Senior Center News: Aug. 27

Do you have a recurring back or neck pain? Do you feel unsteady when you walk? Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth at night? If so, exploring Feldenkrais may be for you. About 60 years ago Moshe Feldenkrais slipped and aggravated an old knee injury. Doctors who told him he would never walk again without surgery. Thinking that a 50% surgery success rate was not for him, he invented a new treatment to help himself. What we now know as Feldenkrais was born. Explore this exciting and innovative movement method designed to relieve pain, exercise your brain and teach you to move with greater comfort, ease, and fluidity. Join Instructor Cathy Paine, M.A., GCFT, on Friday mornings at 10 at the senior center. There is a $5 drop-in fee for each session. The lessons are gentle and deceptively simple, yet they will challenge you to question your assumptions and change your perception of your own abilities.

Book discussion

Michael Bellacosa from Wilton Library has prepared an exceptional reading series for the coming year at the senior center. Each session begins at 11 on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Lunch ($3) is served at noon. Books are on reserve at the library. Brochures describing the entire 2015-16 season are available at the senior center and the library. The first book discussion will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22, when Judson Scruton leads a discussion of The Poets Laureate Anthology, edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt. This volume brings together a sampling of the works of the 43 “poets laureate” of the United States from the inception of the position in 1937 until the book’s publication in 2010. Collected and edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, the former poetry editor of The New York Times Book Review, the volume includes brief introductions to each of the poets as well as an inviting foreword by poet Billy Collins.
Here is the entire roster for this season:

  • Oct. 27, Melissa Baker leads Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell;

  • Nov. 24, Ray Rauth leads The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert;

  • Jan. 26, Karen Tatarka leads The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde;

  • Feb. 23, Elaine Tai-Lauria leads Macbeth, by William Shakespeare;

  • March 22, John Ragognetti leads To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee;

  • April 26, Miwako Ogasawara leads The Post-Office Girl, by Stefan Zweig;

  • May 24, Michael Bellacosa leads Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine, by George Taber.

When we’re 60

What We Talk About When We’re Over 60 is an anthology of 30 essays written by women who have been around long enough to have something to say. Intelligent, funny, bawdy, or deeply moving, the selections in What We Talk About remind readers that despite Gloria Steinem’s famous prediction, women do not necessarily become invisible once they reach a certain age.
Editor Sherri Daley and contributor Leslie Beatus will visit Wilton Library on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., read selections from the essays and talk about why the book exists and how it affected the women who wrote it. Attendees will be encouraged to talk about their own experiences and current social attitudes.   Gentlemen are enthusiastically invited to contribute to the conversation. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Registration:; or 203-762-3950.

New card game

Five Crowns is a progressive rummy-style card game that can be played by one to seven players. It has spades, hearts, diamonds and stars! It’s easy to learn and lots of fun to play. Five Crowns card games take place on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 12:30 at the senior center. Call Nerina Klobas 203-210-5624 for details.

Coming events

For the week of Aug. 28:
• Friday, Aug. 28, 10. Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge.
• Monday, Aug. 31, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 1, Bridge.
• Tuesday, Sept. 1, 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Mah Jongg.
• Wednesday, Sept. 2, 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.
• Thursday, Sept. 3, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Bingo.

In the course of the renovation project, individual rooms in the senior center and social services wing of the building may, from time to time, become unavailable for public use. All senior programs and the room assignments will be posted at or on the entrance doors. We appreciate your understanding and patience.