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Woodbridge Center July 2021

Woodbridge Center July 2021

Are you over 55 years old?  Contact The Woodbridge Center:  Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information and registration for all programming.

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Summer Second Saturdays’ Tag Sale:  Despite the drizzly start, everyone who came to the Summer Second Saturdays’ Tag Sale had plenty of diverse items to choose from for purchase, along with fun activities for all ages in the Grove.  Delicious food and beverages from Silver Sands Pizza and Café Rebelde were also enjoyed.  Many thanks to Youth Services’ student volunteers, Silver Sands Pizza for pizza donations, and vendors for helping to make this a wonderful community event!  The next Summer Second Saturday event is The Friends’ Mini-Book Sale, July 10, 9-11 am.  Lawn games and food trucks will be a part of this event.

Drive-thrus:             The weather was perfect for our Fathers’ Day Drive-thru with Larry Batter providing entertainment, especially for those staying to eat in the Grove area.  A BIG thank you to Hamden Health & Rehab for providing such a fun rendition of our traditional root beer floats!

Annual “Indoor” Picnic:  Our Annual “Indoor” Picnic, generously co-sponsored by the Woodbridge Police Department, will be a drive-thru this year on Thursday, July 29.  Come pick up your food hot off the grill by PD grill masters, Chief Cappiello and other department members.  Meal includes a choice of two:  (cheese)burger, hot dog, or chicken thigh.  Also included are macaroni salad, potato salad, baked beans, a watermelon wedge and dessert.  Tables and chairs will be set-up in the Grove area if you would like to enjoy your meal outside with music by Pierce Campbell.  A summer goody bag will be generously donated by Hamden Health & Rehabilitation.  Please RSVP by July 21; $5 per person.  Payment collected at drive-thru.

New and Resuming Activities Starting at The Woodbridge Center:

Bridge:  Wednesdays, 1-3:30 pm in The Center café;

Pinochle: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm in The Center lounge;

Mahjong:  Mondays & Fridays, 9:30 amnoon in Center Building Room 13.

Computer lab opens July 6:  Monday- Friday, 10am – 2 pm.  One hour use per day/person.  Two-person limit in computer lab.  Printing is available (first 5 pages are free).  Preregistration is required.

Zumba Gold kicks off July 9 with Amanda Aranzullo.  Classes will be held Fridays, 9-9:45 am in the Grove area (Center Building gym during inclement weather).  This fun “dance party” will introduce easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on all elements of cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.  The results may include improved balance, range of motion and/or coordination.  No prior Zumba experience required.  The $40 fee is for an 8-week session.

Yoga for All begins July 14 with Bill Banick.  Meet in the Grove area (Center Building Room 16 during inclement weather) on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 pm.  This all-level yoga class consists of seated warm up exercises, breathing techniques, standing and seated yoga postures using a chair as a prop, relaxation and meditation.  There is an 8-week session fee of $40.  Preregistration is required.

Ongoing Programs at The Center:

Hobbies/Social:   Craft Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays outdoors in the Newton Canopy area (The Center café during inclement weather), 10 am – 12 pm.  Bring your current knitting or crocheting project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Men’s Coffee Corner at the Grove meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 10-11:30 am.  Bring your own coffee or favorite morning beverage, play a game of bocce, shuffleboard, or just enjoy sitting and socializing with some new or old friends.  The Grove, as always, is open to all.

Painting for Pleasure with Graham Dale:  All levels are welcome to join this class in The Center café on Wednesdays, 10 am – 12 pm.  Come paint your choice of subject with acrylics or watercolors.  Next session begins July 14.  There is a $60 fee for the full 10-week session.  A material list will be provided upon registering.

Shoot some pool in The Center café every Tuesday and Thursday, 1-3 pm.  Masks and preregistration are required.


Exercise with Laurie continues Tuesdays and Thursdays outdoors in the Grove area (Center Building gym during inclement weather), 10-11 am.  Enjoy an aerobic, cardio and strength training workout to music.  Bring your own 1-to-2-pound hand weights to use during the class.  Preregistration is required.  There is a $2 per class fee through the end of July.  The fee will increase to $3 per class beginning August 3.  This fee is paid at the beginning of each class.

Pickleball takes place Monday through Friday, 12:30- 3:30 pm in the Center Building gym as well as 7 days/week on the outdoor courts.  Advance court sign-up is required for indoor and outdoor play.  Call for more information.

Targeted Strength Training is offered on Mondays outdoors in the Grove area (Center Building gym during inclement weather), 9-10 am.  Led by Michele Tenney, this exercise class uses exercise bands to focus on strengthening specific muscle groups to help increase balance, stability, and flexibility.  Bands are available for purchase through the instructor.  The class fee is $40 for an 8-week session and will be prorated as needed.  The next session will begin July 19.

Virtual programs

AAA Defensive Driving Course is offered virtually every Tuesday from 10 am – 2 pm.  This free class for members and non-members, taken from the comfort of your own home, may qualify you for an auto insurance discount upon completion.  Register at www.AAA.COM/DEFENSIVEDRIVING.

Services offered

Transportation for medical appointments is available for those 60+ or with disabilities, Monday- Friday from 9 am – 2:30 pm with limited exceptions.  Transportation for grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up is also available.  Call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required for safety reasons.

Meals:  Seniors may reserve healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals complete with a protein, starch, vegetables and fresh fruit for $5/meal.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home on Tuesday.  Choose from a wide variety of options including turkey pot pie, Shepherd’s pie, chicken and pasta with fresh mozzarella, vegetable lasagna, and fresh Cobb salad with grilled chicken breast.  Meals include a roll and dessert.  There is a minimum order of two meals please.

New meal options!  Frozen soups are now available for $1 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include Italian wedding, beef orzo, carrot apple, sweet potato bisque, and more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.  Soup must be ordered with meals or a minimum of five soups must be ordered at a time.

Looking for company?  Call Judi Young, senior social worker to arrange for a friendly visitor, 203-389-3429.

Medical Loan Closet:  Durable medical equipment is available for lending including walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs and more.  Call for details.

Staff recipe pick:  Each month a favorite recipe from the Human Services staff will be featured.  This month, Ellen McDonald, shares a healthy, recipe favorite of hers from RecipeGirl.com (The Silver Palate Cookbook).

Linguine with Tomatoes, Basil and Brie

A lovely summer dinner recipe!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

Resting time: 2 hours

Total time: 32 minutes

Servings: 4 servings


  • 5 large ripe tomatoes
  • 16 ounces brie, torn into small pieces
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ cup extra- virgin olive oil
  • several pinches crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 24 ounces linguine


  • Combine all ingredients (except pasta) in a serving bowl large enough to hold the cooked pasta and sauce. Stir gently to combine. Set aside at room temperature for at least two hours.
  • Cook linguine in salted water until al dente. Drain and add to the tomato mixture.  Toss gently to distribute sauce.  Serve immediately.

Photo 1: Ellen McDonald (Human Services), below left, Jessica Esposito (Senior Center), below right, and Kristy Moriarty (Senior Center), not pictured, thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone at the Fathers’ Day Drive-thru and wish all the Dads a Happy Fathers’ Day!

Photo 2: Members of The Center’s craft group, Ruta Majumdar, Alice Lippman, and Vivian Pittman-Latham, model some of the beautiful, handmade items for sale at the Summer Second Saturdays’ Tag Sale on June 12.

Photo 3: Mahjong players, Lucille Palmucci, Susan Hoffman, and Marlene Klein, enjoy a long awaited game together.

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