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Woodbridge Center: 6/28/17

From the Director – Jeanette Glicksman

With the onset of higher temperatures be mindful of the elderly, the very young, and people with chronic health problems who are most at risk during a heat wave.  The Woodbridge Center offers an air conditioned setting to cool off for residents in need.  The Center is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  With summer heat and the possibility for extreme weather conditions the Center provides the following services:  In the event of a power outage or extreme weather the Emergency Shelter may be opened at 4 Meetinghouse Lane.  Important numbers in case of emergency:  Emergency Police, Fire, and Medical Help:  911, Police (non-emergency) : 203-387-2511, Public Works:  203-389-3420, United Illuminating:  1-800-722-5584.  To view outage map or report an outage on line:  http://www.uinet.com/outageinfo/outages/.  Emergency drinking water can be found at the Center, Town Hall, Beecher Road School, and Amity H.S.

July Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center Cafeteria 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:  7/4 closed for Independence Day Holiday, 7/ 7 roast beef with potatoes and vegetables, 7/ 11 stuffed shrimp with rice pilaf, 7/ 14 manicotti & meatballs, 7/18 meatloaf and mashed potatoes, 7/21 salad plate with choice of blackened shrimp or chicken, 7/25 Annual Summer In-door Picnic – $6.00 – BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, watermelon and dessert, 7/ 28 lasagna & salad.

Special Programming:

July 10 – AARP Safe Driver Training class: 9 am-1 pm in the Center lounge; $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members.  Reservations are required.

July 10 – Everyone’s invited!  BBQ hosted by Coachman Square at Woodbridge from 12-3pm at the picnic grove next to the Woodbridge Library.  Come for hot dogs and hamburgers, stay for the entertainment, play a game of bocce.  Coachman Square will be giving back to the community through its ‘Radiant Acts of Kindness’ program.  It will provide delicious BBQ food, refreshments, and live entertainment to all of the town employees, first responders, and residents of the town of Woodbridge.  We hope you’ll come enjoy a fun summer BBQ!

July 11 – Lunch Program “Healthy Living for your Brain and Body” at 12:30 pm presented by Maria Tomasetti, South Central Regional Director of Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.  Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.  Brain games will be included as one form of cognitive activity.  Lunch begins at 12:15 pm and reservations are requested.

July 17- Lunch Bunch!  Join in for lunch with friends at the Brookside Inn in Seymour.  Transportation is provided by the Center van or you can meet us there.  Reservations are required.  Participants self-pay at the restaurant.  Cost of the van transportation is $3.00.

July 18 – Adult Coloring, taught by Woodbridge resident Fred Solomon, from 11 am to 12 noon in the Woodbridge Center lounge.  Materials are provided.  Coloring books with mosaic designs, flowers and animals are featured.

July 18 – Lunch program entertainment with Paula Pettinella at 12:30 pm.  Lunch begins at 12:15 pm and reservations are requested.

July 25 – “Annual Indoor BBQ” at 12 noon in the Center Café with entertainment provided by Jim Sheehan.  This event is co-sponsored by the Woodbridge Police Department.  Please RSVP for this event- cost is $6.00.

July 25 – Trip to Block Island via ferry from Point Judith, Rhode Island.  Tour the island with a local guide and enjoy a lovely lunch at the National Hotel.  The trip is just $131.00 and includes transportation, ferry, narrated island tour, lunch and driver’s gratuity.  Call the Center to reserve your spot today!

August 1 – Lunch program entertainment with John Paolillo at 12:30 pm.  Lunch begins at 12:15 pm and reservations are requested.

To RSVP or for more information, call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Ongoing Programming:

New! The Center will be offering a new card game on Tuesdays from 1:15-3:15 pm.  The game is called “Captain” and is a multi-player Gin Rummy game.  For those who don’t know how to play, there will be instruction.  Please call for details and to express interest.

Stay healthy, meet new friends, and enjoy one of Woodbridge’s best walking locations!  Walk the cornfield loop at the Fitzgerald Property at a moderate or gentle pace.  The walking group will meet at the parking area on Beecher Road and leave promptly at 9:30 am.  To join the group, call the Woodbridge Center at 203-389-3430 or email Judi Young at srsocialworker@Woodbridgect.org.  The walk will be cancelled for weather conditions which may make walking unpleasant such as strong winds, heavy rain, mud, and cold temperatures.

Pickleball meets Fridays in the Center Gym for group play from 2-3:30 pm.  Self-scheduled hours are available for those who have paid annual fee of $20.  Interested players can make arrangements with other players and drop in daily from 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm Monday thru Thursday.  On Fridays we’ll have the space from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  The equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Exercise with Laurie: Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Center Café from 10-11 am.  No need to sign up – just pay a drop in fee of $2 and stay for a great workout!  Exercise class includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance.  Please bring your own weights if you have them.  There will be no class on 7/20, 7/25, and 7/27.

Book Club:  The book club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Library.  The next meeting is July 25th.  This month’s book is Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.  New members are always welcome- stop by the library’s Adult Services Desk to pick up your copy of the book.

Art Class: This 10-week class began in June but can be pro-rated for those who would like to join in July.  Class meets Wednesdays from 10 am until noon in the Center Café.  The class, taught by local artist Graham Dale, is just $60 and participants are asked to bring their own supplies.  For a list of supplies and to register contact the Center.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in the Center Lounge at approximately 1 pm:  7/7 Zookeepers Wife, 7/14 Lost City of Z, 7/21 Tommy’s Honour, 7/28 Favorite Film Friday:  To Kill a Mockingbird.

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.  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.

Woodbridge Center Harvest & Holiday Fair

Cleaning out your house this summer?  The Woodbridge Center will gladly accept donations of new and gently used items for the 24th annual Harvest & Holiday Fair tag sale.  Contact us to let us know about your donation.  Volunteers from the community are needed for outreach, to help set up the event and to help during the fair.  We seek companies and/or individuals to donate themed baskets for the Silent Auction or items for the “Take a Chance” raffle.  The fair will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in the Center Building Gymnasium.  This event helps to support the Woodbridge Center programming and needs.  For more information, please contact Elaine Marcucio, 203-887-5047 or Emarcucio@gmail.com.

Library Services To The Homebound

The Woodbridge Library, in conjunction with the Woodbridge Human Services Department, offers delivery of library materials to the homebound.  Through this program full library service is offered to those in the community who are elderly and unable to come to the library and to those who are permanently or temporarily disabled and who do not have transportation.  By calling the library, residents can request books, large-print titles, books on tape, magazines, CDs, and DVDs.  The Senior Center will arrange delivery of requested materials to homebound patrons.  If you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please contact Judi Young at Woodbridge Human Services, 203-389-3429 or call the Woodbridge Library at 203-389-3433.

Charter Oak Pass

The Charter Oak pass provides access to the CT State Parks and Forests and is available to Connecticut residents 65 years of age or older.  The pass is accepted at all day use areas where parking fees apply.  A Charter Oak pass may be obtained in person at one of the following locations:  Kellogg Environmental Center, Office of Communications & Education, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, 203-734-2513.  For more information, please go to www.ct.gov.deep.  To obtain a pass by mail, send a copy of your current CT driver’s license or legal proof of age of age and residency to DEEP Charter Oak Pass, State Parks Division. 79 Elm Street, CT 06106-5127.


Babies ‘R Welcome! Woodbridge residents Dolly DeFillipo, right and Mimi Setlow, center, greet a recent visitor to the Woodbridge Center.  The Center’s programming features intergenerational events, arts and educational classes, entertainment, ongoing health and wellness opportunities as well as a delightful café and transportation services for Woodbridge residents 60 years of age and older.



Bobbi Kulas from Grand Care Companions in Naugatuck engages the group at the Woodbridge Center with a challenging and fun game of Jeopardy.  Mental fitness games and activities are a significant part of the Center’s overall health and wellness programming.


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