ANNOUNCEMENT: The Elmwood Senior Center will be closed from Sept. 3 to Sept. 6 for a deep cleaning of the facility. There will be no activities or classes during this first week of Sept.. The ESC will offer the lunchtime meal in the Senior Café and will offer Vicki’s Coffee Corner from 9 a.m. — 11 a.m. daily.
MOVIES & MUNCHIES: Fridays, 1-3p.m. FREE. Schedule: Sept. 6 — NO MOVIE. Sept. 13 — “Apollo 11” 2019 Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65 mm footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission. Sept. 20 — “Same Kind of Different as Me” 2017, In a bid to save his marriage, successful art dealer Ron Hall extends a helping hand to an eccentric homeless man he meets through his wife. Sept. 27 — “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” 2018, In this fact-based drama, author Lee Israel strikes gold with a series of successful celebrity biographies. But when tastes shift, she turns to forgery to support herself. 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.
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, Tuesdays, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Ric Hanse will be leading a new series based on the Pullitzer Prize winning book by Jon Meacham “The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels.” With clarity and purpose, Meacham explores contentious periods and how presidents and citizens came together to defeat the forces of danger, intolerance and extremism. Registration Required. Cost: $3 member; $5 nonmember. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
A MATTER OF BALANCE: Sept. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., facilitated by Marisol Feliciano, master trainer, and Violence and Injury Prevention program coordinator, Saint Francis Hospital. A Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It includes 8, two-hour sessions guided by a trained facilitator. Dress comfortably. A bottle of water and snack provided. Enrollees receive a small gift, safety-related, for each class. Registration Required by Sept. 5th. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. — 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. Rioux helps to connect veterans to each other and assists them in getting access to the benefits to which they are entitled. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
SWALLOW CRUISE ON RIVERQUEST: Sunday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m. For the past 16 years Captain Mark and Mindy have brought individuals and groups on intimate cruises aboard RiverQuest and Adventure to a special spot on the Connecticut River where 100’s of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. The 3.5 hour cruise is primarily about the Tree Swallows, however, it is also about the journey. Many birds are migrating through the area at this time; for the fall season, we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets last year. We will meet up at Eagle Landing State Park, transportation is on your own. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before 5 p.m. departure. Location: Route 82, Little Meadow Road, Haddam. Sign up in the Elmwood Senior Center Office by Sept. 10, 2019. You may also call Lisa Hanse at 860.561.8180 for more information. Cost $40.
STRENGTH IN BALANCE LECTURES: presented by Brian Elliot, M.E.d., ATC, LAT. Topics covered: Core Strengthening, Sept. 16, from 10 - 11 a.m.; Neck, Oct. 21, from 10 - 11 a.m.; Shoulder, Nov. 18, from 10 - 11 a.m. Our bodies rely on a complex group of systems to keep us on the move and maintain our balance. Select Physical Therapy will be giving a presentation on how to assess your balance, how to reduce your risk of falling, and review some exercise routines to build your strength and balance Please wear comfortable clothes so that you can participate in some of the movements. FREE! Registration Required. 860-561-8180. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
TED TALKS WITH FACILITATOR: “Robots that Show Emotions” by David Hanson, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 12 - 1 p.m. After the film (10-20 minutes), there will be a facilitated discussion and idea exchange among attendees. Martha O’Neal, Researcher & 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, Sept. 17, 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 email@example.com for further information. Meetings are FREE to attend and held at Elmwood Senior Center.
FREE FOODRAISER CONCERT: with Latin Jazz Collective for West Hartford’s The Town that Cares Food Pantry, Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 — 2 p.m. The Elmwood Senior Center invites you the FOODraiser Concert. Admission is FREE with the donation of canned and dried goods to the Town That Cares Food Pantry. The Latin Quarter Jazz Collective was founded in 1998 by manager, leader and multi-woodwind artist Bob Paskowitz, West Hartford resident. The group plays blues, standards and fusion in addition to Latin jazz. Location: Ernest O. St. Jacques Auditorium, Elmwood Senior Center. Entrance to Elmwood Senior Center is via Burgoyne Street that intersects S. Quaker Lane.
TOUR ELMWOOD SENIOR CENTER: Monday, Sept. 23, 1 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. Registration requested. Our staff looks forward to meeting you and answering your questions. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
FREE MUSICAL MORNING: with Heather Taylor, Oboist, Monday, Sept. 23, 10:30 — 11:30 a.m. Heather Taylor received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Elaine Douvas, Principal Oboist of The Metropolitan Opera and Master’s Degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of the late John Mack, former Principal Oboist with the Cleveland Orchestra. Call the ESC at 860.561.810 for more information or to register. You may register in person at the ESC office. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
SEPTEMBERFEST: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 4 - 6 p.m. Entertainment 4 - 5 p.m. Dinner 5 - 6 p.m. The Happy Five Oompah Band dressed in the traditional Lederhosen with classic instrumentation of 2 clarinets, trumpet, euphonium and tuba will help us celebrate Septemberfest! Hear traditional Bavarian music in the Elmwood Senior Center’s Ernest O’ St. Jacques Auditorium such as Polkas, Waltzes, Marches, gallops, schottisches, landlers, and other lively German dance music. A traditional German meal catered by the East Side Restaurant will include: German meatballs with gravy on spaetzle, red cabbage, and peasant vegetables (mashed turnip with carrot) with apple strudel for dessert, coffee & tea. Cost: $18 member; $20 nonmember Registration Required by Sept. 18. Location: Ernest O. St. Jacques Auditorium, Elmwood Senior Center.
HISTORICAL HARTFORD: Bushnell Plaza, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. presented by Daniel Sterner, author & historian. Looking at buildings of a particular type throughout the entire city of Hartford, vs. concentrating on only a block or specific neighborhood, is very interesting. This presentation explores the 1960s redevelopment across from the Wadsworth Athenaeum and adjacent to Gold Street; there were once some interesting buildings here, including the original home for the American School for the Deaf & a small German neighborhood. Daniel Sterner majored in history at Wesleyan University and earned a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Chicago. Tasty refreshments and beverages will be served. Register in advance. COST: $3M per event; $4NM per event. Location: Elmwood Senior Center
HOW TO COEXIST WITH BEARS IN OUR MIDST: The Facts, the Myths, the Reality, Thursday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m. — 12 p.m. Join Ginny Apple, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as she talks about black bears. She also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population and her personal observations on CT Black Bears. Cost: $3/M; $5/NM. Program includes cheese, fruit and vegetable platter with beverage. Please register by 9/25. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
SMARTDRIVER, AARP DRIVING CLASS: Monday, Sept. 30, 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 22 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.
LUNCH & LEARN: Fraud and Financial Safety presentation. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m. For details call the Elmwood Senior Center Office at 860.561.8180. 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. 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, through, - Sept. 20 and Fridays, Sept. 27 — Nov. 15, 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.. 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, through Sept. 25, 2 - 2:45 p.m., , and Sept. 17, — Nov. 7, 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 Sept. 12, 1 - 1:45 p.m. and Sept. 17, — Nov. 7, 1 p.m. — 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, Sept. 10, — Oct. 29, 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, Sept. 9 — Oct. 21, 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, Sept. 23, — Oct. 20, 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(SEATED) FREE DEMO: Sept. 11, at 10:15 a.m. Call for information: (860) 561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
NEW! DRUMFIT (SEATED): Wednesdays, Sept. 11, — Oct. 23, 11:45 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Don’t miss out on this new class now available for those who prefer to exercise in their seat! Improves your coordination, sense of rhythm, and works your heart at the same time.*Adaptable for all physical ability. Instructor: Pam Hutchinson. No Class 10/9. 6 Sessions. Cost: $36M/$46R/$51NR. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
DRUMFIT (STANDING) FREE DEMO: Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. Call for information: (860) 561-8180. Elmwood Senior Center.
DRUMFIT (STANDING): Wednesday, Sept. 11, — Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Work up a sweat with two drumsticks and a big ball! TONS OF FUN and a GREAT cardio workout! Improves your coordination, sense of rhythm, and works your heart at the same time. *Adaptable for all physical ability levels. Instructor: Pam Hutchinson. No Class 10/9. 6 Sessions. Cost: $36M/$46R/$51NR. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
KNITTING, LEVEL I: Learn to Knit, Sept. 26, and Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. In two class session beginners will learn the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, increases, decreases, gauge, yarn, and needle selection and pattern reading at the basic level. Students will learn the techniques to make their own special project. Instructor: Felice Shlizerman. 2 Sessions. Cost: $25M/$30R/$40NR* *$5.00 Material Fee Payable to Instructor at first class. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
LINE DANCE: Tuesdays, Sept. 10 - Oct. 15, 9:45 a.m. - 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.
NEW ORIGAMI DEMONSTRATION: Monday, Sept. 30, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Origami (paper folding) is both an ancient practice and a popular contemporary one. Origins of origami are murky, since there is evidence of folding diagrams from China, Japan, and many other parts of the world dating back centuries. Carol Roderick became an avid “folder” during her time living in Japan, and continues to enjoy the way that a simple sheet of paper can be transformed into a magical 3-D object. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
NEW ORIGAMI WORKSHOPS: Each workshop will be 1.5 hours to allow time for instruction and folding of each project. Learn to create something beautiful and unique out of just a piece of paper. No experience necessary! Each session will begin with a review of basic folds. A one-time material fee of $5 per person will be paid to instructor which covers all workshops. Instructor: Carol Roderick. Location: Elmwood Senior Center. Flowers | Bookmarks, Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 10/7, $10M/$12R/$14NR.; Animals | Boxes, Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 10/28, $10M/$12R/$14NR; Money Origami | Stars: Using More than One Sheet to Create Modular Forms, Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 11/18, $10M/$12R/14NR
PILATES: Mondays, Sept. 16, — Dec. 19, 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: 11/12. 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. Sept. 10, — Oct. 29. 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. Sept. 10, — Oct. 29. 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.
SAFE BOATING/PERSONAL WATERCRAFT: (Age 16 and Up), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sept. 23 — Sept. 25, 6 p.m. — 9 p.m. Upon completing this 3-day course, the participant will have satisfied CT DEEP’s requirements and be able to subsequently apply for a certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (the cost to apply is $50 and not included in class fee). A Safe Boating Certificate is issued at the end of the course and will allow an individual over the age of 10 to operate any recreational vessel registered in Connecticut on Connecticut waters. Upon application and receipt of a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, an individual is allowed to operate ANY recreational vessel, including a personal watercraft. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 16 years of age. Instructor: CT DEEP. 3 Sessions. Cost: $20 Total Fee. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
FREE AND NEW SEWING BUDDIES: Tuesdays, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, 4:15 p.m. — 5:15 p.m. Join youth sewing students from Hartford Stitch, a West Hartford sewing school, to sew gift totes for children who are transitioning out of homelessness. You and your sewing student buddy will work together for 4 weeks to create these wonderful totes that will bring comfort and joy to their recipients! The class will conclude on 10/8 with an ice cream social from 4:45-5:15 for students and parents. Instructor: Hartford Stitch. Limit 6. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
SILVER SNEAKERS — BALANCE & STRENGTHENING: Tuesdays, Sept. 10, — Dec. 17, 11 a.m. — 12 p.m., or Thursdays, Sept. 12 — Dec. 19, 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 DAY! TAI CHI BEGINNER FOUNDATIONS: Thursdays, Sept. 12 — Oct. 31, 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, Sept. 12 — Oct. 31, 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, Sept. 13 - Dec 13,, 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, Sept. 13 - Dec. 13,, 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, Sept. 30 — Dec. 16, 11:00 a.m. — 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, Sept. 30 — Dec. 16, 10:00 a.m. — 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.
TONING & STRENGTH CARDIO FUN: Fridays, 10 a.m. - 11a.m., Sept. 13 - Oct. 11. 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. 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: Sept. 9 — Oct. 11,, 9 a.m. (MWF) OR August 5 — August 30, 9 a.m. (MWF) OR 10 a.m. (M/W-ends 10/9).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. For information on pricing, other questions, or to register, please contact Elmwood Senior Center: 860-561-8180.
TOTAL BODY STRONGER SENIORS DVD: MWF, Sept. 9 — Dec. 20, 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.
YOGA MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Fridays, Sept. 13, — Oct. 18, 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, Sept. 11, - Oct. 30, 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.
NEW DATE! VIVE LA FRANCE! “THE BEST OF BURGUNDY”: Thursday, Sept. 19, 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. Location: Elmwood Senior Center.
ZUMBA LOVERS: Thursdays, Sept. 12 — Dec. 19, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, Sept. 3, 8 a.m. - 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. Please sign up in person at the Elmwood Senior Center. For more information, call the ESC office at 860-561-8180. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center
NUTSHELL CAFÉ: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. (Est.) Cost: $29M; $39NM. Friendly, locally-owned restaurant in Hartford offers many American and Portuguese specialties. Meal choices: Bitoque (NY strip steak, 6 oz. w/ham, fried egg and gravy); Grilled pork (pork marinated in white wine and garlic); Grilled chicken breast (spicy sauce, sautéed peppers and onions); Shrimp and garlic with rice and French fries, or Pork and Steak mix. All meals include salad, flan (dessert), coffee or tea. Cost: $29/M; $39/NM. For more information, call the ESC office at 860.561.8180. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center.
“BILLY ELLIOT”: Goodspeed, Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. (Est.) Cost: $120M; $130NM. Young Billy Elliott is pulled between his family’s coal-mining roots and his newly discovered passion to dance. Is his future boxing gloves or ballet shoes? Lunch will be at La Vita, across the street from the theater. We will start our meal with a house salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Entrée choices are Chicken Piccata (sautéed chicken breast with capers and garlic in a lemon-white wine sauce over linguini); Lasagna (sheets of pasta layered with ricotta, ground beef sausage topped with marinara and mozzarella); or baked stuffed sole (baked filet of sole with seafood stuffing served with herb-rice). We will finish our meal with mini-cannoli and coffee, tea or soda. For more information, call the ESC office at 860.561.8180. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center.
WETHERSFIELD DINER: Monday, September 23, 2019, 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. (Est.). Former office volunteer, Janice Pribyson, and her daughter run this diner. The restaurant features classic diner food made fresh daily with lots of specials featuring vegetarian and Polish delights. The breakfast menu is huge and is served all day. Other menu items include wraps, paninis, sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups. Our cost is for transportation only. You will each make your own selection when you arrive and after eating, pay your own bill. Cost: $7M; $17/NM. For more information, call the Elmwood Senior Center office at 860.561.8180. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center.
GREEN MOUNTAIN RAILROAD: Thursday, Sept. 26, 9:45 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. (Est.) Fall foliage on the Vermont Rails. We board the Green Mountain Flyer for a delightful 2-hour ride along the Connecticut and William Rivers between Chester Depot and Ludlow, Vermont. Relax and experience a narrated journey into Vermont’s rich history and scenic splendor on fully restored vintage passenger trains. Prior to our Train Ride, we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch at Historic Deerfield Inn in Deerfield, MA. Deluxe Motorcoach. Cost: $115M; $125NM. Departs From Elmwood Senior Center.
BIG E: Friday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. (Est.). It’s Harvest New England Day at The Big E! Join us for a great day of food, fun and fascinating exhibitions. The circus will also be in town at the Big E so make time for an afternoon show. Cost: $30M; $40NM. For more information, call the ESC office at 860.561.8180. DEPARTS FROM ELMWOOD SENIOR CENTER, 1106 New Britain Avenue, W. Hartford, CT.
SCENIC VT: Castle Hill Resort & Spa, Grafton Cheese and Train, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6 a.m. — 8:15 p.m. (Est.). Today, our destination is the historic village of Chester where we will take a ride on the Green Mountain Railroad into the picturesque Vermont countryside as you relax in beautifully restored coaches. We will have lunch at the beautiful Castle Hill Resort & Spa. Our pre-select entrée choices are: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Apple Mango Chutney (P) or Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon encrusted with Tomato and Fresh Herbs with a Cucumber and Caper Salad (F). Both entrees are served with a Caesar Salad, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, or Decaf. We’ll also make a visit to the Grafton Village Cheese Company. Deluxe Coach. Cost: $120M; $130NM. 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.
SEPT. 4: Hot Fudge and Fiddles, 2 pm. As summer comes to an end let’s get together to enjoy delicious Hot Fudge Sundaes compliments of A.C. Petersen The CT Bristol Old Time Fiddlers will entertain us with their lively foot stomping music! Cost: $ 2.00 M, $ 3.00 NM. Pre-registration required. Please call 860.561.7583
SEPT. 6: In the Know with Ronnie Newton,10 am. Ronni Newton, editor of the local online news site We-Ha.com and the print news magazine West Hartford LIFE, will present “In the Know.” She will spend 20-30 minutes giving an overview of the issues that are currently making news in West Hartford. Additionally, purple bagels will be available for purchase in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Please call 860-561-7583 to register for this free program.
SEPT. 10: Bagel Breakfast- Technology Of Healthcare- Holly Seymour, Anthology of Farmington — 9-10 am. Anthology of Farmington is excited to share some of the new innovations in senior living, healthcare, and technologies designed to help seniors live more full and independent lives. Enjoy a fresh bagel along with assorted cream cheeses, orange juice & coffee. Cost: $2 M; $4NM. Tickets should be purchased at least one day in advance.
SEPT. 11: Health and Wellness Workshop — Managing Chronic Back Pain, 11:30-12:30 pm. New guidelines from the American College of Physicians say the first line of therapy for Chronic Back Pain should be non-drug treatments. Join Lisa Murawski, exercise physiologist, as she discusses various approaches to minimizing lower back pain. Presented by Evan Gross, exercise physiologist, GoodLife Fitness. Program is FREE. Pre-registration required by calling 860-561-7583.
SEPT. 11: Senior Opioid Harm-reduction Presentation, 10 -11 am. Join us for this informative & educational presentation that will give you important information on how the Opioid Epidemic could be affecting you, sometimes even without your knowledge, and what YOU can specifically do to protect yourself and the ones you love. Refreshments will be provided. “FREE’ drug disposal kits will be given to all attendees. Please call 860-561-7583 to register for this free program.
SEPT. 16: Museum Series, Mark Twain in Connecticut, 1 pm. Although his most famous works were set along the Mississippi River, Mark Twain composed those novels while living in the elegant literary community of Nook Farm, a neighborhood of Hartford. This program explores the importance of Connecticut and Hartford to Twain’s life and work. Program is free. Pre-registration is required by calling 860-561-7583.
SEPT. 18: Chess Club & Program, Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 pm. Competition player and former Connecticut Elementary School Champion, Samuel Lumelsky, is offering this free instruction and play chess program for seniors. The program offers class instruction for beginners on chess play and strategy. This program is intended for players with no prior skill or experience. Seasoned players are encouraged to attend for game play. All are welcome. Please call 860-561-7583 for more information and to register. The program is free. The instructor may be reached at email@example.com.
SEPT. 18: Sports Talk, 1 pm. Join former West Hartford Senior Center Director and sports enthusiast, Ned Skinnon, for an hour of pure “SPORTS TALK.” The World Series will be discussed as well as pro and college football. Ned will also preview the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Event includes Hebrew National Hot Dog, Chips & Dessert. Cost: $3 Members; $6 Nonmembers. Seating is limited, tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information call (860) 561-7583.
SEPT. 19: 35th Annual Greater Hartford Golf Tournament. Join us at Rockledge Golf Club, 289 South Main Street, West Hartford, for our 35th Annual Greater Hartford Golf Tournament which Includes: • 18 Holes, Green Fees, Golf Cart • Continental Breakfast & Box Lunch • Contests, Prize Drawings & Silent Auction. Cost: $75 per person. $60 Rockledge Season Pass Holder. All golfers must be 55 years of age or older Sponsorship Opportunities Available. Call 860-561-7583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPT. 20: A Celebration Of Life- Ginny Weiner, 3-5 pm. Join us in celebrating the life of Ginny Weiner. Ginny was a well-loved office volunteer and an avid bingo player. A special bingo will be held at 1 pm followed by a reception in her honor. Join us for finger sandwiches, desserts and fellowship. Ginny’s family and friends are welcome to attend and share memories of this extraordinary woman. Please RSVP by calling 860-561-7583 by 9/16/19.
SEPT. 25: Lunch and Learn, Personalized Medicine, 1 pm. Speaker: Mohan Kocherla, M.S, MS-MIS, MBA. Will present a novel discussion in the area of Personalized Medicine. The discussion involves an audio-visual presentation of Personalized Medication diagnostics and technology being developed at the Center for DNA-Guided Medicine. Light lunch served. $3 Member; $5 Nonmember. Pre-registration required. For more information please call 860-561-7583.
RUSSIAN HISTORY I: 9/10/2019 -10/22/2019, This series of lectures explores the rich, tragic, and fascinating history of Russia from the time of Ivan the Terrible (16th century) to Catherine the Great. We will be exploring the country’s centuries-long struggle to modernize and keep pace with western Europe beginning with Peter the Great. Lectures in the series: Medieval Russia Under Ivan the Terrible Peter the Great and the Origins of Modern Russia Growth, Modernization and Its Discontents Under Catherine the Great Instructor: Jared Day. No Class: 10/18. 553981A Tue 3:00-4:00P 9/10-10/22 6 sessions $60M/ $70R/ $80NR.
INDIA: LAND OF UNITY IN DIVERSITY: 9/16/2019 - 11/4/2019. This six week course will explore: Climate and Geography; Historical Chapters; Culture: customs, traditions and languages; Ancient & Modern India: music, dances, Bollywood vs Hollywood; Religion: Ayurveda and Naturopath; Food and Spices. Instructor: Dr. Nita Mitra, Ph.D. No Class 9/30, 10/14. 553970A Mon 11:00A-12:30P 9/16-11/4 6 sessions $35M/ $40R/ $45NR.
ART OF QUILLING: 9/17/2019. Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, curled, twisted and glued together to create decorative designs. What’s created are decorative greeting cards, pictures, boxes, jewelry and mobiles and more. Instructor: Amelia Day. 553904A. Tue 3:30-4:30PM 9/17 1 session Fee $5M/$7R/$9NR.
GUIDED MEDITATION: 10/1-11/5. Relax and breathe deep. The instructor leads the body through a calming and supported session through imagery and ques to relax the body allowing inner peace and focus with a positive outcome. Instructor: Colleen Zimmer. 553912A Tue 12:00-12:30P 10/1-11/5 6 sessions 20M/ $25R/ $30NR
FREE GUIDED MEDITATION DEMO CLASS: on Sept. 24 from 12:00-12:30pm. Please Pre-Register
THE TAJ MAHAL: 9/19/2019-10/17/2019. One of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal represents the epitome of beauty, balance, and proportion in Indian architecture. A slide lecture/discussion. Instructor: Ellison Banks Findly, Ph.D. 553985A Thu 2:45-4:15P 9/19-10/17 5 sessions $50M/ $60R/ $70NR.
HANDWRITING — WHAT IT TELLS ABOUT YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES: 9/23/2019 After reviewing the basics of handwriting analysis (graphology), we will use what you learned to tell you more about your talents, strengths and those of your loved ones based on the principles of graphology. Bring handwriting samples, cards, etc. of friends and loved ones for additional insights! Instructor: Carol Lowbeer. 553960A Mon. 6:00 -7: 15P.September 23 -one session. Fee $10M/$12R/$14NM
STRETCH AND FLEX: 10/1-11/5. This workout is great for all fitness levels. This class uses a combination of low impact aerobics, light weights and exer-tubes. Focus is on balance, muscle tone, and cardio health. Instructor: Colleen Zimmer. 553918 A Tue 11:00A-12:00P 10/1-11/5 6 sessions 40M/ $45R/ $50NR.
FREE STRETCH AND FLEX DEMO CLASS: on Sept. 24 from 11:00-12:00pm. Please Pre-Register
SING YOUR HARTT OUT: Tuesdays 1-2pm. This 10 week program has no auditions and no prior experience, just a joy for singing. Try it out with a Free Open Rehearsal on Tuesday, September 10 from 1-2:00pm. Instructor is The Hartt School Community Division Staff. 553969A Tues- 1:00-2:00pm. 9/17-11/19. 8 sessions. M $20 NM $30. Program is held at West Hartford Senior Center. Pre-register by calling 860-561-7583.
All movies are free of charge. Thursday Afternoon Movies shown at 1 p.m. Movies are preceded by a brief introductory talk. Sept. 5 “Gloria Bell” 2018. A free-spirited woman in her 50s seeks out love at L.A. dance clubs. Sept. 12 “Creed II” 2018. Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. Sept. 19 “Young At Heart” 1954, The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter’s life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger. Sept. 26 “Rocketman” 2019. A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Oct. 3 “Dumbo” 2019. A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.