Please visit granby-ct.gov/senior-services or check your Center Life Newsletter for a complete listing of the health services, support groups, clubs, and ongoing activities.
If you are a Granby Senior Center member, please register for programs through SchedulesPlus.com/granby. 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.
Ice Cream Social: Wednesday, July 26, 2–3 p.m. Cool off with an ice cream social and trivia with Jennifer. Cost: $3.
Pancake Breakfast: Wednesday, Aug. 23, 9:30–11 a.m. Who doesn’t love pancakes? Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and fresh fruit. Cost: $6.
Mohegan Sun Casino Trip: Monday, July 10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Test your luck on winning big or take time to explore some of the lovely shops—or do both! Options are endless with your time here. Enjoy lunch at the buffet or one of the amazing restaurants Mohegan Sun has to offer. Cost: $10.
Dine and Drive, Deep Roots Street and Grass Roots Ice Cream: Friday, July 21, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Let’s stay in the neighborhood and check out one of our local spots. Enjoy lunch and some ice cream right in the heart of town. Cost: $3.
Lake Sunapee Luncheon Cruise with Friendship Tours: Thursday, July 27, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Departing from Sunapee Harbor, a narrated luncheon cruise on Lake Sunapee is a time-honored way to spend an afternoon. Come aboard, relax and enjoy the wonderful New Hampshire scenery. The captain will narrate the history, lore and points of interest as we cruise this pristine mountain lake, while we enjoy a delicious buffet meal. Sample menu: salad bar, baked rolls, baked chicken breast with herb stuffing, vegetarian lasagna, roasted native vegetables, scalloped potatoes, assorted gourmet cakes, soft drinks and coffee. Then a stop at the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham, which has something for everyone including quality merchandise from around the block and around the world. Everything from wonderful, classic products that can simplify your life to penny candy, specialty foods and Vermont- made products. Cost: $134.
Farm Stand Tour: Every fourth Friday through September, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Our local farm stands offer SO much, so let’s see what they have to offer. We will make stops at Holcomb Farm, Maple View Farm, The Garlic Farm, Sweet Pea Cheese Farm and more. Cost: $5.
Dine and Drive, Tucker’s Restaurant: Friday, Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. This family-owned restaurant in Southwick is one you don’t want to miss. Tucker’s caters to any occasion based on a user-friendly menu and truly elegant fair. Please enjoy the selections on our menu and/or sample daily specials. Substitutions can be made for dietary purposes or discriminating palates. Vegetarian entrees, of course, can be prepared to order. If it’s in our icebox, we would be delighted to prepare it for you. Cost: $5.
Gillette Castle Tour: Friday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. It looks like a medieval fortress, but a step inside the stone castle reveals built-in couches, table trackway and woodcarvings that all point to the creative genius that was William Gillette. Tour the castle and explore the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a picnic lunch and stop for ice cream on the way home. Cost: $20.
Thimble Island: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 9:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m. The Thimble Islands are a chain of 365 islands in Stony Creek Harbor off the southeast coast of Branford in Long Island Sound. Enjoy a 45-minute tour of the islands aboard the Sea Mist. Lunch on your own at The Dockside Restaurant. Cost: $25.
Karaoke with Nick: Fridays, July 14 and Aug. 11, 1–2 p.m. Join Nick Faraco for a fun afternoon of karaoke. Bring a friend and your singing voice. Free.
Land Of Oz: Friday, July 28, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Join Colleen van Hemert, newly arrived in America, who will take you on a fact, fun and food journey to the Land Down Under; otherwise known as Oz. Bring your curiosity, a healthy sense of humor and an eagerness to explore some of the surprising similarities and differences that await you in Australia. Hear about the history, geography, unique flora and fauna, sport, character, cultural diversity, famous people and laid-back outdoors-loving life style for which Australia is known. And enjoy some home-baked Aussie refreshments for morning tea! Cost: $5.
Summer Bingo: Friday, Aug. 18, 10–11 a.m. Get your bingo shoes on and get ready to win. Jennifer will be calling the numbers, you will be calling BINGO. Come alone, or bring a friend—let’s have some fun! Cost: $3.
CRT Hot Lunch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12–1 p.m. Community Café offers a healthy, low-cost lunch for seniors 60+ and the opportunity to join with others. Monthly menus are available at the Senior Center. All participants are required to complete a one-time informational survey. A donation of $3 per meal is suggested to help cover costs, however no one is denied a meal if unable to pay. Reservations are accepted until noon on Friday for the following week by calling 860-844-5350.
Ask the Attorney: Wednesdays, July 5 and Aug. 2. By appointment at the Granby Senior Center. Specializing in Elder Law. Please call to set up an appointment for a free half-hour consultation.
Cribbage: Fridays, 3–5 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Join this lively group. Experienced players will assist with refreshing your game play. Free.
Set Back: Tuesdays, 1–3:30 p.m. Free.
Music Jam, Back in Time: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring your instrument and join in. Music from 60s–80s. Free.
Makers Club: Mondays at 10 a.m. Bring your latest project to work on and enjoy some great conversation. Free.
History Revisited: Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. Jerry Perkins, former professor and high school history instructor, has a unique way of bringing history to life. Join this informative and fun view of events from Pre-Columbian times to the present. Class attendees will have the opportunity to request specific subjects to review.
Camera Club: Mondays, July 10 and Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. The club for photography enthusiasts. Each month has a different topic of interest for discussion. Annual membership is $10.
Health and Wellness
Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar Clinic: Thursdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. No appointment needed. Courtesy of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association. Held in the Senior Center Community Room.
Healthy Minds: By appointment only. Situations such as the death of a loved one, failing health or strained family relationships can be daunting to face alone. Working with our Marriage and Family Therapist may help you move forward. To schedule a confidential appointment, call 860-844-5350.
Footcare with Sarah: Wednesdays, July 12 and Aug. 9, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Sarah, from Mobile Manicures, will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, file and clean nails. By appointment only. Cost $35, not covered by insurance.
Gentle Movement: Mondays at 11:15 a.m. Instructor, Paula Pirog. This class will gently increase your strength, help your ability to balance, and provide stretching to maintain and increase mobility. Class currently in session—see current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates.
Chair Yoga: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. Instructor, Paula Pirog. Enhanced breathing, seated and standing classic Yoga poses, plus balance training and core strengthening. Guided meditation finishes the class in a calm and relaxing manner. Class currently in session—see current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates.
Yoga: Thursdays at 4 p.m. Instructor, Paula Pirog. Strength building sequences, standing and on the mat. Includes balance and Pilates floor work. Class currently in session—see current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates.
Every Body’s Exercise with Mary Root: Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Mary Root will pilot this new class. The class is suitable for anyone and everyone, and will include strength and weights, some cardio, balance and flexibility. All movements can be modified for chair or standing. Root will personalize your routine based off current flexibility, strength, etc. See current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates.
Line Dancing with Jim: Wednesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Instructor Jim Gregory has been teaching dance full-time for 40 years. His expertise will have you learning the steps in no time and having a blast too. This class is for beginners to advanced dancers. See current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates
Chi Gong, Virtual: Wednesdays 9–9:45 a.m. 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. Accessible and beneficial to all skill levels. Instructor: Mary Ellen Mullins. Class currently in session—see current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates.
All about Balance: Thursdays at 2:45 p.m. Enhanced breathing, seated and standing classic Yoga poses, plus balance training and core strengthening. Guided meditation finishes the class in a calm and relaxing manner. Instructor: Paula Pirog. Class currently in session—see current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates.
Tai Chi/Qi Gong: Thursdays at 9 a.m. Continuing the forms learned in previous sessions, this class will move on to learn Forms 9–12 of the Yang style Tai Chi. The first half of class will consist of Qi Gong warmups that are suitable for abilities. Experience in first eight forms required to participate. Instructor, Mary Ellen Mullins. Class currently in session—see current Center Life newsletter for cost and session dates.