Local Activities for Seniors This Month

We’ve added another luncheon event this year – please join us!

SPONSORED BY AT HOME IN DARIEN AND THE DARIEN SENIOR PROGRAM: LIVING VITALLY, DYNAMICALLY, AND HAPPILY AT HOME

Tuesday, March 10th, 11:00am to 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Dorothy Baker, Ph.D, R.N. will present an enjoyable and educational presentation on how your home should meet your changing needs as you age.  Dr. Baker is a Research Scientist/Scholar in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven Connecticut where she currently is principal investigator of the statewide Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention. She is a nurse practitioner with clinical experience in outpatient and homecare having earned her doctorate in public health at Yale. This popular event is open to all Darien Seniors, however space is limited.  Please contact At Home In Darien to reserve your space at 203-655-2227 or email sandi@athomeindarien.org.

 

Darien high school’s dress rehearsal of The pajama game

Wednesday, March 18th, 7:00pm to 8:45pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane

In collaboration with Darien High School, At Home In Darien invites you to attend the dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes by volunteer drivers at approximately 6:30pm and returned home safely after the show.  Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 to reserve your seat and to arrange transportation to and from the show.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT HEARING LOSS

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

Hearing loss can occur slowly over time so its effects are not always obvious at first.  Unfortunately, when hearing is damaged, it is usually not just the volume at which sounds are heard that is reduced.  Often hearing loss changes the quality of the sound heard as well.  Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, along with Wendy Wallach-DeLucia, MS of Advanced Audiology and Hearing Aid Services, will present this program.  A complimentary lunch will be served at noon.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON – “THE HISTORY OF STEW LEONARD’S

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

From humble beginnings, Stew Leonard’s has grown to become the world’s largest dairy store, and a renowned grocery store.  Hear the history of this impressive grocer from long-time employee and Operations Manager Les Slater. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events will cater this lunch, which is $15, or $10 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, March 2nd, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

ART GOTTLIEB presents “OVER THERE”

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

Borrowing the title of the classic song by George M. Cohen, this program is part of a series commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I and will focus on events at home and abroad leading up to America’s decision to enter into the war in 1917. Art will present an oral history, as well as provide pictures documenting this historical time.

 

HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP WITH ERIC THE PLANT GUY

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2:00 pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Eric the plant guy will impart knowledge about roses, one of the most beloved plants in America, for their beauty and popularity.

 

Senior moments

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

A monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.  Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime.  We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good.  The first twenty participants will receive a limited edition tote bag filled with some of our favorite story books.

 

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS, “GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR”

Wednesday, March 4th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Norwalk Community College Lifetime Learner Instructor Mark Albertson discusses the end of the Second World War with particular focus on the clash between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: WHAT IS MEMORY?

Wednesday, March 4th, Complimentary Lunch at 12:00pm, program at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Friday, March 6th, Memory Screening: 15 Minute appointments beginning at 9:30am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Memory is what we rememberit gives us the capability to learn from past experiences.  Memory allows us to build relationships, skills, and habits.  According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America “memory screenings are suggested for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now for future comparisons.”  A nurse from Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will present an in-depth program on memory.  Complimentary memory screenings will be offered on Friday, March 6th.  Screenings are 10-15 minutes long and sign up is required for both programs.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

“WRITE LIFE” – RAMONA GARCIA, PhD PRESENTS ELIZABETH GASKELL

Wednesday, March 4th, 2:00 pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Author of “Mary Barton,” “Cranbury” and “North and South,” Elizabeth Gaskell lived during the Victorian era in Britain whose literary themes framed her stories as critiques of contemporary attitudes.

 

SHORT STORY DISCUSSION GROUP

Every Thursday, 1:00pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The short story discussion group reads a balance of contemporary fiction and classic works and features critically acclaimed authors such as William Faulkner, Ernest Hemmingway, and Mary Alice Monroe. Participants are encouraged to analyze the assigned short stories and come prepared to hear different interpretations from the group. Participants are given each an opportunity to pick a story for the group to read the following week.

 

Adult pastel workshop

Saturday, March 7th, 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

Expand your creative abilities with this one-day pastel workshop.  Learn drawing skills and pastel techniques while incorporating elements of composition.  Students will work from life to create a finished still life.  A materials list will be provided.  All levels welcome.  $80 per person – no 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.

 

THE SAMURAI: A SHORT HISTORY

Monday, March 9th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The "samurai" were a warrior class in Japan whose lives were bound by a special code of honor and behavior known as "bushido". They practiced and perfected various martial arts skills every day. Fearless in battle and fiercely loyal to their lord, each "samurai" had his own distinctive family crest. Scenes from several "samurai" movies produced in Japan will be shown as well as a show-and-tell of authentic historical artifacts.

 

BINGO: DARIEN YOUTH ASSET TEAM

Thursday, March 12th, 1:00pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The Darien Youth Asset Team of Darien High School will host a fun intergenerational Bingo game.  Come for Bingo, trivia, and prizes  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS “IRISH AMERICANS”

Friday, March 13th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

One of the largest and influential group of immigrants to arrive on our shores, it is estimated that 46 million Americans can trace their ancestry back to Ireland.  Irish Americans are part of the very fabric of our lives with notable figures in politics, entertainment and literature.

 

On Golden Pond

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 13th – 15th and March 20th – 22nd at Darien Arts Center, Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall

Patrick Kiley is directing the Darien Arts Center Stage production of On Golden Pond, the classic play by Ernest Thompson. It is the first of many events planned to mark the 40th anniversary of the Darien Arts Center.  Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00pm to 9:30pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm to 3:30pm.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at darienarts.org or by calling the DAC box office at 203-655-5414.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS “THE FRENCH LINER NORMANDIE”

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

The pride of the French Line, the fabulous Normandie was the largest and most sophisticated ocean liner of its time. In New York during Hitler’s defeat of France, she was destroyed by fire during conversion into a troop transport after America’s entry into war.

 

SPRING DAYTIME CLASSES BY LIFETIME LEARNERS INSTITUTE

Monday, March 16th, Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk

Over 40 daytime classes will begin on a variety of interesting subjects at Lifetime Learners Institute.  Please phone 203-857-3330 to request a free course catalog and membership information or see www.lifetimelearners.org.

 

ST. PATRICK’s DAY CELEBRATIONS: IRISH DANCERS

Monday, March 16th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the students of Lynn Academy will share in the art of Irish Step Dancing.  These talented dancers have achieved numerous first place New England Regional placements as well as top placements at the North American Championships in Irish Step Dancing.  Please come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and welcome Lynn Academy on their first visit to the Darien Senior Program!  A traditional Irish lunchwill be served at noon for $4.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR JACK CAVANAUGH

Tuesday, March 17th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Jack Cavanaugh, author of “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside: World War II, Army's Undefeated Teams, and College Football's Greatest Backfield Duo,” takes us through the Black Knights’ three consecutive National Championship seasons. One of the chapters is dedicated to a local Darien football player.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: COLORECTAL HEALTH

Tuesday, March 17th, 12:00pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

If colon cancer is detected in its early stages, it is up to 90 percent curable.  Stamford Hospital’s Dr. Marilee Freitas will present an informative program on colorectal health and prevention.  Complimentary lunch served at noonand program begins at 12:30.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

PENDER KEADY ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE PERFORMS

Tuesday, March 17th, 3:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Pender Keady Academy dancers will perform tap and soft shoe dances in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

 

EASTER IRIS FOLDING CARDS

Wednesday, March 18th, 9:30am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Very talented 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.

 

INTRODUCING YOUR PERSONAL COMPUTER

Wednesdays, March 18th, 25th, and April 1st, 10:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Jim Squyres will teach a beginning computer class for anyone interested in learning or better understanding a Windows computer.  The class will consist of topics such as: The Computer – there are a lot of parts that do a lot of things.  We only have to know a little for the computer to work for us.  The Software – you should know a little about virus protection, computer updates, and one or two other helpful applications.  Email – keep in touch with grandchildren and friends. Save pictures from an email or even learn to send pictures.  The Internet – read the newspapers, watch movies, play chess, find recipes, make a web page.  Word – type a letter, write a poem, or copy a speech.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

DARBY CARTUN PRESENTS, “THE INDEPENDENT ARTISTS: HOMER & EAKINS”

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

Each man forged a new and different path. Bold themes and society’s challenging attitudes are indicative of their styles as Darby takes us on a guided journey of their work.

 

the apartment

Wednesday, March 18th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Director/co-writer Billy Wilder claimed that the idea for The Apartment stemmed from a short scene in the 1945 romantic drama Brief Encounter in which the illicit lovers (Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson) arrange a rendezvous in a third person's apartment. Wilder was intrigued about what sort of person would willingly vacate his residence to allow virtual strangers a playing field for hanky panky. His answer to that question wound up winning 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Apartment was adapted by Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach into the 1969 Broadway musical Promises, Promises. 

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS “THE BATTLE OF THE RIVER PLATE”

Thursday, March 19th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

In the early years of World War II, the German warship Graf Spee was cornered in the south Atlantic by three Royal Navy cruisers and after a running battle, fled into the neutral port of Montevideo. Believing to be outnumbered, the Graf Spree’s captain ordered his own ship destroyed rather than surrender to the British.

 

ASK A LAWYER

Friday, March 20th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Nedder and Associates LLC. will be available for 15 minute private appointments.  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 by calling 203-656-7490.

 

DR. JOE UTTERBACK PERFORMS

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

Dr. Joe Utterback entertains with both piano and his voice while providing information about the works and composers he features during his performance.

 

DARIEN LIBRARY: POETRY

Tuesday, March 24th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Poetry has a long history.  Early poems evolved from folk songs or from a need to retell oral epics.  Poetry uses forms and conventions to suggest interpretation of words or to evoke emotional responses.  Among the most common forms of poetry through the ages is the sonnet.  Sonnets are usually associated with love poetry and consist of vivid imagery.  The Darien Library will share some of their favorite poems, as well as share the history of the poem and biographical information on the poet.

 

POP-UP CARDS WORKSHOP

Wednesday, March 25th, 9:30am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Participants will receive materials and instruction to create five different, individually personalized cards.  All necessary materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring photos (nothing precious, please), illustrations, and other embellishments you might like to include.  Cathy Paine will supply all instructions, templates, card stock, colored markers, and pencils.  Please bring along a glue stick if you have one.  Cathy Paine has taught workshops at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, and some of her work is available for purchase at the Silvermine Arts Center gift shop. There is a $15.00 participant fee.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

FALL PREVENTION WORKSHOP

Wednesday, March 25th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Physical Therapist Jeff Ciolino from Lifelong Therapeutics provides practical instruction on how to avoid falls.

 

ASK A BANKER: JACK DOWLING OF FIRST COUNTY BANK

Thursday, March 26th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Jack Dowling with First County Bank in Darien will schedule 15 minute “Ask a Banker” appointments.  Do you have questions regarding protecting your identity, preserving your retirement savings, or simple estate planning?  Are there questions you have that you have always wanted to ask a banker and never had the opportunity? Jack will be able to answer any questions from trust and custodial accounts to CD’s and fixed annuities.  Jack Dowling is an Assistant Vice President and Business Development Officer. Dowling joined First County Bank in 2011 and implements business development initiatives to attract new customer relationships and to build current client relationships. In conjunction with the business banking retail divisions, he generates new commercial and retail lending and deposit accounts and expands existing account relationships.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

 

PROVIDE A LEGACY FOR THE LIVING: FINANCIAL WORKSHOP

Thursday, March 26th, 9:30am to 11:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Learn how an estate plan - for yourself or your parents - can help leave a lasting, meaningful legacy. Instructor Karen Goersch, CRPC of Ameriprise Financial, will help participants understand the benefits of a plan, as well as manage the estate tax burden for heirs and care for loved ones. Trusts and estates attorney Lesley Schless from Shipman & Goodwin LLC and Greenwich Hospital’s hospice and palliative medicine physician, Dr. Donna Coletti, will be guest presenters. Tickets are $20, or $10 for DCA members, and can be purchased until Tuesday, March 24th, either online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Minimum enrollment applies.

 

PITCH PIPERS

Thursday, March 26th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Feel the beat and tap your feet with a Dixieland Jazz show full of lively songs and scat improvisation of Louie Armstrong’s When the Saints Go Marching In, Basin Street Blues, and You Tell Me Your Dream!  They have enjoyed over 350 performances in central Connecticut doing music therapy and providing melodic entertainment that brings back memories for seniors.

 

RIDGEFIELD VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION 41ST ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR

Saturday, March 28th, 10:00am to 2:00pm at East Ridge Middle School, 10 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield

Open to the public and free.  Dozens of health and wellness screenings, including cholesterol, anemia and glucose checks, hearing and vision screenings, bone density, foot and skin exams, free mammograms provided by Stamford Hospital and more.  There will also be  physicians, a sleep specialist, dentist, dietician and pharmacist available to answer your questions.  Health related informational booths and activities are available as well.  Donations of gently used medical equipment accepted.  For more information, call 203 438-5555.

 

PAINTING CLASSES: TAKE THE TIME TO PAINT

Tuesdays, March 31st through June 2nd12:45pm to 3:45pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

When was the last time you took out your paints or pastels?  Are you the curious artist that’s never tried? Painting is a therapeutic yet challenging way to express yourself. This weekly class offers an experienced instructor, and a gorgeous setting looking out to the formal garden. You provide your choice of materials. This 10-week class is $150, or $100 for DCA members. Register by Monday, March 30th, either online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. Minimum enrollment applies.

 

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.

 

tax preparation and assistance

Fridays, through April 10th, 9:00am 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.