Programs – Senior Center Programs

•The Senior Center is currently accepting applications for the 10-week Aging Masters Program. This evidence-based workshop begins Friday, September 16. (See story below for more details.)

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

• A bus trip to The Big E is scheduled for Wednesday 21 September. Register today!

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

•The Seniors Center dining room is open and members are encouraged to bring their lunch. We ask that all food and beverages remain in the dining room and that members clean and sanitize their tables after eating. The kitchen area is not open to members. Let the staff know if you need help.

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

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

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

•We are delighted to be hosting the Nickel, Nickel card game again in September. Watch for details in the September newsletter.

•Membership renewal continues through August. Membership of the Senior Center is open to anyone aged 55 and over. Membership renewals are accepted in person, by mail and through the Seniors 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.

•Anyone entering the Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave., is asked to register with the front desk receptionist. Please continue to practice hand sanitization and social distancing inside the building. Members can access the building Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Staff are available by phone and email Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Special programs

To register for any of the following programs, call (203) 272-8286 or email [email protected]

AAA defensive driving course – Monday, August 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the end of this course, participants can benefit from a discount on car insurance. Registration is mandatory.

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

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

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

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

Trip Overview: Holland & Belgium Spring River Cruise – Wednesday August 24, at 2.30 p.m.

Afternoon Craft: Tile Coasters – Thursday, August 25 at 1:30 p.m. Create a set of four tiled coasters. A $3 fee must be paid in advance to reserve a spot. Registration is mandatory. Space is limited.

outdoor cornhole – Monday, August 29, at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. Spaces are limited — register today.

Morning Cinema of the Afternoon: “Empire of the Sun” – Wednesday, August 31, 12:30 p.m. (Note: Early start time.) A young English boy struggles to survive under the Japanese occupation of China during World War II. With Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson. Rated PG (2 hours, 33 minutes). Registration is mandatory.

Say goodbye to the summer party – Thursday, September 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wallingford Senior Center. Enjoy fun dance music from K-Walk, a five-piece band including Lynn Tracy, and an ice cream sundae. The cost is $10 per person (cash only). Limited transportation is available, or self-driving.

Monthly programs

To register, call (203) 272-8286 or email [email protected]

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

veterans cafe – Wednesday, August 17, at 10 a.m., at the Cheshire Senior Center, and the third Wednesday or each month.

Sit down with Stefanie – Thursday, August 18 at 11 a.m. During this in-person discussion, Stefanie hopes to answer any questions regarding the Senior Center. Register in advance.

The Cheshire Sherlock Holmes Society – Thursday, August 18 at 1 p.m. Register in person or via Zoom. Please read “The Five Orange Pips” by Arthur Conan Doyle. For more information, contact Andy Tranquilli at [email protected] New members are welcome.

Weekly programs

To register for any of the following programs, call (203) 272-8286 or email [email protected]

Move and Groove Practice – Mondays 10:30-11:30 am Walk-ins welcome to this low-impact DVD exercise class.

Technological help – Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jared from Cheshire Library returns to the Senior Center to answer IT questions.

golf card game – Fridays at 10:30 a.m., lower level. The weekly fee to play is $3.

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

Transportation services

Call Coleen at 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 store, pharmacy, visits to the Cheshire Senior Center and personal appointments based on availability. Masks are mandatory on all public transport, including the Senior Center minibuses.

Transportation requests are accepted two weeks in advance. Any request made after 11:00 a.m. the day before the race is subject to availability.

Bus drivers accept cash donations each time a passenger boards the bus. The suggested donation is $1 each way for in-town rides and $6 round-trip for out-of-town appointments.

Schedule of out-of-town medical appointments:

Monday – Meriden

Tuesday – North Haven and Hamden

Wednesday – Wallingford

Thursday – New Haven

Friday – Southington

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

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

GWTD Dial-A-Ride:

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

In order to use the GWTD Dial-A-Ride transportation service, a passenger must be:

• 60 years or older OR

• a disabled person AND

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

An application must be completed and returned to the address provided to begin using GWTD Dial-A-Ride services. Applications can 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. Passengers can call the phone number on their ID card between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to plan a trip.