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The Woodbridge Center Bustles with Activity This June: From Fitness Classes to Ice Cream Excursions

May 29, 2024
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The Woodbridge Center Bustles with Activity This June: From Fitness Classes to Ice Cream Excursions
The 5th and 6th grade student council at Beecher Road School share friendly competition, smiles, and laughter during the Game Day they planned for Center members


T’ai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance (TJQ:MBB)

Mondays and Fridays, starts June 14

24 weeks (48 classes) sessions: 2 sessions 10-11 am or 11 am – 12 pm

Enrollment open until June 7, space is limited

The Center Café

Fee: $96.00 for the 24-week session ($2/class)

Improve your balance, mobility and daily functioning while preventing falls with this popular, evidenced-based therapeutic movement program, offered in partnership with the CT Healthy Living Collective and funded in part by the CT Department of Aging and Disability Services State Unit on Aging.  Participants meet twice a week with local instructor Bill Bannick.  No previous T’ai Ji Quan experience is necessary.  All fitness levels are welcome!  You must sign up with The Center for the full 24-week ($96.00) session.  Please call 203-389-3430 to register.

Upcoming June Programs and Activities

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.

Upcoming lunches will be offered as follows:

  • 6/4 Choice of sub: Italian with provolone or chicken salad;
  • 6/6 Free Lunch & Learn:  Home Safety & Modifications – see details below;
  • 6/11 Choice of sub:  turkey or tuna salad;
  • 6/13 Father’s Day Luncheon – see details below;
  • 6/18 Choice of sub: roast beef or egg salad;
  • 6/20 Zuppardi’s Pizza and Beer (root) – see details below;
  • 6/25 Choice of sub:  BLT or cranberry walnut chicken salad;
  • 6/27 Free lunch trip to Summer Kickoff Cookout at Charter Senior Living (previously The Linden) – see details below.

Free - Tech Assistance

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.

Free – Lunch & Learn: Home Safety and Modifications

Thursday, June 6, 12-1 pm

The Center Café

 Whether you’re already experiencing mobility challenges or simply planning for the future, this presentation is designed to benefit all individuals at every stage of life as you age.  Join Amston Home Transition Solutions for an enlightening presentation that will include the following:

Ensure Your Safety:  Learn practical tips and tricks to make your home a secure haven, reducing the risk of accidents and promoting peace of mind.

Tailored Home Modifications:  Discover customizable home modifications that cater to your specific needs, making everyday tasks easier and more manageable.

Empower Yourself:  Gain valuable insights into how small adjustments can lead to significant improvements in your quality of life, allowing you to maintain your independence for longer.

Lunch Provided:  Enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch while discussing valuable home safety strategies.  Please RSVP with The Center 203-389-3430 by May 30.  Space is limited.

Free - Ask the Nurse Program with OVNA

New time! Tuesday, June 11, 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.  Please call for appointment – walk-ins welcome.

Beecher Road School Student Council members, First Selectman Mica Cardozo, and Center member, Jane Choe, enjoy Game Day at The Center on May 1

Father’s Day Celebration with live music

Catered by Carmine’s Di Vega

Thursday, June 13, 12-1 pm

The Center Café

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

Bring your best “Dad jokes” to share as we celebrate all dads on the 13th!  Chicken parmesan with pasta and a vegetable will be served along with The Center’s traditional root beer floats.  Music provided by local entertainer, Steven Bettencourt.  Visiting Angels is sponsoring this event to help defray costs.  Please RSVP by June 6. 

Summer Ice Cream Excursion Series

Rich Farm, Oxford CT

Monday, June 17

Van leaves The Center at 1:00 pm

Beat the heat this summer with monthly outings to local Ice Cream Shops.  The first trip will be to Rich Farm in Oxford.  Other excursions will take place July 30 and August 29 - stay tuned for more details.  Please call to register by June 12.  Space is limited.

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

Thursday, June 20, 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 June birthdays with cupcakes or cake provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Please RSVP by noon the day before.

Center members enjoy the Mother’s Day Luncheon, sponsored by Charter Senior Living of Woodbridge, with live musical entertainment provided by Brian Gillie and a catered lunch from Carmine’s di Vega

Free Art Workshop – Make a Suncatcher

Thursday, June 20, 1 pm

The Center Café

Learn to make a suncatcher that resembles watercolor art using Sharpies and rubbing alcohol.  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.

Lunch Bunch to Dockside Seafood & Grill

Monday, June 24

Van leaves The Center at 11:30 am or

Meet at the restaurant at 12 pm

Meet at The Center then continue on a social outing to Dockside in Branford.  Self-pay for your meal at the restaurant.  $3.00 per person for transportation (or meet at the restaurant).  Call The Center to RSVP by June 17.  Space is limited.

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

Thursday, June 27, 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.  Please call for appointment – walk-ins welcome.

Free –Summer Kickoff Cookout at Charter Senior Living of Woodbridge

Thursday, June 27

Van leaves The Center at 12:15 pm or

Meet at Charter Living at 12:30 pm

Board the van for a short drive to visit a local, beautiful residential property for a delicious barbeque to kick off summer in style with all your summertime favorite foods provided by Chef Eddie.  Please call The Center 203-389-3430 to register by June 20.

Art Exhibit

The Center Café

The June exhibit features a beautiful array of artwork by participants of The Center’s Painting for Pleasure class which meets Mondays 10 am – 12 pm.  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

Drop in, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am

Tuesdays: The Center Café

Thursdays: The Library Meeting Room

Fee: $3.00 cash/check 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!  There will be no aerobics class June 13, 18, & 20.

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.


Drop in, Mondays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The Center Lounge

Experienced mahjong players are invited to participate every Monday (and select other days) in The Center Lounge.  Please call if interested in casual beginner lessons.


Drop in, 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

Drop in, 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).

Transportation (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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Effective July 1, the vendor that supplies the frozen meals and soups is increasing our prices again to $10.00 per meal.  We are actively trying to find another vendor to keep costs at the current rate.

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 yard work, party assistance, baby-sitting, and more.

Thank you to all of our sponsors including:

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 month of June is sponsored by Woodbridge residents, David and Amy Hudnall.  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 June. “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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