Wilton Community Center News

Dear Friends of the Wilton Community Center,

I hope you are all enjoying the Spring we have finally been gifted with. Wilton Community Center has been busy throwing forth its own shoots in the last month and we have a range of programming to announce.

First off, for those of you interested in collaborating on an organizational basis, we are having a meeting tomorrow night, April 22 at 6:30PM at the Town Hall courtroom, ground floor. As there are no other meetings happening at that time, the doors to the town offices will be closed, but we can come in through the theater. We meet downstairs.

For our last meeting it was my hope to put together some committees to begin to organize activities but it didn’t happen. We did discuss several avenues for programs, some of which have already come to fruition and others of which, we are still working to bring to life. Specifically, I would love to work on assembling a group of people interested in coordinating music to collaborate with Sandy Lafleur, who has extensive experience in this area. Could that be you or someone you know? Please shoot me an email on this subject or any other area you’re excited about!

Our next event is this coming Saturday, another potluck at Second Congregational Church, this one with a SOUP theme. I am attaching the flyer. Please come and invite your friends and neighbors to attend as well. Post it to your own Facebook page! The best part of our last get together was the opportunity to actually talk to interesting people we didn’t know. This is not just an eat and run event! Without people on this list getting the word out , all our flyers won’t do a thing. We need you to take a minute and share. And then come and have soup!

Then, in collaboration with Wilton Public Library, Wilton Community Center is planning and assisting with a series with wide appeal. With the efforts of Head Librarian Pat Fickett, who attended our most recent meeting and Steve Kim, a financial services professional who lives here in Wilton, we are having a series called Money $mart. Money Smart is a national program begun by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances through financial literacy education. No matter where we are in life, knowing more about how to deal with finances is one of the most important skills we can possess.

Caring about financial matters is not just about money either, as suggested by the first event in our schedule, a free showing of the heartwarming family film, The Ultimate Gift on Sunday, May 4th at 4:30PM at the Wilton Town Hall Theater. Based on the best-selling book by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: “What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?” Not a spoiler but, money isn’t everything. On the other hand, making choices and decisions in ignorance can lead to consequences better avoided.

Four more events follow in the series, one on every Wednesday night in May.
May 7 How to Avoid Probate -Learn the basic steps to avoid the delay and expense that can take a significant bite out of smaller estates

Presenter: Donald Sienkiewicz, Estate planning and probate lawyer in Milford, NH

May 14 Filing for Social Security : Flexibility and Choices for your Retirement -Strategies to maximize your benefits

Presenters: Laura Neidert, Regional Director and Steve Kim, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc.

May 21 College Funding : Investing in Your Children’s Future – Investments and other options for funding college education

Presenter: Steve Kim, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc.

May 28 Investment Fundamentals : Five Myths and Truths of Investing- Strategies to help you succeed in the financial markets and pursue investment goals

Presenter: Steve Kim, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed, Inc.

If you are interested in more information or to register for any of these free, informational seminars, please contact the Wilton Library at 654-2581. Wilton Community Center is assisting with set up and clean up. We are also providing assistance with publicity as well as refreshments for the event.

Another event on which we are collaborating with the Library is an event on Tick Prevention and Lyme treatment, also coming in May. More details coming soon!

We already have events planned in August at the Community Garden and will be helping publicize a free event at Beefield’s Farm here in Wilton in June.

We’re also working to offer a teen cooking class over the summer at the Second Congregational Church. Please email me if you are interested!

We have so many ideas. Wouldn’t you like to be a part as we grow?

Hope to see you tomorrow night and most especially, with MANY OTHERS, this coming Saturday!


Article written by Donna Crane

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