This month starts a new chapter for our Center! What was the ‘Senior Center’ will now be known as the ‘Woodbridge Center’. The new name reflects efforts to reach a broader audience with programs of health, wellness, nutrition, exercise, education, recreation, transportation and socialization. All Woodbridge adults sixty years of age and older are welcome.
The Human Services Department is eager for the Woodbridge Center to accommodate an expanding population. According to the state Department on Aging, Connecticut has over 731,000 residents 60 and older, which represents about 20% of the state’s population. In Woodbridge, there are close to 3,000 residents 60 and older, about 30% of the town’s population. The town is planning for a future that includes a growing number of active, older adults.
There are always opportunities for volunteers at the Center and ideas for new programming are encouraged as well. For more information about activities at the Center or to RSVP for programming, please call 203-389-3430 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy spring!
May Café Menu
Lunch is served Tuesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center Cafeteria at 12:15pm. The cost is $3.00 for dine-in meals and $4.00 for take-out. Reservations are requested. Meals include bread, juice, coffee/tea and dessert. Menu items include: 5/2 Spring Fling – vegetable lasagna with white sauce and salad, 5/5 Cinco De Mayo – Shrimp soft tacos, salsa and chips and flan, 5/9 Chicken Oregano with sweet potatoes and salad with VNA program, “The ABC’s of Stroke” at 12:30pm, 5/12 Mother’s Day – Tea sandwiches and desserts, 5/ 16 Roast Beef with roasted vegetables and salad with entertainment by Ralph Sacco- 12:30pm, 5/19 Quiche with fresh fruit and salad, 5/23 40th Anniversary Luncheon – Chicken Marsala, rice pilaf and cake and entertainment provided by the Humble Bees- reservations are required, 5/26 Polish Mother’s Day – Kielbasa with potato pancake and pierogi, 5/30 Memorial Day – pulled pork and coleslaw with presentation by Roger Hart on Yellowstone National Park.
Special and Ongoing Programming:
The ‘Spring Fling’, sponsored by New England Young at Heart, will be held on May 2 from 9:30am until 12:30pm in the Center café and includes free massages, nail care, and blood pressure screenings as well as vendors with health, home, wellness and beauty products. There will be a cooking demo at 11:45am and lunch will follow. Lunch is just $3.00. Seating is limited- please call for a reservation.
Smart Phone Class will be held on two Wednesdays– May 3, 10 from 3–4pm in the Woodbridge Library meeting room. Class is taught by Amity High School students; there is no charge. Please RSVP.
Join us on May 10 for the “Senior Prom” at Aria Banquet Facility in Prospect sponsored by New England Young at Heart. Tickets are $23.00 per person and include appetizers, a 3-course meal, entertainment, raffles and transportation. Reservations are required.
A Financial and Legal Services Panel Discussion on May 10 will cover topics of medical directives, Power of Attorney, trusts (positives and negatives), wills and estate planning and tax saving ideas. Additionally, information on how to coordinate your Social Security and pension with your assets to have a tax-efficient, inflation adjusted life-time income and information on new tax laws. This information and discussion session will meet in the Center Lounge from 6-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served, please RSVP.
AARP Safe Driver Training Class will meet on Monday, May 15 from 9am-1pm in Center Lounge. The fee is $15.00 for AARP members, $20.00 for non-members. Reservations are required.
Lunch Bunch continues on May 15. Join us for a lunch out with friends at Crave in Ansonia with transportation provided by the Woodbridge Center van or meet us there. Reservations are required- please call the Center. Participants self-pay at the restaurant.
An art opening entitled ‘The Art of Aging’, sponsored by the Agency on Aging, South Central Connecticut, and featuring art from the Center’s Art class, will be held on May 18 from 1-5pm at 1 Long Wharf in New Haven. Transportation provided by the Center. Please RSVP.
40th Anniversary Celebration and Dinner: The Woodbridge Senior Center is turning 40! Join us Wednesday, May 24th for wine & hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. and program, dinner and entertainment will start at 6:15 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Pierce Campbell Jazz Trio. Dinner choices are baked stuffed shrimp and baked stuffed chicken. Tickets for the dinner are just $25.00. Transportation for seniors and disabled residents will be provided. Call to RSVP by May 10.
May 25- Trip to Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant– This dinner theater will perform “Lunch with Mrs. Baskin”. The trip is $100.00 per person and includes transportation, lunch buffet, ticket to the show and drivers’ gratuity.
Art Class begins anew on May 31st (if minimum class numbers are met) and runs 10 weeks on Wednesdays from 10am until noon in the Center Café. The class, taught by local artist Graham Dale, is just $60.00 and participants are asked to bring their own supplies. For a list of supplies and to register contact the Center.
On June 5th the Center will offer transportation to the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven. Join us to discover how to cut your monthly energy costs! Transportation and lunch will be provided. The van will depart the Center at 11am and return at 2:45pm. This program is offered at no charge.
“What is Normal Aging”: An informative and dynamic discussion with Dr. Susann Verano, Geriatrician, from Hamden Health and Rehab Center has been rescheduled to Friday, June 23 during lunch.
Pickleball meets Fridays in the Center Gym for group play from 2:00- 3:30pm. Self-scheduled hours are available for those who have paid an annual fee of $20.00. Interested players can drop in daily from 12:30pm- 2:15pm Monday thru Thursday. On Fridays the space is available from 12:30pm- 3:30pm. The equipment will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Exercise with Laurie: Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Center Gym from 10- 11am. No need to sign up – just a drop-in fee of $2.00 gets you 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, 11am at the Library. The next meeting is May 23rd. This month’s book is Empire Falls by Richard Russo. This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2002. It is the story of Miles Roby in a fictional, small blue-collar town in Maine and the people, places, and the past surrounding him, as manager of the Empire Grill diner.
Friday Movies: Following lunch in the Senior Center Lounge at 1pm: 5/5 La La Land, 5/12 Fences, 5/19 A Dog’s Purpose, Favorite Film Friday – 5/26 Arsenic and Old Lace.
Cards: The Center’s Wednesday bridge group and pinochle group invite new members! Join in for a friendly game of cards. No reservations necessary– just come down to the Center lounge at 1pm. Pinochle meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-4pm in the Center Lounge. Members of the Center are looking to start a weekly game of Gin Rummy on Tuesdays or Thursdays. If you are interested in joining them, please call the Center.
Transportation Program: The Woodbridge Senior Center offers limited transportation to eligible seniors and disabled residents to the Senior Center and to medical appointments on a first-come, first-served basis. You may reserve a ride by calling between 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. The Center provides transportation to Amity Shopping Center area on Wednesdays mornings. This service is for eligible residents who need to pick up groceries, do banking or visit the drug store. The office must have at least 24 hours’ notice for all transportation requests. The Woodbridge Transportation Program operates in full compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Emergency Food Closet – Volunteers are needed to sort donated food.
Friendly Visitor/Telephone Reassurance Program – Volunteers are needed to provide friendly visits or telephone calls to those who are homebound 60 years of age and over or disabled.
The Woodbridge Center – Luncheon program volunteers are needed to set up tables, serve lunch and provide clean-up assistance for luncheon program attended by adults 60 and over.
The Woodbridge Center – Volunteer needed for ongoing assistance with the vegetable garden.
Youth Services – Volunteers are needed to chaperone Youth Evening Program activities for 7th and 8th grade students.
Youth Services – Volunteers are needed to serve on the Youth Advisory Board to give input on services and programs for youth.
To volunteer or for more information, contact the Human Services Department at 203-389-3429.
Picture 1: Dottie Malerba, right, shows off her design during a cupcake decorating class at the Senior Center sponsored by CT In Home Assistance LLC. Mimi Setlow, center and Dolly DeFillipo, left, also decorate. The group, with instruction from Community Liaison Kim Vertrees, made dozens of cupcakes to bring home to their families.
Picture 2: The lunch bunch group enjoys a terrific afternoon at Gustos restaurant in Milford. The next outing of the group will be on May 15th.