Senior Center News: Assistance with heating bills is available

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.

Flu vaccine clinics

Flu shots will be given Friday, Nov. 23, 10:30 to 12:30, at Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road. Sponsored by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, the flu clinics are open to the public. No appointment is necessary.

•Flu vaccine is administered by registered nurses.

•Anyone three years or older may receive a flu shot.

•Those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

•Cost for the vaccine is $38. Cash, check, Medicare Part B, Aetna, and Anthem will be accepted as payment. You must bring your insurance card with you. No Managed Medicare other than Anthem or Aetna.

•Pneumonia vaccine will also be available to adults age 65 or older who have not previously received pneumonia vaccine since attaining age 65. The cost is $80 billable to Medicare Part B.

Flu information line: 203-834-6341 ext. 444 or

Learn to relax

To awaken the sleeping teacher inherent in all of us, learn the simple steps of self-hypnosis with Sonia Katz, who will teach you how to plant the proper suggestions in the unconscious mind to achieve a deep state of relaxation and take control of your life.

Sessions take place on Thursdays, Nov. 15 and 29 and Dec. 6 and 13, at 2 in the senior center lounge. Participants sit in chairs (straight back or sofa style) for the gathering. Fee: $5 per class.

Memoir workshop

This workshop will help PC users organize memoir research and prepare it for publication. Comprehensive information on options for printing when preparing a memoir in book form will be covered. It will outline how to set up copy in order to have continuity among the pages and how to develop graphics to enhance the book’s material. Learn practical points which will save money when you take the manuscript to a professional printer or local UPS Store. This is not a research course, it is a workshop to help you organize before you get started. Taught by Catherine Myers on Nov. 19 and 20, 9:30 to 11:30 at the Comstock Computer Learning Center. The fee is $30.

Call Andrea Ragusa 203-762-8445 to register.


Two new bridge groups are forming at the senior center. If you would like to play, please call the contact person.

•Monday Bridge from 1 to 4 will be organized by Nerina Klobas 203-210-5624 and take place every Monday.

•Chicago Bridge will be organized by Dorothy Wright 203-762-8567 and take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Additional bridge groups playing at the Senior Center 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.

Strengthen and stretch

Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County provides this light aerobic movement class on Fridays from 10 to 11. The exercises promote heart health with light weights for strength and gentle stretching to tone your body. The fee is $3 per class. Julienne Camhi, instructor.

Line dance fusion

This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30. 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. The fee is $3 per class. Beatriz Araujo, instructor.

Coming events

All activities take place at the senior center unless otherwise specified.

For the week of Nov. 16:

Friday, Nov. 16: 10, Move, Strengthen and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 10:30, Painting and Sketching with Viola; 12, Bridge; 1:30, Beginner Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim for Seniors at the Wilton Family Y.

Monday, Nov. 19: 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Denise Suarez; 9:30, Organizing your Memoir Research with Catherine Myers; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Monday Movie: Wacky Taxi; 1, Bridge with Nerina, 203-210-5624 (call to play).

Tuesday, Nov. 20: 9:30, Organizing your Memoir Research with Catherine Myers; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 3, Stay at Home in Wilton.

Wednesday, Nov. 21: 9-10:30, Blood Pressure Screening at the Y; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day, senior center closed.