Senior Center News: Noted meterologist will present 'The Weather Warriors'

The Weather Warriors: Those that brave nature’s fury...

by Art Horn

On Wedensday, Jan. 23, Meteorologist Art Horn will present “The Weather Warriors” at 12:45 at Ogden House, 100 River Road, following the weekly luncheon. This one hour PowerPoint program will highlight many of the jobs that people do while fighting the weather at the same time. Many of us have jobs that require us to drive through bad weather from time to time. Sometimes the weather causes cancellations or delays for us. These can be annoying but are rarely life-threatening. Some people have jobs that face Mother Nature head on. These are the people whose jobs are out in all kinds of dangerous and rapidly changing weather and risk their lives every day, depending on what Mother Nature throws at them! From commercial fishermen to pilots, big rig truckers, high rise window washers, farmers, forest fire fighters, construction workers, hurricane hunters and many more, they all face nature’s fury every day on the job. After seeing this exciting program you’ll appreciate your view from inside looking out at the weather, not working in it!

Volunteers from the Wilton Prebyterian Church, under the direction of Michele Barnes, will prepare lunch. Lunch is $3. Reservations: 834-6240.


Tuesday, Jan. 22

Discussion Leader — William Ziegler

The Rector of Justin

by Louis Auchincloss

This novel, published in 1964, is considered by many to be the greatest achievement of Louis Auchincloss.  Set in a prestigious Episcopal boys’ school in New England, it tells the life story of the school’s charismatic founder through the personalities and memories of many observers. Considered vintage Auchincloss, it is the story of a man’s entire life and a profound analysis of his character from his schoolboy days to the age of eighty-five. The daily workings of a famous boys’ school are portrayed as well. To quote The New Yorker, “A daring and ambitious book...its poise and taste and intelligence strike one on every page, as do its unerring knowledge and literary skill.”

Discussion at 11 a.m.; lunch ($3) at noon. Call 203-834-6240 for reservations.


A backgammon group is forming at the Senior Center. Learn the basics of this centuries-old game. Call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 for more information.

Computer Instruction

The following computer classes for PC users are offered at the Comstock Computer Learning Center at the Senior Center, 180 School Road. Call Andrea Ragusa at 203-762-8445 to register. The classes take place from 9:30  to 11:30 a.m.


This introductory course is for those with limited or no computer experience who would like to test the waters. This is excellent preparation for Beyond Beginners Word 2007/2010. Taught by Andrea Ragusa; Jan. 22 and 24. Fee: $30.

Oil Painting and Acrylics (Daytime Class)

Ten sessions: Tuesdays, Jan. 29 to April 2; 10 to 12:30 p.m. Class held at Senior Center, Crafts and Arts Studio. No class on Feb. 19.

Discover the basics of painting such as color value, perspective, composition and shadows. Choose your own subject with the goal of achieving a beautiful painting with an emphasis on creativity. Come prepared for the first class with a sketchbook, pencil and a kneadum (gum) eraser. Instructor: Althea Ericsson, master of fine arts degree. Fee: $200. The following class is offered through the Wilton Continuing Education program. Call 203-834-7694 to register.

Supervised Bridge Opportunities

Beginner BridgeLessons

Fridays beginning Jan. 25, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $75 for the eight-week series. Reservations required.  Class size limited.

Bridge is a game that combines exercise of the reasoning faculties, the short- and long-term memory centers, planning and collation skills, social interaction techniques, and other mental calisthenics useful in everyday life.  This is not a class conducted as a series of ongoing lectures to a seated audience. Here you will learn bridge by playing bridge.  In this class, you will play, ask questions, and laugh a lot. This class is for the player with no or limited bridge experience and a desire to have fun.

Duplicate Bridge With Dan

Duplicate Bridge is a form of contract bridge in which contestants play identical cards, with each deal being scored independently, permitting comparison of individual scores. For all levels of playing. This is not a sanctioned game.  Dan DeVlieg will supervise.

Wednesdays, 10 to 12:30 p.m., $5 drop-in fee.

Lunch and Learn with First Selectman Bill Brennan

Come to the Senior Center on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at noon for a complimentary “Lunch and Learn” with First Selectman Bill Brennan.

Mr. Brennan is currently serving his fourth term as Wilton’s first selectman. As First Selectman Mr. Brennan has implemented new policies to insure cost effective management of the town. He encouraged the development of a revised plan of conservation and development, including a new Village District plan. Mr. Brennan’s leadership and vision have helped to improve Wilton Center, create a restructured town government, start construction of Wilton Commons, improve our roads and school facilities over the next five years, and expand and refurbish the Wilton Senior Center.

Mr. Brennan will fill us in on “what’s new in Wilton” and field questions from participants. Reservations:  203-834-6240.

Wilton Tax Relief Program for elderly or disabled homeowners

Applications for the Wilton Tax Relief Program for Elderly or Disabled Homeowners and the State of Connecticut Elderly and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Program are available at the Town Hall Assessor’s Office. The filing period for both programs is Feb. 1 to May 15. For additional information, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 203-563-0122.

Move, Strengthen, and Stretch

Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m., $3 per class

Visiting Nurse and 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 a.m., $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 a.m., $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 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m.; $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.

Tuesday and/or Thursday Yoga

Tuesdays, 11 to noon; Thursdays, 10 to 11 a.m.; $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!

New Bridge Groups forming

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 p.m. will be organized by Nerina Klobas 203-210-5624.  Monday Bridge will take place every Monday. Chicago Bridge will be organized by Dorothy Wright 203-762-8567.  Chicago Bridge will 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.

Connecticut Energy

Assistance Program (CEAP)

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 Jan. 18:

Friday, Jan 18, 10, Move, Strengthen and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 10, Ketching and Painting with Viola; 12, Bridge with Eleanor; 1:30-3, Free Swim for Seniors at the Wilton Family Y.

Monday, Jan. 21, 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Denise Suarez; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie:  Sabrina; 1, Bridge with Nerina (Call 203-210-5624 to play.).

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 9:30, Computer Fundamentals with Andrea Ragusa; 10, Wilton Woman’s Club International Group; 11, Book Discussion with Bill Ziegler; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:30-2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 2, Mah Jongg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Comstock Writers; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan; 12, Chicago Bridge with Dorothy; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by “The Weather Warriors"; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 9, Enhance Fitness; 9:30, Computer Fundamentals with Andrea Ragusa; 10, Yoga with Denise; 10, Diva JEVAS open studio art workshop; 12, Encore Book Club; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.