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Fun & Friendship at The Woodbridge Center This May: From Games to Museums & Free Pizza!

July 4, 2024
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Upcoming Programs

In-person Lunch

($5 for Woodbridge residents, $6 for non-residents, unless otherwise noted)

Tuesdays, select Thursdays 12 pm

The Center Café Please RSVP with The Center 203-389-3430 by noon the day before.

 May lunches will be offered as follows:

  • 5/7 Choice of sub: Italian combo with provolone cheese or egg salad
  • 5/9 Mother’s Day Luncheon – see details below.
  • 5/14 Choice of sub: turkey or cranberry walnut chicken salad
  • 5/16 Zuppardi’s Pizza and Beer (root) – see details below.
  • 5/21 Choice of sub: roast beef or tuna salad
  • 5/23 Lunch & Learn: Financial Fraud - see details below.
  • 5/28 Choice of sub: mesquite smoked turkey or egg salad
  • 5/30 Trip – Florence Griswold Museum with lunch at Café Flo - see details below.

Free - Tech Assistance

Mondays and Wednesdays

Need help navigating your computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone? Call to sign-up for a 1:1 session in The Center’s computer lab with patient, knowledgeable, local high school student volunteers.


Every Tuesday, 12:30 pm

The Center Café

$1 fee per 10 game book

Bingo at The Center is sure to be a fun time with our very own Rose as the caller! Cash prizes dependent on number of cards sold. Must be over the age of 60 to participate. Bring your own dabber or purchase one for $2. Please call to register.


Intergenerational Game Day with Beecher Road School Student Council

Wednesday, May 1, 10:30 am – 1 pm

The Center Café

Elementary students from the Beecher Road School Student Council have planned a fun game day for residents and non-residents over the age of 55! Participate with the students in a variety of board games provided by the council, then enjoy free pizza with dessert after – sponsored by The Center. Please call The Center 203-389-3430 to register. You must participate in the games to enjoy the pizza!

Mother’s Day Luncheon with live musical entertainment!

Thursday, May 9, 12-1 pm

The Center Café

Cost: $6 for residents, $7 for non-residents – no takeout

Join in celebrating all moms with a delicious hot catered meal from Carmines Di Vega! Chicken cutlets with a broccoli, tomato, pasta side dish tossed in a garlic olive oil will be served along with dessert. Engaging music will be provided by Brian Gillie. Charter Senior Living is sponsoring this event to help defray costs. Please RSVP by May 2.

Free – iPhone Tutorial Class

Monday, May 13, 3 pm

The Center Café

Amity student volunteers will offer a presentation on how to use your iPhone more

effectively and customize it to your individual needs. Individual help will follow the group presentation. Please call to register.

Free - Ask the Nurse Program with OVNA

New time! Tuesday, May 14, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Center Consultation Office in The Center Café

A registered nurse from Orange Visting Nurse Association (OVNA) will be available during the second Tuesday of each month to monitor your blood pressure, check your weight, and answer questions to help guide your health and wellness. No appointment is necessary.

Zuppardi’s Pizza and Beer (Root) with May Birthday Celebrations

Thursday, May 16, 12-1 pm

The Center Café

Cost: $5 for residents, $6 for non-residents – no takeout

Enjoy two slices of pizzeria-style cheese pizza from Zuppardi’s with a side salad, every 3rd Thursday of the month. Diet and regular root beer, coffee and tea included. Then celebrate all May birthdays with cupcakes or cake provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Please RSVP by noon the day before.

Free – Paper Bead Jewelry Workshop

Thursday, May 16, 1 pm

The Center Café

Learn to make natural, paper bead jewelry that is beautiful and eco-friendly. All materials and instructions will be provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. All crafting abilities are welcome. Please call The Center to register.

AARP Smart Driver Class

Wednesday, May 20, 9 am - 1 pm

The Center Lounge

Fee: $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members

This course teaches proven driving techniques to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. It may also provide a multi-year discount on your auto insurance. Please RSVP with The Center.

Free - Ask a Cardiology PA (Physician’s Assistant) Program with Becket Greten-Harrison

Thursday, May 23, 11 am – 12 pm

The Center Consultation Office in The Center Café

Becket Greten-Harrison, PA and founder of Hearts at Home, will be available the 4th Thursday of each month to help answer questions and concerns about your health, check vital signs including blood pressure, and perform a brief exam upon request. EKG monitoring is also available. Consultations are private, informal, and strictly confidential. No notes or other personal information will be saved. No appointment is necessary.

Free – Financial Fraud Bingo

Thursday, May 23, 12-1 pm

The Center Café

Financial Fraud Bingo is offered through the CT Department of Banking, and in collaboration with The Woodbridge Library. It is played like regular Bingo (including prizes), but each number is associated with a tip or bit of information on an array of consumer protection issues - banking scams, investment fraud, cyber security, credit and debt management, and more. It is a fun, interactive way to learn about protecting your personal information and finances. Lunch will be sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge. Please RSVP by Friday, May 17.

Trip – Florence Griswold Museum with lunch at Café Flo

Thursday, May 30

Van leaves The Center at 9:15 am

Cost of trip: $21 plus self-pay for lunch at the restaurant

Begin the day with a one-hour docent-guided tour beginning at 10:30 am of the exhibition in the Krieble Gallery from Art Colony to Connecticut Collection: Highlights from the Florence Griswold Museum as well as The Griswold Boardinghouse for Artists, c. 1910. After a short break enjoy lunch at noon on-site at Café Flo located on the veranda overlooking the Lieutenant River. Dine with table service on the veranda or picnic on the lawn. The Café’s delicious and inventive dishes are prepared by Gourmet Galley using only the freshest ingredients available from local farmers and purveyors.

Finish the day exploring your favorite areas of the Griswold property before departing at 2:00 pm for The Center.

Call The Center to RSVP by May 22. Space is limited.

Art Exhibit

The Center Café

The May exhibit features a beautiful array of artwork by participants of The Center’s Painting for Pleasure class. Please stop by to view the works of these talented artists and to find out how to join the Painting for Pleasure class with local art instructor, Carole Abbate.

Free - Lounge Library

The Center Lounge

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4 pm

Be sure to stop by The Center’s Library in the lounge and pick up a book or two for yourself or your grands! The Center’s Library, maintained by the Friends of the Library, has added a grandchildren’s section for clients who have grandchildren/great-grandchildren visiting. You can also grab a coupon for your (great) grandchildren to go shopping for a free book at the Friends’ Bookstore located in the Town Library.

Regular Programs


Aerobics Class with Laura Richling

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am

Tuesdays: The Center Café

Thursdays: Room 16, 2nd floor in the Center Building

Fee: $3.00 payable at the start of each class

Come enjoy a complete cardio and strength training workout to music. Bring your own 1- or 2-pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class. Not sure if the class is right for you? Try a complimentary class first!

Indoor Pickleball

Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm

Center Building Gymnasium

Annual fee: $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents

All levels are welcome. The annual fee includes seasonal outdoor play as well. Call for more information.

Outdoor Pickleball

Every Day

Outdoors on the Town Courts

Annual fee: $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents

The annual fee includes indoor play as well. Please make sure your dues are current to obtain the new lock code for the nets and deck boxes. Call for more information.



Wednesdays, 1-4 pm

The Center Café

Seasoned bridge players are welcome to play bridge every Wednesday in The Center Café. No partner required. Please call The Center prior to first attendance.


Mondays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The Center Lounge

Experienced mahjong players are invited to participate every Monday in The Center Lounge. Please call The Center prior to first attendance. Stay tuned for casual beginner lessons offered in the near future.

Painting for Pleasure Art Class with local artist Carole Abbate

Mondays, 10 am - 12 pm

The Center Café

Fee: 6-week, $36 class – prorated if applicable

Create paintings of your choice as Carole helps inspire beginners to intermediates to paint with acrylics or watercolors. Bring in a picture or a photo for inspiration. No experience is necessary. Sessions run concurrently - join anytime. Please call to register.


Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm

The Center Lounge

Anyone interested in playing pinochle, or learning to play pinochle, is invited to join the pinochle group on Thursdays from 1:30-4 pm in The Center Lounge. Please call The Center prior to first attendance.

Stitch Craft

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am - 12 pm

The Center Lounge

Bring your current knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, or other craft project to work on while having an enjoyable time socializing.

Services Offered

Computer Lab

Computers and laptops are located in room 11, 2nd floor in the Center Building, which is open Monday through Friday, 10 am - 2 pm. Printing is available (first 5 pages free).


(Woodbridge residents only)

Those 60 years of age and older, or who are temporarily or permanently disabled, may call to arrange car or wheelchair accessible van transportation to medical appointments to 17 surrounding towns, local grocery shopping, banking, pharmacy pick-up, and social engagements. This service is provided Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm based on availability. Vehicles are cleaned between each use.

Delivered Meals

(Woodbridge residents only)

Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $8.00/meal are available for delivery. Order by 4 pm on Monday for delivery to your home during the same week. Choose from a wide variety of options including lasagna, crab stuffed tilapia, and turkey pot pie. Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert. Two meal minimum order with a ten-meal limit. A wide variety of frozen soups are also available for $2.00 per 10 oz. container. Please call for more information.

Friendly Visitor Program

(Woodbridge residents only)

Call the Human Services Social Worker at 203-389-3429 to arrange for a friendly visitor.

Medical Loan Closet

(Woodbridge residents only)

Durable medical equipment, including walkers, wheelchairs, knee rollers, shower chairs, and more, is available for lending. Donations of transport chairs are needed. Call for details.

Job Bank

(Woodbridge residents only)

Residents may call Nancy Pfund, Youth Services Director, at 203-389-3429, to hire a student worker. Schedule now for spring clean-up, party assistance, baby-sitting, and more.

Thank You to All of Our Sponsors

Sponsored Coffee Bar The Center Café, no charge Stop by The Center between the hours of 9 am – 4 pm and enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea at no charge. The months of April and May are sponsored by Woodbridge residents Barry and Hyla Vine. Call or stop by The Center to learn how you can be a Coffee Bar Sponsor.

Super Sponsor Wall @ The Center café

Coachman Square at Woodbridge is a "Super Sponsor" for the month of April. “Super Sponsors” provide a monthly contribution to support The Center in exchange for a 24”x36” advertisement display on The Center’s Sponsor Wall. Call The Center to find out how your business can advertise on the Super Sponsor Wall.

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