Woodbridge Center – April 2022 • Woodbridge Town News – 71Bait

Are you over 55 years old? Contact the Woodbridge Center: Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbridgect.org for information on all programs. Advance registration is required for all programs and events.

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Email Blasts: Things are changing fast – please make sure you’re on our email blast list for updates on the Woodbridge Center. Call the center at 203-389-3430 to register.

COVID update in the center: Masks will be required for all center programs until Woodbridge’s COVID positivity rate is in the yellow zone for three consecutive weeks.

Renovation update: As the long-awaited renovation of the Senior Center begins, all programs previously held at The Center café have been relocated to other building areas in the city as indicated in the description below.

Mother’s Day Drive-Thru Lunch (for those over 60): Everyone is invited to celebrate all moms at the Mother’s Day drive-thru lunch on Thursday, May 5 from 12-1pm. Enjoy Quiche Lorraine, fresh fruit and dessert sponsored by Visit to Angels of Woodbridge and Elim Park Health Care and Rehabilitation. Also enjoy a special treat from Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Center. For free.

Upcoming events/programs: New! Cornhole: Sign up today to take part in this part skill, part luck, all fun activity! Throw a beanbag onto the sloping board scores 1 point, in the hole scores 3 points. This is a game anyone can play! All levels are welcome. Every Monday and Friday, 10am – 11:30am at the Grove, starting April 1st. Call to register: 203-389-3430.

Tag sale: It’s time to collect your unwanted items and turn them into cash! On April 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., as part of the city’s Earth Day celebrations, the center will host a tag sale at the Grove. There is a $10 fee (cash or check payable to the City of Woodbridge) for each seat, which includes a six-foot table and two chairs. Call 203-389-3430 to reserve your spot or fill out an e-form at Woodbridge Earth Day on the city’s website: www.woodbridgect.org. Payment should be made to the Senior Center, room 13 in the center building, as soon as possible.

Presentation on crime prevention: Carjacking and other crimes have recently increased in the United States and in our community. Despite the tireless work of the Woodbridge Police Department, Woodbridge is not immune. Officer Brian Pedalino of the Woodbridge Police Department will give an important presentation on staying safe while dining out, going on appointments, shopping and even staying at home. Call 203-389-3430 to register. This program will take place on Friday, April 28 at 11:00 am at the Center Building Gymnasium. Complimentary security keychain for the first 36 entrants provided by the Woodbridge Police Union.

The History of the White House Conversation with Alan DeValerio: Join this interesting presentation, co-hosted with The Library, when former White House Butler Alan DeValerio shares the inside details on all the preparations involved with entertaining at the White House and how it all unfolds at the has evolved over the years from FDR to today. Questions and answers will follow. 5 May, from 11 a.m 12:00 p.m. in the library meeting room. For free.

Free Personally Virtual Art Tour Series Viewing in collaboration with Woodbridge Town Library: Experience Art History at America’s Oldest Public Art Museum Take the last Wadsworth Virtual Art Tour in the series focusing on Impressionists on May 11 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Pre-registration is required. Please call 203-389-3430 to register.

The American Armchair Adventure – National Park Series: This personal monthly series sponsored by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Center, takes you to 6 national parks in 6 months. Each month, you “travel” to one of the most breathtaking parks in the United States. Enjoy simulated tours, interactive discussions, trivia, local cuisine and more. Pre-registration is required. Adventures include: Glacier National Park – May 13, Grand Canyon – June 10, Zion – July 8, and Grand Teton – August 12. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in The Library meeting room.

We are celebrating YOU! All Woodbridge residents over the age of 55 are invited to come to this fun outdoor event! Play a game of BINGO with prizes! Have a free muffin (courtesy of Coachman Square in Woodbridge) and a cup of coffee or tea at the Grove. Play a game of corn hole, bocce ball or shuffleboard. Everything to celebrate Senior American Month! 11 May from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Rain date is May 18th. Please call 203-389-3430 to register.

AAA Driver Improvement Rating: Members and non-members may be able to reduce their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills by enrolling in AAA’s Driver Improvement Program, which teaches the fundamentals of defensive driving and provides up-to-date driving practice updates. 16 May from 9am – 1pm in the Woodbridge Library meeting room – places are limited. No costs. Pre-registration is required.

The exercise: Not sure if a class is right for you? Try a free course first!

Aerobic class with Laura Richling: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., in the gymnasium of the center building. Enjoy a complete cardio and strength training session to a variety of music. Bring your own 1 or 2 pound hand weights if you have them to use during class. There is a $3 fee at the start of each class.

Pickle: Monday to Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the gymnasium of the center building. New players please register by phone. All levels are welcome. Call for more information. There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.

Zumba Gold with Amanda Aranzullo: Fridays, 9:30-10:15 a.m., in the gymnasium of the center building. Who says exercise can’t be fun? This fun “dance party” focuses on all elements of cardiovascular health, muscle conditioning, flexibility and balance. No previous Zumba experience required. The fee is $30 for a 6 week session. Please register by phone – the next session will begin after the mask requirement has been lifted.

Bridge: Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m. in the library boardroom.

computer lab is open Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Two person limit in the computer room. Printing is possible (first 5 pages free). Pre-registration is required.

Craft Group: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 12pm, in the Woodbridge Room of the Library or outside on the lawns off Newton Road, weather permitting. Bring your current knitting, crochet or embroidery project to work on while you enjoy quality time socializing.

Painting for fun with Carole Abbate: Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the library meeting room. You’ll enjoy creating your own images as Carole helps inspire beginners through to advanced learners. Paint the subject of your choice with acrylics or watercolors – bring a postcard or photo for inspiration. Sign up anytime for this 6-week course for $36, mid-session prorated. Sessions run sequentially.

binoculars: Monday, Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, 1.30 p.m. to 4 p.m., center building, room 16.

Services Offered (Woodbridge residents only):

Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:45-4:15 p.m.: Need help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone? Not sure where to start? Want to know more about what features you’re not using? Call 203-389-3430 to schedule a 1:1 session in the center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable student volunteers from Amity High School. No fee.

transport for doctor’s appointments is available for people over 60 years of age or with long-term or short-term disabilities Monday – Friday from 09:00 – 16:00 with few exceptions. Transportation for grocery shopping, local banks and pharmacy pickup are also available. Call to arrange transportation by car or wheelchair accessible van. The vehicles are cleaned between each use. Masks are compulsory.

Meals: Healthy, balanced, quick frozen meals are available for $5.25/meal. Order by Monday noon for home delivery on Tuesday. Choose from a wide range of options including Chicken Parmesan, Lemon Dill Cod, Eggplant Rollatini, Pot Roast Beef, Vegetable Frittata and Fresh Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast. Meals include a bread roll, fresh fruit and dessert. At least two meals. Visit the website (https://woodbridgect.org/541/Lunch-Meal-Programs) for a full list of offerings.

Frozen soups are available for $1.50 per 10 oz. Container. Varieties include: Italian Wedding, Beef Orzo, Minestrone, Harvested Vegetables, Chicken Pasta and many more. Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Friendly visitor program: Call Judi Young, Senior Social Worker at 203-389-3429 to arrange a friendly visit.

Medical Loan Room: Durable medical equipment is available for loan, including walkers, wheelchairs, knee bolsters, shower chairs, and more. Call for more information.

job bank: Residents can call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services at 203-389-3429 to hire a student assistant. Start planning spring cleaning and more now.

  1. Members of the lifestyle change program show their commitment by consistently participating in the fitness portion of the program
  2. The Craft Group displayed their adorable knitted bunnies, which they gave away as a thank you for the beautiful crafts made by the Woodbridge Childcare preschool class

by Kristy Moriarty

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