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Woodbridge Center News 3/8/19

Woodbridge Center News 3/8/19

All knitters and crocheters are welcome to join the new craft group meeting weekly beginning March 21 at 10 am in the Center’s lounge.  Come for the creativity and stay for the community!

Intergenerational Programming

Korean Lantern Program

Beecher Road School student council members will join The Woodbridge Center for an intergenerational program on Tuesday, April 2 at 10:45 am.  This program will feature the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project.  Participants will create a beautiful lotus lantern, learn about Korean culture through a power point presentation and enjoy traditional Korean desserts.  There is no charge for this class but registration is required.  The lunch program will follow allowing an opportunity for members of the two groups to get to know each other.  There is no charge for the program and all are welcome!  Lunch is $3.00.

March 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.

3/5 Meatloaf with potato and vegetable, 3/8 Crab cakes with rice pilaf, 3/12 St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage luncheon ($6.00), 3/15 Vegetable lo mein over rice, 3/19 Chicken cordon bleu, 3/22 Shrimp with linguini, 3/26 Spaghetti with meatballs, 3/29 vegetable quiche.

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.

March 5-April 9: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), 9 am – 12 pm, Tuesdays through April 9.  VITA is a free tax preparation service available to low-income individuals, people who have a disability or those who speak limited English.  Appointments are made through Human Services and The Woodbridge Center and are available Tuesdays, 9 am noon.  Call for information on required documents and to make an appointment.

March 5:  11:45 am, Grand Opening of The Center’s long-awaited ADA compliant restroom.  Join in for a celebration of this first step of a revitalized Center.  Light fare served.  Snow date is March 6 at 11 am.

March 5:  Elder Scams with Christine Buck, Legal Investigator at the office of CT Attorney General, will present on preventing scams such as “You’ve Won” scams, “Grandkid” scams, Medicare and Social Security scams and what to do if you are a victim, 12:30 pm.

March 6:  Tai Chi with Instructor Gabriella Connolly, R.N. two sessions offered—Wednesdays, 10-11 am (beginner) and 11 am – 12 pm (intermediate), 12 weeks through May 29.  Call to register.

March 12:  St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  Entertainment provided by Larry Batter at 12 pm, a delicious traditional meal for $6.  RSVP by 3/8.

March 18:  Lunch Bunch returns!  Join in for lunch with friends at Lucy B’s in Milford.  Transportation is provided by the Center van ($3) or meet there.  Self-pay at the restaurant.

March 19:  Lunch entertainment with Bill Bevacqua begins at 12:15 pm.  RSVP required.

March 21:  Weekly craft group begins 10 am – 1 pm in The Center lounge.  Calling all knitters and crocheters to join this group.  No RSVP required.

March 26:  Spring themed Cupcake decorating with Kim Vertrees, Community Liaison for CT In-Home Assistance, 11 am – 12 pm.

April 25:  Spring Fling Health and Wellness Fair sponsored by New England Young at Heart in the Center Building gym, 9 am – 1 pm.

Breakfast at 10 Lecture Series

March 27:  Adding Years to Your Life & Life to Your Years with Louis Cofrancesco, DC, of Cofrancesco Chiropractic & Healing Arts.  RSVP is requested.

April 24:  Diabetes:  How to Manage It If You Have It & How To Prevent It If You Don’t with Mary Swansiger, BSN, MPH, CDE, Out-reach Coordinator Griffin Hospital Community Outreach & Parish Nursing.

Lectures are held in room 11 Center building.

Emergency Assistance Update

During power outages, there are a variety of resources available to Woodbridge residents.  If you, or someone you know, would benefit from being placed on the Emergency Call List, please contact the Human Services Department at 203-389-3429.  This list includes seniors or disabled residents who are called prior to and following a storm or emergency to provide reassurance and services.  Emergency shelter and assistance during power outages and storms are available.  Residents should call the Woodbridge Police Department at 203-387-2511 for shelter opening information.

If you or a family member would like to be added to the United Illuminating Company’s (UI) “Storm Woodbridge Life Support/Life Threatening Medically Coded Customer List”, please contact UI’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-722-5584, and provide account information along with a doctor’s note.  For more information regarding this program, please contact UI.

Ongoing Programming

New! Weekly Craft Group begins March 21 (Thursday) from 10 am – 1 pm in The Center lounge.  Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group.  No RSVP necessary.

New three-month session!  Yoga for Healthy Aging Class began February 22 and meets Fridays, 11:45 am – 1 pm, in the Center Building, Room 16, with instructor Julie Luciani.  Class combines seated and standing postures and is safe for all.  Please register to reserve your spot—12 sessions for $75.  The class fee will be pro-rated if join late.

Mahjong:  Monday & Friday, 10 am, Center Building, Room 11.

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 March 26 and the book will be Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  New members are welcome.

Art Class:  Class began February 6 and meets each Wednesday, 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:  3/1 The Wife, 3/8 Bohemian Rhapsody, 3/15 Green Book, 3/22 A Star is Born, Favorite Film Friday 3/29 The Quiet Man (with John Wayne, 1952).

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.  No partners required.

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.

Bocce:  Begins again in April, Tuesdays from11 am – 12 pm at the bocce court in the picnic grove behind the Old Firehouse.

Calling all poker, canasta and spades players—call The Center and let us know if you are interested and we’ll put a group or a game together!

  1. The Woodbridge Center Chinese New Year celebration included a cultural program provided by Woodbridge resident Hong Wang as well as dance entertainment and a delicious Chinese luncheon.  Join in for other lunch celebrations!
  2. Elaine Marcucio, of New England Young at Heart, speaks about proper freezing techniques and cooking for small numbers during the February ‘Lecture at 10’ event.  Other classes at The Center include Painting for Pleasure and Diabetes prevention.  Check out other educational events and classes below.

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