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The Woodbridge Center from February 2023

July 4, 2024
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Kristy Moriarty and Jessica Esposito of the Woodbridge Center display 150+ knitted and crocheted items made by the craft group. These items were donated by Woodbridge Youth Services to the Wallingford Emergency Shelter/Columbus House in January.

Please note: The Woodbridge Center will be closed on February 20 in recognition of Presidents’ Day.

Are you over 55 years old? Contact The Woodbridge Center: Call 203-389-3430 or email for information on all programming. Preregistration is required for all programming and events.

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Free Aerobic Classes for National Heart Awareness Month

Start or continue a healthy heart habit by participating in free aerobic classes every Tuesday throughout the month of February at The Center. According to the National Institute of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. As little as 60 minutes of moderate intensity, weekly aerobic exercise helps your heart. Being active can protect your heart, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, improve blood flow, and give you more stamina and the ability to cope with stress.

Aerobic classes will meet from 10-11 am in the Center Building gym. Thursday classes are also available for a $3 drop-in fee. Preregistration is not required.

Sponsored Lunches (for Woodbridge residents over 60 years of age)

St. Patrick’s Day Drive-thru Luncheon: You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Drive-thru Luncheon on March 16 from 12-1 pm. This event is sponsored by Coachman Square at Woodbridge and Southern Connecticut Gas/United Illuminating. Lunch will include a traditional corned beef meal. An additional treat will be provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Please RSVP by March 9.

Upcoming Programs

Valentine’s Day Card Craft: Create a button Valentine’s Day card to give to a friend or loved one. All supplies will be provided by Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Program will meet on February 14 from 11 am - 12 pm in the Library Meeting Room. Please RSVP.

Lunch & Learn: Problem at the Pump: How atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure compromise the heart’s ability to pump, and what can be done to fix it. Atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure are two common cardiac conditions which become more prevalent as we age. But what are they, why do they occur, and how are they diagnosed and treated? Join Becket Greten-Harrison, cardiology PA and founder of Hearts at Home for a special presentation for National Heart Awareness Month to learn about these chronic heart conditions and what you can do to effectively manage them on February 24, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Library Meeting. Room. Please RSVP 203-389-3430. Lunch will be provided.

AARP Smart Driver Class: 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 program will take place March 8 from 9 am to 1 pm in the Library Meeting Room. The fee is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Please RSVP.

Immersive Ireland Experience: Join Deb Urso of Hamden Rehabilitation and Health Care Center to experience Ireland through a virtual tour, trivia, and tastings. This educational and entertaining workshop will meet March 10 from 11 am – 12 pm in the Library Meeting Room. No cost to participate.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance participants begin a new 24-week session led by specially trained instructor, Bill Banick. The program is provided through the CT Healthy Living Collective with funding provided through the State of CT Dept. of Aging and Disability Services State Unit on Aging.


Pickleball: Monday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm, in the Center Building gym. New players please call to register. All levels are welcome. Call for more information. There is an annual fee of $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.


Bridge: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-4 pm in the Library Meeting Room.

Craft Group: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am - 12 pm, in the Woodbridge Room of the Library. Bring your current knitting, crocheting, or needlepoint project to work on while enjoying a lovely time socializing.

Painting for Pleasure with local artist Carole Abbate: Monday, 10 am - 12 pm, in the 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.

Pinochle: Wednesdays, 1-4 pm and Thursdays, 1:30-4 pm in the Center Building, room 16.

Debbie Schlegel of The Holli Shanbrom Real Estate Team, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, displays found space as a result of decluttering and organizing. Debbie and Holli shared this technique and more at the Decluttering and Organizing Your Home Lunch & Learn on January 11 presented by the Holli Shanbrom Real Estate Team.

Services Offered (For Woodbridge Residents Only)

Tech Tuesday and Thursday, 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 Monday - Friday, 10 am - 2 pm. Printing is available (first 5 pages free). Preregistration is required.

Transportation: Those over the age of 60, 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. Vehicles are cleaned between each use. Masks are required.

Meals: 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 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, Senior 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 snow shoveling, party assistance, baby-sitting, and more.

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