Senior Center News: Dec. 22

Driving improvement

You can lower your auto insurance costs and improve your driving skills with AAA’s free Driving Improvement Program on Friday, Jan. 6, 8:30 to 12:30, at Comstock Community Center.

This program is aimed at experienced drivers who wish to improve their skills and review defensive driving basics. By completing this class, drivers 60 years of age and older qualify for a minimum 5% discount* on their auto insurance. In fact, some insurers provide that discount to experienced drivers as young as 55. So we encourage you to check with your insurer to see what they offer.

This course is being taught by Sgt. David Hartman of the Wilton Police Department. He was on the traffic division for five years and is a field training officer, a certified child safety seat technician by the NHTSA, and the day shift supervisor.

Register online by visiting or call 203-937-2595, ext. 4684 for more information.

*The discount doesn’t cover uninsured motor coverage, rental reimbursements, and towing and labor costs. Check with your insurer.

Adventures in learning

The nonprofit adult education organization, Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College, announces their four-week daytime winter class schedule (Jan. 9 to Feb. 3) for people over age 50. These one-class-per-day sessions are on a variety of general-interest subjects. There are 11 free, one-day classes for members on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3, and Friday mornings from 10 to noon. After the Friday classes, light refreshments are available to members followed by a variety of one-hour guest presentations at 1. In addition to these free classes, four-week paid classes are offered on art, current events, history, and life's choices, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Catalog and membership application are available online ( or at 203-857-3330. Norwalk Community College is at 188 Richards Avenue in Norwalk.

Play reading

Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa takes place in the senior center café on Monday, Jan. 9, at 12:30. Time Stands Still is set in Brooklyn, N.Y., and revolves around Sarah and her boyfriend James. Sarah is a photojournalist who has returned home after being injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. James is swamped by guilt after leaving Sarah alone in Iraq. Their friend Richard, a photo editor, visits them with his girlfriend, Mandy, who is much younger than he. The play focuses on relationships and James and Sarah’s prospects for a more conventional lifestyle. Copies of the play are available in the senior center lounge. Call 203-834-6240 to register.

Coming events

For the week of Dec. 23:

Friday, Dec. 23, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 12, Introduction to Bridge with Michael Hess; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess.

Monday, Dec. 26, Senior Center Closed.

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 9:45, Fit and Fabulous with Sharon Rubenstein; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Janice Wilcox; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 1, Studio Knitting; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9:30, Newsletter Mailing; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.