Senior Center News: Feb. 26

Conquering clutter

Kathy Engstrom, owner of A Fresh Eye, LLC, is a former professional organizer. She currently specializes in home decorating, staging houses for resale, and move management. Ms. Engstrom will offer “Conquer the Clutter!” on Friday, Feb. 27, in the Senior Center Lounge from 10:30 to 12:30.
Are you frustrated by losing things because they are buried in the clutter? Are piles taking over your space? Are your closets getting scary? Do you want to get things organized, but just don’t know where to begin? Kathy will help you start bringing order to your chaos. In this class she will teach you how to attack your clutter, decide what is important and what can be discarded, and create systems to help things function more smoothly and maintain order going forward. Fee: $5;
Registration: 203-834-6240.

Play reading

Andrea Ragusa will moderate a reading of The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen on Monday, March 2, at 12:30 at the senior center. Marriage and freedom is the subject of Mr. Ibsen’s symbolic play which takes place in a small Norwegian village.
Copies of the play are available in the senior center café. To register, call 203-834-6240.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the treatment and relief of mental and physical pain without curing the causes, especially in patients suffering from a terminal illness. Why should we embrace this option? Come and find out.
Christine Pfeffer, director of hospice for the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, will discuss the options available when considering palliative care. Her presentation will take place in the senior center lounge at noon on Tuesday, March 10. A light lunch will be served. Reservations: 203-834-6240.
Spring concert series
The Greens at Cannondale, 435 Danbury Road, extends a public invitation to these free events:

  • Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.: Fun & Frolic with Billy Michael and his great musical style. Favorite songs for sing-a-longs.

  • Thursday, March 5, at 3 p.m.: An afternoon of music with Grammy winner Les Julian. Always a hit with his mellow voice and guitar.

  • Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m: Guitar, piano, harmonica and saxophone performer Eric Lipper with his musical surprises.

For further information, call 203-761-1191.

Lifetime Learners Institute

Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College announces its spring daytime courses for people aged 50 or older who want to keep active mentally, physically and socially. Forty courses are being offered this semester. Classes begin the week of March 15. To receive a free course catalog, call 203-857-3330 or see

Winter closings

When in doubt, 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.

Open bridge with Dan

Come and drop in for this open bridge session. This 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.

Bridge groups

If you would like to join other seniors in an afternoon of bridge from noon to 3 p.m., 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.

Coming Events

All activities take place at the Senior Center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.
For the week of Feb. 27:
Friday, Feb. 27: 9:30, Knitting; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10:30, Conquer the Clutter; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg.
Monday, March 2: 9:30, Coffee and Clay; 10, Digital Photobook Workshop; 10:30, Line Dance fusion; 12, Movie; 12:30, Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa; 1, Bridge.
Tuesday, March 3: 10, Acrylics with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Garden Club Lunch and Activity; 1, Introduction to Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.
Wednesday, March 4: 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 1, Mah Jongg.
Thursday, March 5: 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11-12, Blood Pressure Screening by Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 12, Lunch; 12, Studio Drawing with Martha Talburt; 12:45, Bingo.