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Senior Center Happenings – December

The Twenty-First Annual Holiday Fair, November 8th at the Woodbridge Senior Center was a great success. We wish to thank the “Friends Of Seniors” Event Sponsors for their generous support: A-1 Toyota, 50 Amity Road, New Haven; American Diamond Exchange, 1280 Whalley Avenue, New Haven; Cablevision; Woodbridge Cable Services Provider; Laura Elman & Carol Agin; Coldwell Banker Realtors, 270 Amity Road, Woodbridge; New Haven Dental Group, 3 Research Drive, Woodbridge; People’s United Bank, 198 Amity Road, Woodbridge; Star Tires Plus Wheels, 40 Boston Post Road, West Haven; Svendsen Insurance Agency, 27 Lucy Street, Woodbridge; The Liquor Factory, Walmart Plaza, 656 New Haven Avenue, Derby; The Pinochle Pack, Woodbridge Senior Center; Webster Bank, Orange-Derby, 500 New Haven Avenue, Derby.

We also wish to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of the very enthusiastic volunteers whose hard work ensured our Holiday Fair would be a success. Whether you made a monetary donation, donated items, baked, or helped us in any way, we appreciate your support.

Exercise Class with Laurie Luce

It’s important to exercise at any age and now is the time to start the New Year off on the right foot! We offer an exercise class which includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance. You do not have to be a senior to attend. All ages are welcome. The 1 hour class is held in the gymnasium on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00. You may start at any time, prior registration is not required. The cost is only $2.00 per class. We look forward to seeing you and helping you to stay healthy for many years to come!

Connecticut Energy Assistance Program

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program, administered by TEAM, Inc., is currently helping qualified Connecticut residents with their fuel costs. Applications are being accepted at the Human Services Department on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Verification of income and assets must be submitted with the application. This includes copies of the last statements or checks from pay stubs, social security, SSI, pension, unemployment, alimony/child support, interest and dividend income, and a utility bill. In addition, the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of all family members residing with the applicant are required. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Mary Lee Raro at (203) 389-3429.

Food Pantry Donations

Woodbridge Human Services is seeking donations for the Food Pantry to help our families in need. Current food needs:

Liquids: Boxed Milk (Parmalot, Horizon, e.g.), Juices, Cooking Oil;

Dry Goods: Pancake Mix, Whole Grain Foods, Cake/Muffin/Bread Mixes, Granola Bars, Crackers, Cookies, Tea Bags, Gravy Mixes;

Canned Goods: Stew, Chili, Pasta, Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Spaghetti Sauce, Gravy, Canned Vegetables, Potatoes, Ground Coffee, Frosting;

Personal Hygiene Items: Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Feminine Hygiene items, Shaving Cream, Individual Toilet Tissue, etc.

Friendly Visitor Program

Do you have some extra time and would like to help your neighbors? Our “Friendly Visitor” program is always looking for volunteers of all ages to visit those who are shut-in and would enjoy company. Training is available through the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. Please call Mary Lee Raro in Human Services (203) 389-3429 for more information.

Lunch Bunch

Our monthly Lunch Bunch outings will be stopping for the winter months. Please join us in the spring when we will again be scheduling outings to some great area restaurants.

Book Club

Book Club will meet at 11:00 on Tuesday, December 16th at The Woodbridge Library Meeting room to discuss “The Silent Wife” by A.S.A. Harrison. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 203-389-3430.

December Menu

Tuesday 12/16:           Roast Beef

Friday 12/19:              Assorted Sandwiches & Soup

Tuesday 12/23:           Pork Loin

Friday 12/26:              CLOSED

Tuesday 12/30:           NEW YEAR’S COCTAIL PARTY

Meals cost $3 and include salad, bread, juice, coffee/tea, & dessert.

Free Friday Afternoon Movies

Movies are shown at the Senior Center on Friday afternoons at 1 pm. Join us at 12:15 for a nutritious $3 lunch, followed by a movie and free popcorn (or just attend the movie at 1 pm).

The December movies are:

The Wedding Planner                                        The Preacher’s Wife                                           Scrooge

December Programs

December 16, Tuesday:          Shel Cooper, Vocalist, will entertain.

December 24, Wednesday:     CLOSED

December 25, Thursday:        CLOSED – CHRISTMAS

December 26, Friday:             CLOSED

December 30, Tuesday:          NEW YEAR’S PARTY – $6.00 – Tony Forto will entertain


Future Programs

January 1, Thursday:              CLOSED – NEW YEAR’S DAY

January 6, Tuesday:               Kari Webster of Gentiva, will be here to discuss “How to stay strong through the winter months, with good nutrition and easy exercise you can do from home”

January 13, Tuesday:             Tony Forto will entertain


Woodbridge Town Library Partners With Long Wharf Theatre

The Woodbridge Town Library announces a partnership with Long Wharf Theatre in conjunction with the upcoming play Picasso at the Lapin Agile, written by Steve Martin and directed by Gordon Edelstein. The play will run from November 26 through December 21, 2014 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck Mainstage Theatre at Long Wharf.

To purchase tickets at a special discounted rate you can either call Deena Nicol, Marketing Coordinator at Long Wharf Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm at 203-772-8242 or go online to purchase tickets at Long Wharf’s website at http://longwharf.org/ and use the code WOODBRIDGE, to receive 25% off.

AARP Smart Driver Course – 2015 Classroom Dates

MONDAY     03/02/2015      09:00 AM – 1:00 PM

MONDAY     05/04/2015      09:00 AM – 1:00 PM

MONDAY     07/06/2015      09:00 AM – 1:00 PM

MONDAY     09/21/2015      09:00 AM – 1:00 PM

MONDAY     11/02/2015      09:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Checks are payable to AARP. Call the Senior Center at (203) 389-3430 to register. Learn how to sharpen your driving skills, develop strategies for adjusting to age-related changes in vision, hearing and re-action time and much more. Completion of course entitles those eligible for discounts on their automobile insurance.

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