Senior listings for May 9



BRISTOL HOSPITAL CEO AND PRESIDENT KURT BARWIS. Presented by Advocates for Bristol Seniors. He will speak about practice of hospitals admitting patients for “observation” or as “out-patients” even though the ailment is critical and the hospital stay is for several days. Also discussion of for-profit status for hospitals. BristolSeniorCenter, 240 Stafford Ave., Bristol. Free. Reservations are a must. (860) 584-7895.




THE ‘NOT SO’ EMPTY NEST. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special conference for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Keynote address: “Raising Positive, Caring Children in Challenging Times,” presented by Robert Franks, Ph.D., vice president and director, Child, Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. Complementary lunch, raffles, win a kind. Register. (860) 747-5728.



‘STRATEGIES FOR MAXIMIZING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.’ 7 p.m. Farmington Library, 6 Monteith Dr., Farmington. Registration required. (860) 673-6791,


THE MULBERRY GARDENS AT MARIAN HEIGHTS FRIENDSHIP CLUB. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Opportunity to make new friends. MulberryGardens at MarianHeightsAdultDayCenter, 314 Osgood Ave., New Britain. RSVP. (860) 357-4264.




FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS. 11:30 a.m. on the third Friday of each month. Single, divorced, widowed seniors who don’t like to eat alone meet at a local restaurant. Stadium Burgers, 245 East St., Plainville. (860) 747-5728.


MAY 16, 23


‘TRASH TO TREASURE ART PROJECT.’ Fridays, 10 a.m. Make a floral arrangement using toilet paper tubes. Bring 10 to 15, toilet paper tubes to create this project. Sample will be on display in the Senior Center Showcase. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. $2. Register.




POSTURE AND YOU. 10 a.m. Miles Everett, RD, RN, CDE, will give a presentation, teach you how to stand on your bones, and begin to release the aches and pains caused by years of poor posture in sitting and standing. He will explain how to get the best use of your body by putting it in the right place and prepare to lose some waist inches at the same time. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. Register. (860)747-5728.




KAYAKING AT RIVERFRONT PARK NORTH, SPRINGFIELD, MASS. Bus leaves Our Lady of Mercy Church, Plainville at 9 a.m. Returns at 2 p.m. Instructor Matt Preye from Wilderness Experience Unlimited to go kayaking on the Connecticut River. Wear clothing that can get wet and water shoes. Bring sunscreen, hat, water, and a bag lunch. Beginners to experienced. Instruction available if needed. Register. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. Raindate is June 25.




WEEKLY BRIDGE CLUB. 1:30 p.m. Learn the game and become a member. The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart St., Southington. (860) 628-5656.



THE PLAINVILLE SENIORS’ BOWLING. Mondays, 12:45 p.m. Laurel Lanes, 136 New Britain Ave., Plainville. $8 per person, per week, and includes three games of bowling, automatic scoring, and free weekly beverage. Open to bowlers of all abilities. Frank Robinson, Bowling League president, (860) 747-2918.


CANASTA. Friday mornings at 10 a.m. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. Sign-up. (860) 747-5728.


OPEN PAINTING GROUP. Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Informal group, no instructor. No registration necessary. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville.