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The Woodbridge Center – July 2022

The Woodbridge Center – July 2022

The Center is pleased to welcome Mike Quick to the Transportation Program.  Mike comes to The Center highly qualified with many years of experience driving commercial, passenger vehicles.  He is patient, conscientious, and always has a big smile (under the mask)!  We are sure you will enjoy riding with Mike as much as with our other wonderful drivers.

Are you over 55 years old?  Contact The Woodbridge Center:  Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information on all programming.  Preregistration is required for all programming and events.

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COVID-19 Guideline Update at The Center:  Masks will be required for all indoor Center programming and events when New Haven County is in a “high” level based on the CDC’s new tool for monitoring COVID-19 in the community.  For the safety of others, please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you tested positive for COVID-19.

Sponsored lunches for Woodbridge residents over 60 years of age:  Annual Picnic Drive-thru Luncheon:  Come pick-up this year’s Annual Picnic lunch at the July 28 drive-thru then stay and enjoy it in the Grove.  Bourbon pulled chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll, and dessert will be served (all cold).  This drive-thru is generously sponsored by the Woodbridge Police Department and Elim Park.  Also enjoy a special treat provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  No charge.  Please RSVP by July 21.

Summer Luncheon in the Grove:  Eat, drink and be entertained in the Grove on August 25 from 12-1:30 pm.  Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center has arranged for this fun event sponsoring music by Alex Lentini, sandwiches and chips sponsored by Maplewood at Orange, dessert sponsored by Atrinity Home Care, and beverages sponsored by Senior Planning Services.  Please call to RSVP – space is limited to the first 50 to sign up.  No charge.  Rain date is August 26.

Upcoming Events/Programs

New! Cornhole:  Sign-up today to participate in this part skill, part luck, all fun activity!  This is a game everyone can play!  All levels are welcome.  Every Monday and Friday, 10-11:30 am in the Grove, weather permitting.  Call to register 203-389-3430.

2 months remain! American Armchair Adventure – National Park Series:  This in-person monthly series, provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, explores six National Parks in six months.  Enjoy simulated tours, interactive discussions, trivia, and more.  Remaining adventures include:  Zion – July 8, and Grand Teton – August 12.  The program meets 11 am – 12 pm in the Library Meeting Room.  Call 203-389-3430 to sign up.

Herb Planting in a Hand-painted Terracotta Pot:  Everything will be provided to plant your favorite herbs in a beautifully hand-painted terracotta pot.  This workshop is offered by Hamden Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center for no charge on July 14, 11 am – 12 pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Bangle Charm Bracelet Workshop:  All supplies will be provided to make customized charm bracelets in this workshop provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  August 18, 11 am – 12 pm in the Library Meeting Room.  No Charge.

Rolling start-date!  FREE Lifestyle Change (Diabetes Prevention) Program – offered in-person and on Zoom:  Concerned about your health risks as you age?  Want to live healthier but don’t know where to start?  Join this evidence-based Lifestyle Change Program led by a certified lifestyle coach.  The program includes 26 weekly sessions on healthy eating, type 2 diabetes prevention, weight loss, stress management, physical activity, and more.  A weekly 45 minute exercise class with Laura Richling is included as well as six private sessions with a Registered Dietician.

This program will be provided AT NO COST to everyone 60+ years of age.  It is co-sponsored by the South Central CT Agency on Aging and non-profit Monitor My Health, in an effort to promote good health.  Weekly lecture/discussion every Tuesday 1-2 pm in the Center Building room 16, fitness class Tuesdays 12-12:45 pm in the Center Building gym.  Join anytime.  Call to register.

Exercise:  Not sure if a class session is right for you?  Try a complimentary class first!

New!  Hybrid Aerobics Class with Laura Richling:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am in the Center Building gym and beginning June 7 on Zoom.  Enjoy a complete aerobic, cardio, and strength training work-out to a variety of music.  Bring your own 1- or 2-pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class.  There is a $3 fee payable at the start of class, or invoiced monthly for Zoom participants.  Please call for link.

Pickleball:  Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm, in the Center Building gym and enjoy the new nets outside 7 days/week.  New players please call to register.  All levels are welcome.  Call for more information.  There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.


Bridge:  Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Craft Group:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Woodbridge Room of the Library.  Bring your current knitting, crocheting, or needlepoint project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Pinochle:  Mondays, Wednesdays, 1-4 pm and Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm, the Center Building, room 16.

Services offered (for Woodbridge residents only)

Tech Tuesday and Thursday, 2:45-4:15 pm:  Need help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone?  Call to sign-up for a 1:1 session in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, Amity High School student volunteers.  No charge.

Computer lab, located in room 13 of the Human Services hallway, is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  Two-person limit in computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).  Preregistration is required.

Transportation is available for those over the age of 60 or for those temporarily or permanently disabled to medical appointments to 17 surrounding towns, local grocery shopping, banking, pharmacy pick-up, and social engagements, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required.

Meals:  Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $5.25/meal are available.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home during the same week.  Choose from a wide variety of options including stuffed flounder, eggplant rollatini, chicken piccata, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  Two meal minimum order with a ten-meal limit.  See website (https://woodbridgect.org/541/Lunch-Meal-Programs) for a complete list of offerings.

Frozen soups are available for $1.50 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include Italian wedding, beef orzo, minestrone, harvest vegetable, chicken noodle, and many more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Friendly Visitor Program:  Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker, at 203-389-3429, to arrange for a friendly visitor.

Medical Loan Closet:  Durable medical equipment, including walkers, wheelchairs, knee rollers, shower chairs, and more, is available for lending.  Donations of wheelchairs and transport chairs are needed.  Call for details.

Job Bank:  Residents may call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services Director, at 203-389-3429, to hire a student worker.  Schedule now for yard cleanup, party assistance, baby-sitting, and more.

  1. Jessica Esposito and Jeanette Glicksman cheerfully greet participants at the Father’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon sponsored by Amity Physical Therapy and Coachman Square
  2. Recipients of the Woodbridge Center Award, Sandy Faggiana, second from left, and Linda Caffelette, are honored at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration; also pictured are Senior Center Director Kristy Moriarty, First Selectman Beth Heller, Human Services Commission Chair Susan Davidson, and State Senator Jorge Cabrera
  3. Business Award recipients, Deb Urso (second from left) representing Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and Carol Davino representing Coachman Square at Woodbridge are recognized at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

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