An Education in the Grotesque
On August 8, Mathew Duman, author of the book “An Education in the Grotesque”, will highlight a selection of gargoyles and grotesques found throughout the buildings at Yale University’s campus. In his lecture he’ll explore the artistic, historic, architectural and even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning and enlightenment.
Mathew Duman grew up in Bethany, CT and is a photographer and graphic designer. He attended the gargoyle-free campus of Central Connecticut State University but while studying abroad, became fascinated with the architectural detail of the cathedrals of Britain. Mathew has since taken photographic trips to Italy, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and most recently has been seeking out grotesque sculpture around the United States. This program is offered in collaboration with the Woodbridge Library and will be held in the Friend’s meeting room at 6 pm.
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.
Living Treasure Award Nominations Due August 8
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. Nomination forms are available at the town website and through the Human Services Department.
Local businesses are invited to advertise in the program book, donate silent auction prizes or purchase table and stage sponsorships.
The award dinner will be October 2nd in the Center Gymnasium at 5:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Human Services Dept. at 203-389-3429.
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 and 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Programming, RSVP is required one day prior unless otherwise noted. Please call 203-389-3430 or email email@example.com.
July 30: Annual Summer Indoor Picnic co-sponsored by the Woodbridge Police Dept., $6.00 – BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, watermelon, cannolis and cookies. RSVP required by July 23. Lunch begins at 12:15 pm with entertainment provided by John Paolillo. Many thanks to the Woodbridge Police Department, The Linden of Woodbridge and Jewish Senior Services for contributing to this annual event.
August 8: An Education in the Grotesque lecture at 6 pm at the Woodbridge Library meeting room. This event features Bethany resident Mathew Duman who will highlight a selection of gargoyles and grotesques found throughout the buildings at Yale University. This event is co-hosted by the Woodbridge Library.
August 8: Living Treasure nomination forms are due. Forms are available at the Human Services Department and at www.woodbridgect.org.
August 13: Lunch entertainment with Paul Shlein begins at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.
August 19: Lunch Bunch! Join in for lunch with friends at the Outrigger Restaurant in Stratford. Transportation is provided by The Center ($3) or meet us at the restaurant. Self-pay at the restaurant.
August 23: Free Yoga class with Julie Luciani at 11:45 am in room 16. See details about the class below.
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 bocce. Coachman Square will provide a delicious BBQ to all town employees, first responders, and residents of the town of Woodbridge. Entertainment with Jim Sheehan. No cost, RSVP by September 5.
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: Trip! Broadway with choice of show, Tootsie or Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, lunch at Carmines, and transportation for $245.00. RSVP by August 16.
October 2: Living Treasure Award Dinner — Save the date and buy your tickets!
August Lunch Menu
Lunch is served Tuesday and Thursday 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.
7/30 Annual Indoor Picnic! BBQ chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, watermelon and cookies ($6.00), 8/1 Chicken cacciatore with linguini, 8/6 General Tso chicken with jasmine rice, 8/8 Cheese pizza with grilled zucchini, 8/13 Baked orange fish, mashed potatoes and vegetable, 8/15 Margarita chicken pasta with salad, 8/20 BBQ chicken, potato salad and cole slaw, 8/22 Ravioli marinara with salad, 8/27 stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, 8/29 Fish Florentine, linguini and summer succotash.
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!
Weekly Craft Group 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.
Yoga for Healthy Aging Class meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Rm. 16, with instructor Julie Luciani. Current session runs through August 9, class fee will be pro-rated if joined late, call for details. Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all. Come try it out! Free class offered on August 23. Next 12-week session begins September 6th.
Mahjong: Monday & Friday, advanced players: 9:30 am Center Building Rm. 13, beginner and intermediate players 10 am, Center Building, Rm. 11.
Exercise with Laurie: Workout includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance. Bring weights if you have them. Class meets in the Center Café through August, 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 August 27 I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa De Los Santos. In September (24) the group will read 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. Come try a taste of art at no charge. September 4, 11, 18 with Graham Dale 10 am—12 pm in The Center cafe. This class is for novice to experienced artist and will include both demonstration and hands on participation. For a materials list and to register, please call. A new ten-week class begins October 16; the fee is $60 and will be pro-rated for those joining late.
Tuesday Movies: Following lunch in The Woodbridge Center lounge at 1:15 pm: 7/30 Silver Screen Selections: Roman Holiday (1953), 8/6 Rain Man (1988), 8/13 Chariots of Fire (1981), 8/20 The Princess Bride (1987), 8/27 An American in Paris (1951).
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. No reservations—just come to The Center cafe for 1 pm.
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 players. 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.
- Some of The Woodbridge Center’s Lunch Bunch group enjoy a lovely meal by the water in New Haven at Lenny and Joes Fish Tale. Join in for a meal with a friend- or new friends. Call the Center for more details at 203-389-3430.
- Members of the Duplicate Bridge group at The Woodbridge Center gather Mondays from 9:30-12:30 in the Cafeteria. The group is led by Rita Brieger.