Baldwin Center senior calendar: April 21-27

Baldwin Center calendar

Mondays-Fridays, 8:30-4

1000 West Broad Street


Friday, April 21 — 9 CARES, zumba, men’s club; 9:30 mahjongg; 11:30 chair yoga; 11:45 lunch; 12:30 cards, Baldwin Players show; 1 pokeno, ping pong, tap.

Monday, April 24 — 9 CARES, aerobics; 9:30 knitting; 10 strength, tai chi; 11 qigong, massage; 11:45 lunch; 11:30 Italian; 12:45 bingo; 1 ping pong.

Tuesday, April 25 — 9 CARES, zumba; 10 sittercise; 10:30 line dance; 11 yoga; 11:45 lunch; 12:10 Stew Leonard’s; 12:30 ladies poker, mahjongg, painting; 1 Golden Tones, feng shui, pickleball; 2 reiki; 2:30 painting.

Wednesday, April 26 — 9 CARES, strength; 10 zumba, book group; 11 Qigong, hat craft; 11:30 piano, French; 11:45 lunch; 12:30 men’s poker, Wii bowling; 1 writing.

Thursday, April 27 — 9 CARES, aerobics; 10 sittercise, Drazen; 10:30 line dance; 11 yoga; 11:45 lunch; 12:30 Wii bowling; 1 Chamber orchestra, ping pong, pickleball.


Make a Great Hat

Create a fancy hat, worthy of the Kentucky Derby on April 26, at 11 a.m. Wear it to the Kentucky Derby Party in May at the Baldwin Center and enter the hat contest. Margaret Bodell, Town Arts Coordinator, will be leading this program in the main hall. Register in advance at the Baldwin Center front desk or by calling 203-385-4050.


Feng Shui

Feng Shui study group, based on the book Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rauch Carter meets Tuesdays, 1-2:30, for four sessions beginning April 25. Feng Shui professional and Stratford resident Joan Law of Feng Shui Joan’s Way will instruct the class. Fee is $2. Sponsored by realtor Bonnie Reynolds, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty.


Compassionate Touch

Kelly Grich, licensed massage therapist, certified in Compassionate Touch, a safe and comforting type of massage, will be offering sessions at the Baldwin Center monthly on Mondays, by appointment; $15/15-minute session. Sign-up sheet will be at the Center’s front desk.


Poker anyone?

The men’s poker group that plays on Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. is looking for more players. To join, or for more information, call Tim at 203-378-3377.


Piano lessons

Piano lessons run Wednesdays at 11:30. For more information or to sign up, call 203-385-4050.


Men’s Club meeting

The Men’s Club meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Friday of every month at the Baldwin Center. New members welcome; Don Coulson, 203-375-9937.



Awaken your vital life-force energy with a combined approach of movement, breathing and relaxation Wednesdays at 11 a.m.


All levels exercise  

Classes include aerobics, zumba, zumba tone, qigong, strength, yoga, tai chi and sittercise. Cardio classes and low impact classes help with balance, coordination and flexibility. Visit the center and pick up a current schedule or try out a class; Lauren Donovan, 203-385-4050.


Strength training

Classes held Mondays, at 10 a.m.  and Wednesdays, at 9 a.m. Strength training in older adults improves flexibility and balance, which may decrease the likelihood and severity of falls. Increased bone density is another benefit. Bring 1-2 lb. hand weights. Registration not necessary. Class fee is $1. Open to the senior community.


Men’s Club seeks members

The Stratford Senior Men’s Club is looking to expand its membership. The group gets together to bowl, play bocce, pinochle, etc. Club meets twice a month at the Baldwin Center. They host speakers that cover topics ranging from hobbies, sports, history, local news, health and more. Information: Don Coulson, 203-375-9937.


Laugh therapy

Laugh therapy can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and can give an overall feeling of well-being. Laughter increases blood flow just as cardio exercise does with the same benefit. It is the easiest form of meditation and brings instant relaxation. In addition, studies have shown laughter increases immune-boosting antibodies. No experience or physical ability necessary. Instructor (and Baldwin Center member) Mary Torres will have you laughing. Classes are held the first and third Monday of each month. No registration necessary. Fee $2 per class.


CARES program

Stratford Senior Services is accepting new participants for its CARES program. CARES is a social model activities program designed for older adults who may have a memory impairment or are physically too frail to participate in the programs at the Baldwin Center. The program provides seniors with a variety of therapeutic recreational activities within a supervised and structured environment.

The C.A.R.E.S. Program is housed at the Raymond E. Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street. Program hours are Monday-Friday, 9-3:30. Participants are provided with a continental breakfast in the morning, a hot lunch in the afternoon, and snacks. Programming includes music, exercise, trivia and other word games, and activities that help individuals with balance and hand-eye coordination.

Cost to attend the C.A.R.E.S. program is $15/day for Stratford residents, and $20/day for non-Stratford residents. For more information, call 203-385-4050 or 203-385-4055 and ask for Erin or Diane.


Tap dancing

Led by a Stratford Dance Academy Instructor, $4/class. Call for the date of the next six-week session.


Monday bingo

The Baldwin Center offers bingo in the main hall on Monday afternoons at 12:45. Bingo cards are .50 cents per card or three cards for $1. Several different games are played. Any senior age 55 and older may attend.


Dakim BrainFitness

Easy to use, computer-based program designed specifically for adults exercises six essential cognitive domains in every session and self-adjusts the level of challenge for each user in each domain, so everyone receives customized therapy. It is the number one brand of brain fitness in America’s senior living market and has been shown to significantly improve memory, both immediate and delayed, and language skills as it strengthens attention, focus, and concentration. To schedule a session, call Lauren Donovan, 203-385-4050.


Spanish class

Instructor Cindy Brand offers a beginners class which includes speaking and culture, as well as vocabulary and grammar, Tuesdays, 11 a.m., $2, 203-385-4050.


Wii bowling

Play every Wednesday and Thursday, 12:30. Additionally, group competes against other senior centers in the area. No experience required.


Italian classes

Conversational Italian taught by Anna Sincavage Mondays, 11:30, Baldwin Center library. Class fee: $2, 203-385-4050.


Sikorsky Teamsters of Stratford

Meets second Wednesday of the month, 11, Union Hall, 150 Garfield Ave. Bette, 203-375-7313 or 203-243-5633.


Free Internet

Stratford Senior Services offers free wireless connection to the Internet at the Baldwin Center Coffee Shop weekdays, 9-3.


CT Veterans Wartime Service Medal

Established by the 2005 General Assembly, any veteran who served at least 90 days during wartime and was honorably discharged is eligible for the medal. Visit Applications also are available at Baldwin Center Main Desk, and can be submitted to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.

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