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Membership Renewal

Please visit the website or check your Center Life Newsletter for a complete listing of health services, support groups, clubs and ongoing activities. All programs are currently being held on Zoom. If you need instructions on how to connect, please let us know.

There are three ways to register and pay for Senior Center membership dues and programs.

Online registration and payment. Use your Membership Tag to register and pay online at If you have lost your membership tag, call 860-844-5350 to speak with a Senior Center staff member.

Call the Senior Center to register and pay with a credit card by phone at 860-844-5350.

Call the Senior Center to register and mail a check to 15C North Granby Road, Granby, CT 06035.

All memberships and van dues are renewed in September. Membership fees for Granby residents are $5 and $10 for out-of-town-guests. Van dues are $10. This minimal fee helps defray costs, allowing the center to offer free and low-cost events throughout the year.

All programs will be held online via Zoom. Pre-registration is required.

Special Events

Coffee and Conversation: Thursday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Guest speaker Kelsey Riggs, ACC sideline reporter and anchor for ESPN, will be sharing her experiences, and will also talk about how she got into sports reporting, her early career and more. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Affordable and Sensible Makeup Tips for Mature Skin: Wednesday, Oct. 14. Classes will run at 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jason Hayes is an award-winning makeup artist working with Broadway and Hollywood stars. Hayes will offer a full demo class explaining skin care, eye makeup, lips and brows, foundation choices and how to properly use concealers. There will be three sessions that day, but class size is very limited so make sure to sign up early. The class is 90 minutes long. Please have your skin care and makeup on hand. Register by Oct. 7. Cost $20 members, $25 non-members.

Halloween Bingo: Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. This bingo will feature all things scary and spooky. There will be some fun surprises in store. Register by Oct. 13. Cost $5 members, $7 non-members.

Scattegories: Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. In this fun and fast paced board game, participants will be given a category list and a letter of the alphabet. Whoever fills out their categories with the most unduplicated answers wins. Prizes will be mailed. Register by Oct. 15. Cost $5 members, $7 non-members. 

Lifetime Learning Academy

World Culture Series—Italy: Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 6 and 8 at 1 p.m. Presented by Jared Day, Ph. D, Carnegie Mellon University, who will present a travelogue of sorts focusing on Italy’s history, culture and notable sites. Take an armchair tour of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Register by Sept. 29. Sponsored by the Farmington Valley VNA. Cost $8 members, $10 non-members.

Bob Steele on the Radio—The Life of Connecticut’s Beloved Broadcaster: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Presented by Paul Hensler. For more than 60 years, Bob Steele was the radio voice of Southern New England, entertaining listeners of WTIC AM with his wit, humor and an inimitable style that kept listeners faithfully tuning in to his morning show. Learn about this beloved broadcaster’s story. Register by Oct. 1. Cost $5 members, $7 non-members.

Health and Wellness

Focused Meditation: Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. Presented by Evan Gross, exercise physiologist, GoodLife Fitness. Focused Awareness is a simple five-step technique. Learn how this scientifically based practice can help you feel more relaxed, focused and calm. Register by Oct. 22. Sponsored by Hartford HealthCare. Free for members, $5 non-members.

Support Services

Alzheimer’s Support: Caring for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association for assistance at 800-272-3900.

Ask the Attorney: The first Wednesday of the month, by appointment. Specializing in Elder Law. Please call to set up an appointment for a free consultation. 860-844-5352.

CHOICES Counseling: Provides information and assistance about Medicare and its drug coverage plans. Call 1-800-994-9422 to speak with a counselor.

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

Free Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Checks: Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the Farmington Valley VNA. Held at the gazebo behind the Granby Food Bank, 248 Salmon Brook Street. Please wear a mask.

Senior Van Service

The Senior Vans operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Out-of-town medical appointments may be made no earlier than 9:30 a.m. and no later than 2 p.m. Call at least one week in advance when requesting rides for appointments. Annual van fee is $10. Call 860-844-5353 to schedule a ride or to get more information.

Exercise Classes

All classes are held via Zoom, so pre-registration is required—no drop-ins. New class sessions will be starting in November. Must have a minimum of eight participants per class.

Chi Gong: Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Instructor, Mary Ellen Mullins. Chi” means “Energy” and “Gong” means “To activate”. In this gentle, low impact, standing (or seated) class we activate our vital life force or “Energy” with a series of breathing, stretching and balancing techniques. 

The practice of Chi Gong helps us to feel grounded, nurtured and relaxed so that the body’s energy can be naturally directed to help our organs function optimally, create flexibility in the muscles, suppleness in the joints and bring balance to our emotions. It is also wonderful for healing and pain management. Like Tai Chi, Chi Gong is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. 

Classes will feature the elements and poses appropriate for the current season. Expand your knowledge of the wonders of traditional Chinese medicine and the physiological functions of the meridians and internal organs of the body. Accessible and beneficial to all levels. Cost: $48 members; $56 non-members.

Cardio and Strength: Fridays at 10–10:45 a.m. Instructor, Mary Fuller. 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. Cost: $45 members; $54 non-members.

Visit the Facebook page ( and the website  at for updates on exercise classes.