Senior Center News: Nov. 27

The Piano Lesson, by August Wilton, in 1990 received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Set in 1936 Pittsburgh, the action takes place in the house of Doaker Charles.  A 137-year-old upright piano, decorated in the manner of African sculpture, dominates the parlor. Willie, Doaker’s nephew, arrives intending to sell the piano and use the money to buy the land his ancestors once worked as slaves. Willie’s sister does not want to sell the piano, which she sees as their legacy.

Follow August Wilson’s spell-binding and haunting portrayal of the family conflict and dilemma as we read The Piano Lesson on Monday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 in the senior center. Copies of the play are available in advance in the senior center café.

To register, call 203-834-6240.

Alzheimer’s presentation

On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4, join Tania Paparazzo of the Alzheimer’s Association at Brookdale Place, 96 Danbury Road. She will give a talk on “Keeping connected with your loved ones especially during the holidays.”

Refreshments will be available. RSVP to Christy Perone at 203-761-8999.

Parks and rec luncheon

Each year the Wilton Parks and Rec Department hosts a holiday luncheon for senior citizens in the community. This year the lunch will take place on Friday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1:30, at the Comstock Community Center. This event features lunch served by the Parks and Rec staff and grounds crews, entertainment, and door prizes. The cost is $5. Reservations: 203-834-6234.

Balanced aging

Yoga instructor Denise OHearn presents this program on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 9 to 10:30 in the senior center dance studio. Participants will:

  • Learn simple, easy and effective techniques to lift your energy and mood;
  • Explore ways to let go of “perfection;”
  • Incorporate ways to strengthen your body and mind.

No yoga experience is necessary. Fee: $25 per class. Space is limited. Reserve your place now at 203-834-6240.

Energy assistance

As the temperatures drop, the Wilton Social Services Department is available to help you apply for assistance with your heating bills. Income guidelines for eligibility state that a single individual may earn no more than $32,515; a couple’s maximum income may not exceed $42,519.  Income includes wages, social security, pension, rental income, child support and interest. There is also a liquid assets test.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 203-834-6238. New documentation is required each year.

Coming events

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

For the week of Nov. 28:

Friday, Nov. 28, senior center closed.

Monday, Dec. 1, 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie; 12, Encore Bridge; 12:30, Play Reading with Andrea Ragusa.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10, Acrylics and Oils with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Garden Club and Activity; 12:30, Mah Jongg; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House;  10, Open Bridge with Dan; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 12, Duplicate Bridge; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11-12, Blood Pressure Screening with Nurse Laura Word; 12, Studio Drawing with Martha Talburt; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 4, Alzheimer’s Presentation at Brookdale Senior Living.