Local Activities for Seniors This Month

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AT HOME IN DARIEN ANNUAL LUNCHEON

Tuesday, October 28th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Train Your Brain for Enhanced Memory

Join At Home In Darien in collaboration with the Darien Community Association, for an informative and interactive seminar on enhancing memory.  The less we use our minds, the duller they become.  But, the more we nurture our brains, the better thinkers we become and the more we can preserve our memory.  Come learn 25 ways to develop a training regimen for your brain!  Come at 11:30 to browse our informational tables, lunch will be served atnoon, followed by the speaker.

RSVP by October 20th (space is limited and priority seating will be given to Darien seniors) to 203.655.2227 or sandi@athomeindarien.org

 

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:

Thursday, Oct 2 vs. St. Joseph @ 3pm

Saturday, Oct 11 vs. Fairfield Warde @ 2pm

Saturday, Nov 8 vs. Harding @ 2pm

Saturday, Nov 15 vs. North Haven @ 1pm

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

For a full schedule of games, go to www.darienfootball.com.  

 

LEAF raking and snow shoveling

At Home In Darien is pleased to organize the annual fall leaf raking and winter snow shoveling program and match volunteers to senior residents who are in need of this assistance.  Seniors who are interested in having their leaves raked and/or their public sidewalks shoveled by volunteers, should contact our office to submit an application before October 15th, as our volunteers are limited.  If you plan to hire someone to perform these services for you, please consider this a reminder to line up professional services as soon as possible.  For more information or a referral to one of our vetted service providers, please call 203.655.2227 or sandi@athomeindarien.org

 

ADULT VISUAL ARTS CLASSES AT THE DARIEN ARTS CENTER

Mornings beginning in October, at DAC Visual Arts Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall

Printmaking and Drawing (Wed. 9:30am-12:30pm), Watercolor Painting (Mon. 9:30am-12:30pm), Mixed Media Collage (Tues. 9:15am-12:15pm), and the Drawing and Painting Academy (Fri. 9:15am-12:15pm).

Adult students can register now for these morning classes that begin during the first week of October at darienarts.org, or by calling 203.655.8683.

 

LEARN MORE TO BREATH BETTER: VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY

Wednesday, October 1st, 12:00 noon at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Twelve million people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and another 12 million do not know they have it.  Become informed about diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle changes that can help you take control of this disease.  This serious lung disease, also called emphysema or chronic bronchitis,  makes it hard to breathe.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS, “COLD WAR IN EUROPE – THE BRESHNEV DOCTRINE”

Thursday, October 2nd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

The Brezhnev Doctrine was a Soviet Union foreign policy that was designed to strengthen the hold of the Eastern bloc nations. “When forces that are hostile to socialism try to turn the development of some socialist country towards capitalism, it becomes not only a problem of the country concerned, but a common problem and concern of all socialist countries.” Gottlieb presents the impact of the Doctrine on the Cold War and the spread of Communism.

 

SKETCHING WITH ANDY DAVIS

Fridays, 9:00am to 9:45am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Award winning sculptor and painter Andy Davis is teaching a sketching class.  Learn to hold a pen/pencil correctly, then, transform a simple piece of paper into a work of art.  Paper, pencil and pen required.  Andy has received numerous commissions for his work including those from Sara Lawrence College and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Drawings by the artist have been displayed in galleries in the United States and abroad.  The artist is an active professional whose studio is in Bridgeport.  Andy also teaches the Ancient Art of Stone carving at the Darien Senior Program on Fridays at 10:00am.  Cost of the sketching class is $4.00 per class.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Monday, October 6th, 10:00am to 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Tuesday, October 7th, 12 noon to 1:00pm 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

 

TREASURES IN YOUR ATTIC

Monday, October 6th, 11:00am to 12:00 noon at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

When was the last time you were in your attic?  Do you know what is there?  Are there potential “treasures” that might finance your next vacation, dinner out, or future care needs?  Is it sentimental or valuable?  Pater Schattenfield, managing partner with Turning Point Estate Services, LLC will be the presenter.   Attend and  find out if you have any treasures in your attic!  Complimentary lunch served at noon, please sign up 203.656.7490

 

PILATES

Tuesdays, beginning October 7th, 9:05am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Due to popularity, Elizabeth Hall will be teaching a Pilates class on Tuesday mornings in addition to the Thursday class.  If you are over 50, Pilates is a great way to increase your strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.  Pilates is regarded as an ideal exercise regime for people due to its low-impact exercises.  The benefits of Pilates for more mature people include:  improved posture, stamina and strength, along with improving balance and reducing your risk of falls.  Whatever your size, strength or endurance, Pilates is beneficial for anyone. If you are suffering from arthritis, postural difficulties or bone density problems, Pilates might also help you. $4.00 per class.

 

WHAT IS HOSPICE?

Tuesday, October 7th, 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

What is Hospice? Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on patient comfort rather than curing illnesses.  It is the most common form of palliative care available. Comfort care is all-encompassing, treating pain and physical symptoms as well as emotional, social, and spiritual symptoms. Treating the whole person is essential to patient comfort.  Vitas Innovative Hospice Care will sponsor this informative program.  Complimentary lunch served at noon, please sign up 203.656.7490.

 

FLU SHOT CLINIC By Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County

Tuesday, October 7th, 12 noon to 2:00pm at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Thursday, October 23rd, 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Road

Flu vaccine containing 4 strains of flu virus will be administered.  The vaccine is individual doses without preservative.  Three year olds to 65 years old may receive the vaccine.  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Medicare Part B, Anthem, Aetna and Healthy CT accepted.  Vaccine is $42.00.  Any questions please contact Melody Matheny-Orpen RN at 203.762.8958, ext. 312.

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON – THE MYSTERIES OF HUGETTE CLARK AND HER EMPTY MANSIONS

Tuesday, October 7th, 12:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bill Dedman shares from his bestselling biography, Empty Mansions - the Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. Hear stories of the heiress’ life, and how she chose to live her last 20+ years in a hospital rather than in one of her three uninhabited mansions. $15, or $10 for DCA members. A full luncheon including dessert will be provided by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. Reservations are requested, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

BOOK SIGNING WITH HIGH PROFILE LAWYER ROBERT B. FISKE, JR.

Tuesday, October 7th, 7:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Bob Fiske is one of the best-known and most respected lawyers of the past century, involved in the Whitewater affair, as well as such high profile cases as the prosecution of “Mr. Untouchable,” the drug lord Nicky Barnes; and the financial swindler Bernie Madoff. This is Bob Fiske’s legal autobiography, an insider’s look at some of the most fascinating and important cases of our time. $15, or $10 for DCA members. Reservations are requested, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

BEGINNER BALLET

Wednesdays, starting October 8th, 9:00am to 9:50am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Elizabeth Hall will begin a new beginner ballet class geared towards seniors with no prior knowledge or memory of ballet or its vocabulary.  Seniors wishing to begin ballet or resume their study of it following many years away from the studio, this class is the ideal pace, size, and instruction! $4.00 per class.

 

PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS: GARDEN CLUB OF DARIEN

Wednesday, October 8th, 10:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

A group of dedicated volunteers from the Garden Club of Darien will lead a flower arranging class each month called “Pleasure through Plants.” They graciously provide all the flowers and the containers to highlight occasions or special holiday themes that month. They also offer instructions on making arrangements as well as valuable information on the flowers used at each class. Class size is limited - sign up required, please call  203.656.7490.

 

THE JOY OF MUSIC PRESENTED BY THE GRACE NOTES

Wednesday, October 8th, 11:15am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Volunteers from the Greenwich Junior League lend their voices to this A-plus, a cappella signing group. Enjoy a morning of sweet music!

 

ENTREPRENEURS WHO CHANGE THE WORLD (FOR GOOD)
Wednesday, October 8th, 7:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
Meet two social entrepreneurs who use their business acumen and energy to help others.  Anne Wells is the founder of Unite The World With Africa, a social organization that advances health, education and micro finance programs in Tanzania. Jessica Hendricks is the founder of The Brave Collection, a line of jewelry designed and handmade by Cambodian artisans. You’ll be inspired! $10, or free for DCA members. Reservations are requested andcan be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

HOMEOWNERS MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

Thursday, October 9th from 10:00am to 7:00pm at Conference Center at Coco Key, 3580 East Main Street, Waterbury

Attorney General George Jepsen and the Connecticut Department of Banking are co-hosting a free event designed to help people who are having difficulties

with their mortgages and allow them to work one-on-one with their lenders. The event will include lenders, HUD-approved housing counselors, and agencies including the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Judicial Foreclosure Mediation, The Workplace, Inc. and 2-1-1 Infoline. Several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Veterans Administration, will also be on hand to speak with homeowners. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Kathleen Titsworth, of the Department of Banking, at 860.240.8176 or Kathleen.Titsworth@ct.gov

 

2014 DCA ART LECTURE SERIES, “EL GRECO, GOYA & SOROLLA: THREE ARTISTIC VISIONS”

Thursdays, October 9th, 16th & 30th at 11:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of America, this year the DCA’s Art Lecture Series focuses on three iconic masters of Spanish art. The lectures are: October 9th on El Greco; October 16thon Goya; and October 30th on Sorolla. Full details can be found at dariendca.org. All lectures will be followed by a luncheon featuring specially prepared menus of Spanish cuisine, including paella and tapas. For registration information, and details on pricing, view dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

SENIOR MOMENTS: LINE DANCING FOR SENIORS

Thursday, October 9th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Line dancing is fun, easy to learn, a great social outlet and fantastic exercise! Come enjoy the wonderful world of line dancing by learning simple steps to such popular group dances as: The "Cha-Cha Slide", The "Cupid Shuffle" and more! 

 

VISIT FROM STATE SENATOR BOB DUFF

Thursday, October 9th, 11:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

State Senator Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, will be at the Darien Senior Program at the Mather Center for lunch and conversation. Some of the topics Duff will touch on will be how the latest Connecticut budget and legislation will help seniors. There will also be a question-and- answer session. For more information, call Duff's office at 860.240.0414 or toll free at 800.842.1420.

 

THE JAZZ OF DR. JOE UTTERBACK

Thursday, October 9th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Celebrated jazz pianist, composer and recording artist (he also performed at the Tony Awards dinner in NY city), Dr. Joe performs blues, ballads, Broadway and jazz classics in a dynamic, informative style.

 

FOUR-WEEK  OCTOBER  COURSES

Starting the week of October 12th, at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave, Norwalk

Two daytime, 4-week, non-credit courses are offered by Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College.  They are “Modern Short Stories” on Tuesdays and “The Arts of Ancient Greece” on Wednesdays, both at 3 pm.  Both of these interesting courses, with no tests or stress, meet only once a week for less than 2 hours.  For registration information phone 203.857.3330 or see www.lifetimelearners.org

 

CLASSICAL PIANIST NICOLE WANG

Sunday, October 12th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Guest soloist for orchestras and a featured artist at many venues, Nicole Wang’s piano performances are passionate and a sight to behold. With artistry, musicality and perfect technical expertise, attending her performance is truly a treat!

 

OKTOBERFEST!

Tuesday, October 14th, 12:00 noon at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Ach, Du Lieber!  A little bit of Germany comes to Darien!  The Chris and Ronnie Band will celebrate Oktoberfest in grand style and perform musical features like the Beer Barrel Polka, The Happy Wanderer, Muss I Denn, Edelweiss, Ach Du Lieber Augustine and more.  So bring your German Cowbells and enjoy an authentic German Oktoberfest.  German fare lunch will be served ($4.00) at noon and entertainment will begin at 12:30.  Please make lunch reservations 203.656.7490.

 

THE BLUE NOTES

Tuesday, October 14th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Tuesday, October 28th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Founded over 60 years ago, the women of the Blue Notes perform a wide range of musical selections from Big Band to Broadway – all in four-part harmony. The Blue Notes have been a part of the Darien Community Association since 2004. 

 

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS IRAQ

Wednesday, October 15th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Lifetime Learners lecturer Mark Albertson presents the intricacies of the Iraq conflict and the strategic issues affecting the United States.

 

FLU SHOTS

Thursday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 29th9:30am to 11:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Each winter, millions of people suffer from seasonal flu. Flu—the short name for influenza—is caused by viruses. Some viruses can spread easily from one person to another. For older people, especially those who have health problems like diabetes or heart disease, the flu can be very serious, even life-threatening. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.  The Darien Health Department and Molly Larson RN will provide seniors with their flu shots.  Medicare is accepted.  Cost additional for those not using Medicare.  Please bring your insurance card.   For questions on what type of vaccine to receive, please contact your health care provider.

 

ASK A LAWYER: MICHAEL NEDDER

Friday, October 17th, 11:00am to 12:00 noon at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Nedder and Associates LLC. will be available for 15 minute private appointments at the Senior Center.  Attorney Michael Nedder can answer questions regarding power of attorney, living wills, trusts, guardianships, disability planning, IRA custodianships, and wills just to name a few. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly  203.656.7490.

 

COME DISCOVER AN ANCESTOR

Saturday, October 18th, 9:00am to 12 noon at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Come Discover An Ancestor is a half-day open-house style event. The event is designed to help individuals and families gain a greater appreciation of how family history can be a fun and captivating experience. 

 

FREE CARDIOVASCULAR SCREENING

Monday, October 20th 9:00am to 12:00 noon at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Fairfield University nursing students will conduct a FREE cardiovascular screening event that includes: total cholesterol, blood glucose (sugar), and blood pressure testing. The complete screening takes approximately 20-25 minutes and participants are not required to fast. To avoid a wait you must to sign-up in advance 203.656.7490, space is limited.

                                                                                                                        

SMART FOOD CHOICES FOR HEALTHY AGING

Monday, October 20th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

As you grow older, if you continue eating the same types and amounts of food but do not become more active, you will probably gain weight. That's because your metabolism (how your body gets energy from food) slows with age. Your body uses less energy, and that means it needs less food to make the energy it needs. The energy your body gets from the nutrients in the food you eat is measured as calories. There are five main types of nutrients—proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, and water. What does each of these nutrients do in your body? What foods are they found in?  Ashi, the Pharmacy manager from Walgreens in Darien will be here to focus on all your nutrition needs.

 

STAMFORD HOSPITAL LUNCH AND LEARN: IMMUNIZATIONS

Tuesday, October 21st, Complimentary Lunch at 12 noon, Program at 12:30 at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Immunizations are not just for children.  Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time.  You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your lifestyle, travel or health conditions.  Our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain disease.  A doctor from Stamford Hospital will be here to lead an informative program covering all types of vaccines – because regardless of age, all adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases.  A complimentary lunch will be served at noon, and the program will begin at 12:30.  Sign up at 203.656.7490.

 

PARK STREET SINGERS

Monday, October 27th,  12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The Park Street Singers have been entertaining seniors in Fairfield County for over 30 years.  What began as a casual group to sing for Mother’s Day at the Congregational Church on Park Street in New Canaan, grew into a well-known women’s choral group that has performed over 1000 times since 1973.  The Park Street Singers focus on “songs from yesterday.”  They sing favorites including show tunes, popular oldies, traditional folk, swing and blues.  Their upbeat show will entertain and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a song to your heart!

 

“DEATH IN SLOW MOTION” AUTHOR GREG O’BRIEN PRESENTION & BOOK SIGNING

Tuesday, October 28th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

For author Greg O’Brien, a reporter from Brewster, Mass, being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2010 is a deeply personal journey.  Both his grandfather and his beloved mother died of Alzheimer’s after a long, drawn out battle and in his own words, “I had a chilling front row seat for both.” Now, through his own journey with the disease, he describes it as a death in slow motion, like having a sliver of your brain shaved off every day. Come hear his powerful story!

 

“NEWPLICATE” BRIDGE WITH KAREN BARRETT

Wednesdays, beginning October 29th9:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

If you are a bridge player that wants to try duplicate without all the pressure, this is the game for you. It will be an ACBL sanctioned game for players with 0 to 20 master points. There will be a mini lesson before the play starts, covering such topics as duplicate etiquette and strategy. The game will end around 12:30 and the cost is $12 per person. If you are interested in playing in this game or want more information, please call Karen Barrett at203.286.7530.

 

CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN

Friday, October 31st, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Wear a costume and win a prize!  After lunch Beth Paris will host an eerily interesting brain twister and teaser program – with lots of Halloween trivia and refreshments!  Costume not required!

 

EXPLORE COMPOSER HECTOR BERLIOZ WITH JEFFREY ENGEL

Friday, October 31st, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Jeffrey Engel, musician and music historian, imparts his extensive knowledge on Berlioz. Hear music from the great Berlioz and learn the intricacies of his life and the meaning behind his compositions - A Halloween-themed treat!