Senior Center News: Nov. 19

The Sixth Extinction

Ray Rauth will lead a discussion of Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m., at the senior center.

This cautionary tale examines the five major extinction events in Earth’s history eons ago, which Kolbert connects them to a sixth extinction taking place now. Understandable science is combined with travelogue-style reporting as Kolbert visits the Earth’s far-flung corners to observe species in danger while discussing causes, effects and possible remedies with naturalists, botanists and marine biologists. Lunch ($3) is served at noon. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Holiday survival tools

Denise O’Hearn will present a yoga program on How to Stay Calm, Balanced, and Healthy This Season Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m., in the dance studio at Comstock Community Center.

Drawing from the ancient wisdom of yoga and ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old sister science of yoga, you’ll learn simple daily routines that will help balance you and calm your nervous system. We will do gentle yoga postures and breathing techniques that can help keep your digestive system running smoothly. We will rest deeply in supported restorative yoga postures and practice simple techniques to help focus the mind, so that you will leave feeling more relaxed, refreshed and joyful!

Denise is passionate about helping busy people find more energy and joy in their lives.  She draws from her own past experience of chronic pain, work burnout, and food sensitivities.

The fee is $25. Call 203-210-5780 or email for information and to register.

Holiday luncheon

The Parks and Recreation Department will present a holiday luncheon on Friday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1:30, at the Comstock Community Center. The cost is $5.  Reservations: 203-834-6234.

VA Hospital donations

The Veteran's Administration Hospital in West Haven is accepting knitted/crocheted items to be distributed to veterans. Knitted or crocheted afghans, scarves, and hats are welcome. (They request afghans as opposed to lapghans.) Toiletry donations are also welcomed. Wiltonian Lenore Sillery has volunteered to collect the items and deliver them to the hospital. For information, email Lenore Sillery at or call 203-249-7854.

Coming events  

For the week of Nov. 20:

Friday, Nov. 20, 10, Digital Photo Book; 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan Devlieg.

Monday, Nov. 23, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 1, Bridge; 1, Studio Knitting.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11, Book Discussion with Ray Rauth; 12, Lunch;  12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 1, Introduction to Bridge; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day, Senior Center closed.

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.