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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.

 

Heritage Center Programs: Upcoming Events

Heritage Center Hours: Inclement Weather

In case of inclement weather, our delayed opening and closure schedule follows the Redding School system’s. For example:

  • If schools report a one-hour delay, the Heritage Center will open at 10 am.
  • If schools report a 90-minute delay, the Center opens at 10:30 am.
  • If schools are closed, the Heritage Center is closed.

If there is any question about our schedule, please call 938-9725 after 8:15 am that day. The recorded voicemail will be updated with the day’s hours.

Fall Prevention Talk

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm

Nuvance Health’s Injury Prevention Coordinator, Carey Clarkson, will cover some of the major concerns regarding fall prevention: home safety adjustments, exercise routines for balance, and overall well-being to keep you on your two feet. Refreshments will be provided. Kindly RSVP with mstillman@townofreddingct.org (203) 938-9725; walk-ins are accepted too.

Mah Jongg Classes 

Wednesdays at 10:00 – 12:00

6 lessons: Wednesday, January 11 – February 15, 2023

$45 for the 6 sessions

 

The Heritage Center is starting Mah Jongg lessons next week (Jan 11th) and spots are filling up. Experienced instructor Sybl Falik will lead a 6-week course designed for players with experience ranging from zero to some. Those needing a refresher are also welcome. Each session will begin with instruction and finish with playing. Participants may be grouped with those at a similar skill level. If you have not yet been in touch with Margherita, please enroll by January 10th: mpilato@townofreddingct.org. Each participant will be asked to purchase a current card ($5) that we have purchased from the National Mah Jongg League. When enrolling, please indicate your level of experience (if any) and if you will need to purchase a current card.

 

Lunch Series: Southwest Café 

Wednesday, January 25, 2023  at 12:30 pm, no cost, donations accepted

 

It may be the thick of winter but enchiladas, quesadillas and more from the Southwest will brighten your day. Not to mention the finest company in town. Spots are limited, please contact Michelle. Email mstillman@townofreddingct.org or call (203) 938-9725 to reserve your spot.

Class Enrollment Policy

The Heritage Center has modified class enrollment structure. Participants will now enroll on a monthly basis. The costs of classes will remain the same, but this administrative change will make planning more accurate. Most class attendees have seen this implemented. Please note that new attendees can still try their first class free with no obligation to sign-up. The following are the monthly fees for January:

 

Yoga Nidra & Meditation

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Are you looking to get into meditation practice? If one of your goals is for relaxation, better sleep and increased cognitive performance, consider trying Deby Goldenberg’s Yoga Nidra virtual sessions. Nidra translates to “sleep.” The practice is not physical and instead flexes the mind.

While both Yoga Nidra and meditation enhance cognitive performance and promote self-awareness, perhaps you are more interested in traditional meditation? Please get in touch if you’d like to try either.. We are working on re-starting a meditation program, with eyes on Mondays at noon. To register or express interest, email mpilato@townofreddingct.org or call 938-9725. When inquiring about meditation, please indicate if you prefer remote or live, 30 or 60 minutes and if you have a preferred day of the week or time of day.

 

Talking Books: A Woman of No Importance

Monday, January 30, 2023 at 1:30 pm

Highly acclaimed biographer, journalist and public speaker Sonia Purnell wrote the New York Times bestselling A Woman of No Importance about heroic American, one-legged spy Virginia Hall. The tale of extraordinary derring-do has been acclaimed as ‘one of the most breathtaking stories yet told of female courage behind enemy lines’ and has been optioned by JJ Abrams and Bad Robot in tandem with Paramount Studios for a major Hollywood movie with Daisy Ridley attached to star. Her book is one of USA Today’s “Five Must Reads” and has been hailed as “gri
pping” by NPR. Contact Hilda Rhodes (stanrhodes@sbcglobal.net) if you have any questions about participating in this month’s discussion.

 

Beginner Spanish

Thursdays at 11:00 am

Our Spanish language instructor, Karen Loker, has been teaching a vivacious group of students. The Intermediate Spanish class that meets on Thursdays at 10:00 am is filling up but the beginner class has seats available. Learning Spanish of course is a wonderful way to engage with Spanish speakers, enrich travel experiences and open your mind to several cultures. There’s the added benefit of exercising and improving your brain! Email mpilato@townofreddingct.org or call 938-9725 to find out more.

 

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Tai Ji Quan Continued

Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 am

Those currently enrolled in Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance know that the series is coming to an end. The projected final day of class is Monday, January 23rd, as long as there aren’t any cancellations due to weather, etc. Afterwards, all participants are qualified to attend Tai Ji Quan Continued which will be meeting on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:00 am. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll and continue the progress and strength they gained from completing the Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance. There is a monthly fee for the class.

 

Valentine’s Day Tea Party

Monday, February 13, 2023 at 4:00 pm

Save the date for a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea. A group from the National Charity League will provide royal treatment with porcelain cups. There is no cost for this event. If you are interested in securing your spot, please email mpilato@townofreddingct.org or call 938-9725.

 

Weekly Class Schedule for January 2023

The Heritage Center will be closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes with an * are full, but please get in touch to get on the waitlist.

Mondays (No Classes January 16th)

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

 

Tuesdays 

  • 9:00 am Fitness to Fit You
  • 10:00 am Intermediate Qi Gong & Tai Chi with Sensei June Fagan
  • 11:00 am Tai Ji Quan Continued 
  • 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Bridge
  • 2:30 pm Intermediate Ukulele (no class on 1/31)
  • 4:00 pm Advanced Beginner Ukulele (no class on 1/31)
  • 4:00 pm Yoga Nidra (1/17 only)

Wednesdays 

  • 8:30 am Barre
  • 9:30 am Gentle Yoga 
  • 10:00 am Redding Discussion Group (Current Events)
  • 10:00 am Mah Jongg (starts 1/11)
  • 12:00 pm Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

 

Thursdays

  • 9:30 am Fitness to Fit You 
  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Quilting Group
  • 10:00 am Intermediate Spanish
  • 10:45 am Tai Chi with Deby Goldenberg
  • 11:00 am Beginner Spanish
  • 12:30 – 3:00 pm Bridge

 

Fridays

  • 9:00 am Essentrics
  • 10:00 am Moving & Grooving
  • 11:00 am Tai Ji Quan Continued 

 

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PROGRAM PAYMENT

 

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The Heritage Center Youtube Channel

Just click the button to gain access to “An Introduction to the Heritage Center” on the Heritage Center Youtube Channel.

 

 

Heritage Center

Email Address

Angelica FontanezDirector of Social Services

Michelle Stillman Administrative Assistant

Margherita Pilato Senior Center Program Coordinator

Address
Redding Community Center
37 Lonetown Road
Redding, CT 06875

Phone
203-938-9725

Hours

Monday – Wednesday
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday
8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Friday
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Additional Links

Commission on Aging

Commission on Aging

Pictured here: Front Row: Peggy Zamore, Sarah Atwood, Sarah Cummings, Mary Dale Lancaster (Chair), Ruth Moran, Angelica Fontanez (Director of Social Services) Second Row: Margherita Pilato (Senior Activity Coordinator), Garner Lester, Hilda Rhodes, Sal Armato, Kathleen Brandt (Vice-Chair), Michelle Stillman (Administrator). Missing: Jean Rexford,