Senior Center News: Oct. 15

The Senior Volunteer Program (SVP) will hold its annual boutique on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11 to 1, at Ogden House, 100 River Road. Proceeds benefit the organization’s charitable works. Lunch ($3) is served at noon.

SVP helps people age 55 and older find volunteer opportunities to match their skills and interests. When you volunteer for the SVP, you receive the benefits of staying active and meeting new people while knowing you're using a lifetime of experience to make your mark.

As a special treat for the day, Thomas Elliot, owner of Thomas Elliott Guitar Studio in Ridgefield, will demonstrate the Highland bagpipes. The Highland bagpipe is a type of bagpipe native to Scotland. It has achieved widespread recognition through its usage in the British military and in pipe bands throughout the world. Elliott has played his bagpipes for numerous events and is a gifted teacher.

Come enjoy lunch, listen to this masterful teacher and musician, and help support local charities through SVP.

Shakuhachi flute performance

Musician Chris Merwin will demonstrate the shakuhachi flute on Friday, Oct. 16, 11:15, at the senior center. The shakuhachi is a bamboo flute from Japan once used strictly for Zen meditation music but now used for Japanese classical and folk music as well. Merwin has studied in Japan and at home and plays all three styles of shakuhachi music. There is a fee of $5. Reservations: 203-834-6240.

Clutter, begone!

A Fresh Eye’s Kathy Engstrom will help you Conquer the Clutter with this program on Friday, Oct. 16, from 10:30 to 12:30 in the senior center lounge. Learn how to attack your clutter, decide what is important and what can be discarded, and create systems to help things function more smoothly and maintain order going forward.

The fee is $10 and registration is required. Call 203-834-6240.

Fall Harvest Festival

Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center at 439 Danbury Road will have a Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 to 3. Local vendors will display products for sale including fresh produce, plants, jewelry, syrups, oils, and baked goods. An Oktoberfest-themed food buffet will be available free of charge. Youngsters may enjoy a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and crafts. This event is open and free to the community.

Introduction to bridge

Introductory bridge lessons begin Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 3. The fee for the 10-week series is $95.

Bridge combines a variety of mental exercises: short- and long-term memory, planning and collation, social interaction, and a host of other mental calisthenics useful in everyday life. Bridge is learned by playing. This class is for the player with very little or no bridge experience.  Dan DeVlieg is the instructor.

Open bridge

Duplicate Bridge is played on Wednesdays from 10 to 12:30. It is a form of contract bridge in which contestants play identical cards, with each deal scored independently, permitting comparison of individual scores. For all levels. Drop-in fee of $5. Dan DeVlieg will supervise.

Coming events

For the week of Oct. 16:

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 10. Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10:30, Conquer the Clutter; 11:15, Shakuhachi Flute Demonstration with Chris Merwin; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis.

  • Monday, Oct. 19, 10, Digital Photo Book; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 11:30-12:30, Blood Pressure Screening by Visiting Nurse and Hospice; 1, Bridge.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Maureen Turnier; 12:30, Five Crowns with Nerena Klobas; 1, Introduction to Bridge; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10, Watercolor; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by Thomas Elliott and the Bagpipes; 1, Mah Jongg;

  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Bingo; 12:30, Portraiture with Martha Talburt.

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.