Mark your calendar for a sweet date on Friday, Dec. 20, at noon for a Holiday Tea Cup Luncheon sponsored by Laurel Ridge Health Care. Why tea cups? We have the tea cups and wanted to build a little gathering around them. Bring a tea cup and saucer and get it filled with delicious treats just in time for the holiday celebrations.  Bonnie Leavy-Mello, marketing director for Laurel Ridge Health Care Center of Ridgefield, will host this complimentary luncheon.

Space is limited; reservations required 203-834-6240.

New beginner bridge

As our population ages gracefully, pursuits and interests that previously seemed unexciting are viewed in a different light. There is a shift away from punishing physical stress and toward the refinement and nourishing of the intellect. Bridge is a perfect example of this phenomenon. It combines mental exercise of the reasoning faculties, the short- and long-term memory centers, the planning and collation skills, social interaction techniques, and other mental calisthenics useful in everyday life.

A new class of totally non-bridge players is gathering at the senior center. This class is for the person who would like to learn how to play bridge, not someone brushing up! Dan DeVlieg will teach you this most entertaining — and mentally demanding — of team games from its very beginning steps to the more advanced concepts by having you play the game.

Classes are on Thursdays beginning Jan. 23, 10 to noon, $85 for the eight-week series. Reservations required: 203-834-6240. Class size is limited.

Duplicate bridge

Duplicate Bridge is a form of contract bridge in which contestants play identical cards, with each deal being scored independently, permitting comparison of  individual scores. For all levels of play. This is not a sanctioned game. Dan DeVlieg will supervise. The game is on Wednesdays from 10 to 12:30, $5 drop-in fee.

 Intermediate bridge

Once you have been introduced to the fundamentals of bridge, Dan DeVlieg will take you deeper into the complexities of bidding and bidding conventions, of play, of keeping score, of defending, and of opening lead philosophy. The majority of time spent in this class will be at the card table where you can ask questions, analyze alternative playing and bidding strategies, and have an all-round good time. Fridays beginning Jan. 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $75 for the eight-week series.

Bridge groups

If you would like to join other seniors in an afternoon of bridge from noon to 3:00 p.m., call the organizers listed below:

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

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

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

Chicago Bridge: Second and fourth Wednesday of the month, contact Dorothy Wright 203-762-8567.

Library services

Can’t get to the library? You can enjoy library services from home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Download e-books or audio books, watch films, and listen to classical or jazz music, all for free through the library’s website. For more information call Wilton Library at 203-762-3950 or visit the website at

Coming events

All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.

For the week of Dec. 20:

Friday, Dec. 20, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Beginner Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, Dec. 23, 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 1:30, Mah Jongg; 1:30, Chess.

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, senior center closed;

Thursday, Dec. 26, No Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.