Senior Center News: Oct. 8

Legislative update

State Reps. Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Tom O’Dea (R-125) will host a legislative update for Wilton residents interested in finding out about new laws affecting seniors that were passed during the previous legislative session. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A. All interested Wilton residents are encouraged to attend on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 3 to 4, at the senior center.

Flute performance

Musician Chris Merwin will introduce and play the shakuhachi, a bamboo flute from Japan, on Friday, Oct. 16, at 11:15, at the senior center. The shakuhachi was once used strictly for Zen meditation, but is 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. Reservations: 203-834-6240; fee: $5.

Hearing Loss Association

The next meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Southwest Connecticut Chapter, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 1:30 to 3 at the Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, Norwalk. Gary Hare from Hearing Loop Systems of Connecticut will present the latest information about induction hearing loops, which improve the overall performance of many hearing aids. This meeting begins the 17th season of the Southwest Connecticut Chapter. The meetings are free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

Fresh Eye

Home stager and organizer Kathy Engstrom is back with Interior Design on Friday, Oct. 16. She will show participants how to transform an ordinary room with minimal additional purchases. Bring pictures — from all angles — of the room you wish to work on and a floor plan.
On Oct. 16, she will help you Conquer the Clutter. Both classes are from 10:30 to 12:30 and registration is required for each. Fee: $10 per session.

Fall Harvest Festival

Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center will present a Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 11 to 3, at 439 Danbury Road.
Local vendors will display a variety of 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 will enjoy the Kiddie Corner with petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and crafts. This event is open and free to the community.

Senior volunteers

The Senior Volunteer Program will hold its annual boutique on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11 to 1, at Ogden House, 100 River Road. Proceeds benefit the charitable works of SVP. Lunch ($3) is served at noon. The program 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. Call Dell Overby, Wilton coordinator, at 203-762-0520 for more information.

Comstock Writers

The group will meet Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10 to 11:30. Participants write on a myriad of topics of interest to them from family history to politics, the arts, travel or gardening. Leading the group is Magdalen Livesey, an editor and writer living in Wilton.

Coming events

For the week of Oct. 9:
Friday, Oct. 9, 10. Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 10:30, Interior Design; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg.
Monday, Oct. 12, Columbus Day, Senior Center closed.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 10, Acrylics and Oil with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 2, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House; 3, Rep. Gail Lavielle and Rep. Tom O’Dea with the Legislative Update.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10, Watercolor; 10, Comstock Writers with Magdelen Livesy; 10, Open Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 1, Library Downloads with Melissa Baker; 1, Mah Jongg;
Thursday, Oct. 15, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew Church; 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.