Senior Center News: Oct. 9

Studio Knitting

What’s that? Studio Knitting is a non-structured gathering moderated by Lizabeth Doty in which each participant chooses his/her own project, practicing knitting skills already possessed and learning new ones.  Ms. Doty assists each individual, critiquing and demonstrating various knitting techniques. The focus is on completing a project or venturing forth to find a new one! You’ve never knitted before and want to learn?  This is the group for you! This “loosely knit” group meets on the second Tuesday and fourth Monday of the month at 1, in the Crafts and Arts Studio at the senior center. Come by and see what it’s all about!

SVP boutique

Wilton Senior Volunteer Program volunteers, under the direction of Del Overby, contributed many hours of time to the community in the past year. This volunteer service augmented staff time in various agencies and assisted in fundraising. Service hours included administration assistance, help with special events, educational programs, flu clinics, bloodmobiles, kindergarten registration, and emergency preparedness training. These volunteers created hand-crafted items which were donated to social service agencies in Wilton and those in need in the greater southwestern Connecticut community. Items included lap robes, bibs, hats, mittens, and scarves.

SVP will have items for sale at its annual boutique at Ogden House, 100 River Road, Wilton, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 11 to 1. Proceeds from this sale buy needed supplies for hand-crafted projects that are donated to the community. Please support this sale.

Energy assistance

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. Liquid assets include checking, savings, CDs, stocks/shares, bonds, annuities, certificates of deposit and individual retirement account. The purpose of the liquid assets test is to try to ensure that winter heating assistance dollars go to households most in need; that is, to people without the financial means to heat their home. For homeowners, the first $10,000 in liquid assets, and for other households, the first $7,000 in liquid assets, is disregarded. Any amount over that limit, when added to the annual gross income, must be below the income guidelines.

The program officially begins Nov. 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Social Services at 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 Oct. 10:

Friday, Oct. 10, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim at the Wilton Y.

Monday, Oct. 13, Columbus Day, Senior Center Closed.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 10, Acrylics and Oils with Althea Ericcson; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12:30, Mah Jongg with Nerina Klobas; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters; 1, Beginner Bridge; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan; 11-12, Senior Volunteer Program Boutique Sale at Ogden House; 11:30, Tai Chi with Julienne Camhi; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by Songfest #1; 1, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 9:30, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11:45, Western Connecticut Geriatric Meeting at the Senior Center; 12, Lunch at St. Matthew; 12, Studio Drawing with Martha Talburt; 2, Eliminate Stress with Sonia Katz.