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Woodbridge Center – 11/18/22

Woodbridge Center – 11/18/22

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

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Sharing Gratitude

With November being a month to reflect on all we are thankful for, we would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of The Woodbridge Center, to thank the local businesses for their ongoing support.  There have been several challenges of late due to the pandemic and not having a designated senior center space.  The generosity of these local businesses and agencies, coupled with the flexibility of other Town departments, have enabled The Center to increase our services during this difficult time.

We would also like to thank the “older adults” of the community who are the heart of The Center.  The positivity and support you spread to each other, from your kindness within, are both admirable and contagious.

This web of support makes The Center the treasure that it is.  We look forward to the near future when we can further expand on our offerings, while supporting the community to come together and safely socialize, in the beautifully renovated Center.

We wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you all have the opportunity to reflect on what you are thankful for as well!

-Kristy and Jessica

COVID-19 Guideline Update at The Center

Masks will be required for all indoor Center programming and events when New Haven County is at a “high” level based on the CDC’s tool for monitoring COVID-19 in the community.  For the safety of others, please stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you tested positive for COVID-19.

Please note:  There will be no programs, activities, or events the week of December 23 through January 2.

Sponsored Lunches For Woodbridge Residents Over 60 Years Of Age:

Holiday Drive-thru Luncheon: Celebrate the Holidays with The Center at this festive drive-thru on December 15, from 12–1pm, generously sponsored by The Rotary Club of Woodbridge!  Pick-up a delicious meal of stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, and fresh roasted vegetables, provided by Lasse’s Catering, to be heated and enjoyed at home with mini pastries for dessert.  Please RSVP by December 8.  Quantity is limited to the first 100 people that register.

Upcoming Events/Programs:

Lunch & Learn:  Fight Back Against Cardiovascular Disease!  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  Join Becket Greten-Harrison, cardiology PA and founder of Hearts at Home, for a presentation to learn how to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and how to reclaim quality of life living with it.  This informative program will meet December 2 from 11:30am–12:30pm in the Library Meeting Room.  Please remember to RSVP 203-389-3430.  Lunch will be provided.

Gnome Wine Topper Craft:  Come make adorable gnome, winter, or holiday themed, wine toppers to give as gifts or to keep for yourself.  All supplies are provided.  This program is sponsored by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and will meet on December 15, from 11am-12pm in the Library Meeting Room.  Please RSVP.

NEW Date Lunch and Learn:  Conservatorship, Guardianship, and Supported Decision Making:  This workshop, presented by Drazen Rubin Law, provides information on navigating the complicated world of special needs planning including key benefits and available resources as well as power of attorney, estate planning, financial considerations, and more.  RSVP to enjoy lunch while attending this presentation on December 14 from 11:30am–12:30pm in the library Meeting Room.

Christmas in London:  Although you may not be able to experience it in person, come take part in a lovely virtual visit to experience Christmas in London complete with delectable British treats.  This immersive experience, sponsored by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, will take place on December 16 from 11am-12pm in the Library Meeting Room.  Please RSVP.

Exercise:  Not sure if a class session is right for you?  Try a complimentary class first!  Hybrid Aerobics Class with Laura Richling:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11am in the Center Building gym and on Zoom.  Enjoy a complete aerobic, cardio, and strength training work-out to a variety of music.  Bring your own 1-or 2-pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class.  There is a $3 fee payable at the start of class or invoiced monthly for Zoom participants.  Please call for the link.

Pickleball:  Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30pm, in the Center Building gym.  New players please call to register.  All levels are welcome.  Call for more information.  There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.

Zumba Gold with Amanda Aranzullo:  Friday, 9-9:45am, in the Center Building gym.  Who says exercise can’t be fun?  This fun “dance party” focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscular conditioning, flexibility, and balance.  No prior Zumba experience required.  The fee is $30 for a 6-week session and will be prorated as needed.

Hobbies/Social

Bridge:  Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm in the library Meeting Room.

Craft Group:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-12pm, in the Woodbridge Room of the Library.  Bring your current knitting, crocheting, or needlepoint project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Painting for Pleasure with local artist Carole Abbate:  Mondays, 10am-12pm, in the library Meeting Room.  Create your own paintings as Carole helps inspire beginners to intermediates to paint with acrylics or watercolors.  Paint the subject of your choice-bring in a note card or photo for inspiration.  No experience necessary.  Call to sign-up for this 6-week, $36 class.

Pinochle:  Wednesdays, 1-4pm and Thursdays, 1:30-4pm in the Center Building, room 16.

Services offered

(for Woodbridge residents only)

Tech Tuesday and Thursday, 2:45-4:15pm:  Need help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone?  Call to sign-up for a 1:1 session in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, Amity High School student volunteers.  No charge.

Computer Lab:  Multiple computers and laptops are located in room 11 of the Human Services hallway which is open Monday – Friday, 10am-2pm.  Two-person limit in the computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).  Preregistration is required.

Transportation:  Those over the age of 60, or who are temporarily or permanently disabled, may call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation to medical appointments to 17 surrounding towns, local grocery shopping, banking, pharmacy pick-up, and social engagements.  This service is provided Monday – Friday from 9:00am-4:00 m.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required.

Meals:  Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $5.25/meal are available.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home during the same week.  Choose from a wide variety of options including baked ziti, chicken piccata, flounder Florentine, and turkey pot pie.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  Two meal minimum order with a ten-meal limit.  See website (https://woodbridgect.org/541/Lunch-Meal-Programs) for a complete list of offerings.

Frozen soups are available for $1.50 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include Italian wedding, beef orzo, minestrone, harvest vegetable, lemon chicken and rice, and many more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Friendly Visitor Program:  Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker, at 203-389-3429, to arrange for a friendly visitor.

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

Job Bank:  Residents may call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services Director, at 203-389-3429, to hire a student worker.  Schedule now for fall cleanup, party assistance, baby-sitting, and more.

  1. Sarah Mach shares Whitney Rehabilitation Care Center’s offerings with Julianna and Jim Baker at the Spooky Sponsor Social on October 27.  Whitney Rehab co-sponsored the lunch (with Coachman Square at Woodbridge) for over 85 participants at the festive, annual event.
  2. Debbie Schlegel, Gisele Chona, and Rebecca Lavi of the Holli Shanbrom Team, Coldwell Banker Realty, get in the Halloween spirit greeting attendees, Michele and Paul Madonick, at the Spooky Sponsor Social on October 27.
  3. Participants enjoy creating beautiful autumnal luminaries at this craft workshop provided by Deb Urso of Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

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