Senior Center News: April 20

Book discussion

On Tuesday, April 25, Miwako Ogasawara will lead the discussion of Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Gaskell’s first novel is a story of class conflict, romance, murder, and redemption. Set in Manchester, England, in the mid-1800s, the plot revolves around a young woman, her two potential love interests (one each from the lower- and upper-classes), her immediate family (especially her father), and her estranged aunt. The meticulously researched novel evokes the daily sights and sounds of a Victorian-era industrial city. In reviewing the book in 1849 The Manchester Guardian commented: “As a whole, the tale is beautifully written; the characters introduced are graphically delineated; the events are so interestingly interwoven, and the groundwork is so artistically constructed, that whoever reads the two first chapters is sure to read the whole story.”

Lunch ($3) is served at noon. Call 203-834-6240 to reserve a place. Books are available at Wilton Library.

Studio knitting

Studio Knitting takes place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 1 to 2:30 with Liz Doty at the senior center. This is a good way to keep your mind sharp by learning a new skill and keep your fingers nimble by keeping them moving. Studio Knitting is for both beginners and those who want to advance their skills. Learn the basic stitches and develop skills in maintaining an even tension when knitting. Practice needles and yarn are available along with instruction.

Play reading

On Monday, May 1, at 12:30 in the senior center lounge, Andrea Ragusa will conduct the reading of 12 Incompetent Jurors by Ian McWethy. This play is a hilarious parody of 12 Angry Men.

A lone juror tries to persuade his peers from convicting a man of abducting six cats from his neighbor’s yard sale and throwing them off a balcony. The judge expects the jury to decide this “open and shut” case within minutes. The jury of eight men and four women contains jurors you hope would never serve in real life. Not one juror is without neuroses or quirks. Copies of the play are available in the senior center lounge.

Coming events

Friday, April 21 , 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 11:30, Beyond Introduction to Bridge; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Free swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, April 24, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, April 25, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Ericksson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Book Discussion with Miwako Ogasawara; 12, Lunch; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 1, Studio Knitting with Lizabeth Doty; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 3, Stay at Home in Wilton.

Wednesday, April 26, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Watercolors; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, April 27, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.