN SPLENDOR DINNER
    Tuesday, October 30th at 5:00PM
    Let’s celebrate the last days of Autumn. Your evening begins with dinner: chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, roasted rainbow carrots, rolls and apple crisp. Entertainment will be provided by singer and actor Michael Ciulla singing the tunes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Bobby Darin, Count Basie, Dean Martin and more. Cost $8. Register by October 23rd.

    LIFETIME LEARNING ACADEMY FALL SEMESTER:
    HISTORY

    United Nations: Past, Present and Future-Tuesday, September 18th at 1:00PM
    Presented by Dr. Joseph Baxer
    Dr. Baxer will explore the creation of the UN after WWII, its present make up and the issues surrounding its future development and relevance. Cost $5.

    World War II Remembered: The Generals and Admirals-Tuesday, October 2nd and October 9th at 1:30PM
    Presented by Lieutenant Colonel James Shelmerdine
    Learn about the lives of those who made history and how they changed the outcome of WWII. Cost $10 for both classes.

    CREATIVE ARTS

    Soap Making-Tuesday, September 25th at 1:00PM-Instructor Valerie Galinski
    Learn a natural, inexpensive way to make laundry soap, laundry softener, and body wash for yourself or others. Contains no dyes or perfumes. Cost $10.

    Pumpkin Centerpieces-Wednesday, October 10th at 1:00PM-Instructor Linda Markee
    You will learn how to make a beautiful arrangement of flowers in a pumpkin that will give your home a touch of fall. Cost $25.

    Wire Wrapped Jewelry Making--Wednesday, November 14th at 10:00AM-Fortieth Muse Designs
    Learn basic wire wrapping techniques and use your new skill to make a beautiful piece of jewelry. All materials provided. Students should bring glasses or safety glasses to this class. Cost $25. 

    Fabric Wreaths--Wednesday, November 28th at 1:00PM-Instructor Valerie Galinski
    If you love crafting or making handmade gifts, this fabric wreath class is for you! Cost $25.

    Wheat Ornament Workshop-Tuesday, December 4th at 1:00PM-Instructor Liz Carnes
    Make a beautiful ornament for giving or your own tree made out of wheat stalks. Cost $15.

    Christmas in a Teacup-Tuesday, December 11th at 1:00PM-Instructor Linda Markee
    Make this beautiful, petite flower arrangement in one of your own special teacups or one that will be provided. This is a great hostess gift or to decorate your own home. Cost $25.

    HEALTH & WELLNESS

    Healing Meals...Healthy Cooking Series-Wednesday, September 12th at 10:00AM
    Presented by Sarah Leathers, Healing Meals Project
    Our Healing Meals series continues as you learn how to use all the wonderful local produce available through CSA’s, the Holcomb Farm program at the Senior Center and local Farmer’s Markets. Discover how to prepare the vegetables in traditional and new ways. Free, registration required.

    Eating for Life...You Are What You Eat-Wednesday, September 19th at 11:00AM-Presented by Dr. Andrew Paterna
    Every food is important! Learn about good nutrition, nutrients, vegetarian diets and more. You will also explore the “food-like” substances in supermarkets that are part of the typical American diet. Free. Register by September 12th. Cost $5.

    The Symphony of Nutrition-Wednesday, October 10th at 11:00AM-Presenter Dr. Andrew Paterna
    As your body functions, it does not look for just one nutrient. Nutrition is like a symphony orchestra. When all the nutrients work together, your body functions properly. Cost $5.

    GREAT COURSES-Video Based
    Experiencing the Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
    Friday’s Sept. 21st-Oct. 26th at 1:00PM
    This 6-week course includes iconic Hubble images based on their visual beauty, scientific impact, and breadth of subject matter. Each image is the focus of its own lecture, which uses the iconic picture as a jumping-off point for exploring different aspects of the cosmos that Hubble has revealed in startling new detail. Cost $25.

    The World's Greatest Paintings-Part I, Monday’s Oct. 15th-Nov. 26th at 1:00PM, No class November 12th.
    This 6-week course takes you from the 14th century to the 17th century. Great Courses Professor William Kloss reveals a group of works that, in his expert judgment, rank among the greatest paintings ever made. Artists include Van Eyck, Michelangelo, El Rubens, Rembrandt and more. Part II will be offered in 2019. Cost $25.

    Additional Programming in September and October

    Fall Chef Series
    We are excited to bring back our Chef Series this fall, offering three fabulous entrees prepared by some of our favorite local Chefs. Free. Register by September 12th.

    Monday, September 17th at 1:30PM
    Residence at Brookside in Avon
    Chef Brian Sevarino will be cooking Beef Tenderloin.
    Thursday, September 27th at 1:30PM
    MeadowBrook of Granby
    Chef Dave will be making a roasted sweet potato and butternut casserole as well as a broccoli rabe with garlic pasta dish.
    Monday, October 1st at 1:30PM
    Suffield by the River, a Senior Living Community
    Chef Carlos returns making a fabulous harvest soup that you can make at home.

    BenefitsCheckUp®
    Thursday, October 25th at 10:00AM
    Presented by Stephanie Soucy, North Central  Area Agency on Aging
    BenefitsCheckUp® is a comprehensive, free online tool that connects older adults with benefits they may qualify for.  Through this tutorial session you will learn how to access and navigate the website. Enrollment forms for programs will also be available. Free. Register by October 22nd.

    AARP Safe Driver Course
    Wednesday, October 17th at 9:00AM-1:00PM
    Presented 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 October 10th.

    Discussion of Depression in the Elderly
    Thursday, October 25th from 1:00PM to 3:00PM
    Presented by Erin Leavitt-Smith and Judith Stonger
    Join the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Wheeler Clinic and the Granby Senior Center for an important discussion on the issue of depression in senior citizens. Topics include warning signs, coping mechanisms and what resources are available. Free. Register by October 18th.

    HEALTHY LIVING!

    Holcomb Farm Fresh Access for Seniors –must be a Senior Center Member
    Available Thursdays after 11:00 AM

    This highly successful program is back for another season. Enjoy fresh produce graciously donated from the Fresh Access Program through the Holcomb Farm CSA. Please bring your reusable bag. Must be a senior with paid membership. Limit one bag per household.

    Hearing Clinic with Audiology Concierge
    By appointment. Thursday, September 13th
    We are excited to announce Audiology Concierge as our new Hearing Clinic Provider. They will be at the Senior Center on a quarterly basis offering complete audiological evaluations, ear wax inspection and removal, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wireless solutions for TV, telephones and audio and more. Call 860-844-5352 for your appointment.

    Parkinson’s Support Group
    Monday, September 17th and October 15th at 1:30PM
    Facilitated by Krisztina Jarai, Residence at Brookside
    A support group for those with Parkinson’s and their families. Free. Please call 860-844-5350 to register.

    FAMILIAR FAVORITES!

    Women’s Breakfast Wednesday, October 3rd at 8:30AM
    “Kenya Healthcare Initiative for Girls” Cost $4. Register by calling 860-653-9891.

    Men’s Breakfast Friday, October 12th at 8:30AM
    Guest Speakers: Paula Johnson/Sally King, Therapy Dogs. Cost $2. Register by calling 860-844-5350.

    Helping Hands Needed Wednesday, September 19th, 9:30AM - 12:00PM
    Please join Days for Girls International (www.daysforgirls.org) who will be sewing for women in need of sanitary products. Need sewers and non-sewers to volunteer. To learn more please call Josie Klein at 860-653-5752 or email josiklein640@gmail.com.

    SENIOR VAN SERVICE AND EXCURSIONS!
    The Granby Senior Van provides rides for adults 60 and over to shopping and activities at the Senior Center. Please call our Transportation Coordinators at 860-844-5353 one week in advance for scheduling.
    Canton-Kohl’s/HomeGoods Friday, September 7th departs at 9:30AM $4
    Dine & Drive Monday, September 17th, Suffield Country Club $4

    Grocery Shopping
    Ocean State Job Lot & Big Y in Southwick
    Every Tuesday, departs at 1:30PM
     Big Y’s 10% senior discount every Tuesday!
    Geissler’s
     
    Every Wednesday. Call to arrange a time. Geissler’s 5% senior discount every   Wednesday!
    Stop & Shop
     
    Every Thursday, departs at 1:30PM

    Trips
    Grass Island Cruise Guilford, CT
    Friday, September 21st at 8:45AM

    Come out and enjoy Guilford’s only one hour scenic Connecticut Shore & River Boat cruise. Enjoy the beauty of the sounds and inlets from Guilford to Madison.  Lunch on your own at Guilford Lobster Pound Dock. Cost $17. Register by September 14th.

    The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Hartford, CT
    Friday, September 28th at 10:15AM

    You can expect a conversational, interactive tour where you can participate along with your guide. Learn about Stowe’s childhood, travels, marriage and her courage. Lunch on you own at the Pond House. Cost $17. Register by September 14th.

    Worcester Art Museum Worcester, MA
    Wednesday, October 3rd at 9:15 AM
    Worcester Art Museum’s collection of nearly 38,000 objects contains superlative examples representing 51 centuries of creative spirit and cultural heritage.You may enjoy lunch on your own at the café. Cost $20. Register by  September 19th.

    The Mount, Home of Edith Wharton Lenox, MA
    Wednesday, October 10th at 8:45AM
    The Mount is a country house in Lenox, MA, the home of noted author Edith Wharton. The guided tour allows you to view interpretive exhibits throughout the house and gardens. Cost $33, includes lunch. Sandwich selection includes: Roasted Turkey, Chicken Salad, Roast Beef or Veggie Wrap. Register by October 3rd.

    Adventure Club: Art in the Orchard Easthampton, MA
    Monday, October 15th at 9:30AM
    Art in the Orchard is a sculpture exhibition along a walking trail showcasing three dimensional outdoor works and installations created by local and regional artists.  Cost $5. Donations to the Orchard are optional and on your own. Lunch on your own at The Tavern. Register by October 9th.

    Goodspeed Opera House East Haddam, CT
    Wednesday, October 31st at 10:15AM
    “The Drowsy Chaperone”-this hilarious musical comedy features one show stopping song and dance number after another. Lunch on your own at the Gelston House or La Vita. Cost $69. Register by October 17th. Limited seats available, reserve early!