Senior Center News: Feb. 11

Wilton Social Services provides counseling, information, referral, and emergency financial assistance to Wilton residents. We encourage people to call our office at 203-834-6238 to discuss our services. Confidentiality is assured.

State and federal programs designed to assist individuals and families during difficult economic times include fuel assistance, nutritional assistance, emergency financial assistance, and Medicare savings programs.

Heating assistance

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) provides energy assistance grants for heat to households with income no greater than 60% of the State Median Income, e.g. individual, $33,132; couple, $43,327; and family of four, $63,716. Asset limits are $15,000 for homeowners and $12,000 for renters. Retirement accounts are not counted as assets for those under the age of 59 1/2.

Operation Fuel provides a one-time grant of $500 to low-income households. The program also assists with non-heat utility bills that are overdue  Income limits are the same as CEAP. There is no asset test.

Apply for either of these programs through Wilton Social Services by calling Sarah Muccio, at 203-843-6238 for an appointment.


Town-to-Town is an inter-town, door-to-door medical transportation service. There is no age limitation, but persons must be medically certified as disabled (temporary or permanent)  and unable to use other forms of transportation. Vehicles are wheelchair-lift-equipped. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The disabled pay $5 each way when they cross one town line; $7.50 each way when they cross two or more town lines. For more information and to obtain an application, call Lauren Hughes at Wilton Social Services, 203-834-6238 or go online to

Card and tile games

Five Crowns: First and third Tuesday, 12:30, call Nerina Klobas at 203-210-5624.

Mah Jongg: Second and fourth Tuesday, 12:30 and 2, respectively; call Kay Chann at 203-762-9026.

Encore Bridge: Mondays, call Maureen Turnier at 203-762-9386.

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

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

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

Open Bridge: Wednesdays, call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240.

Intermediate Bridge: Fridays, call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240.

Drop-in exercise

Enhance Fitness: Thursdays, 9 to 10, $3 per class;.

Line Dance Fusion: Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30, $3 per class

Tai Chi: Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:30, $3 per class

Yoga: Tuesdays, 11 to noon; Thursdays, 10 to 11; $3 per class

Feldenkrais: Fridays, 10 to 11, $5 per class

Chair Yoga at Ogden House: Tuesdays, 2 to 3, $3 per class. To register, call Betty at 203-762-8035. This takes place at Ogden House, 100 River Road.

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 Feb. 12:

Friday, Feb. 12, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Digital Photo Book; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Senior Swim at the Y.

Monday, Feb. 15, President’s Day, Senior Center closed.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 9, Stay at Home Men’s Breakfast at Orem’s; 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Tunier; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by the Wilton High School Orchestra; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 10:15, Portraiture with Martha Talburt; 11:45, Lunch at St. Matthew Church; 1, Portraiture with Martha Talburt; 5:30, Social Service Commission Meeting.