Senior Center calendar of events: Books, probate and more

The Shelton Senior Center offers classes, workshops and support to area seniors. The center is located at 81 Wheeler Street. Information: 203-924-9324. Some classes are for members only; others are for members and non-members alike.

Hot Topics — Held the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., beginning Thursday, Oct. 10. Members only.

Membership meeting — Held Friday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. All members welcome. Minutes from the previous meeting are posted on the membership board, as well as the agenda for this month’s meeting. Refreshments available.

October birthday party — Held Friday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. Cost: $4. Music by Vinnie Carr. Tickets on sale at the reception desk. Tickets will be sold up until the Wednesday at noon before the party.

Book club — Meets Friday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. The book discussion: October, The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls; November, Tea Is for Trespass by Sue Grafton; December, One Good Turn by Kate Ackinson and January, Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. Members only.

Dental hygiene — The Fones School of Dental Hygiene comes Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. Joanna Trigilidas, coordinator of public health services for the Fones School of Dental Hygiene and the students from the dental program will provide intraoral dental and oral cancer screenings. They will speak about dry mouth and sensitivity of teeth. Information regarding their Fones Dental Clinic and services/costs will also be available. Non-members welcome.

Maintaining your vision — Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Faridi from Eye Physicians & Surgeons PC. Faridi is a Board-Certified comprehensive ophthalmologist with fellowship training in glaucoma. His areas of expertise include medical management of glaucoma, innovative surgical and laser treatment of advances glaucoma and small incision cataract surgery. He will discuss common eye diseases that occur with age, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Non-members welcome.

Caregiver sessions — Held Thursday, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. The evening’s topic is Alzheimer’s/Dementia presented by Maria Tomasetti, director of the Alzheimer Connecticut Chapter. A light supper provided. Register by calling 203-924-9324. Reservations will be taken up to the Tuesday before the event.

Elder law — Tuesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m., for session “Health Care Directives.” Non-members welcome.

Hearing maintenance — Precision Hearing Specialists provide members with free hearing maintenance at the center the fourth Tuesday of each month, 10:30 to noon. This month is Oct. 22. Appointments are necessary, call 203-381-9555 to schedule. Non-members welcome.

Concert rehearsal — Tuesday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m., is dress rehearsal for the Wednesday concert. Band Jam is cancelled for Oct. 22 for set-up, and ballroom aerobics is cancelled Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Around the World in 60 Minutes — Fall concert Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m., for an afternoon of songs from around the world. Lunch available from 11:45-12:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the concert. Non-members welcome.

Art show — View paintings and drawings on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., done by the senior center class.

Halloween Party — Friday, Oct. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. Menu is pumpkin ravioli, chicken piccatta, rice pilaf, broccoli and carrot medley, candied pecan salad, roll and butter, cupcakes, tea or coffee. Cost: $15. A Halloween costume contest; prizes given for the funniest and most original. Music by Vinnie Carr. Tickets on sale Monday, Oct. 7, until the Wednesday before the party.

Blood pressure screening — The Emergency Care Institute of Bridgeport Hospital will conduct blood pressure screenings Monday, Oct. 28, 12 to 2 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Probate Myth Busters — An informal session by Fred J. Anthony, probate judge of Shelton on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. Anthony will lead a discussion of the probate process in Connecticut and allow opportunity for questions. Non-members welcome.

Balance screening program — Marta Rarey from Physical Therapy of Southern Connecticut will be at the center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. for a balance screening program. She will discuss changes that occur in bodies as we age that could affect balance, and what you can do to decrease the risk of falling. Non-members welcome.

Anniversary celebration — Party for the party’s 43 anniversary, Friday, Nov. 8, at noon. Begins with a toast to the center, eat assorted cheese and crackers, baked stuffed filet of sole with crabmeat stuffing, loin of pork with ginger glaze, red garlic mashed potatoes, string beans almondine, candied pecan salad, roll and butter, cake, coffee or tea. Music by Vinnie Carr. Cost: $20. Set-ups and ice provided. Tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 11.

Veterans salute — Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon, when the senior center salutes veterans. The luncheon menu includes: lasagna, antipasto, Meatballs, bread and butter. There will a special dessert for veterans and attendees. Cost: $15. Any member (who is a veteran) attending will receive their ticket at no charge. Veteran members requesting a free ticket to our event are asked to make a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project. Music by Vinnie Carr. Tickets are available Friday, Oct. 18.

Food donations — The senior center will be accepting non-perishable food donations during October and November to help St. Vincent De Paul provide holiday baskets. St. Vincent De Paul is an organization that helps families of need in the Valley. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

ONGOING

Games — Wii bowling, Thursdays at 2 p.m. Bingo, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. in the Bingo Room. Scrabble, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Members only.

Pool lessons — Available for all members. Call 203-924-9324 to make an appointment. Members only.

Lion’s International Recycle for Sight and Hearing Project — The senior center is a drop off site for old eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Information line — The center has a special telephone number to call for daily announcements, cancellations and information: 203-924-2355.

Emergency light flashers — The center provides flashing lights to help ambulance crews, police and firefighters locate homes more quickly in the event of an emergency. Supplies of the flashers are limited and available only to Shelton residents who are 55 and older. Information: 203-924-9324.

Band jam — Music and dancing Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Blood pressure screening — The Emergency Care Institute of Bridgeport Hospital will conduct blood pressure screenings at the senior center on the fourth Monday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. Non-members welcome.

Hearing maintenance — Precision Hearing Specialists provide members with free hearing maintenance at the center the fourth Tuesday of each month, 10:30 to noon. Appointments are necessary, call 203-381-9555 to schedule. Non-members welcome.

All individuals attending the senior center for activities scheduled in the monthly membership newsletter are required to be current members of the center. Members who participate in any program should sign in on the attendance sheet provided by the instructor and include their membership number. All participants need to complete a medical and physical activity consent form. If an event allows non-members to attend, it will be announced.

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