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Woodbridge Center News: 5/26/17

Woodbridge Center News: 5/26/17

The Woodbridge Center begins its 41st year with a new name and expanded programming.  The Center now offers exercise 5 days each week as well as community building programs highlighting health, wellness, arts, recreation, entertainment and education.  The Center’s reach is expanding to provide more options to its members and attract new residents to our community.  Volunteers are welcome as are ideas for new programs.  The Woodbridge Center is a vibrant combination of fitness and wellness coaching, an arts center, a volunteering headquarters, a transportation hub, and a tasty dining location. Come see for yourself!

Center Café

Join us for lunch each Tuesday and Friday at the Center Cafeteria at 12:15 pm.  The cost is $3 for dine-in meals and $4 for take-out.  Reservations are requested.  Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert.  Menu items:  6/2 stuffed red peppers with mashed potatoes, 6/6 baked tilapia with rice pilaf, 6/9 salad plate with grilled chicken, 6/13 stuffed chicken breast, 6/16 Father’s Day – BBQ pulled pork & root beer floats, 6/20 chicken cacciatore over whole wheat pasta, 6/23 pan seared shrimp over zoodles (squash noodles), 6/27 stuffed cabbage with potatoes, 6/30 Independence Day BBQ!

Special Programming

To RSVP or for more information, call 203-389-3430 or email jglicksman@woodbridgect.org

Come for a tour of Energize CT in North Haven on Monday, June 5th and learn ways to cut monthly energy costs.  Transportation and lunch will be provided at no charge.  Van leaves Senior Center at 11 am, reservations are required and space is limited.

Adult Coloring, taught by Woodbridge resident Fred Solomon, on June 6th and 13th from 11 am to 12 noon in the Woodbridge Center Lounge.  Materials will be provided.  Coloring books with mosaic designs, flowers and animals will be featured.

Local expert Lorri Cavaliere, of A Family Affair, will present “Decluttering Your Home” on June 6th at 12:15 pm.  This valuable program is offered free of charge during the lunch program.  The lunch is $3.00 and reservations are requested.

Evening Program!  The VNA will present “Dementia, Dealing with Challenging Behaviors” in the Center Lounge on June 7th from 6-7 pm.  Join us for an informative and helpful program.  Topics include:  stages of dementia, common caregiver challenges, and helpful strategies.  Attendees will be invited to join us at a later date for a new program entitled “Virtual Dementia” at Coachman’s Square in Woodbridge.  This is an amazing way for family members and caregivers to experience what is like to live with Dementia.

June 13 –Lunch program – Entertainment – with John Paolillo- at 12:30 pm.  The lunch program begins at 12:15 and reservations are requested.

Lunch Bunch!  Join in for lunch with friends by the water at Dockside Restaurant in Branford on Monday, June 16.  Transportation is provided by the Center van or you can meet us there.  Reservations are required.  Participants self-pay at the restaurant.  Cost of the van transportation is $3.00.

Join us for a great game of Jeopardy with Bobbi Kulas, Care Coordinator at Grand Care Companions in Naugatuck, on Tuesday, June 20.  This exciting program will run from 11am to 12 noon and will stimulate those participating to a challenging and fun game!  Please reserve your spot in the game.

Dr. Susann Veranno, Geriatrician at Hamden Health and Rehab Center, will discuss “What is Normal Aging” during the lunch program at 12:30 pm on Friday, June 23.  Lunch begins at 12:15, reservations are requested.

Join us for Independence Day cupcake decorating 11am-12 noon on Tuesday, June 27th.  This event is sponsored by New England Young at Heart.  There is no charge for this program.  The lunch program begins at 12:15 and includes entertainment – with Larry Batter- at 12:30 pm.

On- Going Programming

New!  The Center will be offering a new card game on Tuesdays from 1:15-3:15 pm.  The game is called “Captain” and is a multi-player Gin Rummy game.  For those who don’t know how to play, there will be instruction.  Please call for details and to express interest.

New!  June 2 – Stay healthy, meet new friends, and enjoy one of Woodbridge’s best walking locations!  Walk the cornfield loop at the Fitzgerald Property at a moderate or gentle pace.  The walking group will meet each Friday at the parking area on Beecher Road and leave promptly at 9:30 am.  To join the group, call the Woodbridge Center at 203-389-3430 or email Judi Young at srsocialworker@Woodbridgect.org.  The walk will be cancelled for weather conditions which may make walking unpleasant such as strong winds, heavy rain, mud, and cold temperatures.

Pickleball – Meets Fridays in the Center Gym for group play from 2-3:30 pm.  Self-scheduled hours are available for those who have paid annual fee of $20.  Interested players can make arrangements with other players and drop in daily from 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm Monday thru Thursday.  On Fridays we’ll have the space from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  The equipment is available on a first come, first served basis.

Exercise with Laurie:  Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Center Gym from 10-11 am.  No need to sign up – just pay a drop in fee of $2 and stay for a great workout!  Exercise class includes a combination of strength training, cardio, flexibility and balance.

Book Club:  The book club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 11 am at the Library.  The next meeting is June 27.  This month’s book is Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.  A New York Times Best Seller:  World War II historical fiction.

Art Class:  Begins anew on June 7 and will run 10 weeks on Wednesdays from 10 am until noon in the Center Café.  The class, taught by local artist Graham Dale, is just $60 and participants are asked to bring their own supplies.  For a list of supplies and to register contact the Center.

Friday Movies:  Following lunch in the Senior Center Lounge at 1 pm:  6/2 Lion, 6/9 The Space Between Us, 6/16 The Sense of An Ending, 6/23 The Last Word, Favorite Film Friday 6/30 Chicago.

VNA Blood Pressure Screenings:  1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, blood pressure screenings, weight and conversation with a registered nurse.

Duplicate Bridge:  Mondays, 9:30 am, Center Café.  Bridge:  The Center’s Wednesday bridge group invites new members!  Join the group for a friendly game of cards.  No reservations necessary– just come down to the Center Lounge at 1 pm.  Pinochle:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1-4 pm, Center Lounge.  Mah-jong: Mondays and Fridays, 10 am, Center Building- room 11.

Picture 1: Woodbridge Center Art Class instructor Graham Dale views the artwork with student Angie Belleza at the “Art of Aging” exhibit opening reception sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging in New Haven.  The Woodbridge Center submitted over twenty pieces of art to the annual exhibit.  The exhibit is open to the public through June 22nd.

Picture 2: Its prom season!  Members of the Woodbridge Center participate in New England Young at Heart’s “Senior” Prom at Aria Banquet facility in Prospect.  Joining the group was U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Prospect Mayor Robert Chatfield.

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