Monthly Calendar of Events
MONTHLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS: JUNE 2023
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 within Darien, Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan. Our service hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please give us as much advance notice as possible to book your reservation.
HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHERS FOR SALE
Darien seniors and people with disabilities are able to purchase taxi vouchers from At Home In Darien for 50% off the cost for taxi rides for whenever you want to go. Call us at 203-655-2227 for more information.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT
WEED AND PEAR TREE BEACH PERMITS
Beach permits are now on sale. Darien senior citizens ages 65+ can obtain one free beach permit, which may be obtained either in-person at the Parks and Recreation Department (located in Town Hall) or on-line. Proof of residency is required in form of current Darien motor vehicle registration. Please click here for more details.
DUMP PERMITS EXPIRE JUNE 30TH
Darien seniors 65 and older are entitled to a free Recycling & Refuse Center permit. Those who have received a permit in the past may apply for a new one by mailing in the form that can be found by clicking here. First time applicants, or those who have had a change of address, must appear in person to the Darien Public Works Department (DPW), located in town hall. Please contact DPW at 203-656-7346 for more information.
Mondays at 10:30am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Bring in your dimes and be ready to play as many cards at one time as you can handle. BINGO is a great way to test your memory, reflexes and eye hand coordination all while having fun. Please no pennies!
ASK A SOCIAL WORKER
Tuesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Mather Center. No need to register.
Ali Ramsteck, Director of Darien Human Services or Cynthia Hall, Assistant Director, will be available every Tuesday at the Mather Center for your convenience. This is a wonderful opportunity to speak with them about the services they provide and all that is offered to seniors in the Darien Community.
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30pm to 2:3000pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 for more information. The schedule is subject to change, depending on interest.
The health benefits of Ping Pong are really enormous: It is safe, low impact, helps with balance, improves reflexes and improves eye–hand coordination to name a few! It also provides an amazing brain workout. A single rally can involve a dozen or more split-second decisions, so imagine the mental gymnastics you’ll put your brain through during a whole match! Maybe the most important benefit? It’s a really a fun social outlet!
Thursday, June 1st at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Celebrate “Say Something Nice Day” with the fabulous “Airborne”, a veteran jazz band formed in the 1980’s. They will perform a variety of jazz standards and Caribbean and Latin infused songs.
AUTHOR EVENT: TED KENNEDY WATSON’S GUIDE TO STYLISH ENTERTAINING
Thursday, June 1st at 7:00pm, over Zoom. To register click here.
Darien Library welcomes Ted Kennedy Watson, author of the book, Ted Kennedy Watson’s Guide to Stylish Entertaining. Ted will be in conversation with style arbiter and author, Susanna Salk. In the book, Ted shares the knowledge and expertise he has amassed through years of entertaining. Whether you’re throwing a small dinner or a large party, Watson’s lists and tips will be what you find yourself going back to time and time again for inspiration.
SLOW FLOW YOGA (NEW CLASS)
Fridays, beginning June 2nd, at 9:00am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
If you are interested in improving your balance, flexibility, stability and strength as well as working on your sense of well-being, this is the class for you! Slow Flow Yoga will incorporate a variety of slow paced, measured movements that will involve sitting and standing on a yoga mat while being guided through the postures. These movements paired with a focus on breathing will help you to calm the senses and reconnect with your body. No experience necessary! Bring your own mat.
WAVENY LIFECARE NETWORK: MEDICARE COVERED SHORT TERM CARE SERVICES TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM
Monday, June 5th at 12:00pm (lunch), 12:30pm (presentation). Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. Complimentary Lunch for the first 35 sign ups
Join Kathleen Benevento, Executive Director, and Kathleen Tetley, Nurse Liaison, for an overview of Medicare covered services including short term rehab and home care. They will explain how telemedicine services might fit in.
AUTHOR EVENT: EVAN THOMAS, ROAD TO SURRENDER
Monday, June 5th at 7:00pm, Darien Library Community Room. To register, click here.
Darien Library, along with Barrett Bookstore, proudly welcomes esteemed author, Evan Thomas, in discussion of his newly released book, Road To Surrender: Three Men and the Countdown to the End of World War II. The book is a riveting, immersive account of the agonizing decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan—a crucial turning point in World War II and geopolitical history.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, June 5th at 7:00pm and Tuesday, June 20th at 11:00am. To register for these Bridges by EPOCH virtual events click here.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be an emotional roller coaster ride – one fraught with stress, frustration, guilt and uncertainty. Join other family caregivers and dementia care professionals who understand your challenges and can help make your journey a little bit easier.
BEEYONDER: WALKING TOUR OF THE HISTORIC SIGHTS IN WARSAW (LIVE VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)
Tuesday, June 6th at 1:00pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Visit one of the most beautiful and important streets in the Warsaw – Krakowskie Przedmieście, and walk through the Old Town to feel the spirit of this historic city.
WAVENY LIFECARE BLOOD PRESSURE & HEALTH SCREENING
Tuesday, June 6th from 11:00am to 12:00pm and Thursday, June 15th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
A nurse from Waveny Lifecare will provide blood pressure and health screening.
RAISE THE COOP! RAISING CHICKENS IN YOUR BACKYARD
Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00pm, Darien Library Conference Room. To register, click here.
With the price of eggs still sky high, isn’t it time you raised your own chickens? Find out how easy, fun and rewarding these avian creatures are! Expert master gardener and farmer, Mark Gostkiewics will tell what you need to know to start and maintain a happy, healthy flock of chickens, all while using sustainable and organic practices. Step into the world of backyard chicken keeping and discover the joys of having your own-feathered friends!
SIT AND STAND (NEW CLASS)
Wednesdays, beginning June 7th, at 9:30am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Claudia DeVita is offering a more rigorous class to her repertoire. Highly motivating music will carry you away as you warm up, moving into light aerobics and then learning basic strengthening exercises using light weights. This dance based work out offers a complete body/mind approach ending with a cool down and full body stretch
WAVENY LIFECARE NETWORK PRESENTS SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
Wednesday, June 7th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Just in time for the start of summer, Christine Burns, RN presents: “Summer Safety Tips.”
THE THREAT OF CHINA-RUSSIA COOPERATION – HOW SERIOUS? A CONVERSATION WITH OLENA LENNON, PHD.
Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00pm, Darien Library Conference Room. To register, click here.
Darien Library welcomes back Dr. Olena Lennon, who will discuss why Chinese technological companies, including Huawei and TikTok, have been considered a rising threat to American national security, prosperity, and data privacy. Additionally, the conversation will address why China’s growing cooperation with Russia is a pressing concern for the U.S. and global security.
HISTORY OF MUSIC SUMMER SERIES BY AARP
To register for these events, click here.
Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00pm – Elvis Presley’s Impact on A Decade
Wednesday, June 14th at 1:00pm – Sinatra History of a Storied Singer
Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00pm – The British Invasion
Wednesday, June 28th at 1:00pm – The Singer Songwriter
Take a walk-through history learning about the music, artists and performances influencing our lives over the decades. Join Age-friendly University educators Dr. Gilbert Gigliotti and Professor Stephen Armstrong as they take us on a history lesson of music, inspiration and influence on our communities.
MOVIE AND TREAT AT MATHER: SUMMERTIME (1955)
Thursday, June 8th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
An American spinster’s dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome, but married, Italian man while vacationing in Venice. Katharine Hepburn’s sensitive portrayal of the lonely heroine and Jack Hildyard’s glorious Technicolor photography make Summertime an endearing and visually enchanting film. (1h 42m)
COOKBOOK AUTHOR EVENT: ED MITCHELL’S BARBEQUE
Thursday, June 8th at 7:00pm, over Zoom. To register click here.
Darien Library, along with Connecticut’s Essex Library and Book Passage in San Francisco, California, invite you into the world of barbeque and more with celebrated pitmaster Ed Mitchell and his new book, Ed Mitchell’s Barbeque. The book is rich with the history of Wilson, North Carolina, and yet promises to bring barbeque to the next level.
WEEKLY PLANT CLINIC WITH UCONN MASTER GARDENERS
Friday, June 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Darien Library Courtyard. No registration required, for more information click here.
Attention gardeners and nature enthusiasts: UCONN Extension Master Gardeners are standing by to solve your garden issues! Stop by Fridays from 10am to 12pm, in the Courtyard at Darien Library, May 12 – June 30. Bring all of your gardening questions! Please bring photos or actual samples for accurate identification and help with your outdoor project or situation.
MONTHLY MOVEMENT & MEDIATATION FOR EMBODIED RESILENCE
Monday, June 12th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Darien’s Monica Keady, registered Yoga Teacher, leads practices that enhance awareness of the body mind connection to fuel energy, steadiness, calm and resilience. Monica will teach movements to release joints, stretch and tone muscle; learn deep breathing practices that release stress and deepen awareness. You will learn meditation techniques to put it all together so you can experience joy and resilience throughout the day. No prior experience necessary.
MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: “MOVING ON”
Monday, June 12th at 6:30pm, Darien Library Community Room. No registration required, for more information click here.
“Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as estranged friends who reunite to seek revenge on the petulant widower (Malcolm McDowell) of their recently deceased best friend. Along the way, Fonda’s character reunites with her great love (Richard Roundtree) as each woman learns to make peace with the past and each other.” – Roadside Attractions
ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
Tuesday, June 13th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Winning seven Academy awards in 1946, Samuel Goldwyn’s production of “The Best Years of our Lives” followed the difficulties faced by 3 US servicemen who were abruptly returned to civilian life after years of wartime service overseas. The film, beyond its critical acclaim and commercial success, was a timely and significant study of the challenges faced by combat veterans, including PTSD.
Wednesday, June 14th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Come celebrate Flag Day with patriotic and summer-themed tunes by Overeasy, a cover band founded by bass-player Steve Cinque.
A GARDENER’S GUIDE TO BOTANY WITH SCOTT ZONA, PH.D.
Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00pm, over Zoom. To register for this Darien Library event click here.
That beautiful, tranquil backyard garden of yours? Guess what: it is a battlefield in which plants wage war against predators and struggle to outcompete one another for light, water, and nutrients! Join Dr. Zona for a fascinating illustrated adventure you won’t want to miss. He will discuss just what makes plants tick and talk about the chlorophyll-infused science behind the plants you know and love, whether you grow them indoors or out. Come take a look at how plants grow — not how to grow plants. After hearing Dr. Zona speak, you’ll see plants in a new light and with new respect!
COMPUTER BASICS FOR BEGINNERS
Thursday, June 15th from 10:00am to 11:00am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
This class is for beginners; mouse and keyboard skills are not required. Mary Beth Mason, Knowledge & Learning Services Librarian, Darien Public Library, will help students learn basic skills such as browsing the internet safely, opening applications and setting up email.
DEMENTIA EDUCATION SERIES: HUMOR AND CAREGIVING
Thursday, June 15th at 11:00am and 7:00pm. To register for this Bridges by EPOCH virtual event, click here.
Alicia Seaver, Certified Memory Impairment Specialist with Bridges, facilitates a dementia education and caregiver support group. She is available at the end of the dementia education sessions to answer questions.
DR. MILLER: STAMFORD HEALTH STROKE PREVENTION
Thursday, June 15th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Dr. Miller of Stamford Health will present a lecture on how to prevent strokes.
CAREGIVER EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP GROUP
Thursday, June 15th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Facilitated by Beth Paris, Gerontologist and Director of Darien Senior Programs, this group is open to anyone who cares for a family member or friend with needs, especially related to cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This group will explore your concerns in a supportive and safe environment. Beth has over 30 years of experience helping caregivers navigate caregiving.
DSP BOOK CLUB: THE ALICE NETWORK BY KATE QUINN
Tuesday, June 20th at 1:00pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 for more information.
In this enthralling novel from New York Times bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women — a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 — are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
AARP SAFE DRIVING
Wednesday, June 21st from 10:00am to 2:00 PM. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. Cost is $20.00 dollars for AARP members, $25.00 for non-AARP members, and free for AARP Supplemental Insurance holders.
AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to course graduates.
MOVIE AND TREAT AT MATHER: FATHER OF THE BRIDE (2022)
Thursday, June 22nd at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
In this remake of this 1991 film starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, a father must come to grips with his daughter’s upcoming wedding through the prism of multiple relationships within a big, sprawling Cuban-American clan.
MONDAY NIGHT MOVIE: “JAWS”
Monday, June 26th at 6:30pm, Darien Library Community Room. No registration required, for more information click here.
Kick off the first week of summer with the classic film, “Jaws”!
CRAFTING WITH ARTIST RENE SOTO
Tuesday, June 27th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Local multimedia artist Rene Soto is back this month with another great activity. Rene wants to help people never forget everyone was born to be an artist and some of us have not tapped into our creative side yet! All materials will be supplied. Suggested donation is $5.00 per class. Registration is required, space is limited.
MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS: ABBOTT & COSTELLO
Wednesday, June 28th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Abbott and Costello are considered one of the greatest comedy teams in the history of entertainment. Coming out of Vaudeville, they were successful on radio, film and later, television with the Abbott & Costello Show. Perhaps it was their timing that made them so great. The “Who’s on First, What’s on Second and I Don’t Know is on Third,” was judged by Time magazine as the greatest comedy routine of all time. Indeed, the “Who’s on First,” routine is played at the Baseball Hall of Fame. According to the IRS, together they made of $750,000 in 1943, an astounding income for the time.
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