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Volunteer Cat Lovers Needed
Mary’s Kitty Korner, a no-kill cat shelter in Granby, is looking for volunteers to help care for its kitties until they find their “fur-ever” homes. If you love cats and can spare some time on weekdays, weeknights or weekends, the staff would love to hear from you. Call 860-379-4141 or visit to find out more.
Camera Club
The Granby Camera Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 6, at the Granby Senior Center at 7 p.m. The guest speaker for the evening will be Joe Gaylor who specializes in street photography. The scavenger hunt words for this month are Black and White, Laugh and Favorite. To learn more about the club, visit
Women’s Breakfast
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 8:30 a.m. in the Granby Senior Center, a representative from The Faces of Homelessness speakers bureau will address the Granby Women’s Breakfast group about how she became homeless at one point in her life. The bureau is a public education program that promotes advocacy, understanding and service to the homeless. Call Corinne Dickerson at 860-653-9891 to reserve your spot. Cost is $3.
Pasta Dinner and Dessert Auction
Join friends at First Church for the annual free pasta dinner and dessert auction. Saturday, March 11, 6 – 8 p.m. in Cook Hall. Desserts range from single-serving to extraordinary. This fundraiser will support area youth for a summer work trip to Buffalo for Habitat for Humanity. Save the date and be a part of this fun evening.
Local Book Signing
There will be a celebration of the publication of Laura Mazza-Dixon’s poetry book, Forged by Joy, with editor and publisher of Antrim House Books, Rennie McQuilkin, who also is Connecticut Poet Laureate, on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. It will be held at Fellowship Hall, South Church, 242 Salmon Brook St. Admission is free, the facility is wheelchair accessible. Music, refreshments, books for sale and signing. The snow date is Feb. 18. For more information, call 860-653-6146.
Cossitt Library
Wanted: CDs and DVDs
Thinning out collections of CDs and DVDs after the holidays? The Friends of Cossitt Library welcome donations to the adult room sales truck. After reading that newest best seller, please consider offering it to the Friends year-around sales that help fund projects and programs at Cossitt.
Warm Up at Cossitt
Drop into the library this cold winter and enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa and a warm welcome while browsing the new DVDs, best sellers, magazines and recorded books. There are always seasonal and new books in the children’s room and something to create or color for younger patrons.
Pancake Breakfast
Granby 4-H will hold its annual pancake breakfast Saturday, March 25, 7:30–10:30 a.m. at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook St. Plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, ham, sausage, fruit and juice will be served. The profits support educational programs and community service projects for Granby 4-H. Prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 3-12, and under 3 is free. Please contact Leah at with questions.
FV-VNA Screenings and Clinic
The Farmington Valley VNA’s free blood pressure screenings are available without appointment Tuesday, Feb. 7, 9–10:30 a.m., at the YMCA in Granby; Monday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., at East Granby Senior Center; Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at East Hartland Parish House, and 1–2 p.m. at East Hartland Town Hall; Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Granby Senior Center.
MS Support
The Granby Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets at the Granby Senior Center, 15 North Granby Road, at 1 p.m.,on the second and fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please contact Meaghan at 860-428-2463.
Info session for Kearns Study Committee is Feb. 21
The Kearns School Study Committee will hold a second public information session on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the senior center.  The committee will present the recent survey results and will continue to accept suggestions from the public for the building’s use.
YMCA’s Bike For The Battle
Help cancer survivors fight the fight by joining the Bike for the Battle at the Farmington Valley YMCA on Saturday, March 25, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the Y’s member services at 97 Salmon Brook Street for participation information or call 860-653-5524 to register. Are you ready to do battle and help?
Benefit for Waste Not Want Not
The Fourth Annual Hungry Hearts Cabaret will be held Saturday, March 11, at St. Therese Church Hall. It is a wonderful fun evening—appetizers, dinner, music, raffle, auction—and all proceeds benefit the Waste Not Want Not community kitchen. Tickets are $40 per person; call 860-653-3838 or email Last year was a sellout, so buy tickets early.