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The Woodbridge Center News – September 2021

The Woodbridge Center News – September 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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The Woodbridge Center’s members enjoyed several luncheons recently thanks to the generosity of the Woodbridge Police Department, Coachman Square of Woodbridge, and Hamden Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  From the craft group enjoying a group luncheon to celebrate their instructor, Aline Waldmann, to the monthly drive-thrus in July and August,  The Center staff thoroughly enjoyed each of these occasions to exchange smiles and brief conversations with everyone who takes part in these events.  If you are over 55, be sure to sign-up for these wonderful opportunities to still come together over a delicious meal!

New Activities and Events:

Walk to End Alzheimer’s, September 2 at 12 pm & September 26 at 10 am:  Join The Center’s Team, Motrin in Motion-Woodbridge, for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Show your support with a donation and/or choose 1 or both opportunities to walk with The Center’s team.  The first walk will meet locally on Sept. 2 at 12 noon, at the Town Hall for a short 15 minute walk around the Town Center.  Meet on Sunday, September 26 at 10 am (9 am registration) at Ken Strong Stadium in West Haven to take part in the Greater New Haven walk.  Call for details including how to register to receive a free t-shirt.

Coachman Square of Woodbridge’s Annual Town-wide Picnic:  Join us on September 9 (rain date September 10) from 12-2 pm as Coachman Square of Woodbridge, in partnership with The Center, gives back to the community they call home.  Woodbridge town residents, employees and first responders are welcome to enjoy a full outdoor BBQ fare, refreshments, bocce, shuffleboard, and live entertainment provided by Paula Pettinella at no charge.  RSVP by September 2 by calling The Center at 203-389-3430.

Diabetes Prevention Zoom Program, September 15 from 6-7 pm:  Learn how to change your lifestyle to prevent T2 diabetes.  Join Rachel Gordon, MS of Griffin Health for 16 weekly sessions and 6 monthly follow-up sessions to make a change for life.  To register for this no-cost class, call 203-732-1369 or rgordon@griffinhealth.org.

2021-22 Lecture Series Kickoff: Cooking Demo with Chef Heff, September 20 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Hamden Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center presents Street N’ Savory’s Chef Heff in The Center café and on Zoom as he prepares his favorite Italian culinary classic Rigatoni Rustica.  Learn to make a simple yet delicious meal during this entertaining cooking demo.  Samples will be available to bring home.  No charge.  RSVP by September 13.

The next lecture in the series will be on October 15 at 11:30 am on Zoom with Kyle Branday of Amity Physical Therapy giving a presentation on back pain.  Call to register: 203-389-3430.

Living Treasure Event, September 23 at 5:30-8 pm – see Human Services section for details.

Learn to Play Bridge Class, October 13 at 1 pm.  Interested in a refresher or learning to play bridge?  Call for more about this 6-week course.

Flu Clinics, October 14 & 21 – See Human Services section for details.

AARP Smart Drivers Course, October 18 at 9 am – 1 pm:  Review defensive driving and other important skills in this course.  Completion may provide a discount on your car insurance.  $20 for members, $25 non-member.

Ongoing Activities at The Center:


Bridge:  Wednesdays 1-4 pm in The Center café.

Computer lab is open Monday- Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  One hour use per day/person.  Two-person limit in computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).  Preregistration is required.

Craft Group:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm in The Center lounge.  Bring your current knitting or crocheting project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Mahjongg:  Mondays and Fridays 10 am noon in room 13 of the Center Building.

Pinochle:  Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm in The Center lounge.

Bocce, shuffleboard, pool, and ping pong:  Call The Center to arrange for use or to put your name on a list with others of like interest.

Exercise:  Not sure if it’s a good fit?  Try a complimentary class first.

NEW Aerobic Class:  Come enjoy a complete workout to a variety of music.  Highly recommended instructor, Laura Richling, comes with over 15 years of experience teaching fitness classes along with a master’s degree in music that results in an enjoyably choreographed aerobic, cardio and strength training workout.  Preregistration is required for this class offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, outdoors in the Grove (The Center cafe during inclement weather), 10-11 am.  Bring your own 1 or 2 pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class.  There is a $3 fee paid at the beginning of each class.

Pickleball takes place Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm in the Center Building gym as well as 7 days/week on the outdoor courts.  Advance court sign-up is required for indoor and outdoor play.  All levels welcome.  Call for more information.

Targeted Strength Training is offered on Mondays outdoors in the Grove (The Center cafe during inclement weather), 9-10 am.  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 as needed.

Zumba Gold:  Who says exercise can’t be fun?  Join instructor Amanda Aranzullo for this fun “dance party” as she introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.  No prior Zumba experience required.  Classes are held Fridays, 9-9:45 am in the Grove (The Center cafe during inclement weather).  The fee for an 8-week session is $40.  Next session begins September 10; prorated as needed.

Virtual programs:  AAA Defensive Driving Course is offered virtually every Tuesday from 10 am – 2 pm.  This free class for members and non-members, 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-Friday from 9 am – 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.

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 turkey pot pie, 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 meal options!  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 social worker to arrange for a friendly visitor, 203-389-3429.

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


  1. The craft group enjoys each other’s company over a delicious lunch in July
  2. Some of the Zumba Gold members enjoy a fun workout
  3. The Luau drive-thru luncheon once again provided an enjoyable time for everyone who participated!

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