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Senior Center News 4/7/17

Senior Center News 4/7/17

The Senior Center provides a program of health, recreational, educational, and social activities for residents 60 years of age and older.  The Center offers a wide range of programming including a luncheon program and a transportation program.  Please contact us at 203-389-3430 or at jglicksman@woodbridgect.org for information and questions regarding the Center’s programming.

Special And On-Going Programming:

Save the Date! The Woodbridge Senior Center is turning 40!  Join us Wednesday, May 24th for the 40th Anniversary Celebration Program and Dinner.  Wine & hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. and program, dinner and entertainment will start at 6:15 p.m.  Entertainment will be provided by the Pierce Campbell Jazz Trio.  Dinner choices are baked stuffed shrimp and baked stuffed chicken.  Tickets for the dinner are just $25.00.  Call for more information regarding this special evening.  Transportation for seniors and disabled residents will be provided.  There will also be a celebration luncheon on Tuesday, May 23rd featuring an appetizer of family style antipasti followed by delicious Chicken Marsala, rice pilaf and julienne vegetables!  Call to RSVP.

Pickleball is now a daily option!  Come Fridays for group play 2:00-3:30 pm.  New! Self-scheduled hours are available for those who have paid annual fee of $20.00.  Interested players can drop in daily from 12:30-2:15 pm Monday thru Thursday.  On Fridays the Gym is available from 12:30-3:30 pm.  The equipment will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Care Match America will host a discussion on Eldercare on April 12th from 6-7pm in the Center Lounge.

Lunch Bunch Begins!  We are kicking off the 2017 Lunch Bunch season with a visit to Gusto Trattoria in Milford.  Join us April 17th for lunch out with friends with transportation provided by the Senior Center van or meet us there.  Reservations are required-please call the office.  Participants self-pay at the restaurant.

“What is Normal Aging”:  An informative and dynamic discussion with Dr. Susann Verano, Geriatrician, from Hamden Health and Rehab Center on Friday, April 21st during lunch.

VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is available by appointment each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon through April 18th.

Smartphone class will meet Wednesday, May 3 and 10 from 3-4pm at the Woodbridge Library meeting room.  Class is taught by Amity High School students and is free of charge.  Please RSVP.

Center Café:  Join us for lunch each Tuesday and Friday with wonderful meals created by our chef Elaine Marcuccio.  Menu items:  4/7 crab cakes and rice pilaf, 4/11 chicken cacciatore and pasta, entertainment provided by John Paolillo, 4/14 closed- Good Friday, 4/18 meatloaf and mashed potatoes with entertainment provided by Bob Lupi, 4/21 shrimp scampi and linguini, 4/25 roasted pork loin and potatoes, 4/28 assorted sandwiches and soup.  Meals are served at 12:15 for just $3.00 and $4.00 for a meal to-go.  Great meals at a low price!  Please call at least one day prior to reserve your meal.

Members of the Center are looking to start a weekly game of Gin Rummy on Tuesdays or Thursdays.  If you are interested in joining them, please call the Center.  Other weekly games at the Center include Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, Bridge, and Mah-jong.

Transportation Program:  The Woodbridge Senior Center offers limited transportation to eligible seniors and disabled residents to the Senior Center and to medical appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.  You may reserve a ride by calling between 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday.  The Center provides transportation to Amity Shopping Center area on Wednesdays mornings.  This service is for eligible residents who need to pick up groceries, do banking or visit the drug store.  The office must have at least 24 hours’ notice for all transportation requests.  The Woodbridge Transportation Program operates in full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Volunteers Needed:  The Human Services Department is seeking volunteers for on-going work throughout the department.  There is specific need for volunteers with regards to the food pantry, senior lunch program and, during summer months, the Senior Center vegetable garden, special events, and the Friendly Visitor Program.  Additionally, if you have expertise and would like to teach a class we would love to hear from you!  Volunteering provides a valuable community service which strengthens our entire community.

Picture 1: Woodbridge residents Ken Johnson and Dawn Guercia (left and center) enjoy a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal at the Woodbridge Senior Center.  Town of Woodbridge Assessor Betsy Quist volunteers as server for the day.

 Picture 2: Local antique experts Dorothy Moore, left, and Lorri Cavaliere of A Family Affair- Estate Sale Specialists, examine a giant vase at the Antique Roadshow – Woodbridge Edition event at the Senior Center.  The beautiful vase was brought in by resident Kent Golden.  The vase was handed down to him by his grandparents and was of Japanese origin.

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