Haddam Senior Center: January 2018 Events & Activities

Submitted by Shannon Morrison Buganski.


Winter Hours:

The Senior Center will be open as follows:

     Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays:  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
     Tuesdays/Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Tai Chi on Tuesdays until 2:30 p.m.)

January Closings: 1/1/19 (New Year’s Day); 1/21/19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Phone: (860) 345-2480

Happy New Year!  Just a quick reminder, if you find yourself needing assistance this winter, please contact one of your Senior Services team members.

***In the event of inclement weather, it is helpful to remember that the
Senior Center follows the Regional School District 17 closing schedule- when they have a
snow day, we do too;  schools have a delay, we may as well.  When in doubt, call first!***

Activity Highlights

  • 1/4/19 (Fri) – BINGO @ 1:00 p.m.
  • 1/11/19 (Fri) – Free Blood Pressure Screenings & Continental Breakfast, 9:30am-11:00am
  • 1/18/19 (Fri) – BINGO @ 1:00 p.m.
  • 1/24/19 (Thursday) – Monthly Craft @ 12:30p.m. – Snowman Mason Jar Candleholder
  • 1/25/19 (Fri) – Pizza & A Movie @ 12:00 p.m. – “Winchester”  (2018) Starring Helen Mirren as heiress Sarah Winchester
  • 1/30/19 (Wed) – CRT Celebrates January Birthdays
  • 2/6/19 (Wed) – Painting Event with Christine Miller @ 12:30 p.m. – Flower Filled Vase                         

Don’t forget about our regularly scheduled programming (i.e. Ukuladies, Silver Threads Recorder Group, Setback, Tai Chi, Needlework Club, Card Crafting Club, etc).

Nutrition Program

The Haddam Senior Center is fortunate to offer the Elderly Nutrition Program by serving as a Community Café through Community Renewal Team (CRT).  This program is a federally funded Title III grant that is administered by Senior Resources.  As the grant does not cover all of the costs involved (i.e. product, preparation, distribution, service), a donation of $2.50 per meal is requested.  Please note we may see an increase to the suggested donation in the new year.  If you are able to contribute $3.00 per meal, we ask that you consider doing so at this time.

Please remember to reserve your meal a minimum of 24 hours in advance (by noon the day before the requested meal).  You may do so by calling the Center’s main phone line or by signing up at the Center ahead of time.

Homebound seniors can receive healthy meals delivered right to their door through the Meals on Wheels program.  If you are interested in learning more about this program or you believe you may be eligible, please contact the Senior Center or the Social Services office.

CRT is pleased to announce that beginning January 2019, they will be sponsoring a monthly raffle.   The goal is to help generate enthusiasm and bring in new patrons for the Senior Lunch Program.  The prize will be food in nature, and will vary each month to go along with the monthly themed meal.  Each day that a participant comes to lunch, their name will be entered into a “hat” for a drawing.  The drawing will be held the last lunch service of the month.  The more you attend, the greater your chances are of winning!

January 14, 2019 (Mon)  National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

PRIZE DRAWING:  Half Gallon popular brand Strawberry Ice Cream

February 20, 2019 (Wed)  National Cherry Pie Day       

PRIZE DRAWING:  Homemade Cherry Pie

The prize will be delivered on the next service day following the end of the month according to each site’s schedule of service.

Senior Van Services

If you have difficulty driving or limited transportation available, we encourage you to take advantage of the Senior Van Services.  The Senior Van is available to those 60 and older, residing in Haddam and Higganum.  In addition to weekly shopping trips and occasional field trips, the service provides door to door transportation to medical appointments within Middlesex County, as well as provides rides to and from the Senior Center.  Call Diane Gondek for more information or to schedule a ride (860-682-3301).

Haddam CLUB 60

Please see Club President Mary Lou Pierce or contact the Senior Center for more info.  Meetings are generally held the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month (September through June) at 1:00 p.m.  The first meeting of the month is a business meeting while the second meeting provides programming and entertainment.  Upcoming schedule as follows:

  • Monday, January 7, 2019 Business Meeting; Scholarship Recipient
  • Monday, January 28, 2019 – Diane Andrews “Taxes”
  • Monday, February 4, 2019 – Business Meeting
  • Monday, February 25, 2019 – Entertainment by Jon Condie

Committee on Aging (COA)

The Haddam Committee on Aging is a standing body created by the Board of Selectmen and enabled by State Statute to:

  • study conditions and needs among the senior residents of Haddam, Higganum, and Haddam Neck
  • encourage and assist where possible the development of needed services
  • bring to the Board of Selectman those matters calling for attention.

Meetings are generally held on the third Monday of the month (September through June).   They are open to the public with a comment period scheduled at the end of each meeting.

Upcoming meetings are as follows:

January 28th @ 10:00 a.m. (Annex Building)

February 25th @ 10:00 a.m. (Annex Building)

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