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

Special Activities

Blueberry Breakfast: Wednesday, July 10 at 9 a.m.

It’s been several years since we had this old favorite. Join us for breakfast featuring blueberry pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee/tea. Cost $5

Summer Picnic at Holcomb Farm: Senior Center Hosting at Holcomb Farm. Wednesday, July 24 at 12 p.m. Something new this year! Enjoy a summer barbecue including hamburgers, BBQ chicken, baked beans, mac salad and more. Entertainment provided by Double Trouble playing all the oldies you love. Cost $7

Hot Diggity Dog Luncheon: Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 12 p.m. This casual lunch is in celebration of one of the most popular summer foods—the hotdog. Lunch includes hotdogs, toppings, salad, potato chips and dessert. Cost $5

Summer Sundaes: Thursday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. What better way to celebrate the last days of summer than with ice cream sundaes. We will have all your favorite sauces and toppings. Cost $3

Lifetime Learning Academy

American Pop Culture Series

American Popular Music in the 50’s: Thursday, July 18 at 1 p.m. Presented by Jared Day, PhD., former professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Learn about the convergence of two distinctive American musical forms, rhythm and blues and country and western music to form rock and roll. Groundbreaking singers like Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline, Chuck Berry and of course Elvis will be discussed. Cost $6 per class

Great Early TV Shows Part I: Thursday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. Jared will delve into the most popular early TV shows from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s with special attention to network shows like the Ed Sullivan Show, Milton Berle and the Lone Ranger. Cost $6 per class

Great Early TV Shows Part II: Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. Part II explores the most popular TV shows in the 1950’s as the whole medium of TV began to mature. Particular attention will be given to the Jackie Gleason Show, I Love Lucy, Dragnet, You Bet Your Life and others. Cost $6 per class

Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London: Wednesday, July 17 at 1 p.m. Presented by Eric Lehman, author and professor at the University of Bridgeport. In Homegrown Terror, author Eric D. Lehman, chronicles the events leading up to the attack and highlights this key transformation in Arnold—the point where he went from betraying his comrades to massacring his neighbors and destroying their homes. Learn more about this local, historical event. Cost $7

Health and Wellness

Hula Hoop For Health: Monday, July 8 at 1 p.m. Presented by Kim Wangegar-Nation, Physical Therapist with Touchpoints Rehab. Come join us to learn how a simple childhood toy can easily improve posture and overall health. Learn to gently and easily restore proper posture, strengthen your spine, and increase strength and flexibility. Performed sitting in a chair. Free

Sleep Apnea: Tuesday, July 9, 1 p.m. Presented by Michael Ungerleider, DDS. Sleep apnea can cause serious health and heart problems if not addressed. Could it be the reason you wake up feeling tired? Learn what sleep apnea is, how it is diagnosed and the latest in treatments. Free

Cap-Tel Hearing Devices…How Can They Help You?: Wednesday, July 31, at 1 p.m. Presented by Kim Schmidt, Cap-Tel Representative. Cap-Tel phones work with a no-cost Captioning Service to show every word your caller says. It’s like closed caption on TV, for your phone! If you have difficulty hearing on the phone this presentation will show you some new options. Find out if you qualify for a free phone. Free

Healthy Living…Healthy Brain: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m. Presented by Sandra Cook, Home Helpers Home Care. Living healthier and a more fulfilling lifestyle can be achieved by positive incremental changes. Sandra will share ways to incorporate healthy habits and changes into your daily routine. It’s never too late. Free

Personal Development

Seniors Job Bank Presentation: Thursday, July 25, 1 p.m. Presented by Del Shilkret. The Seniors Job Bank (SJB) is a non-profit association dedicated to helping seniors in the Greater Hartford area. We provide a cost effective (free), easy-to-use job referral program for seniors who are interested in working part time. If you want to stay active, come and learn more about this great service. Free


Alzheimer’s Support Group: Aug. 13, 10 a.m. Peggy Coburn, McLean Home Care and Hospice. Caring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Learning to cope with the changes in their behavior and understanding how to handle it is sometimes best explained by those who are dealing with a similar situation. Free.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Thursdays, noon. A group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Join others, to share friendships, tips and ideas on being a parent again. Free.

MS Support Group: Monday, July 8, 22, Aug. 12, 26, 1 p.m. Self-help group for persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers.

On Grief and Loss: Wednesday, July 10, 24 and Aug. 14, 28, at 2:30 p.m. Led by Jane Johnson. Through discussion this non-therapeutic support group will help you in understanding and coping with grief. You will find support, information and strategies. 

Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: By appointment. Monday, July 15 and Aug. 19, Friday, July 26 and Aug. 23. A specially trained nurse will perform an assessment of the feet and lower extremities, trimming, filing and cleaning of nails. Cost is $29. (Not covered by insurance). Call 860-844-5352 for an appointment.

Free Blood Pressure Checks: Every Thursday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association. Held in the Senior Center Community Room.

Free Blood Sugar Checks: July 11 and Aug. 1 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Farmington Valley VNA. Held in the Senior Center Community Room.

Chair Massage with Bev Harris: Tuesday, July 2, 16 and 30 and Aug. 6, 20. Concentration is on upper and lower back and shoulders. Fifteen minutes is $10.


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Senior Van Service and Excursions

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


Please call 860-844-5352 to register for all trips.

Dine and Drive, Friday, July 26, Abigail’s, Simsbury. Cost $5. Friday, Aug. 9, Suffield Country Club, Suffield. Cost $5. 

Shopping at Clinton Crossing

Friday, July 12, Cost $5.

Shopping at Tanger Outlets, Westbrook, Friday, Aug. 23, Cost $5.

Day Excursions

Innisfree Gardens: Millbrook, N.Y., Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 a.m. Located in Millbrook, NY, the gardens cover a vast area. Wear comfortable shoes. Lunch on your own at Maura’s Kitchen. Cost $11. Register and pay by July 3.

Hancock Shaker Village: Hancock, Mass., Monday, July 29, 9 a.m. Head north to the Berkshires to visit this well-preserved village. The Shakers believed in simplicity, sustainability, equality and community. Cost $20. Register and pay by July 15.

Circus Smirkus: Simsbury Meadows, Simsbury. Wednesday, July 31, 12 p.m. Every summer, a freshly auditioned company of Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, take to the road in traditional mud -show fashion for a two month performance tour of New England. Cost $15. Register and pay by July 17. Limited seating.

Clark Art Museum: Williamstown, Mass. Wednesday, Aug. 7,  8:30 a.m. Enjoy the scenic ride through the Berkshires to the Clark Art Museum. Lunch on your own at the Museum Café. Cost $25. Register and pay by July 24.

Playhouse on Park Presents Spamilton: West Hartford. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m. Ben Brantley of the NY Times call Spamilton a smart, silly and often convulsively funny play, performed by a motor-mouthed cast that is fluent in many tongues. Lunch on your own before the show at A. C. Petersen Farms Restaurant. Limited seats available. Cost $53. Register and pay by July 31.

Sail the Argia: Mystic. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 7:30 a.m. Your day will begin with coffee, donuts and muffins at the Senior Center before departing. The Argia gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Lunch on your own at the S&P Oyster Company. Cost $62. Register and pay by July 31.

Naumkeag: Stockbridge, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 8:30 a.m. With its gracious house, magnificent gardens and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age. Lunch on your own at the Morgan House. Cost $23. Register and pay by Aug. 14.


The Granby Senior Center offers a variety of affordable exercise classes throughout the week. Only $6/class for Granby residents when you pay the session price! Intensity levels range from house cat to cheetah! Classes run by session or you can pay a drop-in fee.

Yoga Flow: Mondays, 9:45 a.m. Emphasis is given to finding a balance between flexibility and strength and exploring how, with practice, we can find increased fluidity of movement. Yoga experience is somewhat helpful but not required. Instructor, Mary Fuller.

Gentle Movement and Balance: Mondays, 11:15 a.m. Designed to increase strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Will help to improve activities of daily living in a fun and social environment. Instructor, Paula Pirog.

Chair Yoga: Tuesday, 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: Tuesday, 4 p.m. Thoughtful breathing and controlled postures. Instructor, Paula Pirog.

Tone-up Tune-up: Wednesdays, 9:45 a.m. A low impact cardiovascular workout with intervals of weight work for upper and lower body strengthening. Does not go to the floor; core training performed seated or standing. Instructor, Mary Fuller.

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

Cardio Combo: Fridays, 9:45 a.m. Quicker pace and more aerobics. Instructor, Mary Fuller.

Line Dancing: Fridays, 1 p.m. This class is a great workout while having a lot of fun. Appropriate for beginner to advanced dancers. Instructor Jim Gregory.

Peak: Sundays, 7:30 a.m. For the weekend warrior! Vigorous aerobics and weights. With Jennifer Dzielak.