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Senior Center News: Many post-Christmas events are on tap

Senior center open after Christmas
The Senior Center will host its regularly-scheduled exercise and game programs the days immediately following Christmas. After days of celebration, get up and get moving with Tai Chi, yoga, and Move, Strengthen and Stretch. Regular bridge and Mah Jongg groups will meet as usual. If you haven’t tried some of these classes, now’s your chance.
Move and stretch
Fridays, 10 to 11, $3 per class. Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides this light aerobic movement class. The exercises promote heart health with light weights for strength and gentle stretching to tone your body. Julienne Camhi, instructor.
Line dance fusion
Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30, $3. This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing. Waltz, mambo, Italiano, Charleston, Lambada, samba, electric slide and tango all rolled into one to keep your feet moving and your heart pumping. This is a great form of exercise and social interaction. Beginners as well as experienced dancers are welcome. Beatriz Araujo, instructor.
Tai Chi
Wednesdays, 10 to 11, $3 per class. Tai Chi contains a series of gentle and graceful movements performed with respiration coordination and deep concentration. Practicing Tai Chi leads to relaxation of the body and mind, improves flexibility and balance, and enhances energy and general well-being. Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls and improve the functioning of daily activities. Debbie Dong, instructor.
Enhance fitness
Mondays, 9:15 to 10:15; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10; $3 per class. The Wilton Family Y conducts the one-hour class that includes 30 minutes of endurance-type activity and specific strengthening exercises for legs, trunk, arms and shoulders. Enhance Fitness helps to maintain and enhance cardio-respiratory fitness, muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Denise Suarez and Leslie Hinshaw, instructors.
Yoga
Tuesdays, 11 to noon; Thursdays, 10 to 11; $3 per class. Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts this gentle yoga class that warms up your joints, stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps your balance and focus. Classes include warm-ups, breathwork (pranayama), yoga postures (asanas), relaxation and meditation. Leave class feeling refreshed and alive.
Bridge groups
There are several bridge groups at the senior center. If you would like to play, please call the contact person.
Monday Bridge from 1 to 4 is organized by Nerina Klobas, 203-210-5624. Chicago Bridge, organized by Dorothy Wright, 203-762-8567, will take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
Additional bridge groups are:
•    Duplicate Bridge, first Wednesday of the month, organized by Lois Bruce, 203-762-5818;
•    Duplicate Bridge, third Tuesday of the month, organized by Maureen Turnier, 203-762-9386;
•    Contract Bridge, every Friday, organized by Eleanor Mihailidis, 203-762-8720;
•    Drop-in Duplicate Bridge, every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday) of the month, supervised by Dan DeVlieg ($5), 203-834-6240;
•    Beginner Bridge Lessons, Friday afternoon for eight weeks, taught by Dan DeVlieg  ($75), 203-834-6240.
Energy assistance
The Wilton Social Services Department is available to help you apply for assistance with your heating bills. Income guidelines for eligibility state that a single individual may earn no more than $31,863; a couple’s maximum income may not exceed $41,667. Income includes wages, social security, pension, rental income, child support and interest. Homeowners must have less than $10,000 in savings including IRAs and renters less than $7,000. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Social Services at 203-834-6238.
Coming events
All activities take place at the Senior Center unless otherwise specified.
For the week of Dec. 21:
Friday, Dec. 21: 10, Move, Strengthen and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge; 1:30, Beginner Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim for Seniors at the Wilton Family Y.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve, senior center closed.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day, senior center closed.
Wednesday, Dec. 26: 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan; 1:30, Mah Jongg.
Thursday, Dec. 27: 9, Enhance Fitness; 10, Yoga with Denise.

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