Senior Center News: Dec. 31

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward is a comic play which takes its title from Shelley’s poem “To a Skylark.” The play centers on the novelist Charles Condomine who invites an eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his home to conduct a séance. He hopes to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by his annoying and temperamental deceased wife, Elvira. After the séance, Elvira continues to disrupt Charles’s marriage to his second wife, Ruth. Ruth cannot see or hear the ghost. “Blithe Spirit” has been adapted for film, television, radio and a musical called “High Spirits.”

We’ll read the play on Monday, Jan. 5, at 12:30. Call 203-834-6240 to register.  Copies of the play are available in the senior center café.

Winter closings

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

Bridge opportunities

Introduction to Bridge is for the person who would like to learn how to play bridge — not someone brushing up! Dan DeVlieg will teach you this entertaining and mentally demanding game by having you actually play the game. You will have fun, you will work your brain, you will socially interact, and you will see corollary benefits in other aspects of your life. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 13, 1 to 3, $85 for the eight-week series. Sign up by calling 203-834-6240. Class size is limited.

Open Bridge with Dan is a great way to refresh your bridge-playing skills, learn current conventions, and get used to playing all over again. For all levels of play. This is not a sanctioned game. Dan DeVlieg will supervise. Wednesdays, 10 to 12:30, $5 drop-in fee.

Intermediate Bridge will take you deeper into the complexities of bidding, bidding conventions, play, keeping score, defending, opening, and a myriad of other techniques. Most class time will be spent at the card table where you can ask questions, analyze alternative playing and bidding strategies (both offensive and defensive), and have an all-around good time. Fridays beginning Jan. 9, 1:30 to 3:30, $75 for the eight-week series. Sign up by calling 203-834-6240.

Bridge groups

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

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

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

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

Free downloads

Wilton Library is pleased to bring you access to downloadable e-books through our partnership with Library Connection and OverDrive. Wilton residents with a valid Wilton Library card will be able to download e-books to their computers and/or portable devices without charge. Melissa Baker of the Wilton Library will demonstrate step-by-step how to download free material from their website on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 1, in the senior center lounge.

Please call Ms. Baker at 203-762-3950 to register for the session. She will tell you specifically what you need to bring in order to make your time productive.

Coming events

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

For the week of Jan. 2:

Friday, Jan 2, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis.

Monday, Jan. 5, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 12, Encore Bridge; 12:30, Play Reading.

Tuesday, Jan. 6; 9, PEO Meeting; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Garden Club and Activity; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 11:30, Tai Chi; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 1, Mah Jongg; 1, Watercolor.

Thursday, Jan. 8, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:30-2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y; 12:45, Bingo; 5:30, Social Services Commission Meeting.