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Woodbridge Center News 4/12/19

Woodbridge Center News 4/12/19

A Farewell to Mel

Mary Ellen “Mel” Lucuk will retire from The Woodbridge Center at the end of April.  Reserve a spot for her farewell lunch on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:15 in the Café.  We look forward to seeing the great things she does in this new chapter of her life.  She will be sorely missed!

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 Center lounge, 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.

Volunteers Needed!

We’re looking for volunteers to help with set up, clean up and serving at the Tuesday or Friday senior lunch.  Volunteers need to be available from 11 am -1:30 pm.  Pease call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org for more information or to volunteer.


The Woodbridge Senior Center offers limited transportation to eligible seniors and disabled residents to the Senior Center and to medical appointments as scheduling permits.  Reserving a ride is on a 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.

April / 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.  4/12 Assorted sandwiches, potato salad, 4/16 BBQ pulled pork with rice and beans, 4/19 Closed Good Friday, 4/23 Farewell to Mel Luncheon!  Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, cake, 4/26 Chicken oregano with rice, 4/30 Stuffed cabbage, 5/3 Cinco de Mayo celebration!  Cheesy taco pasta, 5/6 vegetable quiche, 5/10.

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.

April 15:  Lunch Bunch!  Join in for lunch with friends at Luce’s in Hamden.  Transportation is provided by the Center van ($3) or meet there.  Self-pay at the restaurant.

April 16:  Lunch Entertainment with Paula Pettinella at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.

April 23:  Lunch Entertainment with Brian Gillie at 12:15 pm. RSVP required.

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

April 30:  First Selectman Beth Heller and the Democratic candidates for municipal office speak and serve lunch at 12-1pm in the café.

May 3:  Cinco De Mayo lunch celebration at 12:15 pm!

May 3:  Campaign visit!  The Woodbridge Republican slate for municipal office will speak and serve lunch at12 -1 pm 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

May 13:  AARP Safe Driver Training, 9 am 1 pm, 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 the Center’s Art class, will be held 1 pm-3 pm at 117 Washington Avenue, North Haven.  Transportation will be provided by the Center.  Please RSVP by May 9.

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.  RSVP required by May 3.

Breakfast At 10: Lecture Series

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.

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.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), 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 by request.

Ongoing Programming

Weekly Craft Group:  Meets 10 am – 1 pm in The Center lounge.  Calling all knitters and crocheters to join the group.  No RSVP necessary.

Yoga for Healthy Aging Class 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 joined 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 April 23 and the book will be Educated:  A Memoir by Tara Westover.  The following 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 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.  Register to join in on the Area Agency on Aging’s Art of Aging Exhibit.  All seniors are invited to display their work from May 16- June 20 at the Area Agency of Aging’s new location in North Haven.  Call for details and to participate.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in The Woodbridge Center lounge at 1 pm:  4/12 If Beale Street Could Talk, 4/26 Favorite Film Friday Love Crazy, 1941– with Myrna Loy and Dick Powell, 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.  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 April 16, Tuesdays from11 am – 12 pm at the bocce court in the picnic grove behind the Old Firehouse.  Give a call and let us know you’re coming!

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!

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