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

The Granby Senior Center is open for many classes and programs. Masks are required at the time of publication. Status will be updated according to Health District guidance.

We are required to record attendance for contact tracing purposes. All persons entering the building must be members and scan in with the new membership card. If you haven’t received a new card, you will be given one upon your return to the Center.

If you are a Granby Senior Center member, please register for programs through If you are not a member of the Granby Senior Center or you do not have access to a computer, please call 860-844-5352.

Special Event

Autumn Dinner: Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. Entertainment by East Chicago Joe. Sponsored by Home Helpers of the Farmington Valley. Join us for chicken potpie, mashed potatoes, vegetable and apple crisp for dessert. East Chicago Joe will be singing many of your favorite tunes including favorites from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Register by Oct. 13. Cost $10.

Lifetime Learning Academy

History and Culture

Hauntings in CT: Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Instructor, Joe Ouellette. Moving objects, random noises, poltergeists and apparitions, perhaps of a time lost long ago. Our state has long claimed to have more hauntings than any other. Join us for this spooky presentation. Register by Oct. 21. Cost $5.

Music and Arts

Karaoke/Sing-a-Long: Thursdays, Oct. 7 and 21, 1–3 p.m. Emcee, Nick Faraco. Join us for this fun, informal event where you can sing karaoke if you dare, or just sing-a-long in the audience. Either way, it will be a blast! Pre-registration required. Event will be held at Ahrens Park, Hungary Road, Granby. Free.

Music Jam: Wednesdays, Oct. 13 and 27, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m. Join in the fun. This is an informal gathering for those who love music and play an instrument. Pre-registration required. Free.

Fall Luminaries: Thursday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. Instructor, Tully Meyer, McLean Home Care and Hospice, will be teaching you how to make beautiful luminaries to decorate your house for fall. Register by Oct. 7. Free.

Stamping: Thursday, Oct. 21, 9:30 a.m. Instructor, Sharon Holness. Enjoy making several beautiful cards for all occasions. Preregister. Cost $5.

Support and Health

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

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

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

Flu Clinic: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2–5 p.m. Farmington Valley Health District offers this flu clinic for seasonal flu vaccines. You must call 860-651-3539 to make an appointment.

Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Mondays, Oct. 18 and 25. A specially trained nurse will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, file and clean nails. By appointment. Call 860-844-5352 to register. Cost is $35 (not covered by insurance).

Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Checks: Every Thursday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free, courtesy of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association. Held in the Senior Center Community Room. By appointment only. Call 860-844-5352 to register.

Chair Massage with Bev Harris: By appointment, Tuesdays, Oct. 5 and 19. 15-minute massage is $10. Call 860-844-5352 to register.

Ongoing Programs

Women’s Breakfast: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. Things that Go Bump in the Night, with Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist. Cost $4. To register call 860-844-5352.

Men’s Breakfast: Friday, Oct. 8. Our friend Jerry Ledger will discuss the Farmington Valley Greenway. Men of any age interested in joining the Granby Men’s Breakfast should contact Howard Berg, Membership Chair at 860-218-5260 or

Knitting Group: Mondays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Set Back: Tuesdays, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Cribbage: Fridays, 1–3 p.m.

Outdoor Activity

Hike at Dismal Brook: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. Guide, Judy Cooper. Approximately 2.5 miles on woodland trails that include two healthy, but short uphills. Use 253 Loomis Street for directions to parking. Pre-registration required. Bring a rain jacket, snacks and bottled water.

Exercise Classes

Tai Chi/Qi Gong: Thursdays, Oct. 7–Nov. 18, 9 a.m. No Nov. 11. Instructor, Mary Ellen Mullins. In this new, 6-class beginner course we will learn some of the fundamentals of Tai Chi and eight of the many forms. The first half of class will consist of Qi Gong warmups that are suitable for all abilities. Although this class will focus on standing exercises it is possible to do this class seated. Cost $36 residents, $42 non-residents. 

New sessions for other exercise classes will begin in November.

Dreaming of taking a vacation again?

With an abundance of optimism, the Granby Senior Center is partnering with Collette Travel to offer some exciting travel destinations in 2022. 

National Parks of America: May 14–25, 2022. Twelve days including Scottsdale and Sedona Arizona, The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon in Utah, Zion National Park, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole in Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, and Rapid City, South Dakota. Includes 10 breakfasts and six dinners. Cost $4,699 per person, double occupancy. Includes round trip transportation to the airport from Granby.

Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights: Oct. 22–28, 2022. Seven days to see all the magical wonders of Iceland: The Northern Lights, massive glaciers, Geysir thermal areas, double cascading waterfalls, the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, natural rock formations, volcanic sand beaches, floating icebergs, glaciers, lava fields, geothermal pools and so much more. Includes five breakfasts and five dinners. Cost $2,999 per person, double occupancy. Includes round trip transportation to the airport from Granby.