Senior Center News: Seniors get tech-savvy with computer classes

Computer classes

Comstock Computer Learning Center, 180 School Road. Call Andrea Ragusa at 203-762-8445 to register. Classes from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beyond Beginners Word 2007/2010 (PC users only). Word 2007/2010 has a different appearance from the previous Word version you may have been using. The familiar toolbars and menus from previous versions of Word are gone. You will learn how to do the same things you’ve always done such as entering, changing, deleting, copying, pasting, underlining, aligning, saving, bulleting, and numbering in a Word 2007/2010 environment. Taught by Catherine Myers on Dec. 10 and 11. $30.

Picasa Photo Workshop (PC users only). Want to do something with all those pictures currently on your computer or those photos in your future? Google’s Picasa software lets you organize, edit, and upload your photos in quick, easy steps, and the software is free. Picasa is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. “Picasa” is a blend of the name of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, the phrase mi casa for “my house,” and “pic” for pictures. Taught by Bill Brautigam on Dec. 13. $20.

DecemberPre-holiday Seminar at Ogden House

The Pre-holiday Wellness Seminar, “Holiday Joy,” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at Ogden House, 100 River Road, Wilton. The program will be led by Judy Klinger, OTR/L, MA, an occupational therapist for the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association.

This holiday seminar focuses on creative ways to enjoy the holiday season as well as everyday life with serenity, good health, adequate rest and exercise, proper nutrition and greater joy. Ideas and samples of gifts that are helpful for one’s well-being, gentle on the planet and the wallet, and in some cases allow one give back to worthwhile causes will be highlighted.

“Topics include,” says Mrs. Klinger, “ways of filling the season with new traditions that reduce stress through the holidays and into the New Year, with special awareness for individuals experiencing major changes in their lives. Mrs. Klinger will provide a free hand-out of holiday health tips, gift sources, ideas and recipes.

These free RVNA Wellness Seminars are sponsored by the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association. For further information, please call the RVNA at 203-438-5555, Ext. 1005.

Holiday Cooking Combo

Mark your calendar for a sweet date on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center for a combination of culinary instruction and holiday cookie decorating.

Chef Ed Raposa will conclude his “Soup ‘n’ Sumpin’” series with an Italian cuisine. Following Chef Ed’s demonstration, Bonnie Leavy-Mello, marketing director for Laurel Ridge Health Care Center of Ridgefield, will host the Cookie Decorating segment of the day’s luncheon. The cookies, decorative toppings, and icing are compliments of Laurel Ridge Healthcare.

Join us while we listen to holiday music, enjoy lunch and decorate cookies. Just bring your creativity! Reservations required: 203-834-6240.

Eliminate stress and learn to relax

To awaken the sleeping teacher inherent in all of us, learn the simple steps of self-hypnosis with Sonia Katz. In a recent interview, Ms. Katz explained: “It is a skill that can be easily understood and implemented. I have used this knowledge for more than 40 years and want to share this with you. Join me for a workshop of fun and relaxation whatever your age or experience. This is a positive step to improving the quality of your life. After all, hypnosis is really focused concentration.”

Ms. Katz studied hypnosis with Dr. Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters. Ms. Katz will teach you how to plant the proper suggestions in the unconscious mind to achieve a deep state of relaxation and take control of your life.

Sessions take place on Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. in the Senior Center Lounge. Participants sit in chairs (straight back or sofa style) for the gathering. Fee: $5 per class.

New Bridge groups forming

Two new bridge groups are forming at the Senior Center. If you would like to play, please call the contact person. Monday Bridge from 1 to 4 p.m. will be organized by Nerina Klobas, 203-210-5624 and will take place every Monday. Chicago Bridge will be organized by Dorothy Wright, 203-762-8567 and will take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Additional bridge groups playing at the Senior Center are: Duplicate Bridge, first Wednesday of the month, organized by Lois Bruce, 203-762-5818; Duplicate Bridge, third Tuesday of the month, organized by Maureen Turnier, 203-762-9386; Contract Bridge, every Friday, organized by Eleanor Mihailidis, 203-762-8720; Drop-in Duplicate Bridge, every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday) of the month, supervised by Dan DeVlieg ($5), 203-834-6240; Beginner Bridge Lessons, Friday afternoon for eight weeks, taught by Dan DeVlieg, ($75), 203-834-6240.

Connecticut Energy

Assistance Program (CEAP)

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 $31,863; a couple’s maximum income may not exceed $41,667. Income includes wages, social security, pension, rental income, child support and interest. Homeowners must have less than $10,000 in savings including IRAs and renters less than $7,000. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Social Services at 203-834-6238.

Move, strengthen and stretch

Fridays, 10 to 11 a.m., $3 per class. Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County provides this light aerobic movement class. The exercises promote heart health with light weights for strength and gentle stretching to tone your body. Julienne Camhi, instructor.

Line dance fusion

Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $3. This program blends traditional dance steps with elements of modern line dancing. Waltz, mambo Italiano, Charleston, Lambada, samba, electric slide and tango all rolled into one to keep your feet moving and your heart pumping. This is a great form of exercise and social interaction. Beginners as well as experienced dancers are welcome. Beatriz Araujo, instructor.

Coming Events

All activities take place at the Senior Center unless otherwise specified. For the week of Dec. 7:

Friday, Dec. 7: 10, Move, Strengthen and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge; 1:30, Beginner Bridge; 1:30-3, Free Swim for Seniors at the Wilton Family Y.

Monday, Dec. 10: 9:15, Enhance Fitness with Denise Suarez; 9:30, Beyond Beginner’s Word; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Monday Movie: Black Tights; 1, Bridge with Nerina, 203-210-5624 (call to play).

Tuesday, Dec. 11: 8:30, Cholesterol Screening at Visiting Nurse and Hospice (by appointment only); 11:15, Cooking with Chef Ed Raposa and cookie decorating with Bonnie; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 1, Comstock Knitters and Crafters; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Dec. 12: 10, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan; 12, Chicago Bridge with Dorothy; 12, Lunch at Ogden House followed by “Celebrate with Joy and Ease;” 1:30, Mah Jongg.

Thursday, Dec. 13: 9, Enhance Fitness; 9:30, Picasa Workshop with Bill Brautigam; 10, Yoga with Denise; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 2, Eliminate Stress with Sonia.