Local Activities for Seniors This Month

 

AT HOME IN DARIEN, Annual luncheon series 2015 – “living vitally, dynamically and happily at home”

Tuesday, March 10th, 11:00am to 12:30pm, Mather Center Café, 2 Renshaw Road

Featuring Dorothy Baker, Ph.D, R.N., Research Scientist, Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Director CT Collaboration for Fall Prevention, Yale University School of Medicine. In collaboration with Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, we invite Darien seniors to join us for an enjoyable and educational presentation on how your home should meet your changing needs as you age.  This will be the first in our expanded series for 2015, and remains a free presentation and lunch for Darien Seniors.  Please RSVP no later than March 3rd.  Space is limited so please respond early to ensure a seat at 203.655.2227 or Sandi@AtHomeInDarien.org.

 

Byron Matthews presents “old time Hollywood”

Sunday, February 1st, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Byron Matthews discusses the newsmakers in Hollywood and provides an insider’s perspective of yesterday’s film classics.

 

Watercolor painting

Mondays, February 2nd through April 27th9:30am to 12:30pm at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

Explore the medium of watercolor painting in a classroom setting.  Techniques will be demonstrated from basic to advanced levels.  Individual instruction and advice will be available during class.  Work on class projects or on your own painting at your own pace.  Watercolor artists of all levels of ability are welcome.  Please bring your painting materials with you to the class.  The instructor will review them and will advise if needed.  Instruction will cover the basics of drawing, color theory, painting techniques, composition and all steps toward the finished work.  $385 plus $25 Registration fee.  Register online at www.darienarts.org, by mail, or stop by the Darien Arts Center’s office, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  For further information call 203.655.8683.

 

Blood pressure screenings

Monday, February 2nd, 10:00am to 11:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Tuesday, February 3rd, 12:00pm 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.

 

Ask the nurse: lunch and learn

Monday, February 2nd, 11:00am, lunch at 12:00pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Mary Ellen Porrata, MSN, APRN with the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association will lead an education health program.  She will discuss all aspects of general health and will be available to answer any questions you may have and provide you with the advice and care information for your unique concerns.  A complimentary lunch will be offered at noon following the program.  Space is limited so please call 203.656.7490 to reserve a spot.

 

Women’s group luncheon – “the urban archaeologist”

Tuesday, February 3rd, 12:15pm to 2:15pm at the Darien Community Center, 274 Middlesex Road

Join the Women’s Group luncheon to hear from Greg Van Antwerp who, for the past 35 years, has been digging for historical treasure through every estate, garage and tag sale he could find.  Hear about Greg’s finds, and his search techniques. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events caters this lunch. $15, or $10 for DCA members.  Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, February 2nd, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203.655.9050.

 

Art gottleib, lcsw: trench warfare

Tuesday, February 3rd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Art Gottlieb will present the second session in a series commemorating the 100 year anniversary of World War I.  The presentation will focus on the trench warfare that became the haunting image of the “War to End all Wars”. The introduction of weapons such as poison gas, the machine gun and tanks were to define existence of the surreal, barbed wired “No-Man’s Land” existing between the trenches.

 

Information at your fingertips: tax time

Tuesday, February 3rd, 6:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Are you looking at a shoebox filled with receipts and monthly statements?  Let the experts show you how to organize your materials and find the forms you need to file your individual 2014 State and Federal taxes.

 

2015 academic lecture series on global issues, “Russian roulette”

Tuesday, February 3rd, 7:30pm reception, 8:00pm lecture at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

"Putin’s Russia: Cold War II?" will be presented by John Beyrle, former US Ambassador to Russia, who served as an American diplomat for more than three decades, in foreign postings and domestic assignments focused on Central and Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and Russia. This is the final lecture of this well-attended and enlightening series. Tickets are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA atinfo@dariendca.org or 203.655.9050.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

 

Printing/drawing studio

Wednesdays, February 4th through April 22nd, 9:30am to 12:30m at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

Participants will investigate different themes and drawing media to inspire original drawings that will inform printmaking. Learn intaglio, paper lithography and other print-making techniques to advance your creative process. All levels are welcome.  $385 plus $25 Registration Fee.  Register online at www.darienarts.org, by mail, or stop by the Darien Arts Center’s office, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  For further information call203.655.8683.

 

Talking with your doctor: lunch and learn

Wednesday, February 4th, 12:00pm lunch, 12:30 program at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Be prepared for your appointments and take an active role in your healthcare.  You are the primary person on your health team.  Melody Matheny Orpen RN, Community Health Coordinator for Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will present on how to make, prepare and participate in your appointments, and will have tip sheets for you.  .  A complimentary lunch will be served at noon before the program.  Space is limited so please call203.656.7490 to reserve a spot.

 

Fall prevention seminar by jeff ciolino, lifelong therapeutics

Wednesday, February 4th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

 

“write life” – the BronteS from parsonage to print

Wednesday, February 4th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Presented by Ramona Garcia, Ph.D., this program explores the fascinating life of the Bronte sisters.

 

Art gottlieb presents, “world war I - the beginning”

Thursday, February 5th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

This presentation explores the events leading up to the Great War – World War I.

 

tax preparation and assistance

Fridays, February 6th through April 10th9:00am to 4:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge.  For more information, please call 203.669.5236.

 

Drawing and painting academy

Fridays, February 6th through May 1st9:15am to 12:15pm at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

Students of all levels will learn how to draw and paint by learning the basic and advanced concepts of composition, shading technique, proportion, and color theory. From a variety of subject matter such as the still life and the portrait. Class participants will gain the fundamentals needed to create personal and unique art work. Eventually, most of the exploration will be done by working from life but photographs will also be used to introduce some students to complex subjects such as the human face. Lots of exercises, frequent teacher lectures and demonstrations will strengthen the student’s knowledge. $385 plus $25 Registration Fee.  Register online atwww.darienarts.org, by mail, or stop by the Darien Arts Center’s office, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  For further information call 203.655.8683.

 

Nicole wang, pianist

Sunday, February 8th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Ms. Wang is a Juilliard pianist who always thrills her audience with her passion and technical skills.

 

Waveny lifecare network

Tuesday, February 10th, 11:00am to 12:00pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Learn about the many supportive services and local resources available to you through Waveny LifeCare Network.

 

Horticulture workshop

Tuesday, February 10th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Join Eric the Plant Guy who will teach all about African Violets.  Plant your own and bring it home!

 

Mark Albertson presents, “current events: oil”

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

Lifetime Learner Instructor, Mark Albertson, provides an update on this developing energy situation and how it will affect this nation and the globe.

 

The beautiful tava - belly dancer extraordinaire!

Wednesday, February 11th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Delight to the sounds, sight, rhythm, and music from Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, and Israel.  Lunch ($4.00) at noon and performance (free of charge) will begin at 12:30pm.  Sign up is required as this is a very popular event, please call 203.656.7490 to reserve a spot.

 

Senior moments:  the role of the orchestra in the 21st century

Wednesday, February 11th, 4:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Come hear from Stamford Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu as he introduces the Symphony’s upcoming concert season and leads a participatory discussion of the role of the orchestra in the 21st century.

 

Winter semester meded series

Wednesday, February 11th, Infectious Diseases, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Wednesday, February 25th, Orthopedic Spine Health and Rehabilitation, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Program Director, Joshua Herbert, MD, Darien Library, Stamford Hospital, YWCA Darien Norwalk, and the Darien YMCA, cordially invite the public to attend this series of lectures that mimic the structure of the medical school experience. Each night will focus on one topic and cover the anatomy, function, common disease states, and available treatments. The physicians are board certified in their area of specialty and leaders in their fields.

 

Valentine’s day tea

Thursday, February 12th, 11:30am to 3:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady in possession of an hour or two to spare must be in want of an Afternoon Tea.” - Jane Austen with poetic license. Treat yourself for Valentine’s Day with a traditional British Afternoon Tea, catered by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. With views of the formal garden, come and enjoy tea sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with jam and clotted cream, and cakes and pastries in the stately setting of the DCA Meadowlands historic home. $25, or $20 for DCA members. Reservations for tea are required by Tuesday, February 10th and may be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or203.655.9050.

 

Middlesex middle school jazz ensemble

Thursday, February 12th, 11:30am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Students from the Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble will perform.  The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble that meets before regularly scheduled school hours and performs a repertoire of music from the Jazz genre.  These talented children are led by James Carter (Alumni Swing Band).

 

Heart health and you

Tuesday, February 12th at 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Dr. Salvatore Carbonaro will present on how to live well and care for your heart.

 

Celebrate local artists – art show & reception

Thursday, February 12th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Fairfield County artist Jocelyn Urban Sandor brings a new collection featuring equestrian and canine work.

 

Medicare demystified

Thursday, February 12th, 6:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Presented by Ronald Kahan MD, Medicare is an insurance program unlike any you’ve encountered. To get the most out of your Medicare coverage, participants must fully understand the available options. This talk will demystify Medicare and provide practical advice for making the best decisions when choosing your Medicare plan.

 

Mendelssohn: an extraordinary child prodigy, “presented by Jeffrey engel”

Friday, February 13th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Mendelssohn is usually ignored in the conversation about prodigies, but he was quite comparable to Mozart and topped him at least one way. He was composing masterpieces as a teenager, several years before Mozart!

 

Music out of west Africa: the kora

Saturday, February 14th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Enjoy a performance on the Kora, an ancient harp from West Africa. The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s.  Songs performed on the Kora are often traditional tunes that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.

 

Art gottlieb presents, “the us world’s fair 1939-40”

Sunday, February 15th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Opening on April 30, 1939, The New York World’s Fair featured exhibits by 58 nations and 33 states as well as 1,354 exhibitors and 310 places to eat.  With the theme “Building the World of Tomorrow with the Tools of Today” this two-year event forged lasting memories for all who experienced it.

 

Miscellaneous facts and fun with cookie martini

Tuesday, February 17th, 1:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Did you know that one quarter of the bones in the human body are located in the feet?!  Did you know the strongest muscle in proportion to its size in the human body is the tongue?!  Come for a laugh – and to learn a little about things you may never have known you didn’t know!

 

Darby cartun presents, “civil war realities and social prejudice”

Wednesday, February 18th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Darby presents a discussion about the social and industrial upheavals of the day and how they were portrayed in lithographs and newspapers. Featured artists include Woodville and Currier and Ives.

 

heart health

Wednesday, February 18th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn't mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.  The pharmacist from CT Pharmacy will present ways anyone can decrease their risk of heart disease.

 

Dr. Joe utterback, master jazz pianist

Friday, February 20th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Dr. Joe mesmerizes with his musical style and knowledge of artists, composers and what inspired them.

 

“sophistication” duo featuring Patrick and jane marino

Sunday, February 22nd, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Performing the sounds of Big Band jazz, Ballroom music, 50's, Latin and pop musical program, Patrick and Jane sound like an 8 piece band.

 

Lifetime Learners Spring Session

Monday, February 23rd Registration begins, Classes start the week of March 16th, Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

42 different classes offered.  Each class meets once a week starting Monday, March 16th.  Each class is less than 2 hours long with a break in the middle.  Classes run from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the class.  To receive a free detailed course catalog and membership information, please call 203.857.3330, or visit www.lifetimelearners.org

 

Darryl hawk presents, “ladakh: land of high passes”

Wednesday, February 25th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Darryl presents the unique beauty of this mystical region.

 

Caregiving – a survival guide

Wednesday, February 25th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm at Noble Conference Center, Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich

Speaker Stephen Jones, MD, Medical Director, Center for Healthy Aging will present.  Lecture is free and a box lunch is available for $10.  Please order by Friday, February 20th.  To register call 203.863.4277 or 888.305.9253 or online at www.greenwichhospital.org

 

Saint Thomas More Church Announces Bereavement Seminar

Wednesdays, February 25th through April 15th7:30pm to 9:30pm at Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 374 Middlesex Road

If you are suffering the loss of a loved one, you need to give yourself some time to work through the difficult process of moving from grief to healing.  To help you in that journey, Saint Thomas More Roman Catholic Church is conducting a Bereavement Seminar, open to anyone in Darien who is grieving the loss of a loved one.  Trained bereavement facilitators will lead the two hour evening sessions in the Saint Thomas More Rectory Annex. There are no charges for attending, but those interested in participation need to contact the Parish Office, 203.655.3303 ext 10 or Lillian Toll at 203.966.9367 for further information and registration.

 

Emily gray tedrowe in conversation with phil klay

Saturday, February 28th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Emily Gray Tedrowe, author of Blue Stars, will be in conversation with Phil Klay, 2014 National Book Award Winner and author of Redeployment.

 

Mark your calendar- darien arts center presents, “on golden pond”

Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th, Friday, March 20th, and Saturday, March 21st at 8:00pm and Sundays, March 15th and March 22nd, at 2:00pm at Darien Arts Center, Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

This heartwarming American classic, directed b Patrick Kiley, will be presented.  Tickets will go on sale February 9th.  For further information, call office at 203-655-8683.

 

elderly tax deferral

Anthony J. Homicki, Darien Assessor, advises that all senior homeowners over the age of 65 may be eligible for tax credits on their Real Estate Property tax under the Circuit Breaker (State Program), Town Program, or Elderly Tax Deferral and that applications are being accepted now and must be filed before May 15, 2015.  Any homeowner reaching the age of 65 on or before December 31, 2014 and qualifies within the income limits, should come into the Assessor’s Office and apply by May 15, 2015.  To be eligible for credit, income must not exceed $51,200 for married couples or $43,600 for single persons.  All income, including Social Security must be reported.  Documentation of proof such as a copy of your 2014 Social Security 1099 form and a copy of your 2014 Income Tax Return is needed.  If you have any questions, including questions about the Elderly Tax Deferral option, please call the Assessor’s Office at 203.656.7310, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.