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The Woodbridge Center Events 11/1/19

The Woodbridge Center Events 11/1/19

Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series

The Woodbridge Center’s Breakfast at 10 Lecture Series continues with a new name and new topics this fall.  November’s topic will be Home Energy Conservation and Understanding Your Bill presented by United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas Co. 11/20 at 6 pm at the Woodbridge Library.

The Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series continues in January with Creative Cooking for 1 or 2 with Laurie Van Cleft of Jewish Senior Services of Bridgeport.  The lecture is at 10 am in The Center cafeteria.

CHOICES Counselors Available

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period runs through Saturday, December 7.  The Town of Woodbridge has Certified CHOICES Counselors available to provide counseling and information on topics such as Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicare HMOs, Long-Term Care Insurance and other state and federal benefit programs.  Counselors are helpful in selecting or making changes to insurance and making sure you have the right coverage for your needs.  Please contact Judi Young, Senior Services Social Worker, or Mary Ellen LaRocca, Director of Human Services, for an appointment at (203)389-3429.

Special Programming

RSVP is required one day prior unless otherwise noted.  Please call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org

November 4:  Planning for Financial Security with David Quast of Valic Financial Advisors at 6:30 pm at the Woodbridge Library.  RSVP is requested.

November 7:  “Ages in Stages” with the Orange Players.  The live theater performance will follow lunch at 1 pm.  This comedy has received rave reviews!

November 11:  Center closed for Veterans Day.  Woodbridge Veterans Day commemoration in the Center Gym at 11 am with master of ceremonies Barry Josephs.

November 12:  Veterans Day Event!  The Center hosts a presentation on the services and programs available to veterans through the New Haven Vet Center at 12:15 pm.  Veterans and family members are encouraged to attend.

November 14:  Flu Clinic with Orange VNA, 1 pm – 5 pm.  Please bring all insurance cards with you.  The CDC recommends annual flu shots.  Call for details.

November 19:  Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at noon in the Center gym with entertainment by Brian Gillie.  This seasonal feast is sponsored by the Woodbridge Police Union, Coachman Square, The Willows – Woodbridge.  There is no cost for this luncheon but donations are accepted.  RSVP required by November 14.  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer take-out meals for this event.

November 20:  Nosh & Knowledge Home Energy Conservation and Understanding Your Bill presented by United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas at 6 pm in the Library meeting room.

November 26: Lunch entertainment with Kayte Devlin, begins 12:15 pm.

December 2:  Trip!  Mini holiday shopping trip to Chrisandra’s Country store in Oxford, then lunch at New England Young at Heart with a holiday themed craft of homemade cards! Please RSVP by November 25 – $20.00 including transportation.

December 3:  Decluttering Your Home with Lorri Cavaliere, of A Family Affair Estate Liquidation Services, will share her expertise on Tuesday, December. 3 at 12:15 pm during the senior lunch program.

December 10:  Annual Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Woodbridge Rotary Club.  Lunch is served at 12:15 pm in The Center gym.  Entertainment will be provided by Paula Pettinella.  There is no cost for this luncheon but reservations are required by December 3 and space is limited.  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer take-out meals for this event.

February 4:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 9 am – 12 pm, Tuesdays through April 14.  VITA is a free tax preparation service available to low-income individuals, people who have a disability and those who speak limited English.  Call for information on required documents.  Call 203-389-3429 for appointments.

November Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesday and Thursday at The Center café, at 12:15 pm.  Cost is $3 for dine-in meals, $4 for take-out.  RSVP is required by noon one day prior.  Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert.

11/5 Italian wedding soup, eggplant rollatini, garlic bread and chocolate brownie, 11/7 Butternut squash soup, beef stew with bowtie pasta and chocolate cream pie, 11/12 Five onion soup, honey mustard chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli, blueberry cobbler, 11/14 Potato leek soup, meatloaf and gravy, mashed potatoes and apple pie, 11/19 Thanksgiving lunch – in The Center gym – no charge, donations accepted, rsvp by 11/14, 11/21 Minestrone soup, spaghetti with meatballs, sautéed zucchini, garlic toast and rice pudding, 11/26 Escarole and bean soup, oven fried chicken, baked potato and mint brownies, 11/28 Closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

Note!  If eating in and taking left-overs to-go, please bring a plastic container with you.  Charges for to-go containers will begin in December.

Ongoing Programming

Calling all poker, canasta and spades players—call The Center and share your interest 203-389-3430.  The Center will put a group or a game together!

New! Gin Rummy, Thursdays from 1-3 pm in The Center café.

T’ai Chi with Bill Banick for beginner and intermediate levels.  Excellent for balance and arthritis.  Current class meets each Friday, through November 22, 10-11 am in Center Building, Room 16.  New session begins December. 6 for 10 weeks – $50.  Class will be prorated for those joining late – please register at 203-389-3430.

Weekly Craft Group meets Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, in The Center lounge.  Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group.  Come for knitting and crocheting and stay for lunch!  Don’t forget to make a lunch reservation.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Class meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  Current session runs through November 22—12 weeks for $75.  Class fee will be pro-rated if joined late.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.  New session begins December 6 and runs through February 28, please call or stop by to register.

Mahjong:  Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 13 advanced, Room 11 beginner, intermediate.

Exercise with Laurie:  Workout includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance.  Bring weights if you have them.  Class meets in The Center gym on 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 November 19 (note 3rd Tuesday due to holiday) and the book will be “The Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott.  New members are welcome.

Art Class:  The 10-week class meets each Wednesday, 10 am 12 pm, in The Center café.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale.  Call to register.  Fee is $60 and will be pro-rated for those joining late.  Call for details.

Tuesday Movies:  Following lunch in The Center lounge at 1 pm:  11/5 “Yesterday”, 11/12 “Ophelia,” 11/19 “Driven”, 11/26 Silver Screen Selection:  “Grumpy Old Men” (1993).

Thursday Movies:  Oldies, musicals, classics following lunch in The Center lounge at 1pm.  Note, no movie on November 7.

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

Duplicate Bridge:  Mondays, 9:30 am—12:30 pm, in The Center café.

Bridge:  The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members!  Join in for a friendly card game 1-4 pm, no reservations—just come to The Center café.

Pinochle:  Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, 1-4 pm, in The Center lounge.  Come any day—the group looks for new players and is willing to bring rusty players up to speed!

Pickleball:  Meets Monday-Thursday in the Center gym for group play, 12:30-2:30 pm and Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm.  Paid annual members may arrange playing times with others.  Annual membership is $20 for Woodbridge residents and $25 for non-residents and is due in January.  Stop by the office to make payment.  Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Shuffleboard, bocce and billiard equipment are available during business hours.  Stop by with your group and play on a first come first served basis.

  1. First Selectman Beth Heller congratulates the honorees at the 2nd annual Living Treasure Award Dinner. The 2019 Living Treasure Award winners are Ellie Sheehy, Charlie Whiting, Margaret Hamilton and Virginia “Miss Ginny” Calistro. The Human Services Department offers a sincere thank you to all who worked to make the Living Treasure event a successful fundraiser for The Woodbridge Center. Thanks to the committee members, celebrity servers, sponsors, advertisers, donors, staff and volunteers as well as all those who attended. We’re already looking forward to next year!
  2. Members of The Center’s Craft Group show off their exquisite donation to Yale New Haven Hospital’s NICU parents. The group made ‘preemie’ hats and blankets. Another donation of mittens and socks will be donated to Hartford ‘Bags of Love’ providing for homeless families.
  3. Find us and “Like us” on Facebook at The Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge, CT

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