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Loneliness, isolation and boredom can be dangerous — in fact, twice as likely to cause depression and negatively impact overall health. The National Social Life, Health and Aging Project at the University of Chicago concluded, “Seniors who feel lonely and isolated are more likely to have poor physical and/or mental health.” Regular socialization, physical activity and mental stimulation can boost overall health and provide a better quality of life. Instead of staying home alone, call for a ride and come visit The Center. Residents are invited for lunch, exercise and educational classes, and are welcome to join the book club, play cards or other games. Volunteering is encouraged! The Center provides a great way to be with friends, meet new people and try new activities. If you want to look forward to something, we’ll look forward to seeing you!
May Lunch Menu
Lunch is served Tuesdays and Fridays at The Center’s café at 12:15 pm. Cost is $3 for dine-in meals, $4 for take-out. Reservations are requested. Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert. 5/4 Cinco De Mayo! Pulled chicken empanadas, enchiladas and flan, 5/8 Pork loin with sweet potatoes, 5/11 Mother’s Day Tea! Tea sandwiches, petit fours and more, 5/15 Garlic chicken, linguini and spinach, 5/18 Chef salad, 5/22 Tex-Mex lasagna roll-ups and salad, 5/25 Reuben sandwiches with sweet potato fries and coleslaw, 5/29 Stuffed cabbage.
Events are held at The Woodbridge Center unless otherwise noted. To RSVP or for questions, call 203-389-3430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4: Cinco De Mayo lunch fiesta with empanadas, enchiladas and flan at 12:15 pm. Reservations are requested one day prior.
May 5: Center Art Exhibit & Opening Reception, 1-3 pm at the Woodbridge Library. Join us for wine & hors d’oeuvres. Exhibit continues throughout May.
May 8: Lunch entertainment with Jim Sheehan at 12:30 pm. Lunch begins at 12:15 pm. Reservations are requested one day prior.
May 9: Senior Prom at Aria Banquet Facility in Prospect from 11 am – 3 pm. This event, sponsored by New England Young at Heart, includes appetizers, a 3-course meal, dancing, raffles and transportation for $30. Reservations and payment are required by May 2.
May 11: Mother’s Day high tea with scones, tea sandwiches and petit fours at 12:15 pm. Enjoy a free manicure with Brilliant Homecare of Naugatuck! Reservations are required one day prior.
May 14: 9 am – 1 pm AARP Safe Driver Training, Center lounge. $15 – members; $20 – non-members. RSVP required.
May 15: “Healthy Organization”– VNA program on healthy choices is at 12:30 pm. Lunch is at 12:15 pm.
May 16: Senior Health and Wellness Fair 10 am – 2 pm at the JCC. Hosted by New England Young at Heart and State Senator George Logan. Transportation provided with reservation, $3.
May 21: Lunch Bunch! Join in for lunch with friends at The Station Restaurant in Naugatuck. Transportation is provided by The Center ‘s van ($3) or meet there. Reservations required. Self-pay at the restaurant.
May 22: Lunch entertainment with Brian Gillie at 12:30 pm. Lunch begins at 12:15 pm. Reservations are requested one day prior.
May 23: Coffee At 10 – Lecture Series “Your Body Language is Showing” with humorist Janet Finch. Call 203-389-3430 to register.
May 24: Trip! Newport Playhouse theater performs “Remember Me” with lunch buffet and transportation for $109.
May 29: Celebrate Older American Month! Join Connecticut In-Home Assistance representative Kim Vertrees for a fun cupcake decorating event at 11 am. RSVP please.
Interested in daytime Tai Chi? Give us a call at The Center!
Pickleball: Meets Fridays in the Center Gym for group play, 12:30-3:30 pm. Paid annual members may arrange playing times with other players through the Doodle scheduling tool and drop in Monday through Thursday, 12:30–2:15 pm. Annual membership is $20 with a suggested $5 additional donation. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.
Exercise with Laurie: No class Tuesday, May 8th. Workout includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance. Bring weights if you have them. Class is in the Center Gym, Tuesday and Thursday, 10–11 am. No need to sign up—just pay a drop-in fee of $2 and stay for a great workout!
Book Club: The book club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Woodbridge Town Library. The next meeting is May 22. This month’s book is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. New members are always welcome.
Art Class: Class meets each Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm in The Center’s café. The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale. Call for fee and date information. A month-long art exhibit of class members’ work will hang at the Woodbridge Library during the month of May.
Friday Movies: Following lunch in The Center’s lounge at 1 pm: 5/4 A Hero For Daisy (One Book, One Town Movie), 5/11 Forever My Girl, 5/18 All the Money in the World, Favorite Film Friday 5/25 To Kill A Mockingbird.
Ask the Nurse: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11 am – 12:30 pm, blood pressure screenings, weight and conversation with a registered VNA Community Healthcare nurse.
Duplicate Bridge: Meets Mondays, 9:30 am, Center café.
Bridge: The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members! Join the group for a friendly card game. No reservations necessary—just come to The Center’s lounge, 1 pm.
Pinochle: Monday, Wednesday and/or Thursday, l–4 pm, Center lounge. Come any day—the group is always looking for new players and is willing to bring rusty players up to speed!
Mah-jong: Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 11.
Chair Kripalu Yoga: Meets each Wednesday through May 23 from 1–2:15 pm in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani. The class fee will be pro-rated for anyone interested in registering. The classes include seated exercises and simple standing poses using a chair.
Mother’s Day ‘Mini-Pies’ Fundraiser
Order your pie today—$5! Orders for 6-inch fresh apple crumb pies must be received by Friday, May 4. Pies may be picked up at The Center on Friday, May 11. All proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Woodbridge Center.
30th Annual Human Services Volunteer Tea
The 30th Woodbridge Human Services Volunteer Tea was held Thursday, April 26, honoring 145 volunteers. The volunteers received Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of exemplary volunteer service benefiting Woodbridge. Human Services honored the following outstanding volunteers: Benjamin Inclima, Valerie and Richard Traumer, Beecher Road School Student Council and Coachman Square at Woodbridge. The Woodbridge Rotary Club received the Human Services Special Recognition Award for its dedicated service and continuous support of the Woodbridge Center. The First Selectman’s Youth Award was presented to Ms. Sebin Park. The First Selectman’s Youth Award is presented annually to a youth or group who has demonstrated positive actions to improve Woodbridge or assist Woodbridge residents. Volunteers have helped make the growth and success of services and programs sponsored by the Human Services Department possible through the deliberate giving that only concerned volunteers can provide. Their initiative, dedication and willingness to give their time and get involved have made this community a better place to live.
- Representatives of Beecher Road School, including Superintendent Robert Gilbert, second from left, received recognition for continued support of the Human Services Department including intergenerational programming between Student Council members and the seniors at the Woodbridge Center.
- Members of the Mahjong group enjoy lunch at the Center following their weekly game. Join us for a delicious meal on Tuesdays and Fridays each week.