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Woodbridge Center Events

Woodbridge Center Events

The Woodbridge Center provides a program of health, recreational, educational, and social activities for residents 55 years of age and older.  The Center offers a luncheon program as well as a transportation program.  Call us to find out more or sign up to receive our newsletter by mail or email.  Please contact us at 203-389-3430 or jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series

The Nosh & Knowledge Lecture Series continues in January with Creative Cooking for 1 or 2 with Laurie Van Cleft of Jewish Senior Services of Bridgeport.  This lecture is at 10:00 am in The Center cafeteria.

February 26:  Medical Marijuana—Unraveling the Mystery

With Canna Care Docs Education Center in Milford, Lecture begins at 6 pm in the Woodbridge Library.

Woodbridge Center Transportation Program

The Transportation Program provides transportation for Woodbridge residents only, weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm and the last appointment of the day is 2:30 pm.  Any Woodbridge resident 60 years or older, or permanently or temporarily disabled (with a letter from a medical provider) may schedule transportation on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information with regard to making reservations and contributions, call 203-389-3430.  Transportation to medical appointments is available to:  Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge.  Transportation for grocery shopping, banking, local hair appointments and pharmacy needs is available as time allows; transportation to The Woodbridge Center’s activities is available daily.  Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of all appointments.

CHOICES Counselors Available

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period through Saturday, December 7.  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.  Counselors are helpful in selecting or making changes to insurance and making sure you have the right coverage for your needs.  Please contact Judi Young, Senior Services Social Worker, or Mary Ellen LaRocca, Director of Human Services, for an appointment at 203-389-3429.

Special Programming

RSVP is required one day prior unless otherwise noted.  Please call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org.

Nov. 26:  Lunch entertainment with Kayte Devlin, begins 12:15 pm.

Dec. 2:  Trip! Mini holiday shopping trip to Chrisandra’s Country store in Oxford, then lunch at New England Young at Heart with a holiday themed craft of homemade cards!  Please RSVP by Nov. 25- $20.00 including transportation.  The van leaves The Center at 10:30 am and returns by 2:30 pm.

Dec. 3:  Decluttering Your Home:  Lorri Cavaliere of A Family Affair Estate Liquidation Services will share her expertise at 12:15 pm during the senior lunch program.

Dec. 10:  Annual Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Woodbridge Rotary Club.  Lunch is served at 12:15 pm in The Center Gym.  Entertainment provided by Paula Pettinella.  There is no cost for this luncheon but reservations are required by Dec. 3 and space is limited.  Unfortunately, we are unable to offer take-out meals for this event.

Feb.4:  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 9 am – 12 pm, Tuesdays through Apr. 14.  VITA is a free tax preparation service available to low-income individuals, people who have a disability and those who speak limited English.  Call 203-389-3429 for information on required documents or to make an appointment.

December 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  If eating in and taking left-overs to-go, please bring a plastic container with you.  Charges for to-go containers will begin in December at .50 per container.

11/26 Escarole and bean soup, oven fried chicken, baked potato and mint brownies, 11/28 Closed for Thanksgiving holiday, 12/3 Split pea soup, stuffed cabbage, mashed potato, chocolate brownie, 12/5 Butternut Squash soup, baked fish with crumb topping, red potato, roasted vegetable, chocolate cream pie,12/10 Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Woodbridge Rotary Club: antipasto, stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cheese cake with strawberry sauce, 12/12 Herb roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing, garlic green beans, garlic bread, apple pie, 12/17  Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potato, sautéed zucchini, banana cake, 12/19 Pasta fagioli soup, chicken parmesan, garlic green beans, capellini aioli, apple crisp, 12/24 Closed for Christmas Holiday, 12/26 Closed for Christmas Holiday, 12/31 New Year’s Eve Lunch! Chicken marsala, mashed potato, pineapple upside down cake.

Ongoing Programming

Calling all 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!

T’ai Chi with Bill Banick, Fridays 10 – 11 am in the Center Building, Rm. 16 (beginner, intermediate levels).  New session begins 12/20.  Class will be prorated for those joining late.  This class is designed to increase balance and stability, prevent falls and help manage arthritis.  Ten weeks for $50.

Gin Rummy:  Thursdays, 1- 3 pm, in The Center café, no reservation needed.

Weekly Craft Group meets Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm, in The Center lounge.  All yarn and sewing crafts welcome. No RSVP necessary.  Consider donating your unused, clean yarn and circular knitting needles (sizes 6, 7, 8) to The Center.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Class meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Rm. 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  New session begins 12/6 and runs 12 weeks for $75.  Class fee will be prorated if joined late.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.

Mahjong:  Monday and Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Rm. 13 for advanced players; Rm. 11 for beginner and intermediate.

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 Building gym on 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 at 11 am at the Library.  There is no December meeting.  The next meeting is Jan. 14 (note 2nd Tuesday).  The book will be Miracle Creek by Angie Kim.  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.  Current session ends 12/18.  Next 10-week session begins January 8.

Tuesday Movies:  Following lunch in The Center lounge at 1 pm: 12/3 Where Do You Go Bernadette?, 12/17 The Peanut Butter Falcon, 12/10, 12/24, 12/31 No movies due to holidays.

Thursday Movies:  Oldies, musicals, classics following lunch in The Center lounge, 1 pm, no movie 12/26.

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.  No nurse on 12/3.

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 café, 1 – 4 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 Building gym for group play, 12:30-2:30 pm and Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm.  Paid annual members may arrange playing times with others.  Annual membership is $20 for Woodbridge residents and $25 for non-residents and is due in January.  Stop by the office to make payment.

Photo 1: Woodbridge residents Rose Shultz and Harry Tuttle revel in the fun at The Center’s annual Halloween party. The seniors were joined by 4-year-olds from the Woodbridge Child Care Center for an intergenerational costume party. Take a look at up-coming events listed below and RSVP today.

Photo 2: Gabe Kautzner, Outreach Specialist from the New Haven Veteran’s Center in Orange, and Orville Grizzle, Community Outreach Specialist for VA New England Healthcare System, speak to seniors during this year’s Veterans Day lunch at The Woodbridge Center. 

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