Local Activities for Seniors This Month

SENIORS CATCH THE BLUE WAVE

In partnership with At Home In Darien, the 2014 Darien High Senior Football Captains have extended a special invitation to have senior citizens attend their home games with free admission and transportation opportunities.  The team is encouraging town seniors to become part of the Blue Wave Football family.  With a special seating section, free admission, and transportation available, the team hopes to see seniors swell the ranks of faithful fans.  To arrange a ride, seniors can call the At Home In Darien office, at 203.655.2227.  The remaining home game schedule for Darien High School's Blue Wave football team, is as follows:

Saturday, Nov 8 vs. Harding @ 2pm

Saturday, Nov 15 vs. North Haven @ 1pm

Thursday, Nov 27 TURKEY BOWL vs New Canaan @10:30am

 

BEGINNING CHAIR CANING 

Saturdays, November 1st and 8th9:00am to 1:00pm at DAC Visual Arts Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall

Have an old broken cane chair at home? This is your opportunity to make it look like new. This workshop will teach the basics of the old craft of chair caning to completion. *Chair must have drilled holes NOT grooves. Participants will need all their own materials for this class and will be supplied a list of local and on-line vendors. Materials can be supplied for a $90 fee. $160 per person, no registration fee.  Adult students can register now for these classes at darienarts.org, or by calling 203.655.8683.

 

RED, HOT AND BLUE PERFORMS

Saturday, November 1st, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Yale University's oldest co-ed a cappella group Red Hot and Blue performs.  From jazz and Broadway to the Beatles, the amazing sounds of this award-winning group have set them apart from other groups across the U.S. and around the globe.

 

CONNECTICUT MUSIC TEACHERS ASSOCIATION PERFORMANCE

Sunday, November 2nd, 3:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Fifteen of Connecticut's most highly talented students provide a not-to-be missed musical opportunity.

 

DUO PIANO CONCERT
Sunday, November 2nd, 4:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
 
The talented Duo Piano Group is back with another wonderful concert, entitled “Cruising on the Danube: A Musical Voyage.” This event will be filled with duo piano music featuring composers from Danube River countries, and will include scores such as Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “The Three Blind Mice,” Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” and Strauss’ “The Blue Danube Waltz.” Light refreshments will be offered. $15, or $10 for DCA members. Reservations are requested for this musical event, and can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Monday, November 3rd, 10:00am to 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Tuesday, November 4th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Free of charge and open to the public, no appointment needed, conducted by a Registered Nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

For more information call 203.762.8958

 

JUST BREATH LUNCH AND LEARN

Monday, November 3rd, 12:00 noon at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is the third leading cause of death in the United States.  More than 12 million people have been diagnosed with COPD and another 12 million have it but do not realize it.  Attend this important workshop from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and learn about diagnosis, treatment, and how to live better if you have already been diagnosed with COPD.  A complimentary lunch will be served atnoon and the program will begin at 12:30.  Space is limited, please be sure to sign up 203.656.7490.

 

STRETCH AND STRENGTHEN EXERCISE CLASS

Mondays, at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Ellen Mullen owner of Darien’s GoodFit has created a program that will allow participants to create stronger torso and legs to increase stability.  It will increase your ability to get up, walk, and exercise as well as achieve a lasting ability to get around more easily. 

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON – EXPERIENCING NORMANDY WITH IKE’S & CHURCHILL’S DESCENDANTS

Tuesday, November 4th, 12:15pm to 2:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

On the 70th year anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, Jane Wolcott will share stories from a tour given by David & Julie Eisenhower (David is the only grandson of President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower; Julie is President Nixon’s daughter) and Celia Sandys, Winston Churchill’s granddaughter. Luncheon including dessert will be provided by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. $15, or $10 for DCA members. Prepayment is required for this Women’s Group luncheon by noon on Monday, November 3rd, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

IWO JIMA Presented by ART GOTTLIEB

Tuesday, November 4th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

As US forces drew closer to the Japanese home islands in early 1945, fighting reached new levels of intensity. Iwo Jima, a small, volcanic island only 650 miles from Japan, was the scene of desperate combat between the US Marines and the Japanese Army, and the most remembered photograph of WWII, the raising of the US flag atop Mount Suribachi.

 

LEARN & PLAY CANASTA
Tuesdays, November 4, 11 & 18, 1:00 to 3:00pm, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
 
Canasta is a great game to play with friends, combining learning and strategy with some time to socialize (yes, in this game you can talk). “Learn & Play” classes are perfect for those new to the game, or those who want to increase their existing knowledge. New students will learn the flow of the game, how to create melds, point values, scoring and going out, as well as tips on strategies to help your partnership come out ahead. Those who have some experience may choose to learn “Hand and Foot” Canasta, or just enjoy playing the game under the supervision of our instructor, Sue Ozanne. Class fees are $85, or $65 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Thursday, October 30th, and can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050Class size is limited to 16; minimum enrollment applies.

 

LEARN TO PLAY BRIDGE
Wednesdays starting November 5th, 9:00am to 11:00am or 1:00pm to 3:00pm, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
 
Perfect for the absolute beginner, join this Beginning Bridge class to discover the basics of the game in a private setting. Instructors Meredith Dunne and Joan Bergen are both long-time Darien residents who, after studying bridge intently for 8 years, are now delighted to be teaching others. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 and December 10 & 17. Class fees are $145, or $125 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, November 3rd, and can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Held to a maximum of 12 students; minimum enrollment also applies.

 

HOLIDAY BELL CRAFT

Wednesdays, November 5th and 19th10:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Ruth Taubl will give instruction on how to make a hand knit holiday bell to use as a gift embellishment, an ornament, or holiday decoration.  This craft is for all craft levels.  If you have circular needles and red yarn – please bring them with you.  Sign up by calling 203.656.7490.

 

ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE THREE, FOUR, STAY OFF THE FLOOR! LUNCH AND LEARN

Wednesday, November 5th, 12:00 noon at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults, but falls don’t occur just because we are getting older.  By making a few simple changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of falling.  Attend this workshop presented by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County and learn how to assess your risk of falling and learn a number of tips on how to prevent falling.  Complimentary lunch at noon and program begins at 12:30.  Space is limited, please be sure to sign up 203.656.7490.

 

THE FALL OF KINGS: KING GEORGE V “DETERMINED TO SURVIVE” PRESENTED BY RAMONA GARCIA, Ph.D

Wednesday, November 5th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

George V is determined to survive as king even if it means changing the name of his dynasty. 

 

THE PERILS OF REPORTING IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH DAVID ROHDE
Wednesday, November 5th, 7:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
Every radio, tv or website newscast includes a story of conflict in the Middle East. Recently, captive journalists themselves are the subject of these reports. David Rohde, a two-time Pulitzer prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, who has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel-Palestine, and the Balkans, will talk about what it takes to report amidst turmoil. Rohde has seen the danger firsthand. He was kidnapped by members of the Taliban in November 2008 and held captive for 8 months. Rohde will be interviewed by David Hunt, also no stranger to the perils abroad, after a long career in the Central Intelligence Agency. Admission to this General Programs event is $10, or free for DCA members. Reservations are requested and can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

LEARN TO PLAY MAH JONGG
Thursdays starting November 6th, 10:00am to 11:30am, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
Mah Jongg is a game of skill, strategy and calculation and involves a certain degree of chance. It can also be a fun and relaxing way to meet people. This class will take the newcomer to Mah Jongg through understanding the tiles, using the Mah Jongg card, and rules of play, with several hours of practice. Instructor Regina Klenosky has been playing Mah Jongg for 40 years, teaching for many of those years, and loves to share the game - which she calls “a cheap form of therapy” - with others.   Class dates are November 6, 13, 20 and December 4, 11, 18; fees are $85, or $70 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Tuesday, November 4th, and can be made atdariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050Class size is limited to 12; minimum enrollment applies.

 

MEDICARE AND THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN

Thursday, November 6th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Darien Human Services Department will provide a presentation on Medicare updates and Open Enrollment.  The Open Enrollment period began on October 15, 2014 and ends on December 7, 2014. Coverage and costs change yearly. It is important to compare plans and make sure you have a health and prescription drug plan that still meets your needs.

 

HERBERT HOOVER PRESENTED BY ART GOTTLIEB

Thursday, November 6th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Son of a Quaker blacksmith, Herbert Clark Hoover brought to the Presidency an unparalleled reputation for public service as an engineer, administrator, and humanitarian.  His election seemed to ensure prosperity, however soon after the election the stock market crashed.    

   

GOD OF CARNAGE

Performances at 2:00pm on November 9th and 16th, 8:00pm on November 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, and 22nd. Produced by Darien Arts Center Stage at the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall

This play won the 2009 Tony Award for best play and is about a group of parents that quickly lose all manners when discussing an incident that involves their kids. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at darienarts.org,or by calling 203.655.5414.

 

IRIS FOLDING HOLIDAY CARDS

Wednesday, November 12th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

JoAn Jacobs is hosting her very popular Iris Folding Card workshop.  These beautiful works of art will be cherished their recipients! Iris folding is a technique in which a pattern is created with layers of folded paper slips which create a design with an opening in the middle.  Viewed from above, the project looks like the iris of a camera, explaining the name.  The project is very easy to do; even a beginner crafter can enjoy iris folding.   Space is limited, please be sure to sign up 203.656.7490.

 

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

Wednesday, November 12th, 10:00am to 2:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come. In fact, 97% of those who take it change at least one driving behavior. And the best part? There are no tests to pass - just useful information to keep you safe on the road! Learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate. Reduce your chances of receiving a traffic violation, getting into an accident, or becoming injured. You may receive an insurance discount. There will be a half hour lunch break at noon for participants.  For reservations call 203.656.7490.

 

COLD AND FLU PREVENTION

Wednesday, November 12th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Getting a cold or - even worse - the flu is a miserable inconvenience for anyone. For an older adult, the outcome can be worse than a few missed days at work or the inability to enjoy one’s activities; it can be much more serious. More than 60% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the United States each year occur in people 65 years and older. Older immune systems tend to be weaker which allows the flu to turn into more serious conditions such as bronchitis and/or pneumonia. While an illness can hit anyone at any time, there are ways to prevent colds and flu in the elderly.  A Pharmacist with Connecticut Pharmacy will present ways of fending off flu and colds as well as helpful suggestions to combat these illnesses.
 

SENIOR MOMENTS: A LOOK INSIDE SING SING CORRECTIONAL FACILIITY

Thursday, November 13th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

The presenter will share the history of the prison as well as show pictures of the inside and outside of the complex, including pictures of the cells and cell block. Then she will describe the different buildings, talk about a day in the life of an inmate, speak of what the incarcerated go through to get into the place, and talk about the problems inmates and volunteers encounter.

 

TCHIKOVSKY’S THE NUTCRACKER

Friday, November 14th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

A music appreciation class offered by music historian Jeffrey Engle. Today's lecture will focus on providing perspective on his creation of The Nutcracker Suite.

 

FLU SHOT CLINIC

Saturday, November 15th, 9:00am to 12 noon at Darien YMCA

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will administer vaccine to anyone from the age of 36 months to over 65.  Children need to be accompanied by adults.  Medicare Part B, Anthem, Aetna and Healthy CT will be accepted.  For other insurances payment of $42.00 (cash or check) is required and a receipt will be provided that can be submitted to providers.  No appointment necessary, call 203.762.8958 any questions.

 

HOOT OWLS

Monday, November 17th, 12:30 at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The Hoot Owls will perform and entertain seniors with old time favorites, folk songs, sea chanteys, show tunes and popular classics.  The group is led by the talented, well-known, local musician and singer-pianist-arranger Chris Coogan. The Hoot Owls are the singing group of the Men's Y of Westport and Weston whose mantra is "Enlightenment, Fellowship and Service to the Community in Retirement."

BONE HEALTH LUNCH AND LEARN

Tuesday, November 18th, 12:00 noon at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Your bone health may be at risk. By 2020 half of all Americans over 50 will have weak bones unless we make changes to our diet and lifestyle. People who have weak bones are at higher risk for fractures. Americans are living longer, and this means that our bones need to stay strong so we can be active and enjoy life. With good habits and medical attention when needed, we can have strong bones throughout our lives. A doctor from Stamford Hospital will present an informative program on all areas of bone health.  A complimentary lunch will be served at noon and the program will begin at 12:30.  Space is limited, please be sure to sign up 203.656.7490.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ‘JERSEY BOYS’

Wednesday, November 19th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

(2014) Starring Christopher Walken, Steven R. Schirripa, John Lloyd Young, and Kathrine Narducci; Rated R; 134 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Adapted from the 2006 Tony Winner for Best Musical, this bittersweet saga dramatizes the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons - one of the key pop groups of the early '60s, responsible for such iconic hits as "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." 

 

THE HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY

Wednesday, November 19th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Historian and Norwalk Community College Lifetime Learners Institute lecturer Mark Albertson presents how this honored day was created.       

 

DEE ANN’S HEARTBEAT DRUMMING CIRCLE

Friday, November 21st, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Everyone can participate in this rhythmic class for a fun and energetic workout!

 

FOR THE LOVE OF FLOWERS

Saturday, November 22nd, 10:00am to 2:00pm at DAC Visual Arts Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall

Learn how to paint basic leaf shapes and colorful varieties of flowers. Learn wet into wet techniques, glazing, masking and negative painting while colors move and mingle giving the illusion of depth. Paint lovely flowers that emerge from the soft background to the bright sunlight as part of your composition. All mediums welcome. $80 per person, no registration fee.  Adult students can register now for these classes at darienarts.org, or by calling203.655.8683.

 

WEEKEND ONE ACTS AT DARIEN LIBRARY

Sunday, November 23rd, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Darien Library is proud to present for the fifth time Weekend One Acts, a theatrical weekend featuring free performances of one-act plays from three esteemed playwrights. The program of three works includes one-act comedies from David Ives and Christopher Durang. Doors open 1/2 hour prior to performance time. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot accommodate reservations. Latecomers cannot be admitted. This program is free and open to the public.