Women on the move

“Women are really on the move” according to Connie Tate, “not only with groups like Me Too in our country but on all continents and with a big voice at the sessions of the Commission of the Status of Women in March at the UN.”  A Wilton resident for 68 years, Connie will present her talk, Women on the Move, in the senior center lounge on Thursday, March 8, at 11.  She will highlight recent efforts by women around the world to improve their status and the roles played by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the YWCA.

Connie has been a leader in various branches of the YWCA for decades, serving as president of the New York YWCA from 2000 to 2009. She is active with the World YWCA and serves as one of its delegates to the United Nations (UN). She regularly participates in the annual sessions of the CSW that take place every March at UN headquarters in New York, attracting more than 5,000 women from all over the world.

Geneva is the site of the World YWCA headquarters. It serves 25 million women in 109 countries, including 29 countries in Africa. It is heavily involved in the struggles of women as they try to change their lives.

Connie will also describe how local efforts sponsoring a Syrian family in Wilton and Afghan students elsewhere in Connecticut have contributed to the growing emphasis on improving the lives and rights of women worldwide.

Lunch is available in the café following the presentation. RSVP: 203-834-6240.

Free tax help

The AARP Tax Aide Program provides income tax preparation assistance for low and middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 60 and older.  Volunteers from AARP will be at the senior center on Monday, March 5, from 9 until noon to assist in tax preparation. No appointment is necessary. Just take a number upon entering and wait your turn.

Tech Fridays

This lunchtime learning series at the senior center focuses on helping people understand and use the latest technologies. Bring your own lunch for iCloud: Features and Benefits on March 9 from noon to 1:30. Learn all the features of Apple’s iCloud features. Register by calling 203-834-7694 or online at wiltoncontinuinged.org.

Full descriptions and fees are available in the Wilton Continuing Education catalogue.

Feed your heart

This four-week nutrition education class will help you explore different diet strategies to treat and prevent heart disease. Class teacher is Meg Whitbeck, MS, RDN, RVNA Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Educator.

Classes are on Tuesdays, March 6 to March 27, from 11:30 to 1. The cost is $109, which includes recipes, resources and tastings. Registration and payment is required in advance. Call or email RVNA at 203-438-5555 or info@ridgefieldvna.org. Classes are in the teaching kitchen at the RVNA Center for Exceptional Care, 27 Governor Street in downtown Ridgefield.

Coming events

Friday, March 2, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 11 to 2, Free Senior Swim at the Y; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Mike Hess.

Monday, March 5, 9 to 12, AARP Tax Assistance; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 11:30, Drawing the Landscape; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, March 6, 9:15, PEO Meeting; 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Erickkson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11:30, Feed Your Heart, 12, Garden Club Lunch and Activity; 12, PEO Luncheon; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 1, Studio Knitting.

Wednesday, March 7, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10, Watercolor Workshop; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Duplicate Bridge; 1, American Mah Jongg.

Thursday, March 8, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 10, Basic Drawing with Martha Talburt; 11, Women on the Move with Connie Tate; 12, Lunch; 12:30, Colored Pencils with Martha Talburt; 12:45, Bingo; 2, Caregiver Support Group at Bridges by EPOCH.