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The Woodbridge Center for May 2023

May 4, 2023
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The Woodbridge Center for May 2023
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The Woodbridge Center Renovation Update:  The Woodbridge Center’s renovation is rapidly progressing forward with a projected ribbon cutting scheduled for mid-June.  Stay tuned for more information about this long-awaited return to The Center!

Sponsored Lunch

(for Woodbridge residents 60 years of age or over)

Mother’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon

Thursday, May 11, 12-1 pm – In front of main entrance of The Center

Everyone is welcome to celebrate all mothers at the Mother’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon.  Enjoy Quiche Lorraine, fresh fruit, and dessert sponsored by Visiting Angels of Woodbridge and Elim Park.  Also enjoy a special treat provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  No charge.  Please RSVP by May 5.

Deb Urso, Hamden Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Kristy Moriarty and Jessica Esposito, Woodbridge Center, and Rosemary Bilash, The Linden at Woodbridge, helped with distribution at the Spring Drive-thru.  The drive-thru was sponsored by The Linden & Woodbridge Center with Hamden Health providing a pansy to attendees.  (Not pictured: Jeanette Glicksman, Woodbridge Human Services.)

Upcoming Programs

Lunch Bunch to Gabriele’s Ristorante Italiano

Wednesday, May 10

Van leaves The Center at 11:30 am or meet at Gabriele’s at 12 pm

Join in a social outing to lunch at Gabriele’s Ristorante Italiano in Orange.  Self-pay for your meal at the restaurant.  $3 per person for transportation (or meet at the restaurant).  Call The Center to RSVP by May 5.

AARP Smart Driver Class

Wednesday, May 17, 9 am - 1 pm

Library Meeting Room

This course teaches proven driving techniques to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.  In addition, it may provide a multi-year discount on your auto insurance.  The fee is $20 for AARP members, $25 for non-members.  Please RSVP.

Marbled Mug Craft

Thursday, May 25, 11 am - 12 pm

Library Meeting Room

Learn the art of nail polish crafting to make marbled designs on a mug to bring home.  All materials and instructions are provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Call The Center to RSVP.

Regular Programs


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

Center Building Gymnasium

Come enjoy a complete cardio and strength training workout to a variety of music.  Bring your own 1-or 2- pound hand weights, if you have them, to use during the class.  Please pay $3 at the beginning of each class.

Indoor Pickleball

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

Center Building Gymnasium

All levels are welcome.  There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.  The annual fee includes outdoor play as well.  Please make sure your dues are current.  Call The Center 203-389-3430 for more information.

Outdoor Pickleball

Every Day

Outdoors on the Town Courts

All levels are welcome.  There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.  The annual fee includes indoor play as well.  Please make sure your dues are current.  Call The Center 203-389-3430 for more information.



Wednesdays, 1-4 pm

Library Meeting Room

Seasoned bridge players are welcome to play bridge every Wednesday in the Library Meeting Room.  Please call prior to initial play.

Craft Group

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am - 12 pm

Woodbridge Room of the Library

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

Painting for Pleasure with local artist Carole Abbate

Monday, 10 am - 12 pm

Library Meeting Room

Create your own paintings as Carole helps inspire beginners to intermediates to paint with acrylics or watercolors.  Paint the subject of your choice-bring in a note card or photo for inspiration.  No experience necessary.  Call to sign-up for this 6-week, $36 class.  Class will be prorated.  Session will end June 12, and resume in September in The Center cafe.


Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm

Center Building, Room 16

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 Building, Room 16.  Call 203-389-3430 for more information.

Amity High School students work together with Woodbridge Center clients to create a beautiful mosaic version of Monet’s Bridge. This intergenerational program, complete with a delicious lunch, was a collaboration between Woodbridge and Orange Youth Services and The Center.

Services offered (for Woodbridge residents only):

Tech Tuesday and Thursday

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:45-4:15 pm

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, Amity High School student volunteers.  No charge.

Computer Lab

Multiple computers and laptops are located in room 11 of the Center Building Human Services corridor, which is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 am - 2 pm.  Printing is available (first 5 pages free).


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 on a first call, first serve basis.  Appointments may be made up to three months in advance.  Vehicles are cleaned between each use.  Masks are required.


Healthy, well balanced, flash frozen meals for $5.25/meal are available.  Order by noon on Monday for delivery to your home during the same week.  Choose from a wide variety of options including baked ziti, chicken piccata, flounder Florentine, and turkey pot pie.  Meals include a roll, fresh fruit, and dessert.  Two meal minimum order with a ten-meal limit.  See The Center’s page on the Town website for a complete list of offerings.

Frozen soups are available for $1.50 per 10 oz. container.  Varieties include:  Italian wedding, beef orzo, minestrone, harvest vegetable, lemon chicken and rice, and many more.  Call 203-389-3430 to place your order.

Friendly Visitor Program

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

Medical Loan Closet

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

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.

More information on available programs and services can be found on The Center’s page of the Town Website.  Please go to SchedulesPlus to directly sign-up for most programs.  Call 203-389-3430 or email with questions or for more information.

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