Quantcast

There’s So Much To Do At The Orange Senior Center

 Around Town, Home, Latest News, Today's Events  Comments Off on There’s So Much To Do At The Orange Senior Center
Feb 192021
 

High Plains Community Center

Dennis Marsh, from the Orange Senior Center, today released this news and list of events that the Center is offering this year.            

Senior Center 

All senior center activities, classes are limited, and trips are canceled. Please check the senior center website at www.orange-ct.gov/782/community-services for further information. Or feel free to call the senior center office at (203) 891-4784.

 

New Software

During the Covid quarantine, we stayed busy. Orange Community Services installed new software. So, come by and receive a key tag to use at a new kiosk which will be in the HPCC front lobby. You will use the key card to sign in for classes, activities and volunteering, and other activities. 

Virtual Classes

If you would like to participate in David Chandler’s Tai Chi via Zoom—call the office with your email and we will ask the instructor to email you an invite.

If you would like to participate in Chair Exercise while at home, visit the Town Website at Orange-ct.gov, and under Departments, you will see a link to the Senior Center. There you will find the Chair Exercise video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XklI-X6K7jc. Chair Exercise has resumed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am. Details are subject to change as warranted. 

Hiking Group Returns

Join us for the return of the Hiking Group! Marianne Bauer and Judy Fitol will lead you on a 2 mile-ish, 1-hour walk every Thursday at 10:00 am. Facial coverings required.

March 4: Race Brook Tract 839 Racebrook Rd, Orange

March 11: Fitzgerald Walking Trail 112-126 Beecher Rd, Woodbridge

March 18: Orange Triangle Trail 842 Mapledale Rd, Orange

March 25: Naugatuck River Greenway Division St, Derby by BJ’s Wholesale Club

 

Classes

In order to begin to reopen the senior center for activities, we must adhere to state guidelines. At this point in time, we must wear facial coverages and practice 6 feet of social distancing. All classes must be signed up for in advance in the senior center office. 

Some classes are coming back, and others are planned to be back

Afghan Ladies 4th Monday at 1:00 pm in Senior Lounge. The next meeting is on January 25.

Bocce on hold for the winter.

Chair Exercise Mon, Wed & Fri at 11:00 am with Anne in the Gym

Fitness Tuesday at 8:30 am with Danielle in Cafe

Laughter Yoga meets Wednesday at 11:00 am 

Yoga Monday with Andrea at 9:00 am in room 3 & 5 

Yoga Wednesday with Andrea at 9:30 am in room 3 & 5 

 

Arts & Crafts with Suzanne

Join us for a fun-filled St Patrick’s Day Themed Arts & Crafts class with Suzanne on Monday, March 8 at 12:00 noon. Class size is limited to 10 people. Pre-registration is required. Call 203-891-4784 to sign up. 

 

Book Club via Zoom

The monthly Book Club meeting has moved onto Zoom. If you wish to participate, email Paula Samuel for a Zoom invite at paula.samuel7@gmail.com

 

Movie of the Month

March 15, 3:00 pm, Far & Away. Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. A young Irish couple flees to the States, but subsequently, struggles to obtain land and prosper freely. Due to Covid, space is limited. Social distancing and facial covering guidelines must be observed. Individualized drinks and snacks will be served. Limit to 11 people. Call 203-891-4784 to register.

 

 Frozen Meals

There is a special meal program consisting of a box of 5 frozen meals during the Covid-19 pandemic. We can deliver the meals, or you can come by and pick the meals up. Delivery is only available to Orange residents. Call the office to complete an application. A suggested donation of $3 per meal would be greatly appreciated. 

Community Services has an Emergency Food Bank available for Orange residents in need. Call (203) 891-4788 for assistance. 

 

AARP Safe Driving Courses

AARP announced that all in-person AARP activities have been canceled through September 2021. AARP Smart Driver online course is an alternative, especially for those who need to renew their car insurance discount. AARP has extended their special 25% off discount through the end of the year. Website: www.aarpdriversafety.org

 

Legal Clinic

We are resuming our Legal Clinic services. Attorney Floman DePaola’s office will conduct appointments via telephone on the first Wednesday of the month. Appointments will be for 1/2 an hour beginning at 9:00am. Please call the senior center at 203-891-4788   to schedule an appointment. We will forward the schedule to the Floman DePaola office who will then contact you at the scheduled time. Please be home for the appointment. 

AARP Tax 

AARP Tax Program has returned in February. We host 2 days: Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to Noon. Be sure to bring with you last years tax return. Clients will go to room 15 and the tax preparers will come in to gather your information and process your return in another room. They will bring the return back to you prior to submitting. Due to AARP Covid requirements clients and volunteer tax preparers are to remain separated.

 

Remember, we will be maintaining social distance and wearing facial coverings. Seating is limited due to Covid so you will need to register for an appointment at (203) 891-4788.

 

TRIPS

It is very hard to predict trips for 2021 with Covid concerns. But I would like to be optimistic that things will be more normal. I would like to offer the members some of the trips that Lilly Tours has to offer.

 

April 11—AMERICA’S MUSIC CITIES with Collette Tours. (considerable walking).

 

May 8 – NEW YORK CITY FOOD TRIP, you will experience the culinary traditions and history that form the backdrop for many of these fabulous edible treats. $85 per person due at registration. (some walking).

 

June 15—ROARING 20’s MYSTERY TRIP with Friendship Tours, (some walking).

 

July 25 – BASEBALL HALL OF FAME, It is every fan’s “Field of Dreams” with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation. $139 per person due at registration. (considerable walking).

 

August 19—SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, BAVARIA with Collette Tours. (considerable walking).

 

September 1 or 2 AMARANTE’S ENDLESS SUMMER, with Friendship Tours (minimal walking). 

 

September 20—PAINTED CANYONS OF THE WEST, with Collette Tours. (considerable walking). 

 

September 24 -27 NIAGARA FALLS, One the most desired tourist destinations in the world. $829pp for double due at registration. (considerable walking). 

 

October—OKTOBERFEST @ KRUCKERS, with Friendship Tours. (considerable walking). 

 

Oct 6 – NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE SURF & TURF, show TBD. Enjoy a great buffet, a wonderful play at a fun-filled Cabaret! $95 per person due at registration. (minimal walking).

 

November 10—USO TRIBUTE SHOW @ GRAND OAK VILLA, with Friendship Tours. ( minimal walking).

 

December 4 – STURBRIDGE VILLAGE “CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT”, a celebration of favorite holiday traditions, music, and food. $173 per person due at registration. (considerable walking).

 

December 8—EDWARDS TWINS HOLIDAY SHOW @ AQUA TURF, with Friendship Tours. (minimal walking).

News and Upcoming Event Listings From The Orange Senior Center

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on News and Upcoming Event Listings From The Orange Senior Center
Feb 282020
 

High Plains Community Center

From the Orange Senior Center:

Senior Center Weather Policy

Classes are canceled when the Orange School System closes due to weather. If there is a school delay then only those classes during the delay are canceled. WTNH 8 is the official station for weather cancelations. If you have any questions contact the Senior Center at (203) 891-4784.

Pasta Festa Returns

Join us on Friday, May 15 from 5 – 8pm at the High Plains Community Center for our annual Living Treasure Award Ceremony. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of this year’s Living Treasure Awards. Winners of the raffle will go home with some great prizes donated by individuals and local businesses. Tables of 8 to 10 are available. Please let us know if you would like to donate a prize for the raffle. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 1 at $25 per person.

Peck Place Prom

Peck Place School will host 10th Annual Senior Prom at the Peck Place School on Friday, April 24 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. There will be a buffet style lunch and beverages. This is an actual prom with music and dancing, at no charge, just RSVP to (203) 891-4784. 

How to Help Your Children – A Must Attend Presentation!

Join us on April 6 from 1-3:00pm, for a panel discussion to walk through the steps of an illness or accident through the recovery process. All the players will be here to present: OVNA, Orange Health & Rehab, CT In-Home Ass., & Floman DePaola. Call to reserve a seat. Coffee and a snack to be served. 

Hartford Healthcare’s Dr. Lahav Joint Pain Presentation

Join us on April 14 from 6-7:30pm in the Cafe when Dr. Lahav of Hartford HealthCare will present Joint Pain. Please RSVP at midstatemedical.org/events or call (203) 891-4784. Coffee and snack to be provided.

Volunteer Recognition Cabaret

Allow us to celebrate all you do on April 20, 12:30-2pm with a Volunteer Recognition Party. All volunteers are   invited for a special party for us to say thank you for all you do. Cake and thank you from 12:30-1:00, Jose Pablo will entertain from 1:00-2:00pm with his Caribbean Explosion Show! To RSVP call (203) 891-4784.

Total Care to Host Family Feud 

We had so much fun when we played the Feud! Since we have more questions, Matt of Total Home Care has agreed to come back on  Monday, April 27! Just be sure to call us so we will know how much food to get. We will start at 1:00, let’s get ready to Feud!

Beginner Pickleball

So you always wanted to learn how to Pickleball but don’t know how. Come join us for a free beginner Pickleball class on April 15 from 1-2:00pm. All the equipment will be provided. Call (203) 891-4784 to register.

Maplewood Monday

The next Maplewood Monday with Chef Leif and his culinary delights will be April 27 at 2:00pm. Your taste buds are sure to be pleased! Call (203) 891-4784. We are very fortunate to have an Assisted Living in town.

Orange Arts & Cultural Council free Bus to the Symphony 

The orange Arts & Cultural Council are offering a free bus service from High Plains Community Center to Woolsey Hall, New Haven on Sunday April 17 to see Mendelssohn & Brahms. Bus departs High Plains at 6:45pm. To reserve a seat call (203) 397-8915.

New Haven Chamber Orchestra

Join us on Saturday, May 9, 2020 for Mozart Figaro overture with the New Haven Chamber Orchestra which will be performing at the Fair Haven School. Park at High Plains and ride with us into New Haven for this free concert. Call (203) 891-4784 to register. Departs at 1:00pm.

Trip to Long Wharf Theater and Brazi’s Restaurant

Quick, sign up while the getting is good. The Senior Center will be hosting a trip the Long Wharf Theater to see The Chinese Lady on April 8, 2020 with lunch beforehand at Brazi’s Italian Restaurant. Price is $75 if you drive yourself or $80 if you take the senior van. For more information, call (203) 891-4784.

Classic Movie of the Month

Join us for Classic Movie of the Month: “Maleficent”, April 3 at 1:00 p.m. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land. Popcorn and soda to be served. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784. 

Movie of the Month

Join us April 17 for “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” at 1:00pm. A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. Popcorn & soda to be served. Call to reserve a seat (203) 891-4784. Be prepared, it is a 2hour 41min movie.

Documentary & Discussion

Join us for “Weiner” on April 24 at 1:00pm. An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner‘s mayoral campaign and today’s political landscape. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784. Popcorn and soda to be served.

Wellness with Shop Rite

Join us on April 6 at 12:00pm in the Senior Lounge when Shop Rite of Orange’s Registered Dietitian, Courtney Huggins, RD will create a healthy dish to sample.

Beginner PC

Josh will teach a 4-week Intermediate iPads/iPhones class on Wednesday April 1—22. Class fee is $20. Class time is 5pm-7pm. 

Griffin Hospital/Parish Nurse Van

Take control of your health! Come on the RV and have Griffin Hospital RN’s take your blood pressure. High Blood Pressure may have no symptoms at all. Be informed. They will teach you what the blood pressure normally should be and what your reading means. Have an apple also. They will be at the Orange Senior Center on April 28, the 4th Tuesday of the month. 

Afternoon Fun!

Arts & Crafts on Monday, Name 5 or Scattergories on Tuesdays, Mexican Train Dominos on Wednesdays, Bingo on Thursdays, Scrabble on Fridays at 1:00pm in the Cafe. So be sure to come on out and join us and be part of the fun!

Movie Club

Join us as Jonathan Stein leads on a celluloid adventure! Our group will discuss a current movie playing locally. We will then meet to critique the film as we discuss the script, acting, cinematography and directing. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 3pm in the Senior Lounge

Hot Lunch

The Orange Senior Center offers a lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30am – 12:00pm. A $3.00 donation is suggested for persons 60 years and over. To register call (203) 891-4765 before 1pm, the day before.

TRIPS

THE CHINESE LADY—Join us on this Senior Center  Trip at Long Wharf with lunch at Brazi’s April 8, 2020. Meet Afong Moy, a 14-year old girl who traveled to the US, first with the Carne Brothers and then with P.T. Barnum. Her performance educated others about life in China. Cost: $75pp if you drive yourself, $80pp if you take the senior center van. Limited spaces on the van. Includes transportation, lunch, show, & driver gratuities. Full payment due at registration. (Some Walking).

ALL SHOOK UP at the Westchester Theater – no  minimum trip April 23, 2020. After lunch, sit back and watch a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl’s dream of adventure and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather   jacket, guitar-playing stranger helps a small town discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Cost: $117pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, & driver gratuities. Full payment due at registration. Minimal Walking).

HUDSON VALLEY ELEGANCE – T & A Tours trip April 30, 2020. Bring your appetite to the Culinary Institute of America located high above the Hudson River in Hyde Park, New York. You’ll enjoy a full course lunch in the Caterina de Medici where you will be served authentic regional Italian cuisine prepared by up and coming world chefs. Afterwards, we head to the beautifully restored Mills Mansion at Staasburgh Historic Site. This 1890’s country estate of Ogden Mills sits atop a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains. Cost: $145pp. Includes transportation, lunch, tour, and tour director. Full payment due at reservation. Pick up the bus at the exit 40 commuter lot off I-95 Milford, CT. (Some Walking).

Coming Up At The Orange Senior Center, And Other Events

 Around Town, Home, Latest News  Comments Off on Coming Up At The Orange Senior Center, And Other Events
Sep 282018
 

High Plains CC

Dennis Marsh, from the Orange Senior Center, at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, released the following schedule of events for the coming weeks.

AARP Smart Driving Course
The next AARP Driver’s Training course will be Thursday, November 1. The cost of the “AARP Smart Driving Course” will be $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.
Call the senior center to sign up.

Wellness with Shop Rite
Join us on Monday, November 5 from 12:00 in the Café when Shop Rite of Orange’s Registered Dietitian, Courtney Huggins, RD will create a healthy dish to sample.

Veterans’ Appreciation Cabaret
Join us on Wednesday, November 7, from 1:30—3:00pm to enjoy Lyman Orchard Pies and the musical entertainment by T-Bone! Just let us know you are coming so we will buy enough pies. (203) 891-4784.

Arts & Crafts with Suzanne
Join us on Mondays at 1:00 pm for crafts. Come for the fun, stay for the company. Let us know that you are coming at (203) 891-4784 and we’ll supply the project!

Family Feud with Utopia
Matt from Utopia will join us once again on Monday, November 19 to host the Family Feud. We have had so much playing every time that this is a can’t miss event! Just give us a call at (203) 891-4788 to let us know you are coming.

Scattegories
For a fun time, join us for Scattergories. This free game time opportunity is Tuesdays at 1:00 pm in the Café. Come on down and spend some time with us.

Mexican Train
For a fun time, join us for Mexican Train Dominos. This free game time opportunity is Wednesdays at 1:00 pm in the Café. Just come on down and have some fun! 🙂

Classic Movie Friday
Join us for Classic Movie of the Month is Fields of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones on November 9 at 1:00 pm. Popcorn and soda to be served. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784.

Movie of the Month
Friday, November 16, “Hostiles”, at 1:00 pm, starring Christian Bale and Wes Studi. In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory. Popcorn to be served. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784.

Scramble
Scramble plays every Friday at 12 noon. All levels welcomed they would love having you join them.

Hot Lunch
The Orange Senior Center offers a lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. A $3.00 donation is suggested for persons 60 years and over. To register call (203) 891-4765 before 1 pm, the day before.

Introduction to Computers – Learn from an Expert!
Josh from the Town’s IT department has agreed to teach a 4-week Introduction to Computers class for the senior center. The class will be on Thursday, Nov 1—Nov 29 with no class on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. Class fee is $20. Class time is 9:00 am to 11:00am.

Movie Club
Join us on a celluloid adventure! Our group will discuss a current movie playing locally. We will then meet to critique the film as we discuss the script, acting, cinematography and directing. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month at 3 pm in the town conference room at the HPCC.

TRIPS
WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATER—PHANTOM. November 8, 2018. This is a no minimum trip. Lunch is included. You will receive a choice of entrée upon arrival. After lunch, sit back and relax as you watch the musical Yeston & Kopit’s Phantom. Phantom is the longest running show in the 44-year history of Westchester Broadway Theater—39
weeks sold out. Cost: $105 pp Includes transportation, Lunch, Show, and driver’s gratuity.
Minimal Walking. Full payment due at registration.

NEW SPECIAL PICK UP LOCATION

MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE—”Broadway’s Longest Running Show” November 22, 2018. This spectacular and colorful parade winds through the streets of Manhattan in one of New York’s most anticipated events Cost: $73 pp. Includes transportation. Extensive Walking. Full payment due at reservation. Pick up the bus at
the Baldwin Center, 100 W Broad St, Stratford CT.

WHITE CHRISTMAS @ the Aqua Turf. December 10, 2018. This a no minimum trip.
Enjoy the Holiday Music of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra performed by Rob Zappulla & his Big Band. Prepare to sing along and enjoy. Family Style lunch: Salad, Pasta, Chicken Parmesan, Scrod and more. Cost: $90pp Includes transportation, Lunch, Show, and driver’s gratuity, minimal walking. Full payment due at registration.