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The Woodbridge Center for February 2024

February 2, 2024
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The Woodbridge Center for February 2024
Trip participants to the sold-out Nelson Hall Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra Holiday Show, on December 1, enjoy lunch at Carmines di Vega prior to the show.

The Center will be closed Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Contact The Woodbridge Center

Call 203-389-3430 or email kmoriarty@woodbdridgect.org with questions or to register for programming.  Follow us on Facebook (The Woodbridge Center, Woodbridge CT) for current updates, local information, and fun programming photos.

Art Exhibit

The February art exhibit will feature artwork by The Center’s Painting for Pleasure art instructor, Carole Abbate.  Please stop by to view the works of this talented, local artist.

Upcoming Programs

In-person Lunch

Stop by for a quick bite to eat, linger for a while, or pick-up lunch to go.

For residents and non-residents 55 years of age and older

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-1 pm, The Center Café

Lunch includes a choice of hot entrée with a roll and sides or a sandwich and side.  Dessert, coffee and tea are also included.  The price for lunch is $5.00 for residents, $6.00 for non-residents, with a $1.00 additional fee for take-out (waived for sandwich choice).  Please RSVP with The Center 203-389-3430 by noon the day before.  Choices for February are:

  • 2/1 Roasted turkey with gravy or chicken salad on a roll;
  • 2/6 Stuffed shells with marinara sauce or roast beef and Swiss on an onion roll with horseradish mayonnaise;
  • 2/8 Mardi-tines Party – see details below;
  • 2/13 Stuffed peppers or chicken pesto sandwich on focaccia;
  • 2/15 Pizza and Beer (Root) – with Zuppardi’s Pizza - see details below;
  • 2/20 Chicken Pot Pie or tuna salad on rye;
  • 2/22 Chinese New Year Celebration – details below: General Tso’s Chicken or corn beef and Swiss on rye with Russian dressing with egg drop soup;
  • 2/27 Homestyle beef stew or chicken Caesar wrap;
  • 2/29 Caramelized onion cheddar burger or chicken salad on a roll.

Mardi-tines Party with live musical entertainment

Thursday, February 8, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The Center Café

Cost: $5 for residents, $6 for non-residents

What happens when you combine Mardi Gras and Valentine’s?  A lively, fun “Mardi-tines” celebration you will love!  Enjoy lunch (Italian Wedding Soup, choice of chicken parmesan with a vegetable, or egg salad on a croissant, side, and a heart shaped frosted sugar cookie) while listening to music provided by local acoustic troubadour, Shawn TaylorAutumn Lake at The Willows adds to the festivities with a fun favor for each attendee.  Lunch:  $5 for residents, $6 for non-residents ($1 additional fee for take-out).  Please RSVP by February 6.

Members of the Rotary Club at Woodbridge assist Woodbridge Center staff and volunteers to serve 96 people at the Holiday Luncheon on December 14.  The delicious lunch, provided by Lasse’s Catering, was sponsored by the Rotary Club.

Lunch Bunch:  Cheesecake Factory

Monday, February 12

Van Leaves The Center at 11:30 am

Meet at The Center then continue on a social outing to The Cheesecake Factory in Trumbull.  Self-pay for your meal at the restaurant.  $3.00 per person for transportation (or meet at the restaurant at noon).  Call The Center to RSVP by February 8.  Space is limited.

Ask the Nurse Program with OVNA

Tuesday, February 13, 11 am – 12 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.

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

Thursday, February 15, 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, during the regular lunch program, every 3rd Thursday of the month.  Diet and regular root beer, coffee and tea included.  Then celebrate all February birthdays with cupcakes or cake provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Please RSVP by noon the day before.

Lauren Hass, founder of Clutter Kicker, LLC, gives an inspiring clutter kicking presentation at The Woodbridge Center, on January 24, to a full house that left everyone ready to tackle their projects efficiently and effectively.  Coachman Square at Woodbridge added to the successful program by providing lunch.

Complimentary Lunch & Learn

Heart Healthy Living:  Lifestyle Changes to Live Longer and Better

Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Center Café

No charge

Heart disease becomes more prevalent as we age and is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  What changes can we make in our daily lives to improve our cardiovascular health?  Join Becket Greten-Harrison, cardiology PA and founder of Hearts at Home, for an American Heart Health Month presentation about heart disease and ways to combat it.  Lunch provided courtesy of Hearts at Home.  Please RSVP by Friday, February 16.

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

Thursday, February 22, 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 during 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.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Thursday, February 22

Lunch: 12:00 pm, Lunar New Year Virtual Tour: 12:45 pm

The Center Café

Cost for lunch: $5 for residents, $6 for non-residents

Leap into the year of the dragon with egg drop soup and General Tso’s Chicken (or corn beef and Swiss on rye with Russian dressing) for lunch, followed by The Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art’s interactive virtual tour about the Lunar New Year.  Visitors” will explore popular legends, learn to identify auspicious messages, and uncover the symbolism of animals, plants, and colors associated with the Lunar New Year.  Please RSVP by February 20.

The Technique of Watercolor Painting Workshop

Tuesday, February 27, 12:45 pm

The Center Café

No charge

Learn the basic technique of wet-on-wet watercolor painting to produce beautiful works of art.  All materials and instruction will be provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Please call The Center to register.

NEW - Mahjong

Mondays 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The Center Lounge

Seasoned Mahjongg players are invited to participate.  Please call The Center prior to first attendance.

Deb Urso of Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center assists an attendee of the Gnome Sweet Gnome Workshop on January 11.

Regular Programs

Exercise

Not sure if a class is right for you? Try a complimentary class first!

Aerobics Class with Laura Richling

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am

The Center café

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.

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.

Hobbies/Social

Bridge

Wednesdays, 1-4 pm

The Center Café

Seasoned bridge players are welcome to play bridge every Wednesday in The Center Café.  Please call The Center prior to first attendance.

Mahjong

Mondays 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The Center Lounge

Seasoned Mahjong players are invited to participate.  Please call The Center prior to first attendance.

Painting for Pleasure Art Class with local artist Carole Abbate

Mondays, 10 am - 12 pm

The Center Cafe

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.  Call to sign-up for this 6-week, $36 class.  Sessions run concurrently with classes prorated if applicable.  Join anytime.  Please call to register.

Pinochle

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

Ask the Nurse Program with OVNA

Second Tuesday of the month, 11 am – 12 pm

The Center Consultation Office in The Center Café

A registered nurse from Orange Visting Nurse Association (OVNA) will be available to monitor your blood pressure, check your weight, and answer questions to help guide your health and wellness during the second Tuesday of each month.

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

Fourth Thursday of the month, 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 during 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.

Computer Lab

Computers and laptops are located in room 11 of the Center Building Human Services corridor, 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.  Appointments may be made up to three months in advance.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.

Delivered Meals (Woodbridge residents only)

Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $5.25/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, vegetable and cheese frittata, crab stuffed tilapia, and chicken 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 $1.50 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 fall clean-up, party assistance, baby-sitting, and more.

Thank you to all of our supporters 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.  Sponsorship for the month of February is provided by Woodbridge residents Pero and Jane Baljevic.  Call The Center 203-389-3430 to find out how you, or your business, can be a Coffee Bar sponsor for a month.

Super Sponsor Wall

The Center Café

Coachman Square at Woodbridge is a "Super Sponsor" for the months of January and February. Call The Center to find out how your business can advertise on the Sponsor Wall.

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