Haddam Senior Center: February 2019 Events & Activities

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 til 2:30 p.m.)

***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


2/11/19 (Mon) – Card Crafting Club @ 12:30 p.m. (note date change)

            Help make valentines for our friends at HUMC.

2/14/19 (Thurs) – Valentine’s Day Luncheon with Musical Entertainment @ 12:00 p.m.

            Meal prepared by the Cooking Company to include Stuffed Chicken (w/ gorgonzola, dried cranberries, onions, garlic, herbs and walnuts in a white wine sauce), Herbed Green Beans, and Mashed Red Potatoes.  Suggested donation of $3.00/pp.  Register by 2/7/19.

2/15/19 (Fri) – BINGO @ 1:00 p.m.  $2.00 buys 3 cards.  Number of games dependent upon participation.

2/18/19 (Mon) – CLOSED (President’s Day)

2/20/19 (Wed) – CRT Themed Meal @ 12:00 p.m. “National Cherry Pie Day”

2/21/19 (Thurs) – Free Handchime Workshop @ 10:30 a.m.

2/22/19 (Fri) – Pizza & A Movie @ 12:00 p.m. “Book Club”  Note that this is in lieu of CRT meal. Suggested donation of $3.00/pp.

2/27/19 (Wed) – CRT Celebrates February Birthdays with Monthly Raffle @ 12:00 p.m.

2/28/19 (Thurs) – Free Handchime Workshop @ 10:30 a.m.

2/28/19 (Thurs) – Health Session “Shingles” @ 12:30 p.m. followed by Brownie Sundaes                            

Don’t forget about our regularly scheduled programming (i.e. Ukuladies, Silver Threads Recorder Group, Setback, Tai Chi, Needlework 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 near future.  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 Wednesday of the month in conjunction with the birthday celebration.  You must be present to win.  The more you attend, the greater your chances are of winning!

February 20th (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 offered 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.  For more information or to schedule a ride call 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 1:00pm.  The first meeting of the month is a business meeting while the second meeting provides programming and entertainment.  Upcoming schedule as follows:

  • Monday, February 4, 2019 – Business Meeting
  • Monday, February 25, 2019 – Entertainment by Jon Condie
  • Monday, March 4, 2019 – Business Meeting
  • Monday, March 18, 2019 – Superintendent of Schools

At a recent Club 60 meeting, Brooke Catalano, the 2018 recipient of the Haddam Club 60 Scholarship Award, received her check.  She is attending Simmons College in Boston and is in the nursing program. Brooke is the daughter of Joseph and Tammy Catalano.  Bruce and Carol Ricker, representing the Scholarship Committee, presented Brooke with the check.

Scholarship applications for 2019 will be available at the guidance departments in February (HK, Xavier, Mercy, Vinal).  This opportunity is open to Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck Residents only.

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:

  • February 25th @ 10:00 a.m. (Annex Building)
  • March 18th @ 10:00 a.m.  (Annex Building)          
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