Senior Center News: Jan. 22

Love is in the air. Now you just need a way to show it.

Cathy Paine will conduct a pop-up Valentine card workshop on Friday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 3, at the senior center. Each participant will receive materials and instruction to create five different, individually personalized cards.

Templates, card stock, markers, and cut-outs will be provided by the instructor. Participants need to bring a good pair of scissors and a glue stick and can also bring a craft knife and cutting mat (only if you already have them), scraps of ribbon, lace, decorative paper, or sparkly stuff, copies of photos, artwork and/or illustrations to cut out. Pop-up techniques presented in the workshop are applicable to other pop-up holiday or greeting cards.

Ms. Paine is a former professional dancer/choreographer who has been creating pop-ups and artist books since 2008. She has taught workshops at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, and some of her work is available for purchase at the Silvermine Arts Center gift shop. She also teaches Feldenkrais movement classes here at the senior center.

Fee: $20. Call 203-834-6240 to reserve a place. Enrollment is limited.

Book discussion

Richard Duffee will lead a discussion of The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 11. Lunch ($3) follows at noon. Call 203-834-6240 for reservations.

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, writes in a foreword to this complex book, “Most American families are worse off today than they were three decades ago….This rapid trend towards inequality in America marks a significant reversal of the move toward income equality that began in the early part of the 20th century and culminated during the middle decades of the century.”

The coauthors of this groundbreaking work, based on years of research, provide hard evidence for their conclusions.

Photo organization

A photo book workshop, to help you organize your photos digitally, begins Jan. 26. The class meets on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Comstock Computer Learning Center.

Over the course of four sessions, participants will learn how to scan their photos onto a computer and organize them.

A fee of $85 includes all four class sessions and a photo book. The workshop is limited to four participants. Registration required; call 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. 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.

Lifetime Learners

The first of 19 winter, daytime classes begin this week at the Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College. These two-hour sessions are free to members and do not require advance registration. Classes will be on a variety of interesting subjects and will run Monday through Friday for four weeks. Check out a detailed listing of these offerings at or call 203-857-3330.

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.

Coming events

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

For the week of Jan. 23:

Friday, Jan 23, 9:30, Knitting; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg.

Monday, Jan. 26, 10, Digital Photo book; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion; 12, Movie; 12, Bridge; 1, Studio Knitting.

Tuesday, Jan. 27; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Book Discussion with Richard Duffee; 12, Lunch; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Village Market; 1, Introduction to Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 3, Stay at Home Movie, Nebraska.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Watercolor; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 11:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.