September Activities

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September Activities

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Granby Senior Center located within the Municipal Complex at 15 North Granby Road. Annual membership dues are just $5 for Granby residents and $10 for non-residents, due on Sept. 1. Please call 860-844-5352 for additional information.

Special Opportunities

All About Eyes with Primary Eye Care: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. Learn about the latest in cataracts, glaucoma, dry eyes floaters and eye lid surgery. No charge.

Tara’s Memory Café: This new series is for individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. The program offers an afternoon of celebration, learning and community. Created by Marilyn Sponzo, sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Granby with support from the Granby Senior Center and Arden Courts of Avon, each month will feature both a topical meeting and a field trip. Please see the article on p. ___. There is no charge, however registration is required.

Laughter for the Health of It: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m. at the Senior Center. Pamela Atwood, certified laugh leader, will lead a humorous discussion about the many benefits of laughter with regard to aging, cognition, and caregiving.

A Visit to Angel Horses: Monday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m. Tour this beautiful horse retirement sanctuary at 12 Knollwood Lane in West Granby, home to a variety of four-legged friends. Pet a Nigerian baby goat, groom a donkey, and learn about the benefits of equine-assisted therapy.

Lunch for the Mind, People of Japan: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m. Anita Ferron, Manchester Community College, will explore the customs and culture, both past and present, of the Japanese. An overview of the tea ceremony will include an opportunity to taste teas. This program is brought to you by the Civic Engagement Education Team with partial funding from NCAAA, Inc.

Promoting Your Good Health

Flu Clinic with the Farmington Valley VNA: Friday, Sept. 25, 1 – 3 p.m. Protect yourself from the flu virus and enjoy a healthy season. Call the Farmington Valley VNA to schedule an appointment, 860-653-5514.

Holcomb Farm Fresh Access: Thursdays after 11 a.m. Senior Center members may take advantage of the generous share of fresh produce we receive from the Fresh Access program through the Holcomb Farm CSA. Please bring your reusable bag. Paid membership required to participate.

Meditation Workshop with Debra Mullins: Mondays at 10:15 a.m. Meditation allows you to focus your mind and eliminate stress caused by jumbled thoughts. Join us for 45-minute sessions to experience its benefits. Sponsored by MeadowBrook of Granby.

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, therapist, can 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.

Dental Care Clinic: Friday, Sept. 18 by appointment. Licensed dental hygienist will provide dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, denture cleanings and oral health evaluation at an affordable rate. Eligible seniors may receive a subsidized rate. Enrollment forms are available at the Senior Center office. Please call for additional information, 860-844-5352.

On Grief and Loss: Second and fourth Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Through discussion, sharing and creative activities this group can help you understand and cope with grief. Whether your loss is recent or was long ago, you will find support, information and strategies for helping you with the grieving process. Facilitated by Jane Johnson, Granby resident and creator of Bryan’s Landing and the Our Children’s Garden in Salmon Brook Park. No charge.

Farmington Valley VNA Blood Pressure Checks: Every Thursday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room. No charge.

Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Fourth Friday of the month by appointment. A specially trained nurse will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, file and clean nails, smooth corns and calluses, massage feet and make referrals to medical doctor or podiatrist as needed. Cost is $29 at time of service (not covered by insurance).

Reiki Sessions: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month by appointment. Half-hour session cost $20.

Chair Massage with Bev: First, third and fifth Tuesday of the month by appointment. Enjoy a 15-minute chair massage for $10.

Grandparent Support Group: Thursdays at noon. This is a group for grandparents who are raising children.

CHOICES Counselor: Third Wednesday of the month by appointment. Do you need help in understanding Medicare and its supplements? The counselor will help weigh the medical plan options to find the right plan for your needs. No charge.

Medical Equipment Loaner Closet: Should you need a wheelchair, walker, cane, tub seat or other durable medical equipment contact 860-844-5352. Donations accepted.

Keeping You Informed

Ask the Alzhiemer’s Expert with Peggy Coburn: Second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. Dealing with the fears, progression and unknowns of this disease can be overwhelming. Peggy has worked professionally with Alzheimer’s care and is now with the Alzheimer’s Association. Come out learn more from her expertise on the subject. No charge.

Ask the Doctor: First Monday of the month at 10 a.m. Dr. Peter Barwick leads the group discussion on varying health topics. The open forum invites questions. No charge.

Ask the Attorney: First Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. What do you do when a loved one is suddenly unable to make decisions for themselves? How do you ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the event you can no longer communicate? There are documents that can be put in place to make unforeseen events a little less traumatic. Generic situations can be discussed. Please call to 860-844-5352 for an appointment. No charge.

Staying Physically Fit

Tai Chi, Yoga, Chair exercise, Cardio, Strength Training, and Pilates offered at various degrees of difficulty.

Classes are available six days a week at the Senior Center. Classes are on going, most run for a 6-week cycle and can be joined at any time. Cost is $36 for 6 weeks for residents, $40 for non-residents. Call the office, 860-844-5350, for registration forms or to discuss which class best fits your abilities and needs.

Just for Fun

Setback: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.

Monday Morning Coffee: Mondays at 8:45 a.m.

Community Café: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. Complete hot meal is served for seniors through the Community Renewal Team. Suggested donation of $2. Monthly menus are available at the Senior Center. Call 860-844-5350 by Friday noon to make a reservation for the following week.

 Senior Voices, Expressing Yourself through Poetry: Second and fourth Tuesday at 11 a.m. for six weeks. Turn everyday thoughts into written works. No experience necessary. Cost $50 for the session.

Mexican Train: Mondays at 9:45 a.m.

Artist Group: Wednesdays at 9 a.m.

Greeting Card Stamping: Third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Cost $5.

Needleworks: Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Creative Beading: Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Conversational Spanish with Fred Kahlman: Fridays at 10 a.m. Free drop in program.

Club News

Camera Club: First Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Annual membership is $10.

Civic Club: Third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m.

Senior Club: First Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Annual membership is $3.

Men’s Breakfast: Second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $2.

Women’s Breakfast: First Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast is $3. Breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Call 860-653-9891 to reserve your spot.

Senior Van

The Granby Senior Van provides rides for shopping and activities at the Senior Center. Please call 860-844-5353 one week in advance for scheduling. All persons who use the van must have a valid van card. Cost is $10 annually due in September.


Taste of the Valley: Monday, Sept. 21: Blue Plate Kitchen in West Hartford. Reservations at noon. Cost is $3 for the ride, lunch is your expense.

Clark Museum: Wednesday, Sept. 9, departing at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Berkshires to Williamstown. Whistler’s Mother: Grey Black and White, and Van Gough and Nature are on exhibit. Lunch on your own at the museum café. Cost is $25.

Picnic at Salmon Brook Park: Friday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m. There will be a variety of activities to keep you entertained (bocce, Frisbee golf, kite flying, etc.) including a fold–your-own-boat Salmon Brook regatta. Hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on the grill are on the menu. Cost $5.

Matterhorn Mini-golf: Wednesday, Sept. 23, departing 9:30 a.m. A Swiss adventure awaits you in nearby Canton. Putt your way past the decorated goats, the Swiss architecture and even the Matterhorn. Meet mascot Mulligan, the sweetest little (live) dog, too. After your round of golf we will stop at the Shoppes of Farmington Valley for lunch at Dish ‘n Dat. Cost is $12.

The Big E: Monday, Sept. 28, departing 9:15 a.m. The largest fair in New England is back. Visit the Avenue of the States, Storrowtown Village and the Better Living Center. Cost is $15.


$3 fee for each out-of-town shopping trip.

Enfield Mall on Friday, Sept. 4 and Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Ocean State Job Lot/Big Y in Southwick on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Target on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.

Wal-Mart on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

Manchester Shops on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m.

Grocery shopping trips and in-town errands on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Medical/Dental/Personal Care Appointments

Local appointments (Granby, East Granby, Simsbury) may be scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays and medical appointments out of the area may be scheduled for Fridays. The Senior Van is equipped with a wheelchair lift. There is no additional fee for local service.