Senior Center News: Aug. 11

Renter’s rebate

Sept. 1 is the deadline for elderly renters and totally disabled renters to file for the State of Connecticut’s annual renter’s rebate program. Under this program, they may be eligible for a rebate of up to $900.

Elderly applicants must have been 65 years of age by Dec. 31, 2015; have rented in Connecticut for at least one year; and have income for 2015 of less than $35,200 if single and $42,900 if filing married. There is no age requirement for totally disabled renters; however, all remaining requirements are the same as for elderly renters.

Eligible renters should come to the assessor’s office between 9 and 4, Monday through Friday. Renters must bring proof of income, including their Federal 1040 tax return, Social Security 1099 statement, rent receipts and utility bills for the year ending Dec. 31, 2015. Totally disabled renters must also bring proof of disability.

If you have any questions, call Anna in the assessor’s office at 203-563-0121.

Senior center activities

Lunch and bingo : Most Thursdays, the senior center hosts a noon lunch prepared by Chef Karen White. After lunch, 10 games of bingo are held in the game room. Lunch is $3. Come for either or both!

Tai Chi: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., with Joe Alampi. Tai Chi contains a series of gentle and graceful movements performed with respiration coordination and deep concentration. Practicing Tai Chi leads to relaxation of the body and mind, improves flexibility and balance, and enhances energy and general well-being. Fee: $3 per class.

Yoga: Tuesdays at 11 and Thursdays at noon. Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts this gentle yoga class that warms up your joints, stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps your balance and focus. Fee: $3 per class.

Feldenkrais: Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Cathy Paine leads this innovative movement method designed to relieve pain, exercise your brain and teach you to move with greater comfort, ease, and fluidity. Fee: $5 per class.

Line Dance Fusion: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., with Beatriz Araujo. Waltz, Mambo Italiano, Charleston, Lambada, samba electric slide and tango are rolled into one to keep your feet moving and your heart pumping. This is a great form of exercise and social interaction for beginners as well as experienced dancers. Fee: $3 per class.

Jewelry Workshop: Friday, Aug. 19, 10 to noon; $5 drop-in fee per class. Viola Galetta conducts this jewelry-making workshop that requires no prior experience.

Studio Knitting: Aug. 22, 1- 2:30. Basic instruction will be provided for projects; the company will be great, too. Not a knitter? Bring your own handiwork and enjoy the camaraderie.

Bridge groups

If you would like to join other seniors in an afternoon of bridge, call the organizers listed below:

Duplicate Bridge: First Wednesday of the month; Lois Bruce, 203-762-5818.

Duplicate Bridge: Third Tuesday of the month; Maureen Turnier, 203-762-9386.

Contract Bridge: Fridays, Eleanor Mihailidis, 203-762-8720.

Contract Bridge: Fridays, Sharon Frost, 203-762-9708.

Open Bridge is at 10 on Wednesdays.

Coming events

For the week of Aug. 12:

Friday, Aug. 12, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Bridge with Sharon Frost.

Monday, Aug. 15, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 11-1, Walk-in Biometric Screenings at Ridgefield VNA; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 10, Open Bridge; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Aug. 18, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:00 Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.