Local Activities for Seniors This Month

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ENTERTAINMENT TO START OFF THE NEW YEAR

Thursday, January 1st,  2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Gary “Gotta, Gotta” Lovett performs hits from the ‘70s to today with a smooth jazz groove. Always a fan favorite, he gets everyone up and dancing!

 

HEALTHY COOKING AND BAKING

Tuesday, January 6th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Synergy Homecare presents healthy cooking and baking suggestions, ideas and helpful tips. In addition to sampling items that have had unhealthy ingredients removed and replaced, you will learn how to make substitutions in your daily cooking using alternate products. Eating, learning, participating and discussing make this presentation healthy and fun!

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON – “PAST & FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR DARIEN”

Tuesday, January 6th, 12:15 to 2:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Join the Women’s Group luncheon to hear two Darien developers share their plans for our town. R. David Genovese’s Baywater Properties owns 12 properties in Darien, as well as several in neighboring towns. Penny Glassmeyer of PG Properties built Darien’s Grove Street Plaza, as well as other residential and commercial buildings. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events caters this lunch. $15, or $10 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, January 5th, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: THE GUNS OF AUGUST

Tuesday, January 6th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Thursday, January 8th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Borrowing the title of the 1962 book by Barbara Tuchman, this presentation begins a multi-part series commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I fought between 1914 and 1918. “The Guns of August” will focus on the run-up to war and the beginning of this pivotal conflict that was to shape the rest of the 20th Century.  

 

“NEWPLICATE” BRIDGE: KAREN BARRETT

Wednesdays, beginning January 7th, 9:30am at Darien Senior Program, 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. We will meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 and the game will end around 12:30. The cost is $12 per person. If you are interested in playing in this game or want more information, please call Karen Barrett at 203.286.7530.

 

GARDEN CLUB OF DARIEN: PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS

Wednesday, January 7th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Volunteers with the Garden Club of Darien’s Pleasure through Plants program will host a cut flower arranging group and generously donate the flowers.  Participants will finish with a beautiful arrangement to bring home free of charge.  Please call Marcy to sign up at 203.656.7490 – space is limited and fills up quickly.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR! START THE NEW YEAR WITH A LITTLE SONG!

Wednesday, January 7th, 12:00pm at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Top off your New Year’s celebrating with some fun friends, good songs, and some great music.  John Baker of Connecticut Entertainment will be perform all your favorites.  A great way to start the New Year!

 

“WRITE LIFE” – FEATURING THE WORKS OF ELIZABETH BARRETT AND ROBERT BROWNING

Wednesday, January 7th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Presented by Ramona Garcia, Ph.D., this program explores the writing and love story of this famous literary couple.

 

TOUGH TO TOSS: OVERCOMING THE HURDLES TO CLEARING THE CLUTTER

Wednesday, January 7th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

With the Holidays just coming to a close, many of us are finding ourselves with more junk than we know what to do with.  Let the experts show you how to get rid of the stuff! This will be a practical evening, featuring actionable solutions to some of the most common hurdles we face when shedding unwanted possessions.

 

2015 ACADEMIC LECTURE SERIES ON GLOBAL ISSUES – “RUSSIAN ROULETTE”  

Thursday mornings at 10:00am for 4 weeks: January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

This series examines President Putin - his dramatic changes in policy and style - and will highlight Russia’s approach to the rest of the world. 1/8/15 - “Resurgent Russia,” presented by Jill Dougherty, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 1/15/15 - “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin,” presented by Fiona Hill, The Brookings Institution. 1/22/15 - “From Protest to Politics: The Struggle for Democracy in Ukraine,” presented by Nadia Diuk, National Endowment for Democracy. 1/29/15 - “Has Russia Lost a Balance Between Europe and Asia?” presented by Andrew C. Kuchins, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Series tickets (4 mornings) are $80, or $65 for DCA members. Purchase series tickets by Monday, January 5th online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

MAXIMIZE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Thursday, January 8th, 6:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Available to everyone filing for Social Security, there are numerous little known strategies which may boost one’s benefits and substantially enhance lifetime retirement income. Social Security benefits alone will likely be insufficient for an individual or couple to retire comfortably.  Decisions discussed at this workshop offer the potential to improve the standard of living we may look forward to.   

 

THE ORCHESTRAL SOUNDS OF RICHARD STRAUSS, PRESENTED BY JEFFREY ENGEL

Friday, January 9th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Strauss’s symphonic poems were clamorous and harmonically adventurous . . . and required an orchestra of monstrous size.

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTISTS – ART SHOW & RECEPTION FEATURING AL COYOTE WEINER

Saturday, January 10th, 3:00 to 5:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Fairfield County artist Al Coyote Weiner brings a new collection of work.

 

PIANIST DAVID WYNNE – ELLA FITZGERALD’S PIANIST

Sunday, January 11th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

A superb entertainer, who has performed for Prince Charles.

 

FREE GARDENING LECTURE: THE NEW YORK HIGH LINE

Tuesday, January 13th, 9:30am coffee, 10:00am lecture, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

The High Line used to be just an elevated freight rail line that was abandoned in 1980 and left to grow wild. Today it is a well-used public park and tourist attraction, open throughout the year. Our presenter is Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, an Associate at James Corner Field Operations, the company that led the design of the park. This is a joint Garden Club of Darien/Greenhouse Group event. Free to all. Reservations are requested, and may be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

COOKIE MARTINI: LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!

Tuesday, January 13th, 1:00pm at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve heard the expression time and again. For decades, researchers have explored how humor helps patients relieve stress and heal. Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. In addition to the domino effect of joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

 

SLEEP APNEA IN SENIORS

Wednesday, January 14th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Sleep Apnea in seniors can cause cardiac issues, diabetes and even strokes. In short, sleep apnea can shorten a life span.  Sleep apnea isn't simply a noise problem, snoring is a symptom of a bigger issue. Besides contributing to the overall fatigue of sufferers, there are several serious health complications that are linked to the disorder.  A pharmacist from CT Pharmacy will present information on all issues concerning sleep in seniors.

 

CONVERSING THROUGH ART

Wednesday, January 14th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Sara O’Connor utilizes art as a tool to generate conversation and to form new relationships. During this workshop, participants will also learn about the artists and their inspiration.

 

SENIOR MOMENTS: QIGONG

Wednesday, January 14th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Practiced for thousands of years in China, Qigong (pronounced "Chee-Gung") includes gentle, dance-like movements, mindful breathing, meditation and self-massage. The movements are designed to improve health, restore vitality and achieve deep relaxation and peace of mind. With regular practice, these exercises have been shown to improve balance, reduce stress and tension, and help heal chronic conditions such as hypertension, arthritis and fibromyalgia.

 

DR. JOE UTTERBACK – JAZZ PIANIST

Friday, January 16th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Dr. Joe takes you on a musical tour complete with a rousing piano accompaniment. Dr. Joe has been on the jazz music scene for decades and brings his encyclopedic knowledge of music.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS THE USS CONSTITUTION

Sunday, January 18th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Surviving as the oldest commissioned warship afloat, the U.S.S. Constitution was launched in Boston in 1797. Hear how “Old Ironsides” earned her name.

 

ONE-DAY ADVENTURES IN LEARNING

Starting the week of January 18th, Norwalk Community College

One-day lecture classes, on a variety of subjects, will be offered for people over fifty by the non-profit Lifetime Learners Institute. Uniquely, no prior registration is required for members to attend these 2-hour daytime classes, which include a 10-minute break. They are scheduled for four (4) weeks, Monday thru Thursday at 1:10pm and on Friday at 10:10am. After Friday afternoon classes, LLI also provides members light refreshments followed by a free one-hour guest presentation at 1 pm. For membership information or to receive a free course catalog, phone 203.857.3330 or see www.lifetimelearners.org

 

YOU’VE GOT A STORY TO TELL: MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP

Mondays beginning January 19th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

During this six-week course, participants will learn basic memoir writing skills that will help them cultivate and organize their life happenings, turning their memories in to engaging stories. This class is designed for writers looking for a comprehensive step-by-step approach to writing their memoir. Lesson topics and helpful exercises will be given at each class to help students develop their storyline. Each class will include time for Q&A and as the class progresses, the sharing and critiquing of each other's work. Reference materials will be provided. To register for this course, please call Mallory Arents at 203.669.5254.

 

LUNCH AND LEARN: FALL PREVENTION

Tuesday, January 20th, 12:00pm at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults but falls don’t occur just because we are getting older. Falls are usually caused by a number of factors and many falls can be prevented. By making a few simple changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of falling. A doctor from Stamford Hospital will be here to help you learn how to assess your risk of falling and learn a number of tips on how to prevent falling.  Complimentary lunch at 12:00, program at 12:30. Please call to sign up at 203.656.7490.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: ‘Get on Up’

Wednesday, January 21st, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Get On Up (2014) Starring Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, and Tika Sumpter; Rated PG-13; 138 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired. Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in this biopic from Universal Studios and director Tate Taylor. From a childhood spent in poverty to his emergence as the Godfather of Soul, Brown's incredible life story is one of talent, determination, and perseverance.

 

SELLING YOUR TREASURES ON EBAY

Wednesday, January 21st, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Have you thought about selling your treasures on eBay but you’re not sure where to start? Sue Skerrett has been selling on eBay for 12 years and is here to show you the ropes when it comes to creating an account, setting up a list, accepting payment through PayPal, and more.

 

CHRISTINA CONNORS PRESENTS ORIGINAL MUSIC AND OLD STANDARDS

Sunday, January 25th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

 

FIRST CHILDREN

Tuesday, January 27th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

From Kennedy to Clinton and beyond, a smattering of kids all took turns under the media microscope during their fathers’ presidencies. Some were more adept at avoiding the limelight than others, but not one of them escaped it completely as the United States’ First Daughters and First Sons. The first kids of U.S. Presidents dictate fashion trends, jet set around the world meeting dignitaries, and even sometimes host senior prom in the White House East Room!  The Darien Library will present a pictorial history of the Presidents and their children.

 

INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: LEARN A LANGUAGE!

Tuesday, January 27th, 6:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Learning a language can be tough. Come experiment with a lively, interactive method to make the learning fun, engaging, and impactful. Brush up on a foreign language or experiment with a brand new one using resources available from the library. No foreign language experience necessary, just a willingness to try!

 

IRIS FOLDING CARD WORKSHOP: VALENTINE HEARTS

Wednesday, January 28th, 9:30am at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

JoAn Jacobs is hosting her very popular Iris Folding Card workshop.  The theme for the workshop is Valentine Hearts.  These beautiful works of art will be cherished by your Valentine!  Space is limited, please be sure to sign up by calling 203.656.7490.

 

THE JAPANESE SWORD – SOUL OF THE SAMURAI

Wednesday, January 28th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program, 2 Renshaw Road

Tracing its origins to one thousand years, the Japanese sword is a true masterpiece among edged weaponry.  Although a lethal instrument in the hands of the "samurai" warrior, it was also a work of art.  Even to this day, there are about 200 swordsmiths in Japan who continue to craft these magnificent blades.  Senior Program member Fred Chang, will show a detailed 50-minute color documentary narrated in English. You will see the complete process in how a master swordsmith crafts a "samurai" sword.  This film has never been aired on TV or to the public so you will be in for a real treat.  There will be a short talk and Q&A after the showing.

 

MARINA PISKLAKOVA: DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA

Wednesday, January 28th, 7:30pm, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd

In 1993, when Marina Pisklakova realized the amount of domestic abuse in Russia, she started a hotline for women in distress. Since then, she’s expanded her network to include 170 crisis centers across Russia and the former Soviet Union. Join this General Programs event to hear from this remarkable woman. $10, or free for DCA members. Reservations are requested, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA atinfo@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. This speaker has been partly sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

 

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