Senior Center News

The art of papercutting

The ancient art of papercutting has been practiced the world over by folk artists, graphic designers, contemporary fine artists, and book illustrators.  The traditional papercutting is designed and cut from a single piece of paper using positive and negative space to represent the image, pattern or design. Scissors, knives, or dies are used to accommodate the varying thicknesses of paper.

Without formal art training, Martha Link Walsh found her life’s work by accident. She has spent over 40 years studying the art form traditions of China, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as those of individuals around the globe. As a result, her style of papercutting has a distinct personal style. Her inspiration comes from her surroundings: the seasons, nature, music, history, symbols, and her connection to people. These influences produce complex, multi-dimensional layers of meaningful representation.

Martha has been featured in Colonial Homes, Victoria, Early American Life, Shoreline Women, and Ink, and her work has been exhibited around the country.  Her commissioned designs have included commercial logos, town seals, shoji screens, lampshade patterns and fabric and quilt designs. Her book, A Papercut Christmas — The Legends of the Gift-Giver, is testament to her love of the holiday, the art form, and storytelling. Her greatest satisfaction comes from working with people in the creation of a special image or unique visual story.

She will visit the senior center on Monday, Oct. 23, at 11 in the senior center lounge. To reserve a place, call 203-834-6240.

Senior lunches

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will host luncheons for seniors during the coming year. Lunches will take place at noon on Oct. 19, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, and April 19.  St. Matthew’s is at 36 New Canaan Road.  

If you would like to attend, please email Kim at or call 203-515-4778 to make a reservation.

Caregiver course

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is being offered by the Ridgefield VNA beginning Thursday, Oct. 19. This six-week course take place at 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield from 1:30 to 4. It is a comprehensive self-care educational program for family caregivers providing participants with tools and strategies to better cope with the challenges they face. This program is free; registration is required. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions.

Coming events

Friday, Oct. 13 , 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 11:30, Introduction to Bridge with Mike Hess begins; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Mike Hess.

Monday, Oct. 16, 10:30, Line Dancing with Beatriz Araujo; 11:30, Colored Pencils; 11:30 to 12:30, Blood Pressure Screening; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11:30, Cholesterol Challenge at Ridgefield VNA; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Turnier; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 1, Studio Knitting; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 9:30, Watercolor Workshop; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10, Comstock Writers with Magdalen Livesey; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 11 to 1, Retired Senior Volunteer Boutique Sale at Ogden House; 12, Lunch at Ogden House; 1, American Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 9, Walking Club with Stay at Home in Wilton; 10, Beginning Portraiture with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew Church; 12:30, Colored Pencils Portrait; 1:30, Tools for Caregivers at Ridgefield VNA.