As of the time of printing, the Senior Centers are still closed. Given the uncertainty of physically re-opening, the Senior Centers are continuing to offer free programs utilizing many virtual formats. Look for the newly added instructional programs as well as many virtual special events and educational presentations. Sign up for our weekly emails at www.lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/DUpqesI . You can also register for programs by email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583.

All Fall special events are free and will be held virtually.

Nov. 5: 1 p.m. Pain Management “Keep Moving: Simple Tips to Relieve Your Pain” We all have pain at some point in our lives. Pain can be complicated but there are simple tools that can relieve pain. Research shows that understanding how pain works can help us begin to get out of pain. Learn small steps you can take to reduce pain without drugs or surgery with Maggie Downie, speaker and author of “Keep Moving: Take Steps to Relieve Pain & Improve Your Life.” Those who attend will be entered in a drawing to win a free book.

Nov. 10: 9:30 a.m. Musical Mornings Veteran’s Day Grab & Go Treat Take Away. Pick up your Treat at the Elmwood Community Center Parking Lot. Please wear your face mask and remain in your car during pick up. This event is made possible through the generosity of our co-sponsor Brookdale Chatfield Senior Living Solutions. Please email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 for reservation by 11/3/20.

Nov. 10: 11 a.m. Musical Mornings Veteran’s Day with Walter Martin. Join your senior center friends virtually on Zoom for this Patriotic Musical tribute to our Veteran’s featuring the smooth, rich sounds of Walter Martin.

Nov. 10: 6 p.m. Kindness is a Lifestyle. Through adopting kind principles and habits, it is possible to transform our life into one rooted in joy, good health, and fulfillment. Our speaker, Victoria Gleixner, did just that after years of struggle with health issues, fear, depression and un-fulfillment. Through her healthy journey, she discovered many things including the lack of kindness to herself. She realized that these ailments were rooted in stress and imbalance rather than a lack of intelligence, knowledge and motivation. She learned a great lesson to share, if you are kind to yourself you can be healthy, happy and at peace. She will talk on overcoming fear, adopting keystone habits, learning to respond rather than react, viewing problems as opportunities, and much more. Victoria started the B. Kind store in West Hartford and although it recently closed, her passion for helping others is high on her list of personal priorities.

Nov. 12: 1 p.m. Historical Hartford. Lost Colonial Homes. The Butler-McCook house is the only 18th century residence surviving in downtown Hartford, but a little over a century ago there were numerous early homes that had survived and were photographed shortly before they were lost to develop.m.ent. Daniel Sterner will present some of these homes and share their stories. Co-sponsored by Brookdale Chatfield.

Nov. 17: 10 a.m. ECC or Nov. 18, 3 p.m. WHSC. Take & Create Art Projects at Home. Soy Candle. Melt soy chips, insert wick and scented oil to create a beautiful candle keepsake. You can use these beautiful candles to decorate your home or to share the gift of light during the holiday season! This event is made possible through the generosity of our co-sponsor Anthology Senior Living. Please email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 for reservation by 11/10/20.

Nov. 17: 10 a.m. Senior Citizen Advisory Commission Meeting. The West Hartford Senior Advisory Commission meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Due to the pandemic, Virtual Meetings are planned using ZOOM at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and join the conversation. For link, email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583.

Nov. 17: 1 p.m. TED TALKS What Makes a Good Life. What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone-but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. AS the director of a 75-yar-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

Nov. 18: 10 a.m. Virtual Musical Trip. 60s Satisfaction. Grab & Go Treat. Pick up your Treat prepared by Arden Courts Executive Chef in the Elmwood Community Center parking lot. Please wear your facemask and remain in your car during pick up. Please email deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 for reservation by 11/11/20.

Nov. 18: 1:30 p.m. Virtual Musical Trip. 60s Satisfaction. Relive the musical era we all loved with former CT State Troubadour and Woodbury native, Pierce Campbell, on guitar and vocals, Tony Pasqualoni on bass. This fun duo will have you on your feet singing and dancing from start to finish and leave you smiling at the end of the show! It's the perfect party band. The name says it all. You’ll be satisfied hearing your favorite '60s tunes from all the great artists like The Beatles, The Stones, Santana, Credence, Sam Cooke, Steam, The Boxtops, Procol Harem, The Moody Blues, The Foundation, The Turtles, The Doors, The Animals, Cream, Roy Orbison, Wilson Pickett and many more! Tie dye attire optional! Co-sponsor Arden Courts.

Nov. 24: 3 p.m. Member Mingle. Join Senior Center staff for a fun, informal zoom event. Gina Marino will present the most current information on Senior Center programs and possible re-opening information if available. Perfect time to share your thoughts while catching up with some of your friends. The staff of Elmwood and West Hartford Senior Centers miss you and hope we will “SEE” you at our MINGLE! All are welcome.

Nov. 25: 1:30 p.m. Bingo Virtual Game. Play your favorite game on Zoom with our Student Intern Emily and Bingo Caller Vinnie for a FUN hour of BINGO! No computer? No problem! Just phone in to play along! Prizes will be mailed to winners. Please email Deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 if you have not already picked up your game packet. Please wear your facemask and remain in your car during pick up. Future dates include Dec. 9 & 23.

Dec. 2: 10 a.m. Hartford Health Care. Understanding Arthritis Webinar. Come learn how dietary factors, free radicals and trauma can cause arthritis as well as how arthritis is diagnosed and what you can do to prevent it. Presented by Evan Gross, exercise physiologist, GoodLife Fitness. Program is VIRTUAL on Zoom. Please preregister by calling Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging at 1-855-442-4373.

THE EMPIRE OF CHARLEMAGNE: This set of two lectures will examine the first great king of the Franks, Charles the Great…of Charlemagne, who ruled the first great western European empire after the fall of Rome. His time was political and cultural stirring that led to the Carolingian Renaissance, the subjugation of many pagan tribes, Muslim territory in Spain, along with laying the foundations for two great medieval states, France and the Holy Roman Empire. Instructor: Jared Day. Thu., 3-4 p.m. 11/5-11/12.

TECHNOLOGY: Technology classes are geared to help you access and get the most out of Senior Programs that require computer skills and programs that you may have not mastered yet. Individual help is available if you need extra assistance, email Lisa.hanse@westhartfordct.gov. Help is on the Way!

ZOOM: Learning Zoom takes patience and repetition. The more you practice the better you will get at using this favorite virtual platform. Take the stress out of Zoom by learning with other beginners. If you have a computer, tablet, smartphone or just a telephone you can learn to Zoom. Instructor: Lisa Hanse. Thursday 1-2 p.m. 11/19.

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