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Woodbridge Center 3/30/18

Woodbridge Center 3/30/18

Volunteer Recognition

This month the Center recognizes the invaluable help it routinely receives from exceptional people and organizations in Town.  Coachman Square at Woodbridge is both a community partner and a terrific neighbor.  Last summer it hosted a Town-wide picnic next to the bocce courts in appreciation of all first responders, Town employees and residents; more than 100 people enjoyed barbecue and entertainment.  Last fall, Coachman Square also assisted with the annual Harvest and Holly Fair and co-sponsored, along with the Willows and the Woodbridge Police Union, the annual Thanksgiving luncheon.

This year’s outstanding volunteers include long-time Woodbridge residents Valerie and Richard Traumer.  After former Selectman and good neighbor Chris Sorensen generously used his rototiller in the Center’s vegetable garden, Valerie and Richard were on the job!  They arranged funding for seeds and plants with the Woodbridge Garden Club and planted squash, peppers, herbs and more.  They tended the garden all summer—weeding, watering, and then harvesting!  Many thanks to the Woodbridge Garden Club for providing seeds and plants!  Without friends like Valerie and Richard, the Center would be so much less than it is.

Special recognition this year also goes to advisors Teresa Nakouzi, Kayla Widmeyer, Beth Greene, Liz Heagney, Sandy Simowitz and the Beecher Road School Student Council.  The Center’s Intergenerational partnership with these great kids (and staff members) has been most rewarding.  The Council jumped in to help with many tasks at the Harvest and Holly Fair last fall and joined members for a wonderful event in March.  They planned games, brought prizes, and, perhaps most importantly, they shared conversation and a meal.  They also collected donations for the Town Food and Fuel Fund

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

April Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesdays and Fridays at the 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:  4/3 Salisbury steak with mashed potato, 4/6 ‘birds nest’ corned beef hash with eggs, 4/10 baked, stuffed shrimp over rice pilaf, 4/13 baked, stuffed shells with meat sauce and salad, 4/17 eggplant rollatini and salad, 4/20 pork burritos with rice and beans, 4/24 lemon chicken with sweet potatoes and vegetable, 4/27 assorted sandwiches and soup.

“Coffee At 10:00” Lecture Series – A Bit Of Breakfast And A Bit Of Knowledge!

April 25           Genealogy Methodology with Sheila McCreven and Mary Ellen Lucuk – Join us in the Center lounge to whet your curiosity and your appetite, RSVP requested.

Mother’s Day ‘Mini Pies” Fundraiser

Order your pie today—$5!  Orders for 6-inch fresh apple crumb pies must be received by Friday, April 27.  Pies may be picked up at the Center on Friday, May 11.  All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Woodbridge Center.

Special Programming:

April 3, April 10:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Continues

VITA is a free tax preparation service available to low-income individuals, people who have a disability, and those who speak limited English.  Appointments are made through Human Services and the Woodbridge Center and are available Tuesdays from 9-12 through April 10.  Call for information on required documents.

April 3: Audiology Lunch Program

With Dr. Zelda Shleifer, Au.D., CCC-A, 12:15-12:45 pm; Audiology Screenings 11 am -12:15 pm and 12:45-2:30 pm by appointment.

April 4: New 10-Week Session Art Class!

Meets 10 am – 12 pm, Wednesdays in the Café.  Call for reservations and payment details.

April 10: Lunch Entertainment

With Paul Schlein at 12:30 pm; Lunch begins at 12:15 pm, reservations are requested one day prior.

April 16:  Lunch Bunch!

Join in for lunch with friends at the Playwrite Irish Pub in Hamden.  Transportation is provided by the Center van ($3) or meet us there.  Reservations required.  Self-pay at the restaurant.

April 17:  Cupcake Decorating

Jump into Spring with cupcake decorating sponsored by New England Young at Heart.  No cost, but reservations are preferred, 11 am – 12 pm.

April 24: Lunch Entertainment

With Katie Devlin at 12:30 pm; Lunch begins at 12:15 pm, reservations are requested one day prior.

April 25: Genealogy Methodology

With Sheila McCreven and Mary Ellen Lucuk; Breakfast lecture is in the Center lounge, at 10 am.

April 26:  30th Annual Human Services Volunteer Tea

2 pm at Center Café, by invitation only.  This event honors volunteers for Youth Services, Human Services and the Woodbridge Center.

May 4:  Cinco De Mayo

Lunch fiesta with empanadas, enchiladas and flan at 12:15 pm.  Reservations are requested one day prior.

May 9:  Senior Prom

At Aria Banquet Facility, Prospect from 11 am – 3 pm.  This event, sponsored by New England Young at Heart, includes appetizers, a 3-course meal, dancing, raffles and transportation for $30.  Reservations and payment are required by May 2.

May 11:  Mother’s Day high tea

With scones, tea sandwiches and petit fours at 12:15 pm.  Reservations are requested one day prior.

AARP Safe Driver Training 2018 Dates

May 14, July 9, September 17, and October 29; Classes run from 9 am-1 pm in the Center Lounge.  The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.  Checks should be made payable to AARP and registration is required.  Completion of this 4- hour, one-day course may entitle eligible drivers to a discount on their automobile insurance.  To RSVP or for more information, call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Ongoing Programming

The Woodbridge Center provides a program of health, wellness, recreation, education, arts and social activities for residents 60 years of age and older.  The Center offers a wide range of programming including a luncheon program and a transportation program.  Please contact us at 203-389-3430 or at jglicksman@woodbridgect.org for information and questions regarding the Center’s programming.

Pickleball:  Meets daily in the Center Gym for group play, 12:30 – 2:15 pm with additional time on Fridays until 3:30pm.  Paid annual members may arrange playing times with other players through the Doodle scheduling tool.  Annual membership is $20.00 with a suggested $5.00 additional donation to the Center.  Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Exercise with Laurie:  Workout includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance.  Bring weights if you have them.  Class is in the Center Gym, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 – 11 am.  No need to sign up just pay a drop-in fee of $2 and stay for a great workout!

Art Class:  Class meets each Wednesday for ten weeks 10 am 12 pm in the Center Café.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale.  Call for more information on fees and dates.  A month-long art exhibit of class members’ work will hang at the Woodbridge Library during the month of May.

Chair Kripalu Yoga:  Meets each Wednesday through May 16 from 12:15 pm in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  The $50 ten-week fee will be pro-rated for anyone interested in registering.  The classes include seated exercises and simple standing poses using a chair.

Book Club:  The book club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Woodbridge Town Library.  The next meeting is April 24.  This month’s book is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.  New members are always welcome.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in the Center lounge at 1 pm: 4/6 Boys of ‘36, 4/13 The Greatest Showman, 4/20 Phantom Thread, Favorite Film Friday 4/27 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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 – come any day that works in your schedule!  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.


  1. Members of the Beecher Road School Student Council and their advisors visited the Woodbridge Center for an intergenerational fun-filled day. In addition to playing bingo, the students shared a meal and conversation with the seniors. After lunch the students provided musical entertainment to the delight of all.
  2. Pinochle players Alex Zachary and Orisse Cetola share a toast during the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Woodbridge Center.

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