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Woodbridge Center – April 2022

Woodbridge Center – April 2022

Are you over 55 years old? Contact The Woodbridge Center:  Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information on all programming.  Pre-registration is required for all programming and events.

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Email blasts:  Things change quickly- please make sure you are on our email blast list to receive Woodbridge Center updates.  Call The Center at 203-389-3430 to subscribe.

COVID Update at The Center:  Masks will be required for all Center programs until the COVID positivity rate for Woodbridge is in the yellow zone for three consecutive weeks.

Renovation update:  As the long-awaited Senior Center renovation begins, all programs that previously met in The Center café have been relocated to other Town building areas as noted under the description below.

Mother’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon (for those over 60 years of age):  Everyone is welcome to celebrate all mothers at the Mother’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon on Thursday, May 5 from 12-1pm.  Enjoy Quiche Lorraine, fresh fruit, and dessert sponsored by Visiting Angels of Woodbridge and Elim Park Health Care and Rehabilitation.  Also enjoy a special treat provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  No charge.

Upcoming events/programs:  New!  Cornhole:  Sign-up today to participate in this part skill, part luck, all fun activity!  Toss a beanbag onto the slanted board get 1 point, in the hole- you get 3 points.  This is a game everyone can play!  All levels are welcome.  Every Monday and Friday, 10 am – 11:30 am in the Grove beginning April 1.  Call to register: 203-389-3430.

Tag sale:  It’s time to gather your unwanted items and turn them into cash!  On April 23, from 10 am to 1 pm, as part of the Town’s Earth Day Celebration, The Center will host a tag sale in the Grove.  There is a fee of $10 (cash or check made payable to Town of Woodbridge) for each space which includes one, six-foot table and two chairs.  Call 203-389-3430 to reserve your spot or fill out an e-form under Woodbridge Earth Day on the town’s website:  www.woodbridgect.org.  Payment should be made ASAP to the Senior Center, room 13 in the Center Building.

Crime Prevention Presentation:  Carjackings and other crimes have recently increased in number across the United States and our community.  Despite the tireless work of the Woodbridge Police Department, Woodbridge is not immune.  Officer Brian Pedalino from the Woodbridge Police Department will give an important presentation on how to stay safe when going out to eat, to appointments, shopping, and even when at home.  Call 203-389-3430 to register.  This program will be held on Friday, April 28, at 11am in the Center Building gymnasium.  Free safety keychain to first 36 attendees provided by the Woodbridge Police Union.

The History of White House Entertainment with Alan DeValerio:  Come to this interesting presentation, co-hosted with The Library, as former White House butler Alan DeValerio shares the inside details about all the preparations involved in White House entertaining, and how it has evolved over the years from FDR to the present.  Q&A will follow.  May 5, from 11 am 12 pm in The Library meeting room.  No charge.

Free In-person Virtual Art Tour Series viewing co-hosted with the Woodbridge Town Library:  Experience art history via the oldest public art museum in the U.S.  Come view the last Wadsworth Virtual Art Tour in the series focused on Impressionists on May 11, from 1-2pm, in the Library meeting room.  Preregistration is required.  Please call 203-389-3430 to register.

The American Armchair Adventure – National Park Series:  This in-person monthly series, sponsored by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, will take you to 6 National Parks in 6 months.  Each month you will “travel” to one of the most breathtaking parks in the United States.  Enjoy simulated tours, interactive discussions, trivia, local cuisine, and more.  Preregistration is required.  Adventures include:  Glacier National Park – May 13, Grand Canyon – June 10, Zion – July 8, and Grand Teton – August 12. 11 am – 12 pm in The Library meeting room.

We are Celebrating YOU!  All Woodbridge residents over 55 years of age are invited to come to this fun outdoor social!  Play a game of BINGO with prizes!  Have a free muffin (courtesy of Coachman Square at Woodbridge) and cup of coffee or tea in the Grove.  Play a game of corn hole, bocce, or shuffleboard.  All to celebrate Older American Month!  May 11 from 10 am – 12 pm.  Rain date will be May 18.  Please call 203-389-3430 to register.

AAA Driver Improvement Class:  Member and non-members may be able to lower their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills when they enroll in AAA’s Driver Improvement Program that teaches the basics of defensive driving and provides current driving practice updates.  May 16 from 9 am – 1 pm in The Woodbridge Library’s meeting room– space is limited.  No cost.  Pre-registration is required.

Exercise:  Not sure if a class session is right for you?  Try a complimentary class first!

Aerobics Class with Laura Richling:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am, in the Center Building gym.  Come enjoy a complete cardio and strength training workout to a variety of music.  Bring your own 1- or 2-pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class.  There is a $3 fee paid at the beginning of each class.

Pickleball:  Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm, in the Center Building gym.  New players please call to register.  All levels are welcome.  Call for more information.  There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.

Zumba Gold with Amanda Aranzullo:  Fridays, 9:30-10:15 am, in the Center Building gym.  Who says exercise can’t be fun?  This fun “dance party” focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscular conditioning, flexibility, and balance.  No prior Zumba experience required.  The fee is $30 for a 6-week session.  Please call to register- the next session will begin after the mask requirement is lifted.


Bridge:  Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm in the Library meeting room.

Computer lab is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.  Two-person limit in computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).  Preregistration is required.

Craft Group:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Woodbridge room of the Library or outdoors on the lawn adjacent to Newton Road weather permitting.  Bring your current knitting, crocheting, or needlepoint project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Painting for Pleasure with Carole Abbate:  Mondays, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Library meeting room.  You will find joy in creating your own paintings as Carole helps inspire beginners to intermediates.  Paint the subject of your choice with acrylics or watercolors – bring in a postcard or photo for inspiration.  Join anytime for this 6-week, $36 class, prorated for midsession.  Sessions run consecutively.

Pinochle:  Mondays, Wednesdays, 1-4 pm and Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm, the Center Building, room 16.

Services offered (for Woodbridge residents only):

Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:15 pm:  Need some help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone?  Not sure where to start?  Want to know more about what features you aren’t using?  Call 203-389-3430 to sign-up for a 1:1 session in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, Amity High School student volunteers.  No fee.

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those age 60+ or with a long-term or short-term disability, Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with limited exceptions.  Transportation for grocery shopping, local banking, and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required.

Meals:  Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $5.25/meal are available.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including chicken parmesan, lemon dill cod, eggplant rollatini, beef pot roast, vegetable frittata, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  Two meal minimum.  See website (https://woodbridgect.org/541/Lunch-Meal-Programs) for a complete list of offerings.

Frozen soups are available for $1.50 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include:  Italian wedding, beef orzo, minestrone, harvest vegetable, chicken noodle, and many more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Friendly Visitor Program:  Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker, at 203-389-3429, to arrange for a friendly visitor.

Medical Loan Closet:  Durable medical equipment is available for lending including walkers, wheelchairs, knee rollers, shower chairs, and more.  Call for details.

Job Bank:  Residents may call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services, at 203-389-3429, to hire a student worker.  Schedule now for spring cleanup and more.

  1. Members of the Life-style Change Program show their commitment by consistently attending the fitness portion of the program
  2. The Craft Group displayed their adorable, knitted bunnies to be gifted as a thank you for the beautiful crafts given to them by the Woodbridge Childcare’s preschool class

by Kristy Moriarty

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