Living Treasure Award Winners Announced
Woodbridge Human Services announces the winners of the 2nd annual Living Treasure Awards: Charlie Whiting, Virginia Calistro, Ellie Sheehy and Margaret Hamilton. Each of these four individuals has contributed years of volunteer service to the town and will be honored at the Living Treasure Award Dinner on October 2 at the Woodbridge Center Gymnasium, 4 Meetinghouse Lane. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit The Woodbridge Center. We are grateful for all nominations and congratulate the winners! The Living Treasure Award Dinner is a fundraiser for The Woodbridge Center honoring community-minded Woodbridge residents for their dedication to the Town and for their years of community service. Members of the community are invited to purchase tickets to the dinner by September 20 at the Woodbridge Human Services Department. The event also includes a delicious dinner catered by Lasse’s Restaurant & Caterers. Dinner options include chicken francese with roasted potatoes and vegetables, a vegetarian option of eggplant rollatini with penne pasta and a gluten free option of grilled herb chicken with roasted potatoes and vegetables.
Don’t miss a chance to advertise your business with a wide cross-section of Woodbridge residents; this event brings all groups of Woodbridge residents together for a great night to honor the backbone of the community while raising money for The Woodbridge Center! Last year 200 people attended and honored four longtime residents. For information on congratulatory messages, ads, sponsorships and donations of silent auction items, visit WoodbridgeCT.org for forms, email email@example.com or call Human Services at 203-389-3429 or The Woodbridge Center at 203-389-3430.
Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series
The Woodbridge Center’s Breakfast at 10 Lecture Series launches with a new name and new topics this fall. The first in the monthly series is Scams and How to Avoid Them on September 25 at 10 am with Christine Buck, Legal Investigator for the State’s Attorney General’s office. The presentation will cover “you’ve won” scams, “grandkid” scams, identity theft, Medicare scams, insurance scams, and prescription drug scams as well as other exploitations.
The following lecture is Homecare 101 with Pam Holt of Lifetime Care at Home on October 23 at 10 am. This class will help with what to expect with homecare and the difference between medical and non-medical care. It’s important to have information before finding yourself in a crisis. The next topic on November 20 will be Home Energy Conservation and Understanding Your Bill presented by United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas Co. at 6 pm. All lectures are held at the Woodbridge Library.
Veteran’s Service Contact Person and Veterans Information
Director of Human Services, Mary Ellen LaRocca, is the contact person for veteran’s services for the Town of Woodbridge. Her role is to provide information, referral and advocacy for the aid and benefit of veterans, their spouses, eligible dependents and family members. For information on veteran’s services or to receive emails on programs available to veterans, please contact 203-389-3429.
Woodbridge residents who are veterans, 60 years old or older or disabled qualify for use of The Center’s Transportation Program at no charge. Contact The Center at 203-389-3430 for more information or to schedule a ride.
Computer Room Use
The Woodbridge Center offers use of 2 desktop and 2 laptop computers in a quiet room Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The computers are loaded with Microsoft Office and are also great for internet searches, checking email, shopping or other tasks you might want or need. There is also a printer available for use offering five pages at no cost and ten cents for each additional page.
September Lunch Menu
Lunch is served Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Center café, at 12:15 pm. 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. 9/3 Lemon pepper roasted chicken with seasoned spinach and salad, 9/5, Garlic herb meatloaf, mashed potatoes, carrots and mushroom soup, 9/10 Town wide picnic sponsored by Coachman Square– see details under special events, 9/12 General Tso’s chicken, jasmine rice and egg drop soup, 9/17 National Senior Center Month Celebration: Maryland crab cakes, brown rice, green beans, lentil soup, 9/19 Margarita chicken pasta, Italian blend vegetables and carrot and apple soup, 9/24 Corned beef, potato salad, coleslaw and beef vegetable soup, 9/26 Ravioli marinara, green beans, garlic bread and salad.
RSVP is required one day prior unless otherwise noted. Please call 203-389-3430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4, 11, 18: Free Art Classes with Graham Dale 10 am—12 pm in The Center Cafe. Come try a taste of art at no charge. This class is for novice to experienced artist and will include both demonstration and hands on participation. For a materials list please call. Ten-week class follows in October, see details below.
September 10: 3rd annual town wide BBQ hosted by Coachman Square at Woodbridge from 12-2 pm at the picnic grove next to the Woodbridge Library. Come for hot dogs and hamburgers, stay for the entertainment or play a game of chair volleyball, bocce or shuffleboard. Coachman Square will provide a delicious BBQ to all town employees, first responders, and residents of Woodbridge. No cost, RSVP by September 5. Entertainment provided by Jim Sheehan.
September 10: Chair Volleyball! During the free picnic, we will raise funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s– New Haven (on September 29th) with the chair volleyball game. Please consider donating $5 to play chair volleyball and help raise funds for a worthy cause!
September 11, 18, 25: Mindfulness, Meditation and Memory with Dr. Jennifer Botwick of New Haven Naturopathic Center from 6-7 pm at the Woodbridge Library. This is an educational and fun 3-part series to improve focus, sleep, memory and comfort.
September 16: AARP Safe Driver Training class, 9 am-1 pm in The Center lounge. The fee is $15 for members; $20 for non-members. RSVP required.
September 16: Lunch Bunch! Join in for lunch with friends at USS Chowder Pot III in Branford. Transportation is provided by The Center ($3) or meet us at the restaurant. Self-pay at the restaurant.
September 17: Lunch entertainment with Paula Pettinella begins at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.
September 20: Community Wellness Event with New England Young at Heart. Health fair runs 10:30 am -1:30 pm in The Woodbridge Center’s café. This event features vendors in health, wellness, home and beauty. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to become a vendor, please call Elaine Marcucio at 203-463-8339.
September 25: Nosh & Knowledge lecture series: Scams and How to Avoid Them at 10 am with Christine Buck, Legal Investigator for the State’s Attorney General’s office, at the Woodbridge Library meeting room.
September 25: Fall Ball hosted by New England Young at Heart 11 am to 3 pm at Aria in Prospect. The event includes lunch, vendors, music and dancing. Tickets are $28.00, RSVP by 9/18. Transportation provided for $3.
September 29: (Sunday) Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven call for details.
October 1: Medicare 101- Taking the Guess & Stress Out of Your Medicare Needs at 7pm at the Woodbridge Library. Jessalyn Pito, a local Independent Insurance Broker, will help to sift through the ABCs of Medicare adding clarity and value with your Medicare making decisions. This class is designed to explain original Medicare, what it covers, what it doesn’t, and the options available to close the gap. RSVP to 203-389-3430.
October 2: Living Treasure Award Dinner– Tickets must be purchased by September 20! Single tickets are $40, a pair is $75 and a table of eight is $280. Call 203-389-3429 to purchase tickets.
October 8: Flu Clinic sponsored by the VNA, 11 am-2 pm in the Woodbridge Center café. Please bring all insurance cards with you. The CDC recommends annual flu shots.
October 16: Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Senator George Logan at Warsaw Park, Ansonia from 11 am – 2 pm. The Woodbridge Center will provide transportation for those wishing to attend ($3.) – must RSVP for transportation by October 9.
November 14: Trip! Westchester Broadway Theatre presents An American in Paris. Transportation, lunch, show and gratuity, $111. RSVP by October 3.
Ongoing Programming – call 203-389-3430 to RSVP
Calling all bocce, gin rummy, poker, canasta and spades players—call The Center and share your interest 203-389-3430. The Center will put a group or a game together!
New! T’ai Chi, beginner and intermediate levels with Bill Banick. This new class begins October 4 in room 16, center Building. T’ai Chi uses slow flowing and connected movement to integrate the mind and body to generate flexibility, strength and well-being. The class is designed to increase balance and stability, prevent falls and help manage arthritis. This 10-week class is offered for $50.00. RSVP required- call 203-389-3430.
Weekly Craft Group meets Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, in The Center lounge. Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group. Come for knitting and crocheting and stay for lunch! Don’t forget to make a lunch reservation. Members of the craft group will be assisting with the mission of the Tiny Miracles Foundation making hats for premature infants. Please consider donating clean yarn to help with this project.
Yoga for Healthy Aging Class meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani. Current session runs September 6 through November 22—12 weeks for $75. Class fee will be pro-rated if joined late. Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.
Gentle Yoga with Diane King ongoing class Mondays 10:30 and 5:30 in Center Building, Room 16. Gentle Yoga is a class for anyone who desires a slower-paced, yet dynamic, class. The morning classes are “no knees” since, as we age or have knee replacements, knees may be more sensitive. To sign up for classes contact the instructor: email@example.com.
Yoga class with Bill Banick: Monday through Friday classes run 8:30-9:45 am starting September 2 and Tuesday evening classes are 5:30-6:45 pm and begin September 3. All classes take place in Room 16 at the Center building.
Mahjong: Monday & Friday, 9:15 am, Center Building, Room 11 for advanced and 10:00 am Room 13 beginner, intermediate.
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 café through September on Tuesday and Thursday, 10–11 am. No need to sign up—just pay a drop-in fee of $2.
Book Club: The book club meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Woodbridge Town Library. The next meeting is September 24 and the book will be Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. 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. Call to register. A new ten-week class begins October 16. Fee is $60 and will be pro-rated for those joining late. See information on free classes under Special Programming.
Tuesday Movies: Following lunch in The Center lounge at 1 pm: 9/3 The Public, 9/10 Rocketman, 9/17 Poms, 9/24 Silver Screen Selection: Back To The Future (1985).
New! 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.
Duplicate Bridge: Mondays, 9:30 am—12:30 pm, in The Center café.
Bridge: The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members! Join in for a friendly card game 1-4 pm, no reservations—just come to The Center café.
Pinochle: 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!
Pickleball: Meets Monday-Thursday in the Center gym for group play, 12:30-2:30 pm and Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm. Paid annual members may arrange playing times with other members. Annual membership is $20 for Woodbridge residents and $25 for non-residents. Stop by the office to make payment. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.
Shuffleboard, bocce and billiard equipment are available during business hours. Stop by with your group and play on a first come first served basis.
- Members of the Center’s mahjong group enjoy the annual Indoor Picnic at The Woodbridge Center
- Members of the Woodbridge Police Department cooked, served and co-sponsored the annual Indoor Picnic