March Activities at Senior Center

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Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Granby Senior Center located within the Municipal Complex at 15 North Granby Road. Please call 860-844-5352 for additional information.

Special Opportunities

Xtreme Music Bingo: Monday, March 23, 4:30 p.m. at the Simsbury Senior Center. Let’s have fun with our neighbors. This is a great game for music lovers as a professional DJ will run the program. Pizza will be served. $3. Please call 860-844-5352 for a reservation.

Financial First Aid: Wednesday, March 4, 12:15 p.m. Band-aids do not replace sound financial planning. Discuss ways to stretch a dollar and put some away for a rainy day. Presented by Sandee Fleet, Farmington Valley VNA. Chili and corn bread will be served. The program is free, thanks to sponsorship by the Senior Club.

AARP Tax Assistance: By appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through April 8. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. 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.

Estate Planning: Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m. Discuss the basics of estate planning which includes putting your wishes in writing and naming names. Presented by Westfield Bank. No charge for this informational session.

Conversational Spanish with Fred Kahlman: Fridays at 10 a.m. For anyone who would like to practice their spoken Spanish in a conversation group setting. The goals are to help you express yourself in Spanish and to learn more about Spanish culture. Spend an hour a week expanding conversational skills. This is a free drop-in program.

Promoting Your Good Health

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Second Thursday of the month at 3 p.m. Caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Learning to cope with the changes in behavior, changes in your relationship with them, and understanding how to handle it all is sometimes best explained by those who are dealing with a similar situation. Led by Peggy Coburn, Executive Director of Arden Courts of Avon.

Healthy Minds: Coping with life’s transitions is 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. Therapist Colleen Golnik 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: First Friday of the month 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 860-844-5352 for additional information.

On Grief and Loss: Second and fourth Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Through discussion, sharing and creative activities this group will help to understand and cope with grief. Whether your loss is recent or was long ago, you will find support, information and strategies for helping 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: Available every Thursday from 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: First, third and fifth Tuesday of the month by appointment. Enjoy a 15-minute chair massage for $10.

Grandparent Support Group: Thursdays at 12 p.m. 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? Our counselor will help you weigh the medical plan options to find the right plan for your needs. Free.

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 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. No charge but please register by calling 860-844-5352.

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. To register or discuss what class best fits your needs, call 860-844-5350.

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 your 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.

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 will start at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Cost $3. 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 Nancy Grakowsky at 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.

Excursions

Taste of the Valley: Monday, March 16. Lunch reservations at Max Burger in West Hartford at noon. Cost is $3 for the ride, lunch is your expense.

Bernie’s Dining Depot in Chicopee: Wednesday, March 4, departing at 10 a.m. Feast on the cheap! Prime rib is the specialty at this lovely converted railroad car restaurant. For more good food, stops at two local Polish specialty shops on the trip back are included. Cost $4 for the ride.

Corner Pug and Trader Joe’s: Friday, March 13 departing at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate St. Patty’s Day early with good pub food in a fitting setting—no blarney! Included is a side trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up on tasty specialties. Cost is $3 for the ride.

Tanger Outlets in Westbrook: Wednesday, March 18 departing at 8:30 a.m. Is it time to spruce up your wardrobe for spring? With plenty of choices in clothing and shoe stores you may find just the right updates! Lunch stop is planned at Bill’s Seafood. Cost is $4 for the ride.

Florence Griswold Museum: Wednesday, March 25 departing at 8:45 a.m. The home of Florence Griswold, a National Historic Landmark, served as the center of the Old Lyme Art Colony as well as the main center of American Impressionism. Cost is $15, includes travel and entrance fee.

Shopping
$3 fee for each out-of-town shopping trip.
Enfield Mall on Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m.
Ocean State/Big Y on March 12 at 1:45 p.m.
Route 44 WalMart, Home Goods, Kohl’s on Friday, March 27 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. 

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