Local Activities for Seniors This Month
The Drowsy Chaperone at Darien High School’s Theater 308
Wednesday, March 19th, 7:00pm atDarien High School, 80 High School Lane
Darien senior citizens are invited to attend The Drowsy Chaperone 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, and returned home safely after the show. The show takes us back to the Jazz age of the 1920’s. Attendees can enjoy the show without the crowds expected at the performances that will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22. At Home In Darienwill offer transportation at approximately 6:30pm for those Darien seniors who would like a ride. Please call the office for more information, to reserve a seat for the show, and to arrange transportation at 203.655.2227.
BRASILIAN CARNIVAL! FUNDRAISER
Saturday, March 1st at 7:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Join the fiesta! Live music from Amazonas; dance performance from Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; delicious Latin American-inspired food provided by Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning; open bar and silent auction. Profits from this colorful fundraiser will help support the mission of the DCA, including scholarships for Darien High School graduates. Tickets are $100/person. Purchase your tickets at dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or email@example.com Snow date: March 2nd.
ROGER ROSENBLATT IN CONVERSATION WITH PETE HAMILL
Sunday, March 2nd at 5:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Roger Rosenblatt, author of The Boy Detective, will be in conversation with Pete Hamill. Books will be available for purchase at this event. Refreshments will be served.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES WITH DR. SHARIA ISRAEL, A WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON
Tuesday, March 4th at 12:15pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Dr. Sharia Israel, a physician in Internal Medicine from Stamford Health Integrated Practices, has a keen interest in educating us on healthy lifestyles. Join this Women’s Group Luncheon to hear her opinions on preventative screens, exercise, and lifestyle choices we should all consider for ourselves and for our families.Luncheon will be catered by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. $15, or $10 for DCA members. Reservations are requested to ensure enough food for all. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORICAL SERIES WITH ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW – Italian Campaign
Tuesday, March 4th at 12:30pm, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
The first Allied landing of World War II on Axis territory, Italy was initially defended by both Italian and German forces. A gruesome and hard fought campaign, Allied and German casualties in Italy amounted to 312,000 and 435,000 respectively, from the invasion of Sicily in September of 1943 through Germany’s surrender on May 2, 1945.
Entertainment with Blue Notes
Tuesday, March 4th at 2:00pm, Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road
Founded over 60 years ago, the Blue Notes are a group of women who volunteer their time and talent for a good cause. Singing music from Big Band to Broadway, the group performs in four-part harmony for senior centers, assisted living venues and for a variety of audiences throughout Southern Fairfield County. Their director, Dr. Craig Scott Symons, is also the director of the First Congregational Church of Greenwich choir.
IRIS FOLDING CARD WORKSHOP - St. Patrick’s Day
Thursday, March 6th at 9:30am, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
JoAn Jacobs is again hosting her very popular Iris Folding Card workshop. 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. The theme for the workshop is St. Patrick’s Day. Space is limited, please call 203-656-7490 to sign up by Tuesday, March 4th.
Xylophone Entertainment with Roman Lankios
Saturday, March 8th at 3:00pm, Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road
Roman Lankios is a Ukrainian-American virtuoso xylophonist who performs worldwide known classical, pop, country, and folk music on the unique four-row xylophone. Roman was born and raised in the Ukraine. At the age of 17 he attended and successfully completed musical college. Then he studied at and graduated the Kharkov Conservatory. Possessing remarkable technical virtuosity, he soon became one of the most popular xylophonists in the Ukraine. In 1994 he moved to the United States to share his passion for the xylophone with the whole world. Roman Lankios has since performed in many major venues in New York City and the Tri-State area. He has established himself as a credible musician who can charm the toughest critics. Roman's up-beat tempo and charisma can liven up any event.
COMEDY IN THE AFTERNOON
Sunday, March 9th at 2:30pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Del Fidanque, a skilled comedian and singing impressionist, presents “The American Songbook.”
For more information call 203-662-1090.
CT PHARMACY: Fall Prevention
Wednesday, March 12th at 12:30pm, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Each year, one in every three adults, age 65 or older, falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. The risk of falling increases with each decade of life. The long-term consequences of fall injuries, such as hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries (TBI), can impact the health and independence of older adults. Many falls can be prevented. CT Pharmacy will be on hand to discuss fall prevention and home safety. Exercises, materials, and resources about older adult falls and what can be done to prevent them, will be offered.
“MARY TODD LINCOLN: FIRST LADY OF THE UNION”
Wednesday, March 12th at 2:30pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
As part of Atria’s “Women’s History Month” celebration, Ramona Garcia presents a lecture about the life of our sixteenth president’s wife. For more information call 203-662-1090.
BRAIN TEASERS AND TWISTERS IS TURNING GREEN!
Friday, March 14th at 1:00pm, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
Why do we eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day? If you forget to wear green, why will you get pinched? There will be fun Irish trivia and games. If you happen to have the luck of the Irish, you will have the opportunity to win green coins and prizes!
Pender Keady Irish Dancers
Saturday, March 15th at 11:00am, Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road
The Pender-Keady Academy was founded in 1999 with just 20 students and has since grown to almost 200 students. Their mission is to share their knowledge and experience in the art of Irish Step Dancing with their students while encouraging them to work hard and have fun! They pride themselves on their friendly and supportive atmosphere where children can gain confidence through performing and competing, or just dance for the love of it.
LEARNING THIS SPRING WITH LIFETIME LEARNERS
Starting the week of March 16th, Norwalk Community College, Richards Avenue, Norwalk
The non-profit Lifetime Learners Institute at nearby Norwalk Community College will be offering their members forty-seven courses of general interest. All of these 2-hour daytime courses, without stress or tests, will run once a week for either 4, 6 or 8 weeks. Classes are either at 1pm or at 3pm Monday thru Thursday and at 10am on Friday. On Fridays members are offered light refreshments at 12:15pm, followed by a free one-hour guest presentation at 1pm. Twelve-month memberships are $50.00, and any course selected requires a $30.00 registration fee. Phone 203-857-3330 to receive a free detailed course catalog or see www.lifetimelearners.org
IRISH DANCE PERFORMANCE
Monday, March 17th at 3:30pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with a lively step-dance performance by students from Pender Keady Academy.
For more information call 203-662-1090.
STAMFORD HOSPITAL COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH AND LEARN - GI issues in aging
Tuesday, March 18th at 12:30pm, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
With age, many bodily functions slow down, including your digestive tract — it just might not work as efficiently or as quickly as it used to. The muscles in the digestive tract become stiffer, weaker, and less efficient. Your tissues are also more likely to become damaged because new cells aren't forming as quickly as they once did. As a result, some of the digestive tract problems that can occur as we get older are heartburn, ulcers, stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and gas. Dr. Richard Sheinbaum of Stamford Hospital will be on hand to explain all aspects of the digestive tract and when, or if your symptoms should lead you to make an appointment with a doctor – or simply pass on dessert! Sign up is a must for this program, call 203-656-7490. Complimentary lunch served at noon and the program begins at 12:30.
SENIOR MOMENTS: THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
Tuesday, March 18th at 3:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Michael Lasser's talk will focus on the years between 1900 and 1950, what we've come to call The Great American Songbook, when such songwriters as Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, and Cole Porter were at the height of their powers.
Wednesday, March 19th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
The 4-hour AARP Smart Driver course teaches valuable defensive driving skills and provides a refresher of the rules of the road. Since 1979, the course has also helped over 14 million drivers learn proven safety strategies and tips for how to adapt one’s driving to compensate for physical and cognitive changes that may come with aging. Connecticut residents 60 and older, by law, qualify for a minimum 5% automobile liability insurance discount for at least two years by completing the course. Many insurance companies don’t have an age limit and may extend the discount to younger policyholders. Check with your insurance provider. To register, please call 203-656-7455. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The course is also available on-line at www.aarp.org/drive.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ABOUT TIME
Wednesday, March 19th at 1:30pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
About Time (2013) Starring Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, and Bill Nighy; Rated R; 123 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.A young man with the ability to time travel discovers that finding true love isn't as easy as he thought it would be in this romantic comedy.
THE ART OF THE RENAISSANCE TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Wednesday, March 19th at 2:30pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Radio show host Darby Cartun leads this art appreciation lecture which examines the changing art and culture during this period of history. For more information call 203-662-1090.
A Support Group for families living with Dementia
Wednesday, March 19th at 4:00pm, Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road
Maplewood at Darien offers an ongoing group for families and friends of people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Join us in this safe and caring space where people touched by Alzheimer’s and related dementia can learn more about the disease, share concerns and ideas, express their feelings, and hear about advances in research and advocacy. Our group is facilitated by professionals experienced with dementia, everyone is welcome. Please call Carrie Effinger, MSW in advance at 203-202-9883.
Fall Prevention with Connecticut Pharmacy
Friday, March 21st at 11:00am, Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road
If you’ve never experienced a fall before, you may think it could never happen to you. But anticipating a fall is not a practice reserved for the clumsy – many factors can lead even the most balanced person to find themselves on the floor. Join a local pharmacist from Connecticut Pharmacy in discussing some of the factors that could lead to an increased risk including certain medications, combinations of medications, and hazards in the home or environment. And if you do feel at risk, learn more about preventative measures such as simple balance exercises and assistive devices that will help you stay as steady as a rock.
ASK A LAWYER
Friday, March 21st from 11:00am to 12:00pm, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
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 call 203-656-7490 to sign up as appointments fill quickly.
FREE CONCERT: Celebrate Spring with the music of the Great American Songbook!
Friday, March 21st at 1:00pm, Norwalk Community College – East Campus Pepsico Theater on Richards Avenue, Norwalk
This special public open house live one-hour musical program is sponsored by Lifetime Learners Institute and will feature two popular CT entertainers. The well-known pianist, Dr. Joe Utterback, and the talented tenor vocalist, Michael Jovovich will perform the popular music of the Great American Songbook. Light refreshments will be available at 12:15 pm. Phone 203-857-3330 for directions.
DARIEN LIBRARY PRESENTS - Poetry
Tuesday, March 25th at 12:30pm, Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street
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 consists of vivid imagery. The Darien Library will share some of their favorite poems with you, as well as share the history of the poem and a little biographical information on the poet.
AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY
Tuesday, March 25th, at 2:00pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Join our friends from the Darien Library for an enlightening afternoon of reading and discussion.
For more information call 203-662-1090.
Open House & This Old Hat, Patriots of Liberty
Saturday, March 29th at 11:00am, Maplewood Senior Living, 599 Boston Post Road
This Old Hat, Patriots of Liberty is a one-woman tour de force musical presentation where four noted women of American History are portrayed. Conceived of and written by Patty Carver, Patriots of Liberty is an original musical that brings the following women of American History to Life:
- Betsy Ross tells her unique story about the American Flag.
- Deborah Sampson tells of her adventures when she disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton speaks about the Women’s Suffrage Movement, dress reform and her contemporary, Harriet Tubman.
- Amelia Earhart tells the story of her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Historically correct, entertaining and filled with music, This Old Hat, Patriots of Liberty is sure to delight, inspire and inform audiences of extraordinary women that played important roles in American History.