Local Activities for Seniors This Month

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS

Tuesday, September 2nd, 12:30pm to 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Monday, September 8th, 10:00am to 11:00am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Free of charge and open to the public, no appointment needed, conducted by a Registered Nurse from Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.  The nurses are happy to answer any of your health related concerns.

For more information call 203.762.8958

 

HISTORICAL SERIES WITH ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW

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

Launched January 21, 1954 at Electric Boat in Groton CT, U.S.S. Nautilus was the world’s first Nuclear Powered Submarine.  On August 3, 1958, traveling submerged beneath the Arctic Ice Cap; Nautilus became the first ship to reach the geographic North Pole. Decommissioned in 1980, Nautilus has since been preserved and is the centerpiece of the U.S.S. Nautilus Submarine Museum at Groton.

 

EXERCISE CLASS - LOW IMPACT BODY TUNE-UP

Weekly on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from September 3rd, 9:00am to 10:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

This mildly aerobic exercise class, popular with seniors, is designed to tone and strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Many moves are adapted from Pilates, yoga and dance. A lovely way to greet the morning, instructor Dora Mercede runs the class with standards from the American songbook and classical music in the background, and the formal garden visible through French doors. Per class fees are $8, or $6 for DCA members. New participants are welcome to join a class as a guest and try it out! For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

KAISER WILHELM II – THE MOST BRILLIANT FAILURE OF EUROPE

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Historian Ramona Garcia, Ph.D. discusses how Kaiser Wilhelm was exiled and lists the events leading up to the end of the Hohenzollern dynasty.  Part 2 in a four-part series!

 

QIGONG WITH BILL WRENN

Thursdays starting September 4th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm, at Darien Senior Programs at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Qigong is an ancient Chinese form of exercise very beneficial to Seniors that improves health and relieves stress.  It can be practiced standing or sitting.  With practice, Qigong practitioners find they have improved breathing, balance, relief from pain, more energy, greater mobility and an overall feeling of well-being. Anyone can do Qigong, regardless of age, ability, flexibility, or activity level!  Bill Wrenn is a certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher.  Bill has practiced yoga, meditation and other forms of energy work for 30 years, and received training in Qigong and Tai Chi from the Institute of Integral Qigong & Tai Chi.  He is a member of the National Qigong Association. Cost is $4/class.

 

1950s AND McCARTHYISM IN POST WORLD WAR II AMERICA

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

Historian Art Gottlieb leads the discussion focusing on the period known as the “Second Red Scare,” which coincided with the height of the Cold War. Hear how Sen. Joe McCarthy led a domestic campaign that came to symbolize paranoia about Communism and Anti-American activities in the U.S.

 

MAXIMIZE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Thursday, September 4th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road                        

When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make when it comes to your retirement. Topics covered include, “how Social Security benefits are calculated and the advanced planning required to increase them,” “why married couples can miss out on significant lifetime sums,” and “special strategies for married couples, divorced individuals and minor children.”

 

DROP-IN MAH JONGG

Mondays, 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Mah Jongg is a relaxing yet challenging activity that has grown in popularity. If you already know how to play, and are looking for an active game to join when you can, then this is for you. Situated in a private room on the 2nd floor, there will be as many tables and Mah Jongg sets as needed. This is a nice, no-fuss way to play with friends, or meet other players in the area. Drop-in price of $10 per session, or $5 for DCA members. Please bring exact change if paying cash; credit card or check is also accepted. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

BRIDGE IS BACK!

Begins Monday, September 8th, and Thursday, September 18th, at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Weekly Bridge classes and games are back! With three levels of play, these weekly classes and games are drop-in, so reservations are not required.

Supervised Bridge – Advanced Intermediate9:30am to 11:30am on Mondays beginning September 8th. This class is for advanced intermediate players, and focuses on how to bid, play and defend. A schedule of weekly classes can be found at dariendca.org/activities-programs/bridge-classes/. $20 per class. Led by Karen Barrett.

Duplicate Bridge12:30pm to 4:00pm on Mondays beginning September 8th.
These competitive games are for the more advanced players. $12 per class; one partner must be a DCA member. Directed by Bill Wood.

Supervised Bridge – Intermediate Play9:30am to 11:30am on Thursdays beginning September 18th.

This class is perfect for those who have a good understanding of bridge, but are still keen to learn more. A schedule of weekly classes can be found at dariendca.org/activities-programs/bridge-classes/. $20 per class. Led by Karen Barrett. For more information, contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

PAGE TURNERS BOOK GROUP – NEW SEASON BEGINS

Monday, September 8th, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

The new season begins with Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, The New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children. This novel follows Vivian, a young Irish immigrant in New York City who boarded these trains. Linda Forcellina will lead the discussion. All DCA members are welcome at no charge. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

OFFICE OF ADVOCACY AND ASSISTANCE: VETERANS BENEFITS

Monday, September 8th, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

It is the responsibility of the Office of Advocacy and Assistance to provide assistance to veterans, their eligible spouses and eligible dependents in obtaining veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws.  Anne James – Veterans Benefits Officer for the 4th district of Connecticut will discuss what the office of Veterans Benefits can do for you and how to go about receiving these services. 

  

CT PHARMACY: SENIOR EYE HEALTH    

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

As the human body ages, it undergoes constant change. Not surprisingly, the eyes, eyelids, and supporting ocular structures all change as the clock ticks.  Cataracts, dry eyes, Macular Degeneration, Presbyopia, and floaters can all affect senior eye health, and unfortunately none of these changes are for the better, or are very welcome.  CT Pharmacy (Hope Street Pharmacy) will offer information and tips on keeping your eyes healthy.

 

DCA OPEN HOUSE - EXPLORE UPCOMING CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES
Thursday, September 11th, 9:00am to 11:30am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

You’re invited to join this annual event for one-stop viewing of all the fall programs, and more. Drop in to check out upcoming classes and events and enroll if you choose, meet instructors and program organizers, walk through the bird sanctuary, discover a selection of Thrift Shop items, and ask about DCA scholarships and membership. This year, it will be easy to envision your catered event at the DCA, with house tours from Laura Boulton, and all seven preferred caterers on hand. This event is also a great time to catch up with friends and DCA members you’ve not seen all summer. Free to all; drop in when you can. This event will be followed by Afternoon Tea, starting at11:00am. All DCA revenue contributes towards the DCA mission, to include scholarships for Darien High School students. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

END-OF-SUMMER TEA

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

Catch up with friends in a proper British Tea Room catered by Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events. Enjoy views of the formal garden while nibbling freshly-baked scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pastries. Special dietary requests gladly accommodated with advance notice. $25, or $20 for DCA members. Reservations are preferred, and can be made online through dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050. A limited number of tables will be available on a drop-in basis. Last seating will be at 2:00pm.

 

SENIOR MOMENTS: TWO SHOTS HEARD ROUND THE WORLD

Thursday, September 11th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, will meet in our Conference Room. Mark Albertson's talk will focus on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the Hapsburg Empire and, his wife, the Countess Sophie.

 

STAND DOWN, courtesy of the Connecticut Department Of Veteran's Affairs
Friday, September 12th, 7:00am to 3:00pm at Connecticut Veterans Home, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT

• Gates will not open until 7:00am
• Medical Screenings
• Veteran Benefit Information State and Federal
• Legal and Motor Vehicle Assistance
• Employment and Educational Assistance
• Free Bus Transportation provided at designated areas
 
Link to the CT VA Stand Down 2014 information, http://www.ct.gov/ctva/cwp/view.asp?a=1992&q=548490 
including links to:
 

Stand Down 2014 Poster http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/stand_down_2014/stand_down_2014_poster.doc

 

Veteran Registration Form http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/stand_down_2014/veteran_registration_form_2014_updated.doc

 

Stand Down Transportation http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/stand_down_2014/stand_down_transportation_2014.doc

 

Stand Down Donation Information http://www.ct.gov/ctva/lib/ctva/v4/stand_down_2014/2014_stand_down_donation_information.pdf

 

BRIDGE CLASSES BEGIN!

Fridays, starting September 12th, Intermediate: 10:00am to 12:00pm, Beginner: 12:30pm to 2:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Intermediate Bridge Mr. Douglas Thompson, a Silver Life Master, placing him among the top 10% players in the United States is teaching the class.  He is an American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) certified Bridge instructor and Bridge game director. For bridge players looking to expand their game: Introduction of New Minor forcing, Inverted Minor, Support Doubles, Michaels Cue Bids - extensions, McCabe Over partners Weak 2 bid, 1430 Keycard extended bids, Forcing NT, 2/1  Game Force introduction, Competition after opponents Unusual No Trump.

Beginner Bridge Classes will cover introduction to the partnership side of Bridge: 5 Card Major Suit Openings,  Minor suit Openings, 15 to 17 No Trump openings, Stayman over 1NT opening, Jacoby Transfer Bids, 1430 Roman Keycard - introduction,  Declarer play fundamentals, Defensive signals - introduction. The goal is for everyone to play two hands each session. Doug has taught Bridge lessons for over ten years.  Questions regarding class and class cost please contact Doug directly through email: minus1880@hotmail.com

 

WRITERS’ WORKSHOP FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS – NEW SEASON BEGINS

Bi-weekly on Fridays from September 12th, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

These Writers’ Workshops offer a forum for creating, discussing and editing participants’ own work in an encouraging environment. Members consist of poets, travel writers, humorists, biographers and memoir writers. Some are published; all are welcome. Meetings are held under the guidance of Faye Gage, former English Department Head at Darien High School and director of “The Connecticut Writing Project.” All DCA members are welcome at no charge. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

BEGINNING BRIDGE CLASS

Tuesdays, September 16th through October 21st9:00am to 11:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

If you’ve taken our Continuing Beginning Bridge class, or you’ve some knowledge of the game, continue your bridge education for 6 weeks with “Continuing Beginning Bridge - Play of the Hand & Bidding.” Students will learn and practice play of the hand defense and basic bidding skills. Instructed by Meredith Dunne. $170, or $150 for DCA members. Pre-payment is required by noon on Thursday, September 11th. Those new to DCA Bridge classes should contact the DCA to confirm that their current level of play suits this class. Minimum enrollment applies. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

STAMFORD HOSPITAL LUNCH AND LEARN: PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE

Tuesday, September 16th, Complimentary Lunch 12:00pm, Program 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Preventive health care decisions and recommendations become more complex as the population ages. The leading causes of death (i.e., heart disease, malignant neoplasms, cerebrovascular disease, and chronic lower respiratory disease) among older adults mirror the actual causes of death (i.e., tobacco use, poor diet, and physical inactivity) among persons of all ages. Patients 65 years and older should be aware of preventative behavior.  A doctor from Stamford Hospital will be presenting a program on all types of preventive care - from diet and exercise recommendations to aspirin therapy, lipid management, and administration of tetanus and diphtheria, pneumococcal, and influenza vaccines. A complimentary lunch will be served promptly at noon and the program will begin at 12:30.  Please be sure to sign up. 203-656-7490

 

PAINTING CLASS FOR ALL LEVELS

Tuesdays beginning September 16th12:45-3:45pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Artist and instructor Bernice Weiss welcomes students of all abilities to join her painting classes, both to learn and practice, while enjoying one of our favorite garden-view rooms. Bring your choice of materials - sketches, oils, acrylics, watercolors or pastels - and Bernice will help you bring out your artistic side. $150 for this 10-week session, or $100 for DCA members. Alternative drop-in price of $15 per class. For more information, view dariendca.orgor contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

THE CONFEDERCY AS A REVOLUTION

Wednesday, September 17th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Historian and Norwalk Community College Lifetime Learner Mark Albertson presents an alternative position to the American Civil War that positions the Confederacy as a Second Revolution.

 

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ‘TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT’

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

(1944) Starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Not rated; 100 minutes; Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. Help the Free French? Not world-weary gunrunner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time film actress Lauren Bacall.

 

JOURNALING WORKSHOP

Thursday, September 18th, 9:30am to 11:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

Take some time to listen to your hand-written reflections of moments only you have witnessed or imagined, led by writing prompts, free writes, and optional sharing. All you need to bring is a journal, a pen, and a readiness to fill the page. Instructor Cathy Allman is a poet and educator who leads creativity workshops throughout Fairfield County. $25, or $20 for DCA members. Register by noon on Tuesday, September 16th. Minimum enrollment applies. For more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

BOOK SIGNING WITH KRISTEN HARNISCH, AUTHOR OF THE VINTNER’S DAUGHTER

Friday, September 19th, 10:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

In her debut novel, Darien author Kristen Harnisch immerses readers in the rich cultures of the Loire Valley, New York, and Napa of the late 1800s, with this romantic and historical fiction set in wine country. $10, or $5 for DCA members. Barrett Bookstore will offer Kristen’s novel for sale at the event. Reservations are requested, and can be made online at dariendca.org, or by contacting the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

COME TAKE A FREE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD IN A 30 FOOT SAILBOAT !

Friday, September 19th, 1:00pm at Norwalk Community College's East Campus PepsiCo Theater, 188 Richards Ave, Norwalk

The public is invited to come see and hear about a memorable, three-year sailing adventure. This interesting, professional color slide presentation with detailed maps is being sponsored by Lifetime Learners Institute. Phone 203-857-3330 or visit www.lifetimelearners.org

 

Darien Senior Program Open House and Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Monday, September 22nd, 11:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Celebrate the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center.  A sumptuous lunch will follow at noon ($4.00) and awesome entertainment (see below) at 12:30pm.  Open House extends into the evening  from 7:00pm to 8:30pm where there will be an opportunity for guided tours, and to meet members of Darien’s Commission on Aging, Representatives from the RTM and our Board of Selectmen – all while enjoying light refreshments and the musical styling of the Darien High School Jazz Band Quintet.  Come and pick up an information booklet about fall and winter programming and celebrate this wonderful new community facility.    Please RSVP if you will be attending the day or evening events by signing up at the Center or call 203-656-7490.

 

A TOUCH OF SINATRA

Monday, September 22nd, 12:30pm at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

A touch of Sinatra is a musical show about the life and music of Frank Sinatra, narrated by Joe Gilligan and performed by Donnie Farraro.  You will be entertained with the story of the life of Frank Sinatra, the songs that made him one of the most renowned singers of the 20th century along with funny stories and jokes that together will provide a wonderfully entertaining experience.  Lunch ($4.00) will be served at noon, and performance (free of charge) will begin at 12:30

 

SILENT FILMS WITH LIVE PIANO

Tuesday, September 23rd, 3:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Way before ‘talkies’ there were silent films with piano accompaniment. Atria Darien presents this lost form of entertainment in a special presentation with live piano.

 

THE PRODIGY . . . MOZART

Friday, September 26th, 3:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road

Composing from the age of five and performing before European royalty at 17, Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Jeffrey Engel, a graduate of the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III), presents the man and his music.

 

HEALTH FAIR

Saturday, September 27th, 11:00am to 3:00pm at Mather Center, Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road

Health Screenings, Useful Wellness Information and Flu Shots!

Sponsored by the Darien Health Department.

For more information, please see the website www.darienhealth.com

 

NEW CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH CLASS BEGINS!

Beginning Monday, September 29th, 9:30am at the Darien Senior Program at Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road

Are you a beginning Spanish speaker?  Intermediate?  Are you looking to use your Spanish speaking skills on a regular basis?  Sybil Taccone a Spanish instructor with several CT school systems will begin a Spanish Conversation class.  Sybil will host fun conversations in Spanish – she will provide corrections to vocabulary, and verb tense.  The class will not have an instructional tone.  It is a class that will be fun and enjoyable.

 

DCA BIRD SANCTUARY OPENING & TOURS - FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Tuesday, September 30th, 9:30am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road

After more than two years of extensive work by volunteers, the DCA Bird Sanctuary is now ready for its “official” opening. The Bird Sanctuary is a wonderful asset for the public to enjoy, and would not have been possible without the financial support of a number of businesses and community organizations. Join us to thank all those involved, take a tour on meandering paths, and celebrate this beautiful space. Ribbon-cutting will be held at 9:30am, with tours from 10:00am. Free to all; reservations are requested. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Rain date October 7thFor more information, view dariendca.org or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050.

 

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