There Is Always Something for Everyone at The Elmwood Hall Danbury

"June is bustin’ out all over,” as the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune announces.

The beautiful weather is here to stay! At least for a little while. The Danbury Senior Center and its programs for those over 60 years old are taking full advantage.  In addition to many of our indoor programs here at Elmwood Hall, we’re moving outside for some very special programs.

Every Tuesday, from 11am-12pm, join us at the Rogers Park Pickleball Courts for some Pickleball! What is Pickleball, you might ask? Pickleball is a paddle sport, similar to Tennis in which two players or four players hit a perforated, hollow plastic ball with paddles over a net. Whether you have never played before or are a Pickleball expert, we’d love for you to join us on the court. No entry fee, but you must bring your own Pickleball Paddle, as well as water to keep hydrated and appropriate attire you can move in.

On June 14, our director, Susan Tomanio, will lead a hike around Tarrywile Park, starting at 9:30am. For those interested in joining our outdoor activities, but feel Pickleball might not be for them, this is a perfect opportunity to join us and socialize.

Inside, at Elmwood Hall, we have plenty of summer activities on the horizon. On Tuesday, June 18, at 2:30pm, we welcome singer/songwriter Patrick James McHenry as part of our summer concert series. That same week, on June 20, we continue the music theme with a talk from CCSU Professor Stephen Armstrong on the music of the 1950s & 1960s.

Danbury has its own “Boys of Summer,” in its minor league baseball team, The Westerners. On Tuesday June 25, at 10:30 am, the whole team joins us for a meet and greet. All those who attend the meet and greet will receive a ticket to that evening’s Westerner’s baseball game for FREE.

We have a handful of informative programs coming up in the coming months. In June, we are partnering with Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut to bring an informative program on Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care to our members, on June 26, from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm. Whether you or a loved one are planning for palliative care, you are a caregiver, or you may want to become a volunteer, this presentation is for everyone.

On July 9, from 1pm-2 pm, we will welcome Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) Executive Director Jennifer Heaton-Jones for some serious Trash Talk. This program will help residents learn where our garbage and recycling really goes. Learn about the State of Connecticut’s universal recycling guide and what happens when you put the wrong thing in your recycling bin. Understand how waste and recycling impacts the environment and how reducing your waste and separating your food scraps can save you money.

Whatever your interest is, there is always something for everyone at The Elmwood Hall Danbury Senior Center, located at 10 Elmwood Place in Danbury. The Center is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Membership is FREE to all those 60+ (regardless of whether you live in Danbury or not). We would love to see you very soon!

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Picture 1: Our regular Tuesday Pickleball group playing in Rogers Park

Picture 2: Program Coordinator Matt Austin giving a talk on the Life & legacy of Comedian Lucille Ball