Local Activities for Seniors This Month

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Holiday Spectrum Concert

Wednesday, December 17th at 7:30pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane

Enjoy the sounds of Darien’s talented high school students.  At Home In Darien will have reserved seating for this free event and can coordinate volunteer transportation.  It is recommend that those attending arrive at 7:00pm to assure everyone is in place before the concert begins.  There will be a silent auction in the lobby before the concert to support Darien Human Services.  To reserve a seat or request transportation, seniors can call the At Home In Darien office, at 203.655.2227

 

DEADLINE for MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT

Please note that December 7th is the deadline for making any changes to your part D prescription plan. Please check to make sure that your present prescription plan is going to have all your meds in their formulary in 2015.  Even deleting one drug in the formulary, can cost you hundreds out of pocket. If you need any help in evaluating your present plan, please call Inta or Ali at Darien Human Services at 203.656.7328 by December 5th.

 

Blood pressure Screenings

Monday, December 1st, 10:00am to 11:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Tuesday, December 2nd, 12:30pm to 1:30pm 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.

 

MANAGING HOLIDAY STRESS

Monday, December 1st, 11:00am, complimentary lunch at 12:00 noon at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Tis the season to be jolly! Festive music fills the air; holiday cheers abounds.  Everyone is happy at holiday time – right? Wrong.  Many people are anxious and stressed out at this time of year.  Come hear some tips on to manage holiday stress and this very busy and festive time of year!  Presented by Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association and hosted by Laura Switzer, LCSW.  Complimentary lunch will be served after the program.  Please sign up at203.656.7490.

 

ANNUAL ATRIA DARIEN HOLIDAY SHOPPE

Monday, December 1st from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

All are welcome to get a jump on holiday shopping at the annual Atria Darien Holiday Shoppe. Clothing and Accessories, Exotic Air Plants and more!

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE SCHUBERT CHORALE

Monday, December 1st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Thursday, December 4th at 11:15am, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Founded in 1910, the Schubert Club of Fairfield is proud to present their Schubert Chorale – a resounding group of vibrant female voices.

 

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW, CSA : OKINAWAY

Tuesday, December 2nd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

By April of 1945, Okinawa was Japan’s last desperate chance to stop the rapidly advancing Americans.  As the Imperial Army drew a heavy price on the US forces moving inland, waves of Kamikaze suicide planes attacked US Navy ships supporting the invasion. Okinawa ultimately cost the lives of 13,000 Americans and over 80,000 Japanese.

 

DARIEN LIBRARY PRESENTS WINTER TRADITIONS IN NEW YORK CITY

Tuesday, December 2nd at 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Come experience the magic of New York during the holiday season! All of your favorites – Rockefeller Center tree, Fifth Avenue’s famous holiday windows and the smell of roasting chestnuts – all come to life!

 

WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON – “CHRISTMAS ENTERTAINING” WITH CAROLYN EDDIE

Tuesday, December 2nd, 12:15 to 2:15pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

The Women’s Group continues their annual focus on holiday entertaining with this month’s event. Carolyn Eddie is well known at the DCA, where she offers delicious luncheons and scrumptious teas through her catering business, Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. For this luncheon, Carolyn invites attendees to experience Christmas as it would be at her house, with the associated food, decoration and revelry befitting this time of year. She’ll also offer suggestions for holiday events - menu items, decoration, entertainment - and demonstrate how to create a few tasty treats. (Recipes will be provided.) To complete the “Christmas at Carolyn’s” theme, she’ll offer a fabulous Christmas lunch. $15, or $10 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, December 1st, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203.655.9050.

 

“I AM LOVEABLE, I AM CAPABLE”

Wednesday, December 3rd, complimentary lunch at 12:00 noon, program at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

If we all felt lovable and capable, there would be significantly less depression and anxiety among us. Self-esteem is vital to good mental and physical health. As we go through our day, we may encounter situations that we view as hurtful or negative and it can lead to self-doubt, insecurity and self-criticism. Attend this workshop and learn how to protect your self-esteem and strengthen your sense of self-worth.  Presented by Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County. Please sign up at 203.656.7490.

 

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP – MAKE YOUR OWN TABLE CENTERPIECE

Thursday, December 4th, 9:30am coffee, 10am workshop, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Let the DCA Greenhouse Group lead you in this hands-on workshop to make a table centerpiece of your very own. Bring your favorite container (suggest: 6″x6″ opening, not clear), and they’ll provide the rest, including ribbon, fresh greens, florist core and a variety of baubles. $20, or $15 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by Tuesday, December 2nd to ensure enough materials are on hand, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203.655.9050.

 

CHRISTMAS TEA

Thursday, December 4th, 11:30 to 3:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Rd

We’re delighted to once again offer a traditional British Christmas 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 seasonal cakes and pastries in the stately setting of the DCA Meadowlands historic home. $25, or $20 for DCA members. Reservations for tea are preferred and may be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203.655.9050A limited number of tables will be available on a drop-in basis.

 

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS: FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT

Thursday, December 4th at 2:00pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Missed the PBS series “Roosevelt?” Art Gottlieb presents FDR as he assumed the presidency during the height of the Great Depression. His message of hope combined with his can-do attitude provided comfort and leadership during these tumultuous times in our history.

 

FAQ – EBOLA UPDATE

Thursday, December 4th, 5:00pm at The Village at Waveny, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan

Join this public roundtable discussion led and facilitated by Laurie Knowles, RN, Infection Control Nurse at Waveny Lifecare Network.  RSVP to Mary Ntiri at 203.594.5301 or MNtiri@waveny.org

 

APPROACHING INVESTMENTS IN THE POST ELECTION ENVIRONMENT

Friday, December 5th, program at 11:00am, complimentary lunch at 12:00 noon, at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Now is the time for investors to batten down the hatches and prepare for changes both in Congress and the economy.  Determining where you are today with investments and what your specific goals may be can be confusing.  David Piersol of Edward Jones will be here to do a brief presentation on how to approach your investment portfolio.  Dave will answer questions on reaching your goals, how to get there, and how to stay on track.  A complimentary lunch will be served immediately following the program.  Please sign up at 203.656.7490.

 

HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH ACABELLA

Sunday, December 7th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

You’re invited to the Louise Parker Berry Community Room to enjoy a mix of holiday tunes and pop music favorites from local a cappella group - Acabella.  Acabella was founded in 2001 by two friends who had recently moved to Darien and were eager to sing a cappella music, as they had done in college. The group was named Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella, which means unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker, one of its founders, and Carolyn Woodberry, who has been singing with the group since its inception.

 

DARRYL HAWK PRESENTS “LADAKHL: LAND OF HIGH PASSES”

Monday, December 8th at 11:00am, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Explorer and international photographer Hawk travels to the most remote places on Earth telling stories through his photography. He has been featured on both the “Today” show and Fox 5. A unique opportunity!

 

COPING WITH LOSS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Mondays, December 8th, 15th and 22nd11:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

This support group will explore the various facets of grief and how this can get exacerbated during the holiday season. Karen will discuss coping strategies and have opportunities to share this journey of being with and healing through the grief of having lost a loved one.  Rev. Karen S. Judd, LCSW is an ordained Interfaith Minister with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County where she has provided psycho-spiritual and bereavement counseling to patients, family members and caregivers for over nine years.

 

SEDGWICK SISTERS PRESENTS: BROADWAY!

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

The Sedgwick Sisters will perform some of the centuries most popular Broadway show tunes and ballads!   This talented group hail from Stratford and have been singing since they could talk... but professionally sharing their voices and dancing since June of 2008.  They have given over 350 performances - doing music therapy and providing melodic entertainment that brings back memories for seniors. 

 

INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT WORD

Tuesday, December 9th, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

In this course, students will learn how to create rich, dynamic documents using Microsoft Word. Topics covered include formatting, printing, setting margins, orientation, page numbers, indents, bulleted lists, tabs and tables, spell checker, thesaurus, grammar checker, help function, and more.

 

IRIS FOLDING HOLIDAY CARDS

Wednesday, December 10th, 9:30am to 12:00pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Jo-An Jacobs is again hosting her very popular Iris Folding Card workshop.  These beautiful works of art will be cherished their recipients.  Space is limited, please be sure to sign up by Friday, December 6th, call 203.656.7490.

 

HOLIDAY FOOD AND DRUG INTERACTIONS

Wednesday, December 10th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

What you eat and drink can affect the way your medicines work.  A food- drug interaction is a change in how a medicine works.  The change is caused by food, caffeine, or even alcohol.  Food-drug interactions can prevent a medicine from working the way it should. The pharmacist from CT Pharmacy will help you learn what you can do to prevent a holiday food- drug interaction.

 

SENIOR MOMENTS - ORIGAMI ORNAMENTS

Wednesday, December 10th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get creative!  Come share in the Holiday Spirit by creating ornaments to decorate your home this season.  Hands-on instruction will be given as swans, stars, sailboats, and other festive pieces are created.  Participants will be given a sturdy folder to help create tight folds and a plethora of folding paper.  Please bring a small box to take your creations home.

 

HEALTHFUL EATING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

Tuesday, December 16th, complimentary lunch at 12:00 noon, program at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday weight gain can really add up. The holidays don't have to mean weight gain. Gavin Pritchard of Stamford Hospital will present strategies to navigate and enjoy holiday foods and beverages without abandoning your everyday approach to healthful eating.  Please sign up at 203.656.7490.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ‘MILLION DOLLAR ARM’

Wednesday, December 17th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

(2014). Starring Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, and Bill Paxton; Rated PG; 124 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.  Million Dollar Arm stars JB Bernstein, a one-time successful sports agent who left the massive company he worked for to start in his own agency, Seven Figures Management, with his business partner Aash. In a fit of inspiration, JB believes they can go to India, find a cricket bowler, and teach him to be a baseball pitcher.

 

ASK A BANKER

Friday, December 19th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Jack Dowling with First County Bank in Darien will be here for 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.

 

Scenes From The Nutcracker

Friday, December 19th at 6pm; Saturday, Dec. 20th at 11am, 2pm & 5pm; Sunday, Dec. 21st at 12pm & 3pm at Darien Arts Center’s  Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road

Annual production featuring members of the DAC Dance Department.  A perfect show for Grandparents with their Grandchildren, runs 1 hour.  Tickets $10.  Call 203.655.5414 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org

 

ALUMNI SWING BAND

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

The Alumni Swing Band consists of musicians of all kinds – music educators, military musicians, and professional musicians.  The Alumni Swing Band’s love of performing, and of music from the swing era have made each performance a labor of love.  The Alumni truly enjoy entertaining the audience and their songs are sure to bring back warm memories!  The band’s repertoire includes classic big band swing and jazz as well as more contemporary selections.  Lunch for $4.00 will be served at noon

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