2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

 

JULY  2019

 

HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHERS FOR SALE
Seniors and people with disabilities are able to purchase taxi vouchers from At Home In Darien at half the value of the voucher for rides whenever and wherever you want to go. Call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 for more information, or stop by our office weekdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm to purchase vouchers.

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 and 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. A voluntary contribution is appreciated. For service to other locations, at times outside of our service hours, or when you want to be accompanied to a medical appointment, ask for a Friendly Volunteer Driver.

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Tuesday, July 2nd, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The most beloved of Gothic cathedrals, Notre Dame was begun in 1163 and completed in 1250 by generations of nameless artisans who toiled to create a structure for, and inspired by, God. This program will take the form of an architectural history of Notre Dame and will feature an extensive slide presentation of this famous Parisian landmark and the devastating fire which engulfed it in April of 2019. 

ATRIA DARIEN CELEBRATES LOCAL ARTISTS OPENING RECEPTION – BOB ZELNICK
Tuesday, July 2nd, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, Gillespie Gallery, 203-662-1090
An opening wine and cheese reception will take place where participants can preview featured artists work and meet the artist all while enjoying light refreshments. The featured artist’s work will be on display throughout the month of July from 9:00am to 5:00pm every day.

SHORT STORIES FOR LONG DAYS
Tuesdays, July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, 3:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
This popular discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.

RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS, “MOTHERS OF THE TUDOR DYNASTY: MOTHERS OF HENRY VIII’S HEIRS AND THE WIVES WHO RAISED THEM”
Wednesday, July 3rd, 11:00am,  Atria Darien, `50 Ledge Road – Charter Oak Theater, 203-662-1090

Historian Ramona Garcia’s expertise in historical figures provides a unique perspective on European Royalty and literary figures. In this lecture, Garcia will focus on Jane Seymour.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: HEALTHY EATING AFTER 50
Wednesday, July 3rd, Lunch at Noon, Program at 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
We often think of fats as unhealthy, but your body needs a limited amount of certain kinds of fats. Fats in your diet give you energy and also help your body absorb vitamins. Choosing foods and beverages that give you the most nutrients for the calories consumed is one way to eat well. At the same time, it’s important to avoid “empty calories” — foods and drinks that are high in calories but low in nutrients.  Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will host a complimentary lunch and informational program to explain sugars and fats for a healthy diet.

ATRIA DARIEN PRESENTS FOURTH OF JULY STAR SPANGLED BARBECUE
Thursday, July 4th, 12:30 to 2:30pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Celebrate the birth of our nation and enjoy the fabulously good Summer fare from award-winning Chef Parker and his culinary team! Please RSVP to let Atria of Darien know you’re coming.

HERE COMES ROSIE THE DOG!
Monday, July 8th, 11:00am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Geri Genovese will be at the Mather Center with Rosie for some reminiscing.  There are so many benefits of interaction with pets – mental, emotional, and even physical.  

MAH JONGG LEARN TO PLAY BOOT CAMP
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 9:30am to 12:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050, ext. 10
Learn the fun, addictive and stimulating game of American Mah Jongg in less than a week, in an encouraging, relaxing summer atmosphere. From Monday through Thursday morning, you will learn the basics of understanding the tiles and the Mah Jongg card, and how to select and strengthen a winning hand. Rules and strategies of play as well as game etiquette will be covered. You’ll be set before fall to play with your friends who are already Mah Jongg enthusiasts! Please order your 2019 card at nationalmahjonggleague.org once class is confirmed. DCA members $95, Public $115. Prepayment is required by Wednesday, July 3. Minimum enrollment applies. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

THE BAROQUE AESTHETIC: SOLI DEO GLORIA
Tuesday, July 9th, 7:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week one of this four-week series on Bach. The name “Bach” is synonymous not only with the apogee of baroque music, but also with the complexity of the art that flourished during that period. During this program, you will look at Bach’s early years and attempt to understand the world in which he lived. Having grown up in a famously musical Saxon family, Bach’s genius has been described as a combination of genetics and an intangible factor that mysteriously presents in an infinitesimally small number of human beings. For Bach, this early genius was channeled into keyboard works that continue to compel and enchant listeners today, as well as vocal works known as “cantatas.” Understanding the composer’s “purpose” may be gleaned from the three letters found at the end of so many of his manuscripts: “Soli Deo Gloria” – Glory to God alone.

CT PHARMACY: TOP 10 HERBAL PRODUCTS
Wednesday, July 10th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join your local pharmacist from Connecticut Pharmacy in exploring popular herbal medications. Did you know they can interact with your prescription medications? Find out about this and more including how herbals are regulated and what some of the more common ones are used for (from heart health to memory care). 

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, July 10th, 4:30 to 5:30pm, Maplewood at Darien, 599 Boston Post Road, Darien, 203-202-9883
Ongoing open forum support group for families and friends of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Learn more about the disease, share concerns and ideas, express your feelings, and hear about the latest advances in research and resources available for advocacy. Complimentary, light refreshments served. 

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP AT ATRIA DARIEN
Friday, July 12th, 11am to 12:30pm, Atria Darien,  50 Ledge Road, Charter Oak Theater, 203-662-1090
The group is open to all people living with Parkinsons Disease and their caregivers. Guest speakers will be Dr. Maria Moro-De-Casillas, Neurology Movement Disorder Society Member, who will discuss a new medication called Inbrija – a Levodopa inhalation powder. Light refreshments and pizza lunch will be served.

CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11
Saturday, July 13th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Enjoy a film screening and lecture commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Paul Cardone, an amateur astronomer and space photographer will present “The Next 50: Where To Go After The Moon,” a discussion about the future of space exploration. Immediately following this special presentation, the award-winning “Apollo 11” documentary will be presented. This cinematic space event film features never-before-seen, large-format film footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.

MAH JONGG 
GUIDED PLAY BOOT CAMP
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, July 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 9:30am to 12:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050, ext. 10
Keep your mind and your Mah Jongg game fresh with four consecutive days of guided play. For newer players (who have completed a beginner class), playing Mah Jongg four days in a row will cement the rules and strategies you’ve learned, and pull the whole game together for you. For regular players, what could be more fun than a heavy dose of Mah Jongg to see you through the summer when everyone is away? This class offers lots of playing time, with instructor Donna Holt on hand to help with all aspects of the game, from building your confidence when passing, to guiding the group through any rules or etiquette questions that arise. Meet others mad for Mah Jongg, and improve your game with a seasoned teacher in an encouraging atmosphere. DCA members $70, Public $85. Prepayment is required by noon on Friday, July 12. Minimum enrollment applies. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL: PAIN MANAGEMENT
Tuesday, July 16th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Stamford Hospital’s monthly program will be covering pain management and will be presented by Dr. Si Zhang, DO. Dr. Zhang is a fellowship-trained anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician who cares for patients undergoing surgery and those who require pain management.  He develops a safe plan for anesthesia when surgery is needed, and helps patients who experience pain due to a chronic condition or those who suffer pain from cancer and other diseases.  Dr. Zhang practices evidence-based techniques to manage pain including interventional procedures such as ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia.

THE BRANDENBURG CONCERTY AND OTHER INSTRUMENTAL WORKS
Tuesday, July 16th, 7:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week two of this four-week series on Bach. Though he spent most of his career in service to Lutheran churches, Bach spent an eventful 6 years at the court of Anhalt-Köthen. It was in this Calvinist principality that the composer would write some of his most celebrated instrumental works, including a collection of six concerti dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg. In these works, the composer redefines the baroque concerto grosso, pushing the boundaries of what instrumental ensembles could be expected to play in the early 1700s. Lamentably for Bach, this was not a lucrative venture, and these widely-acknowledged masterpieces would collect dust on the shelves of history until nearly 100 years after his death. Other works to be discussed include the Chaconne in D minor for solo violin, and the Italian Concerto.

TERRIE WOOD STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Wednesday, July 17th, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
State Representative Terrie Wood of the 141st District (Darien and Norwalk) will provide seniors with a legislative update.  Representative Wood will highlight new laws affecting seniors enacted during the 2019 regular and special legislative sessions. There will be opportunity for questions.

ASK ATRIA DARIEN PRESENTS “THE CHEF SHOWDOWN – FIRST RESPONDERS”
Thursday, July 18th, 12:00pm to 2:00pm, Atria Darien,  50 Ledge Road, Dining Room
Each year, Atria Darien’s award-winning Chef Parker conducts a chef showdown by inviting local ‘chefs’ to compete in a culinary duel – the one catch? Each chef must include a pepper as part of their recipe! Local community and residents of Atria Darien are judges who vote for the best recipe using a series of criteria such as Taste and Presentation. Representatives from the local First Responders community will participate. RSVP to 203.662.1090.

ATRIA DARIEN PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE “ONE DAY UNIVERSITY” – “THE EIGHT GREATEST FILMS EVER”
Thursday, July 18th, 6:30pm, Atria Darien,  50 Ledge Road – Charter Oak Theater, 203-662-1090
Through an exclusive arrangement with One Day University, enjoy a thought-provoking lecture, “The Eight Greatest Films.” Yale University Lecturer Marc Lapadula and Bard College’s professor Joseph Luzzi will participate via simulcast to present key moments and clips from eight classic films. Come curious and leave a film buff for life! Please RSVP to 203.662.1090 to attend this thought-provoking lecture.

THE LEIPZIG CANTATAS AND PASSION SETTINGS OF J.S. BACH
Tuesday, July 23rd, 7:00pm,  Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week three of this four-week series on Bach. Though he was not considered a top-tier candidate at the time, Bach was ultimately hired for what would be his longest-tenured job: Kapellmeister of the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. It was during the early years of this appointment that Bach would write some of his most celebrated church cantatas, including BWV 140 – Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (‘Awake, calls the voice to us’) and BWV 51 – Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (“Exult in God in every land”). It was also during this period that the composer would write some of his most expressive music in the form of his two Passion Oratorios.

COFFEE WITH A COP
Wednesday, July 24th, 9:30am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together over coffee to discuss issues and learn more about each other.  Please join Sgt. Keri Isaac and Off. Martin, for a cup and some conversation. Coffee with a Cop provides a comfortable opportunity for positive officer-citizen engagements.

ASK AN ATTORNEY 
Friday, July 26th, 10:00am, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Nedder and Associates LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments at Mather Center.  An attorney will answer questions regarding power of attorney, living wills, trusts, guardianships, disability planning, IRA custodianships, and wills just to name a few. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly.  203 656 7490.

ATRIA DARIEN PRESENTS THE CADILLAC BROTHERS WITH VINTAGE CAR SHOW
Saturday, July 27th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Old time cars, good food and music by the Cadillac Brothers add up to summertime fun. RSVP: 203-662-1090.

MUSIC IN THE STACKS: CONNECTICUT STATE TROUBADOUR NEKITA WALLER
Sunday, July 28th, 5:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Connecticut’s 17th State Troubadour, Nekita Waller performs a mix of pop and soul favorites alongside some original pieces for this month’s Music in the Stacks. Refreshments will be served. “Music is my purest form of communication. It doesn’t care how much money you have, where you were born, the color of your skin, or how old you are,” notes Nekita. “There is no greater feeling or purpose than to help another person. Whether it is to make someone smile, dance, brighten their day or help them reach a better level of themselves, this is life’s greatest award.”

BACH TRANSCENDENT: THE QUEST FOR MUSICAL PERFECTION
Tuesday, July 30th, 7:00pm, Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Week four of this four-week series on Bach. In 1747, Bach would meet with none other than the King of Prussia himself, Frederick the Great. A Francophile who harbored antipathy towards religion and fancied himself a musical luminary, Frederick’s goal during that fateful meeting was undoubtedly to embarrass the sexagenarian composer. The story of the “Musical Offering” will be explored and how Bach turned the tables on the sanctimonious Prussian monarch. The composer’s death in 1750 came to mark the end of the baroque period, but before he would finally succumb at the age of 65, Bach continued to plumb the depths of the polyphonic, fugal style with which he is synonymous. In his “Art of the Fugue”, “Goldberg Variations” and other works, he seemingly exhausts every musical device or idea available to a composer in the mid-18th century. Though underappreciated in his own time, later generations would come to venerate his music in a way that Bach himself surely could never have fathomed.

READ AND TELL: GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, July 31st, 12:30pm, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join Nina Smeriglio, a clinician with the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, for a monthly (last Wednesday) literary treat (poem, story, philosophical or inspirational essay) as springboard into sharing from our own stories and concerns. As meetings progress, participants will also be invited (although not obliged) to share their own narratives, spoken or written, biographical or fictional and to share their own truths. We will explore how creativity motivates, comforts, unsettles and keeps us on our toes. We will share the stories which most move and keep us going, the ideas which nurture a good life and help us through tough times. 

 

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