Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs


•The Senior Center is currently taking registrations for the 10-week Aging Mastery Program. This evidence-based workshop begins on Friday, Sept. 16. (See story below for details.)

•Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) check booklets are now available at the Senior Center for eligible Cheshire residents.

•A bus trip to The Big E is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 21. Sign up today!

•The Cheshire Senior Center is participating in the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven.

•The Senior Center dining room is open and members are welcome to bring their lunches. We ask that all food and beverages remain in the dining room area and that members clean and sanitize their tables after eating. The kitchen area is not open to members. Let staff know if you require assistance.

•Grab & Go Meals are available at the Senior Center every Tuesday and Friday. Call (203) 272-8286 for details and to learn how to register. There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal. We are hoping to expand this program to three days per week in September. Watch for details on our Facebook page, in the September newsletter, and in The Cheshire Herald.

•File of Life packets are available at the Senior Center. This packet is a wonderful item to have in the event of an emergency. Call (203) 272-8286 or stop by to learn more about this program or to request a packet.

•Deterra Medication Disposal bags are available at the Senior Center. Call (203) 272-8286 or stop by.

•We are excited to welcome back the Nickel, Nickel card game in September. Watch for details in the September newsletter.

•Membership renewal is continuing through August. Senior Center membership is open to everyone ages 55 and older. Membership renewals are accepted in person, by mail, and via the Senior Center drop box. Return completed membership renewal forms, along with the annual membership fee of $5 per person for Cheshire residents, $10 per person for out-of-town residents.

•Everyone entering the Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is asked to sign in with the front desk receptionist. Please continue practicing proper hand sanitizing and social distancing inside the building. 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.

 

Special Programs

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

AAA Defensive Driving Course – Monday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Upon completion of this course, participants may qualify for an auto insurance discount. Registration is required.

Pickleball & Pizza – Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Cheshire Park pavilion and pickleball courts. (Registration ended on July 18.)

Summer Concert Series at Mixville Park: Hot Cats Jazz Band – Wednesday, Aug. 17 (no rain date), at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by Cheshire Parks & Recreation and the Cheshire Library.

All Connecticut Chinese Chorus – Thursday, Aug. 18, at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a performance of popular theme songs and music from favorite Chinese movies and television series as well as traditional and folk dances of ethnic minority groups.

Storm Preparedness Presentation – Monday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. Chesprocott Health District will discuss how to prepare for hurricane and storm emergencies. Please register.

Trip Presentation: Holland & Belgium Spring River Cruise – Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 2:30 p.m.

Afternoon Craft: Tile Coasters – Thursday, Aug. 25, at 1:30 p.m. Create a set of four tile coasters. Fee of $3 must be paid in advance to reserve a spot. Registration is required. Space is limited.

Outdoor Cornhole – Monday, Aug. 29, at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. Spots are limited — sign up today.

Afternoon Movie Matinee: “Empire of the Sun” – Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 12:30 p.m. (Note: early start time.) A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation of China during World War II. Stars Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson. Rated PG (2 hours, 33 minutes). Registration is required.

Say Goodbye to Summer Party – Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Wallingford Senior Center. Enjoy fun dance music by K-Walk, a five-piece band including Lynn Tracy, and an ice cream sundae. Cost is $10 per person (cash only). Limited transportation is available, or self-drive.

Monthly Programs

To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email LGravel@cheshirect.org.

Cheshire Readers Book Club – Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 10:45 a.m. August discussion will be on “Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman. New members are welcome.

Veterans Coffeehouse – Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m., at the Cheshire Senior Center, and on the third Wednesday or each month.

Sit Down with Stefanie – Thursday, Aug. 18, at 11 a.m. At this in-person discussion, Stefanie hopes to answer any questions about the Senior Center. Register in advance.

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. Join in person or via Zoom. Please read “The Five Orange Pips” by Arthur Conan Doyle, For additional information, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@hotmail.com. New members are welcome.

 

Weekly Programs

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

Move & Groove Workout – Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome at this low-impact DVD exercise class.

Technology Help – Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jared from the Cheshire Library returns to the Senior Center to help with computer technology questions.

Golf Card Game – Fridays at 10:30 a.m., lower level. Weekly fee to play is $3.

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.

 

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. Suggested donation is $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 before a trip, and can be made up to 14 days before each 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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