Senior Center News: Jan. 7

Introduction to bridge

This class is for the person who would like to learn how to play bridge, not someone brushing up! Dan DeVlieg will teach you this entertaining and mentally demanding game by having you actually play the game. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 12, 1 to 3, $95 for the 10-week series. Sign up by calling 203-834-6240. Class size is limited.

Free downloads

Wilton Library is pleased to bring you access to downloadable eBooks through its partnership with Library Connection and OverDrive. Wilton residents with a valid Wilton Library card may download ebooks to their computers and/or portable devices without charge. Melissa Baker will demonstrate step-by-step how to download free material from the library website on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1 p.m., in the senior center lounge. Call her at 203-762-3950 to register and she will tell you what you need to bring in order to make your time productive.

AARP driving class

RVNA hosts the AARP Smart Driver Course on Friday, Jan. 29, from 9 to 1, at its offices at 90 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield. Participants may be eligible for an insurance discount upon completing the course. Designed for drivers age 50 and over, the course covers current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate a vehicle safely in today’s challenging driving environment. Learn to manage age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Fee: $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. Refreshments and lunch will be served. Call 203-438-5555 to register.

Photo book workshop

Session One: Jan. 15 and 22

Session Two:  Feb. 5 and 12

Linda Thomas and Sharon Gialo of LT Organizing will visit the senior center on Fridays, from 10 to noon in the technology room, to help you organize your photos and your thoughts to create a keepsake photo book. Linda and Sharon will then help you scan photos into the computer to begin a digital photo book. Fee: $50 per session (Books are purchased separately depending upon the style book you choose.)  Class size is limited. Registration required; call 203-834-6240.

Hawaiian music concert

On Friday, Jan. 22, at 11:15, musician Chris Merwin will present a performance and talk on Hawaiian music in the Senior Center Lounge. He will play a Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar made by a German immigrant in Los Angeles in the 1920s. The guitar is made of Hawaiian koa wood and has an unusual hollow neck. Fee: $5. Reservations:  203-834-6240.

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.


Senior Volunteer Program (SVP) helps people 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 Jan. 8:

Friday, Jan. 8, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Senior Swim at the Y.

Monday, Jan. 11, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 1, Bridge.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 9, Stay at Home in Wilton Men’s Breakfast at Orem’s; 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn;  1, Studio Knitting; 2, Mah Jongg.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Free Downloads with Melissa Baker; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Jan 14, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11-12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at the Wilton Y; 12, Bingo.

In the course of the renovation project, individual rooms in the senior center and social services wing of the building may, from time to time, become unavailable for public use.  All senior programs and the room assignments will be posted at or on the entrance doors. We appreciate your understanding and patience.