MOVIES & MUNCHIES: Fridays, 1-3p.m. FREE. Schedule: May 31 “RBG” 2018, PG, 1 hour, 37 minutes. Providing an illuminating look at the life of trailblazer Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this engaging documentary charts her journey to becoming a justice on America’s highest court.
June 7 “Adrift,” 2018, PG-13, 1 hour, 37 minutes. “Adrift” is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. June 14 “Breathe,” 2017, PG-13, 1 hour, 57 minutes. This spirit lifting biodrama tells the story of Robin Cavendish, whose charmed and colorful life suddenly darkens when he’s paralyzed by polio. June 21 “Born in China,” 2017, G, 1 hour, 19 minutes. From Disney Nature, comes this movie, a remarkable journey into the never-before-seen wonders of China. Follow three animal families — panda, golden monkey and snow leopard — as their stories unfold over the vast terrain. June 28 “It Happened One Night,” 1934, NR, 1 hour, 45 minutes. Runaway socialite Ellie Andrews is en route to the Big Apple to elope and along the way she meets a crusty newspaperman. But a string of zany misadventures leads them to realize they’re madly, if reluctantly, in love. Movies are shown in room 212 of the Elmwood Senior Center. There is no charge to attend and no registration is necessary. Popcorn and drinks are served.
WEST HARTFORD A TO Z EXHIBIT: Come stroll through the hallways of the Elmwood Senior Center and enjoy this updated and redesigned exhibit created by the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society. West Hartford A to Z is a bold, colorful, interactive and whimsical exhibit featuring over 300 years of life in our town. Visitors will see the visual record of the town’s triumphs and losses through hundreds of images. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Elmwood Senior Center.
LITTLE BOUTIQUE: The Little Boutique at ESC, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Merchandise changes from day to day with value-priced items available. Shelf rentals are available for a $10 monthly fee. Donations of new or gently used merchandise and collectibles in good condition (except clothing or shoes) are always welcome.
TROUT BROOK TRAVELERS: Ongoing, Thursdays, 9 - 10 a.m. ESC has organized a group to independently walk together along the various sections of the beautiful Trout Brook trail in West Hartford. If you are interested in joining the adventure with friends old and new, leave your name and contact information with office staff/volunteers. This “walking, talking, and FUN” can continue while New England weather cooperates. The walking group meets at the gazebo and heads out on the Trout Brook Trail. Wear comfortable footwear and bring a water bottle. For more information, contact the Elmwood Senior Center, 860-561-8180.
DANCING: with “Elmwood’s Jive Five” Fridays, 1-3 p.m. Come join the “Elmwood Jive Five” as for great music and tunes that take the audience on a trip down memory lane. FREE. The band performs for your dancing and listening pleasure from 1 to 3 p.m. with a break where tea and a sweet treat are sold for $1. Dances are held in the Ernest O. St. Jacques Auditorium of Elmwood Senior Center. For more information, contact the Elmwood Senior Center: 860-561-8180.
LIVE WELL WITH CHRONIC PAIN: Six-week series continues - Mondays, June 3, June 10, June 17, 10 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. FREE! If you are experiencing chronic pain brought on by health conditions, this workshop series provides you with practical tools to help you develop self-management skills while giving you the confidence to take control of your chronic pain. The program covers topics such as healthy eating, dealing with difficult emotions, pacing and planning, the Moving Easy Program and better breathing. Location: Elmwood Senior Center. RSVP to: Elmwood Senior Center 860-561-8180.
THE LONGEST DAY, D-DAY ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Movie, Sandwiches & Coffee, Thursday, June 6, noon to 3 p.m. Pay tribute to these brave soldiers. Join fellow veterans and senior center friends for lunch and conversation. “The Longest Day” is a 1962 epic war film based on Cornelius Ryan’s 1959 book “The Longest Day,” about the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944, during World War II. Cost: $2/Member, $3/Nonmember — Pre-registration required by June 4. Call the ESC for more information at 860-561-8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
PRESIDENTS’ CLUB: facilitated by Ric Hanse, Tuesday, June 4, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Ric Hanse returns to share the wisdom and insights from the presidents of our past. Our time together will be spent weaving experience and history. In this new series, we will learn about the exclusive club established at Dwight Eisenhower’s Inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover. The members of this club are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Coffee and danish will be served. Location: Elmwood Senior Center. Cost per session: $3/Member or $5/Nonmember. Pre-registration is required at Elmwood Senior Center. Call 860-561-8180 for more information.
SUMMER FUN FROM THE MUSICAL STAGE & SCREEN: Tuesday, June 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dazzling entertainer Sheri Ziccardi , a versatile soprano, will be on the Elmwood Senior Center’s Ernest O’ St. Jacques Auditorium stage singing songs from the 1960s musical stage and screen, which includes some of the best shows ever written. Including “Sound of Music,” “Hello Dolly,” “My Fair Lady” and many more! Lunch includes Elmwood’s ultimate salad bar, bread, coffee, tea & dessert. Cost: $8/member $10/nonmember. Registration Required by Friday, June 7, at Elmwood Senior Center or for more information, call 860-561-8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
MUSICAL MOMENT: Sinan Bakir, jazz guitarist and composer, Tuesday, June 11, 11 a.m. - noon. FREE. Turkish guitarist/composer Sinan Bakir is noted as a virtuoso player and a masterful composer by music critics and his peers. Sinan’s early musical journey started with mandolin lessons followed by an audition and selection for the Ankara State Opera Children’s Choir. He attended college in Ankara, the capitol of Turkey, and, by the time he graduated from Hacettepe University with a degree in engineering, he was granted a scholarship from the Hartford Conservatory. Sinan moved to the United States and, in his newfound home, the guitarist kept writing tunes and playing regular gigs and music festivals. His guitar work ranges from subtle, soothing shades of minimalist melodies to blistering, finessed and impossibly fast runs. While maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Bakir continues to perform in diverse settings from solo recitals to trio concerts. In addition to this recital, Sinan frequently entertains at Elmwood Senior Center’s Senior Café during lunchtime. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR: Wednesday, June 12, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m. Monthly social for veterans, their spouses and family members. Wayne Rioux, Veterans Liaison at Hartford Health Care at Home, facilitates the meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 13, April 10 and May 8. Mr. Rioux helps to connect veterans to each other and assists them in getting access to the benefits to which they are entitled. Coffee and doughnuts courtesy of Elmwood Senior Center. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB: Elizabeth Park Rose Garden tour (FREE), Wednesday, June 12, 10 a.m. For those who love to experience nature and explore the outdoors, Elmwood Senior Center’s Outdoor Adventure Club is just for you! We met on May 8th to poll individuals and learn of interest in various activities. There were so many great ideas and much enthusiasm! Now our group is ready to hit the road! Please keep reading our Senior Bulletin for listed adventures. If you enjoy walking, hiking, kayaking, biking, cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities, join in the fun of the next meeting or call our office, 860-561-8180. Provide your name, phone number, and email and we’ll share information that will be of interest to you. Elizabeth Park Rose Garden address: 1561 Asylum Ave., West Hartford. Learn about the history of the garden, as well as how the beautiful roses are maintained year after year. Tour begins at the flagpole outside the green cottage. Meet at Elmwood Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. to caravan to the park. After your tour you may choose to enjoy lunch at the Pond House Café. Every purchase made at the Pond House supports the Elizabeth Park Conservancy and the beautiful gardens. Call the ESC at 860-561-8180 if you plan to attend.
GREAT BOTANIC GARDENS OF THE WORLD: presented by Dr. Richard Benfield , professor of geography, CCSU, Thursday, June 13, 1 - 2 p.m. Benfield has traveled in over 115 countries and seen the botanic gardens and other private gardens in just about all of them. Garden visiting in America is more popular than visits to Disneyland and Disneyworld combined and, in Great Britain, garden visiting is the third most popular activity for overseas tourists, ahead of visiting museums and historic sites. What makes garden visiting so desirable? In this talk Dr. Benfield, author of the new best-selling book “Garden Tourism,” will take us through five continents and 5,000 years of great botanic garden establishment and development to see what made them and still makes them so special and so popular. At CCSU, he teaches Human Geography, Russia, The European Union, and courses in tourism. He is a much sought after speaker/author. Desserts and beverages will be served. Cost: $3/Member; $5/Nonmember. Please pre-register. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
TOUR ELMWOOD SENIOR CENTER: Thursday, June 13, 11 a.m. For new members or for those considering joining Elmwood Senior Center, these tours cover all three levels of this facility and provide visitors with a room-by-room description of activities, classes and services offered. See the gym, fitness center, locker rooms, exercise and educational areas, the Ernest O. St. Jacques Auditorium, “Vicki’s Coffee Corner,” our library-lounge, billiards room, “movie theater,’’ and more. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
TED TALKS WITH FACILITATOR: ‘The Son of a Terrorist: How I Chose Peace’’ by Zach Abrahim, Tuesday, June 18, noon -1 p.m. Join us at Elmwood Senior Center for these fascinating talks. After the film (10-20 minutes), there will be a facilitated discussion and idea exchange amongst attendees. Martha O’Neal, researcher and writer, will have prepared talking points from her research to begin facilitating the conversation. Snacks/bag lunches encouraged. There is NO CHARGE to attend but registration with the Elmwood Senior Center is requested. Call (860) 561-8180 to register. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
GREATER HARTFORD PULMONARY FIBROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: Tuesday, June 18, 1 -3 p.m. Elmwood Senior Center will be the host site for a newly organized Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. Meetings will continue year-round on the third Tuesday of every month. Meetings are open to all, including family members, caregivers, and friends. Mal Doyle will facilitate the group. Contact him at 860-805-0504 OR at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Meetings are FREE to attend and held at Elmwood Senior Center.
STRENGTH IN BALANCE LECTURES: presented by Brian Elliot, M.E.d., ATC, LAT, June 20, from 10 to 11 a.m.and Aug. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m. Our bodies rely on a complex group of systems to keep us on the move and maintain our balance. We need our neuromuscular (coordination of our muscles), vestibular (inner ear), visual (eyesight), and proprioceptive systems (our sensation of our joints and the ground) to work together to keep us moving and prevent us from falling and hurting ourselves. Please bring questions about any injuries you have or balance concerns you would like advice on, and wear comfortable clothes so that you can participate in some of the movements. FREE, but registration required. Call the ESC at 860-561-8180 for more information or to register. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
2020 UNITED STATES CENSUS INFORMATION: presented by Carla Craig, Recruiting Assistant, U.S. Census Bureau (Breakfast with Benefits), Friday, June 21, 10- 11 a.m. Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is responsible for conducting the nationwide census. An accurate count is the goal of every census, the 2020 Census included. The results of the census have real-world impact and consequences for communities across our country. From determining the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives to planning for roads, schools, and hospitals, an accurate count is crucial. (For those who are interested, Craig will remain on-site to answer questions about PT and FT employment opportunities and salaries, as well as to assist with the online application process.) Pre-register by calling the Elmwood Senior Center at 860-561-8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
DESTINATION SCANDINAVIA: Photographer Mallorie Ostrowitz, Monday, June 24, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Enjoy an armchair tour of Scandinavia, a term for the three kingdoms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Photographer Mallorie Ostrowitz will present a slide show of her travels throughout Scandinavia, where she begins the trip in Stockholm, Sweden (including the Old City and the Royal Palace), and then travels to Oslo, Norway, visiting the unique Vigeland Park and the Viking Museum. Then venture to the beautiful countryside through fjords and mountain terrain to Bergen, a port city on the coast of Norway. A train ride travels through dramatic mountains and waterfalls to the town of Flamm to visit the home of the famous composer Edvard Grieg. Continuing the journey, the tour boards ferries to Denmark, ending with Copenhagen, including a visit to the historic Carlsberg Brewery. The travels end in Iceland, with the unique geothermal sites, wildlife and seaports of the island. Cost: $3/Member; $5/Nonmember. Please pre-register. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
SMARTDRIVER, AARP DRIVING CLASS: Monday, June 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. AARP sponsors a Smart Driver Program encompassing the latest techniques in driving with special emphasis on defensive driving. This is classroom training only; there is no in-the-car-training. Upon completion of this class, you will receive a certificate of completion, which may be used to obtain a minimum of 5% discount on one’s liability auto insurance. (This is the state statute for those who are age 60 years or older). The class is limited to 20 people. There is a $15 fee for AARP Members (Card presented with payment) and a $20 fee for all non-AARP members. This is a newly revised course with new course material and updated workbooks and videos. Maximum of 20 per class. Must register and pay in person at ESC Office BEFORE the CLASS DATE. No registrations will be taken the day of the class.
REEVE-RX RELAX ADAPTIVE YOGA DEMONSTRATION: presented by Allison Mesa, MS, CCC-SLP, R-RAY, Speech Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor, Tuesday, June 25, 10 — 11 a.m. Join staff from New Britain’s Hospital for Special Care in a demonstration of “Reeve-Rx Relax Adaptive Yoga, a form of light exercise, stretching, mindfulness and breathing all completed while in a chair or wheelchair. This unique form of movement and breathing from a secure seated position is suitable for a range of mobility, cognitive, and/or medical limitations that may constrain individuals from participation in other forms of conventional exercise.” Location: Elmwood Senior Center. Registration Required: 860-561-8180. Free! - No Experience Or Special Equipment Necessary!
HISTORICAL HARTFORD: The Growth & Destruction of Hartford High School presented by Daniel Sterner, author & historian, Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. This program includes the original high school buildings as well as the later one that most people remember. It grew into a massive complex between Hopkins & Broad Streets and was torn down for the highway. Discussion will also include other lost sites in the immediate vicinity, such as the home of Poet Lydia Sigourney, the YWCA, and the Russia Insurance Company. That company was located across the street and had the original Mother Russia statue that later adorned the Russian Lady bar on Ann Street. Refreshments and beverages will be served. Please register in advance. Call the ESC at (860) 561-8180 for more information. Cost: $3/Member per event; $4/Nonmember per event. **BONUS: All three Historical Hartford presentations: Cost: $8/Member; $11/Nonmember. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HEALTH AND WELL-BEING THROUGH ART: session guided by Harriet Winograd, West Hartford Artist, Thursday, June 27, 10 a.m. to Noon. Have you thought about the fact that your physical health is connected to your well-being? In this two-hour workshop, participants will pair to share ideas about their health and well-being in silent conversations using simple drawing and sketching approaches as a way of communicating. After completing their “silent” stories, they will share thoughts and connections with the group. No Drawing Or Sketching Experience Necessary. Refreshments will be served. All art materials will be supplied. Limited to 20 participants. FREE but registration required. Call the ESC at 860-561-8180 to register. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
COZY CORNER: Monday - Friday, 9 - 11 a.m., 2nd Floor Library. FREE! Get out and spend some time at Elmwood Senior Center, grab coffee and a pastry at our Coffee Corner and stay a while. There will be Puzzles to work on, Adult Coloring Books, Scrabble games and others games available as you keep warm and cozy during the winter months. Bring a friend or make new friends as we beat the winter blahs together!
LOOKING FOR QUILTERS: Do you have previous sewing experience and would like to learn how to quilt? Are you a quilter and would like to further advance your quilting skills? We are collecting names of those interested. Call Elmwood Senior Center Office to leave your information 860-561-8180.
THE REGENTS: Marc Shapiro, President Weekly business meetings, Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. This social club features guest speakers, as well as recreational activities such as bowling, golf, table tennis, bridge and lawn bowling. Members volunteer in the community. Coffee/dessert served.
THE SQUIRES: Stu Schirmer, President Weekly business meetings, Friday, 10 a.m. This social club for retired men in the Greater West Hartford area features guest speakers on timely topics, golf and bowling leagues, and a choral group that entertains weekly. Refreshments served.
THE WRITE-AWAY CLUB: Do you jot down poems? Tell creative stories? Write to newspapers?Enjoy researching? Have a half- finished novel? Then we would love you to join us. Beginning on December 3, 2018 we will meet the first Monday of each month 1 - 3 p.m. We read our own creative works of fiction, memoirs, stories and we discuss each others’ work. Short stories and poetry are shared. This informal group is dedicated to improving our writing. Come join us and get your creative juices going. Open To All.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB: For those who love to experience nature and explore the outdoors, Elmwood Senior Center is in the process of forming an Outdoor Adventure Club. We have had several groups begin this journey of adventure. Our very fit and active toning and strength class has gone on outdoor hikes and enjoyed picnic lunches together, our Trout Brook travelers have walked the Trout Brook Trail weekly, and the All About Adventure group has expressed interest in winter hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Now it’s time to put them all together to start our own Outdoor Adventure Club. If you enjoy walking, hiking, kayaking, biking, and cross country skiing and other outdoor activities call our office at 860-561-8180 and give us your name and phone number so we can organize these events as meet-ups in our area.
ADULT SWIM LESSONS: at Doty Aquatic Center (Avery Heights), 12 - 12:45 p.m Fridays, June 7, — July 26, 12 - 12:45 p.m. and Fridays, August 2, - Sept. 20.This class will help older adults get comfortable in the water while learning basic swimming skills and strokes. It is never too late to learn! (Limited space: 6 students max/3 min) 8 sessions. Cost: $64. This program is only for Senior Center Members! Sign up in the Elmwood Senior Center Office. Health and waiver forms must be submitted on the first day of class at Avery Pool for new participants taking water classes. Go to the reception desk at Avery Heights to receive a key card to gain entrance to the pool. A $10 refundable deposit is required.
AQUACISE: at Doty Aquatic Center (Avery Heights), Mondays & Wednesdays, June 5 — July 29, 2 - 2:45 p.m. (16 Sessions) and July 31 - Sept. 25, 2 - 2:45 p.m No swimming skills required. Emphasizes stretching, toning, and cardio exercise. This class will improve your energy and fitness levels with no impact on your joints. Instructor: Avery Heights Staff. 16 sessions. Cost: $56. This program is only for Senior Center Members! Sign up in the Elmwood Senior Center Office, 860-561-8180. Attendees fill out health and waiver forms at Avery Pool the first day of class for new participants taking water classes. Go to the reception desk at Avery Heights to receive a key card to gain entrance to the pool. A $10 refundable deposit is required.
WATER ARTHRITIS: Tuesdays & Thursdays, through July 18, 1 - 1:45 p.m. and July 23 — Sept. 12, 1 — 1:45 p.m. No swimming skills required. Gentle on the joints while helping you get in shape. Participants gain increased range of motion in stiff, sore joints while protecting joints from weight-bearing impacts. Instructor: Avery Heights Staff. 16 Sessions. Cost: $56. Call for information 860-561-8180. This program is only for Senior Center Members. Sign up in the Elmwood Senior Center Office: 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, 860-561-8180. Attendees fill out health and waiver forms at Avery Pool the first day of class for new participants taking water classes. Go to the reception desk at Avery Heights to receive a key card to gain entrance to the pool. A $10 refundable deposit is required.
ARTHRITIS EXERCISE & RELAXATION: Tuesdays, through June 25, 9 to 10 a.m. Gentle stretching exercises to improve range of motion, joint flexibility, muscle strength, endurance and coordination are led by a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer. Instructor: Brian Elliot. 8 Sessions. Cost: $40M/$50R/$55NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
BARRE-LATES: Wednesdays, through June 19, 6 to 7 p.m. This dynamic combination of Barre and Pilates utilizes ballet inspired movements at the barre to sculpt, strengthen, and tone your leg muscles. Pilates will work on core strength, posture and flexibility. Safe for all body types and abilities. Bring a mat and water bottle. Instructor: Helene Korchin. 10 Sessions. No Class 10/3. Cost: $70M/$80R/$90NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
BEADAZZLED: (Rings & Things - Rings and your choice of Necklace or Earrings), Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Participants in Jan’s hands-on class will learn basic jewelry making techniques. You will make a special creation with beautiful beads chosen by you, to produce a custom piece for yourself or to give as a gift just in time for Mother’s Day. Each session includes a bonus pair of earrings. Instructor: Jan Hasenjager. 1 Session. Cost: $18M/$20R/$24NR*. *All supplies are included.
BRAIN GAMES: Mondays, June 24 — August 12, 10 - 11 a.m. Entertaining, interactive group activities such as: word games, riddles and visual puzzles. Brain Games can increase cognitive awareness and logical reasoning, as well as enhance memory. Instructor: Joel Huntington. 6 Sessions. Cost: $10M/$12R/$14NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
COLLAGE & PAINTING: Tuesdays, June 4 - July 9, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn to make your own unique, mixed media works of art. By collaging together papers you’ve painted, you will create beautiful pieces that you will enjoy. For all ability levels. Instructor: Jeff Poole. 7 Sessions. Cost: $60M/$70R/$75NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
PILATES: Mondays, through June 17, 6 - 7 p.m and July 8 — August 26. Pilates improves flexibility, posture and abdominal strength. Additionally, Pilates decreases back, neck, and joint pain. This class is for all fitness levels. Beginners must attend the first session. Please bring your own mat. Instructor: Helene Korchin. No Class: 11/12. Cost: $70M/$80R/$90NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
QIGONG: Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. through June 4, and July 23 — August 27. Qigong involves the regulation of 3 mutually dependent basic processes of regulation: 1. Posture, 2. Respiration, and 3. Mind. Additionally, the practice of Qigong helps restore vitality and conserves energy. Instructor: Hoa Nguyen. 8 sessions. Cost: $48/M; $58/R; $63/NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
SILVER SNEAKERS — BALANCE & STRENGTHENING: Tuesdays, through June 11, and June 25 — August 27, 11 a.m. — 12 p.m., or Thursdays, through June 13, and June 27 — August 29, 11 a.m. — 12 p.m. This class was designed to strengthen the muscles that help us balance, strengthen the response from the body when off-balance, and to maximize independence doing everyday tasks where balance is required or challenged. The class includes a warm up, exercises that strengthen the muscles that support balance, positional poses that practice static balance, and movement patterns that practice dynamic balance. Class is free to Silver Sneakers participants but you must register in advance. Instructor: Cindy Guimond. 10 Sessions. Cost: $30M/$40R/$45NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
TAI CHI BEGINNER FOUNDATIONS: Tuesdays, through July 9, 1:30 — 2:30 p.m. Learn the basic techniques and methods to achieve a solid foundation of Tai Chi practice. Deepen your understanding of this martial art and learn more about its origins in this informative and interactive foundations class. Instructor: Hoa Nguyen. 8 sessions. Cost: $48/Member; $58/Resident; $63/Non- resident. Call for information or to register: (860) 561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
TAI CHI INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATIONS: Thursdays, through July 11, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Take your practice of Tai Chi to the next level. Use your solid foundation learned at the beginner level to a new and deeper understanding of this martial art. Instructor: Hoa Nguyen. 8 sessions. Cost: $48/M; $58/R; $63/NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
TAI CHI, BEGINNER: Fridays, through June 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the relaxing, graceful movements of Tai Chi while improving your balance, strength and mobility. This is a wonderful exercise for men and women of all ages and physical abilities. Instructor: Faith Geist. No Class: 11/23. 13 Sessions. Cost: $65M/$70R/$75NR.
TAI CHI, INTERMEDIATE: Fridays, through June 21, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Enjoy the relaxing, graceful movements of Tai Chi while improving your balance, strength and mobility. This is a wonderful exercise for men and women of all ages and physical abilities. Instructor: Faith Geist. No Class: 11/23. 13 Sessions. Cost: $65M/$70R/$75NR.
TONING & STRENGTH CARDIO FUN: NEW! Fridays, 10 a.m. - 11a.m., through June 28, and July 12 - August 2. Great class for all fitness levels. Modifications by a licensed instructor specializing in senior fitness. Exciting partner and team games will make you laugh and have fun while exercising. Exercises to challenge your memory and improve balance. Expect to improve your cardiovascular endurance and strength with use of bands, balls, weights and step. Exercises change weekly so you never get bored and look forward to coming back for more! You can also add this class to one of the Toning & Strength classes that meets on the MW schedule. Instructor: Wendy LeClerc. 6 Sessions. No Class 4/19 Cost: $36/Member; $46/Resident; $51/Non-resident. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center
TONING & STRENGTH: Through June 28, 9 a.m. (MWF) OR 10 a.m. (M/W). Weight training is the only type of exercise that can slow and even reverse the decline in muscle mass, bone density and strength. Strength training can also delay the onset of osteoporosis, lower blood pressure and even reduce cholesterol levels. The 9 a.m. class gives you 2 options. You may choose a 2 day or a 3 day class. Instructor: Wendy LeClerc The 9 a.m. class gives you 2 options—You may choose 2 days OR 3 days per week. No class 4/19. For information on pricing, other questions, or to register, please contact Elmwood Senior Center: 860-561-8180.
TOTAL BODY STRONGER SENIORS DVD: MWF, June 3 — August 30, 9-10 a.m. This three day a week class is designed specifically for those 55 and over. Focus on all areas of the body, head to toe, to promote flexibility, limberness and attain maximum benefits. DVD Only. No Class: 4/3, 4/19, 5/27. FREE Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
VIVE LA FRANCE: “The Best of Burgundy” Thursday, June 13. 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Join Madame Machelle for a food tour of Burgundy, the historical cradle of France. Between the cities of Dijon and Lyons you will find France’s finest culinary region. Blessed with rich, fertile soil and temperate weather, Burgundy is the perfect place to find the highest quality ingredients for preparing the traditional “classics” of French cuisine. We will prepare several Burgundian specialties and discuss the prominence of the Burgundy and Bordeaux wines throughout the world. Instructor: Machelle Rosenlieb. 1 Session. Cost: $33M/$35R/$37NR.
YOGA MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Fridays, June 7 - July 12, 10 - 11 a.m. (6 sessions) Enhances flexibility, strength, coordination and poise. Additionally, did you know that yoga improves your quality of sleep. Breathing and meditation techniques help you revitalize and calm your mind and body. Instructor: Janet Conley. No Class: 4/19. 6 Sessions. Cost: $36M/$41R/$43NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
SILVER SNEAKERS, ZUMBA GOLD: Wednesdays, through June 26, 11 a.m. -12 p.m. There are no requirements other than enjoying music and wanting to have fun. Zumba Gold® is done at a lower intensity than Zumba, not quite as fast, but is certainly as much fun! Instructor: Wendy LeClerc. 6 Sessions. Cost: $15M/$25R/$30NR.
ZUMBA LOVERS: Thursdays, through June 27, and July 11 - August, 29, 6 - 7 p.m. Join Carmen Sarmiento, Zumba lover and instructor, to dance the night away. Carmen has an amazing success story about how Zumba has helped her lose weight and feel healthier than ever before. Instructor: Carmen Sarmiento. No Class 11/22. Ongoing Drop in Fee $5 per class. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
OUTDOOR PICKLEBALL: There will be 6 new Pickleball Courts at Wolcott Park coming soon! For all Pickleball questions, please contact Lisa Hanse at 860-561-8170. If you would like to become a Senior Center and Elmwood Pickleball Member (for indoor pickleball during the cold months) or for more information, please contact Lisa Hanse at 860-561-8170 or email@example.com. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
TABLE TENNIS: Tuesday and Friday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m; Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Due to high demand and limited court space, Elmwood Senior Center Table Tennis is limited to Elmwood and West Hartford Senior Center Members only. At the BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH, unlimited-use monthly passes will be sold for $5. $1 Daily Pass wristbands may be purchased in Senior Center Office prior to play. ALL participants must sign a waiver of liability form available in the office. If you would like to become an Elmwood Senior Center table tennis member or would like more information, please contact the Elmwood Senior Center Office at 860-561-8180.
WII BOWLING: 9:30 - 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Instead of wooden lanes and pins, hit the virtual lanes using Nintendo’s Wii Game System. No heavy balls to lift and throw and no special bowling shoes. You pick up your Wii-mote and simulate the throwing of a bowling ball. Wii bowling is easy to learn and fun for everyone. No experience necessary! If you are interested, please call the senior center office at 860-561-8180 or just come. On Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am. New participants always welcome. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
MOHEGAN SUN CASINO: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Est.) Included in the fee are two vouchers. One voucher is for a free bet. The second voucher can be used for a free bet or a free meal at the buffet or any restaurant of your choice. All attendees must have the physical and cognitive ability to safely navigate long and crowded walking distances (or be accompanied by a caregiver who can assist an attendee) in order to meet strict Mohegan Sun departure times. Cost: $25M; $35NM. Please sign up in person at the Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue, W. Hartford. For more information, call the ESC office at 860-561-8180. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center
CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (BOCUSE RESTAURANT) & MILLBROOK WINERY: Thursday, June 13, 7:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Est.) Our first stop this morning is the famed Culinary Institute of America, which outgrew its original facility in New Haven, CT and relocated to Hyde Park in 1972. The CIA is an American private, not-for-profit college that specializes in culinary, baking and pastry arts education. In 1946, it was founded as a vocational institute for veterans returning from World War II. The CIA has become the country’s pre-eminent culinary arts school. Upon arrival, we will be led on a student-guided tour, followed by a three-course lunch at the CIA’s The Bocuse Restaurant. The meal will consist of: Soupe de Maïs (Corn, Shrimp and Crab Soup with a Red Pepper Compote and Micro Greens), Pan- Roasted Chicken Breast with Seasonal Vegetable and Wild Mushrooms, and Chocolate Molten Cake with Carmel Ice Cream. The meal also includes coffee, tea and iced tea. After lunch our next stop is Millbrook Winery. Enjoy a five-star wine experience with an educational tour and tastings of award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Tocai Friulano and Riesling. Millbrook Winery has been voted “Best Winery” in the Hudson Valley for the last 20 consecutive years. A great place to visit any time of year, for a wine tasting experience you will never forget. CHARTER. Cost: $154/M; $164/NM Please sign up in person at the Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue, W. Hartford. For more information, call the ESC office at 860-561-8180. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center.
ARGIA-MYSTIC CRUISE: Tuesday, June 25, 7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Est.) This morning will be filled with beauty and history. You will board the 81-foot Schooner Argia for a two and a half hour narrated sightseeing cruise. From the wooden deck, you will see the captains’ homes along the river and learn about the rich maritime history. Sit back and relax as you sail by scenic coastlines, islands and lighthouses. If you like, you can help the crew hoist and trim the sails. We will attend this trip with the Calendar House Seniors from Southington. Trip is limited to 24. Your cruise will set sail in smooth, protected waters from Mystic and travel down the historic Mystic River to Fishers’ Island Sound. After your cruise, enjoy lunch at Go Fish (the country’s most innovative seafood restaurant.) Choose from the following entrees: Pan-roasted Chicken Breast w/mushroom-marsala pan sauce ©; Grilled Salmon w/pineapple salsa (GS) or Baked Atlantic Cod w/lemon-herb butter (BC). All entrees include field greens salad, coffee, tea and dessert. Cost: $110M; $120NM. Please sign up in person at the Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue, W. Hartford. For more information, call the ESC office at 860-561-8180. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center
GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP: Please note change in Price. Annual memberships are $15 for residents and $40 for non-residents. The center offers a wide range of activities and services consisting of many classes, special events, trips and prevention programs. A full range fitness center membership is also available for an additional cost. Visit the West Hartford Senior Center in Bishops Corner or call 860-561-7583 for more information.
SALE: Gently used hardcover and paperback books, audio books and DVDS/CDS are for sale at the West Hartford Senior Center in Bishops Corner. All hard cover and paperback books are $1, audio books range from $5 to $15 and DVDs/CDs are $2. Proceeds support the activities of the senior center. The center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
DONATIONS ACCEPTED: Mercy Housing and Shelter on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford provides housing assistance and supportive services to persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Mercy works to empower its clients to become independent, so they may live and work with dignity and respect. Their goal has not changed in the thirty years since Mercy Housing and Shelter was founded: to make homelessness history. They are currently in need of the following toiletry items (full size or trial size): soap, shampoo, conditioner, hand/body lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, deodorant, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, hairbrushes and combs. Drop off donations at the West Hartford Senior Center in Bishops Corner.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: West Hartford Senior Center in Bishops Corner is looking for additional volunteers and have several openings in the front office and fitness center, ranging from 2 to 4 hours. To learn more, call 860-561-7583 and ask for Gina Marino.
STORYTELLING: Mondays 10-12 Join Ben Cooper, WWII Army Combat Medic, for a morning of storytelling and sharing. Ben will facilitate this informal gathering where veterans from all branches of the service can share common experiences and make new friends. Everyone is welcome to meet our veterans and watch history come alive. Program is Free. Pre-Registration NOT required. Please call 860-561-7583 for more information.
MAY 31: Dinner & Show 4:30-6:30PM. Featuring Bob McArthur - Celebrity Impersonator. Bob McArthur is the hardest working professional Elvis Presley impersonator in the northeast. He performs a wide range of Elvis songs and often takes requests. Menu includes: Tossed Salad, BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Roll, and Ice cream Sundaes. Cost: $10M; $15 NM. Pre-registration required. For more information please call 860-561-7583.
SELF DEFENSE FOR SENIORS: Join Andrew Collard, Chief Instructor from SDSS Martial Arts for an interactive class on the tactics for situational awareness, general safety and basic self-defense techniques. Please wear comfortable clothing. Instructor: Andrew Collard. 551969A Wednesdays 10 - 11 a.m. June 5-26 4 sessions $20M/ $24R/ $28NR.
All movies are free of charge. Thursday Afternoon Movies shown at 1 p.m. Movies are preceded by a brief introductory talk.
JUNE 26: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees. Travel to Yankee Stadium for a matinee game with the Toronto Blue Jays. Seats are undercover near left field by the foul line. A short rest stop will be made on the way home if time permits. Game Time 1:05 p.m. CHARTER. Depart: 9:30 a.m. Est. Return: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $40 M; $50 NM. Trip Leader: Ned Skinnon. Departs From West Hartford Senior Center.
JULY 13: New Hampshire Fisher Cats vs Hartford Yard Goats. Join us for an evening game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford. Two ticket options are available. Enjoy the 2.5 hour all-you-can eat buffet OR sit in Section 109 (right side of home plate) and eat on your own. Enjoy the fireworks after the game. Pricing varies. BUFFET: Cost: $47M; $57NM. SECTION 109 (Eat on Your Own) Cost: $28M; $38NM. Depart: 4:30 p.m. Game Time: 6:05 p.m. Estimated Return: 10:00 p.m. Trip Leader: Ned Skinnon. Departs From West Hartford Senior Center
AUGUST 3: Red Sox at New York Yankees. The world champion Boston Red Sox will travel to Yankee Stadium for one of sport’s greatest and longest rivalries Yankees vs Red Sox. Our excellent seats are located in the main level of right field section 205. The Sox are led by superstars Mookie Betts and J. D. Martinez and the Yankees by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. A short rest stop will be made on the way home if time permits. Game Time 4:05 p.m. CHARTER. Depart: 12:30 p.m. Est. Return: 10:30 p.m. Cost: $140 M; $150 NM. Trip Leader: Ned Skinnon. Departs From West Hartford Senior Center.
AUGUST 11: Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox. The world champion Boston Red Sox will host the California Angels today. We have terrific grandstand seats behind home plate in Section 21. The Red Sox are led by superstars Mookie Betts and J. D. Martinez while the Angels have Mike Trout and Japanese sensation Shei Ohtani. No rest stop on the way home. Game Time 1:05 p.m. CHARTER Depart: 9:45 a.m. Est. Return: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $ 110 Member; $120 Nonmember. Trip Leader: Ned Skinnon Departs From West Hartford Senior Center