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November Highlights

Visit or check your Center Life Newsletter for a complete listing of health services, support groups, clubs and ongoing activities. To register call 860-844-5352.

His Garden—Conversations With a Serial Killer in CT

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. Presented by Anne Howard, attorney and author. His Garden probes the complicated and conflicted mind of William Devin Howell, Connecticut’s most prolific serial killer. A practicing attorney, author Anne K. Howard first contacted Howell while he was serving a 15-year sentence for the murder of one of his seven victims. A unique and disturbing friendship between the two began, comprised of written correspondence, face-to-face prison visits and recorded phone calls. Hear her story. Cost $5 members, $7 non-members. Register by Nov. 6.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Thursday, Nov. 21, 12 p.m. This annual favorite fills up quick, so don’t wait. You will be treated to a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables and pie for dessert. Cost $6 members, $8 non-members. Register by Nov. 14.

Pottery Ornaments

Fridays, Nov 1 and 8, 1 p.m. If you missed Cooley’s Pottery Flowers class earlier this year, you want to make sure you sign up for this event. With instructor Cooley Buy, you will make holiday ornaments to hang on your tree, for gifts or for home decorating. This is a two-part class. Cost $25 members, $30 non-members. Call to register.

Wigs and Giggles

Monday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. Presented by Jan Webber. Have you ever wondered what you’d look like as a blonde? A redhead? Well now you can find out. Join us for this fun and entertaining morning as we put on a “new” look just in time for the holidays. Try different wigs, accessories and more to create a new you. Cost $5 members, $7 non-members. Call to register.

Connecticut Icons

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m. Presented by Charles Monagan, author. Charles Monagan knows Connecticut. As editor of Connecticut Magazine he has spent years discovering and describing the people, places, and things that comprise the character of his home state. Monagan presents 50 of his favorite icons, from the hot lobster roll to the Yale Bowl, to the U.S.S. Nautilus to the Merritt Parkway. Cost $5 members, $7 non-members. Register by Nov. 12.

Familiar Favorites

Women’s Breakfast: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. The Art of Glass Blowing, with Annukka Ritalahti. Cost $4. To register, call 860-653-9891.

Men’s Breakfast: Friday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m. Post Mark Collecting with John Flint, Andy Mitchell and Kelvin Kendall. Cost $2. To register, call 860-844-5352.

Lend A Helping Hand: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.—12 p.m. Please join Days for Girls International ( sewing for women in need of sanitary products. Need both sewers and non-sewers to volunteer. To learn more please call Josie Klein at 860-653-5752 or email

Health And Wellness

NEW Reiki Sessions: Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 26, by appointment. Tannia Hotchkiss, Reiki Practitioner. Reiki promotes healing, stress relief and relaxation in a calm, quiet setting.

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 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 at noon. Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren join others to share friendships, tips and ideas on being a parent again. Free.

MS Support Group: Monday, Nov.  25, 1 p.m. Self-help group for persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers.

On Grief and Loss: Wednesdays, Nov. 13 and 27, 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: Monday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 22. A specially trained nurse will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, file and clean 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 VNA, held in the Senior Center Community Room.

Free Blood Sugar Checks: First Thursday of the month, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Farmington Valley VNA, held in the Senior Center Community Room.

Chair Massage with Bev Harris: Tuesdays, Nov. 5 and 19. Concentration is on upper and lower back and shoulders. Fifteen minutes is $10.


For extended tours and travel please visit

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, and 860-844-5352 to register for all trips.

Dine and Drive, Maine’s Fish House, East Windsor on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Cost $5.

Day Excursions

Meade Art Museum: Wednesday, Nov. 13, depart 8:45 a.m., with estimated return 3 p.m. The Meade Art Museum houses the art collection of Amherst College spanning 5,000 years and encompassing the creative achievements of many world cultures. Lunch on your own at Johnny’s Tavern. Cost $5. Register by Nov. 6.

Yankee Candle: Friday, Nov. 22, depart 9 a.m., with estimated return 3 p.m. Visit the fabulous Yankee Candle Store including the Candle Emporium, General Store, Kitchen Shop, Gift Boutique, thousands of Christmas Ornaments and more. Make your own custom candle (additional charge) or buy tasty treats including homemade fudge, gourmet popcorn, or 125 different types of candies. Lunch on your own at Farm Table. Cost $5.