April Happenings

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Lunch for the Mind, Fifteen Minutes to Live: Wednesday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. Presented by Jason Scappaticci, lecturer from Manchester Community College. Understand the events surrounding the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany and contributed to the American entrance into WWI. Register by calling 860-844-5350. Cost is $5, bring your own lunch, desserts and beverages provided.
Medication Management: Thursday, April 27, 1 p.m. Presented by Seabury Visiting Nurses.
As medication becomes a more integral part of the continuum of wellness, it can become more challenging to maintain medications. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the difficulties and potential solutions for clients trying to navigate medication management. No charge but please register for this interesting, topical and interactive program by calling 860-844-5352.

Meredith Howard, part of the Granby Senior Center needlework group, displays a gorgeous knitted blanket she recently finished. The needlework group meets every Thursday at 10 a.m.

AARP Tax Assistance: Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment until early April.
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. These trained volunteer professionals will assist with Form 1040 and the standard schedules, including A and B. Electronic filing is available. Call 860-844-5352 for an appointment.
Men’s Breakfast: Please note that the April breakfast will be held on the first Friday of the month, April 7.
Helping Hands Needed: Wednesday, April 26, 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. Please join Days for Girls International (www.daysforgirls.org) in sewing for women in need of sanitary products around the world. Need sewers and non-sewers to volunteer. To learn more please call Josie Klein at 860-653-5752 or email josiklein@sbcglqobal.net.
Just for Fun!
Fun events are free and drop-in unless otherwise noted.
Poets: Wednesdays, April 12 and April 26, 10:30 a.m.
Coloring Class: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Supplies provided.
Setback: Tuesdays at 2 p.m.
Monday Morning Coffee: Mondays at 8:45 a.m.
Mexican Train: Mondays at 9:45 a.m.
Artist Group: Wednesdays at 9 a.m.
Needleworks: Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Beading: Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
Greeting Card Stamping Class: Thursday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. Come out and be creative. No experience? No worries. Register 860-844-5350. Cost $5 includes supplies.
Camera Club: April 3 at 7 p.m. Camera Club annual fee is $10.
Senior Club: April 6 at 12:30p.m. Annual membership is $3. The Senior Club is actively seeking new members to join them in making a difference in the community. Please bring your ideas to the next meeting and make a difference for seniors in the Granby community.
Civic Engagement Team: Thursday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m.
Men’s Breakfast: April 7 at 8:30 a.m. Cost $2
Women’s Breakfast: April 5, 8:30 a.m. Call 860-653-9891 to reserve your spot. Cost $3.
Commission on Aging: Monday, April 10, 9:30 a.m. The Commission on Aging proposes and evaluates programs and services for the elderly in the community, and assists the town staff in the development, initiation, coordination, and implementation of programs and services for the elderly. Meetings are open to the public.
Senior Van
The Granby Senior Van provides rides for adults 60 and over to 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 be a current member and have paid their van fee for the year. Van fees are $10 for the year and memberships are $5 for a Granby resident and $10 for non-residents.
WestFarms Mall and Trader Joe’s on Friday, April 7, departs at 9:30 a.m.
Dine and Drive on Friday, April 21, at Table 570, Simsbury
Ocean State Job Lot and Big Y in Southwick, every Tuesday departing at 1:30 p.m. Big Y has a 10 percent senior discount every Tuesday.
Geissler’s every Wednesday. Call to arrange a time. Geissler’s has a 5 percent senior discount every Wednesday.
Stop & Shop every Thursday, departs at 1:30 p.m.
Pequot Museum: Wednesday, April 12, departs 8:45 a.m. This museum brings to life the story of Connecticut’s Native American tribe, the Pequot’s, through multisensory dioramas, archival and archeological materials, films and videos. Enjoy a one-hour guided tour with additional time to explore and dine at the museum café. Cost $20, lunch not included.
Spring Fling at Log Cabin Holyoke: Thursday, April 20, departs 10:30 a.m. Your favorite dance music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Shake your groove thing or just enjoy the music. This fun day includes hors d’oeuvres, complimentary glass of wine, salad, mom’s meatloaf with mushrooms, baked scrod, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, plus apple pie a la mode. Gratuity and taxes are included in this great price. Cost $53.
Historic Shaw Mansion: Wednesday, April 26, departs 9 a.m. Start the day with a stroll by the shore and lunch on the waterfront before visiting the Shaw Mansion. Constructed in 1756, it is one of the few structures to have survived the fire of 1781 during Benedict Arnold’s raid. There will be information on the New London area’s rich history too. Cost $8, does not include lunch.
Native Plants of CT, Annual Plant Sale: Friday, April 28, departs 10 a.m. It’s not too soon to plan for spring planting. The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation Districts 26th annual plant sale fundraiser will take place at Tanger Outlets in Westbrook. You can shop for plants and other items. Cost $4.
Health & Wellness
Community Café: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. Complete hot meal is served for seniors through the Community Renewal Team nutrition program. Suggested donation is $2.50. Monthly menus are available. Call 860-844-5350 by Friday noon to make your reservation for the following week.
Healthy Minds: 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. Colleen Golnik, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has the ability to help you move forward with the better part of life. Call 860-844-5352 to schedule a confidential appointment. Suggested donation is $20 per session.
On Grief and Loss: Wednesdays, April 12 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. Whether your loss is recent or not, you will find support. Facilitated by Jane Johnson. Drop in/Free.
Farmington Valley VNA Blood Pressure Check: Every Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Free.
Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Friday, April 28. Cost is $29 at time of service (not covered by insurance).
Reiki Sessions: Tuesdays, April 11 and 25 by appointment. Half-hour session is $20.
Chair Massage: Tuesdays, April 4 and 18 by appointment. 15-minute chair massage is $10.
Support Groups
Alzheimer’s Support Group, for Caregivers and Their Loved One: Tuesday, April 11, 10 a.m. While you are in the support group there will be a supervised activity for your loved one. Learn how to cope with the changes in behavior and relationships, and understand how to handle it. Led by Peggy Coburn of the Alzheimer’s Association.
MS Support Group: Mondays, April 10 and 24, 1 p.m. This is a self-help group for persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers.
Raising Grandchildren Support Group: Thursdays at 12 p.m. Support for grandparents who are raising grandchildren.
CHOICES Counselor: Wednesday, April 19, by appointment. Do you need help in understanding Medicare and its supplements? The counselor will help you weigh the medical plan options to find the right plan for your needs. Call for a free appointment.
Medical Equipment Loaner Closet: If you are ever in need of a wheelchair, walker, cane, tub seat or other durable medical equipment contact 860-844-5352. Donations accepted.
Ask the Attorney: Wednesday, April 5, by appointment Call 860-844-5352. Generic situations can be discussed. 
Staying Fit
Classes are available six days a week and are ongoing. To register or discuss which class best fits your needs, contact the office at 860-844-5350. Drop in, $8.
Beginning Tai Chi: Mondays, 9 a.m. One of the best exercises for balance and fall prevention. Instructor, Judy Laiuppa.
Yoga Flow: Mondays, 10:15 a.m. Rise and shine with this gentle, yet effective, yoga flow class. Instructor, Mary Fuller.
Gentle Movement and Balance: Mondays, 11:15 a.m. An exercise class designed to increase strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Instructor Paula Pirog.
Cardio & Strength: Mondays, 4:30 p.m. Combination of aerobics and strength training for a total body workout. Instructor, Mary Fuller.
Weight Training for Women: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. Use hand-held weights, medicine balls and resistance bands to increase muscle tone and build stamina. With Jen Dzielak.
Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. Enhanced breathing, increased blood flow, reduced tension and better posture are achieved through the various yoga poses. Great for those with limited mobility. Instructor, Paula Pirog.
Yoga: Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m. Thoughtful breathing and controlled postures. With Paula Pirog.
Tone-up Tune-up: Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. Move to the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s. This is a low impact cardiovascular workout with intervals of weight work for upper and lower body strengthening. This workout does not go to the floor; core training performed seated or standing. Instructor, Mary Fuller.
Full Body Workout: Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. This class is designed with a combination of aerobics and strength with more muscle work with weights. Instructor, Gina Marecki.
Pilates Fusion: Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. This high-energy fusion workout focuses on core strengthening and total body sculpting. Set to popular music, this class uses lightweights to strengthen and define the upper body while Pilates and ballet-inspired exercises target the lower body and core. Form is emphasized with no prior experience needed. Instructor, Mary Fuller.
Advanced Tai Chi: Fridays, 9 a.m. Requires instructor approval. Instructor, Judy Laiuppa.
Cardio Combo: Fridays, 10:15 a.m. Quicker pace and more aerobics. Instructor, Mary Fuller.
Peak: Sundays, 7:30 a.m. Vigorous aerobics and weights. Instructor, Jen Dzielak.