Monthly Calendar of Events

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NEED A RIDE TO ONE OF THESE GREAT EVENTS?
Call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227. We offer transportation services for Darien seniors and the disabled within Darien, Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan.  Our service hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Please give us as much advance notice as possible to book your reservation, and a voluntary contribution is appreciated.

For service to other locations, at times outside of our service hours, or when you need a person to pick you up for a medical appointment, ask for a Friendly Volunteer Driver.

DARIEN STEPPERS WALKING CLUB – COME OUT AND WALK 
As the weather is becoming nice, join the At Home In Darien Walking Club and become a Darien Stepper. Walks take place on Thursday and Friday mornings at local parks. The Walking Club has added Saturday mornings, 9:30am at Selleck’s/Dunlap Woods.  Join the fun, meet new people and socialize – all while getting outdoors and exercising.  For more information, please call 203-655-2227 or email sandi@athomeindarien.org.

58TH DARIEN ART SHOW & SALE
Saturday, June 3rd – 10th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road (Behind Darien Town Hall)
Over 250 pieces of children’s and adult’s artwork on view. Visit darienarts.org for more information or call203-655-8683.  

BILL WRENN PRESENTS TRAVELOGUE OF CHINA
Monday, June 5th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Qigong instructor Bill Wrenn traveled to China to visit some of the sacred sites where Tai Chi and Qigong were born.  Bill will share stories and show slides of the many scenic spots visited during his trip.  See Beijing, Xian, and two of China’s most sacred and scenic mountains.  There will be a question and answer period at the end of the program.

SHORT STORIES FOR LONG DAYS
Beginning Tuesday, June 5th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation to share with other short story enthusiasts. Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: TONKIN GULF INCIDENT
Tuesday, June 6th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
In this controversial incident that launched “official” American involvement in Vietnam, two US Navy Destroyers were said to have been attacked by North Vietnamese Torpedo Boats in the Tonkin Gulf. Three days later the “Gulf of Tonkin Resolution” was passed by Congress giving President Johnson unprecedented authority to order military operations against North Vietnam.

VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY LUNCH AND LEARN: CLEAN FOODS
Wednesday, June 7th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
When you’re eating clean, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, are obvious choices.  But, minimally processed foods with short ingredient lists can also fit into a clean-eating diet.  Marilyn Fuller will explain how to choose foods with healthy ingredients like whole grains and healthy fats and those low in added sugar and salt.

TOUCH OF SINATRA PRESENTS: THE BROOKLYN PARAMOUNT THEATER
Thursday, June 8th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The year is 1947; the place is the Brooklyn Paramount Theater starring Frank Sinatra.  Touch of Sinatra will bring you back to 1947 to witness the birth of new music like Doo Wop and the Alan Freed Rock ‘n Roll Show. Enjoy some of the century’s best and most favorite music.

ALZHEIMER’S EFFECTS ON THE FAMILY
Thursday, June 8th, 2:00pm and 5:30pm at Bridges, 595 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, 203-523-0510
Dementia affects family members in different ways.  Learn how to address kids’ and other family members’ feelings about your loved one’s diagnosis and help them understand what it means. Refreshments will be served.

THE NAZI REVOLUTION, 1919-1934
Beginning Thursday, June 8th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Most attempts to chronicle the Third Reich seem wedded to the period of 1933-1945. A broader perspective for understanding Hitler’s Germany is hardly possible unless one engages in the formative years of the Nazi Movement, 1919-1934. From the demise of Imperial Germany to the Night of the Long Knives, this course will chronicle the Nazi Revolution.

LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S
Beginning Friday, June 9th and the first Friday of each month, 11:00am – 12:15pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Atria Darien will host a support group to those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. It is being facilitated by Ilene Sumberg, LCSW under the auspices of the CT Parkinson’s Association. Light refreshments will be served. For further information call 203-662-1090.

BOOKS AND BIKES: SUMMER READING KICK-OFF
Saturday, June 10th, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Kick-off Adult Summer Reading with Darien native Mary Simses, author of The Rules of Love and Grammar. Attendees are invited to the Library’s courtyard to meet Mary Simses and learn bicycle maintenance tips from the experts at Schwinn Bicycle. Win a book, a bike, or some handy bicycle accessories. Grace Hammond is a young woman with a bone to pick about spelling mistakes, punctuation, and sentence structure in The Rules of Love and Grammar, the highly anticipated novel by the author of the bestselling debut The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Café. A wordsmith by trade, Grace can’t let even the most innocent grammar mistakes slip by. She marks up menus in restaurants and cringes when she sees fliers with incorrect punctuation. Grace’s life is in need of correcting, too. Laid off from her writing job and newly single, she hits Pause and returns to her parents’ house in Connecticut. Refreshments will be served and books will be sold.

TERRIE WOOD STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Tuesday, June 13th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The State Representative of the 141st District (Darien and Norwalk) will be here to provide seniors with a legislative update.  There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

CT PHARMACY: SUN PROTECTION
Wednesday, June 14th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
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 skin changes. Many older adults think 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.

FROM SCRABBLE TO SCRIBBLE TO SYNDICATION: CARTOONIST MARIA SCRIVAN
Wednesday, June 14th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Syndicated cartoonist Maria Scrivan shares her funniest cartoons from her newspaper comic “Half Full” in a visual and entertaining presentation. She discusses her career as a syndicated cartoonist and licensing artist, her work for MAD Magazine and her work’s appearance on national television. Maria will describe her process and address the age-old question “Where do you get your ideas?”

GREAT DECISIONS: US FOREIGN POLICY AND PETROLEUM
Thursday, June 15th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, published annually by the Foreign Policy Association. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups. Eric Rambusch will lead the discussion.

OSTEOPOROSIS 101
Thursday, June 15th, 6:00pm at The Village at Waveny, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Dr. Asnis, Endocrinologist of Stamford Health Medical Group will present a free and informative community event on the exciting new medications on the horizon. Please call 203-594-5310 or MNtiri@Waveny.org to RSVP .

BOOK READERS FESTIVAL
Tuesday, June 20th, 11:00am – 1:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Celebrate readers this summer and discover your favorite new books. Our advisers will share books from their favorite genres and help you decide what to read next. Take a leap of courage and try something new.

WALGREENS: SENIOR SKIN CARE
Wednesday, June 21st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
It is very important that seniors take care of their skin because they are more susceptible to skin infection and skin disease due to the changes that take place to skin as it ages. It becomes less supple, thinner and dryer. It injures easily and heals more slowly. As a result, seniors are prone to skin problems ranging from itching, scaling and mild dryness to grave skin conditions such as infection and ulcerations. Brian will present tips to keep skin happy and healthy.

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: “THE DRESSMAKER”
Wednesday, June 21st, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
An accomplished dressmaker returns to her backwoods hometown in 1950s Australia, which she fled at a young age after she was accused of murdering a boy. While running a local dress shop, she investigates the murder mystery that ruined her life.

COPING TECHNIQUES
Thursday, June 22nd, 2:00pm and 5:30pm at Bridges, 595 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, 203-523-0510
Make your loved one’s journey with dementia easier for both of you. Learn how to cope with their challenging behaviors with redirection and validation techniques and get some stress-relieving self-care tips.  Refreshments will be served.

WRITER’S READ
Thursday, June 22nd, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Members of Darien Library’s Writer’s Workshop and students from the Library’s writing classes will present excerpts of their works as a means of hearing their work aloud. Afterwards, discussion with the writers will be made available so they may hear what listener’s have to say about their piece. Family and friends of the writers are invited as well as anyone interested in the craft of creative writing. Selections may include sci-fi, parody, fiction, memoir, personal essay, short story, and poetry.

READ AND TELL: GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, June 28th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join James McGinn, LPN, NCC of the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, for a monthly literary treat as a springboard into sharing from your own stories and concerns. As meetings progress, participants will be invited (although not obliged) to share their own narratives, spoken or written, biographical or fictional and to share truths. Explore how creativity motivates, comforts, unsettles and keeps you on your toes. Share the stories which most move and keep you going, the ideas which nurture a good life and help you through tough times.

ISLAND RHYTHM PARTY
Thursday, June 29th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
CT Entertainment will play sounds of the islands. John Baker will bring his steel drum sound and Jimmy Buffet voice to get you dancing and singing to some of your favorite songs.  Lunch ($5.00) will be served at 12:00pm.

DARIEN HOLD’EM: POKER
Beginning Thursday, June 29th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Poker is America’s game, played all over the world for matchsticks or for millions of dollars. It is a simple game to learn and can be played at any level of skill. This four week class will cover the basics and then you will play several different poker games including 5 card draw, 7 card stud and Texas Hold’em.  No experience is necessary. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

NEW CLASSES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
Stop at the Center to try a new exercise class or learn a new language.  The cost of the classes is $4.00 each.
Musical Flow Yoga: Wednesdays at 11:00am with Amanda Faulkner. Amanda Faulkner, a Kripalu certified yoga instructor will lead a new musical flow yoga class. She will incorporate yoga philosophy of kindness and compassion into every class.  She will begin with warm up exercises and then gentle flowing sequences set to beautiful music.  Amanda will close the class with a short meditation period.
Chair Yoga: Thursdays at 10:00am with Georgia Condon.  Chair yoga is perfect for seniors who have difficulty getting on the ground or with limited mobility.  The class is taught on chairs while using classic modified yoga poses.  Chair yoga helps increase flexibility and strength, improve balance, and helps reduce stress.
Italian Class: Fridays at 10:00am with Joseph Tarzia. Italian class is a perfect introduction for newcomers to the Italian language. Joe will teach basic vocabulary with an emphasis on speaking, conversing, and understanding the language.
For more information on these classes, please call 203-656-7490.

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At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax:  1.866.224.4210
www.athomeindarien.org
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