Senior Center News: Sept. 22

Book discussion

Judson Scruton will lead a discussion of several poems from The Poets Laureate Anthology, edited by Elizabeth Hun Schmidt, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 11, in the senior center. The group will read Frost’s The Silken Tent, Eberhart’s Coast of Maine, Untermeyer’s Upon Washington Bridge, and Jacobsen’s Hourglass.

Lunch ($3) is served at noon. Books are on reserve at Wilton Library. Brochures describing the entire 2016-2017 season are available at the senior center and the library.

Introduction to bridge

Another Introduction to Bridge class is forming, with classes taking place on Fridays beginning Oct. 7, from noon to 1:30 with instructor Michael Hess. This class is for the player with little or no bridge experience. The cost is $95 for the 10-week series payable at the first class. Call 203-834-6240 to reserve a place. Early registration is encouraged as maximum capacity is anticipated.

Play reading

Come join the play reading group on Monday, Oct. 3, to kick off the new season with an introductory reception in the café. Andrea Ragusa moderates the play reading and discussion group at the senior center on the first Monday of every month from 12:30 to 3. Participants are invited to take a role or just read along and join in the discussion of the play afterward. Copies of each play are available in advance at the senior center.

We will read two plays on Oct. 3:

  • Trifles by Susan Glaspell was written in 1916 and is loosely based on true events of the time. A sheriff and his men carry on the official investigation while the female friends of the murder victim’s wife carry on their own investigation. The women discuss past pains and losses that parallel those the widow has suffered. The play symbolizes how men run women’s lives controlling and silencing them as the murder victim silenced his wife.

  • The Ugly Duckling by A. A. Milne is a one-act play about a princess who is very plain or appears to be so because of a spell put on her at birth. According to the spell only the eyes of a true love will reveal her beauty. Her parents plan to marry her to a prince from a far-away place who doesn’t know what she looks like. He doesn’t feel he is handsome enough to marry a princess. This comedy involves an insanely dull-witted pair of pretend prince and princess.

Renter’s rebate

Sept. 30 is the deadline for elderly renters and totally disabled renters to file for the state’s annual renter’s rebate program. Under this program, they may be eligible for a rebate of up to $900.

Elderly applicants must have been 65 years of age by Dec. 31, 2015; have rented in Connecticut for at least one year; and have income for 2015 of less than $35,200 if single and $42,900 if filing married. There is no age requirement for totally disabled renters; however, all remaining requirements are the same as for elderly renters.

Eligible renters should visit the assessor’s office between 9 and 4, Monday through Friday. Renters must bring proof of income, including their Federal 1040 tax return, Social Security 1099 statement, rent receipts and utility bills for the year ending Dec. 31, 2015. Totally disabled renters must also bring proof of disability.

If you have questions, please call Anna in the Assessor’s office at 203-563-0121.

Coming events

For the week of Sept. 23:

Friday, Sept. 23, 10, Feldenkrais with Cathy Paine; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Intermediate Bridge with Michael Hess.

Monday, Sept. 24, 9:30, Coffee and Clay; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion; 12, Movie; 1, Encore Bridge.

Tuesday, Sept., 27, 9:45, BeMoved with Phyllis Hirschfield; 10, Acrylics and Oil Painting with Althea Ericsson; 11, Book Discussion with Judson Scruton; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch;  12:30, Mah Jongg with Kay Chann; 12:30 to 2, Blood Pressure Screening at Village Market; 1, Studio Knitting with Lizabeth Doty; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9:30, Sewing at Ogden House; 10, Open Bridge with Michael Hess; 10:30, Tai Chi with Joe Alampi; 10:30, Watercolor; 1, Mah Jongg; 1, Pet Portraits with Cindy Sinor.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 10, Drawing with Martha Talburt; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo; 12:30, Pencil Drawing with Martha Talburt.