Senior Center News
The Wilton Baptist Church at 254 Danbury Road will treat the town’s senior citizens to a bountiful Thanksgiving luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 20. All are welcome! Beginning at 11:30 with hot cider, this will be the 37th year of this generous gift at no cost to Wilton seniors. The luncheon feast includes roasted turkey, stuffing, side dishes, dessert, and salad.
Reservations: call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 by Friday, Nov. 15. Do not call the Baptist Church. Dial-A-Ride will be available. To schedule a ride call 203-834-6235.
1777 Danbury raid
In the spring of 1777 the British landed a force of 1,800 men on Compo Beach with the goal of confiscating or destroying the Patriots’ supply of tents and other provisions stashed in Danbury. As the British marched to Danbury, the Patriots mustered their forces under the command of Major General David Wooster and Brigadier Generals Benedict Arnold and Gold Selleck Silliman.
Edward Hynes will give a presentation Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 1 in the senior center lounge, that follows the British on their four-day raid and the Patriots’ attempt to deny them safe return to their ships. As the conflict nears its conclusion in what is known today as Westport, you will feel the white-knuckle emotion of the men on both sides fighting for their lives and their countries.
Mr. Hynes is a native of Wilton and lives in Norwalk. He and his wife have traveled extensively to battlefields around the country and overseas. In addition to his interest in history, Mr. Hynes works as a Merrill Lynch financial adviser in Westport.
The Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, the Ridgefield Lyme Disease Task Force, and Integrative Health Coach Christel Autuori invite you to a healing day for caregivers, created to honor and support our community caregivers. It takes place Monday, Nov. 18, 11 to 3:30. If you care for a sick, aging or disabled family member, this free day filled with refreshing ideas, healthy tips and relaxation is for you.
Presentations will include:
• Stretching/Gentle Yoga with Christel Autuori;
• Lighten Your Load with Laura Switzer;
• The Health Benefits of Tea courtesy of The Bigelow Tea Company;
• How to Eat Right on a Busy Schedule with food consultant Sandra Novella;
• Tools/Techniques to Help You Care for Yourself so That You Can Care for Others with integrative health coach Christel Autuori;
• HeartMath Stress Reduction with reiki master Ellie Kirk.
Lunch will be provided; seating is limited to 35 guests. Registration is required. A confirmation ticket will be emailed to you. The event will take place at the Leir Retreat Center, 220 Branchville Road, Ridgefield.
RSVP to RVNA at 203-438-5555.
Ray Rauth will lead a discussion of The Sea Wolf by Jack London on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 11, at the senior center.
This psychological adventure novel was first published in 1904. The protagonist, an intellectual literary critic named Humphrey Van Weyden, survives an ocean collision and is rescued by Wolf Larsen, the powerful sea captain of a seal hunting schooner. Larsen has been described as a sociopath with exceptional physical strength and intelligence. Through being exposed to cruelty and brutality as a captive on Wolf Larsen’s ship, Van Weyden is forced to become tough and self-reliant. The author is said to have been attacking Nietzche’s “superman” philosophy in writing this book.
Lunch ($3) will be served at noon. Call 203-834-6240 for reservations.
The Laurel Ridge Health Center at 642 Danbury Road in Ridgefield is offering free, confidential memory screenings. A registered nurse and social worker will be available on Nov. 19 from 10 to 2, by appointment only. Information: 203-438-8226 or nationalmemoryscreening.org.
Bill Brautigam will teach a Picasa photo workshop Nov. 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Comstock Computer Learning Center. The free software lets you organize, edit, and upload your photos in quick, easy steps. The fee is $20.
Catherine Myers will teach people how to organize their memoir research and prepare it for publication. Classes are Nov. 18 and 19; the fee is $30.
Getting Around the Internet: Age 50+ will get students surfing the web using Google and Yahoo. Taught by Andrea Ragusa on Nov. 22. The fee is $20.
To register for any of the classes, call Ms. Ragusa at 203-762-8445.
All activities take place at the Senior Center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.
For the week of Nov. 15:
Friday, Nov. 15, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Painting and Sketching with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Beginner Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30, Free Swim for Seniors Y.
Monday, Nov. 18, 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 9:30, Memoir Research with Catherine Myers; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Aruaja; 11, Healing Day for Caregivers at the Ridgefield VNA; 12, Movie; 1:30, Mah Jongg; 1:30, Chess.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9:30, Memoir Research with Catherine Myers; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Ericsson; 10-2, Memory Screening at Laurel Ridge; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, The 1977 Danbury Raid with Edward Hynes; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9:30, RSVP at Ogden House; 9:30, Card Making with Andrea Ragusa; 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Great Decisions; 12, Thanksgiving Lunch at the Baptist Church; 1:30, Mah Jongg.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, Picasa Photography with Bill Brautigam; 9:30, I Can Draw with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:30-2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y; 12:45, Bingo; 2, Self-Hypnosis with Sonia Katz.