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Woodbridge Center: 5/25/18

Woodbridge Center: 5/25/18

Food For Thought!

June is Brain Awareness month to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those with cognitive impairments.  The Center’s meal program is focused on foods that are brain healthy – according to Harvard Health Publishing, “What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.  Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel.  Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain.”

Recommended foods from the Mediterranean (anti-inflammatory), DASH (heart health) and MIND diets include green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains and good proteins such as eggs, fish and poultry.  Olive oil, nut butters, avocados are examples of “good” fats to have in your diet.  Healthy spices include rosemary, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.  Only limited amounts of white flour, unhealthy fats (Trans fats), free sugars, fried, or fast foods are recommended.

As with any modification, lifestyle changes are better than temporary fixes.  Bon Appetit!

Living Treasure Awards Dinner– Save the Date

A new tradition is born!  Please save the date– October 3, 2018 for a terrific night out in Woodbridge!  Woodbridge Human Services will host the Living Treasure Award Ceremony and Dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.—location to be announced.

The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of Woodbridge’s first Living Treasure Awards to two community-minded Woodbridge residents.  They will be recognized for their dedication to our community and for their years of community service.  Nominations may be made until August 10th.  Nominees must demonstrate positive actions to improve the quality of life for residents and have contributed time to enhance the community as a whole.  This person must have performed this work as an unpaid volunteer.  Additionally, nominees must be current residents of Woodbridge, 60 years of age or older and may not be nominated by a family member.

There will be a silent auction, a program, dinner and entertainment.  Tickets for this wonderful evening are just $35.00.  Donations of silent auction items, purchase of ads in the program book and table sponsorships are available by calling the Woodbridge Center at 203-389-3430 or emailing jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.  Nomination forms may be found at the Center, at Woodbridge Human Services, at Town Hall or can be downloaded from the Woodbridge Center’s page at the Town website www.woodbridgect.org.

June 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.  eservations are requested.  Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert.  Menu items:  6/1 Crab cakes with coleslaw and sweet potato fries, 6/5 Shrimp stir-fry with udon noodles, 6/8 Lasagna and salad, 6/12 Sausage and peppers with rice, 6/15 Father’s Day Picnic!  BBQ pulled pork & root beer floats, 6/19 Coconut chicken skewers over rice, 6/22 Meatloaf and potato leek soup (cold), 6/26 Eggplant ragu over whole wheat pasta, 6/29 Ham or vegetable quiche with vegetable soup.

Special Programming:

May 30:  New class begins!  Yoga for Heathy Aging – 10 weeks.  See details below.

June 5:  Lunch entertainment with Katie Devlin at 12:30 pm.  Lunch begins at 12:15 pm, reservations are requested one day prior.

June 11: Trip!  DIY Herbal Perfume making at Grounded Good Wife in Woodbury, CT.  Create your signature scent, mad-scientist style!  Come for tour of the 18th century farmhouse and stay for a fun-filled educational craft. Lunch follows at the Painted Pony in Bethlehem, CT.  Fee for perfume-making is $28.00, transportation is $3.00, lunch is self-paid.  Reservation is required by June 4.

June12:  Lunch program “Healthy Stress” presented by VNA Community Healthcare at 12:30 pm. define your personal stress profile.  Learn how to balance stress and discover how laughing, journaling and breathing techniques help you relax.

June 15:  Father’s Day picnic!  Join us for BBQ pulled pork with coleslaw and other fixings and delicious root beer floats at 12:15 pm– reservations are required one day prior.

June 18:  Lunch Bunch!  Join in for lunch with friends by the water at Dockside in Branford.  Transportation is provided by the Center van ($3) or meet us there.  Reservations required.  Self-pay at the restaurant.

June 19:  Fall Risk Program sponsored by VNA Community Healthcare at 12:25.  From 11 am to 12:15 and1:00-1:30 pm blood pressure checks and balance screenings complete this program.

June 22:  Mini-manicures!  More than just pretty nails—come enjoy a relaxing stress reduction!  11:00 am to 1:30 pm -by reservation only -with Naomi Mapomyani owner of Brilliant Home Care in Naugatuck.  No fee.

June 26:  Lunch entertainment with Larry Batter at 12:30 pm.  Lunch begins at 12:15 pm, reservations are requested one day prior.

June 24 (Sunday):  Trip!  The Boston Pops at Tanglewood with special guest soloist, Audra McDonald.  This trip includes lunch at a Stockbridge area restaurant, seats in the covered area of ‘the Shed’ and transportation for $138.00.  The program will feature selections of Sondheim, Rodgers and Gershwin as well as recent musical theater composers.

July 3:  Independence Day BBQ—join us for hamburgers and hot dogs!  12:15 pm, please RSVP.

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 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 of next session starting in September.

New Class!  Yoga for Healthy Aging:  Meets Wednesday May 30 – August 1 from 12:15 pm in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  Julie is an occupational therapist and a 500-hour Kripalu Certified yoga teacher.  The class fee will be pro-rated for anyone registering late.  This is an alignment-based yoga practice working to strengthen, add flexibility, balance and agility.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.  Modifications will be suggested for individuals with limited mobility or balance issues.  Reserve your spot -10 sessions for $75.00.

Book Club:  The book club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Woodbridge Town Library.  The next meeting is May 22.  This month’s book is Love and Ruin by Paula McLain.  New members are always welcome.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in the Center lounge at 1 pm:  6/1 The Post, 6/8 A Wrinkle In Time, 6/15 Lost In translation, 6/22 Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, Favorite Film Friday Cinema Paradiso.

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. Center members had a ball at the New England Young at Heart “Senior Prom” at Aria Banquet Facility in Prospect
  2. Woodbridge Center Art Class participants examine each other’s work during the May Art Exhibit opening at the Woodbridge Library

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