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Heritage Center

The Heritage Center is Redding’s senior center, part of Redding’s Community Center and located behind the Redding Elementary School.  The Heritage Center’s mission is to provide community seniors with a place to come together in a friendly environment where they may participate in cultural, social, artistic and wellness activities.

Masks are required for all visitors to all Town buildings.

Weekly Class Schedule

Please call (203) 938-9725 to register.  Note that some classes may have reached full capacity.

Call or email the Heritage Center to sign-up


Upcoming Events May 2022


Town Referendum 

Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:00 am-8:00 pm’

Redding Community Center

The town’s annual referendum will be in the Community Room at the Community Center. The top two line items ask for approval of the town budget, according to a proposed Town Operating Budget, Redding Board of Education Budget and Redding’s share of the Regional School District No. 9 Budget.

The remaining five questions ask about capital improvements for the Sewer Plant, the Highway Department, Police Department, Town Hall and outside the Community Center. Please click HERE to see a sample ballot.


Intermediate Spanish 

First class: Thursday, May 5th

10:00 – 11:00 am

Thursdays in May and June

¿Habla (un poco de) Español? We welcome you to join a new Intermediate Spanish class on Thursdays (May – June) from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Class will have a conversational focus but still include grammar exercises. Karen Loker is the instructor and welcomes all with some experience to try it out. First class is free, $5/class thereafter. Are you a beginner? Let us know if you’re interested in arranging another class.


Meditation Sessions (May 5 & May 18)


Walking Meditation with Mary on Thursday, May 5th, 12:00 pm (in-person)

Meditation with Dev on Wednesday, May 18th, 12:00 pm No cost (in-person and virtual)

What a wonderful time of year to try a walking meditation outdoors. Mary Bottero, trained in Insight Meditation will be our guide in this technique on May 5th at 12:00 pm. With sidewalks and lovely flora in bloom, we have ideal grounds to get familiar with this practice.

On Wednesday, May 18th at 12:00 pm, Social Service’s Dev Patel will lead another meditation. His session will continue to strengthen your meditation practice, improve focus and reduce anxiety.

Please contact the Heritage Center (203) 938-9725 or email to reserve your spot or get a link to practice virtually (for May 18 only). All are welcome – we are happy to offer this program at no cost to our attendees, though contributions are welcome.


Bartlett Arboretum Private Tour

Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

151 Brookdale Rd, Stamford

Join the Heritage Center for a private, customized tour of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens in Stamford, CT, learning about the various plants from natives to tropical. It’s an ideal time to admire the flowering trees, their noteworthy azaleas, and flowers in bloom. We can customize the tour according to attendees’ interests. Options include the Sensory Garden, Fern Allee, 9/11 Memorial Archway, and/or Perennial Flower Garden. Another option is the greenhouse which holds some tropical plants, orchids, century plants, begonias, succulents, etc. Feel free to come to the garden early with a bagged lunch. There is a suggested donation of $5, which can be paid to the Heritage Center just before the tour. Space is limited, RSVP by calling 203-938-9725 or emailing If you do not have transportation, please let us know and we are happy to see if we can find you a ride. Bartlett Arboretum is located at 151 Brookdale Rd, Stamford.


iPhone 101: Troubleshooting and Tutorials 

Wednesday, May 11th at 1:00 pm

Dev Patel, part of Redding’s Social Services staff, will lead another informal workshop to answer your questions and concerns regarding your iPhone. He discusses voice commands and Siri, setting reminders and appointments, as well as getting the most out of the map and texting applications. Dev presents tutorials on some features but is mostly available for specific questions and troubleshooting.



Saturday, May 21st, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Heritage Center Parking Lot

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be another fun community event! With pleasant spring weather, and our neighbors’ interesting wares, it has been a convivial place to find something that you didn’t know you needed.

We have a couple more tables available if you would like to sell. It’s an occasion to cull through your items and declutter in a safe environment. Volunteers will be at the ready afterwards to donate any unsold items of your choice to Ridgefield Thrift, ReStore and Goodwill. Please contact Margherita / 938-9725, if you would like to participate. All are welcome to sell, the table fee is $15 for those age 50+.


Talking Books: Stalin’s Daughter

Monday, May 23rd, 1:30 pm

The group will read Rosemarie Sullivan’s Stalin’s Daughter, winner of the Plutarch Award for “Best Biography.” New participants are always welcome to this group. This will be the last book before they start up again in the fall.


Pagliacci: An Opera Viewing and Discussion

Wednesday, May 25th, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm 

Franco Zeffirelli’s 1982 film stars tenor Plácido Domingo and Teresa Stratas, along with Georges Prêtre conducting the orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala. The story is set in southern Italy and recounts the tragedy of Canio, the lead clown (pagliaccio in Italian) in a comedy-theater troupe, his wife Nedda, and her lover, Silvio. We are fortunate to have opera expert, Jean Schroeder, lead an insightful discussion afterwards.

We will serve festive, savory snacks. There is no cost, but there are limited spots, please RSVP.


Highstead Arboretum Tour 

Wednesday, June 1st at 12:30 pm

With mountain laurel and wildflowers in the pollinator meadow in bloom, it’s an ideal time to tour the grounds at Highstead Arboretum. Our expert guide, Geordie will lead an educational walk for just over a half mile, enough to touch upon the oak-laurel forest and pond and swamp as well. There are moderate hills and some unimproved natural surfaces. We will finish on the patio where all are welcome to eat.

There is no-cost for this event. There are limited spots, RSVP to or call 938-9725.



Weekly Class Schedule for May

Please call (203) 938-9725 to register. Note that some classes (designated with *) may have reached full capacity.

Classes on Tuesday May 3rd will not be held in the Community Room due to the town referendum.

The Center is closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. 

Inquire or register for classes and programs with Michelle, / 938-9725



  • 9:00 am Beginner Qi Gong & Tai Chi with Sensei June Fagan in-person and online
  • 10:00 am Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
  • 10:30 – 12:30 pm AM Clay 
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm Beginner Pickleball 
  • 2:00 pm Playing with Clay*


  • 9:00 am Fitness to Fit Youin-person and online 
  • 10:00 am Intermediate Qi Gong & Tai Chi with Sensei June Fagan in-person and online
  • 11:00 am Advanced Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance 
  • 12:30 – 3:00 pm Bridge
  • 1:00 pm Drawing Basics
  • 2:30 pm Intermediate Ukulele
  • 4:00 pm Beginner Ukulele
  • 4:00 pm Yoga Nidra with Deby Goldenberg online 2nd Tuesday of the month only (5/10)


  • 8:30 am Barre 
  • 9:15 am Gentle Yoga
  • 10:00 am Sketch, Paint, Create 
  • 10:00 am Current Events Discussiononline


  • 9:30 am Fitness to Fit You in-person and online
  • 10:00 am *NEW* Intermediate Spanish first class on May 5th
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 PM Quilting Group*
  • 10:45 am Tai Chi with Deby Goldenberg in-person and online 
  • 12:30 – 3:00 pm Bridge


  • 8:30 am Barre
  • 10:00 am Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
  • 11:00 am Advanced Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance


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Heritage Center

Email Address

Angelica FontanezDirector of Social Services

Michelle Stillman Administrative Assistant

Margherita Pilato Senior Center Program Coordinator

Redding Community Center
37 Lonetown Road
Redding, CT 06875



Monday – Wednesday
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

8:30 am – 6:00 pm

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Additional Links

Senior Center

Senior Center

Angelica Fontanez, Director of Social Services