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.

HOLIDAY CLOSING 
The At Home In Darien office will be closed and transportation services will not be operating on the following days in November: Veterans’ Day, Friday, November 10th, 2017; Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th, 2017. Happy Holidays!

MR. BURNS, A POST-ECLECTIC PLAY 
Wednesday, November 15th, 7:00pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane
Theatre 308 presents Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy that propels you forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. The play is set in the very near future. Then 7 years after that, and then 75 years after that. Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another. Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from Darien High School for the performance. At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the Darien High School show using volunteer drivers. Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes, and returned home safely after the show.  Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 to reserve your seat and to arrange transportation to and from the show.

ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Our Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Darien Community Association with special guest speaker Dr. Allison Ostroff, Director of Geriatric Medicine at Stamford Hospital, was a great success. Click here to view her power point presentation.  While Dr. Ostroff is no longer taking new patients, she is available for geriatric consultations.

THE FOLLOWING, EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT
VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: COPING WITH STRESS
Wednesday, November 1st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
While stress is a “normal” part of everyday life, it is also implicated as a factor in many illnesses. How you handle it can make all the difference. The program will teach techniques to relax and achieve balance through life’s ups and downs. To reserve a seat call 203-656-7490. A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm.

RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS TSARINA ALEXANDRA
Wednesday, November 1st, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Professor Ramona Garcia shares her knowledge about the often complicated lives of the Queens of European Royalty. At the age of twelve, Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt falls in love with Tsarevich Nicholas, the heir to the Russian throne. She spends the next decade avoiding being pushed into other marriages by her grandmother, Queen Victoria. A tragedy in the family of Nicholas finally allows the couple to marry in 1894. How will Alix balance her new roles as wife and Tsarina of Russia?

STORYTELLING FOR GROWN UPS
Wednesday, November 1st, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234

What better time than Fall for a storytelling circle? Darker evenings, a chill in the air, and stories to share! Stories aren’t just for younger listeners. Grown-ups have rediscovered the magic that takes place between tellers and listeners when a folktale, legend, or personal story is shared. The circle is open to professional tellers, first-timers, amateurs, and of course, listeners. Experience a broad range of prepared tales from around the world and right here in your own neighborhood.

CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTIST FEATURING THE WORK OF JOHANA FINI 
Thursday, November 2nd, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Johӓna’s career as an artist spans 30 years. He received a BFA degree in painting from Miami University and has shown his work all across the country. His exhibition will be on display at the Gratia Gillespie Gallery through November, 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

MEET THE AUTHOR: ROZ CHAST 
Thursday, November 2nd, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Roz Chast, author of Going Into Town, will be the featured speaker. From the #1 NYT bestselling author ofCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast’s new graphic memoir–a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it. For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and “those West Side Story-things” (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired Going into Town, part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast’s laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons.

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WORD 
Friday, November 3rd, 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Microsoft Word is the leading word processing software in use today. It is essential for anyone that uses a computer to learn the basics of this program to complete simple letters, resumes or complex reports. At the completion of the two hour class, you will know the basics of Word, learn how to create a simple letter, and learn how to use many of the tools to make your product stand out. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

INTERGENERATIONAL BRAIN TWISTERS AND TEASERS
Friday, November 3rd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Darien High School students will assist, Senior Center Director, Beth Paris, who will be hosting a fun brain twisters and teasers group with a little healthy competition thrown in.

SYLVIA
Friday, November 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 8:00pm November 5th and 11th, 2:00pm at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road – behind the Darien Town Hall
Don’t miss this play by A.R. Gurney that revolves around a dog “Sylvia”, the couple that adopts her, and the comedy that ensues. Visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683 for details and tickets.

HERE COMES ROSIE
Monday, November 6th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Geri Genovese and Rosie, the puppy, will reminisce about fall, holidays, family pets and more. There are so many benefits of interaction with pets – mental, emotional, and even physical.  Attend and enjoy Rosie’s visit!

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW : ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER
Tuesday, November 7th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Sometimes referred to as “The Freedom Tower,” One World Trade Center stands on the northwest corner of the original World Trade Center Site which was destroyed on September 11, 2001. Opening on November 3, 2014, the building reaches a total height of 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the sixth-tallest in the world.

CT PHARMACY: COMMON SIDE EEFECTS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM
Wednesday, November 8th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Almost all drugs used to treat any type of disease can cause side effects. This does not mean that everyone who takes a drug will experience side effects. It is hard to predict whether you will or will not experience a side effect as it depends on the medicine and how your body reacts. Prescription medicines can enhance the quality of your life, but medicines can also bring unwelcomed side effects. There are simple measures that can be taken to manage the more common side effects. Diane from CT Pharmacy will discuss how to do just that.

MEDED: WHAT’S NEW IN ATRIAL FIBRILLATION 
Wednesday, November 8th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Dr. Sandhya Dhruvakumar, Director of Electrophysiology at Stamford Health’s Heart and Vascular Institute, will discuss atrial fibrillation (Afib) including associated risk factors, stroke prevention, and new treatment options.

VETERANS GROUP WELCOMES SANDI ENNOR
Thursday, November 9th, 8:30am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road 
Former Navy combat helicopter pilot and Darien resident Sandi Ennor joins the Atria Darien Veterans Group. Sandi, a graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, will talk about her career in the military, how her military training enabled her to a career after her service and what is means to serve her country. Continental breakfast will be served. To register call 203-662-1090.

GREAT DECISIONS: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
Thursday, November 9th, 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.

MEDICARE: UNDERSTANDING YOUR BENEFITS AND OPTIONS
Thursday, November 9th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Village at Waveny, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan 
Sharon Gesek, Director of Programs, Southwestern CT Area Agency on Aging, will give a free educational seminar for people new to Medicare. Topics include information on original Medicare, advantage plans, and supplemental plans in CT, part D Rx drug plans, savings program, navigating Medicare, avoiding lifetime penalties, how to enroll and where to go for help. RSVP 203-594-5310 to Mary Ntiri or mntiri@waveny.org. Light refreshments will be provided at 5:30pm.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, November 10th, 11:00am – 12:15pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
The group will meet on the second Friday of each month and is open to those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. It is facilitated by Ilene Sumberg, LCSW, under the auspices of the CT Parkinson’s Disease Association. Light refreshments will be served. For further information call 203-662-1090.

INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT WORD 
Friday, November 10th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Once you have mastered the initial elements of Word, it is essential to practice what already is known, and to enhance that knowledge with deeper understanding of all that this program has to offer. At the completion of this two hour class, you will have hands on experience with the many tools available in Word to create a clean and accurate product, complete a project to practice your new skills, and learn the basics of Mail Merge. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

REVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVES – ALEANDER HAMILTON (PART I) 
Saturday, November 11th, 2:00pm at the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway Road North
The Man, The Myth & The Musical. The smash-hit Broadway musical is changing the mythology surrounding this Founding Father, and a new perspective is emerging. Robert Begley, President of New York Heroes Society, dives deeper into Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy. Cost is $5 for members, $20 for non-members, $30 for non-member and guest. To register, visit our website www.darienhistorical.org or call 203-655-9233.

AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE: HEARING CLINIC
Monday, November 13th, 11:00am – 2:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
Audiology Concierge will be available for free 45 minute appointments. Appointments will be available for hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations. Spots fill up quickly and appointments must be reserved. To reserve a spot please call Marcy at 203-656-7490.

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Wednesday, November 15th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
British aristocrat Gertrude Bell seeks a life of adventure in the Middle East in 1892, and eventually becomes a renowned explorer, writer and archaeologist. Along the way, she meets T.E. Lawrence and serves as an adviser to Winston Churchill.

WOMEN’S FINANCIAL LITERACY ROUNDTABLE
Thursday, November 16th, 10:00am at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
In this monthly series, the lectures and discussions are designed to assist women in reaching financial independence. This month’s discussion serves to answer the question, “Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds”. If you have an investment or retirement account, you likely own mutual funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs). These funds can make up all, or part, of your portfolio. Learn how to track an index, track a market sector, and so much more. Talk about how they work, how to use them, and the “hidden” fees.

LIFETIME LEARNERS – KEN LYONS ON FORENSICS
Thursday, November 16th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Norwalk Community College Lifetime Learners Instructor Ken Lyons takes you on a fascinating journey through the science of Forensics. Using real cases as examples, Lyon showcases the methods used by law enforcement during criminal investigations, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.

REVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVES – ALEXANDER HAMILTON (PART II) 
Thursday, November 16th, 7:30pm at the Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North
Art, War and Identity in Early America. Works of art swayed public opinion during the Revolution, and also helped forge our national identity. Robin Jaffee Frank is the guest curator at the New York Historical Society and former chief curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Cost: $5 for members, $20 for non-members, $30 for non-member and guest. To register, visit our website www.darienhistorical.org or call203-655-9233.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL – HEARING LOSS, DIZZINESS, AND IMBALANCE
Tuesday, November 21st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Dr. Paul Neubauer of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center will present an in-depth program on hearing loss and balance. Every third Tuesday of the month a doctor or representative of Stamford Hospital will present topics that address the physical, behavioral, and social health needs of seniors. Stamford Hospital provides a myriad of outreach services throughout Fairfield County addressing healthcare needs of the community.

SENIOR MOMENTS – TOUR OF THE MATHER HOMESTEAD
Tuesday, November 28th, 1:30pm at the Mather Homestead, 19 Stephen Mather Road
A monthly coffee and conversation group of the Darien Library will meet at the Mather Homestead, 19 Stephen Mather Road, Darien. The Mather Homestead was built in 1778 and was owned by the Mather family through seven generations, until 2017 when it was donated to The Mather Homestead Foundation, thanks to the generosity of the McPherson family. The Mather Homestead is known for its important role during the Revolutionary War and also as the home of Stephen Tyng Mather, the founder and first Director of the National Park Service. It has been impeccably preserved and the group will be one of the first tours of the property. Attendees are encouraged to carpool as parking is extremely limited and limited to the property along the driveway. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

SEDGWICK SISTERS – 1960’S FAVORITES
Wednesday, November 29th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The 1960’s were a time of upheaval in society, fashion, attitudes, and especially music. Lyrical tunes and numbers that provoked the thoughts of all who listened were produced. The Sedgwick Sisters will take you on a journey of 1960’s music and will reminisce with you on some of the greatest artists of the era.

BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM AT SAINT THOMAS MORE 
Thursday, November 30th, 7:30pm at Saint Thomas More, 374 Middlesex Avenue
If you are bereaved because of the loss of a loved one, you need to give yourself some time to work through the natural process of grieving. “New Day” is a nine-week program that will help you work through the necessary tasks of grieving. It is based on the premise that expressing one’s thoughts, feelings and experiences with others in similar situations is one of the most helpful ways to move beyond the pain caused by the death of a loved one. It is an opportunity to move with others who have experienced loss on that journey from grief to healing. Trained and certified thanatology facilitators will conduct the seminar. The program is totally confidential and the privacy of all is protected. Registration is required. For more information please call Lillian Toll at 203-966-9367.

LUMINA STRING QUARTET – CHAMBER MUSIC BRILLIANCE
Saturday, December 2nd, 2:00pm at Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
Complimentary tickets are available. Please send requests to bartsounis@norwalk.edu or call 203-857-7302.

ADULT OFFERINGS AT DARIEN ARTS CENTER
Visit darienarts.org or call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 for details on visual arts classes and workshops that include watercolor, acrylic, still life, portrait and plein air painting; acting and improv classes; a creative writing workshop; music lessons in piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, percussion and voice; ballet, tap and martial arts classes, and evening painting parties. The Darien Arts Center is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.

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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