Senior Center News: Dec. 24

Thanks from Social Services

Seventeen Wilton families, Wilton Kiwanis Club, Wilton Rotary Club, Wilton Children’s Day School, Wilton Community Nursery School, Temple B’Nai Chaim, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Zion’s Hill United Methodist Church, Wilton Presbyterian Church, 17 Girl Scout troops, 10 Boy Scout troops from Pac 10,  Den 17, Wilton Family Y, Coldwell Banker, Realty 7, The Greens at Cannondale, Ridgefield RVNA, the J-Moms, the Wilton Working Moms, the Wilton Moms’ Club, and the Wilton Newcomers Club, who in total provided 75 fabulous Thanksgiving dinner baskets and Stop & Shop gift cards for Wilton families; and the Wilton Woman’s Club whose members provided a basket and invaluable assistance the day of the dinner basket delivery and distribution;

The Wilton Woman’s Club who cooked and boxed more than 40 hot meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas for Wilton’s seniors;

The Mother-Daughter Leadership group members who delivered the hot meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve;

Wilton Garden Club for preparing the beautiful centerpieces and Pat Russo of the Wilton Rotary Club for delivering the centerpieces to seniors;

The interfaith community, who shopped for gifts for 19 seniors and the Boy Scouts who delivered those gifts;

“Holiday helpers” from the ranks of individual residents, community-based service clubs, local businesses, churches and Temple B’Nai Chaim who provided 103 Wilton children (pre-schoolers to high school seniors) with presents and gift certificates to brighten their Hanukah and Christmas holidays;

Young’s Nursery for the donation of Christmas trees to five Wilton families;

Ambler Farm for the donation of Christmas trees to 20 families; and

Realty 7 for the donation of Christmas trees to five families.

Your generosity made this holiday season a happy time for our Wilton neighbors in need.

Choosing an electric supplier

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will hold a free presentation in the Senior Center Technology Room on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 10. Open to the public, the program will address the topic of retail electric suppliers and retail choices in Connecticut. PURA’s primary mission is to empower consumers with the information they need to make an informed decision about generation rates and choosing a licensed supplier. Both residential and small business customers will learn where to locate information about choosing an electric supplier, how to compare generation rates, and information regarding renewable energy. Please bring a copy of your recent electric bill to the presentation. Call 203-834-6238 to register.

Stress-free new year

RVNA invites seniors for a free Lunch n’ Learn on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at noon.  Deanne Mincer, spiritual and yoga teacher, will share tools and techniques to reduce stress, including movement, self-massage, guided imagery, and positive affirmations.

RVNA is at 90 East Ridge Road in Ridgefield. Call 203-438-5555 to register.

Adventures in learning

The nonprofit adult education organization, Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College, again offers a winter selection of 18 different non-credit daytime classes. These two-hour classes for people age 50 and over meet only once a week.  This year some multi-session courses will require pre-registration.

Classes begin in early January and end in mid-February. Catalog and membership application are available online ( or at 203-857-3330. Norwalk  Community College is at 188 Richards Avenue in Norwalk.

Weather policy

When in doubt, call 203-834-6240 after 7 a.m. and listen to the recording for information regarding that day’s activities at the senior center. We do not follow the public school closings.

Volunteer opportunities

Senior Volunteer Program (SVP) helps people age 55 and older find volunteer opportunities to match their skills and interests. When you volunteer for the SVP, you receive the benefits of staying active and meeting new people while knowing that you're using a lifetime of experience to make your mark. Call Dell Overby, Wilton coordinator, at 203-762-0520 for more information.

Coming events

For the week of Dec. 25:

Friday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Senior Center Closed.

Monday, Dec. 28, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 1, Bridge; 1, Studio Knitting.

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Dec. 31, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, New Year’s Eve Luncheon followed by LDOTY (Last Day Of The Year) 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.