Senior Center News: March 27

Sometimes, traveling vicariously is the best way to visit somewhere.

Jerry and Barbara Holdrige will “escort” Wiltonians to Ukraine as the Armchair Trips series gets underway Monday, March 31, at noon, in the Wilton Senior Center lounge.

The Holdridges will offer  commentary and photographic highlights of their travels in 2006, one year after that country’s Orange Revolution. Their journey took them along the scenic Dnieper River from Odessa to the capital city of Kiev. There will be an opportunity to discuss the current state of political upheaval and tumultuous protests centering on the Ukrainian capital. Bring your lunch and enjoy the trip to the Ukraine!

Computer classes

Catherine Myers will teach Organize Your Memoir Research and Prepare it for Publication, a class  designed to provide comprehensive information as to options for printing when preparing a memoir for print in book form.  It will outline how to set up your copy in order to have continuity among the pages and how to develop graphics to enhance the book’s material.  Learn practical points which will save you money when you take the manuscript to a professional printer or local UPS Store.  This is not a research course; it is a workshop to help you organize before you get started.

It will take place April 7 and 8, from 9:30 to 11:30, in the Comstock Computer Learning Center in the senior center, 180 School Road. The fee is $30. Call Andrea Ragusa at  203-762-8445 to register.

Basic Word is designed for seniors who are interested in learning the basics of this word processing program. Topics to be covered include using the toolbar, creating and formatting documents, deleting, copying, pasting, underlining, highlighting, aligning, printing and saving documents, and using different types and sizes of fonts. Taught by Ms. Ragusa April 14 and 15. Fee: $30. See registration information above.

Senior Appreciation Day

The annual Wilton High School Arts Festival will again present a recognition concert and luncheon for the senior citizens of Wilton on Thursday, April 3. Developed by members of the Wilton Fine and Performing Arts staff three years ago in collaboration with the senior center, the event is an opportunity to recognize the significant contribution Wilton seniors have made to the town. A school shuttle bus will pick up seniors at Comstock at 11. Rides will also be available though Dial-A-Ride (203-834-6235). The lunch will be served in the Zellner Gallery from 11:30 to 12:30.

The special occasion will be hosted by the PTSA, students of the Culinary Arts program, and the student government at Wilton High School. Student art work from the International Arts Show will adorn the gallery.  Following the luncheon, a recognition concert will be held in the Clune Center. Several hundred Wilton High School students and staff are also expected to attend the concert.

Call the senior center  at 203-834-6240 to reserve a place; seating for lunch is limited.

Lunch and learn

Come to the monthly Garden Club lunch and learn session which includes a delectable home-made lunch and a hands-on project for each participant to take home. Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month at noon at the senior center. Upcoming activities are:

  • April 1:  House Plant Recovery. Bring your plants in to be repotted, possibly divided, reshaped and fed after the long winter. If you do not have any we will supply some.
  • May 6:  Time to think about the club’s annual plant sale. Creative baskets will be made up for the garden club to sell at the children’s table on May 9 and 10.

Enjoy the camaraderie of friends and garden club members. Call 203-834-6240 to sign up for the next meeting.

Coming events

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

For the week of March 28:

  • Friday, March 28, 9:30, Beginner Knitting with Linda Fein; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.
  • Monday, March 31, 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 10:30, Line Dancing with Beatriz Araujo; 12, “Armchair Trip to the Ukraine” with Jerry and Barbara Holdridge.
  • Tuesday, April 1, 10, Oil and Acrylic Painting with Althea Ericsson; 10:30, “Stroke and What It Means” with Abigail Co of Brookdale Senior Living; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12,  Garden Club Lunch and Activity; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.
  • Wednesday, April 2, 9:30, Sewing Session at Ogden House; 10, Comstock Writers; 10, Duplicate Bridge; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 1:00, Mah Jongg.
  • Thursday, April 3, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn;11-12, Blood Pressure Screening by Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County; 11, Bus departs from Comstock for WHS Senior Appreciation Day; 11:30, Lunch at Wilton High School; 12, Portraiture Painting with Martha Talbert.