MOVIES & MUNCHIES: Fridays, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 7, “To Sir, with Love,” 1966, NR, 1 hour, 45 minutes. Sidney Poitier, an engineer by training, reluctantly takes a teaching job in a working-class London high school. His unruly students assume they’ll easily gain the upper hand. Feb. 14 “A New Kind of Love,” 1963, NR, 1 hour, 50 minutes. This lighthearted romantic farce is about a plain Jane fashion buyer who gets a dramatic makeover and is subsequently mistaken for a glamorous call girl by a womanizing reporter. Feb. 21 “Art of Racing in the Rain,” 2019, PG, 1 hour, 45 minutes. This is a heartwarming tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo. Enzo helps his owners navigate life with a refreshing perspective on family, friendship and love. Feb. 28, “American President,” 1995, PG-13, 1 hour, 55 minutes. Widowed U.S President, one of the world’s most powerful men, can have anything he wants. What he covets is a Washington lobbyist. 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.

FREE! Showtime 10 a.m. to noon. Room 212. Classic Films are often distinguished or unique works of cinema that have transcended time and trends. They are often universal favorites that are believable — enough so that people become absorbed in the movie to the point that they feel they’re part of the story. Feb. 10 “His Girl Friday” 1940, Newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) visits her former workplace, the busy office of New York City’s Morning Post. She’s there to tell her former boss, editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) — who’s also her former husband — that he needs to stop sending her letters and telegrams, and that she won’t be coming back to work because she’s getting married again. Feb. 24 “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” 1961. A young New York socialite becomes interested in a young man who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way. Based on novel by Truman Capote; stars Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal. “BYOS” — Bring Your Own Snacks.

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.

THE SOUL OF AMERICA: led by Ric Hanse, Tuesday, Feb. 4,, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ric Hanse will be leading a new 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. Registration Required. Cost: $3 member; $5 nonmember. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

MR. MAGIC: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1 — 2 p.m. ~ It’s Abracadabra Time! Doing over 100 shows a year, Mr. Magic, aka Attorney Richard Rothstein, is also featured annually at several of the local and state festivals in Connecticut. Location: Elmwood Senior Center. Enjoy our “Magic Potion” Root Beer Floats!

WONDERS OF WELLNESS: SLEEP DISORDERS: Thursday, Feb. 6, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m., presented by Experts from the Hartford HealthCare Sleep Disorders Center. FREE. Topics to be discussed include: normal sleep, types of insomnia, treatments for insomnia, disorders that look like insomnia but aren’t, tips for good sleep at any age, particularly for older adults. Pre-registration required by calling the ESC at 860.561.8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

STRENGTH IN BALANCE LECTURES: presented by Brian Elliot, M.E.d., ATC, LAT., Monday, Feb. 10, 10 to 11 a.m., Hip Injuries. Our bodies rely on a complex group of systems to keep us on the move and maintain our balance. Please bring your 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. Registration required by calling 860.561.8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

TOUR ELMWOOD SENIOR CENTER: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 12 p.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! Registration requested. Our staff looks forward to meeting you and answering your questions. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

VETERANS’ COFFEE & CONVERSATION: facilitated by Wayne Rioux, volunteer veterans’ liason, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.. Join monthly social and information sessions which are held at ESC on the second Tuesday of each month. Rioux connects veterans to each other and assists in getting benefits to which they are entitled. FREE! Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

HISTORY FOR FUN: featuring the History Guy, Joseph Ouellette. A chance to learn, and sometimes laugh, when hearing about our country’s historic events from “Mr. History”. Whatever Happened to Tokyo Rose?,Thursday, Feb. 13, 10 —11 a.m.Find out what happened to her as resentment grew against Japanese people within the United States. FREE. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

“BE MINE” VALENTINE’S LUNCHEON: Friday, Feb. 14, Lunch: 12-12:30 p.m.; Entertainment: 12:30 — 1:30 p.m. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with feature entertainment by talented solo artist, Noah Lis. This luncheon has become a favorite for many to spend time with friends old and new while enjoying Olive Garden’s Lasagna, salad & bread sticks. Includes dessert, coffee & tea. Join us for this unforgettable afternoon of fun! Registration and Payment Required by Feb. 11. Location: Ernest O. St. Jacques Auditorium, Elmwood Senior Center. Cost: $16 Members; $20 Others.

FREE TECH THERAPY: Tuesday, Feb. 18, with Pramon Pradha, Community Engagement Liason from Faxon Library, will be available to address your technology issues including logging onto our new RecDesk registration system and signing up for programs online, computer downloads, word processing and basic spreadsheets. Sign up for one session. Call 860.561.8180 to sign up. Limit 4 for each session which will include a free 15-minute one-on-one instruction time. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

TED TALKS WITH FACILITATOR: Price of Shame by Monica Lewinsky, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 12 - 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. 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, Feb. 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 3rd 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 nervymal@gmail.com for further information. Meetings are FREE to attend and held at Elmwood Senior Center.

WONDERS OF WELLNESS: ENDING LONELINESS, FINDING A MEANINGFUL LIFE: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m., presented by Amina Weiland, CDP, CDCP, Resource Coordinator, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging. FREE. Pre-registration required by calling the ESC at 860.561.8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

FEATHERS AND FUR: Explore More with Elmwood presented by Ginny Apple, Master Wildlife Conservationist, State DEEP. “Things That Go Bump in the Night” Thursday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. — 12 p.m. From the opossum to the porcupine, these odd-looking critters can teach us lots about the animal world if we just watch and listen. Pre-registration required. Cost: $3 Members; $5 Nonmembers-includes healthy snacks and beverages. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

HISTORICAL HARTFORD: presented by Daniel Sterner, Author and Historian. Hartford’s Grand Hotels, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m. A look at some of the lost, 19th century downtown hotels (including the grand Allyn House at Asylum and Trumbull Streets, the American Hotel, and the United States Hotel that were near the old state house), to the Park Central Hotel that blew up due to a tragic boiler explosion! Advance Registration Required — Refreshments Included. Cost: $3M per event; $4NM per event. BONUS: All Three - $8M, $11NM. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

WONDERS OF WELLNESS: CBD USE IN PAIN MANAGEMENT: Thursday, Feb. 27, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m., presented by Presented by Michael Peshka, RN Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation and Pain Management. FREE. Pre-registration required by calling the ESC at 860.561.8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

BREAKFAST WITH BENEFITS, BEYOND THE BOOKS: Be WOWED by West Hartford Libraries Orchestra & Community Friends Program” presented by Ruth Sovronsky Director of Development HSO, Thursday, March 5, 10 — 11 a.m. Join West Hartford Public Library staff for a question and answer session about all the resources and programs available to town residents for FREE with a library card. Don’t yet have a card? No problem! Just bring your photo ID with a current West Hartford address and library staff will get you signed up. Bagels & cream cheese, juice & coffee are served. Registration required: $2M, $4NM. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

ADULT SWIM LESSONS: at Doty Aquatic Center (Avery Heights), Fridays, through March 3, 12 - 12:45 p.m. This class will help older adults get comfortable in the water while learning basic swimming skills and strokes. (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, through March 18, 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 March 5, 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 Feb. 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.

BRAIN GAMES: Mondays, through March 9, 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, through Feb. 11, 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: $70M/$80R/$85NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.

DRUMFIT: Wednesdays, through Feb. 12, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on this new class now available. Improves your coordination, sense of rhythm, and works your heart at the same time.*Adaptable for all physical ability. Instructor: Wendy LeClerc. 6 Sessions. Cost: $36M/$46R/$51NR. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

FRENCH COOKING CLASS: “Paris Markets” Thursday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Join Madame Machelle for a virtual “tour” through a Paris street market where we will meet the vendors and learn about their goods and the regions they represent. All while we fill our shopping baskets with the delicious ingredients needed to prepare a potpourri of traditional French Bistro specialties. Instructor: Machelle Rosenlieb. 1 Session. Cost: $38M/$40R/$42NR. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

LINE DANCE: Tuesdays, through March 24, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. OR 7 -8 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn the latest line dances in America and be better prepared for weddings, parties and dances? This is your chance to learn from the “Groovemaker”. You will learn dances such as The Homey Twist, The Old and New Wobble, Step To The Name Of Love, Biker Shuffle, Latin Steppin, Uptown New York Slide, Feel So Right, Two By Four, Swoop and many more! Instructor: Ken Finley. 6 Sessions. Cost: $35M/$45R/$55NR Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

PILATES: Mondays, through March 23, 6 - 7 p.m. 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: 2-17. Cost: $70M/$80R/$90NR. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.

QIGONG, BEGINNER: Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. through Feb. 11. 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.

QIGONG, INTERMEDIATE: Tuesdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. through Feb. 11. 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 March 24, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., or Thursdays, through March 26, 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.

NEW! SILVER SNEAKERS — CIRCUIT: Mondays, through Feb. 10, 11 a.m. — 11:45 a.m., 5 Sessions. Cost: $15M/$25R/$30NR. Fridays, through Feb. 14, 2020. Improve activity level, enhance cognitive health and increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Experience standing, low-impact choreography alternated with standing upper-body strength work. This class is suitable for nearly every fitness levels, and adaptable to all skill levels. Class is free to Silver Sneakers participants but you must register in advance. Instructor: Wendy LeClerc. No Class: 1/20, 2/17.

NEW DAY! TAI CHI BEGINNER FOUNDATIONS: Thursdays, through Feb. 13, 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 Feb. 13, 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 March 27, 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 March 27, 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.

TAPERCIZE BEGINNER: Mondays, through March 23, 11 - 11:45 a.m. These classes are designed for adults who love to dance and enjoy great music while getting aerobic Exercise. If you always wanted to learn to tap dance, are experienced tap dancers, or somewhere in the middle, choose the class that will best fit you. No experience is needed. Instructor: Carol Moriarty. No Class: 10/14, 11/11. 10 Sessions. Cost: $62M/$72R/$77NR

TAPERCIZE INTERMEDIATE: Mondays, through March 23, 10 - 10:45 a.m. These classes are designed for adults who love to dance and enjoy great music while getting aerobic Exercise. If you always wanted to learn to tap dance, are experienced tap dancers, or somewhere in the middle, choose the class that will best fit you. No experience is needed. Instructor: Carol Moriarty. No Class: 10/14, 11/11. 10 Sessions. Cost: $62M/$72R/$77NR.

TOTAL BODY STRONGER SENIORS DVD: MWF, through March 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: 2-17. FREE Location: Elmwood Senior Center.

YOGA MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Fridays, through Feb. 14, 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.

ZUMBA LOVERS: Thursdays, through March 26, 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. Spanish/English. Ongoing Drop in Fee $5 per class. Call for information or to register: 860-561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.

COZY CORNER: Monday — Friday, 9 a.m. — 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. 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.

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. 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 keep you informed of meetings and/or adventure meet-ups in our area.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB WEEKLY RESERVOIR WALK: Thursdays, 9 a.m. FREE. Hop onto our email list to find out where the group is meeting each week to walk. Good for all skill levels.

RIVER CRUISE EAGLE WATCH: Every winter all kinds of animals, including eagles migrate to the Connecticut River in search of food. The boat has a heated cabin and the views are always great! If you are interested in taking a river cruise this winter, give the ESC a call at 860.561.8180.

INDOOR PICKLEBALL: Indoor pickleball at the Elmwood Senior/Community Center indoor gym begins in the fall. The date depends on the weather. 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 at lisa.hanse@westhartfordct.gov. 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.

MOHEGAN SUN CASINO: Tuesday, March 3, Depart: 8 a.m. - Return: 5 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 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 Gary McBride, Vietnam veteran, for a morning of storytelling and sharing. Gary 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.

Feb. 10: 2020 - History for Fun - St. Valentine’s Day — 1:30-2:30 p.m.. How did it all get started? The evolution of the Valentine begins with a beautiful story and in time came love notes, flowers, chocolates and the heart shaped boxes. We will take a look at the poets that helped things along, and even have a little quiz game for fun. Program is FREE. Pre-registration is required by calling 860-561-7583.

Feb. 11: Bagel Breakfasts- The Loss Of A Loved One- Roberta Frick, M.S. 9 a.m.. Whether you have lost a partner, spouse, child, or someone else who is a part of your life, it can be overwhelming. Going through loss and grief is different for everybody. Roberta will share what she has learned through her journey with the hope that it will aid you with your recent or past losses. Enjoy a fresh bagel along with assorted cream cheeses, orange juice & coffee. Cost: $2 M; $4NM.

Feb. 12: Rummikub, 1 p.m.. Join volunteer Hall High student, Sophie to play Rummikub, the game that has won “Game of the Year” for six years! Originally invented by Jewish Ephraim Hertzano of Romania, this tile card game has become a worldwide sensation! If you never played, no worries, Sophie will teach you. Program is FREE. Please call 860-561-7583 to register.

Feb. 24: Great Painters: The Eccentric Mr. Whistler — 1:30 p.m.. Join Leo Pigaty, lecturer, art museum docent and author for this interesting travelogue through art history. Here we will discuss great painters and their masterpieces! What did Whistler’s mother, mistresses and wife all have in common? They were also his models. Whistler could be arrogant, combative and duplicitous, but above all, he was extremely talented. Program is FREE. Limited seating. Please pre-register.

Feb. 26: Paint Party — 1-2:30 p.m.. Come join us for a winter paint party! We will be creating a beautiful painting of the moonlit woods. This moody night scene will use shades of blue to capture the night light, contrasted by dark images of bare winter trees. Light refreshments will be served. Limited seats. Cost: $12 M; $15 NM. Co-sponsor: OBTA Care and Brookdale Senior Living Solutions.

MAH JONGG - BEGINNER: Learn to play the American version of Mah Jongg, a brain stimulating tile game of strategy as well as an excellent memory exercise. You will learn the tiles, to decode the card and all the rules to play the game. The American version has 152 tiles that are drawn and discarded until one player secures a winning hand. Beginner class will include your card with your registration. Instructor: Lisa Crawford. 554976A. Tue. 1-3 p.m.. Through 2/25, 4 sessions $50M/$60R/$65NR. 554976C. Tue. 6:30-8:30P. 2/4-2/25, 4 sessions. $50M/$60R/$65NR.

MAH JONGG INTERMEDIATE: Now that you know how to play, this class will focus on game strategy, offensive play, defensive play, how to play with money and how to play faster. You will also learn how to play 2 person and 3 person Mah Jongg. Bring all your questions and we will answer them. Instructor: Lisa Crawford. 554976B. Tue. 3-5P. Through 2/25, 4 sessions. $50M/ $60R/ $65NR.

SMART PHONE AND LAPTOP ASSISTANCE: Do you need help navigating your smart phone or laptop? Maybe you can navigate easily, but you have a few questions. Whatever your skill level may be, this class is for you! For his Bar Mitzvah project, instructor Jack Mazlish will be coming in to answer any questions you have about your smart phones and laptops. Volunteer: Jack Mazlish. Cost: Free. Feb. 5, 4-4:30 p.m.. Feb. 19, 3-3:30 p.m.. Come support Jack’s Bar Mitzvah project and gain new knowledge!

iPHONE TUTOR: Feb. 20, Instructor: Wendy Kwas- Call for additional dates. 9-11:15 a.m.. Your Smart Phone is not just a phone but also a powerful handheld computer. Would you like one-on-one instruction on how to navigate your phone? Please make an appointment for your 40-minute individual class with Wendy. Make sure you know your Apple ID and password as well as email ID and password for class, if different. Program is free for members. $8.00 Non-members. Please call: 860-561-7583 to register.

BIOGRAPHY OF EUROPE - PART I: This series of lectures explores the history of modern Europe from 1450 thru the 1500s. It examines this history through a series of biographical sketches that allow for an Interesting and personal perspective on the bigger changes that occurred in this critical region of the world. Some of the figures we will explore are Queen Isabella of Spain, Martin Luther, and Sulieman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire, among others. Instructor: Jared Day, PhD. 554981B, Tue. 3-4P, 3/3-4/7, 6 sessions- $60M/$70R/$80NR.

All movies are free of charge. Thursday Afternoon Movies shown at 1 p.m. Movies are preceded by a brief introductory talk. Feb. 6 “Widows” Crime, Drama, Thriller (R) 2018 - 2 hours, 9 minutes. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities, take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Feb. 13 “Pavarotti” Documentary, Biography, Music (PG-13) 2019— 1 hour, 54 minutes. A look at the life and work of opera legend, Luciano Pavarotti. Feb. 20 — TBD Feb. 27 “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” Comedy, Drama, Mystery (PG-13) 2019 — 1 hour, 49 minutes. A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery. March 5 “Ben Is Back” Drama (R) 2018 — 1 hour, 43 minutes. A drug addicted teenage boy shows up unexpectedly at his family’s home on Christmas Eve. .

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