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Woodbridge Center Events May 2019

Woodbridge Center Events May 2019

Free Lunch!

May is ‘bring a friend to lunch month’!  Bring a friend who has never come to the Woodbridge Center’s lunch program and they’ll eat for free!  RSVP required 24 hours in advance.

Thursday Lunches- Begin in June

The Center’s Friday lunch program will move to Thursdays beginning June 6 at 12:15 pm in The Center’s cafeteria.  Friday movies will move to Tuesdays at 1:15 pm starting June 4 in The Center lounge.  Join in and make new friends or reconnect with old friends.

Living Treasure Committee Meets in May

Here’s a chance to get involved with the 2nd annual Living Treasure Awards event.  The first meeting of the planning committee will be May 9 at 9 am in The Center cafe, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, lower level.  We’re looking for individuals who would like to build on last year’s success.  The Living Treasure Award dinner is a fundraiser for The Woodbridge Center which honors community-minded Woodbridge residents for their dedication to the Town and for their years of community service.  The event also includes a silent auction, a program and a delicious dinner.  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 jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Welcome New Staff

Stop by The Woodbridge Center or give a call to meet the newest staff member—Kristy Moriarty.  Kristy is a Woodbridge resident who has volunteered at The Center during the past year.  Kristy will take The Center’s part time assistant job available following Mary Ellen “Mel” Lucuk’s retirement at the end of April.  Please extend your warmest Woodbridge welcome to Kristy!

Transportation

The Woodbridge Senior Center offers limited transportation to eligible seniors and disabled residents to The Woodbridge Center and to medical appointments as scheduling permits.  Reserving a ride is on first-come, first served basis.  You may schedule a ride by calling 203-389-3430 between 9am and 4 pm.  The Center provides transportation to Amity Shopping Center area on Wednesday mornings.  This service is for qualifying residents in need of a ride to pick up groceries, go to the bank, or visit the drug store.  Please call the office at 203-389-3430 to make a reservation as soon possible – we must have at least 24 hours’ notice.  Driveways, walks, and steps must be cleared of trees, brush, snow, and cars to protect our driver and passengers.  The Woodbridge Transportation Program operates in full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

May Lunch Menu

Lunch is served Tuesday and Friday 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.  5/3 Cinco de Mayo! Cheesy taco pasta and flan, 5/7 Mother’s Day celebration! 5/10 Eggplant parmesan with pasta, 5/14 Pork loin with roasted potatoes, coleslaw and biscuits, 5/17 Corned beef Rueben with sweet potato fries, 5/21 Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, 5/24 Corned beef hash with eggs and home fries, 5/28 Chicken pot pie casserole, 5/31 assorted sandwiches: egg or tuna with side salad.

Special Programming

Events are held at The Woodbridge Center unless otherwise noted.  To RSVP or for questions, call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

May 3:  Cinco de Mayo celebration at 12:15!  Join in for Mexican treats!

May 3:  Campaign visit with members of the Republican slate for municipal office who will speak and serve lunch at 12:15 in the café.

May 6:  Center closed for Municipal Elections – Vote! 6 am- 8 pm.

May 7:  Memory Matters with VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice begins 12:20 pm in The Center café.  Learn why exercising your brain is as important as exercising your body, find out how to maintain brain function and dispel the myths of memory loss and aging.  RSVP if requesting lunch ($3.00/12:15).

May 8:  Center Open – Amity Referendum– vote! 6am –8 pm.

May 13:  AARP Safe Driver Training, 9 am 1 pm, The Center lounge.  $15 members; $20 non-members.  RSVP required.

May 16:  Senior art exhibit and reception, “The Art of Aging” sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging.  The exhibit features art from around the region and the Center’s Art class.  The reception will be held from 1 pm-3 pm at 117 Washington Avenue, North Haven.  Transportation will be provided by the Center ($3).  RSVP by May 9.

May 20:  Lunch Bunch, Join in for lunch with friends at Carmines di Vega in New Haven.  Transportation is provided by The Center ($3) or meet us.  Self-pay at the restaurant.

May 21:  Lunch entertainment with Jim Sheehan begins at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.

May 22:  Senior Prom, sponsored by New England Young at Heart, 11am-3 pm at Aria Banquet facility in Prospect.  Event includes dancing, shopping vendors, raffles, appetizers and a 3-course meal.  Transportation provided by The Woodbridge Center ($3.00).  You must be 50 or older to participate.  Tickets are $28.00 and may be purchased at The Woodbridge Center.  RSVP is required by May 3.

May 27:  Center closed—Memorial Day:  Please attend the Woodbridge Memorial Day commemoration at 11 am at the Center flagpole.  Inclement weather sends event to the Center gym.

May 28:  Acuity Hearing Solutions, 11am free hearing screenings followed by informational talk at 12:30.  RSVP required for screenings.

Breakfast at 10: Lecture Series

May 22:  Estate Planning and Asset Protection with Guertin and Guertin, LLC in The Center lounge.  This program was created to help people learn how they can 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.  40 % of older Americans will need nursing home care at some point in their lives!  Lectures are held in room 11 Center building.

Ongoing Programming

Bocce:  Tuesdays from 11 am – 12 pm at the bocce court in the picnic grove behind the Old Firehouse.

Weekly Craft Group Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, in The Center lounge.  Calling knitters and crocheters, beginner to expert, to join the group – no RSVP necessary.

New session!  Yoga for Healthy Aging Class meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  New 12-week session begins May 17.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.  The class fee will be pro-rated if joined late (12 sessions for $75).

Mahjong:  Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 13.  *Note new location.

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, Tuesday and Thursday, 1011 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 May 28 and the book will be Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly.  New members are welcome.

Art Class:  New session begins May 8.  Class meets each Wenesday., 10 am 12 pm, in The Center café.  The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale.  Call to register.  The ten-week class is $60 and will be pro-rated for those joining late.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in The Woodbridge Center lounge at 1 pm:  5/3 Can You ever Forgive Me? 5/10 At Eternity’s Gate, 5/17 The Mule, 5/24 On The Basis of Sex, 5/31 Favorite Film Friday:  It Happened One Night (1934– with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable).

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, in the 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 lounge.

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 through the Doodle scheduling tool.  Annual membership is $20 for Woodbridge residents and $25 for non-residents.  Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Calling all gin rummy, poker, canasta and spades players—call The Center and share your interest.  The Center will put a group or a game together!

Pictured:

  1. Students from Emmett O’Brien Technical High School’s Hairdressing and Cosmotology program provide free manicures to Health Fair attendees at The Woodbridge Center.  The Spring Fling Health Fair was sponsored by New England Young at Heart and offered a wealth of vendors and information to community residents.
  2. Woodbridge Center Clerical Assistant Mary Ellen “Mel” Lucuk, shared her thoughts during her farewell luncheon at The Center.  Close to 70 people attended the retirement lunch- she will be missed!

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