Center Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 4:30pm, Fridays 8:00am – 1:00pm
Become a Pen Pal
The H.W. Porter School in Columbia is looking for Seniors to be Pen Pals. They have eleven students (grades 7 & 8) that are in the Enrichment (gifted and talented) services class. The goal is to have them improve their cursive writing skills as well as their correspondence/ letter writing ability, and to learn more about our world. They will start the project first, by writing a letter to a senior , giving information about themselves. They will also ask specific questions that in turn will be answered by the seniors in their return letters. We are looking for at least eight to ten seniors. We plan to correspond twice per month until June. We’re looking to start during the last week of February. All the paper, envelopes, and delivery of letters will be done through the senior center so all you need is a little time and your knowledge. If interested, please call the Senior Center 860-228-1700.
NEW PROGRAM—”Let’s Talk About It” Starting March 4th, from 10:00—11:00am, every first and third Monday of the month, join Tanya Coles-Dailey, the Senior Center Social Worker, for a new discussion series. The topics will vary based on current topics, group feedback, or what you need to know. The series will begin with discussion around “dealing with the blues and seasonal affective disorder”. The program will incorporate an educational component (video, power point, handouts, etc.) followed by a facilitated group discussion led by Tanya. The March classes will meet March 4th and March 18th from 10:00am—11:00am. To sign-up, please call 860-228-1700.
Bus Trip—NYC 911 Museum & Memorial – Monday, April 29th depart at 8:00am from Ted’s Supermarket and returns approximately 8:30pm. Today we’re off to the visit the 911 World Trade Center Memorial and Museum. The Museum’s 110,000 square feet of exhibition space is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site—telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. Before we go to the museum we will enjoy lunch at Ryan Maguire’s Restaurant located in the heart of the financial district in NYC. Your meal begins with a house salad followed by your choice of Fish & Chips or Shepherd’s Pie or Penne pasta with Artichokes & Sun-dried Tomatoes in a Garlic Wine Sauce or Sautéed Chicken in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce. This meal is followed by dessert and coffee or tea. (Please make a meal selection with reservation) Cost includes: Round trip transportation, Sit down lunch, Entrance to the 911 Memorial and Museum, Tour director on the coach and all taxes and gratuities including the driver There will be a coffee stop made on the way and a dinner stop made on the way home. Both at on/off service plazas. Cost is $125.00 (60+) or $130.00 (under 60). Must have 30 full paying passengers by 4/15/2019 & NO refunds after this date unless you get someone to replace you. A 50% deposit is required when you register, 860-228-1700. Open to residents & non-residents.
Community Café – Monday through Thursday at 12:15pm—If you are 60 and older enjoy lunch for a suggested donation of $2.50, if you are under 60 the cost is $7.50. Reservations are required by 10:00am the day before with the exception of Monday’s which is required by Thursday at noon. To sign-up for lunch call 860-228-1700.
Classes meet Wednesday & Friday at 9:00am. The next session will be Wednesday, February 6th through Friday, March 15th. There will be 6 Wednesday classes and 5 Friday classes, $12 for Wednesday, $10 Friday OR $22 for both days. The drop-in fee is $4 per class. To register call the Senior Center at 860-228-1700. If there is a school delay there WILL BE class. Our new school delay policy will have us opening at 9:00am.
Silver Sneakers FLEX Class—Mondays 11:05, Wednesday & Friday 10:10
New Information for 2019:
1) Effective 1/1/19, those who have United HealthCare through AARP and United Health individual policies will no longer have
SILVER SNEAKERS pay for their classes at this facility.
2) STATE OF CONNECTICUT Employees who have Retired, your contract still has SILVERNSEAKERS as part of your benefit package.
3) Punch cards can be purchased from the Instructor. The cost is $20 for 10 classes and the card will be good for (2) months.
DROP INS will be charged $5
4) All SILVERSNEAKERS participants MUST PRESENT AT FIRST CLASS, Photo ID, and their SILVERSNEAKERS MEMBER ID CARD.
You MUST pre-register for class. This class will focus on muscular strength, balance and improving reaction time which will improve your ability to feel strong and stable. Please bring hand held weights, a whiffle bat OR walking stick OR cane that is approximately 30—34inches high (just below the hip), and a Resita Band. To see if your insurance provider is a Silver Sneakers participant call 1-866-584-7389. If so, there is no charge for this class. If your insurance is NOT a Silver Sneakers provider, you can purchase a punch card for $20 for 10 classes. Pre-registration is required for NEW participants to the Silver Sneakers class. You MUST BE SIGNED UP PRIOR TO CLASS. To register, please call Patty at 860-617-8897.
ZUMBA Gold—Classes Tues & Thurs—10:10—11:10
Tuesdays and Thursday 10:10—11:10. This next session will begin Tuesday, February 12th and run through Thursday, March 14th. This is a 2 time per week class. There will be 10 classes in this session and the cost will be $20. To register come to the center or call 860-228-1700. There will be no class the week of February 3rd.
Enhance Fitness—Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays 9:00—10:00am
This class will run Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through December 20th. This class will focus on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility. Being this class is an evidence based program, the class will meet 3 times per week to increase the participants fitness gains. People who regularly attend class have proven to grow stronger, improve their balance, become more limber, and elevate mood. The class will meet Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am—10:00am. Each session will be a 16 class session and will cost $32. The next new session will begin Tuesday, February 12th and run through Thursday, March 21st. There will be 16 sessions for $32. There will be no class Monday, February 18th, the Senior Center is closed for the Presidents Holiday. If there is a 2 hour school delay there WILL BE class. We will now open at 9:00am on delays. In the event of any class cancelled before February 12th due to weather, the next new class start date will be pushed ahead.
Men’s Strength and Fitness Class
We are offering a men’s focused strength and fitness class that will incorporate; cardio, core strength, balance, and overall fitness. This class targets men, but is not limited to only men. The class will be taught by Paul Smith and will meet on Wednesday’s and Friday’s from 11:20-12:05. The class to begin Wednesday, February 6th and run through Friday, March 1st. This session will have 7 classes and cost $14. There will be NO class, Friday February 15th. To Register or for more information 860-228-1700.
The March movie will be shown on Wednesday, March 6th and it will be Christopher Robin — now a family man living in London — receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher’s help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends — Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.
Mindful Meditation with Mandy – Mandy is not only our program coordinator, but she is also a Certified Professional Life Coach and has been practicing Mindful Meditation for nine years. She is presently teaching another meditation class through the East Haddam Public Libraries, so she brings a lot of experience with her. The meditation class will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10:45am—Noon. Mindful Meditation is the opportunity to develop the skill of paying attention to your inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. Mindfulness Meditation is effective for the management of stress, anxiety and panic, chronic pain, depression, obsessive thinking, strong emotional reactivity, and a wide array of health related concerns. Please register by Friday, prior to the Tuesday class, by calling the Center at 860-228-1700. Please bring a non-perishable food item as payment for the program, this will be donated to HIHS Food Pantry.
Bus Trip—Lunch at Cheney Tech’s Busy Beaver Café
Wednesday, March 13th lunch at Cheney Tech’s Culinary School. Depart at 10:15am for our 11am seating, return approx. 1:00pm Cost is $17 which includes meal and transportation. Please call the Senior Center to inquire about the menu. There are 12 spots available and must be paid for at the time of registration. Registration deadline is Monday, March 11th. For information call 860-228-1700. Weather permitting.
Massage or Reflexology with Tami Toscano
Tami Toscano offers massage and reflexology. Tami comes to us bringing many years of experience both in California and Connecticut and includes working with the senior population. She has already begun services here at the center and is getting rave reviews. Tami will be here from 10:00am—4:00pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. February 28th. New rates for 2019, the cost is $22 for 25 min and $44 for 50 minutes. To schedule an appointment please call the Senior Center 860-228-1700.
February Birthday Party
The Birthday Party Lunch will be held on Wednesday, February 27th at 12:30pm. Doors will open at 12:15. The menu will be spiral glazed ham, pineapple chunks, scalloped potatoes, salad, dinner roll, and birthday Cake. The cost is $5. If your birthday is in the month of the celebration and you are a Hebron/Amston resident your meal is free, but you must pre-register. You can register by calling 860-228-1700.
BINGO with RHAM
On Wednesday, February 27 from 2:30—4:00pm, the RHAM National Honor Society Students will be hosting Bingo for us here at the center. This is a free event with prizes awarded. Refreshments will be served. There will also be RHAM Bingo, March 27, April 24, and May 22 from 2:30-4pm.