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July and August Activities

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

Painting Party: Wednesday, July 15, 1:30 p.m. Create your own masterpiece. With the help of local artist Irene Hilbert, paint an abstract picture. No experience necessary, fun for all ages. $25pp, includes supplies and snacks.

Holistic Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain: Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1p.m. Holistic Physical Therapy includes a gentle form of body work called Integrative Manual Therapy, a hands-on approach that can identify underlying causes for chronic and acute pain. By using IMT to treat these underlying problems, relief from pain can be achieved. Presented by Integrative Wellness and Physical Therapy. No charge.

Estate Planning Seminar: Thursday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m. An estate consists of everything you own (e.g. house, car, bank accounts, insurance premiums, personal property) when you die. Learn how to put a plan in place to protect your estate and manage where it will all go. Without an estate plan it could be up to the courts to decide. Presented by Westfield Bank. No charge.

Medicare 101: Thursday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. If you are soon to become eligible for Medicare, or just have questions about the program, this free seminar will provide information on the options and programs available. Learn more about the various laws and programs that may be relevant to your situation, such as maximizing social security or protecting your assets from long term care exposure without insurance. Presented by American Senior Benefits.

Promoting Your Good Health

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: 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. Therapist Colleen Golnik has the ability to 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 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. $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 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. 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

NEW~Ask the Alzhiemer’s Expert with Peggy Coburn: On Wednesday, July 8, 10 a.m., the topic is knowing the difference between Alzheimer’s, related dementias and normal aging. On Wednesday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m., the agenda includes how to handle wandering and sundowning concerns. No charge.

Ask the Doctor: None for July and August, returning in September.

Ask the Attorney: First Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. What do you do when loved ones are 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 call 860-844-5352 to register.

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. $36 for 6 weeks for residents, $40 for non-residents. To register or discuss what class best fits your needs, call the office at 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. $50 for the 6-week 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. $5pp.

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

The Clubs are on summer hiatus and will resume meetings in September.

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.

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.


Berkshire Botanical: Wednesday, July 8, departing 8:45 a.m. With 23 gardens to stroll among you will find yourself immersed in the colors and scents of summer. Participants should be prepared for lots of walking on uneven ground and consider sun protection. Casual lunch stop is planned at the Number Six Depot in West Stockbridge. $20, does not include lunch.

Taste of the Valley: Monday, July 20 at Saybrook Fish House in Canton, and Monday, Aug. 17 at Lost Acres Orchards. Reservations at noon. $3 for the ride, lunch is your expense.

Slater Museum: Friday, July 31, departing 9 a.m. Enjoy a docent-led tour at the recently remodeled museum which houses a collection of art spanning the past 350 years. After a lunch stop at Irene’s in Norwich we will explore the largest shoe store in New England, Shoe.niverse. $15 for the ride and museum, lunch and shopping are your expense.

Farm Stands: Wednesday, July 29, departing 11:30 a.m. We will visit farm stands in Granby and Southwick to take advantage of the season’s harvest. $3 for ride.

Shore Drive: Wednesday, Aug. 5, departing 9 a.m. Explore the Niantic/Lyme area of the shore. Stops are planned at a seafood restaurant, local shops, stroll on a boardwalk and ice cream (of course!) $5 for ride, the rest is up to you.

Nathan Hale Homestead: Friday, Aug. 21, departing 10 a.m. Tour the home of a State hero and see a pristine example of Georgian style architecture that has remained virtually intact with family and period furnishings. $9 includes ride and tour.

Burgundy Brook Farm: Wednesday, Aug. 26, departing 8:30 a.m. The Farm in Palmer, Mass. is home to a country store and also Blue Star Equiculture, a horse rescue and sanctuary for working horses, a place where they can live out their days. Tour the farm, visit the store and then enjoy lunch at the Burgundy Brook Café. Be prepared for walking on uneven ground. $5 for ride.


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

Enfield Mall on Friday, July 10 at 10 a.m.

Ocean State/Big Y on Thursday, July 9, 1:45 p.m.

Farmington Valley Shops and Home Goods on Friday, Aug. 7 at 9:30 a.m.

WalMart on Wednesday, July 15 at 1 p.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.