Senior Center News: Oct. 22

Book Discussion

Melissa Baker will lead a book discussion on David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 11.  Cloud Atlas , an intriguing novel by David Mitchell that was short-listed for the 2004 Booker Prize, is really a set of six interwoven novellas spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles in time and space. From a 19 th  Century Pacific voyage à la Melville to a near-future dystopia, the novel criss-crosses the world.  Lunch is served at noon.  Call the Senior Center at 203-834-6240 to reserve a place. Books are on reserve at the Wilton Library. Brochures describing the entire 2015-2016 season are available at both the Wilton Senior Center and the Wilton Library.

Studio Knitting

Lizabeth Doty will instruct studio knitting at the senior center on Monday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 2:30. Basic instruction will be provided for projects, and the company will be great. If you have a work in progress, bring it. If it’s all new to you, come give knitting a try. The senior center will supply the practice materials. Not a knitter? Bring your own handiwork and enjoy the company.

Alzheimer’s course for caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association will offer  Living with Alzheimer’s (Middle Stage): Course For Caregivers on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The course will cover st rategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of the disease. Guest speakers will discuss understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors, effective communication strategies and resources available to caregivers. The course will teach caregivers how to decode behavioral messages, identify common triggers and employ different techniques that are helpful during this stage of the disease. The program at Laurel Ridge Health Center, 642 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, is open to the public and free with registration. There will be a complimentary dinner 5 and the lecture will start at 5:30. Seating is limited. To reserve a spot, call: 203-438-8226.

Comstock Writers

Are you interested in reading and writing? Do you have family history or lore that you would like to record for future generations? Are you passionate about politics, the arts, travel, or gardening, any of which would provide plenty of material to write about? If so, Comstock Writers is the group for you. Magdalen Livesey, an editor and writer living in Wilton, will lead the group at the Wilton Senior Center on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 10 to 11:30.

Open Bridge with Dan

Dan DeVlieg supervises Duplicate Bridge at the senior center on Wednesdays, from 10 to 12:30. Duplicate Bridge is a form of contract bridge in which contestants play identical cards, with each deal scored independently, permitting comparison of individual scores. The sessions are for all levels of playing and is not a sanctioned game. There is a $5 drop-in fee.

Bridge Groups

If you would like to join other seniors in an afternoon of bridge from noon to 3, call the organizers listed below:

  • Encore Bridge: Mondays, contact Maureen Turnier at 203-762-9386.

  • Duplicate Bridge: First Wednesday of the month, contact Lois Bruce at 203-762-5818.

  • Duplicate Bridge: Third Tuesday of the month, contact Maureen Turnier at 203-762-9386.

  • Contract Bridge: Fridays, contact Eleanor Mihailidis at 203-762-8720.

Tai Chi

Joe Alampi instructs Tai Chi at the Wilton Senior Center on Wednesdays, from 10:30 to 11:30. Tai Chi contains a series of gentle and graceful movements performed with respiration coordination and deep concentration. Tai Chi has been shown to prevent falls and improve the functioning of daily activities. There is a $3 drop-in fee.

Enhance Fitness

Wilton Family Y brings Enhance Fitness to the Senior Center on Thursday mornings, from 9 to 10. This class, led by Leslie Hinshaw, includes 30 minutes of endurance-type activity. There is a $3 drop-in fee.


Explore Feldenkrais — an exciting and innovative movement method designed to relieve pain, exercise your brain and teach you to move with greater comfort, ease, and fluidity — at the senior center with Cathy Paine on Fridays, from 10 to 11. There is a $5 drop-in fee.

Five Crowns

The Wilton Senior Center hosts Five Crowns, a progressive rummy-style card game, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 12:30. Five Crowns uses cards of  spades, hearts, diamonds and stars, and can be played by two to seven players. It’s easy to learn and lots of fun to play. Call Nerina Klobas at 203-210-5624 for details.


Denise O’Hearn, owner of Vibrant Moves in Wilton, conducts  yoga classes from 11 to noon on Tuesdays and 10 to 11 on Thursdays at the Wilton Senior Center. The  gentle yoga classes warm up joints, stretch and strengthen muscles and help with balance and focus. There is a $3 drop-in fee.

Line Dance Fusion

Line Dance Fusion  is a great form of exercise and social interaction that  takes place at the Wilton Senior Center on Mondays, from 10:30 to 11:30. Beatriz Araujo instructs the program, which blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing. There is a $3 drop-in fee.


Join the fun and the challenges afforded by playing a variety of bingo games — 60 different configurations to be exact — at the senior center on Thursdays at noon. Each card costs 25 cents and winner takes all.

Upcoming events

For the week of Oct. 23:

  • Friday, Oct. 23, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan Devlieg.

  • Monday, Oct. 26, 10, Digital Photo Book; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Ajauro; 1, Bridge; 1, Studio Knitting.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Book Discussion with Melissa Baker; 12, Lunch; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 12:30-2. Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 1, Introduction to Bridge; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 3, Stay at Home in Wilton Meeting.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10, Watercolor; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Mah Jongg; 5, Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Session at Laurel Ridge Health Care, Ridgefield.

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 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.  We appreciate your understanding and patience.