In a few weeks, residents of Wilton and the surrounding area will celebrate Senior Community Day. Join us at the Comstock Community Center on Sunday, Sept. 15, for the Senior Community Day festivities, a perfect venue for adults of all ages to become informed about area opportunities for senior citizens. This biannual event attracts an audience of 200-plus older adults from Wilton and the surrounding communities who are interested in maintaining and improving their quality of life. It has brought successful results to businesses, agencies, and groups serving the growing senior population of Fairfield County. The Comstock Community Center is just off Route 7 and has ample parking. This event offers educational sessions, antiques appraisals, entertainment, and light refreshments. Enjoy the music, ask Peter Curran to appraise your antiques and memorabilia, stroll through the exhibit area, and relax with light refreshments in the café. Plan to come and take advantage of this great opportunity on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1 to 3:30.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County offers this free, ongoing community education program open to those caring for a loved one with memory impairment at their i.park office at 761 Main Avenue on the Wilton-Norwalk border. Refreshments will be provided. Reservations are needed. Please call 203-762-8958.
In this workshop, social worker Kristin Carpenter, will offer insights and the opportunity to discuss ways to deal with social challenges that a caregiver encounters with friends and family members when caring for a loved one with memory impairment. It will take place Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:30 to 7, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 761 Main Avenue. Information: 203-762-8958.
As our population ages gracefully, pursuits and interests that previously seemed unexciting are viewed in a different light. There is a shift away from punishing physical stress and toward the refinement and nourishing of the intellect. Bridge is a perfect example of this phenomenon. It combines mental exercise of the reasoning faculties, the short- and long-term memory centers, the planning and collation skills, social interaction techniques, and other mental calisthenics useful in everyday life. This class is for the player with very little or no bridge experience.
Fridays beginning Sept. 27, 1:30 to 3:30, $75 for the eight-week series. Reservations required; class size limited.
Duplicate bridge with Dan
Duplicate bridge is a form of contract bridge in which contestants play identical cards, with each deal being scored independently, permitting comparison of individual scores. For all levels of play. This is not a sanctioned game. Dan DeVlieg will supervise.
Wednesdays beginning Sept. 4, 10 to 12:30, $5 drop-in fee. Reservations required.
There are several mah jongg groups which meet regularly at the senior center. If you would like to play, please call the following contacts:
• Monday, 1:30 — Nerina Klobas, 203-210-5624
• Second Tuesday, 2 p.m. — Kay Chann, 203-762-9026
• Fourth Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. — Gayle Rhoeder, 203-762-3784
Barbara Jones from the Wilton Library has prepared a wonderful reading series for the coming year at the senior center. Each session begins at 11 on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Lunch ($3) is served at noon. Books are on reserve at the Wilton Library. Call the senior center 203-834-6240 to reserve a place.
Judson Scruton will lead a discussion of The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden by Stanley Kunitz, Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The author, Stanley Kunitz, twice named Poet Laureate of the United States, was not only a distinguished poet but also an ardent gardener. Throughout his long life (1905-2006) he created poetry and tended gardens. The Wild Braid, published in 2007, explores personal recollections, the creative process, and the life cycle.
Comstock Writers Group
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? Leading the group is Magdalen Livesey, an editor and writer living in Wilton. Meetings take place Sept. 4 and 18, and Oct. 2 and 16, from 10 to 11:30.
All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.
For the week of Aug. 30:
Friday, Aug. 30, 12, Bridge with Eleanor; 1:30, Free Swim for Seniors Y.
Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day, senior center closed.
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 10, Painting with Althea; 11, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9:45, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan begins again; 10, Comstock Writers with Magdelen Livsey; 12, Duplicate Bridge with Lois; 1:30, Mah Jongg.
Thursday, Sept. 5, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 11 to 12, Blood Pressure Screening by Visiting Nurse & Hospice; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.