Senior Center Programs

Senior Center Programs

This month, the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., has been taking advantage of nice weather to offer many programs on the beautiful front lawn. Members are welcome back inside for educational seminars, exercise classes, the Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society, Cheshire Readers Book Club, and several other programs. Here are the latest updates:

•Everyone on Senior Center property is welcome to wear a facemask. However, masks are not required for outdoor programs. Fully-vaccinated members are not required to wear masks while inside the building. Unvaccinated members are required to wear masks inside the building.

•Everyone entering the building will be asked to sign in. Visitors are also asked to practice proper hand-sanitizing and social distancing while inside the building.

•Masks must be worn by all passengers using Senior Center transportation services, regardless of vaccination status.

•In addition to this month’s organized programs, the library, billiards, drop-in Wii Bowling (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the meeting Room), and drop-in crafts (Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) continue to be offered. The dining room and kitchen remain closed.

•Hand sanitizer and wipes are readily available throughout the building. Please notify staff if additional supplies are needed. High-contact areas are disinfected regularly. Please help the Senior Center with this process by cleaning your immediate space prior to leaving it.

•Senior Nutrition Farmers Market Program vouchers are available to eligible seniors in the main office at the Senior Center. See story below for eligibility details.

•Grab & Go Meals are available for pickup on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. (No in-person dining is allowed at the Senior Center.) For more information, see the Grab & Go Menu in the upper right corner of this page.

•It’s Membership Renewal time and 2021–2022 membership renewals are being accepted by mail, in person, and via the Senior Center drop box. Membership is $5 per person for Cheshire residents, $10 per person for out-of-town residents. Only active members can participate in live, in-person programming, so join or renew today.

•Travel opportunities are once again being explored. A meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 16, at 11 a.m. to discuss the new process and answer questions regarding future trips. To attend this meeting, register with Laura by calling (203) 272-8286.

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Resilient Living with Dementia: In-Person Six-Week Education Series – Wednesdays, from July 28–Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave. Have you or someone you care for been recently diagnosed with dementia? This interactive in-person education series, facilitated by Erica DeFrancesco, MS, OTR/L director of community education with LiveWell Dementia Specialists, will provide a foundational understanding of dementia and practical ways to adapt and become more resilient. Guidance and resources on key topics, including emotional support, health and wellness, social and meaningful engagement, and planning, will be explored. Participants living with dementia will leave with more resources to live well and spouses and family members will leave more prepared and confident in their new care partnering roles. Sessions build upon one another, but registration is available at any point in the series. To register, contact Patty Richard at (860) 628-3070 or

Hydration Should Be Your Vocation – Today, July 22, at 1 p.m. (in person or via Zoom). Staying Hydrated keeps our bodies functioning properly. Dehydration is one of the most frequent causes of hospitalizations for people age 65 and older. It is important to know the common signs and symptoms of dehydration. Learn about them in this discussion with Sandra Micalizzi of Waterbury Hospital. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email

Trickster Cards – Friday, July 23, at 1 p.m., in person. Instruction and iPad tablets will be provided, or bring your own device. To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email

Outdoor Lawn Bingo – Tuesday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Enjoy an afternoon of live Bingo on the Senior Center’s front lawn. Registration is required, and participants must bring their own lawn chairs. Bingo supplies will be provided. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.



Monthly Reflexology with Kim – returns on Monday, Aug. 2. Email or call (203) 272-8286 for an appointment or for more information.

Building Better Bones and Joints – Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m., online. Presented by Hartford HealthCare in conjunction with GoodLife Fitness. Learn more about joint health, the benefits of moving to maintain bone health, and the best exercises for your bones and joints. Register by calling 1-855-442-4373 or by visiting

Summer Food Safety & Precautions – Monday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m., via Zoom. Masonicare will present an online discussion regarding food safety to enjoy outdoor eating at any time of the year. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.

Croquet & Lawn Games with Laura – Monday, Aug. 16, at 1:30 p.m. Play croquet and other games on the front lawn of the Senior Center (weather permitting). Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.

Cheshire Readers Book Club –  Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 10:45 a.m. The book for August is “The Other Woman” by David Silva. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.

Save The Date: Senior Luncheon at the Aqua Turf Club – Tuesday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. An afternoon of lunch, dancing, and music by Ritchie Mitnick & Friends. 

Growing Older Can Bring New Purpose – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. Presented by Hartford HealthCare in conjunction with GoodLife Fitness. Learn what can be done about physical and mental changes and how to continue to live an active and engaging life. To register, call 1-855-442-4373 or visit www.HartfordHealthCare

Sit Down Online with Stefanie – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. During this informal online meeting, Stefanie hopes to answer any questions regarding the Senior Center. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register. The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. Please read “The Lost Special” and “The Man with the Watches” by Arthur Conan Doyle. For discussion information, contact Andy Tranquilli at tranquilli@ New members and guests are always welcome.

Annual Statewide Senior Outing at Holiday Hill – Monday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All-inclusive price of $36 per guest includes unlimited assorted hot and cold food from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; cherrystone clams on the half shell from 12 to 3 p.m.; assorted sodas, water, lemonade, iced tea, coffee, tea and milk; Budweiser beer on tap; free parking; dancing and fun with the D.J.; raffle prizes, bingo, bocce and horseshoes; heated pools. Face masks are required, as well as social distancing at all times. Event is for senior citizens only — no children will be admitted. No admittance to Holiday Hill before 9 a.m. Holiday Hill is located at 43 Candee Rd. in Prospect. To purchase tickets (non-refundable): Make check payable to Holiday Hill and mail to Holiday Hill, P. O. Box 338, Cheshire, CT 06410, or call 1-800-533-0029 to purchase by credit card (Visa/MasterCard/AmEx). Tickets will be mailed upon receipt of payment. Payments must be submitted to Holiday Hill no later than Monday, Aug. 9. Tickets are limited and may sell out prior to this date — sign up today! For more information, call 1-800-533-0029.

Understanding Arthritis – Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. Presented by Hartford HealthCare in conjunction with GoodLife Fitness. Learn about dietary factors and how free radicals and trauma can cause arthritis, how arthritis is diagnosed and how to prevent it. Register by calling 1-855-442-4373 or by visiting www.HartfordHealthCare,org/VirtualClasses.

Afternoon Movie Matinee: “Secondhand Lions” – Thursday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m. A shy boy is taken by his greedy grandmother to spend time with his great uncles, who are rumored to possess a great fortune. Stars Michael Caine, Robert Duval and Haley Joel Osment. (2003, rated PG) Space is limited and registration is required. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.

The Connection Between Oral Health and Systemic Diseases – Monday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. Hosted by Chesprocott Health District and the Cheshire Senior Center, Renee Kurtz, D.M.D., will discuss the importance of oral health and how it can affect the entire body. Call (203) 272-8286 or email to register.


Senior Center Travel OPPORTUNITIES

Flyers with more information are available for the following trips. Contact Laura Gravel, program coordinator, at (203) 272-8286.

Hawaiian Adventure – Oct. 7–16 (wait list only).

Atlantic City, New Jersey, Getaway at Caesar’s – Feb. 22–24, 2022.

Exploring Greece & Its Islands – April 21–May 5, 2022. An informational presentation for this trip will be held on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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