Despite the unseasonably warm weather of late, it will get colder and 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 $31,815.69; a couple’s maximum income may not exceed $41,605.12. Income includes wages, social security, pension, rental income, child support and interest.

Homeowners must have less than $10,000, not including retirement income if under 59 1/2 and renters less than $7,000 including retirement income if under 59 1/2.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Social Services at 203-834-6238.

What is Code Red?

With hazardous weather becoming more likely as the year moves to an end, it is important to be familiar with Code Red, which allows citizens to be notified about a public emergency. It also sends on-going messages updating citizens on the status of emergency operations.

During the power outages after Irene, Alfred and Sandy, the Code Red system enabled First Selectman Bill Brennan to provide Wilton residents with status reports from CL&P as well as notices as to provisions and services available from the town. Code Red messages will be sent at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily during an emergency.

Code Red message alerts will be sent to emails, landline telephones and/or cell phones. However, registration is required. There are two ways to register for the Code Red alert:

1. Register on the t website. Go to wiltonct.org and click on the words “Code Red” in the far left column. Follow the instructions after you fill in the appropriate information on the community notification enrollment form.

2. Call the Code Red telephone line at the senior center. Just call 203-834-6410 and leave your information on the voice mail.

Sketching

Viola Galetta will instruct beginners in the basics of drawing still life, landscape, and even portrait in a class on Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30 to noon. Students will experiment with acrylics and water colors in a relaxed atmosphere. No experience is necessary. Please bring a sketchpad and soft pencil to the first class. (Available at Walmart or art supplies stores.) Additional materials needed for future classes will be discussed during this class. There is a fee of $10 per class.

Book discussion

Barbara Jones from the Wilton Library has prepared a wonderful reading series for the coming year at the senior center. Each session begins at 11 on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Lunch ($3) is served at noon. Books are on reserve at the Wilton Library.

The book for Oct. 22 is The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng.

Coming events

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

For the week of Oct. 11:

Friday, Oct. 11, 12, Bridge with Eleanor; 1:30, Free Swim for Seniors Y.

Monday, Oct. 14, Yes, the senior center is open today; 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 9:30, Embroidery Guild Board Meeting; 10:30, Line Dancing with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie: Annie; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 9, Watercolor at Ogden House; 9:45, Nourish, Relax, and Renew with Denise O’Hearn; 10, Oil and Acrylics with Althea; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Bridge with Maureen Turnier; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 9:30, RSVP at Ogden House; 9:30, Card Making with Andrea Ragusa; 9:45, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, I Can Draw with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.