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The Woodbridge Center News: 9/1/17

From the Director Jeanette Glicksman:  The new school year means alarm clocks, early breakfast and homework for many families, but for those of us now living without school-aged children it means school buses, more traffic, and cooler weather.  All of us have to watch out for changing conditions while traveling about as the season begins to change.  September is National Senior Center month; here at the Center there’s a full month of activities ahead – make your plans to join us!

“My favorite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.” – Groucho Marx

September Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center Café at 12:15 pm.  The cost is $3 for dine-in meals and $4 for take-out.  Reservations are requested.  Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert.  Menu items:  9/1 Chicken cacciatore with whole wheat pasta, 9/5 Roast beef with potatoes & vegetable, 9/8 Vegetable lasagna with white sauce, 9/12 Baked tilapia served with rice pilaf, 9/15 Chicken burritos and rice, 9/19 ‘Farm to Chef’ Lunch:  eggplant parmesan with spaghetti squash, 9/22 ‘Farm to Chef’ Lunch:  homemade cavatelli, broccoli & sausage and fried green tomatoes, 9/26 Roast pork loin Florentine with sweet potatoes, 9/29 Fish tacos and ice cream with toppings.

Special Programming:

September 5 – Lunch Program “Are You Prepared?” at 12:30 pm presented by Quinnipiack Valley Health District.  Join us for a presentation on emergency preparedness.  Lunch begins at 12:15 pm and reservations are requested.  Remember – it’s hurricane season!

September 12 – Lunch program entertainment with Paul Shlien at 12:30 pm.  Lunch begins at 12:15 pm and reservations are requested.

September 13 – ‘Farm to Chef’ week kick-off event at Brookdale of Woodbridge from 1–3 pm with a complimentary tasting prepared by Chef David Fein; Transportation provided by the Center- call to RSVP.  Van transportation is $3.00.

September 13 – Medicare 101–6-7:30 pm Center lounge.  Join us for an evening of information about Medicare basics, enrollment opportunities, coverage choices, eligibility requirements, and coverage limits with Tom Maercklein and David Cowan sponsored by Legacy Retirement Group, LLC.  Light refreshments will be served.

September 17- SUNDAY – Pancake breakfast fundraiser for the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s sponsored by The Woodbridge Center and New England Young at Heart.  Breakfast is 8-10:30 am in the Center Cafe.  Cost is $10.00 per person (kids under 5 free) with all profit donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Tickets are available at The Woodbridge Center, Town Hall Tax Office or by contacting Elaine Marcucio at 203-887-5047.

September 18 – AARP Safe Driver Training class: 9 am–1 pm in the Center lounge; $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members.  Reservations are required.

September 18 – ‘Farm to Chef Week’ Lunch Bunch!  Join in for family style meal with friends at Masarro Farm in Woodbridge.  Transportation is provided by the Center van or you can meet us there.  Reservations are required.  Lunch is $8.00; Van transportation is $3.00.

September 19 – Origami class hosted by William Mariano of Home Instead Senior Care in Hamden; Join us 11am – 12pm for a beginner Origami program and explore an enjoyable art form that is portable, creative, and inviting for any age or generation.  In this program participants will fold paper to create a crane and a frog. All materials will be provided including large size paper to make folding easier.  Class will meet in the Center lounge.

September 24–SUNDAY–2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Haven.  Join or donate to the Woodbridge Center’s team at Lighthouse Point in New Haven.  Go to alz.org/walk and search for our team:  Motrin in Motion – Woodbridge.

September 26 – September is Fall Prevention month!  P.R.I.D.E. program 11:30 am-1pm- Center lounge; A free, community centered intervention program that enhances seniors’ ability to live safely and independently in their own homes by reducing their chances of falls.

Institute of Learning in Retirement (ILR) – Check out new classes listed at www.ilralbertus.org.  Contact Joan Murphy at 203-314-6352 for additional information and membership details.

Upcoming Trips:

October 12 – Vermont Fall Foliage – First stop is Kringle Candle Company and Chocolate Cottage then on to the New England House for lunch with choice of 3 entrees.  The last stop of the day is at the Apple Barn & Country Bake Shop in Bennington, VT with complimentary apple pie and ice cream!  This trip includes all of these stops, transportation and driver’s gratuity for $97.00.  RSVP soon as these trips fill up fast.

November 9 – Westchester Broadway Theater – Annie Get Your Gun, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.  This trip includes transportation, lunch, show and driver’s gratuity for just $102.00.

New! Special Programming: “Coffee At 10:00” – A Bit Of Breakfast And A Bit Of Knowledge!

The Human Services Department will launch a new lecture series monthly beginning Friday, September 29th with Probate Judge Cliff Hoyle speaking on the Myths and Realities of the Court.

October 25      Opiates and Chronic Pain

November 29  Healthy Diet:  herbs, anti-inflammatory foods and immune system boosters

December 20   Genealogy Methodology

January 24       Marijuana as Medicine

February 28     Getting your House Ready for Sale

March 28         Woodbridge Garden Club

April 25           Mind Matters – Brain Fitness

May 23            Humor Therapy

Light Breakfast will be served – join us in the Center lounge to whet your curiosity and your appetite, RSVP requested.

To RSVP or for more information for all programming, call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Ongoing Programming:

Stay healthy, meet new friends, and enjoy one of Woodbridge’s best walking locations!  Walk the cornfield loop at the Fitzgerald Property at a moderate or gentle pace.  The walking group will meet at the parking area on Beecher Road and leave promptly Friday mornings at 9:30 am.  To join the group, call the Woodbridge Center at: 203-389-3430 or email Judi Young at srsocialworker@Woodbridgect.org.  The walk will be cancelled for weather conditions which may make walking unpleasant such as strong winds, heavy rain, mud, and cold temperatures.

Pickleball:  Meets Fridays in the Center Gym for group play from 12:30-3:30 pm.  Self-scheduled hours are available for those who have paid annual fee of $20.  Interested players can make arrangements with other players or use our Doodle scheduling tool and drop in daily from 12:30 pm –2:15 pm Monday thru Thursday.  The equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Exercise with Laurie:  Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Center Café 10 –11 am.  No need to sign up – just pay a drop in fee of $2 and stay for a great workout!  Exercise class includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance.  Please bring your own weights if you have them.

Book Club:  The book club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Library.  The next meeting is September 26th.  This month’s book is The Address by Fiona Davis.  New members are always welcome – stop by the library to pick up your copy of the book at the Adult Services desk.

Art Class:  This 10–week class begins September 27th and meets Wednesdays 10 am – noon in the Center Café.  The class, taught by local artist Graham Dale, is just $60 and participants are asked to bring their own supplies.  For a list of supplies and to register contact the Center.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in the Center lounge at approximately 1 pm:  9/1 My Cousin Rachel (2017 remake of the 1952 version), 9/8 Paris Can Wait, 9/15 King Arthur, 9/22 Everything Everything, Favorite Film Friday:  9/29 The Graduate.

Ask the Nurse – 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month 11 am- 12:30 pm, blood pressure screenings, weight and conversation with a registered nurse from VNA Community Healthcare.

Duplicate Bridge:  Mondays, 9:30 am, Center Café.

Bridge:  The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members! Join the group for a friendly game of cards.  No reservations necessary– just come down to the Center lounge at 1 pm.

Pinochle:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1-4 pm, Center lounge.  The group is always looking for new players and is willing to bring rusty players up to speed!

Mah-jong:  Mondays and Fridays, 10 am, Center Building- room 11.

Woodbridge Center Harvest & Holiday Fair

Cleaning out your house this summer?  The Woodbridge Center will gladly accept donations of new and gently used items for the 24th annual Harvest & Holiday Fair tag sale.  We’d also appreciate donations of handmade items for the crafts table.  Contact us to let us know about your donation.  Volunteers from the community are needed for outreach, to help set up the event and to help during the fair.  We seek companies and/or individuals to donate themed baskets for the Silent Auction or items for the “Take a Chance” raffle.  The fair will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 10 am – 2 pm in the Center Building Gymnasium.  This event helps to support the Woodbridge Center programming and needs.  For more information, please contact Elaine Marcucio, 203-887-5047 or Emarcucio@gmail.com.

Library Services To The Homebound

The Woodbridge Library, in conjunction with the Woodbridge Human Services Department, offers delivery of library materials to the homebound.  Through this program full library service is offered to those in the community who are elderly and unable to come to the library and to those who are permanently or temporarily disabled and who do not have transportation.  By calling the library, residents can request books, large-print titles, books on tape, magazines, CDs, and DVDs.  The Senior Center will arrange delivery of requested materials to homebound patrons.  If you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please contact Judi Young at Woodbridge Human Services, 203-389-3429 or call the Woodbridge Library at 203-389-3433.

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