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The Woodbridge Center – June 2021

The Woodbridge Center – June 2021

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

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Father’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon:  Join us for the next drive-thru luncheon on Thursday, June 17 from 12-1 pm to help celebrate all dads.  All Woodbridge residents over the age of 60 are welcome to enjoy this delicious lunch provided by Jewish Senior Services.  Lunch includes choice of BBQ brisket on a rustic roll or turkey, cheddar and bacon on a croissant, homestyle macaroni salad and blueberry shortcake.  Larry Batter will provide musical entertainment.  Hamden Health and Rehab will complete this celebration by generously sponsoring The Woodbridge Center’s traditional Father’s Day root beer float treat.  RSVP by Thursday, June 10.

Monthly drive-thru lunches continue!  Stay tuned for delicious details on the annual “indoor” picnic coming in July.

Programs at The Woodbridge Center

All classes meet outside unless inclement weather.  Preregistration is required.  During inclement weather, the classes will meet inside the Center Building.  Masks are required for all indoor programming at this time.

New Programs starting at The Woodbridge Center:

Men’s Coffee Corner at the Grove will begin Monday, June 21 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 10:00 -11:30 am.  Bring your own coffee or buy a cup from the new (early June) Café Rebelde coffee cart located in the “Old Firehouse” parking lot.  Play a game of Bocce, Shuffleboard, or just enjoy sitting and socializing with some new or old friends.  The Grove, as always, is open to all.

Shoot some pool in The Center café every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3 pm beginning June 22.  Masks and preregistration are required.

Yoga for All, with Bill Banick, starts Wednesday, June 23 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm in Center Building room 16.  This all-level yoga class consists of seated warm-up exercises, breathing techniques, standing and seated yoga postures utilizing a chair as a prop, relaxation, and meditation.  Join for 8 weeks at $50.

Zumba Gold:  Come try this fun, upbeat class!  The design of the class introduces easy to follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination.  Previous Zumba experience is not required.  Call for more info!

Ongoing Programs at The Center:

Craft Group meets Tuesdays (starting 6/22) and Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Bring your current knitting or crocheting project and enjoy some long over-due social time.  Instructor will be available on Thursdays.

   Painting for Pleasure with Graham Dale:  All levels are welcome, Wednesdays, 10 am – 12 pm.  Come paint your choice of subject with acrylics or watercolors.  Call for materials list.  The ten-week session fee is $60 – prorated for latecomers.

Exercise with Laurie continues Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am.  Enjoy an aerobic, cardio and strength training workout to music.  Bring your own 1-to-2-pound hand weights.  Preregistration is required; $2 fee per class.

Targeted Strength Training on Mondays, 9-10 am, is led by Michele Tenney.  This exercise class uses exercise bands to focus on strengthening specific muscle groups to help increase balance, stability, and flexibility.  Bands are available for purchase through the instructor.  The class fee is $40 for an 8-week session and will be prorated.

Pickleball:  Monday through Friday, 12:30 – 3:30 pm in the Center Building gym.  Two sessions are offered daily.  Advance court sign-up is required as space is limited.

The following virtual classes will be offered:

Get to the Point of Health Zoom Lecture Series:  The VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice will present “Memory Matters” on Friday, June 18 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Learn why exercising your brain is as important as exercising your body.  Also find out how to maintain brain function and dispel the myths of memory loss and aging.  This is the last lecture in this lecture series.  It is accessible via Zoom and WGATV Channel 79.  Call 203-389-3430 to register and obtain the Zoom link.

AAA Defensive Driving Course is offered virtually June 1, 8, 15, 29 and July 6.  This free, four-hour class, taken from the comfort of your own home, may qualify you for an auto insurance discount upon completion.  Register at: www.AAA.COM/DEFENSIVEDRIVING.

Services offered:

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those 60+ or with disabilities Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2:30 pm with limited exceptions.  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required for safety reasons.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals complete with a protein, starch, vegetables, and fresh fruit for $5/meal.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including Shepherd’s pie, chicken and pasta with fresh mozzarella, vegetable lasagna and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll and dessert.  There is a minimum order of two meals please.

New!  Frozen soups are now available for $1 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include Italian wedding, beef orzo, carrot apple, sweet potato bisque, and more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order!  Soup must be ordered with meals or a minimum of five soups must be ordered at a time.

Looking for company?  Call Judi Young, senior services social worker, at 203-389-3429 to arrange for a Friendly Visitor.

Staff recipe pick:  Each month a favorite recipe from the Human Services staff will be featured.  This month, Judi Young, Senior Social Worker, shares a healthy, recipe favorite of hers from The Barefoot Contessa.

Orzo with Roasted Vegetables


  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and ¾-inch diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, 1-inch diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and 1-inch diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup good olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ pound orzo

For the Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup good olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • To Assemble:
  • 4 scallions, minced (white and green parts)
  • ¼ cup pignolis, toasted
  • ¾ pound good feta, ½-inch diced (not crumbled)
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Toss the eggplant, bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, and pepper on a large baking sheet.  Roast for 40 minutes, until browned, turning once with a spatula.

Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water for 7 to 9 minutes, until tender.  Drain and transfer to a large serving bowl.

Add the roasted vegetables to the pasta, scraping all the liquid and seasonings from the roasting pan into the pasta bowl.

For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper and pour on the pasta and vegetables.  Let cool to room temperature, then add the scallions, pignolis, feta, and basil.  Check the seasonings and serve at room temperature.  Enjoy!

Have Clutter?

Gather it together to sell for someone’s treasure at the Community Tag Sale on June 12 at the Summer Second Saturday event, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Rent a space (2 parking spots) for $10 or a space with 2 tables set up for $25.  Located at the Library/Center Building parking lot.  Sign-up on town website.  Nothing to sell?  Come enjoy browsing and maybe you will find something you need.  Food trucks and lawn games available.  Contact The Center (203-389-3430) with questions.

The Craft group would appreciate donations of clean skeins of yarn.  Call The Center to donate!

Pictured: Mother’s Day Drive thru

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