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The Woodbridge Center News 12/13/19

The Woodbridge Center News 12/13/19

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 us to find out more or sign up to receive our newsletter by mail or email.  Please contact us at 203-389-3430 or jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series

January 29:  Creative Cooking for 1 or 2 with Laurie Van Cleft of Jewish Senior Services of Bridgeport.  This lecture is at 10:00 a.m. in The Center cafeteria.

February 26:  Medical Marijuana—Unraveling the Mystery with Canna Care Docs Education Center in Milford.  Lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. 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.

December 20:  T’ai Chi with Bill Banick begins again.  This ten-week class (beginner, intermediate) meets in Center building, Room 16 for $50.  The class will be prorated for those joining late.

December 23:  Rescheduled Trip!  Mini holiday shopping trip to Chrisandra’s Country store in Oxford, then lunch at New England Young at Heart provided by Elim Park Health Care and Rehabilitation with a holiday themed craft of homemade cards!  Please RSVP by December 18 – cost is $20.00 including transportation.

December 31:  Intergenerational New Year’s Party!  Chicken Marsala, mashed potato, pineapple upside down cake.  Join in the fun with the 4-year-olds from the Woodbridge Childcare Center.  Cost is $3.00; please RSVP by noon 12/30.

January 14:  Lunch entertainment at The Center café with Mary Conway begins at 12:15 pm.

January 22:  Financial Planning for Retirement presented by David Quast, a Financial Planning Advisor with VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. at 6 pm at the Woodbridge Library.

January 28:  Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau will be commemorated at The Center with a viewing of the documentary Paper Clips at 1 pm in the lounge.

February 4:  Celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the rat, with entertainment at 12:15 pm.

February 4:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 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 203-389-3429 for information on required documents and to make an appointment.

February 11:  Valentine’s Day lunch with entertainment by Jim Sheehan at 12:15 pm.

December/January 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.  Charges for to-go containers will begin in December at .50 per container.

12/12 Herb roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing, garlic green beans, garlic bread, apple pie, 12/1 Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potato, sautéed zucchini, banana cake, 12/19 Pasta fagioli soup, chicken parmesan, garlic green beans, capellini aioli, apple crisp, 12/24, 12/26 No lunch served, 12/31 New Year’s Eve Lunch! Chicken marsala, mashed potato, pineapple upside down cake, ½ Italian wedding soup, eggplant rollatini, rice pilaf, garlic bread, chocolate pudding, 1/7 Onion soup, cilantro-lime salmon, mashed potato, roasted zucchini, blueberry cobbler, 1/9 Ginger carrot soup, chicken picatta, mashed sweet potato, apple squares, 1/14 Minestrone soup, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic toast, ambrosia, 1/16 Potato leek soup, crab cakes with remoulade sauce, toasted orzo, cake, 1/21 Escarole and bean soup, veal bruschetta, baked potato, carrot cake, 1/23 Harvest soup, lemon-rosemary chicken, yams, garlic broccollini, lemon pound cake, 1/28 Split pea soup, fish with lemon and white wine sauce, rice pilaf, brownie, 1/30 Mushroom bisque, pot roast, mashed potatoes, spinach, chocolate cream pie.

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!

T’ai Chi with Bill Banick, Fridays 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Room 16 (beginner, intermediate levels).  New session begins 12/20.  Class 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, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., in The Center café, no reservation needed.

Weekly Craft Group meets Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in The Center lounge.  All yarn and sewing crafts welcome.  No RSVP necessary.  Consider donating your unused, clean yarn and circular knitting needles (sizes 6, 7, 8) to The Center.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Class meets Fridays, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  New session begins 12/6 and runs 12 weeks for $75.  Class fee will be prorated if joined late.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.

Mahjong Monday & Friday, 10:00 a.m., 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, 10:00 11:00 a.m.  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 at 11:00 a.m. at the Library.   There is no December meeting.  The next meeting is January 14 (note 2nd Tuesday).  The book will be Miracle Creek by Angie Kim.  New members are welcome.

Art Class Class meets each Wed nesday,10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., in The Center café.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale.  Current session ends 12/18.  Next 10-week session begins January 8.

Tuesday Movies Following lunch in The Center lounge at 1:00 p.m.:  12/17 The Peanut Butter Falcon, 12/24, 12/31 No movies due to holidays.  January movies TBA.

Thursday Movies Oldies, musicals, classics following lunch in The Center lounge, 1:00 p.m., no movie 12/26.

Ask the Nurse 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., blood pressure screenings, weight and conversation with a registered VNA Community Healthcare Nurse in The Center lounge.

Duplicate Bridge Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 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, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Pinochle Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., 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 p.m. and Friday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.  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. Many thanks to the Woodbridge Police Union-local UPSEU/COPS for its generous support of the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, other generous sponsors included The Willows of Woodbridge and Coachman Square-Woodbridge.
  2. The annual Thanksgiving luncheon attracts a cross section of the many people who utilize The Center’s programs and facilities and brings them all together for a community building event.  The Center is a comprised of many different groups including the members of the different exercise classes, the mahjong group, the art class, the different card groups, the craft group, those who come for lectures, book club, and lunches as well as those who utilize the transportation program.
  3. Members of the Woodbridge Garden Club stand with the beautiful centerpieces they created and donated to the annual Thanksgiving luncheon.  The staff and members of The Center are so grateful for all of our community partners.

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