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Welcome to the Southbury Senior Center (203-262-0651)

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, many attended an experience entitled “Adventure Awaits” at the center. This program is geared toward the active senior looking for something extra. It’s all about broadening your experience though unique trips and destinations that involve exercise. Handouts were offered, and input gathered from those present will shape the activities offered. One of my choices would be to go to a museum and walk inside in March when it could be wintry and windy.

We were introduced to Caitlyn Collella, an exercise physiologist who led the workshop. She

Caitlin Collella offered information about “Adventure Awaits,” an exciting program for active seniors that will be offered at the Southbury Senior Center.

offered a great deal of information related to living a healthy lifestyle. The OA (old age) group is the fastest growing segment of the population, and 33 percent to 50 percent of Americans over 50 engage in no leisure time physical activity.

An exercise physiologist promotes health and wellness, prevents illness and disability and restores health. Collella stated that benefits of exercises help those with chronic conditions and diseases at any age, enhance cognitive function, offer a longer life expectancy and improve emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be high intensity to be beneficial. Walking, gardening, and dancing can be appropriate. You do not need fancy equipment or clothing. It can be built into daily activities. If you are a member of the Southbury Senior Center and did not attend the “Adventure Awaits,” phone or stop at the center to get information about participation.

Opportunities to exercise abound at the Southbury Senior Center. Two new exercise classes will be taught by Wendy. Try “Dance Fitness,” on Monday from 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. and “Fit, Floor and Core,” on Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m.

Did you want to write a page or create a memoir about your various life experience? “My Story Writing Group” meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meet the new facilitator Amy Batra.

The Great Course Presents “Turning Points of American History.” offered by Prof Edward T. O’Donnell, Ph. D. from the College of Holy Cross. Have you ever wondered how history really happens? Is it predetermined or full of surprises? Did you know that there are 48 turning points in American history? The event is held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For 30 minutes Prof. O’Donnell lectures. After each lecture a discussion will be led by Senior Center Director Tamath K. Rossi.

Lecture 1. Feb. 13: “The Great Epidemic, 16th and 17th Century”

Lecture 2. Feb. 20: “1619, Land of the Free? Slavery Begins”

Lecture 3. Feb. 27: “Freedom of Worship” Roger Williams

Sign up at the desk for one or all three. Light refreshments will be served.

Check out the Newsletter, which lists a plethora of weekly scheduled classes and activities which included bingo, line dancing, yoga, mah-jongg and more! Come on down.

 

Welcome to the Woodbury Senior Center (203-263-2828)

The lunch bunch, a group of guys from the Village, enjoyed good food at the Woodbury Senior Center and then the group played pool. Hacky Schiff is pictured getting ready to hit the ball.

Would you like to work for the U.S. Census Bureau? A U.S. Census Bureau Recruiting Event will take place at the center on Friday, and that is our publishing date. The next event will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 form 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to shape the future of your community. There are full- and part-time jobs and flexible schedules, and you will be paid $25 an hour plus mileage. Meet Kristal Mitchell, Recruiting Assistant. She will answer questions and assist with your on line application here at the center.

Reminder: AARP Tax Aide will be available on Mondays and Thursdays through April 13 (no taxes on Feb. 17) by appointment only. Call the center for your free 45-minute appointment at 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., or 3:15 p.m. Bring your tax return from last year, all the requirements for this year, and photo ID for each person on the tax return.

On Monday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. an AARP Drive Smart class will be offered. Cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-AARP members. This class could save you money on your auto insurance. Contact your insurance company. A check made out to AARP is required. Please sign up.

Surprise! It is time for two indoor golf events at the center in mid-winter!

The 11th Annual Indoor Woodbury Miniature Golf Open will take place on:

Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children 10 and under (must be accompanied by an adult) $2

Adult (when accompanying a child) and seniors (60 and older) $3

Teens and Adults $4.

Woodbury Senior Center Mini-Golf, Golf Off is Friday, Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Get your friends together! Register your four person team at the center office. Senior teams will play for the grand prize, four LaBonne’s gift cards worth $10 each. Return your score cards to the office and they will track the winners. The winning team will be posted on the big screen hall display. Good luck! Registration fee of $3 will be paid to the mini-golf table in the hallway that day.

A Matter of Balance meets Mondays and Wednesdays. The February/March program (8 classes) is full. The next session will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, April 6 through May 4. Sign up as soon as possible. Class size is limited to 12. There is also a continuous “Exercise for Balance” class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Right after that there is an indoor walking program at 11 a.m. where you can follow the Leslie Sansone DVD.

Think of attending the Mac & Cheese Bar Lunch and Movie Matinee on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at noon. Mac & Cheese plus toppings like pancetta and bacon will be available as well as dessert and beverages, Cost is $5. Please sign up. After lunch stay for “Rocketman” a biographical musical fantasy based on the life of Elton John. It’s quite an experience.

The Art of Yum prepares Congregate Meal Lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. Please remember to sign up at least three days in advance. Menus are always listed in the Woodbury Senior Center Reporter. Two weeks during January, a lunch bunch of guys from the Village had lunch at the center. After lunch the group played pool. The “bunch” thanks all those who are so pleasant and treat them so kindly when they come to the center. The food is plentiful, varied and tasty. On Thursday, Feb. 20, enjoy potato leek soup, traditional stuffed pepper, Pomodoro sauce, baked ziti, roasted zucchini and marble pound cake. The suggested donation for lunch is $3.50.

 

Welcome to the Oxford Senior Center (203-881-5231)

A “Lunch and Fun” was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and it offered an opportunity to meet Heather Haney, Assistant Director, who welcomed us warmly. The “fun” part was listening to Samantha Goodman sing. She’s absolutely charming, and we have met other places. Those present enjoyed tapping their toes and had many opportunities to sing along. There were so many selections included in the program that were made famous by Elvis, Cole Porter, the Beatles, George Gershwin, Patsy Klein, George Gershwin and Etta James. Samantha received a standing ovation, and those present begged her to come back. What a way to spend an hour! The Hearth, located in Southbury sponsored the program and gave us lunch! Thank you. We met a group of special needs students who helped out at “Lunch and Fun” and at other places in the community.

If you enjoy having a good time and delicious food, attend the center’s St. Patty’s Day Celebration on Thursday, March 26, at noon. It will be catered by Mattei’s, and their food is fabulous. Enjoy traditional Irish fare. Entertainment is provided by Connecticut State Troubadour Pierce Campbell, a talented storyteller, singer and musician. Cost is $10. Sign up begins March 3.

The Bone Density Blast offered by Dr. Brandon Cyr takes place on Tuesdays, Feb. 11, and Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. Bone density maxes out at around 30 years old, and now it’s up to you to maintain it through proper nutrition and weight bearing exercise. Dr. Cyr will put you through a fun weight bearing circuit.

Renée Zellweger is “Judy” and is nominated for an Oscar for her performance. The movie “Judy” will be shown at a movie matinee at the center on Tuesday, Feb.18, at 12:30 p.m.

We are so fortunate to be surrounded by three area centers! There’s lots to do.