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Upcoming Senior Events

Free Downloads – Magazines

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

BYOD - Bring your own device and follow along as Melissa Baker demonstrates how to download popular magazines on to your mobile device or computer, all available 24/7 from Wilton Library.  There is something for everyone and hours of enjoyment for patrons with Wilton Library cards.  Presented by Wilton Library for seniors at the Senior Center, Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. Registration is strongly suggested.

AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest classroom driver safety course designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. This single session, four hour course covers the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time associated with ageing and provides practical techniques on how to adjust to these changes, along with learning to operate vehicles more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. There are no written or driving tests - classroom only. NY residents: please contact your insurance carrier to confirm they will accept a Connecticut State class certificate. Registration required. Program cost by cash or check only: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.

Senior Center Book Discussion: Macbeth

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 11:15 AM

Several of Shakespeare's most significant soliloquies are found in Macbeth, a tragic, yet visionary tale of ambition, usurpation, murder and madness. In contrast to the one-person monologues addressed to the other characters in a play, soliloquies let characters express their thoughts out loud directly to the audience. Through this dramatic technique, Shakespeare offers us several riveting glimpses into the minds of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Yale professor Harold Bloom wrote that "Macbeth consistently says more than he knows, but he also imagines more than he says, so that the gap between his overt consciousness and his imaginative powers, wide to begin with, becomes extraordinary." The revelation to the audience of these "imaginative powers" through the soliloquies is truly a pinnacle of Shakespeare's art.

Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. 

Senior Center Book Discussion: To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday, Mar. 22, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best known and loved novels of the 20th century. Harper Lee's first novel, published in 1960, brings southern small town life into sharp focus during the mid-1930s as racism threatens to unsettle it. A lawyer, Atticus Finch, defends a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the eyes of Atticus' young children, Scout and Jem, Lee explores with humor and honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South during that time. The 1961 Pulitzer Prize winner has been translated into more than forty languages, has sold more than forty million copies, and was made into an enormously popular movie. As Atticus Finch cautions his children: "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Of note, Lee's apparently long-lost sequel Go Set a Watchmen was just published in July 2015.

Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. 

Senior Center Book Discussion: The Post-Office Girl

Tuesday, Apr. 26, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Stefan Zweig's posthumously published novel The Post-Office Girl is a psychological study of the difficulties of life in post-WWI Austria. It follows the trajectory of its main character Christine from poverty and boredom to the heights of the affluent high-life and back to disappointment and bitterness. The New York Review of Books said "Cinderella meets Bonnie and Clyde in Zweig's haunting and hard-as-nails novel." And a review in London's Daily Telegraph said that "The Post Office Girl is a fine novel…and an excellent place to start if you are new to this great Austrian novelist." Of note, the novel (along with another of Zweig's) was a central inspiration for the 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel; indeed, several of the characters in that film are said to be based on Zweig himself. 

Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. 

Senior Center Book Discussion: Judgment of Paris

Tuesday, May. 24, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

On May 24, 1976 the world of wine was rocked when several mostly unknown California wines beat out several of the top French wines in a blind tasting by French judges on their own turf. In Judgment of Paris, George Taber, the only journalist present, recounts the birth of modern winemaking in California leading up to this unintentionally historic event. Focusing on the trials and tribulations of the three men who made the 1st place wines - a university classics lecturer, a real estate attorney, an immigrant from Croatia - Taber introduces the cast of characters who put California wine on the world's shopping list.  Following the climactic tasting, he then surveys the global impact of the shockwaves that followed it. Wine Spectator called it "both a 'rags to riches' and 'David beats Goliath' tale….stories [that] help keep the American Dream alive."

Call the Senior Center for details and to register at (203) 834-6240. Comstock Community Center, 180 School Road, Wilton. 

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