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Woodbridge Center 10/4/19

Woodbridge Center 10/4/19


The Human Services Department offers a sincere thank you to all who worked to make the Living Treasure Award Dinner a successful fundraiser for The Woodbridge Center.  Thanks to the committee members, celebrity servers, sponsors, advertisers, donors, staff and volunteers as well as to all those who attended.  We’re already looking forward to next year!

New! T’ai Chi with Bill Banick for beginner and intermediate levels

Excellent for balance!  Each Friday, beginning October 4 for 10 weeks, 10-11 am in Center building, room 16, $50.  Please call for more information and to register.

Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series

The Woodbridge Center’s Breakfast at 10 Lecture Series continues with a new name and new topics this fall.  The October lecture is “Homecare 101” with Pam Holt of Lifetime Care at Home on October 23.  Learn about medical vs. non-medical in-home care—it’s always better to have information before a crisis.  Lecture is 10 am in the Library meeting room.

The next topic will be “Home Energy Conservation and Understanding Your Bill” presented by United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas Co. on November 20 at 6 pm at the Woodbridge Library meeting room.

CHOICES Counselors Available

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period runs from Tuesday, October 15 to Saturday, December 7.  The Town of Woodbridge has Certified CHOICES Counselors available to provide counseling and information on topics such as Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicare HMOs, Long-Term Care Insurance and other state and federal benefit programs.  Counselors are helpful in selecting or making changes to insurance and making sure you have the right coverage for your needs.  Please contact Judi Young or Mary Ellen LaRocca for an appointment at (203)389-3429.

Woodbridge Center Improvements

Improvements to The Woodbridge Center can be seen both outside and in!  The Center’s ADA compliant restroom and ramp projects are near completion with a few minor details to be finished.  The new wayfinding signs outside and in are up and the lounge is freshly painted.  Later this month, new carpet will be installed in the lounge and the café and entrance will be painted.  The Center also has a new hand sink in the kitchen and will be installing a gallery molding to facilitate on-going art exhibits.  Most of the funding for these projects was provided by a State Dept. of Housing grant, a One of Kind Foundation grant, an Area Agency on Aging grant, and The Woodbridge Center’s fundraising dollars.  Upgrades to The Center are already improving access, convenience and comfort for residents.  Stop by to see for yourself!

Special Programming

RSVP is required one day prior unless otherwise noted.  Please call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

October 8:  Flu Clinic sponsored by the VNA, 11 am-2 pm in the Woodbridge Center café.  Please bring all insurance cards with you.  The CDC recommends annual flu shots.

October 14:  Center closed for Columbus Day holiday.

October 15:  Lunch entertainment with Pierce Campbell begins at 12:15 pm.

October 16:  Health Fair hosted by State Senator George Logan at Warsaw Park, Ansonia from 11 am to 2 pm.  Lunch will be provided.  Transportation available—must RSVP for a ride by 10/11.

October 16, 23:  2 part series with David Quast of Valic Financial Advisors “Investment Strategies for Women in Retirement” and “Planning for Financial Security.”  Programs are 6:30-7:30 pm at the Woodbridge Library.

October 16:  Art Class begins see details below.

October 17:  Audiology Awareness Month!  The American Speech and Hearing Association recommends hearing screenings for adults 50+.  Hearing screenings with Acuity Hearing Solutions are from 10 am-1pm at The Center.

October 21:  Lunch Bunch!  Join in for lunch with friends at Lasse’s Restaurant in Milford.  Transportation is provided by The Center ($3) or meet us there.  Self-pay at the restaurant.

October 23:  Nosh & Knowledge lecture Homecare 101 with Pam Holt at 10 am in the Library meeting room.

October 28:  AARP Safe Driver Training class, 9 am-1 pm in Room 11.  $15-members; $20—non-members.

October 29:  Halloween Party!  Entertainment with Larry Batter begins at 12:15 pm.  Wear your costume!

November 7:  “Ages in Stages” with the Orange Players.  Performance will follow lunch at 1 pm.  Come enjoy a comedy on aging with a talented local group!

November 11:  Veteran’s Day Celebration Woodbridge Veteran’s Day commemoration in the Center Gym at 11 am with master of ceremonies Barry Josephs.  The ceremony will include history of the holiday with special emphasis on women in the military.

November 12:  Veteran’s Day!  The Center hosts a presentation on the services and programs available to veterans through the New Haven Vet Center.  Veterans and family members are invited.

November 14:  Flu Clinic with Orange VNA, 1 pm-5 pm, please call for details.

November 14:  Trip!  Westchester Broadway Theatre presents “An American in Paris.”  Transportation, lunch, show and gratuity $111.  RSVP by October 10.

November 19:  Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at noon with entertainment by Brian Gillie.  This seasonal feast is sponsored by the Woodbridge Police Union, Coachman Square, and the Willows – Woodbridge.  The luncheon will be held in the Center gym; there are no fees and no take-outs.  RSVP required by November 12.

October Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesday and Thursday at The Center café, at 12:15 pm.  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 beginning November 1; there will be a surcharge for containers we provide at .50 each.

10/1 Beef barley soup, herb roasted turkey, roasted potatoes, fresh green beans, peach crisp, 10/3 Mushroom soup, stuffed cabbage and garlic roasted mashed potatoes, 10/8 Turkey noodle soup, baked ziti with meat sauce, squash, garlic toast, 10/10 Cream of broccoli soup, roast beef, baked potato, lemon cupcakes, 10/15 Home style chicken soup, beef pepper steak, brown rice, angel food cake, 10/17 Carrot apple soup, margarita chicken pasta, tiramisu cupcake,10/22 Ravioli marinara, garlic green beans, garlic bread, chocolate brownies, 10/24 Closed for Center painting, 10/29 Halloween party! Turkey rice soup, garlic herb meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peach crisp, 10/31 Navy bean soup, chicken cacciatore over linguini, carrot cake.

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!

New! T’ai Chi with Bill Banick for beginner and intermediate levels

Excellent for balance!  Each Friday, beginning October 4 for 10 weeks, 10-11 am, $50. Must register.

New! Gin Rummy

Thursdays from 1-3 pm in The center café.

Weekly Craft Group

Meets Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, in The Center lounge.  Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group.  Come for knitting and crocheting and stay for lunch!  Don’t forget to make a lunch reservation.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Class

Meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  Current session runs September 6 through November 22—12 weeks for $75.  Class fee will be pro-rated if joined late.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.


Mon. & Fri., 10 am, Center Building, Rm. 13 advanced, Rm. 11 beginner, intermediate.

Exercise with Lauri

Workout includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance.  Bring weights if you have them.  Class is in The Center café through September on Tuesday and Thursday, 1011 am.  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, 11 am at the Woodbridge Town Library.  The next meeting is October 22 and the book will be “When All is Said” by Anne Griffin.  New members are welcome.

Art Class

The 10-week Class meets each Wednesday, 10 am 12 pm, in The Center café.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale . Call to register.  A new ten-week class begins October 16.  Fee is $60 and will be pro-rated for those joining late.

Tuesday Movies

Following lunch in The Center lounge at 1 pm:  10/1 “Whitney,” 10/8 “The Biggest Little Farm,” 10/15 “Pavarotti,” 10/22 “Framing of John DeLorean,” 10/29 Silver Screen Halloween Selection:  “Young Frankenstein” (1974).

Thursday Movies

Oldies, musicals, classics following lunch in The Center Lounge 1pm.

Ask the Nurse

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

Duplicate Bridge

Mondays, 9:30 am—12:30 pm, in The Center café.


The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members!  Join in for a friendly card game 1-4 pm, no reservations—just come to The Center café.


Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, 1-4 pm, in The Center lounge.  Come any day—the group looks for new players and is willing to bring rusty players up to speed!


Meets Monday-Thursday in the Center gym for group play, 12:30-2:30 pm and Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm.  Paid annual members may arrange playing times with other.  Annual membership is $20 for Woodbridge residents and $25 for non-residents.  Stop by the office to make payment.  Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Shuffleboard, bocce and billiard

Equipment are available during business hours.  Stop by with your group and play on a first come first served basis.

  1. Dr. Jennifer Botwick, of the New Haven Naturopathic Center, leads the Mindfulness, Meditation and Memory class with a large group of local residents.  The class was offered for 3 weeks and will be offered in a longer format next year.
  2. Woodbridge Center members enjoyed a wonderful lunch with music, dancing and vendors at the annual Fall Ball sponsored by New England Young at Heart at Aria Banquet facility in Prospect.

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