Baldwin Center senior calendar: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Bobcats in Connecticut presentation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Bobcats in Connecticut presentation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Baldwin Center calendar

Mondays-Fridays, 8:30-4

1000 West Broad Street

203-385-4050

Friday, Oct. 27 — 9 CARES, driver safety, 9:30 zumba, mahjongg; 10:15 yoga; 11:30 chair yoga; 11:45 lunch; 12:30 cards; 1 Baldwin Players show, pokeno, ping pong, tap, oil painting.

Monday, Oct. 30 — 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. 31 — 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, Nov. 1 — 9 CARES, strength; 10 zumba, book group, tai chi; 11 Qigong, DIY studio, bobcats; 11:30 piano; 11:45 lunch; 12:30 men’s poker, Wii bowling; 1 writing.

Thursday, Nov. 2 — 9 CARES, aerobics; 10 sittercise, 9-1-1; 10:30 line dance; 11 yoga; 11:45 lunch; noon reflexology; 12:30 Wii bowling; 1 chamber orchestra, ping pong, pickleball.

 

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.

 

Blood pressure screenings

Free blood pressure screenings will be provided by Porter and Chester Institute nursing students Tuesday, Oct. 31, 9-noon. No appointment necessary.

 

Bobcats in CT

Bobcats in Connecticut presentation focuses on the natural history of bobcats in Connecticut, an overview of bobcat habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts Wednesday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. Bobcat artifacts will be shared with the audience. Mountain lions will be discussed. Speaker and certified Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn has provided more than 100 presentations across the state and assisted DEEP with several wildlife research projects. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee and dessert provided. To register, call 203-385-4050.

 

9-1-1

J.P. Sredzinski, public safety dispatch supervisor for the Town of Stratford talks about 9-1-1 procedures and what to expect when you call 9-1-1 Thursday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. Learn how calling from a cell phone differs from a landline. Emergency medical dispatch, police and fire operations will be discussed. Sign-up at the front counter or call 203-385-4050 to register.

 

Poetry in Motion

Linda Cammarota, licensed geriatric RN and director of care management at Sovereign Home Health will share her collection of poems reflecting life, nature and memories Wednesday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. She has written about 30 poems over the past 20 years. After the reading, Linda will write a poem with the group on the topic of their choice. The poem will be copied and distributed to all. Sign-up at the front counter or call 203-385-4050.

 

Tales of New England

Professional storyteller and actress, Monica Peterson will present Tales of New England Thursday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. Peterson will share historical stories of bravery, foolishness, love, and a touch of the supernatural. The audience will travel back in time to meet a heroine of the American Revolution, see a ghost ship, and explore the legend of Charter Oak. Peterson has entertained at the JFK Presidential Library, the Connecticut Storytelling Festival at Connecticut College, New Haven’s Waterfront Festival, and more. Refreshments served. For tickets, at $3, stop by the Baldwin Center office.

 

Hearts of Hope workshop

Hearts of Hope Foundation, Inc. has created a movement of hope accomplished through healing art for the benefit of those in need. More than 80,000 people have received their services and hearts since this program began. These “tangible prayers” have reached more than 70,000 people in hospitals, cancer centers, the military and communities like Newtown, Boston, Charleston and Orlando.  

Paint a ceramic heart and learn more about Hearts of Hope at a workshop Monday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. No experience or supplies necessary. Cost is $5 per heart. Program facilitated by Connie Lester, president of Hearts of Hope, Stratford CT Chapter. Stop by the Baldwin Center office to register.

 

Medication review

Nicole C. Palin, PharmD, pharmacy manager at Stratford’s Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center, will be providing a medication review Thursday, Nov. 16, 10-noon. Bring current medications in a brown bag and learn about their common uses, side effects and interactions with other medications. To register, call 203-385-4050 or stop in the Baldwin Center office.

 

Panama Canal history

Learn about the Panama Canal’s history, construction and operation through photographs Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1 p.m., Stratford Library’s Lovell Room. Speaker Henry Banville cruised the canal in January 2009 and will share his engineering and travel experiences. Discussion is part of the Stratford Lifelong Learners series: American Expedition. Free and open to the public.

 

Estate planning

John Massih, Elder Law and Estate Planning attorney, and principal at Harlow, Adams and Friedman, P.C. in Milford, will share his knowledge Thursday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. Learn how you can protect your hard earned life’s work from being lost due to the high cost of long term health care. In addition, learn the truth about the cost of care. Sign up at the front counter.

 

Phantom at Downtown Cabaret

The Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre in Bridgeport is offering a senior matinee on Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. for Phantom. Tickets, at $25, are discounted for seniors. Limited transportation is available. For more information, call 203-385-4050.

 

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., began 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Qigong

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 ct.gov/ctvg. Applications also are available at Baldwin Center Main Desk, and can be submitted to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.

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