Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs


Visitors to the Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., are no longer required to wear facemasks, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals are welcome to wear facemasks if they so choose, and are encouraged to wear them while meeting closely with others when social distance cannot be maintained. Please contact Stefanie with any questions or concerns.

Members can access the building Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Staff is available by phone and email Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June is National Candy Month. Stop by the front desk and guess how many candies are in the jars.

It is also membership renewal time. Annual Senior Center membership is open to everyone age 55 and older, and runs from July 1 through June 30. It’s a great place to learn something new and connect with others. Membership renewals are accepted in person, by mail, and via the Senior Center Drop Box. Membership is $5 per person for in-town residents and $10 per person for out-of-town residents.

Summer class registration is scheduled for Monday, June 27, at 9 a.m. The Senior Center offers a full schedule of classes, both online and in person.

 

Support for the
Senior Center

Financial support for the Senior Center is very much appreciated and provides additional assistance to the Center in serving our seniors today and throughout the coming years. A gift can be made anonymously, in recognition of the donor(s) or in honor of, or in memory of a friend or loved one. 

Donations can be made payable to the Town of Cheshire Senior Center and can be designated for a specific purpose or as an undesignated gift, which will be used at the discretion of the staff. Donations to the Senior Center will be held in a gift account to support the mission of the Senior Center. All donations should be sent to: The Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410.

 

Special Programs

To register for any of the following programs, call (203) 272-8286 or email LGravel@cheshirect.org.

Handwriting Analysis – 8-week class on Wednesdays, through July 20 (started June 1), from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn about the intriguing world of handwriting analysis from certified graphologist Patricia Senich.

Fall Prevention Seminar & Demo – Today, June 23, at 1:30 p.m. Always Best Care Senior Services of Wallingford will give an interactive presentation on how to prevent falls, what can happen after a fall, and prevention tips. Participants will have the opportunity to assess their own fall risk with the Balance Tracking System. Registration is required.

Rogers & Hammerstein Movie Matinee Series – Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy four movie musicals that will take you back in time. June 29: “State Fair”; July 6: “Oklahoma!”; July 13: “Carousel July 20: “The King and I”. Registration is required for each movie.

Walking Group – Walking is a wonderful way for older adults to stay physically and mentally active. Call Marge at (203) 272-3316 for more information about her walking group.

Make a Patriotic Wreath – Thursday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m. Due to overwhelming popularity, this craft is being repeated. Space is limited and registration is required.

Gourmet Ice Cream Social – Tuesday, July 19, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. In honor of National Ice Cream Month, the Senior Center will welcome Scoopologists from Ice Cream Emergency, “saving lives, one scoop at a time.” Cost is $2 per person. Space is limited — sign up today.

Pickleball & Pizza – Wednesday, July 20, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cheshire Park pavilion and pickleball courts, 954 Highland Ave. Come learn what pickleball is and how to play. The stay and enjoy pizza at the pavilion. Play and instruction will begin at 4 p.m.. Pizza will be served around 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Registration by July 18 is required. Transportation is available upon request. Pickleball equipment will be provided (supply is limited), or bring your own.

Snack & Learn: Healthy Eating on a Budget – Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m. Join the discussion with Masonicare and Marissa McCoy, registered dietician with Wakefern/ShopRite. Registration is required.

Outdoor Cornhole – Thursday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited – sign up today!

Save the Date! Musical Entertainment by Alex Lentini – Thursday, Aug. 4, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center.

Travel Opportunities: America’s Cowboy Country – Aug. 13–21, with optional Badlands National Park post-tour extension. Wait list only. Contact Laura Gravel, program supervisor, at (203) 272-8286 for information.

 

Monthly Programs

Move & Groove – Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome at this low-impact DVD exercise class. NOTE: No class on June 27.

Monthly Reflexology with Kim – Friday, July 8. Reflexology is the practice of strategically applying pressure to areas of the feet and hands as they correspond to specific body organs. Contact Laura for more information or to schedule an appointment. Afternoon times are available.

Memory Screenings with Erica – Wednesday, July 13. Erica DeFrancesco from LiveWell Dementia Specialists provides office hours each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cheshire Senior Center for memory screenings, caregiver consultations, and additional services, by appointment only. Call (203) 272-8286 to schedule an appointment.

AAA Defensive Driving Class – Monday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free 4-hour course will be offered each month through 2022 and, upon completion, may qualify participants for an auto insurance discount. Registration is required.

Cheshire Readers Book Club – Tuesday, July 19, at 10:45 a.m. Book choice for July is “Becoming Eve” by Abby Stein. New members are welcome.

Veterans Coffee House – Wednesday, July 20, at 10 a.m. Held at the Cheshire Senior Center on the third Wednesday of each month.

Sit Down with Stefanie – Thursday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Join Stefanie in person to discuss any questions regarding the Senior Center and its programs. Please register in advance.

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, July 21, at 1 p.m. Join either in person in the Senior Center meeting room or online via Zoom. Please read “The Boscombe Valley Mystery” by Arthur Conan Doyle. For additional information, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com.

 

Summer Concert Series
at Mixville Park

Audrey Mae Bluegrass Ensemble – July 6 (no rain date)

BOOM (Band of Old Men) – July 13 (rain date July 14) 

The Nields – July 27 (rain date July 28)

Deirdre McMorrow and Paul Pender – Aug. 10 (rain date Aug. 11)

Concert series is sponsored by the Cheshire Parks and Recreation Department and the Cheshire Public Library.

Limited transportation will be available for Senior Center Members on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Senior Center Dispatch office at (203) 272-0047 for details.

 

Transportation Services

Call Coleen in the Transportation Office at (203) 272-0047 for information and reservations.

With COVID-19 precautions in place, transportation is available for medical appointments in the service area, grocery shopping, pharmacy, visits to the Cheshire Senior Center, and personal appointments based on availability. Masks are required on all public transportation, including Senior Center minibuses.

Ride requests are accepted two weeks in advance. Any request made after 11 a.m. the day before the ride is needed is subject to availability.

Bus drivers accept cash donations each time a rider steps on the bus. Pricing is 50 cents each way for in-town rides and $5 round trip for out-of-town appointments. NOTE: Effective July 1, suggested donation will increase to $1 each way for in-town rides, and $6 round trip for out-of-town appointments.

Schedule for Out-of-Town Medical Appointments:

Monday – Meriden

Tuesday – North Haven and Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington

Ride requests are accepted for appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Dial-A-Ride is available on Fridays for the Waterbury area.

GWTD Dial-A-Ride:

Residents of any of the seven municipalities in the Greater Waterbury Transit District (GWTD) may use the Dial-A-Ride service, free of charge. Service is limited to a particular day of the week for each municipality due to limited resources. Dial-A-Ride serves Cheshire on Fridays.

To be eligible to use the GWTD Dial-A-Ride Transportation Service, a rider must be:

•60 years of age or older OR

•a person with a disability AND

•a resident of Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Waterbury, Watertown, or Wolcott.

An application must be filled out and returned to the designated address to begin use of the GWTD Dial-A-Ride services. Applications may be obtained by calling the Cheshire Senior Center Transportation Office at (203) 272-0047. 

Reservations must be made at least two days, and up to 14 days, before a trip. Riders may call the phone number on their ID card between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday–Friday, to schedule a trip.



 

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