Senior Center News

Kennedy pooches

Meet Dr. Margaret Reed, nationally acclaimed animal training professional, Wilton resident for 49 years, and coauthor of the recently published book, The Dogs of Camelot: Stories of the Kennedy Canines. She will visit the senior center on Thursday, May 17, at 11.

Co-authored with Joan Lownds, this book traces President Kennedy’s profound bond with animals from his early childhood to his presidency when he brought an unparalleled canine corps to the White House.

Through comprehensive and detailed study, the authors set the historical record straight for the first time about the origins of all the pets of Camelot and what happened to them after the president's assassination. The authors conducted an extensive interview with former White House gardener Irvin Williams, who adopted the Kennedy dog Pushinka after the family left the White House. These tales shed new light on the life of the Kennedys, their compassion, and their character.  

Dr. Reed recalls meeting President Kennedy and his dogs when she was a little girl on vacation in Hyannis Port. Today she is a member of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum President’s Council and she sits on the board of Cornell University’s James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health.

Lunch will be served in the senior center café at noon. Reservations: 203-834-6240.  Please let us know if you plan to stay for lunch ($3) when you make your reservation.

Advance medical directives

Community Health Nurse Katherine Lasberg, of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, will discuss advance directives, including living wills and power of attorney on Monday, May 14, at 2:15.

Explore the concept of preparing advance health care decisions regarding your personal medical care. Advance medical directives will help guide your family members and your healthcare providers in honoring your wishes concerning medical treatment if you are unable to communicate. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Spring clean your mind and more

Denise O’Hearn of Vibrant Moves will instruct you in the benefits and uses of essential oils. Discover how pure and therapeutic essential oils can be used to uplift, detoxify, energize, and cleanse your mind, body and home. During each workshop you will create different products you can start using immediately to support your body and mind and naturally clean your home. Each Wednesday workshop is from 11:30 to 1.

May 23: Create four rollers with fragrances for different areas of your life: balance and calm, daily immune support, discomfort and tension, and energy and focus.

June 13: Create an all-purpose countertop spray, window cleaner, all-natural soft scrub, and foaming hand soap.

Each workshop includes all materials needed to make the products: bottles, ingredients, and essential oils. Fee: $30 per person for each workshop. Register at or call 203-210-5780.

Coming events

Friday, May 11 , 8:30, AAA Driving Improvement Course with Lieutenant Dave Hartman; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 11 to 2, Free Senior Swim at the Y; 11:15, Chair Yoga with Adriana Caravakis; 12 to 6, Wilton Garden Club Plant Sale on the Wilton Green; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Mike Hess.

Monday, May 14, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge; 2:15, Advance Medical Directives with Katherine Lasberg, JD, BSN, RN.

Tuesday, May 15, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Erickkson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 1, Studio Knitting; 6, Live to Be 100! At Waveny LifeCare.

Wednesday, May 16, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10, Watercolor Workshop; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Lunch at Ogden House; 12:45, Performance by the Gentlemen Songsters; 1, American Mah Jongg.

Thursday, May 17, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, The Dogs of Camelot with author Peggy Reed; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.