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The Woodbridge Center Events 3/6/2020

The Woodbridge Center Events 3/6/2020

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The Woodbridge Center provides a program of health, recreational, educational, and social activities for residents 55 years of age and older.  The Center offers a luncheon program as well as a transportation program.  Call The Center to learn more or sign up to receive the newsletter by mail or email.  Please contact The Center at 203-389-3430 or jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Spring Cleaning?

If you are looking for a community service opportunity while doing your spring cleaning, consider repurposing clean, new or slightly used items for a tag sale to benefit The Center during the town-wide Sustainable Woodbridge Day.  No clothes, shoes, or pocketbooks will be accepted.  This sustainability event will be held on May 2 from 10 am – 1 pm around the Woodbridge Library grounds.  Items can be donated to The Center to sell or you may purchase a tag sale space for $10 (with a table- $15).  RSVP required, please contact The Center at 203-389-3430.

Beginning Bridge

March 18-April 29 (no class 4/8), this 6-week class, taught by Wendy Frieden, meets 1-3 pm in Center Building, Room 13.  It covers bridge basics including bidding, play and defense.  Fee is $75.00, RSVP is required by 3/11.

Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series

March 25:  Chronic Disease Management with Cary Carpino, R.N., Griffin Hospital Senior Health & Wellness Coordinator.  Lecture begins at 10 am in the Woodbridge Library.  This lecture will be followed by a 6-week class:  Live Well with Chronic Health Conditions.

April 29:  How To Simplify Your Financial Life for You and Your Heirs – presented by Stephen Archer, retired Certified Financial Planner.  Lecture begins at 10 am in the Woodbridge Library.

Special Programming

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

March 3:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Tuesday 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 203-389-3429 for information on required documents and to make an appointment.

March 3:  Lunch entertainment with Pierce Campbell begins at 12:15 pm.  RSVP required.

March 4:  (week 2) Mindfulness with Dr. Jennifer Botwick of the New Haven Naturopathic Center.  Class meets 6-7 pm Wednesdays for 5 additional weeks in Center Building, Room 13, $25.00 fee.  Mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and improve sleep and health.  Fee is $25.00 – please RSVP.

March 5:  Cold, Flu, or Coronavirus?  The Quinnipiack Valley Health District (QVHD), your local health department, will provide information to keep residents healthy and informed.  Join Ali Mulvihill, Public Health Promotion & Engagement Specialist from QVHD for an overview from 12:30-1pm in the The Center café on how to keep you and your family healthy this Spring!

March 9:  AARP Safe Driver Training class, 9 am-1 pm in Room 11. $15 – members; $20—non-members.

March 10:  Intergenerational program with Beecher Road Student Council members from 11 am—1 pm.  Lunch is $3.00.  Come play Bingo with the kids!

March 16:  English Tea Party with fun hat craft and tea exchange at 1 pm in The Center café.  Tea exchange:  bring a box of your favorite pre-wrapped tea bags to exchange with friends and take-home new varieties to sample.  Light fare, donated by Coachman Square Assisted Living, will be served.  Fee is $5, please RSVP by 3/12.

March 17:  Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  Entertainment provided by Larry Batter at 12:15 pm and a delicious traditional meal for $6.00.  RSVP by 3/12- space is limited.

March 18:  Beginning Bridge with Wendy Frieden, 6 weeks-Wednesdays 1-3 pm in Room 13, Center Building.  RSVP required along with $75.00 payment by March 11.  This course introduces the basics of bridge.  Instruction includes the mechanics of the game and covers bidding, play and defense.  Learn a game for a lifetime of enjoyment.

March 23:  Lunch Bunch!  Join in for lunch with friends at Tea with Tracy in Seymour.  Transportation is provided by The Center ($3) or meet us at the restaurant.  Self-pay at the restaurant.

March 25:  Nosh & Knowledge Lecture series- Chronic Disease Management with Cary Carpino, R.N., Griffin Hospital Senior Health & Wellness Coordinator, at 10 am at the Woodbridge Library.  This lecture will be followed by a 6-week class:  Live Well with Chronic Health Conditions.  The class will begin on April 17 and continue on April 24, May 1, 8, 15 and 29, Fridays from 9 – 11:30 am at The Woodbridge Center.  The class will be taught by Helen Satkunas, R.N. and Kim Petrillo, R.N. of Griffin Hospital Health Services Community Outreach & Parish Nursing.  This class covers topics such as pain reduction, dealing with difficult emotions, mobility improvement, physical activity levels, healthy diet, medication use and best practices for effective communication with both family and healthcare providers.  There is no fee for this program, but RSVP is required.

March 31:  Lunch entertainment with John Paolillo begins at 12:00 pm.  RSVP required.

April 9:  AAA Traffic Safety Jeopardy!  Come for lunch (with reservation) and stay for an informative and fun game of ‘driving jeopardy’.  This game will educate you about distractions, pedestrian and bike safety, impairments and other traffic safety topics.  Remember to reserve your lunch one day prior by noon.  This program is provided by AAA Northeast Spokeswoman Fran Mayko and runs from 12:30-1 pm.

April 23:  Trip!  Westchester Broadway Theatre presents “All Shook Up”.  Fee is $119.00 which includes this musical comedy based on the songs of Elvis Presley, lunch, transportation and driver’s gratuity.  RSVP by 3/26.

April 30:  ‘Spring Fling’ sponsored by New England Young at Heart.  This annual health fair includes health, home, beauty and wellness vendors.  The event runs 10 am—1:30 pm in the Center Building gymnasium.

February Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesday and Thursday at The Center café, at 12:15 p.m.  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.  If eating in and taking left-overs to-go, please bring a plastic container with you.  The fee for each to-go container is $.50.

3/3 Mardi Gras Party! Split pea soup, chicken marsala, rice pilaf, chopped spinach, chocolate brownie, 3/5 Butternut squash soup, stuffed cabbage, mashed potato, steamed carrots, pineapple upside down cake, 3/10 Ginger carrot soup, cilantro lime salmon, sesame noodles, blueberry cobbler, 3/12 Five onion soup, meatloaf with gravy, mashed potato, broccoli, garlic bread, apple pie, 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day:  Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, new potatoes, soda bread, shamrock cookies and cake – $6.00– space is limited, reserve your spot by 3/12, 3/19 Italian wedding soup, spaghetti with meatballs, sautéed zucchini, garlic toast, rice pudding, 3/24 Escarole and bean soup, oven fried chicken, baked potato with sour cream, garlic broccolini, lemon pound cake, 3/26 Vegetable soup, turkey with gravy, baked yam, collard greens, mint brownie, 3/31 Five bean soup, baked fish with lemon wine sauce, rice pilaf, steamed carrots, chocolate pudding.

Ongoing Programming

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

T’ai Chi with Bill Banick, Fridays 10-11 am in the Center Building, Room 16 (beginner, intermediate levels).  Next session begins 3/13.  Fee will be prorated for those joining late.  This class is designed to increase balance and stability, prevent falls and help manage arthritis.  Ten weeks for $50.

Gin Rummy:  Thursdays, 1-3 pm, in The Center café, no reservation needed.

Weekly Craft Group:  Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, in The Center lounge.  Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group.  No RSVP necessary.  Consider donating your un-used, clean yarn and circular knitting needles (sizes 6, 7, 8) to The Center.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Class meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  New session begins 3/6 and runs 12 weeks for $75.  Fee will be prorated for those joining late.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.

Mahjong:  Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 13 for advanced players; Room 11 for beginner and 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 Building gym on Tuesday and Thursday, 1011 am.  No need to sign up — just pay a drop-in fee of $2.

Book Club:  (Note Change!) Book club meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 11 am at the Library.  The next meeting is March 4 and the book will be Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.  New members welcome.

Art Class:  Class meets each Wednesday, 10 am 12 pm, in The Center café.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale.  New session begins 3/18.  Ten classes for $60; fee will be pro-rated for those joining late.

Tuesday Movies:  Following lunch in The Center lounge at 1 pm:  3/3 Ford v Ferrari, 3/10 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 3/17 No Movie – St. Patrick’s Day, 3/24 Knives Out, Film Favorite: 3/31 My Left Foot (1989).

Thursday Movies:  Oldies, musicals, classics following lunch in The Center lounge, 1pm.

Ask the Nurse:  1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 11 am – 12:30 pm, blood pressure screenings and conversation with a registered VNA Community Healthcare Nurse in The Center lounge.  No reservations needed.

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, no reservations—just come to The Center café, 1-4 pm.

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 Building 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.

  1. Center members show off their handiwork following the spring wreath-making event at New England Young at Heart in Oxford.  The small day trip included shopping at Chrisandra’s Country Store, a craft and lunch provided by Elim Park Health Care.
  2. Local dancers entertain at The Woodbridge Center for the Chinese New Year celebration

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