September 2022

Heritage Center News & Events: UPDATE

Angelica Fontanez
Director of Social Services
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Margherita Pilato
Senior Program Coordinator 
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Michelle Stillman 
Administrative Assistant
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Current Events

in Person

Wednesdays at 10:00 am

Our discussion group that has been meeting every Wednesday via Zoom is now adding an in-person session once a month. Participants in this lively group share thoughtful comments on both topical events and cultural subjects of interest. They welcome newcomers, there is no cost or registration required. Feel free to join in-person on Wednesday, September 14th at 10:00 am or contact Margherita to get on the email list for the Zoom sessions. The next in-person meetings are October 5th and November 9th, always at 10:00 am, ending before noon.

Beginner Spanish / Intermediate Spanish

Thursdays, 10:00 am for Intermediate,

11:00 am for Beginners

Have you been thinking about picking up Spanish or improving your Spanish skills? Starting September 15th, it will be offered again on Thursday mornings. Come at 10:00 am for the Intermediate group, 11:00 am for the Beginner group. Our instructor and Redding resident, Karen Loker, has years of experience teaching middle and high school language and makes it all very fun. 

Please call 203-938-9725 or email to enroll.

New Fitness Class: Essentrics 

Fridays at 9:00 am

Starts September 23rd

Feel more youthful in our new fitness class, Essentrics, designed to help “reverse aging” and move freely without pain. Participants improve agility, strengthen their core and align their spine. After hearing glowing advocacy for the program, we are excited to offer this exercise described as a gentle form of Pilates with flowing movements. Class participants have noted the following benefits: 

  • Relieves aches and pains and helps reverse chronic conditions
  • Increases bone density and helps with osteoporosis
  • Brightens and tightens skin by improving circulation and flushing toxins
  • Improves balance and mobility
  • Age-defying: creating a youthful feeling body
  • Increases full body flexibility, unlocks tight muscles and joints
  • Strengthens the spine and core
  • Helps treat and prevent back pain
  • Improves agility and speed for sports
  • Defines the waist and firms every muscle in the body

Please come try a free class on Friday, September 23rd with our instructor June Bird, certified in this popular program. She also teaches the class in New Canaan, South Salem and Westport. As most of our fitness classes, the first one is free, $5 thereafter. 

BYO Floral Workshop

Wednesday, September 14th

2:00 – 3:30 pm, $8

There are still a few spots remaining for our floral workshop with art teacher, Laura McCormick and her mother, Dymphna Lotrecchiano, master gardener and professional florist. Please bring about 7 or 8 flower stems of your own (either from your garden or purchased) and some clippers or scissors. The Heritage Center is providing some flowers from our cutting garden (including zinnias, black-eyed Susans, daisies), as well as greens, additional filler flowers, a shallow flower vessel and oasis.  

We will have limited spots available, please call or email Michelle if you know you would like us to hold your spot: or 938-9725

Talking Books: The Daughters of Yalta

Tuesday, September 27th, 1:30 pm 

Talking Books invites newcomers to their book discussion group. They regularly meet on the last Monday of the month at 1:30 (with holiday exceptions). This month the group meets on Tuesday, Sept. 27th at 1:30, due to Rosh Hashanah. If you have any questions, please contact our dedicated organizer, Hilda Rhodes:

For this month, they are reading “The Daughters of Yalta.” Author Catherine Grace Katz tells the nonfiction story of Sarah Churchill (daughter of Winston Churchill), Anna Roosevelt (daughter of Franklin Delano Roosevelt), and Kathleen Harriman (daughter of W. Averell Harriman) all of whom accompanied their fathers to the Yalta Conference, where they had roles that were unofficial but nonetheless important

Flu Clinic

Monday, October 3rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Our Flu Clinic will be run by Visiting Nurses of Fairfield County and accept drop-ins. They accept insurance from Medicare, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim and Aetna. For private pay, it is $75 for Adjuvanted Quadrivalent (65 and older), $55 for Regular Quadrivalent. 

Flamenco & Paella:

Waitlist only

Thursday, September 22nd, 12:30 pm

All seats are currently spoken for at the lunch dance performance. However, if you would like your name on the waitlist please contact us: / 938-9725. If you have already reserved your spot and not paid, payment is due on Thursday, September 15th. 

September at Redding’s Heritage Center:


Above all, stay safe, be well!