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Events at the Woodbridge Center

Events at the Woodbridge Center

Meetinghouse Café Grand Opening – February 14

The Meetinghouse Café will reopen on February 11.  The Grand Opening will follow on Thursday, February 14 from 1- 3 pm.  Join us for samples of Café menu items.  We’ll have a ribbon cutting at 1:30 pm.  The Meetinghouse Café is located at 4 Meetinghouse Lane on the lower level and serves all ages from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Monday – Friday.

Change for Life! Diabetes Prevention Program

Beginning January 9, Diabetes Prevention will be offered as an ongoing program that will meet regularly Wednesdays, 10-11 am, in The Center lounge.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–National Diabetes Prevention Program can help individuals make a change for life!  This program will offer lifestyle changes to help prevent Type 2 diabetes.  Groups meet for 16 weekly sessions and six-monthly follow-up sessions with a trained lifestyle coach.  There is no cost associated with this program but you must register.  This program costs up to $500 at other facilities!  This course is sponsored by Griffin Hospital, Area Agency on Aging of South Central CT.  Please call The Woodbridge Center to register 203-389-3430.

The Woodbridge Center, as part of its Breakfast @10 Lecture Series, will host representatives from Guertin & Guertin, LLC on Wednesday, January 30.  Come for a better understanding of different kinds of trusts- Irrevocable, Revocable, Living and Special Needs- and learn the benefits and downsides.  Protect your estate and preserve your assets long term, even if you need skilled care in a nursing home.  (Forty percent of older Americans will need nursing home care at some point in their lives!)  This informative lecture will be held in the Center lounge, 10:00, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge.  RSVP is required at 203-389-3430.

Volunteers Needed

There are many opportunities at The Woodbridge Center for those who want to be involved; we welcome volunteers and community members willing to pitch in.  We’re looking for help with the Friendly Visitor & Telephone Reassurance program, lunch program volunteers, and talented people who might teach classes at The Center.  Please call 203-389-3430 to volunteer!

January, February Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesday and Friday at The Center Café at 4 Meetinghouse Lane at 12:15 pm.  Cost is $3-dine-in meals, $4-take-out.  RSVP is required by noon one day prior.  Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert.  1/11 Baked potato and turkey chili bar, 1/15 Spaghetti and meatballs, 1/18 Stuffed cabbage with mashed potato, 1/22 Shrimp stir fry with egg rolls, 1/25 Lasagna and salad, 1/29 Chicken cordon bleu, 2/1 Assorted sandwiches (egg, tuna, crab), 2/5 Chinese New Year! Chicken stir-fry and wonton soup, 2/8 Beef pot pie and salad, 2/12 Valentine’s Day Seafood Newburg and strawberry shortcake, 2/15 Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, 2/19 Taco Tuesday! Black bean soup and make your own tacos, 2/22 Vegetable quiche and soup, 2/26 manicotti and meatballs with garlic bread.

Special Programming

RSVP is required by noon the day before unless otherwise noted.

 January 15:  Lunch entertainment with Pierce Campbell begins at 12:15 pm.  RSVP required.

January 29:  Lunch entertainment with Paul Schlein begins at 12:15 pm.  RSVP required.

January 31:  Life Line Screening, preventative health screenings, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm in the Center gym.  Ultrasound screenings for Cardiovascular disease, EKG, and Osteoporosis Risk Assessments and more.  To register, please call 888-653-6441 or online at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle.

February 5:  Chinese New Year celebration!  With cultural entertainment and lunch- begins at 12:15 pm.

February 5:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 9 am – 12 pm, Tuesdays through April 9.  VITA is a free tax preparation service available to low-income individuals, people who have a disability and those who speak limited English.  Appointments are made through Human Services and the Woodbridge Center and are available Tuesdays, 9 am noon.  Call for information on required documents and to make an appointment.

February 12:  Valentine’s Day celebration!  With entertainment provided by John Paolillo at 12:15 pm, a delicious Seafood Newberg lunch and strawberry shortcake- join us!

February 13, 26:  Tech with Teens Wednesdays from 2:45-3:45 pm at the Woodbridge Library.  Learn new skills on iPads, smart phones and e-readers.  These classes are held in collaboration with the Woodbridge Library.  This intergenerational program will feature upper classmen from Amity High School guiding participants through navigating operating systems, mastering messaging, discovering downloadable books and other materials, as well as taking photos and maintaining proper storage techniques.  Registration for this free class is required.

February 14:  Grand Opening Meetinghouse Café from 1- 3 pm, lower level Center Building.

February 26:  Lunch entertainment with Jim Sheehan begins at 12:15 pm.  RSVP required.

February 27:  Cooking for 1 or 2 and Proper Freezing Techniques with Elaine Marcucio and Penny Pompa, New England Young at Heart.  Learn how to navigate recipes without having to eat leftovers all week—unless you so choose!  Freezer-friendly foods, proper containers, and freezing techniques discussed.

March 4:  AARP Safe Driver Class 9 am – 1 pm in the Woodbridge Center Lounge.  $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members.  Reservations are required.

On-Going Programming

Calling all knitters and crocheters- The Woodbridge Center will bring back its Thursday morning craft group in early March.  Contact us to let us know you’re interested in joining.

Interested in starting a poker, canasta or spades game?  We will put a group together when we hear from you!

Art Class:  New session begins February 6th!  Class meets each Wednesday, 10 am 12 pm, in the Center Building., room. 11.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale.  Call to register for the ten-week class—$60.  Class is pro-rated for those joining late.

Exercise with Laurie:  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, 1011 am.  No need to sign up—just pay a drop-in fee of $2.

Book Club:  The book club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Woodbridge Town Library.  The next meeting is January 22 and the book will be Born a Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.  New members are welcome.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in the The Woodbridge Center lounge at 1 pm:  1/11 A Simple Favor, 1/18 The Old Man & the Gun with Robert Redford, 1/24 The Village, Favorite Film Friday:  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 2/1 Bad Times at the El Royale, 2/8 The Hate U Give, 2/15 Dog Days.

Ask the Nurse:  1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11 am – 12:30 pm in The Woodbridge Center lounge – blood pressure screenings, weight and conversation with a registered VNA Community Healthcare Nurse.

Duplicate Bridge:  Mondays, 9 am, in the Center Gym.

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 Woodbridge Center lounge.

Pinochle:  Meets Mondays and Thursdays from 1-4 pm and meets Wednesdays, 1:30-4 pm in the The Woodbridge Center lounge.  Come any day—the group looks for new players and is willing to bring rusty players up to speed!

Yoga for Healthy Aging: – New session begins February 22.  Class meets Fridays from 11:45 am -1 pm in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.  Reserve your spot—12 sessions for $75 pro-rated for those joining late.

Mah-jong:  Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 11.  New members welcome.

Tai Chi:  New session begins March 6 with Instructor Gabriella Connolly, R.N. Wednesdays, 10-11 am (beginner) and 11 am – 12 pm (intermediate), 9/26-12/19.  Through a grant, VNA Community Services is able to offer this program’s 12 sessions for $15.00.  Call for details and to sign up.

Pickleball: Meets Monday-Thursday, 12:30-2:30 pm and Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm in the Center gym for group play.  Paid annual members may arrange playing times with other players through the Doodle scheduling tool.  Annual membership is $20 for Woodbridge residents and $25 for non-residents.  Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Bocce:  Begins again in AprilTuesdays 11 am – 12 pm at the Bocce court in the picnic grove behind the Old Firehouse.

  1. Friends Isabel Kratochvil and Rose Schultz greet each other at the Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Woodbridge Rotary club.  Holiday luncheons at the Woodbridge Center throughout the year are a great way to reconnect with friends and build community.  Join us for Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day.
  2. Woodbridge First Selectman Beth Heller presents a citation to Mary Ellen La Rocca for 30 years of continuous service to the Town during the lunch program at the Woodbridge Center

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