Senior News: March 16 — March 22

Milford Senior Center, 9 Jepson Drive, offers a variety of activities for seniors; annual membership is $15; non-members $25. For more information visit or call 203-877-5131.
Monday, March 16 — 9:30 arts & crafts; 10 rhythm and blues, ballroom aerobics; 11 ballroom cardio; 1 bingo, mahjongg, scrabble; 4 pickleball; 6:30 book club; model railroad group; 6-8 center open.
Tuesday, March 17 — 9-noon AARP volunteers provide free income tax prep every Tuesday and Thursday, through April 14, Call 203-877-5131 to register; 9 beginners line dance; 9:30 stretch, strengthen and stabilize; 10 ceramics, gospel choir; 10:30 osteoporosis preventative class; 1 club C meeting followed by bingo, book club last Tuesday of the month; 1:30 tap dance; 2 women’s club meeting third Tuesday of the month, quilting group; 4:15 yoga.
Wednesday, March 18 — 9:15-1:15 AARP safe driver’s course, call Ed Berry, 203-549-9629 to register; 9:30 rhythm & blues, intermediate tai chi, beading group; 10 MSC band rehearsal, country western line dance class, beginners bridge; 10:30 beginners tai chi; 11-2 mini health fair; 1 French, bingo, Wii bowling.
Thursday, March 19 — 9-noon AARP volunteers provide free income tax prep every Tuesday and Thursday, through April 14, Call 203-877-5131 to register; 9:30 computer class for beginners; 10 writers unlimited, line dance; 11 computer intermediate class, Italian class; 1 Spanish, Wii bowling, knitting, bingo.
Friday, March 20 — 9-11:30 free haircuts, call Nancy Reed, 203-877-5131, ext. 2145; 9 ceramics; 9:30 stretch, strengthen and stabilize; 10 creative writing; 10:30 Linda’s choral group; 1 movie, Casablanca; 1:30 pickleball, however on movie matinee days, starts at 3.
Sunday, March 22 — 9-noon Milford Kiwanis preparing and serving complete pancake breakfast, tickets $5 at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Milford Senior Center.
Center is open noon-4 for cards and bingo, billiards and special program events. Pool room is open Monday-Friday, 9-4:30 and Sunday, noon-4.
Lunch offered Monday-Friday, 12:15. Complete dinner, $3, includes soup, dinner & dessert; sandwich dinner, $1.75, includes sandwich, soup & dessert; sandwich only, $1.25; soup only $.50. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich or tossed salad offered daily for $1; hot dogs, $1.50.
Senior lunch March 16-20 — Monday, baked salmon, rice & mixed vegetables; Tuesday, baked ham, sweet potatoes, broccoli; Wednesday, swedish meatballs with gravy over noodles, carrots; Thursday, Bar-B-Que pork sandwich, potato salad; Friday, breaded fish, cole slaw, sweet potatoes.
Trip presentation — Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m., Pacific Northwest & California trip (Oct. 11-18). RSVP by calling the Center.
Free tax assistance — The Center is hosting two tax preparation programs, AARP Income Tax Assistance Program and the VITA Program.
AARP Income Tax Assistance Program provides free income tax preparation assistance for low and middle income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. Program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-noon, through April 14. Registration required: 203-877-5131.
Taxpayers should bring all information and documents that apply to their 2014 Income Taxes, including a copy of 2013 Income Tax Return, W-2 Wage and tax statement forms, W-2G, certain gambling winning forms, all 1099 forms, social security benefit statement, original cost of stocks, bonds and mutual holdings, sold during 2014, all documents that relate to deductible expenses, such as medical, state income taxes, property taxes, contributions and mortgage interest.
The VITA Program provides free income tax preparation for all age and low-income families with earnings of $53,000. The VITA program, associated with the I.R.S. is offered by TEAM Inc. Sundays, noon-4 and Mondays, 5-8, through April 13, at the VITA Clinic at the Center.
To register for the VITA Program and for more information regarding documents needed, call TEAM, 203-736-5420, ext. 206.
Holiday Inn (Goodspeed); Newsie’s and Jekyll and Hyde (Palace); Buddy Holly Story (Thomaston); Broadway series at the Bushnell includes Pippin, Camelot, Once and Kinky Boots; Tours: California Coast, May 2015, Best of Scotland, September and Pacific Northwest, October 2015. Music Cities coming along with three more U.S. and Europe options for 2015; March 18, Bad Jews at Long Wharf, $85, lunch; March 28, A Boomer Celebration! at Nelson Hall, $65, lunch; April 1, Stand By Your Man at Ivoryton Playhouse, $62, lunch.
DAV Chapter 15 donates to the Center — Disabled Veterans of America, Chapter 15, has donated a reading device to the Milford Senior Center for individuals affected with macular degeneration.
For more information, call Program Director, Amanda Berry, 203-877-51331.
Band members sought — Linda Whittaker, band director at the Milford Senior Center, extends an invitation to seniors to join the band. All instruments are welcome, but flutes, clarinets, alto saxes, and trumpets are especially needed. Any bass instrument, bass guitar, bass keyboard, electric bass is desperately needed. The only requirements to join are to have one’s own instrument (except keyboards which can be provided), be able to play it, and to come through the door with a smile every week. People who play piano keyboard are welcome to play some of the single line instrumental parts on the keyboard. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 10-noon. For more information, call Linda at 203-877-2134 a few days ahead so she can prepare a music binder.
Art classes — Art classes are held each Friday, 1:30-3, Ceramics Room. Free paint and brushes.
Ahrens program — Service offered to individuals with cognitive impairments who require a supervised environment at the Center. The program co-coordinator, Rita Whiskeyman, may be contacted for more information at 203-877-5131. The program is funded by the City of Milford and United Way of Milford, Inc.
Low Vision group — meets the second Monday of the month, 10:30 a.m.
Memoir workshop — Workshop participants meet every other Thursday, 10-11:30, card room.
Writing is prompted by subjects presented by Judy, such as one’s childhood home, the look, the feel, and the smells and sounds that remind us of our favorite Christmas, our first car, television in the early days, a job we liked or disliked, friends through the years or lessons we’ve learned through our life.
Participants will create a self portrait for future generations.
Information: 203 877-5131.
Zumba classes — Six-week sessions, $20. Sign up at the front desk.
Center membership — Membership at the Center is open to Milford’s older adults, 55 and over. Annual fee: $10. Interested residents may sign up at the Center or call Mary Steinmetz, 203-877-5131.
Model Railroad Club — The formation of the Center’s Model Railroad Club has begun. Membership is open to all Milford residents age 55 and older.
The HO scale of model railroading will be used. Donations of any model railroading equipment or any scale and cash donations are accepted.
Treasure Chest Consignment and Craft Shop — Open Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Pool room open daily, and Monday & Thursdays, 6-8.
Volunteers sought — The Ahrens Program, at the Milford Senior Center, provides recreational, nutrition and educational activities for older adults with physical and cognitive impairments. This program enables caregivers several hours of respite while the participant is being supervised by staff members and volunteers.
If interested in volunteering, call Rita Whiskeyman, Ahrens program coordinator, 203-877-5131.