Baldwin Center senior calendar: Oct. 13-19

Pumpkin decorating, socializing and seasonal refreshments Monday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m.

Baldwin Center calendar

Mondays-Fridays, 8:30-4

1000 West Broad Street


Friday, Oct. 13 — 9 CARES, 9:30 zumba, mahjongg; 10:15 yoga; 11:30 chair yoga; 11:45 lunch; 12:30 cards; 1 Baldwin Players rehearsal, pokeno, ping pong, tap, oil painting, movie.

Monday, Oct. 16 — 9 CARES, aerobics; 9:30 knitting; 10 laugh therapy, strength; 11 qigong; 11:30 Italian; 11:45 lunch; 12:45 bingo; 1 ping pong.

Tuesday, Oct. 17 — 9 CARES, zumba tone; 10 sittercise, belly dancing; 10:30 line dance; 11 yoga, Spanish; 11:45 lunch, 12:30 ladies poker, mahjongg, painting; 1 Golden Tones, pickleball; 2 reiki, feng shui; 2:30 painting.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 — 9 CARES, strength; 10 zumba, tai chi; 11 Qigong, DIY studio; 11:30 piano, German; 11:45 lunch; 12:30 men’s poker, Wii bowling, Elderberries; 1 writing, AARP.

Thursday, Oct. 19 — 9 CARES, aerobics; 10 sittercise, Medicare; 10:30 line dance; 11 yoga; 11:45 lunch; noon reflexology; 12:30 Wii bowling; 1 chamber orchestra, ping pong, pickleball.


Gentle flow yoga

Gentle yoga is a slow paced mat class incorporating breath and body awareness to create a calm relaxing environment. Focusing on proper form and alignment will allow one to receive maximum benefit. Poses are geared to stretch the body and release stress. All will be woven around each individual according to personal needs. An 8-week session runs Fridays, 10:15 a.m., in the main hall beginning Oct. 6. Fee is $2. Sign up.


Feng shui

Feng shui study group, based on the book, Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rauch Carter, led by Feng Shui professional and Stratford resident Joan Law of Feng Shui Joan’s Way Tuesdays, at 2 p.m., beginning Oct. 17 for five sessions. Fee $2.

Learn how you feel affects your environment/your environment affects how you feel.  

Sponsored by Susan Krushinsky, Senior Real Estate Specialist — William Raveis Stratford Office. For more information or to register call 203-385-4050.



The Elderberries will provide an afternoon of musical entertainment Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 12:30 p.m. in the Baldwin Center Main Hall. The local group will present music from the 30s, 40s and 50s, and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Synergy HomeCare. Sign-up at the center’s front desk or by calling 203-385-4050.


Medicare talk

Hospital observation vs. admission will be explained as well as safe discharge on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., in the Baldwin Center Library. Presented by Joseph Violetta, CLTC, Bankers Life & Casualty Company, Milford. There will be Q&A session following the presentation. Sign-up at the front counter or register by calling 203-385-4050.


Pumpkin decorating

Pumpkin decorating, socializing and seasonal refreshments Monday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. Orange pumpkins, paints and decorating tools will be supplied. Sample designs will be available for inspiration or you can choose to decorate your pumpkin as you wish with a fall theme, Halloween theme, or with a traditional jack-o-lantern face. Fee: $5. Sign-up in advance.


Tracks, Trails and Treasures

Chuck Oakes is an actor, model (the Stetson model) and entertainer. Chuck will take visitors for an adventure through “The Old West” with stories, songs and video clips Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m. Explore ghost towns, mining camps and historic railroads of the vintage American West.

Program is part of a Stratford Lifelong Learners series: American Expedition, free and open to the community. Group is co-sponsored by Stratford Senior Services and the Stratford Library.


Halloween dinner party

Music by Vinnie Carr and a buffet supper from Vazzy’s Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2:30-5:30. Costumes encouraged; prizes will be awarded. Dinner, dancing, raffle prizes. Party will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Center. Tickets, at $18 or $35 for two, must be purchased in advance. Call Helen, 203-375-1921.


Driver safety

Stratford Senior Services will host a driver safety program developed by AARP on Friday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Advance registration is required; call Mike Klein, 203-929-4851.


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, and more. The club meets twice a month at the Baldwin Center. They host speakers who cover topics ranging from hobbies, sports, history, local news, health, and more. For more information, call Bob Mastroni, 203-362-5675.


Belly dancing

Learn how to belly dance Tuesdays, 10 a.m., began Oct. 3, for eight weeks. Dress comfortably and for safety go barefoot or wear socks with slip resistant soles. Class fee is $2. Sponsored by Executive Care in Stratford.


German for beginners

Lessons offered Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., through Oct. 25. This is topical with grammar lessons. There will be listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises. Internet websites will also implement the course. A self-teaching book, Barron’s Learn German with audio is recommended for purchase, obtainable through local bookstores.

A fee of $2 will be collected for paperwork/ink teacher-prepared material each lesson. Instructor is Zoli Toman.Registration is not required.


Card players wanted

Are you interested in playing pay me, pokeno, left-right-center or dominoes? Stop in the Baldwin Center coffee shop on Friday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. and join a group with similar interests.

Poker players: women play on Tuesday afternoons at 12:30 in the coffee shop and men play on Wednesday afternoons at 1 in the upper level.


Tai Chi

Tai Chi can help with arthritis, coordination and balance, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Classes are held every other Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the upper level, all-purpose room.



Improve circulation in all parts of the body with Qigong Monday and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Qigong is a breathing practice developed thousands of years ago. It promotes physical relaxation and mental calmness. Advance registration not required. Class fee $1. Contact the center at 203-385-4050 for more information or class dates.


Tap dance

Tap continues at the Baldwin Center on Fridays, at 1 p.m. in the main hall. Cost is $5 per class. Lessons are lead by Deborah Maida, Stratford Dance Academy co-owner and co-director. Registration is not necessary.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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