Giving Thanks and Veteran’s Day
November is a month rich with opportunity. We have the chance to practice Democracy by voting on Election Day, honor those who served in the military on Veteran’s Day, and express heartfelt gratitude with loved ones on Thanksgiving.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, The Center begins a pilot program providing free transportation for qualifying veterans and their spouses to medical appointments and to The Center through April 2019. These services are provided to Woodbridge residents who are veterans over 60 years old or disabled. Call for more information.
November also provides opportunities to be more involved at The Center. There are so many wonderful “resources” here and a wealth of talented individuals. Come share the wealth of your experience with the craft group or the bridge, pinochle, book club, mahjong, lunch or Pickleball members. People of all abilities are welcome to share what they know or learn from the experts. Opportunity beckons.
“A mentor is someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.” —fortune cookie proverb
Breakfast at 10 – Lecture Series
November 28: Tips for Healthcare Self Advocacy with Jeanne Hughes, BSN, RN of Seabury Care at Home, Woodbridge Library meeting room.
January 30: Estate Planning and Asset Protection with Guertin and Guertin, LLC—Center lounge.
October 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. 11/2 Chicken parmesan over angel hair pasta, 11/6 Closed– Federal and State Election, 11/9 Veteran’s Day! Spinach Alfredo served with salad, 11/13 Thanksgiving Celebration– RSVP by November 7th, 11/16 Stuffed cabbage and potatoes, 11/20 Lasagna and salad, 11/23 Closed-Thanksgiving holiday, 11/27 Baked stuffed shrimp over rice pilaf, salad and vegetable, 11/30 Garlic chicken with whipped sweet potatoes.
RSVP is required one day prior unless otherwise noted
November 6: Closed for Federal and State Election –Vote!
November 7: Reverse Bids Bridge Class with Rita Brieger, 6:45-9 pm in the Center gym. Learn reverse bids and recognize when your partner makes one. Intermediate level, space limited to 40, $5 fee. RSVP required.
November 8: Trip! Newsies at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Included in the trip is transportation, lunch and the show for $106.
November 9: Veteran’s Day! The Center hosts a presentation on the services and programs available to veterans through the New Haven Vet Center with Army Sergeant 1st Class Jolene Montalvo, E-7. Veterans and family members are invited.
November 12: Woodbridge Veteran’s Day commemoration in the Center Gym at 11 am with master of ceremonies Barry Josephs. The ceremony will include history of the holiday with special emphasis on women in the military.
November 13: Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at noon in the Center gymnasium with entertainment by John Paolillo. This seasonal feast is sponsored by the Woodbridge Police Union, Coachman Square, and the Willows-Woodbridge. RSVP required by November 7.
November 17: Trip! UCONN Huskies vs. Vanderbilt Commodores at Mohegan Sun Arena (Saturday). Call for details.
November 27: Lunch entertainment with Brian Gillie, begins 12:15 pm.
Living Treasure Award Dinner Successful
Living Treasure Award winners Louisa Cunningham, Robert Conniff, Leland Torrence Sr., and Dorothy Martino with First Selectman Beth Heller (Left) and Human Services Commission Chair Sharon Bender (Right)
Many thanks to all who worked to make the Living Treasure Award Dinner a successful fundraiser for The Woodbridge Center. Thanks to the committee members, celebrity servers, sponsors, staff and volunteers as well as all those who attended and donated. We’re already looking forward to next years’ event!
Meetinghouse Café remains open through Construction
The Meetinghouse Café located at 4 Meetinghouse Lane on the lower level is open to all ages from 8 am to 2 pm, Monday-Friday, and serves breakfast and lunch. During the renovation the café will be open for business. Please call 203-389-3491 to place an order or drop in for a tasty meal! The Woodbridge Center is undergoing construction to add an accessible restroom and ramp to the facility to improve service to the community. During this renovation all activities will continue without interruption. For more information regarding individual activities, please call The Center at 203-389-3430.
CHOICES Counselors Available
Medicare’s Open Enrollment period runs from October 1 to December 7. The Town of Woodbridge has certified CHOICES Counselors available to provide counseling and information on topics such as Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicare HMO’s, Long-Term Care Insurance and other state and federal benefit programs. Please contact Mary Ellen LaRocca or Judi Young for an appointment at (203)389-3429.
Calling all knitters and crocheters as well as poker, canasta and spades players! Call The Center and let us know you are interested and we’ll put a group or a game together!
Poker on Tuesdays, 1-3:30 pm – join in for a friendly game of poker in the Center Building, Room11. Call for details.
New! Art Class: Class begins October 31 and meets each Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm in the Center Building, room 11. The class is taught by local artist Graham Dale. Call to register for the ten-week class—$60.
The Woodbridge Center offers two sections of Tai Chi each Wednesday
Tai Chi with Instructor Gabriella Connolly, R.N. Wednesdays, 10-11 am and 11 am – 12 pm, 9/26-12/12.
Bocce: Tuesdays 11 am – 12 pm at the Bocce court in the picnic grove behind the Old Firehouse. RSVP.
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, 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 November 27. This month’s book is Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy. New members are welcome.
Friday Movies: Following lunch in the Woodbridge Library Meeting Room at 1 pm: 11/2 no movie, 11/9 Adrift, 11/16 BlackKKlansman, 11/23 Closed, 11/30 Favorite Film Friday: Dr. No.
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, 1-4 pm.
Pinochle: Meets Mondays and Thursdays in the Center Building room 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: Meets Fridays, through November 16 from 11:45 am -1 pm in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani. The class fee will be pro-rated for anyone registering late. Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all. Reserve your spot—11 sessions for $75.
Mah-jongg: Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 11.
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 with a suggested $5 additional donation. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.