2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

DECEMBER 2019

AT HOME IN DARIEN ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, December 3rd, 11:00am at Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road
Join us for refreshments and a special meeting as we wrap up this 10th Anniversary year with an At Home In Darien panel discussion you won’t want to miss.

HOLIDAY SPECTRUM CONCERT
Wednesday, December 18th, 7:00pm-8:00pm at Darien High School Auditorium, 80 High School Lane, 203-655-3981
At Home In Darien invites you to attend a free concert.  Get in the holiday spirit and hear the sounds and songs of the holidays presented by the students of Darien High School.  Featuring the high school band, orchestra, pop strings, concert choir and The Tudor Singers.  We have arranged for free transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the concert.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes, and returned home safely after the show.  To reserve a seat for the concert please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 by December 16th.  Snow date is Thursday, December 19th.

WILL YOU BE A PEN PAL?
At Home In Darien has joined forces with the Kids Care Club at Tokeneke Elementary School for an intergenerational pen pal program! We are looking for Darien senior citizens who would like to be pen pals. The students will write the first letter, and the seniors will write back. We hope the letters will go back and forth several times over the school year.  Participation doesn’t require much –  just the desire to make someone happy. In the end, both pen pals will learn something new! If you would like to participate contact At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227.

AMAZON SMILE
While you are shopping for family and friends this holiday season, please remember At Home In Darien is registered for AmazonSmile.   AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com.  The difference is that while you shop for your holiday gifts on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice and we hope that it’s At Home In Darien!  Every item available for purchase on Amazon is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price with no extra cost to you.  You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.  Please keep this in mind when you are doing any shopping!  Click on the link for more info – it’s simple and easy to do! smile.amazon.com

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Our office will be closed on December 24th and 25th.
We will also be closed on December 31st and January 1st for the New Year Holidays.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season with our very best for the year to come!

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.

LAST CHANCE FLU SHOTS
Monday, December 2nd, 10:00am-11:30am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
For the final time this season, flu shots will be administered by CVS pharmacists in the wellness room.

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE – OPEN GAME
Mondays, weekly starting December 2nd, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge is the duplicate bridge director. The Monday game will now be a $13 open game, without a DCA membership requirement, to help players obtain more master points. Tom will be using hands from The Common Game, so hand records will be available. Games will be stratified, and Tom will also be available both before and after the game for questions and discussion. This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday afternoon from September until May. No reservations are required. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10. 

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Tuesday, December 3rd, 12:00pm-1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Come get your blood pressure checked by a nurse from the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. A nurse will be at the library on the first Tuesday of every month.

DCA WOMEN’S LUNCHEONS: HOW A BOOK IS PUBLISHED AND MARKETED
Tuesday, December 3rd, 12:15pm–2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road 
Barrett Bookstore will be bringing Mackenzie Bronk, a sales rep from Hackette Book Group (HBG), to talk about the book industry. Hachette is considered one of the big-six publishing companies, along with Macmillan, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster. In 2016, the company had 214 books on the New York Times bestseller list, 44 of which reached #1. Mackenzie will talk about what it takes for a manuscript to make an impression and the path it follows; from the depths of the slush pile, through the editing process to the printing press and into your TBR pile. In addition, she will offer a sneak peek at the best of current and upcoming fiction, non-fiction, and gift book titles. Q&A will be followed by an opportunity to do a bit of shopping. Barrett Bookstore will be on hand to sell and wrap recommended titles. A lovely way to spend a morning and check items off your holiday to-do list! Men are welcome, too! Luncheon will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. Cost is $25 for DCA members and $40 for the public. Prepayment is required by Monday, December 2nd. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10

ROYLE SCHOOL GIRL SCOUT TROOP VISIT 
Tuesday, December 3rd, 1:00pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Royle School Girl Scout Troop will sing songs, socialize, and serve up some homemade cookies. Participation in intergenerational programs is beneficial to all involved, so come meet these girls and kick off the holiday season.

INTO THE ENLIGHTENMENT, PART III: OPERA AND THE ENLIGHTENMENT
Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:00pm-8:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join for week three of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel. Perhaps no single genre in the late 18th century was as important as opera. In the powder keg that was European society leading up to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, opera gave composers opportunities to promote powerful messages, often of a political nature. In Mozart’s “Da Ponte” operas, we witness unflattering depictions of rapacious and lewd noblemen. In “The Magic Flute”, we are presented with undeniable Masonic imagery.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: GIVE BELLY DANCING A TRY!
Wednesday, December 4th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Socrates learned to dance when he was 70 because he felt that an essential part of himself had been neglected. Belly dancing is a great form of exercise for people of all ages. Belly dancing lowers blood pressure, reduces pain, and builds stronger bones all with soft, gentle undulations that won’t jar your joints. VNH of Fairfield County has invited Helen Goldenberg, OTR to lead a belly dancing 101 class. Space is limited and sign up is a must.

HOLIDAY GREENS WREATH WORKSHOP
Thursday, December 5th, 10:00am at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Join the Greenhouse Group as they lead you in this hands-on workshop to make a festive wreath of your very own. Bring your gloves, pruners and imagination and the rest will be provided, including fresh greens, ribbons and a variety of embellishments. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.  Cost is $25 for DCA members and $35 for the public.  Prepayment is required by Monday, December 2nd. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

HOOT OWLS SINGING GROUP
Thursday, December 5th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Hoot Owls will perform and entertain seniors with old time favorites, folk songs, sea chanteys, show tunes and popular classics. The group is led by the talented, well-known, local musician and singer-pianist-arranger Chris Coogan. The Hoot Owls are the singing group of the Men’s Y of Westport and Weston whose mantra is “Enlightenment, Fellowship and Service to the Community in Retirement.”

FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE: “WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE”
Friday, December 6th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Former architect Bernadette Fox seems to have it all — a beautiful home in Seattle, a successful and loving husband, and a brilliant teenage daughter who’s about to attend boarding school. When Bernadette suddenly disappears without a trace, her concerned family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

HOLIDAY WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 7th, 10:00am-12:00pm, Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd, behind Town Hall
Come join for a festive wreath making workshop. Wreaths and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring extra decorations to give wreaths a more personalized look. Usher in the holiday season with this classic craft. BYO refreshments. Cost is $60. Sign up at darienarts.org. For questions, call 203-655-8683.

SCENES FROM THE NUTCRACKER
Saturdays, December 7th and 14th, Sundays, December 8th and 15th, 12:00pm and 3:00pm at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd, behind Town Hall, 203-655-8683
This show is performed by the Darien Art Center’s dance companies and geared for younger audiences. $20 tickets are available at darienarts.org.

AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE: HEARING CLINIC 
Monday, December 9th, 10:30am-1:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Audiology Concierge will offer free 45 minute appointments for hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations.  Please call to sign up as appointments fill quickly.

BRAIN BOWL
Monday, December 9th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Christy Perone of Bridges of Epoch will host a game of Brain Bowl. Christy will divide participants into two friendly teams and test your brain smarts. The game will have questions involving figures of speech, trivia, completing proverbs or sayings, as well as Rebus puzzles.

DARIEN FIRE MARSHAL BOBBY BUCH    
Tuesday, December 10th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Fire Marshal Bobby Buch will discuss the importance of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your house so all family members can hear and be alerted to the emergency. You should also have them in every bedroom, sleeping area, and common room for extra safety while you and your family are sleeping. 

INTO THE ENLIGHTENMENT, PART IV: BEETHOVEN AND THE END OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT
Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00pm-8:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join for the final week of this series presented by Dr. Gil Harel. Perhaps no single genre in the late 18th century was as important as opera. In the powder keg that was European society leading up to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, opera gave composers opportunities to promote powerful messages, often of a political nature. 

GIRLS NIGHT OUT GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING
Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00pm–9:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Gather your friends, neighbors or book group.  As one participant raved, “It’s like no other event of its kind—low key, lots of fun, and a really nice evening out with friends before the holiday rush begins.” The DCA and Palmer’s Catering will provide light bites, wine, gingerbread houses and all of the decorating supplies you’ll need. You supply the creativity.  Cost for DCA members is $65 and $80 for non-members. Prepayment is required by noon on Friday, December 6th. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

CT PHARMACY: THE HISTORY OF PHARMACY
Wednesday, December 11th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The history of pharmacy as an independent science is quite old. The origins date back to the first third of the 19th century.  CT Pharmacy will have some interesting facts on the history and origin of the pharmacy as well as facts about some of the original medications used in pre-historic and middle ages.

CAREGIVER CAFE
Wednesday, December 11th, 3:00pm-4:00pm at Darien Library Tech Center, 1441 Post Road
All caregivers of adults who are aging in place are invited to join us as we take some time for respite in appreciation of the important work you do each day.  Come and mingle with other caregivers in the community while enjoying fun activities in a relaxed environment.   At this month’s cafe, Dianne Davis, RN, MSN will be presenting Coping with Dementia: Strategies for Families.  Dianne is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  Registration is required.  To register please email askus@darienlibrary.org or call 203-669-5239.

BUSINESS BOOK GROUP: THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS
Wednesday, December 11th, 6:30pm-8:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library’s business book group will meet to discuss Warren Berger’s The Book of Beautiful Questions. The group will informally discuss the book from 6:30pm to 7:15pm and then network over wine, beer, and light refreshments.

CHRISTMAS TEA WITH CAROLYN’S ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS EVENTS
Thursday, December 12th, Seatings from 11:30am–1:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Caterer Carolyn Eddie returns to the DCA for the holidays.  Enjoy tea sandwiches, assorted scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of traditional British Christmas treats – in the festive atmosphere of the DCA mansion, beautifully decorated for the season. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and relax. Come with a friend, or a group. Please call the office at 203-655-9050 extension 10 to let them know what time you would like to be seated.  Cost is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Prepayment is required by 3:00pm on Tuesday, December 10th.  View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

THEM G’S ENTERTAIN: SPONSORED BY GREENWICH HOMECARE 
Thursday, December 12th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Them G’s, is a local band out of Greenwich and will be singing and playing music from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. The group is sure to get you up and dancing.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP AT ATRIA DARIEN
Friday, December 13th, 11:00am-12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Guest speaker Dr. Duarte G. Machado, Movement Disorder Specialist at Hartford Health will present an “Update on Parkinson’s Disease”. The group is open to all people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW, 203-662-1090.   Light refreshments and pizza lunch will be served.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL   
Monday, December 16th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Opening on December 27, 1932 as part of Rockefeller Center, this magnificent Art Deco theatre was designated a New York City landmark in 1978.  Generations of audiences have been entertained by the Music Hall’s famous pipe organ, Rockettes and Christmas Spectacular. 

STAMFORD HOSPITAL: OPTIONS FOR ACUTE STROKE TREATMENT
Tuesday, December 17th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in this country according to the National Institute on Aging.  Seniors are at the highest risk for a stroke. Almost 75% of all strokes occur in adults over the age of 65. The good news is strokes are treatable. Todd Miller, MD of Stamford Hospital will present a program covering the options for acute stroke treatment and healthy living tips to prevent them. Dr. Miller is a board-certified neuroradiologist who specializes in the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of conditions that affect the brain and spine.

FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE: “THE FAREWELL”
Friday, December 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
After her beloved grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer, a Chinese-American woman returns to China for a family gathering secretly designed to say goodbye to the matriarch. However, when it becomes apparent that grandma is the only one unaware of the diagnosis, she struggles to keep the secret.

FRIDAY NIGHT FEATURE: “DOWNTON ABBEY”
Friday, December 27th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The Crawley family prepares for an official royal visit to their family house in Yorkshire in 1927. They experience physical, social, and psychological upheavals as King George V, Queen Mary, and their royal entourage descend on the eponymous mansion.

SAVE THE DATE IN 2020 – UPCOMING EVENT AT THE MATHER CENTER: PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROGRAMS 
Friday, March 20th, Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Prevent T2 lifestyle change program can help you lose weight, become more physically active and reduce stress.  This Diabetes prevention program is a weekly interactive one hour long workshop. The class is limited in size. The goal of the program is to teach participants research based skills.  The program is a CDC recognized program and the curriculum is led by the National Institute of Health.  Monitor My Health, a not-for-profit preventive health care organization based in Fairfield County is offering this year long program (with a value of $675) free of charge through Medicare to qualifying pre-diabetic candidates.  Please call 203-656-7490 for the qualifying questionnaire to be filled out prior to the beginning of the program.  

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER/SPRING CLASSES AT THE DARIEN ARTS CENTER
Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd, behind Town Hall
Register for classes at darienarts.org 
Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Mar. 2-April 6, $295.
Adult Watercolor, Adults, Tuesdays, 9:30am–11:30am, Jan. 21-Mar. 31, $385.
Colored Pencil Drawing, Adults, Wednesdays, 9:30am-11:30am, Mar. 4-April 8, $255.
Introduction to Digital Photography, Adults, Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Feb. 26-Mar. 18, $125.
Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making, Adults, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:00pm-9:00pm, $70.
Ladies Night Out! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers, Adults, Thursday, Mar. 12, 7:00pm-9:00pm, $45.
Ladies Night Out! Sew it Up, Adults, Thursday, April 23, 6:00pm-9:00pm, $75. 

DARIEN HUMAN SERVICES EMERGENCY CALL LIST
The staff keeps a list of Darien seniors and disabled individuals to contact prior to a storm or town-wide emergency to provide reassurance and peace of mind. Staff will also inform residents of resources available in the community such as Emergency Shelters and Cooling Centers. If you are a Darien resident and would like to have your name added to the Emergency Call List, please call Darien Human Services at 203-656-7328. More information is also available on the town website: www.darienct.gov

 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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