Falls Avenue Senior Center – August 2014

Falls Avenue Senior Center events for area adults 55 and older follow. Most require reservations, which can be made by calling 860-945-5250. Please speak with a staff member when calling as the senior center does not accept voice-mail reservations. The center is at 311 Falls Ave. in Oakville, Conn.

Book club

The center’s book club will review “Paris Wife” by Paula McLain Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. Next month’s novel is “Etched in Sand” by Regina Callera. That discussion will take place Sept. 8. New members are welcome. Reservations are not needed.

Strength, sculpt and tone

The center’s free, 30-minute strength, sculpt and tone exercise class meets every Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. While sculpting and improving strength and balance, participants work muscles to tone them and get some cardiovascular training at the same time. Kimberly Johnston of Fitness at the Edge in Middlebury teaches this class. Reservations are not required. The class is funded by a grant from the East Hill Woods Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation.

Chair Yoga class

NancyLynne Velezis, a certified Yoga instructor and Watertown resident, is offering a complimentary chair Yoga class Thursday, Aug. 7, at 9:30 a.m. The program, set to Big Band music and other favorites, incorporates gentle, slow arm stretches, knee raises, wrist rotations and shoulder rolls to invite better circulation and release stress. If there is enough interest, this class will be offered on a regular basis at the cost of $2 a class (instructor fee). Reservations are required by Aug. 6.

Avoid dehydration

Think before you drink! Learn how water works in the body and the warning signs of dehydration at the Staying Hydrated presentation Thursday, Aug. 7, at 9:30 a.m. This interactive class will include a refreshing beverage and help you identify healthier beverage choices. Reservations are required by Aug. 6.

Foxwoods trip

The senior bus will head to Foxwoods Casino Monday, Aug. 11, at 8 a.m. Individuals being picked up at their residences should expect the bus around 8:15 a.m. The cost of $10 covers transportation only. Once at the casino, participants are responsible for their own expenses, including lunch or snacks.
The bus will leave the casino for the return trip to Watertown promptly at 2 p.m. and will not stop for dinner. Reservations are required by Aug. 8. Please make your reservation in person because payment is due when you make the reservation. Limit 20.

Cheerleader demonstration

The Watertown High cheer squad will demonstrate some of their cheers and teach a few as well Monday, Aug. 11, at 9:30 a.m. WHS alumni and all other enthusiastic adults are invited to view the squad’s skills and have some fun. Reservations are required by Aug. 8.

Cooking class

Chef and wedding planner Corky Plourde will conduct her monthly cooking class Thursday, Aug. 14, at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are required by Aug. 11.

Ask the nurse

Thursday, Aug. 14 from 11 to 11:30 a.m., this program sponsored by Beacon Brook Health Center will provide a registered nurse to meet individually with you and answer your medical and prescription questions. No reservations are required.

End-of-Summer Dance

A Rockin’ Robin End-of-Summer Dance Party featuring vocalist Dave Mindell will be held Friday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m. Reservations are required by Aug. 14. Admission is a dessert to share.

Social services information

Jim Dunn from the Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging will provide one-on-one assistance with social services questions and needs Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Adults 55 and older seeking social services assistance are encouraged to meet with Dunn to find out what programs are available for older adults. No reservations are needed.

Guiding Eyes presentation

Maribeth Stolfi, Peter Vaccaro, Day Palmer and a few guide dogs from the Central Connecticut region of Guiding Eyes will be at the center Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. Learn about this organization that breeds, raises and trains dogs for vision-impaired persons. It is one of the few that provide dogs to vision-impaired persons completely free of charge, even though the dogs cost Guiding Eyes $45,000 each to breed, raise and train. Reservations are required by Aug. 19.

Reflexology session

Certified reflexologist Kim Stewart will offer 20-minute reflexology sessions for hands or feet Thursday, Aug. 21, from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. The cost is $15. Reservations are required by Aug. 20.

Naturopathic medicine talk

Dr. Craig Pannone of The Center for Natural Medicine in Watertown will speak about naturopathic medicine Friday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. He will offer an overview of the profession, the principals and modalities of naturopathic medicine, general information about naturopathic doctors and common conditions seen in clinical practice. Pannone has a special interest in helping people with fatigue, low energy, stress, sleep issues, skin conditions, depression, anxiety, substance additions and chronic pain. Reservations are required by Aug. 21.


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