All senior center activities and 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.
During the Covid quarantine we stayed busy. Orange Community Services installed a 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.
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 Fridays at 11:00am. 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 Road, Orange
March 11: Fitzgerald Walking Trail 112-126 Beecher Road, Woodbridge
March 18: Orange Triangle Trail 842 Mapledale Road, Orange
March 25: Naugatuck River Greenway Division Street, Derby by BJ’s Wholesale Club
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 1:00pm in Senior Lounge. Next meeting is January 25;
Bocce on hold for the winter;
Chair Exercise: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 11:00am with Anne in the Gym;
Fitness: Tuesday at 8:30am with Danielle in Café;
Laughter Yoga: meets Wednesday at 11:00am;
Yoga Monday: with Andrea at 9:00am in room 3 & 5;
Yoga Wednesday: with Andrea at 9:30am 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 email@example.com.
Movie of the Month
March 15: 3:00pm, Far & Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle 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 11 people. Call 203-891-4784 to register.
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 its special 25% off discount through the end of the year. Website: www.aarpdriversafety.org.
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 ½ hour beginning at 9:00am. Please call the senior center at 203-891-4788 to schedule an appointment. We will forward the schedule to Floman DePaola office who will then contact you at the scheduled time. Please be home for the appointment.
AARP Tax Program returned in February. We host 2 days: Wednesday and Friday from 9:00am to Noon. Be sure to bring with you last year’s 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.
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 20s 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).
October 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).
December4—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).