Senior News: March 30 — April 5

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 30 — 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 31 — 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, April 1 — 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 bingo, Wii bowling.
Thursday, April 2 — 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, April 3 — Center closed in observance of Good Friday.
Sunday, April 5 — 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 30-April 2 — Monday, turkey chili, corn bread, rice; Tuesday, kielbasa and sauerkraut, potatoes, carrots; Wednesday, breaded fish, baked beans, macaroni salad; Thursday, pork roast, mashed potatoes, carrots; Friday, closed for Good Friday.
Ahrens program — Service offered to individuals with cognitive impairments who require a supervised environment at the Center. The Ahrens Program is currently accepting seniors with cognitive impairments. For more information, call Jean Kaluzynski, Social Service Worker at 203-877-5131, ext. 2139.
Trip presentation — Monday, March 30, at 4 p.m., Pacific Northwest & California trip (Oct. 11-18) presentation. Highlights will include Seattle, Mount St. Helen’s Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Portland Spirit Cruise, Newport, Bandon State National Area, Redwood national Park, Eureka, Avenue of Giants and San Francisco, $2,999.
At 5 p.m., a presentation for the Discover Scotland Tour, (Sept. 21-30) will also be presented. ighlights to include: A Scottish Night, Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. Andrews, Dunrobin Castle, Orkney Islands, Loch ness, Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle and more, $3,799. Price includes most meals, tours as noted, transportation from Milford to airport, airfare, all taxes and fees plus gratuities to tour manager and coach driver. Early booking discounts included in pricing if deposited by 3/30. 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 28, A Boomer Celebration! at Nelson Hall, $65, lunch; April 1, Stand By Your Man at Ivoryton Playhouse, $62, lunch; April 9, I Loved, I Lost, I made Spaghetti at Angels, $65, lunch; April 10, 18th Music Cities Tour, Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans, 9 days; April 22, Spring Fling, stop for lunch, shopping, farmers markets, ice cream and on your own, $10; April 25, From Broadway to Italy at Nelson Hall, $60, lunch; April 26, Camelot at the Bushnell, $90, snack bag; April 27, Mohegan Sun, 1:15-9:30, casino bonus, $27; May 3, Hello Dolly at The Warner Theatre, $65, lunch; May 9, Frank Sinatra, his life and music at Nelson Hall, $60, lunch; May 14, Guys and Dolls at Goodspeed, lunch at Gelston House, $85; May 27, Once at the Busnell, snack bag, $90; May 31, I Love Lucy at The Palace, $80, lunch; June 9, A slice of Brooklyn tour, $105; Sept. 10, Back in Heels, the Ginger Rogers Musical and Dance at Westchester, $97.
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.
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.