Newsletter: January 2018

Trends & Traditions: Madison Senior Center Newsletter
January 2018

Dear Friends,
With the New Year we are introducing a Membership Fee for both Madison residents and residents of other towns. Starting January 1st, we will introduce the new fees. Below is an explanation as to how the fees will work. 


MADISON MEMBERS  (MM) will pay a $15 annual membership fee and continue to pay for programs and lunch as you currently do.  
NON MADISON MEMBERS (NMM) will pay a $20 annual membership fee as well as the $10/nonresident per program fee. Day trips and Overnights will not have a nonresident fee.

All seniors will have to pay the membership fee prior to participating in programs or lunch at the Senior Center
The dollars that are collected from the membership fee will go towards continuing to provide energy assistance and meals on wheels to Madison residents in need.  The funds will also be used to provide you, the Members, new entertainment, special events and much more throughout the year.  If you are a Madison resident and cannot afford the fee, please contact me or Heather Noblin.  If you have questions regarding this new initiative, please feel free to speak with a staff member.

As a reminder, the Senior Center will closed on January 1st and 15th in recognition of New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Day.
I hope you have a wonderful 2018. We look forward to navigating the New Year with you and we will be by your side every step of the way.  
Happy New Year!
Austin Hall,
Director of Senior Services


MADISON SENIOR CENTER

29 Bradley Road, Madison, CT 06443
PHONE: (203) 245-5627
FAX: (203) 318-0670
WEBSITE: www.madisonct.org/seniors
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4pm
SENIOR CAFÉ:  (203) 245-5627
DIAL-A-RIDE (203) 245-5695
Operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. 48 hour notice required.
MUNICIPAL AGENT FOR THE ELDERLY(203) 245-5687

SENIOR COMMISSION

Vice-Chairs Dr. Gerard Kerins
Wendy Oberg
Members James Ball
Craig Bernard
Sheri Puricelli
Dale Kach
Lori Murphy
The Senior Commission meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Senior Center. The next meeting will be
January 11th,  2018 at 5:30pm

SENIOR CENTER STAFF

Director of Senior Services.. Austin Hall
Asst. Director  Heather Noblin
Program Coordinator  Ellie Gillespie
Receptionist Peggy Zambarano
Chef . Kevin Wolfe
Server Amy Butler
Server Laurie Bragg
Dishwasher  Dan Lux
Bus Driver:  Michael Rand
Bus Driver:  Helen Sneider
Bus Driver:  Dennis Marron
Bus Driver:  Tina Macero

JEWEL IN THE CROWN

The Jewel in the Crown was adapted for television in 1984 from the four novels by Paul Scott, The Raj Quartet. This stunning series is set in northern India in the last uneasy years of British rule, when rioting and violence heralded the granting of independence. It is the story of the men and women of both ruling and ruled classes trying, amidst the turmoil, to come to terms with the drastic changes taking place around them. Their lives will never be the same again. The Jewel in the Crown has won 23 major awards including a Primetime Emmy in the USA and five awards (including Best Drama Serial) from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Showing Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 3rd ― Feb. 21st at 1pm. The first episode is 2 hours, all the rest are an hour.FREE



Living with Animals

This is a group for all of us who live with animals and couldn’t
imagine life any other way. We will discuss the joys and sorrows, and problems and privileges of animal companionship, the latest trends in care and feeding and share our collective knowledge and wisdom of life with animals. The group will meet on the third Tuesday of the month, and will be facilitated by Ellie Gillespie. Please register for this group.
Tuesdays beginning January 16th at 1pmFREE



Lunch with Tom

Come enjoy lunch with our First Selectman, Tom Banisch. Tom joins us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month to have lunch and chat with
Madison seniors. Bring your questions, concerns and compliments.
Tuesday, January 16th, at 11:30am    PLEASE REGISTERLunch Fee: $4


Mah Jongg Game Play

It’s a game of skill, strategy and a certain degree of chance. Lots of opportunities to play at MSC.
Mon.: 11:30-3:30pm ô Wed.: 9:30-3:30pm ô Thursdays: 9:30-3:30pm
Fri.: 9:00-11:30am All are welcome!

Ongoing Activities at the Senior Center

Bridge   Thursdays & Fridays  1 – 4pm, 11:30 – 1:30pm
Canasta Tuesdays  1 – 3:45pm
Coloring Club  Wednesdays  1:30 – 2:30pm
Hand & Foot   Fridays  1:30 – 3:45pm
Cribbage  Mondays  1 – 3pm
Knitting  2nd & 4th Mondays of the month  3:30 – 6pm
Poker  Mondays & Wednesdays  12:45 – 3pm
Men’s Poker  Tuesdays  12:45 – 3:45pm
Quilts of Joy  Tuesdays  1:15 – 3:30pm
Walking Club Mondays – Wednesdays 10am


Messages from the Municipal Agent

Be On The LOOKOUT

Please be on the look out for the 2017 income tax documents. You may need these whether you are planning to file income taxes or not. Be sure to save them. New benefit letters for Social Security are usually mailed in the middle of
December. Be sure to keep these as well. This will act as your current proof of income.

Holiday Food Baskets

Each year Madison Community Services collects donations from area residents to help make the holidays a little extra special. Holiday Food Baskets are available for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. They are filled with all the fixings that make holiday meals great. Please let me know ASAP if you would be interested in receiving a delivery.  

CONNECTICUT ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Helps to offset heating expenses during the winter. All fuel sources welcome to apply. An applicant must meet income & asset guidelines. Income and assets are counted for ALL members living in the home. Asset limit for homeowners is $15,000 & for renters is $12,000. Proof of all income, rent, & utility expenses, & bank statements for the month prior to the application date are required.  
Monthly Income: Single: $2,863, Couple: $3,745

MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM

As Part of the new Connecticut Budget this program has been drastically cut.  The  new guidelines do not begin until March 1st, 2018, however the State Legislature is scheduled to meet after January 1st, 2018 to review and possibly change these guidelines.  For the most up to date information regarding this program or for contact information for your local representatives to let them know how important this program is to you, please contact the Senior Center.

Membership Fee Assistance Program

If you are a Madison Resident and can not afford the annual membership fee of $15.   The Madison Senior Center will waive the annual fee for those folks who qualify under the Connecticut Energy Assistance Guidelines.  Please contact Heather Noblin for assistance.  

MADISON SENIOR CENTER DINING PROGRAM ASSISTANCE

The cost of the lunch program is $4.00 per meal. We understand that the cost could be burdensome for some seniors and we have developed the following guidelines for assisting those who cannot afford to eat at the Senior Center each day. We will use Energy Assistance guidelines to help us determine what level of assistance you can receive. Please see the guidelines listed below:
IncomeNumber of Possible Meals Subsidized Per Week <$1005/Month4 meals/week maximum $1006–$1,257/Month3 meals/week maximum

MADISON COMMUNITY SERVICES     FOOD PANTRY

The food pantry is operated by Madison Community Services, available for those residents who need the assistance. The Pantry is located at Orchard Park off Mungertown Rd. and is open on Wednesdays from 11:00am–3:00pm. Transportation is available, bus pick up  will be around 12:30pm.
Food Pantry Homebound Delivery - If you are unable to leave your home but would like to use the pantry, arrangements can be made to have a delivery to your house. Please contact Heather for more details.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Join VNA’s Caregiver Support Network expert, for an interactive, confidential support group. Share experiences, discuss ideas and problem-solve with other caregivers. Discuss different options such as: Curative, Palliative or Hospice Care. Discover ways to be mindful in healing from grief. Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Madison Senior Center. Tuesday, January 16th, 11–12pm    Please Register.FREE

AARP INCOME TAXE$


Get Free Help with Your Tax Return
AARP Certified Tax-Aide counselors provide free income tax preparation assistance for low-and-middle-income taxpayers of all ages, with special attention to those 60 & older.  Taxpayers MUST bring copies of their 2016 tax return.
Appointments will be on Tuesdays from 10am - 3pm beginning Feb. 6th —Apr. 10th. Please book your appointment with consideration to the arrival of all of your financial documents. Taxes will be prepared by appointment only.
Please call (203)245-5627 starting in the middle of January, to make your appointment.  

When inclement weather arises, the Madison Senior Center will post closing information on your local NBC and CBS News channels. If you would like further information regarding the status of individual programs, transportation or the Center, please call (203) 245-5627.

New Bridge Class: No Trump Series
Don Brueggemann

This bridge class for advancing players will be based on More Commonly Used Conventions in the 21st Century: The No Trump Series by Audrey Grant and Betty Starzec. This book concentrates on Doubles, Overcalls, Finding Key Cards, Leads and Signals and 2 Over 1 bidding. The lessons consist of discussions of the material in the book and a set of hands prepared in advance for the students to play based on the material covered. Minimum number of students required is 8 maximum is 20. (8 classes)
Tuesdays beginning on Jan. 9th-Feb. 27th                     10 - 11:30am   
               
Fee: MM $60|NMM $70

Introduction to Bridge                 Sarah Corning & Lee Herdle

An 8-week class that introduces the fundamentals of the game of bridge which will consist of bidding, play, and defense. This class is for anyone who wants to learn to play bridge. In addition to discussion, practice hands will be provided for actual play. Please purchase the book, Bridge Basics 1, An Introduction by Audrey Grant and bring to the first class. Minimum number of students required is 8, maximum is 16. (8 classes)
Tuesdays beginning on Jan. 9th-Feb. 27th                     10 - 11:30am                    Fees: MM $60|NMM $70

LIFESTORY

Have ever wanted to share the stories of your life but don’t know where to start? Research has shown that sharing your lifestory can bring an increase in self-esteem, resolve past conflicts and promote successful aging. The goal of the program is to help people see how sharing our stories can help us to make sense of the past, gain insight for the future and connect generations. Sharing your unique Lifestory can be a wonderful, meaningful and fun experience! This class will be presented by Ellen Luby, a gerontologist and Lifestory Guide, will take you step by step through the process of writing your Lifestory. (5 classes)

Thursday, January 4th –25that 10am                                      Fees: MM $36|NMM $46

Seminars, Series and Wellness Programs

Seniors Newcomers’ Club

Have you just relocated or recently retired to the Shoreline? We welcome you to join our newcomers’ club designed to acquaint new residents with the community. We look forward to meeting you for fun, friendship and great conversation! In January we will meet at a member’s house for a potluck lunch, followed by a movie. For more info, or to RSVP, or find out the location of the meeting, please contact Jennie at newcomersclub15@gmail.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 17th at 12 noon.

CREATIVE WRITING

Write and share your thoughts, values and life lessons with other Seniors. Stimulating topics will be suggested each session and may be expressed in prose or poetry, as fiction or creative non-fiction. Attendees should be good listeners, maintain confidentiality, with willingness to share and contribute to discussion. PLEASE REGISTER Mondays, 1-2:30pmFREE

BILLIARDS TOURNAMENT

Next tournament starts January 16th.
Sign up at Front Desk by January 11th. The schedules
will be available on January 12th after 12 noon.
Please give us a call if you are interested!

Bob Kuchta Mobile Winter Tree Identification

A cozy winter’s drive through our “gold coast” learning to identify trees by their winter bark, skeleton and naked beauty. Monday, Jan. 22nd 2pm FREE

The Nimble Thimble Needlepoint Group

Cynthia Barker, an experienced needlepoint teacher is running a needlepoint group at the Senior Center. There will be instruction and a project for beginners as well as offering a place for more seasoned needle workers to complete their unfinished projects. The group is free but the beginner needlepoint kits will have a fee of $15. Thursdays,  10-11:30am   PLEASE REGISTER  FREE
MSC Movie Matinee
Movies begin at 1pm
1/5Wonder Woman (2h 21m)
1/12The Big Sick (2h)
1/19Spotlight (2h 8m)
1/26A Dog’s Purpose (1h 40m)


ARTISTS GROUP

Come get your creative juices flowing! Join other artists to work on a current project or start one here. The group will be monitored by longtime past instructor Muriel Waldvogel. Please Register    Tuesdays,   1:30-3:30pm FREE
Judy’s Fabulous Bags!
Judy Wayland is picking up where Mrs. Wimble left off and teaching the wonderful craft of crocheting with plastic bags. You can make amazing things from fabulous beach bags to sandals to lovely purses that are selling for $50 and more. So come down and see how this is done! Thursdays at 1-2:30pm Please register for this free event.FREE

MSC ART GALLERY

The Art Gallery is a rotating gallery with a new local artist every 6 weeks. We are currently looking for new exhibitors.  If you would like to showcase your work, please contact us for information.

General Information/Ongoing Activities

LEGAL ASSISTANCE  

Thurs., Jan. 4th & 18th 9-10am
Attorneys from Cronan and Shields offer private 15 min. Counseling services Call the MSC for an appointment.

HANDICAPPED PARKING PERMIT APPLICATION  

Permit applications are available in the Senior Center office.

Meet, Mingle & Munch Social Group


Do you like to do things, but not alone? At the 3M’s social group you can join others for fun activities and events. Meet us
at 5pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at a local restaurant. Call Adele Campanelli for details (203) 245-1651

Ask the Nurse

VNA Nurse comes to MSC on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, and can check your blood pressure, pulse and weight. She can also review your medications, help you to create a medication list, help you prepare for an appointment with your doctor. PLEASE REGISTER. Tuesday, Jan. 9th & 23rd 12:30pm

DIAL-A-RIDE

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:45am to 3:30pm  (203) 245-5695 or (203) 245-5627
Transportation for Madison residents age 60 or older and disabled Madison residents over the age 18 having certification of a medical disability. Rides are given in a 14 town region for medical appointments, and personal business on a first come first served basis, so call early as we are often booked several days in advance.

MEALS-ON-WHEELS by Madison Senior Center
Meals delivered around noon to the homebound or recently recovering. Need 5 days notice & a doctor’s referral.

SENIOR CENTER BUS  Monday - Friday 9am to 3:30pm A fixed route service to the MSC, downtown, and grocery shopping

TECH SUPPORT

Have an iPad or a smart phone and don’t know how to use it?  Get all your questions answered for free at the Madison Senior Center. The Scranton Library Teen Advisory Group and Madison Youth & Family Services will be offering free learning sessions. Teen Volunteers will be available to answer your questions.
Monday, Jan. 29th at 4pm
Please register with Kirsty Smith at the Scranton Memorial Library (203) 245-7365, to receive updates regarding cancellations.

MASSAGE THERAPY

Loosen up those tight muscles and get the blood flowing with a twenty minute chair massage. Let an experienced massage therapist help you achieve your wellness goals and feel better in the process . Teresa Resnick, LMT since 1984
Friday, Jan. 5th and 19thFee: MM$24|NMM$34   Call Senior Center for appointment.
Hearing Clinics
Nancy Jablonski, from Audiology Concierge will be at the Madison Senior Center every month, for free hearing testing, hearing aid checks, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations. Monday, Jan..8th By Appointment Only

Stress Busters

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Most people would welcome less stress in their life. Would you? Join us to learn techniques and strategies to better manage your everyday stress throughout the year and have resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on. They are easy to learn methods such as deep breathing, meditation, and positive affirmations and a Guided Relaxation will be included in each session. Free Intro Class: Wednesday, January 3rd at 10:30am.  5 Session Class:  Wed., Jan. 10th - Feb 7th 10:30am Fee: MM $36|NMM: $46 Please register for these events.

Health Talks

Foot Care: Join Mary Jane Fegan, PT, DPT, GCS for a presentation on foot care. She will discuss common foot problems and provide you with useful tips on how to keep your feet healthy so you can participate in life’s fun activities.
Thursday, Jan. 25th at 10:30am          Please register for this free event Free
Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis program coming in March

DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Begin the session with a mini-lesson with the Director. The games that follow will be “supervised,” questions about bidding or plays as you play the hands are allowed. Come with a partner, if you can’t find a partner, you can call the Director to be paired with someone. Dir: Connie Graham (860) 505-7833 Fridays, 12:15–3:30pm Fee: $6/class

Exercise & Health Programs
Exercise With Patty Velleca

SENIORS IN MOTION

Seated and standing exercise. Increase muscle tone, joint flexibility, & cardiovascular strength.
Mondays - 10:30–11:30am   Jan. 8th - 29th(no class 1/1, 1/15)   MM$18|NMM$28   3 Classes   Minimum Needed: 7
Wednesdays - 10:30–11:30am   Jan. 3rd - 31st5 Classes Minimum Needed: 7 MM$30|NMM$40
Fridays - 10:30–11:30am  Jan. 5th - 26th    4 Classes   Minimum Needed: 7  MM$24|NMMR$34  

EXERCISE & RELAX YOGA

Hatha Yoga is used to increase circulation and relaxation. Yoga postures provide deep tension release, self- control, and they increase energy.
Mondays - 9:30–10:30am   Jan. 8th - 29th(no class 1/1, 1/15)   MM$26|NMM$363 Classes Minimum Needed: 5
Tuesdays 9:30–10:30am  Jan. 9th - 30th (no class 1/2)  4 Classes  Minimum Needed: 5   MM$34|NMM$44  

CHAIR YOGA

A gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair intermingled with mindfulness and meditation.
Wednesdays - 1–2pm   Jan. 3rd - 31st   5 Classes  Minimum Needed: 8  MM$27|NMM$37

TAI CHI

T’ai Ch’uan is a gentle way to nourish body, mind, and spirit. The slow movements can improve health, vitality, balance, and concentration. (5 classes).Instructor: Suzanne Hanley
Mondays, Jan. 8th - Feb. 12th (no class 1/15)  9-10amMin. Needed: 9   Fee: MM$27|NMM$37

No Excuses Tap Dance Club

Tap dancing is not only great exercise, it’s also great for your memory, sequencing skills, large and small motor skills, balance, core muscle work, right and left brain work, a great workout, and fun too! Dancers get together to practice weekly without an instructor. Thurs. from 11am-12 noonFREE Tap shoes & registration required.
Instructor Annette Smith will be here on: Thurs., Jan. 11th  Fee: MM$12|NMM$22

Walkie Talkies

If you are tired of walking alone and want to meet other walkers. Walk with us weather permitting on Mon. & Tues. at the MSC at 10am. We will be walking the Madison section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail on Wednesdays at 10am, starts at Hammonassett State Park. A new parking area is now available just east of the main entrance, on Route 1.

Ballroom Line Dancing

Reminisce with songs and dances you love, enjoy the memories they evoke while having fun and getting fit.
Instructor: Karen Pfrommer  (6 classes)
Current Class:  Monday, Feb. 26th-Apr. 2nd   2-3pm Minimum: 6 Fee: MM$36|NMM$46

Meditation with Beth

Meditation is a practice that refreshes the mind, expands your capacity for happiness, well-being, love, creativity and ease. Learn to live your life with less stress and anxiety and create more clarity, focus, compassion and joy. A regular practice of meditation creates changes in the brain physiology and can alter our genes! This course is designed for both new meditators and for experienced meditators.  (4 classes) Min. enrollment: 8 Tuesday, January. 9th - 30th
at 10:30amFee: MM$30|NMM$40

Book Club

The next meeting will be Thursday, January 11th, discussing A Gentleman in Moscow, and Thursday, January 25th, discussing When the Moon is Low. Meetings begin at 1pm. Please Register.

The Eighteen Movements Chinese Exercises for Health

Come and learn The Eighteen Movements, an easy to learn sequence of exercises that will help increase flexibility and strength while promoting circulation, cultivating balance and reducing stress. You will leave class feeling energized, relaxed and smiling! Wear loose comfortable clothes. Maureen is a National Board Certified acupuncturist with years of experience teaching exercise. (Min. 14 students needed) (6 classes) Thursday, Jan. 11th-Feb. 15th at 10am
Fee: MM$40|NMM$50

Madison Senior Center Day Trips

Mohegan Sun Friday, January 12th

Every turn leads to a new adventure. Food vouchers & bet coupons included. To register for the Mohegan trips: The Mohegan trip take place on the second Friday of every month. Madison members may sign up starting on the Monday following the trip. Non Madison members may sign up on the Thursday following the trip. You do not need to wait for the month in which the trip is taking place, to register.  Depart MSC at 9am. Fee: $7


Mohegan Overnight GetawayGetaway ToursWednesday, January 24th - Thursday, January 25th

Upon arrival you will receive your bonus package and check into the hotel, Mohegan Sun’s hotel accommodations are nothing less than extraordinary. Standing 34 stories tall with 1,200 luxury guest rooms and suites, this hotel has been designed to set a new standard of excellence. The remainder of the day is yours to gamble, enjoy the many fine restaurants, extraordinary shopping and luxurious day spa. Day two you can enjoy breakfast on your own and another day of gambling, shopping and relaxing, returning home in the afternoon. A great break from winter without leaving CT.   Fees: Double: $163.00  pp   Single: $228.00 pp, Triple: $153.00 pp (Fee includes the Round-Trip transportation, Hotel Accommodations, Buffet Vouchers (2), $20 Free Slot Play, taxes and Baggage Handling, and Drivers Gratuity)

CT Flower and Garden ShowGetaway ToursThursday, February 22nd

Today you will begin your day at Dakota Restaurant to enjoy your choice of Prime Rib (cooked medium only), Mesquite Grilled Salmon or Wood Grilled Chicken served complete with all the trimming, including their famous salad bar. Please let the Senior Center know your entrée choice when you register. After lunch you will head over to the Flower Show at the Convention Center. The theme this year is “A Breath of Spring” and the Convention Center will be transformed into a breathtaking event for floral and garden enthusiasts alike. There will be over 300 booths and 1200 square feet of landscaped gardens, design and horticulture competition by the Federated Garden Clubs of CT. The Flower Show will be sure to brighten your day and lift you out of the winter doldrums! Departure time to be determined.Fee: $84

“Exit Laughing” Newport PlayhouseFriendship ToursMonday, April 9th

This unique dinner has been a favorite since 1983. You will enjoy a great buffet with a wide variety of Salads, Hot and Cold Entrees, Desserts and Beverages. Paul Elliott’s gentle comedy “Exit Laughing,” is a bit like “Golden Girls” meets “Steel Magnolias.” It features three lifelong, bridge-playing friends in the South dealing with a crisis that turns humorously uplifting. They know how to push each others buttons but clearly are the happiest when they are together. After the play, return to the dining room for the Cabaret Show. Depart MCS at 9am return at 6:30pmFee: $87

The Edwards Twins at the Aqua Turf ClubFriendship ToursMonday, May 21st

The world-famous Edwards Twins are The Number One impersonation act in the world. You will think you are seeing and hearing the real superstars right before your very eyes. From Barbara Streisand, Sonny & Cher, Andrea Bocelli, Bette Midler, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond and more, all in one show! Coffee and Donuts upon arrival. The Family Style Menu will include Garden Salad, Chicken à la Kathryn & Broiled Scrod with Cracker Crumb Topping, Vegetable, Potato, Rolls, Dessert, and Beverage. Departure time TBDFee: $ 78


We have lots of great adventures in store for you this year, including a guided tour of the UN, a NYC Ballet performance with a special trip backstage to meet one of the dancers, a visit to the Tenement Museum and much, much more so keep your eyes peeled for more details in Trends and Traditions.

Madison Senior Center Travel Adventures

Escape to Acadia National ParkMaine—Tours of DistinctionMore information coming soon

Canyon Country, Arizona & Utah Collette ToursSeptember 6th - 13th

8 days, 10 meals: (6 breakfasts & 4 dinners) Explore the most famous canyons of the American West on a journey featuring three national parks. Begin in colorful Scottsdale where you will join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner with real cowboy flair. Delve into the region’s Native American heritage during a chat with a local tribe member. Learn about the region’s various tribes; their history, traditions and modern experiences. Then on to Sedona. Soak in the imaginative atmosphere and colorful vistas while browsing the arts and crafts shops of the marketplace. Admire Oak Creek Canyon, where the rock formations seem to change hue with every turn in the road. Later, travel through the spectacular Kaibab National Forest before reaching the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. “Grand” is not a strong enough word for today. This morning, take the time to explore the Grand Canyon. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “This is one of the great sights which every American, if he can travel at all, must see.” Behold those same breathtaking views as we travel along East Rim Drive. Later, a short ride brings you to Cameron Trading Post. For nearly a century, the post has acted as a haven for travelers, traders and explorers. Continue north through mesa-studded desert before arriving at your home for the next two evenings – a lovely hotel overlooking the stunning blue waters of Lake Powell. Begin your day with an invigorating breakfast cruise along lovely Lake Powell. You can choose to travel through the territory of the Navajo nation and arrive in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a sacred Navajo land featuring iconic sandstone spires; enjoy a fascinating tour, narrated by a Navajo tribe member and a stop at a Hogan, a traditional Navajo hut. Or you may take a canyon adventure cruise through the wondrous geologic formations of the Navajo and Antelope canyons. Later we will enjoy dinner in Lake Powell and some time at leisure. The following day you will travel to spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, famous for its Hoodoos. These rock formations, created over thousands of years by wind and water, carry natural orange and red hues, the product of iron oxidizing within the rock. Zion National Park is our next destination. In sheer magnitude and color, few places on earth match the beauty of Zion’s red and white sandstone cliffs. Climb aboard Zion’s open-air tram and wind your way alongside the Virgin River and through the 2,400 foot deep, one-half-mile wide Zion Canyon. Later today, trade nature’s beauty for the lights of the Vegas strip. This four-mile stretch of road features neon-lit resorts and round-the-clock action. A 2-night stay offers up plenty of time to enjoy all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Lounge by the pool sipping drinks, take in a one-of-a-kind show, browse the world-renowned shops, or try your luck in the casino. Simply visiting the different hotels can take you all over the world. Stop in at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef aquarium; visit the Luxor to see the sphinxes and pyramid; take a bite out of the Big Apple at New York-New York; see the Eiffel Tower; “ooh” and “ahh” at the Mirage volcano; or take a gondola ride at the Venetian. Pricing: (Booking before 3/6/2018) Double: $2,999pp; Single: $3,749pp; Triple: $2,969  Our Collette webpage for this trip is: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/792337
Wonders of China & the Yangtze RiverCollette ToursOctober 10th – 28th
19 Days 40 Meals: (17 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 9 dinners) Experience China’s marvels, ancient and modern, rural and cosmopolitan, on this fantastic 19-day tour that features a relaxing 4-night upstream cruise of the Yangtze River. Discover for yourself the mysterious Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Great Wall of China is next, one of the world’s most incredible wonders. Learn about the wall’s history before taking a memorable walk on the Juyongguan section, one of the most famous passes along this epic structure. After this bucket list event, visit a jade museum to learn about the jade-making process. Then return to the city, driving past the Olympic Village. Float by the dramatic scenery of the Three Gorges and steep cliffs of the Qutang Gorge. Marvel at an acrobatic show. Then your guided tour allows you the rare opportunity to see the Giant Panda in its natural environment. Learn how China’s national treasure is being brought back from the edge of extinction. The sanctuary is also home to the rare Red Panda. Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Du Fu Thatched Cottage, the former home to the poet known as the “Shakespeare of China.” Try your hand at the art of Chinese calligraphy and take a tai chi lesson. Enjoy a full-day visit to the Longji Rice Terraces. Known as the Dragon’s Backbone for its scaly appearance, the terraces are actually rows and rows of stunningly colorful rice paddies. Walk through the fields and the nearby villages, meeting local residents along the way. Experience both old and ultra-modern  China in Shanghai. Pricing: (Booking before 4/11/2018) Double: $5,999pp; Single: $7,399pp . Our Collette webpage for this trip is: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/821453.


Monthly Menu

Monday  1      Happy New Year
Tuesday 2      Florentine Soup, Stuffed Shells, Angel Food Cake
Wedneday 3  Cream of Mushroom Soup, Meatloaf, Chocolate Pudding
Thursday 4    New Year’s Luncheon: Duet of Beef and Stuffed Shrimp Filet, $12
Friday 5         Shrimp Bisque, Fish Tacos, Peach Pie
Monday 8      Cream of Cauliflower Soup, Pasta with Exotic Mushrooms, Asparagus and Chicken, Mango Cheesecake
Tuesday 9     Broccoli and Cheese Soup, Chicken, Cacciatore, Sweet Potato Pie,
Wednesday 10  Italian Wedding Soup, Kielbasa and Pierogies, Chocolate, Raspberry Lemon Almond Bars
Thursday 11  Tomato Bisque, Pot Roast, Ice Cream
Friday 12       Manhattan Clam Chowder, Roasted Cod and Lemon Poppy Pound Cake
Monday 15    Closed for Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday 16   Corn Chowder Chicken Parmesan, Chocolate Cream Pie
Wednesday 17 Birthday Celebration Chicken and Rice Soup, Pasta Carbonara, Birthday Cake
Thursday 18  Vegetable Soup, Jambalaya, Cherry Pie
Friday 19       New England Clam Chowder, Fish Veronique, Carrot Cake
Monday 22    Minestrone Soup, Pork Chop with Apples, Cookies
Tuesday 23   Tomato Soup, Roasted Chicken Quarters, Fruited Jello
Wednesday 24  Butternut Squash Soup, Tacos, and Churros
Thursday 25  Beef Barley Soup, Chicken Pot Pie, Carrot Cake
Friday 26       Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Stuffed Flounder, Apple Crisp
Monday 29    Pasta Fagioli, Rigatoni Bolognese, and Tiramisu
Tuesday 30   Split Pea Soup, Shepherd’s Pie, Pumpkin Pie
Wednesday 31 French Onion Soup, Roast Pork Sauerkraut, and Peanut Butter Pie

Please call to make your reservation for lunch by at least 12 Noon the day before you plan to attend (203) 245-5627 (call by Friday for a Monday reservation). Reservations for the following month begin on the 3rd Monday of the current month. If you cannot attend a reserved meal please let us know, as there is often a waitlist. Lunch is $4 and is served at 11:30am. Thank you we appreciate your patronage.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH THE SENIOR CENTER

Kevin will serve a delicious lunch of Duet of Beef and Stuffed Shrimp with all the extras!
Thursday, January 4th at 11:30am Fee: $12