Satellite Groups

(Y's Women Members Only)

NOTE: Please remember that all Y’s Women who participate in meetings held at the Westport Center for Senior Activities must be registered with the Center and check in before each meeting.



Book Group 2 will meet at the Westport Center for Senior Activities on Thursday, May 2 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. We will be discussing The Mothers by Brit Bennett, and Alin Chelico will lead the discussion. Please contact Nancy Bloom at 259-0071 or nancyerb@aol.com with any questions.



Book Group 3 will meet on Friday, May 10 at 10:30 am at the Westport Center for Senior Activities to discuss Fresh Water for Flowers by Valérie Perrin. The discussion will be led by Valerie Roffe. Please contact Doris Levinson at drjlevinson@gmail.com or 227-3371 if you have any questions. 



The Movie Club will meet on Wednesday, May 15 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. We meet informally at 2:00 pm to give members a chance to socialize, and our discussion begins at 2:30. Our assigned room sometimes changes, so you may want to ask the front desk about our location. We ask all attendees to have been vaccinated and to wear a mask. We are limited to 25 attendees, so please confirm your attendance with Margaret Mitchell by May 12.  


We plan to discuss the movies Little Man Tate and Amadeus. Little Man Tate is scheduled for broadcast at 9:00 pm on Saturday, May 11 on the WNET network of PBS as part of Reel 13 Classics. Amadeus is available on Netflix, and a video is listed in the catalogs of the Westport and Fairfield Libraries.  


Little Man Tate is a 1991 American drama directed by Jodie Foster (in her directorial debut) from a screenplay written by Scott Frank. The film stars Adam Hann-Byrd as Fred Tate, a seven-year-old child prodigy who struggles to self-actualize in social and psychological settings that largely fail to accommodate his intelligence. It also stars Foster, Dianne Wiest, Harry Connick Jr., David Hyde Pierce, Debi Mazar, and P. J. Ochlan.


Amadeus is a 1984 American period biographical drama directed by Miloš Forman and adapted by Peter Shaffer from his 1979 stage play of the same name. Set in Vienna, Austria, during the latter half of the 18th century, the film is a fictionalized story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from the time he left Salzburg, described by its writer as a “fantasia on the theme of Mozart and Salieri.” Mozart's music is heard extensively on the soundtrack. 


If you wish to be added to the email list for future events, please contact Margaret Mitchell at 255-9094 or margaret06824@yahoo.com.  



Solos will be going to one of our favorite restaurants, Osteria Romana, for an early dinner at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, May 29. We will be able to order off the menu and have individual checks. For reservations, contact Terry Queirolo at tmq44@icloud.com or 847-4121 by Tuesday, May 21. And please join us for the Y’s Women’s Spring Picnic and Annual Meeting on Monday, May 20.  



NewsTalk: Interested in national and world affairs? Join other Y’s Women for lively discussions at NewsTalk. Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 23 from 10 - 11:30 am in the McCall Room at the Westport Library (room 215). For more information, call Doris Skutch at 247-3656.



The Lunch & Trivia Group will meet at noon on May 16 at the VFW Hall. The cost is $25 (cash only). Contact Annette Kirban at  505-1187 or   lakirban@optonline.net if you plan to join us. Please make every effort to be there if you indicate that you will attend – the Y’s Women have to guarantee a certain number in advance, and we lose money when those who signed up do not make it to the lunch. 



The Mah Jong Group meets every Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Advanced players only. For information, contact Barbara Alfinito at barbsgetaway@aol.com or 205-533-1884.



The Wisest Investment Group continues to meet monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month. We welcome members at our meetings at the Westport Center for Senior Activities. Please contact President Angela Vicenzi at vicenziae@yahoo.com if you’d like to sit in at a meeting and consider joining the group.


                                           

The Memoir Writing Group will meet on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:00 pm. For more information, please text Cary Peterson at 918-6481 or email her at carypeterson3@gmail.com.



Discussion Group for The New Yorker: This group meets remotely on Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Each group member selects one article for discussion. If you’re interested, please contact Ellen Cahill at 856-6561 or ellenjcahill@hotmail.com.



Tai Ji and Meditation Classes: Instructor Ruby Shih is an experienced long-time Tai Ji / Qi Gong and Meditation teacher and a founder of a Tai Ji School in Manhattan (Nanlaoshu.org). She offers two classes:


- Tai Ji (in person): Meets weekly on Wednesdays from 9:30 -10:30 am at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport, room 109. The class focuses on breath and slow movement for relaxation, grounding, and balance to enhance our physical and mental well-being. A fee of $10 per session is used to offset rental and insurance costs. 


- Meditation & Self-Care Massage (on Zoom): Meets weekly on Wednesdays at 7:30 - 8:30 pm on Zoom. It starts with a guided meditation suitable for beginners as well as advanced participants. At the end of each session, self-care massage is taught to enhance relaxation, circulation, and wellness. The fee for this class is $5 per session.


If you’re interested in either class, please contact Ruby at 917-816-6661 or Rubypalace88@gmail.com.



CARPOOL & GO! 


On Thursday, May 23, Carpool & Go will revisit the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford. We will have a special docent-led tour of their current principal show, Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories, starting at 11:00 am. This exhibition explores the many ways that hair and its styling has represented fashion and trend-setting as well as rule-breaking and social/political statements. Historically hair has been used as a medium for artistic works and also remembrances. In creating this show, the curators asked the museum staff and the greater Hartford community to share their thoughts and feelings about the subject – so we have multi-layered historical and personal perspectives to engage us.


After the tour we will lunch at the Museum Café, where we will select from their menu of salads and sandwiches. Then there will be time for visiting other parts of the Museum and other special shows before we leave.


We will meet at Trader Joe’s / Wells Fargo parking lot at 9:15 am for a 9:30 departure. To reserve your spot for this trip, please contact Lydia Menendez at lydiamnndz12@gmail.com or 319-1110 and send a check for $12 (senior admission), made out to Lydia, to 388 Oldfield Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. It is recommended that we park our cars at the Front Street South Garage (GPS: Front Street Crossing, Hartford, CT), for which the cost is $3 per day with Museum validation. It is then a short walk up the hill to the Avery Entrance on the north side of the Museum. Please bring $8 in cash for gas reimbursement for drivers. Also, please indicate if you are willing to drive – drivers are always needed and appreciated.


Save the Date 

On June 28, Carpool & Go will visit Hollister House and Gardens in northwestern Connecticut.