The Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is open to the public 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. Visit the Senior Center’s Facebook page for the latest updates.

All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are again required to wear face masks inside the Senior Center. 

•All passengers using Senior Center transportation services, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks.

•Everyone entering the building is asked to sign in. Please see the front desk receptionist upon entering and continue to practice proper hand sanitizing and social distancing while inside the building.

•Food and beverages are now permitted in the dining room area. Please keep COVID precautions in mind. The Senior Center asks that food items be individually packaged and not shared among groups.

•Pre-made Produce Bags as well as Grab & Go Meals are available for pickup at the Senior Center. Suggested donation is $3. Call (203) 272-0047 for details on how to register.

Medicare Open Enrollment runs through Dec. 7. Certified CHOICES counselors are available at the Senior Center to help with this process.Call (203) 272-8030 for an appointment.

The Wallingford/Cheshire Senior Centers Annual Holiday Party scheduled for Friday, Dec. 10, at Il Monticello in Meriden will feature a sit-down luncheon with entree choice of London Broil, Chicken Francaise or Stuffed Fillet of Sole, cash bar, raffle prizes, and music by Airborne Trio. Tickets are $32 for members, $35 for guests. Registration deadline is Dec. 1. Round trip transportation from the Cheshire Senior Center is available.

Energy Assistance applications are now being accepted at the Senior Center by appointment only. Call Kristen Schechter at (203) 272-8030.

•The Cheshire Fire Department’s Fire Marshall’s Office, in conjunction with the Connecticut Fire Marshalls Association, has received a supply of batteries for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. The batteries are available at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., on a first-come, first-served basis.

Winter Wonderland Fundraiser Orders for Christmas/Winter centerpieces will be available for pickup at Cheshire Nursery, 1317 South Main St. on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Curbside pickup will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

•Sign up today for a Special Holiday Chicken Parmesan Dash & Dine on Monday, Dec. 13. Pickup will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Special holiday goodies will be included with lunch. Sponsored by Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center and New England Young at Heart. Registration is required. Call (203) 272-8286 to sign up.

 

To register for the following online or special programs offered by the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., call (203) 272-8286 or email lgravel@cheshirect.org.

Online Programs

Home Modifications for Independent Living – Thursday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. Amy Finke of Lifeway Mobility will discuss common home modifications, from the simple to the more complex, that can increase safety, comfort and convenience. Presented in conjunction with Masonicare Community Services.

Join the EV-olution! Plug into Electric Cars – Monday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. There is an EV-olution underway in America. It involves replacing your gas-guzzling auto with a cleaner, quieter, less-polluting electric vehicle. This presentation will outline the history of electric cars, review different types of EVs, discuss purchase costs, and describe what’s going on in the field of EV research.

 

Special Programs

Afternoon Movie Matinee: “12 Mighty Orphans”  – Today, Nov. 24, at 1:30 p.m. Haunted by his mysterious past, a devoted high school football coach leads a scrawny team of orphans to the state championship during the Great Depression and inspires a broken nation along the way. Stars Luke Wilson, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen. Registration is required.

Sing-A-Long with Sal – Monday, Nov. 29, at 1:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with an in-person afternoon of songs. Light refreshments will be available. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up early.

Learn to Play Mah Jongg – Wednesdays, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. A second session of three free instructional classes, after which attendees can watch or join Mah Jongg players at 1 p.m.

Veterans Coffee House Christmas Reception – Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Wallingford Senior Center, 284 Washington St., Wallingford. For more information, call (203) 272-8286.

 

Weekly/Monthly Programs

Reflexology with Kim – Monday, Dec. 6. Contact Laura at (203) 272-8286 or lgravel@cheshirect.org for an appointment.

Memory Screenings & More with Erica – Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Erica DeFrancesco from LiveWell Dementia Specialists will have office hours monthly during which time she will provide memory screenings by appointment only, caregiver consultations and additional services. Contact Laura at (203) 272-8286 or lgravel@cheshirect.org for an appointment.

Cheshire Readers Book Club – will not meet in December.

 

Senior Center Travel

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

Getaway at Caesars Atlantic City, New Jersey – Feb. 22–24, 2022. Wait list only.

Exploring Greece & Its Islands – April 21–May 5, 2022.

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Transportation Services

With COVID-19 precautions in place, transportation is available for:

•Medical appointments in the service area

•Grocery shopping

•Pharmacy

•Personal appointments based on availability

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

Call Eileen in the Senior Center Transportation Office for more information and reservations: (203) 272-0047.

Schedule for Out-of-Town Medical Appointments

Monday – Meriden

Tuesday – North Haven & Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington

Ride requests are accepted for out-of-town appointments between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Bus drivers now accept cash donations as rider steps on the bus. Pricing is 50 cents each way for in-town rides and $5 round trip for out-of-town appointments.

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

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 use the GWTD Dial-A-Ride services. For an application, call 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 to schedule a trip, first-come, first-served. Please let dispatcher know if you will need assistance, or if you will be bringing a personal care attendant.


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