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Woodbridge Center – June 2022

Woodbridge Center – June 2022

Are you over 55 years old?  Contact The Woodbridge Center:  Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information on all programming.  Preregistration is required for all programming and events.

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COVID Update at The Center:  Masks will be required for all Center programs until New Haven County’s community level is at the low level for three consecutive weeks.

Drive-thru luncheon:  Father’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon (for Woodbridge residents over 60 years of age):  Everyone is welcome to celebrate all fathers at the Father’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon on Thursday, June 16 from 12-1 pm.  Enjoy choice of sandwich:  BBQ pulled beef or chicken Caesar wrap, macaroni salad, and cannolis for dessert.  This drive-thru is generously sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge and Amity Physical Therapy.  Also enjoy a traditional root beer float provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  No charge.  Please RSVP by June 9.

Upcoming Events/Programs

New! Cornhole:  Sign-up today to participate in this part skill, part luck, all fun activity!  This is a game everyone can play!  All levels are welcome.  Every Monday and Friday, 10-11:30 am in the Grove, weather permitting.  Call to register: 203-389-3430.

FREE Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance (TJQ: MBB):  TJQ: MBB is a research-based fall prevention exercise program  which uses Tai Ji Quan based movements to improve strength, mobility, balance, and daily function to prevent falls.  It is designed for older adults and people with balance difficulties.  Classes are taught by trained local instructor, Bill Bannick, in a supportive environment.  This program can accommodate individuals who need some assistance with walking, such as with a cane.  No prior experience with Tai Chi is needed.  This 24-week (48 class) program is offered in partnership with the CT Healthy Living Collective and funded by     the State of CT Department of Aging and Disability Services, State Unit on Aging.  The program begins June 6 and will meet Mondays and Fridays, from 10-11 am in the Center Building gymnasium.  Call 203-389-3430 to register.

3 months remain! American Armchair Adventure – National Park Series:  This in-person monthly series, provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, explores six National Parks in six months.  Enjoy simulated tours, interactive discussions, trivia, and more.  Remaining adventures include:  Grand Canyon – June 10, Zion – July 8, and Grand Teton – August 12.  The program meets 11 am – 12 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.  Call 203-389-3430 to sign-up.

Joint Replacement Presentation:  This hybrid presentation by Kyle Branday, MSPT, of Amity Physical Therapy will be offered in-person and on Zoom.  Kyle will cover how to prepare for knee or hip replacement surgery to shorten recovery time and mitigate complications, as well as provide instruction for how to get the most out of your replaced joint if you have had replacement surgery.  June 17 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.

AAA Driver Improvement Class:  Members and non-members may be able to lower their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills when they enroll in AAA’s Driver Improvement Program which teaches the basics of defensive driving and provides current driving practice updates.  This class is offered, free of charge, on June 27 from 9 am – 1 pm in the Woodbridge Library’s Meeting Room.  Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Rolling start-date!  FREE Lifestyle Change (Diabetes Prevention) Program – offered in-person and on Zoom:  Concerned about your health risks as you age?  Want to live healthier but don’t know where to start?  Join this evidence-based Lifestyle Change Program led by a certified lifestyle coach.  The program includes 26 weekly sessions on healthy eating, type 2 diabetes prevention, weight loss, stress management, physical activity, and more.  A weekly 45 minute exercise class with Laura Richling is included as well as 6 private sessions with a Registered Dietician.

This program will be provided AT NO COST to everyone 60+ years of age.  It is co-sponsored by the South Central CT Agency on Aging and non-profit Monitor My Health, in an effort to promote good health.  Weekly lecture/discussion every Tuesday 1-2 pm in the Center Building room 16, fitness class Tuesdays 12-12:45 pm in the Center Building gym.  Join anytime.  Call to register.


Not sure if a class session is right for you?  Try a complimentary class first!

New!  Hybrid Aerobics Class with Laura Richling:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am in the Center Building gym and beginning June 7 on Zoom.  Enjoy a complete aerobic, cardio, and strength training work-out to a variety of music.  Bring your own 1- or 2-pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class.  There is a $3 fee payable at the start of class, or invoiced monthly for Zoom participants.  Please call for link.

Pickleball:  Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm, in the Center Building gym and enjoy the new nets outside 7 days/week.  New players please call to register.  All levels are welcome.  Call for more information.  There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.


Bridge:  Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.

Craft Group:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Woodbridge Room of the Library or outdoors on the lawn adjacent to Newton Road weather permitting.  Bring your current knitting, crocheting, or needlepoint project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Painting for Pleasure with Carole Abbate:  Mondays, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Library’s Meeting Room.  You will find joy in creating your own paintings as Carole helps inspire beginners to intermediates.  Paint the subject of your choice with acrylics or watercolors- bring in a postcard or photo for inspiration.  Join anytime for this 6-week, $36 class, prorated for midsession.  Sessions run consecutively.

Pinochle:  Mondays, Wednesdays, 1-4 pm and Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm, the Center Building, room 16.

Services offered (for Woodbridge residents only):

Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:15 pm:  Need some help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone?  Call to sign-up for a 1:1 session in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, Amity High School student volunteers.  No charge.

Computer lab is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  Two-person limit in computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).  Preregistration is required.

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those age 60+ or with a long-term or short-term disability, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with limited exceptions.  Transportation for grocery shopping, local banking, pharmacy pick-up, and social engagements are also available.  Call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required.

Meals:  Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $5.25/meal are available.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including stuffed flounder, eggplant rollatini, chicken piccata, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  Two meal minimum order with a ten-meal limit.  See website (https://woodbridgect.org/541/Lunch-Meal-Programs) for a complete list of offerings.

Frozen soups are available for $1.50 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include:  Italian wedding, beef orzo, minestrone, harvest vegetable, chicken noodle, and many more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Friendly Visitor Program:  Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker, at 203-389-3429, to arrange for a friendly visitor.

Medical Loan Closet:  Durable medical equipment, including walkers, wheelchairs, knee rollers, shower chairs, and more, is available for lending.  Donations of wheelchairs and transport chairs are needed.  Call for details.

Job Bank:  Residents may call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services, at 203-389-3429, to hire a student worker.  Schedule now for spring cleanup and more.

  1. Deb Urso of Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, and Kelsey Lang of Elim Park, help distribute 95 meals at the Mother’s Day drive-thru.  This drive-thru was generously sponsored by Elim Park and Visiting Angels of Woodbridge with a special treat provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
  2. Participants of the Glacier Park Armchair Adventure Series provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care enjoy park-themed BINGO with prizes after taking a virtual tour of the park.

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