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Educated Canines Assisting With Disabilities: Tuesday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Presented by Dale Picard, ECAD Executive Director. Started here in Granby in 1995, learn how service dogs are trained, selected and the services they provide including high profile placements all over the world. Service dog “Tuna” will be on hand. Cost $5. Call 860-844-5350 to register by March 27.

Women in Flight: Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. Presented by Glenna Blackwell, Connecticut Chapter Ninety-Nines. Pilot Glenna Blackwell became a member of the Ninety-Nines, an organization  dedicated to preserving the history of women pilots. Glenna will tell stories of these incredible, brave women and many of her flying heroes. Free. Call 860-844-5350 to register by March 28.

Copper Hill “Boomers” Golf League: Starting Thursdays ,April 12, tee times 8 to 9 a.m. Located at Copper Hill Golf Club, East Granby. This is a come-as-you-can golf league for golfers of all ages and abilities. Special rates: green fees $12, optional cart fee $5 for anyone ages 55 and over. Copper Hill provides the structure for fun with a creative mix of non-competitive and some quasi-competitive formats designed for you to enjoy a day of golf. Please call 860-653-6191 if you are interested in playing.

Kindness Rocks Intergenerational Program: Friday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. The Kindness Rocks Project was created as a simple reminder that we are all connected as human beings and share more similarities than differences at our core. You will paint rocks for placement throughout our town alongside our Granby youth. You do not need to be an artist. Free. Call 860-844-5350 to register by April 4.

Five Wishes: Monday, April 16, at 1 p.m. Presented by Nina Karlson, VITAS Hospice. There are many things in life that are out of our hands. The Five Wishes document gives you a way to control how you are treated if you get seriously ill. This presentation will help you understand the document and how to fill out the form. Free. Call 860-844-5350 to register by April 9.

Sacred Ground Labyrinth Presentation: Tuesday, April 17, at 1 p.m. Tina Angeli, Founder and Director of S.O.U.L. To celebrate Earth Day, Tina will discuss her labyrinth located in Granby that was created on an energy vortex and is always active with soothing and healing energy. Learn how you can benefit from using labyrinths to find peace, joy and healing. Free. Call 860-844-5350 to register by April 10.

Step Up To Golf: Starting Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m. Need a refresher? Just starting out? This is a great bridge to the “Boomers” Golf League. This is a four week session. Located at Copper Hill Golf Club, East Granby. Cost $65. Call 860-653-6191 to register.

Adventure Club Fly Fishing 101: Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. This presentation teaches the basics of fly fishing. Learn about basic equipment, how to assemble the rods, casting techniques and more. A fly fishing trip will be offered in spring/summer. Free. Call 860-844-5350 to register for this workshop.

Make Your Own Terrariums: Wednesday, May 9 at 1 p.m.-Must register by April 20. Presented by Cathy Testa, Container Crazy Cathy. Make an open bubble bowl terrarium with succulents or cacti. Learn how to care for the plants and receive tips on succulent propagation. Cost $45, which includes a glass bubble bowl, two mini plants, and all the amendments and components. Additional plants will be available for purchase. Feel free to bring mini décor to add to your arrangement. Call 860-844-5350 to register by April 20.


Walk with Ease: Mondays,April 16 — May 21 at 9:30 a.m.This Arthritis Foundation, facilitated by Justine Ginsberg, FVHD, offers many benefits including feeling better, reducing pain and stiffness, more energy, confidence that you can manage arthritis and the opportunity to be active and social. No cost, sponsored by the Farmington Valley Health District. Call 860-844-5350 to register by April 9.

The Body Mechanics of Gardening: Tuesday, April 24, at 11 a.m. Presented by Barbara Evans, Rehabilitation Supervisor at McLean Home Care and Hospice. Gardening is great exercise and so rewarding on many levels, however it is easy to overwork and stress our bodies. Learn how to reduce your chances for pain and injury. Free. Call 860-844-5350 to register by April 17.


Veteran’s Coffee: Tuesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. Presented by Hartford HealthCare at Home, this is a monthly coffee to learn about benefits, entitlements and other services. Veteran Liaison, Wayne Rioux will facilitate the group discussion. FREE. Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome. Call 860-844-5350.


Women’s Breakfast: Wednesday, April 4, at 8:30 a.m. They Called Her Reckless: A True Story About War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse Cost $4. Register by calling 860-653-9891.

Men’s Breakfast: Friday April 13 at 8:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: John Ward, Granby Town Manager. Cost $2. Register by calling 860-844-5350.

Lunch for the Mind, Wednesday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. Brought to you by the Civic Engagement Education Team

Touring The Street (in Granby): Presented by Carol Laun, Archivist at the Salmon Brook Historical Society. Delve into the history of the homes and personalities of Delia Church, Two-Gun Hotchkiss, Judge William Maltbie and Dr. Ernest Pendleton who lived in town in the 1880’s. Register by calling 860-844-5352. Cost $5. Bring your own lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

Helping Hands Needed: Wednesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please join Days for Girls International ( who will be sewing for women in need of sanitary products. Need sewers and non-sewers to volunteer. To learn more please call Josie Klein at 860-653-5752 or email


Senior Van

The Granby Senior Van provides rides for adults 60 and over to shopping and activities at the Senior Center. Please call our Transportation Coordinators at 860-844-5353 one week in advance for scheduling.


Clinton Crossing, Westbrook Outlets-Friday, April 20 departs at 9:30 a.m. $4

Dine and Drive Pagliacci’s, Plainville– Friday, April 13. Cost of ride $4. Lunch is on your own.

Ocean State Job Lot and Big Y, Southwick: Every Tuesday, departs at 1:30 p.m.

Geissler’s: Every Wednesday. Call to arrange a time. Geissler’s five percent senior discount every Wednesday!

Stop and Shop: Every Thursday, departs at 1:30 p.m.


I’ve Got a Little Twist: Nelson Hall Theater, Cheshire. Friday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m. Fanny Brice, legendary star of the Ziegfield Follies of the 1910’s, comes alive in this critically acclaimed show. Lunch on your own at CJ Sparrow Pub. Cost $36.

Museum of American Art, New Britain.Wednesday, April 18, at 10:30 a.m. View American Masterpieces dating from the Colonial period. Lunch on your own, Underground Deli Café. Cost $19. Register by April 11.

Flea Market and Smorgasbord, Simsbury, Saturday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m.Come out for a fun day of shopping, eating, music, crafts, antiques and more. Entrance fee is $5. Lunch on your own. Cost of the ride is $3. Register by April 23.


Classes are available six days a week and are ongoing. Schedules are available at the office. Not sure which class best fits your abilities and needs? Call our knowledgeable staff for more information at 860-844-5350. Drop in $8.

Yoga Flow: Mondays at 10:15 a.m. Rise and shine with this gentle-–yet effective–yoga flow class. Instructor, Mary Fuller.

Gentle Movement and Balance: Mondays at 11:15 a.m. An exercise class designed to increase strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Instructor Paula Pirog.

Cardio Circuit Training: Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Warm up and move. Timed stations, core work and stretching will invigorate you and get your metabolism heated. Instructor, Gina Marecki.

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 at 4 p.m. Thoughtful breathing and controlled postures. With Paula Pirog.

Tone-up Tune-up: Wednesdays at 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.

Straight Forward Workout: Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. A cardio with step, weight work and stretch class designed to get your heart pumping with this straight forward classic workout! Instructor: Mary Fuller.

Chi Gong: Fridays at 8:30 a.m. A gentle, low-impact, standing or seated class focusing on flexibility, balance, healing and pain management. Instructor, Mary Ellen Mullins.

Cardio Combo: Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Quicker pace and more aerobics. With Mary Fuller.

Line Dancing: Fridays at 1 p.m. Learn to line dance from the Boot Scootin’Boogie to the Cha-Cha: Appropriate for beginners as well as advanced line dancers. Instructor, Jim Gregory.

Peak: Sundays at 7:30 a.m. For the weekend warrior. Vigorous aerobics and weights. Instructor, Jen Dzielak

Please visit our website or check your Center Life Newsletter for a complete listing of our health services, support groups, clubs and ongoing activities.