Café Grand Opening Planned For February
The Meetinghouse Café located at 4 Meetinghouse Lane on the lower level will be closed for the months of December and January while renovations are underway at the Center. Stay tuned for the Grand Opening details! The Meetinghouse Café serves all ages from 8 am – 2 pm, Monday – Friday.
Change For Life! Diabetes Prevention Program
Beginning January 9, Diabetes Prevention will be offered as an ongoing program that will meet Wednesdays, 10-11am in The Center lounge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–National Diabetes Prevention Program can help individuals make a change for life! This program offers lifestyle changes to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Groups meet for 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. There is no cost associated with this program but you must register. This program costs up to $500 at other facilities! This course is sponsored by Griffin Hospital and Area Agency on Aging of South Central CT. Please call The Center to register 203-389-3430.
Breakfast At 10 – Lecture Series
January 30: Estate Planning and Asset Protection with Guertin and Guertin, LLC in The Center lounge. This program was created to help people learn how to protect their most valuable assets (like a home) from financial devastation of a long-term stay in a nursing home, creditor issues, and/or lawsuits, by utilizing an irrevocable Asset Protection Trust. Forty percent of older Americans will need nursing home care at some point in their lives!
February 27: Cooking for 1 or 2 and Proper Freezing Techniques with Elaine Marcucio and Penny Pompa, New England Young at Heart. Learn how to navigate recipes without having to eat leftovers all week—unless you so choose! Freezer-friendly foods, proper containers, and food storage will be discussed.
December, January Lunch Menu
Lunch is served Tuesday and Friday at the First Church of Christ Church, 5 Meetinghouse Lane at 12:15 pm. Cost is $3-dine-in meals, $4-take-out. RSVP is required by noon one day prior. Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert. 12/14 Chicken cacciatore, 12/18 Stuffed peppers with turkey and quinoa, 12/21 Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, 12/25 Closed- Christmas holiday, 12/28 New Year Party! Baked stuffed shrimp, fruit cup and treats, 1/1 Closed- New Year’s Day, ¼ Roasted pork loin with potatoes, 1/8 Roasted garlic over rice, 1/11 Baked potato and turkey chili bar, 1/15 Spaghetti and meatballs, 1/18 Stuffed cabbage with mashed potato, 1/22 Shrimp stir fry with egg rolls, 1/25 Lasagna and salad, 1/29 Chicken cordon bleu.
RSVP is required by noon the day before unless otherwise noted.
December 25 – Closed Christmas Day
December 28: New Year’s Party with Paul Schlein, begins at 12:15. RSVP required.
January 8: Emergency Preparedness Presentation with the Quinnipiack Valley Health District at 12:15 pm, 5 Meetinghouse Lane. Are you prepared? RSVP required.
January 9: Diabetes Prevention Program ongoing Wednesdays from 10-11 am in The Center lounge.
January 15: Lunch entertainment with Pierce Campbell begins at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.
January 29: Lunch entertainment with Paul Schlein begins at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.
January 31: Life Line Screening, preventative health screenings, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm in the Center gym. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Pre-registration is required. Prices vary depending on which tests are requested. To register, please call 888-653-6441 or online at www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle.
February 5: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 9 am – 12 pm, Tuesdays through April 9. 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, 9 am – noon, through April 11. Call for information on required documents and to make an appointment.
Calling all knitters and crocheters – The Center will bring back its Thursday morning craft group in early March. Contact us to let us know you’re interested in joining.
Interested in starting a poker, canasta or spades game? We will put a group together when we hear from you!
Art Class: Meets each Wednesday, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Center Buiilding, room 11. The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale. Call to register for the ten-week class—$60. Class is pro-rated for those joining late.
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, Tuesdat 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 January 22 and the book will be Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. New members are welcome.
Friday Movies: Following lunch in the Woodbridge Library Meeting Room at 1 pm: Puzzle, 12/14: Colette, 12/21: Crazy Rich Asians, 12/28 Favorite Film Friday: Victor Victoria, ¼ The Miseducation of Cameron Post, 1/11 A Simple Favor, 1/18 The Old Man & the Gun with Robert Redford, 1/24 The Village, Favorite Film Friday: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Ask the Nurse: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11 am – 12:30 pm in the lounge at the Congregational Church Parish House, 5 Meetinghouse Lane – blood pressure screenings, weight and conversation with a registered VNA Community Healthcare Nurse.
Duplicate Bridge: Mondays, 9 am, in the Center Gym.
Bridge: The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members! Join the group for a friendly card game. No reservations necessary—just come to the Center Building, Room 11.
Pinochle: Meets Mondays and Thursdays in the Center Building rm. from 1-4 pm and meets Wednesdays, 1:30-4 pm in the Town library meeting room. Come any day—the group looks for new players and is willing to bring rusty players up to speed!
Yoga for Healthy Aging: New 12 session class begins November 30 – please register – meets Fridays, from 11:45 am -1 pm in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani. Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all. Reserve your spot—12 sessions for $75.
Mah-jong: Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 11.
Tai Chi with Instructor Gabriella Connolly, R.N. Wednesdays, 10-11 am and 11 am – 12 pm, 9/26-12/19. New 12-week class begins March 6. Call for details and to sign up.
Pickleball: Meets Monday-Thursday, 12:30-2:30 pm and Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm in the Center gym for group play. Paid annual members may arrange playing times with other players through the Doodle scheduling tool. Annual membership is $20 with a suggested $5 additional donation. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.
Bocce: Begins again in April– Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm at the Bocce court in the picnic grove behind the Old Firehouse.
Photo 1: Woodbridge Center friends enjoy a holiday celebration and community at the Center’s Holiday luncheon sponsored by the Woodbridge Rotary Club.
Photo 2: Woodbridge Center Art Class members Mary Gordon Breitenstein and Herb Portnoy enjoy viewing the Center’s art exhibit in the Friend’s Meeting Room at the Woodbridge Library. The exhibit can be viewed throughout the month of December during library hours