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Woodbridge Center 2/7/20

Woodbridge Center 2/7/20

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.


Feb. 19– Apr. 1 (no class 2/26)

This 6-week class, taught by Dr. Jennifer Botwick of the New Haven Naturopathic Center, meets Wednesdays, 6-7 pm in Center Building, Room 13.  Mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep and health.  Fee is $25.00, RSVP is required by 2/14.

Beginning Bridge

March 18-April 29 (no class 4/8)

This 6-week class, taught by Wendy Frieden, meets 1-3 pm in Center Building, Room 13.  It covers bridge basics including bidding, play and defense.  Fee is $75.00, RSVP is required by 3/11.

Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series

February 26:  Medical Marijuana—Unraveling the Mystery

With Canna Care Docs Education Center of Milford, lecture begins at 6:00 pm in the Woodbridge Library.

March 25:  Chronic Disease Management

With Cary Carpino, R.N., Griffin Hospital Senior Health & Wellness Coordinator, lecture begins at 10 am in the Woodbridge Library.  This lecture will be followed by the option of a 6-week class:  Live Well with Chronic Health Conditions.

Special Programming

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

February 10:  AAA Roadwise Driver program 9-1 in The Center lounge

This nationally recognized defensive driving course may qualify attendees for a discount on auto-insurance.  Check with your auto insurance provider to verify if you are eligible for a discount.  The class is offered at no charge.  RSVP is required, please call to register:  1-866-901-8457.

February 11:  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 party with entertainment by Jim Sheehan at12:15 in The Center café.

February 17

The Center is closed for Presidents’ Day.

February 18: 2020 US Census talk at 12:30 – 1 pm in The Center café

Come and learn what types of questions will be asked in the census and how to easily complete your Census form.

February 19:  Mindfulness

With Dr. Jennifer Botwick of the New Haven Naturopathic Center, Class meets 6-7 pm Wednesdays for 6 weeks in Center Building, Room 13, $25 fee.

February 24:  Trip!  Spring wreath making

At New England Young at Heart in Oxford, including lunch prepared by Elim Park Health Care.  The van will leave The Center at 10:30 am and return by 1:30 pm.  Fee is $20 including transportation.

February 25:  Lunch entertainment

With Nicky D begins at 12:15 pm.  RSVP required.

March 3:  Lunch entertainment

With Pierce Campbell begins at 12:15 pm.  RSVP required.

Sunday, March 8:  Trip!

Women’s Basketball Tournament with UCONN Women’s Huskies– semi-final game at Mohegan Sun Arena.  Call for details.  RSVP by February 7.

March 9:  AARP Safe Driver Training class

9 am-1 pm in The Center lounge, $15-members; $20—non-members.

March10:  Intergenerational program

With Beecher Road Student Council members from 11 am—1 pm.  Lunch is $3.00.  Come play Bingo with the kids!

March 17:  Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration!

Entertainment provided by Larry Batter at 12:15 pm, a delicious traditional meal for $6.00.  RSVP by 3/12.

March 18:  Beginning Bridge

With Wendy Frieden, 6 weeks-Wednesdays 1-3 pm in Room 13, Center Building.  RSVP required along with $75.00 payment by March 11.  This course introduces the basics of bridge.  Instruction includes the mechanics of the game and covers bidding, play and defense.  Learn a game for a lifetime of enjoyment.

February 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.  The fee for each to-go container is $0.50.

2/4 Chinese New Year Party!  Egg drop Soup, Teriyaki Glazed Salmon, Vegetable Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Egg Rolls, 2/6 Mushroom bisque, home style beef stew, bowtie pasta, chocolate pudding pie, 2/11 Valentine’s Day Italian wedding soup, cheese lasagna, roasted zucchini, blueberry cobbler, 2/13 Five onion soup, herb roasted turkey, corn bread stuffing, garlic green beans, apple pie, 2/18 Pumpkin soup, meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, garlic toast, sautéed zucchini, banana cake, 2/20 Potato leek soup, stuffed shells marinara, garlic green beans, Italian bread, peanut butter brownie, 2/25 Beef orzo soup, oven fried chicken, baked yam, creamy spinach, glazed lemon pound cake, 2/27 Escarole and bean soup, veal bruschetta, baked potato with sour cream, garlic broccollini, carrot cake.

Ongoing Programming

Calling all poker, canasta and spades players—call The Center and share your interest.  The Center will put a group or a game together!

New! Beginning Bridge class with Wendy Frieden

Begins March 18, Wednesdays 1-3 pm in Room 13, Center Building.  This is a 6-week beginner class for $75.  RSVP required by March 11.

New! Mindfulness

With Dr. Jennifer Botwick of New Haven Naturopathic Center from 6-7 pm in Room 13 of the Woodbridge Center building.  This is an educational and fun 6-part series to improve focus, sleep, memory and comfort.  Class meets 2/19, ¾, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1(note no class 2/26).  RSVP is required and the fee is $25.00.

T’ai Chi

With Bill Banick, Fridays 10-11 am in the Center Building, Room 16 (beginner, intermediate levels).  Current session ends February 28.  Fee will be prorated for those joining late.  Next session begins March 13.  This class is designed to increase balance and stability, prevent falls and help manage arthritis.  Ten weeks for $50.

New! Gin Rummy

Thursdays, 1-3 pm in The Center café, no reservation needed.

Weekly Craft Group

Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, in The Center lounge.  Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group.  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 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  Current session ends February 28.  Fee will be prorated for those joining late.  New session begins 3/6 and runs 12 weeks for $75.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.


Monday & Friday, 10 am, 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, 1011 am.  No need to sign up—just pay a drop-in fee of $2.

Book Club: (Note Change!)

The book club meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Library.  The next meeting is Feruary. 4.  The book will be “Less” by Andrew Greer.  The following meeting is March 4 and the book will be “Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson.  New members are welcome.

Art Class

Class meets each Wednesday, 10 am 12 pm, in The Center café.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale.  Current session ends 3/11.  Fee will be prorated for those joining late.

Tuesday Movies

Following lunch in The Center lounge at 1 pm:  2/4 “Overcomer,” 2/11 “Harriet,” 2/18 “Playing With Fire,” Film Favorite:  2/25 “LBJ”.

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.  No reservations needed.

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, no reservations—just come to The Center café, 1-4 pm.


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 Building gym for group play, 12:30-2:30 pm and Fridat, 12:30-3:30 pm.  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.

Laurie VanCleft, Director of Dining Services at Jewish Senior Services of Bridgeport, speaks to a group at The Woodbridge Center during a cooking demonstration.  The lecture focused on easy preparation techniques and healthy ingredients.

Mary Ellen LaRocca, Director of Human Services, stands with Human Services Commission Chair Susan Davidson, left, and Commission member Janet Ciarleglio during her recent retirement party.  Mary Ellen retired after 31 years of dedicated service to the Town and its residents. Town officials, fellow employees, seniors, family and friends gathered to wish her well at The Woodbridge Center.

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