Elmwood Hall Class Descriptions
Health & Wellness
Freestyle Dance Group
The number one reason people develop disease is due to a sedentary lifestyle. Join this group so you can move, dance, and just have fun. No partner needed, just a willingness to listen and groove to the great music of the 1950’s and 1960’s with a few contemporary and line dance songs mixed in. All are welcomed.
Thursdays 10:30 am to 11:00 am. Free.
I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. Don’t let this happen to you. The answer is strength training. As we age we lose more and more muscle tissue. Strength training helps you maintain your muscle tissue and your health.
Class meets on Mondays from 11:15 am to 12 noon and Wednesdays from 11:15 am to 12 noon. Taught by Coleen Krempel. Cost $2 per class.
Tai Chi at Elmwood Hall is based on the work of Dr. Fuzhong Li, Ph.d, a leading tai chi researcher. Taught by Susan Bradley, who is certified in the Yang style Dr. Li teaches, this class is proven to help reduce stress and improve concentration, balance, strength, and flexibility. This is a combination of gentle movements that exercise both the mind and body that causes minimal strain. Ideal for all fitness levels, beginners welcomed.
This class meets on Tuesdays at 9:00 am. Cost is $2 per class.
Line dancing is a great way to exercise, improve your coordination, share a laugh with friends and have fun. Taught by popular line dance teacher Jill Weiss, come and enjoy the latest line dances as well as the classic old favorites. Beginners welcomed.
Class meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Cost is $2 per class.
Line Dance Practice Class
Come practice your steps and get some exercise at the same time. Fun practice class that gets you moving. Led by Kevin Burland. Thursdays at 11:00 am. Free.
Focusing on relaxation, breathing, and gentle postures, yoga for older adults can ease suffering caused by many ailments including arthritis, chronic pain, and heart disease. Taught by Jill Hancock, owner of A Common Ground Community Arts Center. Beginners welcomed.
Class meets on Thursday at 1:00 pm. Cost is $2 per class.
The original concept of Zumba combines a dance workout with a party-like atmosphere. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors, beginners or others needing modification in their exercise routine. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves. Taught by certified instructor Coleen Krempel. Fridays at 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Cost is $2.
Exercise with Dee
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Lose weight and increase your energy. Improve your overall well being. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Taught by Dee Lieplkains, a certified Silver Sneakers instructor. Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Cost is $2.
Exercise with Video
This gentle and effective form of exercise called Walk-aerobics burns calories, improves coordination and balance while boosting cardio strength. Not to mention that it is safe, easy and fun!
Thursdays from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Free.
Elmwood Hall Walking Club
Walking is the easiest and safest exercise. Grab your sneakers and join our walking club. Walk from the Elmwood Hall Senior Center to Roger’s Park and back. Feel like you need to take a break, take a seat on a bench! Feel like you need a lift back to Elmwood Hall – call us and we will come and pick you up.
This group meets seasonally with weather permitting of course. Join us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 9:00am.
Elmwood Hall, in partnership with CW Resources, is a congregate meal site. What does that mean for you?
Hot lunch 5 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12 noon. Good company and lunch – all for a $2 donation. Please make a reservation 24 hours in advance. Download February Lunch Menu
Blood Pressure Screenings
Blood pressure is one of the most important screenings because high blood pressure usually has no symptoms so it can’t be detected without being measured. High blood pressure greatly increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Blood pressure screenings are offered weekly on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays of the month via partnership with the following community providers: Danbury Nurses Registry, Connecticut Caregiver Connection, Laurel Ridge Health Care, Western CT Health Network, and Masonicare of Newtown. Free.
The Happy Feet program is all about preventive care for your feet. Offered 6 – 8 times per year, the Happy Feet Program is a wellness foot exam with licensed Podiatrist, Dr. Richard Gosnay. This exam includes having your toe nails clipped. Because this program is offered through grant money, you must be a Danbury resident, over age 60, and a non-diabetic to qualify. Cost is $5 per visit.
Leisure Time Activities
Mah Jongg is a game that originated in China that is commonly played by four players. Similar to the Western card game rummy, mah jongg is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation that involves a certain degree of chance. Beginners to experienced players are welcomed to play.
Mondays from 9:00 am to 12 noon and Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Free.
The Elmwood Hall Quilt Society hand stitches quilts for pleasure and to donate to charity. Beginners are always welcomed. Quilts are on display in the Candlewood Room of Elmwood Hall. Some are for sale. All proceeds are invested back into the group for supplies and materials. Donations of fabric are welcomed and accepted.
The Quilt Society meets on Mondays from 9:00 am to 12 noon. Free.
A trick-taking game played with a deck of 52 cards and a group of four, bridge has been one of the most popular card games since the 1930’s.
Our bridge club meets on Mondays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Become a regular player or get on the sub list. Free.
Knit and Crochet Club
A favorite club at the center, members knit and crochet for pleasure and for various local charities. They share patterns and yarn, conversation and coffee and support each other when trying something new.
Meets Tuesdays from 10:00 am – 12 noon and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12 noon. Free.
Hat City Wood Carvers
This group comes together to promote and keep the art of wood carving alive and well in Western Connecticut. They welcome all woodcarvers – beginners to masters. Members work on their own projects led by one of their more experienced members. Tools are available for new carvers to use. Wood for projects is provided by the club at a reasonable price.
Group meets Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Free.
Bowl on the Nintendo Wii Video Game! It is fun, easy, and improves your range of motion. It also helps with your balance while standing and improves your endurance. Pick-up games of Wii Bowling are available throughout the day using our two Wii games and two large screen TVs. Coaches are available to help out.
If we have a room available, you can Wii Bowl. Free.
Wii Bowling Leagues
Organized Wii Bowling Leagues are scheduled throughout the year. Winter, Summer ,and Fall leagues are available. Some leagues are scratch play while others are handicap leagues. Most run for 8 weeks and players bowl weekly. A Wii Bowling Banquet with awards and pizza celebrates the end of each league. Beginners to advanced Wii bowlers are welcomed. No experience necessary, we will teach you to play.
League times are announced on this website and posted at the Elmwood Hall Senior Center.
Cost to play is $1 per week equaling $ 8 for each league.
Sports Talk with Wayne
Hot topics from around the horn with this dynamic duo who have been avid sports fans from the time they were young. Share stories and stats, watch sports related movies, and brag about your favorite team. Guest speakers thoughout the year. Meets twice a month on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Free.
Elmwood Finest Band and Chorus
Love to sing or play an instrument? Join the Elmwood Concert Singers lead by Jill Kaufman Weiss, choir director, pianist and musician extraordinaire. The Elmwood Concert Singers rehearse weekly and perform concerts throughout the year. All singers and musicians welcomed.
Meets weekly on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm. Free.
Join us for this popular game. Players pay $3 to play and receive 1 to 2 bingo cards and the chance to win big! Eight games of various wages played in total. Limited seating, reservation required.
Typically first Friday of every month (depending on Holiday schedule) from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
Join us for this card game for two or more players using a 48-card deck consisting of two of each card from nine to ace, the object being to score points for various combinations and to win tricks.
Mondays beginning at 1:00 pm. Free.
Played with chips, this group meets weekly for a spirited game of chance and skill. Meets Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.
Setback is a versatile game played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Aces are high, twos low, and the order of the cards is as follows: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2. It can be played with anywhere from two to six players. Meets every other Tuesday either at 1:00 pm or 2:15 pm. Call the center for start time. Free.
Left, Right, Center
Left, right, Center, is a fast paced new dice game where everything is left up to chance. Bring your friends to form a table of players. Meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm. Free.
Education & Life Long Learning
How well do you know stuff? Come test your knowledge and memory. Join in on Timeless Trivia. Categories include: literature, movies, nature, science, geography, music, technology, etc. The game is played in teams of four. Audience members are welcomed to watch and enjoy the show. Prizes awarded.
Typically meets once per month, (3rd or 4th Friday) Time is from 1:00 pm to 2:30pm. Free.
Page Turners Book Club
Led by a knowledgeable facilitator, the group reads “everything, mostly fiction, but every now and then nonfiction is included. There are usually one or two classics in the year.
Meets on the last Friday of each month at 2:30 pm except in June and December when the group meets for a luncheon book discussion at a local restaurant. Free.
Your Point of View
Current events discussion group that takes on a variety of topics.
Meets Fridays at 1:15 pm. All are welcomed to participate. Free.
Mayor Boughton’s Senior Advisory Council
Mayor Boughton values the contributions of the Danbury Senior Community. Your input is important to him. He visits to update citizens on the state of the city, answer your questions and hear your concerns. Last Tuesday of each month at 11:00 am. Free.
AARP Smart Driver Course
The nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come.
Cost is $ 15 for AARP member and $ 20 for non-members. AARP Drive Smart Classes 2017
Art Gottlieb, Historical Presentations
Mr. Gottlieb is a local historian on the subjects of political and military history. He was formerly a professional curator of naval history and the technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea – Air Space Museum in NYC. In these roles Mr. Gottlieb worked regularly with veterans of all services towards the creation of exhibits accurately illustrating the history of the 20th century warfare.
Mr. Gottlieb conducts special presentations at Elmwood Hall at least 4 times per year. Please be sure to check the calendar for when he will be speaking.
Name That Tune
Based on the famous television show, this fun game will test your knowledge of music from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, Broadway, Movies and more. All welcome. Meets once a month on a Friday at 1:00 pm. Call the Elmwood Hall Senior Center for exact dates as they vary. Free.
Benefits & Support
Lions Club Low Vision Support Group
“Low Vision” is that degree of vision loss that can no longer be corrected by eyeglasses. The Lion’s Club Low Vision Support Group works in conjunction with the Lion’s Club Low Vision Center at 235 Main Street, Danbury. The support group provides a place for seniors to come together for support, education, and social interaction. Meets monthly on the 4th Monday of each month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Free.
SNAP, which stands for The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income individuals and families afford the cost of food at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. You can apply for these benefits by completing a state application form. Assistance with filling out this application is offered here once a month in partnership with the Greater Danbury Community Health Center.
Appointments given on the 3rd Monday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free.
AARP Income Tax Assistance
This free service is provided by volunteers from AARP who assist clients at Elmwood Hall from February through April. Clients from Connecticut and New York are required to bring proper form of identification, their previous year tax return, as well as all necessary documents for the their current tax return.
February through April on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to Noon.