Senior Center News: Feb. 5

“Stage Your Home to Sell!”

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 a series of three presentations in these areas at the Senior Center. The first presentation, “Stage Your Home to Sell!” will take place on Friday, Feb. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Senior Center Lounge. Staging is the process of preparing your house so it speaks emotionally to the buyer, not only by making your home look terrific, but by helping the buyer envision living in the home. Ms. Engstorm will show you some of the tricks of the trade and help you decide what needs to be done to make sure your home appeals to potential buyers. There is a $5 session fee. To register, call 203-834-6240.

Free downloads

BYOD — Bring your own device — and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates our free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks on Wednesday, Feb. 11. There is something for everyone and hours of enjoyment for patrons with Wilton Library cards. The Wilton Library presents this program for seniors at the Wilton Senior Center. Registration is strongly suggested. For more information or to register, visit or call 203-762-3950.

Lunch and bingo

Wilton Meadows will host a complimentary lunch and bingo session on Friday, Feb. 13, at 11:45 a.m. in their main dining room at 439 Danbury Road. Call the Wilton Senior Center to reserve a place: 203-834-6240.

Poetry reading

The Wilton Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society will hold a poetry reading with open mic at the Weston Senior Center on Monday, Feb. 9, at 12:30 p.m. Chapter poets will read selections from their poetry. Attendees will be invited to read their poems in an open mic session immediately afterwards. Refreshments will be served. The Weston Senior Center is at the Hurlbutt Elementary School, 9 School Road in Weston. To reserve a place call 203-222-2608.

Enhance Fitness

Leslie Hinshaw leads an evidence-based, group exercise program each Thursday, from 9 to 10 a.m., which helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. There is a $3 fee for each class.

Line Dance Fusion

Traditional dance steps are blended with elements of modern line dancing on Mondays, from 10:30 to 11:30, during the Wilton Senior Center’s Line Dance Fusion classes. Instructor Beatriz Araujo rolls the Waltz, mambo Italiano, Charleston, Lambada, samba electric slide and tango into one to keep your feet moving and your heart pumping. This is a great form of exercise and social interaction. Beginners as well as experienced dancers are welcome. There is a $3 fee per class.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi contains a series of gentle and graceful movements performed with respiration coordination and deep concentration. Practicing Tai Chi leads to relaxation of the body and mind, improves flexibility and balance, and enhances energy and general well-being. Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls and improve the functioning of daily activities. Joe Alampi instructs Tai Chi at the Wilton Senior Center each Wednesday, from 11:30 to 12:30. There is a $3 fee for each class.


Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts gentle yoga classes at the Wilton Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays that warm up your joints, stretches and strengthens your muscles and helps your balance and focus. Classes include warm-ups, breathwork (pranayama), yoga postures (asanas), relaxation and meditation. Classes take place 11 to noon on Tuesdays and 10-11 a.m. on Thursdays. There is a $3 fee for each class.


Do you limit yourself without even knowing it? Do other people try to tell you how you feel? It’s time to take charge of your own comfort and discard the movement patterns that hold you back. You are the only person living in your body. Why not make it a home you enjoy! Explore this exciting and innovative movement method designed to relieve pain, exercise your brain and teach you to move with greater comfort, ease, and fluidity with instructor Cathy Paine on Fridays, from 10 to 11 a.m. There is a $5 fee for each class.

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.

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, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $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 Wilton Senior Center, unless otherwise specified.

For the week of Feb. 6:

  • Friday, Feb. 6: Knitting at 9:30, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine at 10, No Jewelry with Viola Galetta at 10, Stage Your Home to Sell with Kathy Engstrom at 10:30, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis at noon, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg at 1:30.
  • Monday, Feb. 9: Digital Photo book at 10, Line Dance Fusion at 10:30, Movie at noon, Bridge at noon, Poetry Reading at the Weston Senior Center at 12:30.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 10: Acrylics with Althea Ericcson at 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn at 11, Introduction to Bridge with Dan DeVlieg at 1, Studio Knitting with Lizabeth Doty at 1, Chair Yoga at Ogden House at 2, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann at 2.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 11: Sewing at Ogden House at 9:30, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg at 10, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi at 10:30, Mah Jongg at 1, Library Downloads: eBooks and Audio books with Melissa Baker at 1.
  • Thursday, Feb. 12: Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw at 9, Drawing with Martha Talburt at 9:30, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn at 10, Lunch at noon, Studio Drawing with Martha Talburt at noon, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y from 12:30 to 2, Bingo at 12:45, Social Services Commission Meeting at 5:30.