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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. All programs are currently being held on Zoom. If you need instructions on how to connect, please call 860-844-5352.

Enjoy Free Programming 

The Granby Senior Center will continue to offer all special events and lifetime learning programs for free to current members during February; exercise classes excluded. Although free, you still need to register for all programs. To register, visit  If you are not a member of the Granby Senior Center, please call 860-844-5352.

Special Events

Women’s Breakfast: Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. Author Janet Barrett will discuss her book Comanche and His Captain—the Warhorse and the Soldier of Fortune. Barrett remembers her father first telling her about Comanche when she was about eight years old. When she revisited the story a few years ago, she found an intriguing story about the tough mustang that brought fame to himself, his rider and the U.S. Cavalry. Those who wish to attend should send email contact information by Feb. 1 to:

Wheel of Fortune: Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. With Keith Alan who will be teaching his version of Wheel of Fortune. This fun game will have you solving puzzles for fun prizes. There may even be a surprise guest joining us. Register by Feb. 3 to receive Zoom link.

Coffee Filter Wreath Making: Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Sponsored by McLean Home Care and Hospice. Join Tully as she teaches how to make a beautiful wreath out of coffee filters. Supplies to make your wreath will be dropped off or can be picked up by appointment. Register by Feb. 4 to receive materials.

Men’s Breakfast: Friday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. Enjoy a performance by the Granby Memorial High School Chorus, directed by Mindy Shilansky. To register, send an email to: 

Coffee and Conversation: Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. Mark Anderson, the newly elected State Representative for Granby is our guest. This is a great time to learn about Mark, his background, why he ran for office and what he sees as the biggest challenges to Connecticut in 2021. Register by Feb. 11 for Zoom link.

Lifetime Learning Academy

American History:What do you Know? Tuesdays through Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. Presented by Jerry Perkins, a former history professor who brings history to life, teaching on a variety of topics from Pre-Columbian times to current events. This is a discussion-based group with participants helping to choose which subjects will be studied. This ongoing class can be joined at any time but you need to register at

Unforgivable Blackness—The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson: Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, Feb. 25. Each two-hour session starts at 1 p.m., has a 15-minute intermission. Directed by Ken Burns, the film tells the story of the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports and his struggles, in and out of the ring, to live his life as a free man. Register by Feb. 16.

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 860-844-5352 for an appointment for a free consultation. 

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

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

Senior Van Service

The Senior Vans operate Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 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 860-844-5353 at least one week in advance when requesting rides for appointments. Annual van fee is $10.

Exercise Classes via Zoom

No drop-ins, must register for any exercise class. New sessions will start in March. For information and updates, visit or