West Hartford Senior Calendar for September 2020

Connecticut Humanities has awarded a grant in the amount of $4,999 to The Mark Twain House & Museum, enabling the museum to continue its popular Trouble Begins and virtual Trouble at Home lecture series through March 2021. Both lecture series will be live streamed using the Crowdcast online platform. This will allow audiences near and far to participate in the lectures. Crowdcast registration information for each event can be found on our website: www.marktwainhouse.org/programs-events/

As of the time of printing, the Senior Centers are still closed. Given the uncertainty of physically re-opening, the Senior Centers have planned an extensive fall program utilizing many virtual formats. Look for the newly added instructional programs as well as many virtual special events and educational presentations. To register for all programs please call 860-561-7583 or email Deborah.kennedy @westhartfordct.gov.

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

The Senior Centers of West Hartford announce their first Virtual Music Concert Series. Concert will be Live Music Streamed from the Chapel at Atria Hamilton Heights.

SEPT. 2: 1 p.m. Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers. This group of senior fiddlers will entertain all with their lively, foot stomping music! Performance is FREE.

SEPT. 2: 10 a.m. Men’s Health — A Path to Health & Wellness. Understanding what some common areas of concern related to men will allow you to feel empowered about how to partner with your healthcare provider to live your best life. Presented by Nicholas Arsenault, Transitional Care Nurse.

SEPT. 9: Veteran’s Coffee Hour is Back! Virtually at 9 a.m. Wayne Rioux will be back to hold Virtual Monthly Coffee Hour. This monthly social for veterans, their spouses and family members will meet on the second Wednesday of each month for fellowship and to help connect to each other and offer assistance in getting access to benefits to which they are entitled.

SEPT. 15: TED Talks, 12 p.m. What’s the right thing to do? Michael Sandel. In the “Justice” program that bears his name, Harvard professor Michael Sandel probes moral questions and asks what you think, and why. After the video, which is 10-20 minutes in length, there is a facilitated discussion.

SEPT. 16: 10 a.m. Storm Preparedness. Steps to prepare your health, emergency plans considerations for long-term health conditions, and essential tips for during a storm will be discussed. Presented by Kaitlin Cuas, Transitional Care Nurse,

SEPT. 16: Great Painters: Artists, Rogues, Game-Changers, Evolutionists and Rebels. 1- 2 p.m. Join Leo Pigaty, lecturer, art museum docent and author for this interesting travelogue through art history. Here we’ll discuss great painters and their masterpieces!

SEPT. 22: Member Mingle, 3 p.m. 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. All are welcome.

SEPT. 23: Virtual Bingo Game, 1:30 p.m. Play your favorite game on Zoom with our Student Intern Emily and Bingo Caller Vinnie for a FUN hour of BINGO! No computer? Just phone in to play along! Prizes will be mailed to winners. Pick up your Bingo Packet (Good for all dates) on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at either Elmwood Community Center Parking Lot at 10a.m. or West Hartford Senior Center Parking Lot at 1p.m. 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 9/16. Games are scheduled on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the Month at 1:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 23. Future dates include: Oct. 14 & 28, Nov. 25, Dec. 9 & 23.

SEPT. 24: Jukebox Bingo, 1:30 p.m. We have combined an exciting game of Bingo with some of your favorite music. This “Name that Tune” bingo game will bring back fond memories of days gone by. Prizes will be mailed to Bingo Winners. Lunch Menu Choices: Choice of Turkey, Roast Beef or Veggie Wraps, Chips, Fruit, Cookies, Drink. Reserve your Boxed Lunch & Bingo Card packet by emailing Deborah.kennedy@westhartfordct.gov or call 860-561-7583 by Friday, Sept. 18. Pick up your lunch and packet on Thursday beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the WHSC parking lot. Please wear a facemask and remain in your car.

SEPT. 29: Musical Mornings & Treat Take Away. Before the shows, pick up a delicious treat prepared by the Executive Chef of Brookdale Chatfield to enjoy during the performance! Sing-a-long with T-Bone - 11 a.m. Tom Stankus will entertain your mind, body, and soul from head to toe with your favorite tunes virtually on Zoom. Pick up your Treat at 9:30 a.m. the morning of each show 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 to reserve your Treat one week in advance.

OCT. 1: Finding Your Motivation to Move- 1- 1:45 p.m. We know physical activity is important, but we often put movement off until tomorrow. The secret is to learn what it is that really motivates YOU and those around you, including your family and friends and who can help you stay motivated. Maggie Downie is an inspirational speaker, instructor and author. Program is Virtual using the Zoom platform.

All Fall classes are free and will be held virtually.

AGELESS GRACE: A cutting-edge program based on neuroplasticity that activates all 5 functions of the brain and addresses all 21 physical skills needed for lifelong optimal function. Designed for all ages and abilities. Facilitator: Thomas Atwood, PT. NC: 11/26. Tue., 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m., 9/15-12/15 and Thu., 10-10:45 a.m., 9/17-12/17.

BALLET FOR SENIORS AND ADULTS: The advantage of dance and movement programs like ballet is that you can go at your own pace. The value of using a chair is that participants can stop and rest while continuing with their arm movements. A touch of Jazz and modern will be included. Instructor: Bonnie Flattery. Tue., 2:30-3:15 p.m., 9/15-12/15.

BALLROOM DANCE: This instructional course will teach the basics of dances including Foxtrot, Rumba and American style Tango. Instructor: Wendy Nielsen. No Class: 11/27. Fri., 4-4:45 p.m., 9/18-12/18.

CHAIR YOGA: A yoga practice modified so that postures and movements can be done seated in a chair. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends and mild backbends. Instructor: Christine Bailey. No Class: 9/28, 10/12. Mon., 4-5 p.m., 9/14-12/14.

CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH: Interested in stimulating French conversation? Join this friendly and informal group. The sessions require knowledge of the basics of French. Instructor: Eliane Matarazzi. No Class: 11/27. Fri., 11 -11:45 a.m., 9/25-12/18.

GUIDED MEDITATION: Relax and breath deep. Colleen is back to lead you through a calming and supported session through imagery and ques to relax the body allowing inner peace and focus with a positive outcome. Facilitator: Colleen Zimmer. Tue., 11:30 a.m.- 12p.m., 9/15- 12/15.

HEART HEALTHY EXERCISE: Formerly known as Light Aerobics and Weights includes light aerobics and stretching done standing although a participant may choose to sit for some of the class. Light weights (or water bottles) are recommended. Instructor: Joan Walden (AFAA certified). No Class: 9/28, 10/12, 11/11. Mon, Wed & Fri., 7:30-8:05 a.m. and 10-10:35 a.m., 9/14 -12/18.

HISTORY: Winston Churchill In Depression and War. This set of three lectures focuses on Churchill’s life “in the Wilderness” in the 1920s and 1930s and then his time as Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II with special focus on the time when Britain stood alone against the might of Hitler’s empire. Instructor: Jared Day. Thu., 3-4 p.m., 9/24 -10/8.

LINE DANCING: Let rock and roll, waltzes, or country western tunes move you. Learn some basics, and enjoy a classic number. It’s your choice to appear on the Zoom screen or not. Instructor: Jim Gregory. No Class: 11/11. Wed., 11-11:40 a.m., 9/16-12/16.

LIVELY MINDS: The topics are sometimes large, sometimes small, and typically leavened with humor. We look for answers beyond the obvious. Come solve a puzzle. Instructor: Jim Gregory. No Class: 11/11. Wed., 1 -1:40 p.m., 9/16 -12/16.

MEDITATION: Join Carissa Spada (yoga teacher, massage therapist, life and meditation coach) for this weekly zoom series. This 25-minute class will consist of tools ranging from varied types of meditation, breath work, visualization and affirmations to assist in navigating the ups and downs, ebbs and flows of life. Facilitator: Carissa Spada. Thu., 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 10/1-10/29.

INTRODUCTION DEMO TO FEEL GOOD QIGONG: Your Natural Fountain of Youth Qigong. Qigong offers practices to help strengthen your body, relieve stiffness and release stagnation. Instructor: Debbie Belaus. Tue., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 9/15.

QIGONG SERIES: Qigong is an ancient Chinese energy-based practice that taps into the rich storehouse of our body’s natural wisdom. Feel Good Qigong is an anti-aging protocols for longevity. Debbie’s classes are designed to guide, inform and hopefully inspire you to simply Feel Good. Instructor: Debbie Belaus. Tue., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 9/22 - 12/15.

SILVER SNEAKERS CHAIR YOGA: Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline. We will use a chair to modify certain poses as well to delve deeper into other postures. Instructor: Rikki Alrutz. No Class:11/11. Wed., 3-4 p.m., 9/16-12/16.

SILVER SNEAKERS PILATES AND STABILITY PILATES: Focus is on strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. Instructors will emphasize spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing to relieve stress and allow adequate oxygen flow to muscles, developing a strong core or center (toning abdominals while strengthening the back) and improving coordination and balance. Instructor. Rikki Altruz. No Class: 9/28, 10/12. Mon., 2-3 p.m., 9/14 – 12/14.

SILVER SNEAKERS STRENGTH AND BALANCE: Engage and improve your muscle and core strength utilizing light weights (you can use 2 water bottles or food cans) or your own body weight. Particular attention is given to stability designed to improve and progress balance. A chair is offered to assist with balance and form. Instructor: Dianne Shobe. No Class: 11/26. Tue., 11-11:45 a.m., 9/15-12/15 and Thu., 11-11:45 a.m., 9/17-12/17.

SING YOUR “HARTT” OUT!: Everyone can Sing! This ten-week program has no auditions and no prior experience, just a joy of singing. Classes will take place on Zoom, and additional resources will be provided to students for extra enrichment during the week. Instructor: Jennifer Fijal-Brevik. Tue., 1-2 p.m., 9/29- 12/1.

THE SOUL OF AMERICA: Join Ric Hanse as he leads this series based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Jon Meacham, “The Soul of America” The Battle for our Better Angels. We can better understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Instructor: Ric Hanse. Tue., 1-2 p.m., 9/1.

TAI CHI BEGINNER: Enjoy the relaxing, graceful movements of Tai Chi while improving your balance, strength and mobility. You will learn the basic postures, movements and some breath work. Instructor: Marivic Maury. No Class: 11/27. Fri., 10-10:45 a.m., 9/18-12/18.

YOGA GENTLE: This class is appropriate for beginners and advanced beginners. Options are offered to accommodate different abilities and breathing techniques to energize, focus and calm the body and mind. Instructor: Karen Sevenoff. No Class: 9/28, 10/12. Mon., 10-10:40 a.m., 9/14-12/1.

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. Each class will contain a general overview of all programs we are using in addition to the designated topic of the day. Individual help is available if you need extra assistance, email Lisa.hanse@westhartfordct.gov. Help is on the Way!

GOOGLE DOCS: A Google Doc is a great way to see a document that is constantly being updated. Learn how to open and save a google document and the benefits of knowing how this works. You can create and edit text documents right in your web browser—no special software is required. Instructor: Lisa Hanse. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 9/18 and Fri., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 10/2.

ZOOM: Learning Zoom takes patience and repetition. The more you practice the better you will get at using this favorite virtual platform. If you have a computer, tablet, smartphone or just a telephone you can learn to Zoom. Instructor: Lisa Hanse. Fri. 1-2 p.m., 9/18 and Fri., 1-2 p.m., 10/2.

FACEBOOK: You will learn how Facebook works and how to use your Facebook account to stay “In Touch” virtually. Instructor: Lisa Hanse. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 9/25 and Fri., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 10/9.

YOUTUBE: Find out how to navigate Youtube and subscribe to stations to tailor your experience to your own tastes and preferences. If you have a smart TV, learn how to watch a YouTube channel. Instructor: Lisa Hanse. Fri., 1-2 p.m., 9/25 and Fri., 1-2 p.m., 10/9.

For more information or to register for any of the technology classes, please call 860-561-7583 or email lisa.hanse@westhartfordct.gov.

CRT SENIOR COMMUNITY CAFÉ: The Community Renewal Team, based in Hartford, provides meals for those who are eligible in the greater Hartford area. While facilities and lunch sites remain closed and residents are encouraged to “Stay Home, Stay Safe”, CRT has modified its lunch protocol during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frozen meals (5) are now distributed once per week at the two sites below. Shelf-stable pantry items may be included as well. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register and schedule meal pickup, please call Cafe` Coordinator Jonathan Mack at 860-561-8188. Leave your name and phone number and he will return your call, assist with the registration process and schedule you for the next meal distribution pickup. Please call by Friday noon to be able to pick-up meals the following week A donation of $2.50/meal is suggested. (Rate will raise to $3 beginning Oct. 2020.) This is a 5 meal in person pickup at the Elmwood Senior Center, side entrance on Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-Noon.

CHOICES COUNSELORS: Choices, CT’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides free, in-depth, personalized counseling to seniors and people with disabilities who need unbiased help with the growing complexities of Medicare coverage. All appointments will be by phone on Sept. 3, 17, and 24. Note: Only one person per session. Please have all current medical membership cards and a list of all medications including dosage and frequency. Call West Hartford Senior Center (860) 561-7583 to schedule a phone appointment,

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: The support group provides emotional, educational and social support. When: 1st Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. To join Hartford HealthCare’s Virtual Meeting Room, Call: 860.972.6338. Access code: 19623#. For more information, please call 877.424.4641. No RSVP needed.

VIRTUAL BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Losing a loved one is never easy. We help to provide supportive/emotional comfort along with effective coping mechanisms. Open to the public. Every 1st & 3rd Monday from 1-2:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Nichol Burris, PC, Th.D at (860) 985-3504.

VIRTUAL PULMONARY FIBROSIS SUPPORT GROUP: Join Mal on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1-3 p.m. Group is open to all (including caregivers) and are facilitated by Mal Doyle, 860-805-0504, or nervymal@gmail.com. Please contact Mal for ZOOM invitation.

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