Senior Center News: July 13

Playing games

Do you like to play games? Try these games at the Senior Center during the summer.

Five Crowns

First, third, and fifth Tuesday of the month, 12:30 — Five Crowns is a progressive rummy-style card game. It has spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs, and stars! It can be played by two to seven players. It’s easy to learn and lots of fun to play. Call Nerina Klobas at 203-210-5624 for details.

Chinese Mah Jongg

Second and fourth Tuesday of the month — Kay Chann supervises the players of Chinese Mah Jongg during this gathering. If you would like to learn how to play, Kay will be happy to instruct you. Come and see the game in action. Call Kay at 203-544-7417 for information regarding the group.

American Mah Jongg

Wednesdays, 1 — American Mah Jongg is different from Chinese Mah Jongg in several ways. American Mah Jongg utilizes racks, jokers, "Hands and Rules" scorecards, and has several distinct game-play mechanics. Come and see this game in action. In order to play, call Gale Roeder 203-762-3784 or Pat Wernig 203-762-1739.

Bridges by Epoch

Bridges ® by EPOCH at Norwalk will soon open its doors at 123 Richards Avenue to a safe haven for area seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In order to familiarize the community with their work, Bridges will host a series called Today’s Education About (T.E.A.) at the Welcome Center, 595 Connecticut Avenue, in Norwalk (across from Home Depot). Alicia Seaver, EPOCH’s director of memory care, will present the series at 2 and again at 5:30:

  • July 13 — Recognizing and Dealing with Caregiver Stress;

  • July 27 — Helpful Hints for Caregivers;

  • Aug. 10 — Ethics of Fibbing;

  • Aug. 24 — Making Visits Meaningful.

Call Christy Perone at 203-523-0510 to RSVP or inquire about the program.

Don’t be boring

Are you age 50 or older and either bored or boring?

Summer is a time of leisure, bright sunny days and not a lot to do.

Until now you didn’t have Lifetime Learners Institute (LLI) to spark your interest, hold your attention or teach you something new. So, to satisfy your hunger LLI is offering learning opportunities to help get through the hot summer months in air-conditioned space.

LLI will offer seven daytime classes, presented without stress or tests. Courses will be held Monday through Thursday afternoon and at 10 on Friday morning. They will run for four consecutive weeks of two hours starting at 1:10 and 3:10. Regular rules apply: you must be an LLI member, you must register, and you must pay in advance.

Well-known lecturers include Mark Albertson (The Russian Revolution) and Art Gottlieb (Current Affairs). Additional courses:

  • Essentrics is a dynamic workshop that simultaneously lengthens and strengthens every muscle in the body;

  • Great American Music features vocal artists Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra;

  • Mixed Media and Beyond will show you how to combine materials to create fascinating artwork.

A more detailed description of classes can be found at

Coming events

Friday, July 14 , 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 11:15, Chair Yoga with Adriana Caravakis; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge; 1:30, Free swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, July 17, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 11:30 to 12:30, Blood Pressure Screening by Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 12, Movie; 1, Bridge.

Tuesday, July 18, 9:45, BeMoved, with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Turnier; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerina Klobas.

Wednesday, July 19, 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12 to 5, Wilton Farmer’s Market at the Historical Society; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, July 20, 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.