Local Activities for Seniors This Month

ARE YOU AN UNPAID CAREGIVER?

If you are an unpaid caregiver for a loved one, please contact At Home In Darien at 203.655.2227.  We are coordinating a one afternoon session to hear from you and to share resources.  Please contact the office for more information.

 

HERE COME THE BRIDES – GRACE & ELEGANCE – 1855-1950

Tuesday, June 3rd, 10:30am at the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway

Take a guided tour with the curator where you will see bridal gowns of the past and learn how bridal fashions have evolved and changed through the years. Enjoy coffee and cookies and ample time to browse after the tour. $5 per person includes the tour, brochure and refreshments. Transportation available by At Home In Darien.  Please call 203-655-2227 to make a reservation for the tour, a ride, or for more information.  Please RSVP by noon on Thursday, May 29th.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

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

Monday, June 2nd - 10:00am to 11:00am – Darien Senior Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Tuesday, June 3rd - 12 noon to 1:00pm – Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

 

CONTINUING BRIDGE: PLAY OF THE HAND & BIDDING

Mondays, June 2nd to June 30th, 9:00 to 11:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Continue your bridge education! This class picks up where our Continuing Beginning Bridge class left off, and helps students learn and practice play of the hand defense and basic bidding skills. Led by instructor Joan Bergen. This 5-week bridge class is $145, or $125 for DCA members. Prepayment is required by noon on Thursday, May 29th; minimum enrollment applies. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS

Tuesday, June 3rd, 9:30am at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Bring a little quiet meditative space into your daily life with this contemplative start to the week. Participants are encouraged to bring a throw pillow for their own comfort but no special dress is required for this beginner class.

 

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP READINGS, A WOMEN’S GROUP LUNCHEON

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

Be entertained by several Writers’ Workshop group members as they read work they penned during the 2013-2014 season. Learn from insights they gained while putting words to paper, for others to read.  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 info@dariendca.org

 

‘WORLD TRADE CENTER’ HISTORICAL SERIES WITH ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW

Tuesday, June 3rd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were the signature feature of the lower Manhattan Skyline until an act of terrorism resulted in the total destruction of both buildings on September 11, 2001. Begun in 1966, the WTC included seven office skyscrapers and an underground shopping concourse in addition to the famous 1,368-foot tall towers, which remained the world’s tallest buildings until 1974.  Art will bring with him an in depth power point presentation featuring pictures and a detailed history of these iconic buildings.

 

BONNIE LEIDNER PERFORMS

Wednesday, June 4th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Bonnie Leidner, a classically trained pianist, will perform after lunch.  Ms. Leidner has a background in popular, jazz, Broadway, folk, Italian, and Spanish music.  For the past 15 years she has worked in senior centers, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. 

 

GRADUATION TEA

Thursday, June 5th, 11:30am to 3:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Graduates aren’t the only ones who celebrate this beautiful time of year. Bring a friend and treat yourselves to this lovely afternoon tea: freshly-baked scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pastries. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events once again brings a proper British Tea Room to the stately setting of our beautiful historic house. $25, or $20 for DCA members. Reservations are preferred and can be made online through dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org. A limited number of tables will be available on a drop-in basis. Last booking will be at 2:00pm.

 

‘MABEL’S DRESSING ROOM’ – A SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH THE FILM’S CREATOR

Sunday, June 8th, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

A new short film by writer/producer/actor Rudy Cecera takes us "behind the door" so to speak to witness first-hand the potential process Mabel Normand used in creating comedy, laughs and even history. It features crazy clowns, beautiful babes and a surprise ending.

 

LEG VEIN HEALTH AND FREE VASCULAR ULTRASOUNDS

Tuesday, June 10th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Do you suffer from varicose veins, spider veins, and pain?  Over 40 million American adults suffer from chronic venous insufficiency, an often un-diagnosed medical condition behind varicose veins and spider veins.  Vascular screening is one of the most effective ways to perform early diagnosis of vascular disease.  The Center for Vein Restoration will be at the Senior Center to educate about vein health and offer vascular ultrasounds for attendees.

 

LOUIS ARMSTRONG, THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC

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

Historian Gary Lishnoff presents the life of the iconic singer and trumpet player.

 

CT PHARMACY PRESENTS: SKIN CARE AND SUN PROTECTION

Wednesday, June 11th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Americans spend billions of dollars each year on skin care products that promise to erase wrinkles, lighten age spots, and eliminate itching, flaking, or redness. But the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy and young looking is to stay out of the sun. Sunlight is a major cause of the skin changes we think of as aging. Many older adults also think that there’s no point in protecting themselves since the damage has been done, but it’s never too late to help prevent further damage and lower your skin cancer risk.  The odds of developing skin cancer rise as you age; in fact, between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have at least one skin cancer. CT Pharmacy will present ways to protect senior skin from the damage of the sun as well as ways to keep skin healthy.

 

MINESWEEPERS

Wednesday, June 11th, 1:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Art Gottlieb discusses the ships and their crew who cleared the way through enemy mine fields making a safe passage for Allied forces in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

 

JUMPSTART TO JOURNALING

Thursday, June 12th, 9:30 to 11:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Try something new! The practice of journaling opens a personal path to a new awareness, when you listen to your hand-written reflections of moments only you have witnessed or imagined. Poet and educator Cathy Allman will help you begin your journal journey through writing prompts, free writes, and time provided for optional sharing. $25, or $20 for DCA members. Register by Tuesday, June 10th. Maximum 20 students for this workshop; minimum enrollment applies. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

GATHERING WITH COOKIE MARTINI – 365 WORDS OF WISDOM

Thursday, June 12th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Cookie will once again put a smile on your face with 365 words of wisdom.  One wise word a day can feed your soul and lift your spirit! 

 

WALGREENS PHARMACY : CHOLESTEROL AND BLOOD PRESSURE

Monday, June 16th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

High blood pressure and high cholesterol are often linked.  When the arteries become hardened and narrowed with cholesterol plaque and calcium, the heart has to strain much harder to pump blood through them.  As a result, blood pressure becomes abnormally high.  Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. 

 

SUMMER DUPLICATE BRIDGE

Tuesdays, June 17th to July 29th, 9:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
With the retirement of Gloria Sieron, we would like to introduce Bill Wood, our new Director of Duplicate Bridge. Bill is a Gold Life Master, recipient of numerous awards for the game, and owner/director of the Wilton Bridge Studio in Norwalk. Meet Bill at these Summer Duplicate games. $12 per game; drop-in play, so no reservations are required. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org

 

STAMFORD HOSPITAL LUNCH AND LEARN

Tuesday, June 17th, Complimentary Lunch served promptly at 12:00pm, Program begins at 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center 30 Edgerton Street

Skin conditions can range from severe to cosmetic, acute to chronic.  A doctor from Stamford Hospitals Dermatology Department will present a comprehensive presentation covering general dermatological care and management as well as treatment options for skin cancer.  A complimentary lunch will be served promptly at noon and the program will begin at 12:30.  Sign up is required.  203-656-7490.

 

MARY CHESTNUT DIARY FROM DIXIE

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

Ramona Garcia, Ph. D, continues her women’s lecture series with a presentation about the life of South Carolina author Chestnut, whose diary is considered the most important work by a Confederate author. 

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ‘MANDELA: long walk to freedom’

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

(2014) Starring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, and Tony Kgoroge; Rated PG-13; 146 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Nelson Mandela's life story is told in this adaptation of the South African leader's autobiography that details his early life, education, 27-year imprisonment, and eventual presidency and rebuilding of the previously segregated country.

 

SWEET MEMORIES OF SUMMER WITH GERI GENOVESE

Thursday, June 19th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Activities Center, 30 Edgerton Street

Summertime signals fun and getting out. Summer is road trips and beach trips, barbeques and family.  Geri Genovese will be here to reminisce about all your summer memories.  Do you have a favorite? 

 

SENIOR MOMENTS – LOCAL HISTORY THROUGH VINTAGE ARTIFACTS

Thursday, June 19th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Lisa Wilson Grant's book Norwalk includes a wonderful collection of vintage photographs of the area. In this presentation, she'll talk about the history of the area with special attention given to the parts of Norwalk near or in Darien like Old MacDonald's Farm, the trolley on Tokeneke Road leading to Rowayton, Roton Point Park, White Bridge, and more.

 

SHOW TUNES OF THE 1950’s

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

Singer, actress, and recording artist Christina Connors presents all your Broadway favorites from the 50s.

 

THE MUSEUM COMES TO YOU

Wednesday, June 25th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Radio show host and art history expert Darby Cartun leads this lively art appreciation discussion.

 

RECORDING ARTIST DOUG FERONY PERFORMS

Sunday, June 29th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Swing along as actor and singer and Doug Ferony croons your favorite standards

 

TOWN OF DARIEN Beach Permits

To obtain a 2014 Park Permit, refer to the Parks and Recreation Spring/Summer Brochure for a mail-in application, go online to www.darienct.gov/parkrec, or appear in person at the Parks and Recreation Department at Town Hall.  Proof of residency is required.  Senior Citizens (65 and older) receive one free permit per family.

 

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