Local Activities for Seniors This Month

April Activities

 

 

DaLLAS BRASS at Darien High School

Thursday, April 24th, 7:30pm atDarien High School, 80 High School Lane

Darien senior citizens are invited to attend a performance of internationally acclaimed Dallas Brass free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School.  The Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles.  The Dallas Brass concert, American Musical Journey, incorporates a full complement of brass and percussion for a musical travelogue through American history.  From the time of George Washington to the present day - music will be selected from the masters - Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, John Williams, Sousa; and styles from Dixieland, swing, folk, patriotic, and pop. Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes, and returned home safely after the show.  At Home In Darienwill offer transportation at approximately 6:45pm for those Darien seniors who would like a ride.  Please call the office for more information, to reserve a seat for the show (tickets are required), and to arrange transportation at 203.655.2227 by Thursday, April 10th.

 

CONTINUING BEGINNING BRIDGE CLASSES

Mondays 1-3pm from March 31st, or Tuesdays 9-11am from April 1st, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
If you’ve just completed our Beginning Bridge class, or already have some basic knowledge of the game, join us for the next step. Monday classes will be held March 31, April 7, 28, May 5, 12 and 19, and are led by Meredith Dunne. Joan Bergen leads our Tuesday sessions, held April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6 and 13. Students should bring the text book - Bridge Basics I by Audrey Grant - to the first class. If you are new to DCA Bridge classes, please contact us to confirm your level of play suits this class. Prepayment is required. Maximum 10 students per class. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

THE HISTORY OF TEA, A WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON

Tuesday, April 1st, 12:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Green tea or black tea? Herbal tea or oolong tea? Are you the type of person who enjoys a good cup of tea? Hear Betty Johnson of Bigelow Tea speak about the history of tea, how tea is processed, and the many health benefits that may just be new to you.Luncheon will be catered by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. $15, or $10 for DCA members. Reservations are requested to ensure enough food for all. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

HISTORICAL SERIES WITH ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW- Patrol Torpedo Boat 109

Tuesday, April 1st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Featuring the WW II legend of young Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, this story represents all sailors who fought around the Solomon Islands in speedy wooden craft known as “Patrol Torpedo Boats”. Perhaps the best-known story of the PT’s, JFK’s PT 109 was torn in half after being deliberately rammed by the Japanese Destroyer Amigiri in the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943.  

 

Norwalk Community College’s Academic Festival Super Men and Wonder Women”

Wednesday and Thursday, April 2nd and 3rd, from 10:00am at Norwalk Community College, East Campus, 188 Richards Ave, Norwalk  

Norwalk Community College invites the public to attend the 2-day Academic Festival "Super Men and Wonder Women". Multiple events start each day at 10 am and continue into the afternoon. A key note speaker is scheduled for Wednesday at 2:30 pm in the PepsiCo Theater. Detailed event schedule will be available in the lobby of the East Campus starting Monday.

 

MAGICIAN JERRY BROWN

Wednesday, April 2nd, 3:30pm at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

Jerry Brown started performing magic at the age of 66.  He has been doing magic now for 13 years and has a magic show especially designed for seniors.  Please come and join us for some magic where everyone is sure to have a great time. 

 

THE STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR WITH MARK ALBERTSON

Friday, April 4th, 11:00am at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

The 1898 conflict was a turning point in American history.  Where Manifest Destiny, America's agenda of continental expansion across this great land that saw Chesapeake Bay linked with the Golden Gate, became in 1898, a program for Globalism.  With the Spanish-American War, America shed its colonial roots and joined the ranks of the Imperialist Powers.

 

MAGICAL MOMENTS IN THE MOVIES

Sunday, April 6th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Lifetime Learners Institute instructor Byron Matthews teaches his Norwalk Community College class with an examination of the most memorable moments in classic movies.

 

CRAFTS WITH KIM VAN MUNCHING

Wednesday, April 9th, 9:30am at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Kim Van Munching (Little Miss Acorn) will bring a wonderful craft to share. Kim has sold her handmade works of art online and in retail stores. Space is very limited so please make sure to sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

CONNECTICUT PHARMACY - Medication Management

Wednesday, April 9th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

OR Friday, April 18th at 11:00am at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

Prescriptions sure have changed. What medications can you take together? What should you take with food? How can you keep track? Your pharmacist is a great resource to answer all of your medication questions. Diane from Connecticut Pharmacy has plenty of tips on how to manage all of your medications safely and with ease.

 

WOMEN OF THE CIVIL WAR

Wednesday, April 9th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Ramona Garcia continues her women’s lecture series with a presentation about the lives of the leading ladies of the “War Against the States.” 

 

IRIS FOLDING CARDS – Easter Cards

Thursday, April 10th, 9:30 am at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Jo-An Jacobs will teach the paper craft technique called Iris folding.  Jo-An will instruct on how to use Iris folding in the creation of beautiful cards that can be used for Holiday notes or gifts.  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.  Please sign up by calling  203-656-7490 as space is limited.  The cost is free. If you have any card stock paper or Origami paper on hand bring it along.

 

HISTORY OF CONNECTICUT TREES AND STAMFORD BARTLETT ARBORETUM & GARDENS

Thursday, April 10th, 11:00am at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

In 1913,Francis A. Bartlett, a well-known dendrologist and founder of the internationally known F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company, acquired 30 acres of North Stamford woodlands to use as his residence, training school and research laboratory for his successful tree-care company. Over the years he assembled a large number of woody plant specimens on the property from all over the world in particular from North America, Europe and Asia.  Join Director of Education Todd DuPont for a presentation on the history of the Arboretum, its notable trees and plant collections.  The presentation will consist of a slideshow, live plant demonstration and a question and answer period.  Come learn more about this amazing place. 

 

ENTERTAINMENT WITH NANCY HERSHATTER

Saturday, April 12th, 3:00pm at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

Come and enjoy singing along with Nancy Hershatter on piano and guitar, on an array of songs from Broadway tunes to old folk classics, World War II and patriotic songs. Waltzing in the aisles is allowed!

 

CLASSICAL PIANO CONCERT WITH NICOLE WANG

Sunday, April 13th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Award-wining pianist Nicole Wang has been thrilling audiences throughout the United States.  Enjoy a performance of some of her favorite pieces.

 

SENIOR MOMENTS: Your Jewelry

Tuesday, April 15th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

This program will cover home security measures, proper care of jewelry, and estate planning. Senior Moments is a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY

Wednesday, April 16th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

(2013) Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, and Benedict Cumberbatch; Rated R; 121 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Director John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County tells the tale of the dysfunctional Westin clan, who all come together after the death of patriarch Beverly Weston.

 

A SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILIES LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Wednesday, April 16th, 4:00pm at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

Maplewood at Darien offers an ongoing group for families and friends of people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Join us in this safe and caring space where people touched by Alzheimer’s and related dementia can learn more about the disease, share concerns and ideas, express their feelings, and hear about advances in research and advocacy.  Our group is facilitated by professionals experienced with dementia, everyone is welcome.  Please call Carrie Effinger, MSW in advance at 203.202.9883

 

THE MUSIC OF SPRINGTIME

Thursday, April 17th, 3:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Conductor, opera singer and piano player Maestra MacKenzie will be celebrating spring by performing a variety of operatic pieces.

 

WALGREENS PHARMACY – Skin and Wound Care

Monday, April 21st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

With aging comes less resilient skin. From skin tears and wounds to simple age spots and wrinkles, skincare is a must.   Americans spend billions of dollars on promises of reducing wrinkles, lightening age spots, and eliminating itchy, flaky, or red skin.  The simplest and cheapest way to keep skin healthy is to stay out of the sun, and it’s never too late to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.  Aging skin does not repair itself as quickly as younger skin, so it is important to be aware of how to treat wounds before they become serious.  Ashi the Walgreens pharmacist will discuss all topics of skin and wound care in the senior population.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WITH PARK STREET SINGERS

Monday, April 21st, 1:30pm at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

The Park Street Singers were formed over 30 years ago by members of the Congregational Church in New Canaan.  The name of the singing group is derived from the  church location on Park Street.  The group is currently composed of women from all over Fairfield County.  They troupe their fall, spring, and holiday programs to senior groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and service organizations throughout the County.  Their program consists of Broadway tunes, old time favorites and songs by the notable composers, Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Berlin, Mercer, and Rogers. 

 

FREE SPRING GARDENING WORKSHOP

Tuesday, April 22nd, from 9:30am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Finally - spring is here! Join us to divide and transplant perennials, plant containers, and prune shrubs in this annual lovely day outside. Novice gardeners will be given instruction on various techniques; experienced gardeners are welcome to just help out. All participants will be offered some free plants to take home for their own. You should wear clothes appropriate for gardening, and bring any hand tools you have (trowel, hand shovel, clippers; we will have extras if you don’t). Afterwards we’ll enjoy a light lunch on the patio. This workshop will run from 9:30am to 12:00pm, but you needn’t stay the whole time, just join when you can. Free for all! (Children are welcome under your supervision.) Reservations are requested to ensure there’s plenty of lunch for all. For more information and to let us know you’re coming, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

DARIEN LIBRARY – Lets Play Baseball!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

OR Tuesday, April 22nd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

The Darien Library will present a short program on the history of baseball – the “American pastime.”  Baseball is rich with history and larger than life players.  From Lou Gehrig and Hank Aaron to Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth – all took part in adding to the rich fabric of such an American sport.  The women of the Darien Library will lead an informative program complete with poignant pictures of past players.

 

LET’S TALK EARS WITH LESLIE OGILVY

Wednesday, April 23rd, 11:00am at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

Here’s a chance to find out more about our ears - why we have them, and what to do with them!  Come join Leslie Hughes Ogilvy, from Sound Hearing Aid Services.  NOTE: Leslie provides in-home hearing services including hearing assessments, hearing aid dispensing and servicing, and referrals as needed.  She has been licensed since 1997 and is happy to discuss any hearing related issues you may have.

 

JUMPSTART TO JOURNALING

Thursday, April 24th, 9:30am to 11:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

The practice of journaling opens a personal path to a new awareness, when you listen to your hand-written reflections of moments only you have witnessed or imagined. Poet and educator Cathy Allman will help you begin your journal journey through writing prompts, free writes, and time provided for optional sharing. $25, or $20 for DCA members. Register by Monday, April 22nd. Maximum 20 students for this workshop; minimum enrollment applies. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

HOW TO LIVE TO BE 100

Thursday, April 24th, 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

Come listen to cardiologist Dr. Edward Schuster from Stamford Hospital give a presentation on “How to Live to be 100.”  He will discuss the importance of a diet, exercise, and how to live a healthy lifestyle.  This presentation is FREE.  Please register at 1-877-233-9355 (WELL).  Light refreshments will be served. 

 

ENTERTAINMENT WITH CHRISTINA CONNERS

Saturday, April 26th, 3:00pm at Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road

"ALL ABOUT BARBRA, JUDY AND JULIE.”  Join singer Christina Connors in celebrating the amazing lives and talents of three of the most beloved singers of our time!  Relax and listen to songs like   "Over The Rainbow" from Wizard Of Oz, to joining Christina in singing "Do, Rei, Mi" from The Sound Of Music! Don't miss this exciting show!

 

DUO PIANO GROUP SPRING CONCERT

Sunday, April 27th, 4:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Join our talented pianists for “Around the World on 88 Keys,” with music from many lands. Scores include Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Copeland’s “Hoe Down,” Octavio Pinto’s “Scenas Infantis,” and Holst’s “Jupiter” from The Planets. Performers include Yoko Araki, Karen Curtin, Kathy Edwards, Michael Karpilow, Jonathan Thackeray, Yuki Yamaguchi and violinist Darwin Shen perform. Refreshments will be offered. $10 per person; reservations are requested. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

MEET THE AUTHOR: EVIE WYLD

Tuesday, April 29th, 12 noon at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing will be our featured speaker. A light lunch will be served. Please register for this event at darienlibrary.org.

 

Lifetime LEArners

Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College, the non-profit adult education organization for people over age 50,  still has space in three (3) late starting 4-week courses which begin in mid-April. They are WWII In Film, The Great American Songs and Stories, and 20th Century Art : The “isms”. These three 2-hour daytime courses each cost $30.00 in addition to a 12-month membership. To enroll phone 203-857-3330 or see www.lifetimelearners.org