Senior Center News: Dec. 5

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Wilton Career Fire Fighters Local 2233 will serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings at an Ogden House luncheon. This wonderful tradition began in 1985 as a way for the firefighters to thank seniors for their years of support. Volunteers from Our Lady of Fatima Church, under the direction of Ed Raposa, will prepare the meal, compliments of the firefighters. Lunch is served at noon; guests are encouraged to come early to socialize. The Middlebrook Singers under the direction of Susan Kelly and Janet Nobles, as well as the Flute Choir conducted by Jennifer Ginsberg, will provide entertainment. Middlebrook’s Student Council, coordinated by Bill Gerundo and Tom Koch, will treat the participants to homemade delights. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Beading plus

The Beading Workshop now takes place on the first Friday of the month at 10, at the senior center. By popular demand, instructor Viola Galetta will be teaching an additional beading class on the third Friday of the month at 10, beginning this month. Ms. Galetta has taught these techniques at Silvermine and Guilford Art Schools, and now brings them to her classes at the senior center. Interest in new and different beading techniques will be explored along with foundation beading techniques. Taking beading to the next level will offer new creative opportunities.

If you like basic beading, you can still do that. If you are interested in exploring other venues, you can do that too! Jewelry Workshop in the coming year will feature various techniques which hope to expand your creativity.

Do you like braided work? Then the ancient Japanese braiding art of Kumihimo may interest you. This art form can be used for jewelry making with beads or just fancy yarn or ribbon. Either way, it is a great way to learn something new. Using a small disk with bobbins you will weave a beautiful necklace or bracelet.

Do you like something old becoming new? Then macramé may interest you. Some years ago, macramé was used for hanging baskets. Well, times have changed, and these days, macramé is the new technique for making fantastic bracelets.

Do you want an international flavor to your beading? Viking Knit may be to your liking.  Viking knit pieces, which were used as currency during ancient times, has again gained popularity in jewelry making the past couple of years.  You would be surprised how easily all of these techniques can be learned, and practiced to perfection.


Sonia Katz will present her self-hypnosis seminar on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 2, at the senior center. Through guided meditation, she will teach how to achieve relaxation through breathing techniques and how to plant the proper suggestions in the unconscious mind in order to achieve goals.

There is a $5 drop-in fee; advance registration recommended 203-834-6240.

Computer class 

Catherine Myers will teach a class on Word Graphics on Dec. 9 and 10, from 9:30 to 11:30, at the Comstock Computer Learning Center. Learn how to insert pictures and clipart and alter them by enlarging, cropping, and changing their shapes and position in the document. Step into the world of graphics that Word offers for using artistic text, borders, drawing, color, and special effects.  Come with an idea and the course will show you how to do it in Word 2007 or with instructions to use with Word 2010, which has more and different graphics.

The fee is $30. Call Andrea Ragusa 203-762-8445 to register.

Coming events

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

For the week of Dec. 6:

Friday, Dec. 6, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 12, Parks and Rec Holiday Lunch; 1:30, Beginner Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

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

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 9:30, Word Graphics; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea Ericsson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9:30, RSVP at Ogden House; 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10, Comstock Writers; 12, Chicago Bridge; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Dec. 12, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch, 12:45, Bingo; 2, Self-Hypnosis with Sonia Katz; 5:30, Social Services Commission Meeting.