Senior Center News: Jan. 29

Play reading

This Monday, Feb. 2, Andrea Ragusa will moderate the monthly play reading session at the Senior Center. Play reading takes place on the first Monday of the month at the Senior Center from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. This month, the group will read The Lady from the Sea by Henrik Ibsen. Marriage and freedom is the subject of this symbolic play. Ellida is the daughter of a lighthouse keeper and she grew up on the open sea. She is married to Dr. Wangel and they live in the mountains in a small town in West Norway. The doctor has two daughters by his previous wife who is deceased. Ellida and the doctor had a son, who died as a baby. This has put a big strain on their marriage. Dr. Wangel is concerned about Ellida's mental health and invites Arnholm, his daughters' former tutor to help her. Arnholm thinks that Bolette one of the daughters is waiting for him and he proposes. Bolette agrees to marry him because she sees this as her only way to get out into the world. Some years earlier, Ellida was engaged to a sailor but, due to circumstances, could not marry him. He asked her to wait for him. Now all these years later the sailor returns to claim her. Ellida must choose between the sailor and her husband.

Ms. Ragusa resides in Wilton with her husband Tony and their dog Dandie. She holds a bachelor of science degree with a minor in speech and theatre arts from SUNY Oswego. She also holds a master of arts degree in educational theatre from New York University. Ms. Ragusa has directed many plays for children with children, for children with adults, and for adults with adults in community theatre. She also has a master of science degree and a sixth year certificate in educational administration and supervision. Ms. Ragusa retired as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction from a public school in Westchester County, N.Y.

Time to get “A Fresh Eye"

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 Wilton Senior Center. Enjoy a fun, interactive class. Each presentation is independent of the others. Take one session, two sessions, or come for all three. Sessions take place in the Senior Center Lounge from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is a $5 fee per session. To register, call: 203-834-6240. The sessions are:

  • Friday, Feb. 6: "Stage Your Home to Sell!" — Would you like to sell your home more quickly — and at top dollar? Stage it! 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.
  • Friday: Feb. 27: "Conquer the Clutter!" — 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? Ms. Engstorm 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.
  • Friday, March 6: "Transform a Room — Redesign It!" — Would you like to transform an ordinary room into a space that lives beautifully? The goal of our 10:30 a.m. room transformations class is to show you how to achieve your desired effect with minimal additional purchases. We use your existing furnishings and accessories to create warmth and harmony and flow. Bring pictures of the room you will be working on - from all angles — and a floor plan of the room (hand-drawn is fine). Ms. Engstorm will share basic design theory and then as a class activity we will work with a few members of the class to come up with design plans for their rooms.

Valentine workshop

Cathy Paine will conduct a pop-up card workshop on Friday, Jan. 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Wilton 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 and 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 Wilton Senior Center. There is a $20 fee. Call 203-834-6240 to reserve a place. Enrollment is limited.

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.

Senior center 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, supervised by Dan DeVlieg on Wednesdays, from 10 to 12:30. 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. There is a $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 Jan. 30:

Friday, Jan 30: 9:30, Knitting; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1, Valentine Pop-Up Card Workshop with Cathy Paine; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg.

Monday, Feb. 2: 10, Digital Photo book; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion; 12, Movie; 12, Bridge; 12:30, Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa.

Tuesday, Feb. 3: 10, Acrylics with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O'Hearn; 12, Garden Club and Activity; 12, Lunch; 1, Introduction to Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Comstock Writers; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Feb. 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.