2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227

MONTHLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS: OCTOBER 2022

AT HOME IN DARIEN ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Thursday, November 3rd, 11:30am to 1:00pm, Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road. Registration is required for this free event. Call 203-655-2227 to RSVP by October 21st. 
All Darien residents 60 years of age and older are invited to join us for our Annual Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Darien Community Association, featuring author and humorist Allia Zobel Nolan. Ms. Zobel Nolan will be speaking about her book Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget. Published in 2018 by Nolan, in collaboration with the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton, the book features nostalgic, humorous coming-of-age essays from  Zobel Nolan and 40 funny women in the U.S. and Canada. Space is limited. Please respond early to ensure a seat at this popular event.  

                                                   

CATCH THE WAVE-2022 DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Join the fans cheering on the Darien High School Football Team during the 2022 football season. Admission is free to all those 65 and over. 
Remaining Home Games:
Saturday, October 29th vs. Greenwich (Homecoming) at 2:00pm
Friday, November 4th vs. Norwalk at 7:00pm

LEAF RAKING AND SNOW SHOVELING APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 for an application to have your leaves raked and/or snow shoveled from your public sidewalk. Sign up is through October 14th. Due to the limited number of volunteers, priority will be given to those who live alone or with another senior, and have no local family/friends who can assist.

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.      

AMAZONSMILE   
At Home In Darien is registered with AmazonSmile. You can support us by shopping online at Amazon, and adding us as an AmazonSmile PartnerWith no fees and no extra cost to you, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to your designated charitable organization. Click here to register for AmazonSmile – it is simple and easy to do. If you shop using the Amazon app on your device, simply follow the instructions below to select “At Home In Darien” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. 
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your device
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “At HOME IN DARIEN INC” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

HOLIDAY CLOSING
We will be closed Monday, October 10th in honor of Columbus Day.  

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

DARIEN HEALTH DEPARTMENT FLU CLINICS – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Thursday, October 13th, 9:30am to 11:30am, Mather Center
Tuesday, October 18th, 9:30am to 11:30am, Town Hall Room 119
Tuesday, October 25th, 2:00 pm to 4:00pm, Town Hall Room 119 
Thursday, October 27th, 9:30am to 11:30am, Mather Center
Tuesday, November 1st, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Town Hall Room 119
Tuesday, November 8th (Election Day), 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Town Hall Room 119
The vaccines are available by appointment ONLY.  To schedule online, visit www.darienct.gov/flu.

Seniors may book an appointment by calling the Mather Center at 203-656-7490.
The Darien Health Department is pleased to announce that seasonal flu vaccine will once again be offered to the public. A preservative free vaccine is available to anyone over three years of age. The high dose vaccine is available for those over 65 years of age. The cost is $40, payable by check or cash (exact amount only). ConnectiCare insurance and traditional Medicare Part B ONLY are accepted. Medicare Advantage Plans are not accepted. Resident Darien seniors needing a ride may call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227.

DARIEN FARMERS MARKET
Open on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm at Goodwives Shopping Center, Darien.
Vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, meat, poultry, bread and baked goods are offered for sale by CT farms, like Grazy Brothers (Oxford), Newgate (Windsor), Ox Hollow (Roxbury), Riverbank (Roxbury), Smith’s Acres (Niantic), Woodland (South Glastonbury), Whistle Stop Bakery (Ridgefield) and Wave Hill Bread (Norwalk). Resident Darien seniors needing a ride may call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227.

DARIEN ARTS CENTER FALL CLASSES
To register for classes visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.

The DAC is offering the following classes and workshops for adults: Colored Pencil Drawing, Sip and Paint Still Life Workshop (Oct. 14), Ballet and Contemporary Dance, as well as private music lessons and martial arts classes. There will be wreath making workshops held on December 2nd and 9th. 

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm and Tuesday, October 25th 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.

AUTUMN FLORAL ARRANGEMENT DEMONSTRATION WITH JAIME HAYES OF THE GARDENER’S CENTER
Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00am, Conference Room, Darien Library. To register click here
Get inspired with this floral demonstration that has a fall and harvest feel! Jaime Hayes, Florist Manager at The Gardener’s Center, will show you how to put together a beautiful centerpiece that’s perfect for both autumn and Thanksgiving. She will talk about other creative, fun and beautiful tablescape ideas for your home this fall.

CHAIR YOGA FOR SENIORS RETURNS TO MATHER CENTER!
Tuesdays, starting October 4th from 11:00am to 11:45am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
Mary Ann Freeman, yoga instructor, is back teaching this popular class. Chair Yoga is designed so that you will feel better in your body. Mary Ann will guide you through a series of movements while seated. These movements will be gentle and are designed to help you tap into your internal capacity for healing and well-being. Each week you will work on stretching and opening the body with activities that facilitate breathing including, exploring twists, forward folds, side body stretching, and mindful breathing. Mary Ann is a certified 200-hour Yoga Teacher; she is also certified in Reiki Levels 1, 2, and a certified Yin Yoga teacher. 

WAVENY LIFECARE NETWORK BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEALTH SCREENING
Tuesday, October 4th from 11:00am to 12:00pm and Thursday, October 20th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
Waveny Lifecare Network provides monthly blood pressure and health screenings by a registered nurse. 

PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS, GARDEN CLUB OF DARIEN
Tuesday, October 4th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
The Garden Club of Darien returns to Mather Center with their amazing Pleasure through Plants Program! Participants will create a one-of-a-kind project with all materials supplied. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Darien Members have priority.

WAVENY LIFECARE PRESENTS: DEPRESSION AWARENESS
Wednesday, October 5th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
October is National Depression Education and Awareness Month. Many seniors suffer with depression that interferes with their day-to-day lives. This workshop will examine how to get back to feeling better and “living” again. 

TECH HELP THURSDAY AT MATHER CENTER (BY APPOINTMENT)
Thursday, October 6th from 10:00am to 11:00am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Mary-Beth Mason, Knowledge & Learning Services Librarian, Darien Public Library, will help you learn to use your cell phone, tablet, or computer. Questions may include computer basics, internet and email, using a tablet or smart phone.

MOVIE AND QUEEN’S TREAT AT MATHER: ELIZABETH: THE UNSEEN QUEEN
Thursday, October 6th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
The recent passing of Queen Elizabeth at the age of 96 marks the longest reign in British history. But who was Queen Elizabeth? This BBC documentary looks at the Queen’s journey from earliest childhood, being pushed in a pram as a baby by her mother, to her Coronation at the age of just 26 in 1953, following the death of her father George VI in 1952. This documentary is particularly special as it features exclusive unseen footage from the Royal Family’s private videos that were taken over the years. Please register to ensure there are enough treats for everyone.

DEMENTIA EDUCATION SERIES
Thursday, October 6th at 7:00pm: Dementia Diagnosis and Symptom Management with McLean Hospital
Thursday, October 20th at 11:00am: Effective Communication Techniques
To register for these Bridges by EPOCH virtual events, 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. 

WHITE HOUSE BUTLER ALAN DEVALERIO
Friday, October 7th at 10:30am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
Former White House butler, Alan DeValerio, is coming to the Darien Senior Center! Alan will give the inside details about all the preparations involved in White House entertaining. Not only will he relate his first-hand experiences with history, but he will pass on the stories from those people whom with he served. You will hear about Eugene Allen, on whom the movie “The Butler” was based, and other people who have been taking care of our First Families ever since the Franklin Roosevelt administration!  Alan will also display many White House artifacts (menus, programs, personal photos, etc.) that he has collected over the years. His new book, “A History of Entertainment in the Modern White House” ($20, cash or check) will be available for purchase and signing.

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS: QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Tuesday, October 11th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
Assuming the role of Queen at the age of 26, Elizabeth II was the UK’s longest reigning monarch. Her Majesty’s life will be remembered through a photographic history of times, places and events. Additionally, the Queen’s legacy, and that of the monarchy itself, will be considered through the perspective of diverse viewpoints.

YOUR HOME: THE JOY OF GETTING ORGANIZED
Tuesday, October 11th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. To register for this AARP virtual event click here.
As we move into autumn, it’s time to make space for the busy holiday season ahead. Whether you’re getting ready to host your loved ones, looking for a tidier space to relax or preparing to let go of past memories, this panel discussion will leave you feeling empowered to create or refresh your dream space. Join professionals Patty Morrissey, MSW, Pia Thompson, and Tidy Godmother for an enlightening conversation focused on the KonMari Method.

BEEYONDER TRAVEL: ITALY: WELCOME TO MILAN! VIRTUAL TOUR
Wednesday, October 12th from 10:00am to 11:00am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
Come join this live, virtual walking tour from the comfort of the Center on its big screen! The Italy tour will start from Piazza Scala, with a particular focus on La Scala Opera House, the real temple of music, which has been hosting the greatest international artists since 1778. Then you will discover the incredible “salotto elegante” Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the first shopping mall in the world, walking through it to reach the real symbol of the city: the Duomo cathedral. This church has been the breathtaking heart of Milan since 1386. You will find out about its history and details, and explore the mesmerizing architecture made of shining marble and thousands of statues. 

REMINISCE WITH ROSIE
Wednesday, October 12th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
For those of you who do not know, Rosie is a favorite pet visitor to Darien Senior Programs. She brings Geri Genovese along, and together, they offer wonderful reminiscing topics. There are so many benefits of interaction with pets – mental, emotional, and even physical. 

ATHENS AND THE GREAT TRAGEDIAN PLAYWRIGHTS: SOPHOCLES
Wednesday, October 12th at 1:00pm. To register for this virtual event click here.  

This AARP series will discuss how the works of the three great tragic playwrights – Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides – reflect the glories and tensions of Athenian society during the remarkable 5th century BCE between the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars. Upcoming events include Euripides on November 9th. 

JAY DANIELS ENTERTAINMENT: AUTUMN SERENADE
Thursday, October 13th: Lunch at 12:00pm ($5.00), Entertainment at 12:30pm (FREE). Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
Pianist and vocalist Jay Daniels returns to Darien Senior Programs for a special “Autumn Serenade,” featuring the songs of the season like “Autumn Leaves,” “Falling in Love with Love,” “Autumn in New York,” and our theme, “Autumn Serenade.”

STARGAZING WITH BOB CRELIN
Saturday, October 15th at 6:30pm (Raindate: Saturday, October 29th at, 6:30pm), Darien Library Parking Lot. To register click here
Take a tour of our night sky with Bob Crelin and a team of professional telescope operators, and experience the many wonders of our celestial neighborhood. Learn about stars and constellations and the incredible distances between us and what we can see. At this time of the year, “stars’ of the night will be the planets Saturn and Jupiter. An awe-inspiring experience for all ages!

ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH SHERATON HOMECARE
Monday, October 17th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
Sophie Slater, Art Therapist at Sheraton Homecare, will be at Mather Center with another painting for her students to complete. This class is for everyone, beginners through advanced. Sophie guides her students through the process. All materials supplied and a $5.00 donation is suggested. Space is limited! 

DOWNSIZED GOURMET VIA ZOOM
Monday, October 17th at 3:00pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register and receive the ZOOM link. 
Throw open the cabinets and refrigerator, pull up a chair, and watch Susan and Paul Doyle, of Oasis Homecare, work their magic creating and cooking with things you have at home. Learn how to solve the problem of how to enjoy cooking on a smaller scale by preparing easy and tasty treats from the comfort of your own home. It is sure to be entertaining! 

MONTHLY MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT 
Tuesday, October 18th at 11:00am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register
Darien’s Monica Keady, registered Yoga Teacher, will apply the principles and practices of yogic meditation, Western psychology, Buddhist teachings, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. This class is for everyone — no prior experience needed! You will leave with renewed energy and tools to practice at home. 

MEDICARE CHOICES COUNSELING, BY APPOINTMENT
Tuesdays, from October 18th through December 6th from 10:00an to 2:00pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to make an appointment.
Medicare Open Enrollment is coming up soon!  Between October 15th and December 7th, you can evaluate your current plan, review other plan options for cost-savings and make changes. Darien Residents, who have previously gone to Human Services, may make appointments with Ali Ramsteck, Director of Human Services, or Cynthia Hall, Assistant Director of Human Services, by calling 203-656-7328. If you are new to Choices Counseling, you may make an appointment with Oliver Smith, an experienced Medicare Choices Counselor, Southwestern CT Area Agency on Aging, who will provide weekly office hours at Mather Center by appointment.

DSP BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, October 18th at 1:00pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.
Calling all Book Worms! Books are a wonderful way to explore the world around us and share the lives of folks we may never meet. Call DSP to find out the Book of the Month being discussed.   

GARDENS OF THE GILDED AGE WITH JANA MILBOCKER
Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm. To register for this Darien Library virtual event, click here
The Gilded Age is famous for its ornate mansions and grand gardens built by the Roosevelts, Vanderbilts, and Carnegies. Transport yourself to the Gilded Age with an armchair tour of the gardens at the Newport Mansions, Kykuit, Vanderbilt Estate, Vizcaya, Untermyer Gardens, Nemours and others.

COMPUTER CLASS: COMPUTER BASICS FOR BEGINNERS II
Thursday, October 20th from 10:00am to 11:00am. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
This class is for beginners who have taken Computer Basics Part I or are ready for the next step of navigating online. Mary-Beth Mason, Knowledge & Learning Services Librarian, Darien Public Library, will teach students basic internet browsing, how to navigate to various web pages, and how to create a new gmail account in order to compose and send an email. 

LEARN TO PLAY THE UKULELE: SIX-WEEK CLASS
Thursdays, starting October 20th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
There is no denying the ukulele’s charm. The ukulele, or the ‘uke’, is a four stringed instrument that just about anyone can learn. In fact, two of the chords that you will learn (C and Am) only require holding down one finger to play! Daina Shulman, retired music teacher, will guide you all the way. Ukuleles will be available to borrow for the length of the class. Space is limited. Registration is required for this free class.

CAREGIVERS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP: IN-PERSON
Thursday, October 20th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
Led by Beth Paris, Gerontologist and Director of Darien Senior Programs, this group is open to anyone who cares for a family member or a friend with needs, especially related to cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s, Type II Diabetes, 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.  

COOKIE MARTINI-LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE!
Friday, October 21st at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
Cookie Martini is back with her wit and jokes that are sure to make you laugh! Laughter is really the best medicine when it comes to fortifying the immune system, oxygenating blood and getting those feel-good endorphins pumping. Join in the fun by bringing a favorite joke or two into the session and be prepared to laugh!

EAST COAST CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMPANY PRESENTS: SILHOUETTES
Saturday, October 22nd at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00pm at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Rd. Ticket price is $35. To purchase tickets click here, or call 203-655-8683.
The company will perform an all-new mixed repertory program set to music that ranges from classical to contemporary.

CHRISTINE HAUCK PRESENTS: BEST, CAST, FORGED: THE JEWLERY OF HARRY BERTOIA
Monday, October 24th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
Harry Bertoia was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, musician, and jeweler from the 1940’s to 1960’s. This program will highlight Bertoia’s artistic and creative process and highlight the spectacular retrospective exhibition of his work at the Museum of Arts and Design. Lecturer Christine E. Hauck is an award-winning senior graphic designer, multimedia artist, and visual arts educator. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Digital Media and Design for the University of Connecticut. 

EXERCISE: STRETCH AND SELF MASSAGE CLASS
Tuesday October 25th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. To register for this AARP virtual class, click here.
Join Sun Katayama for a 45-minute full-body stretch and self-massage class designed to integrate mind, body, and spirit. Sun will lead attendees through light stretches and pointed self-massage techniques from head to toe, holding space to relieve aches and pains and reconnect with your sacred temple. He will begin by targeting the head, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands, gently moving throughout the body to reach the back, hips, knees, legs, and feet. This is an all-abilities class and does not require any exercise equipment. Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS: VLADIMIR PUTIN
Wednesday, October 26th at 12:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register.   
Born in Leningrad, product of the KGB and later chief of the Russian Federal Services Bureau, the later equivalent of the KGB, Putin gravitated to politics as a functionary/bureaucrat, joined Boris Yeltsin, and made his way to the presidency. He has come to epitomize an authoritarian of the 21st century-type capitalist dictator. Putin is the consummate autocrat, able to manipulate not only the political system he helped to build, but also the people who support and staff it.  

CT WINERIES TALK AND TASTING WITH CONNECTICUT’S “NUTMEG NOSE,” MICHELLE GRIFFIS
Thursday, October 27th at 7:00pm, Conference Room, Darien Library. To register click here

Our wine guide is Michelle Griffis, an enthusiast of Connecticut’s wineries, nicknamed by many as “The Nutmeg Nose.”  Michelle will discuss the array of fantastic, award-winning wineries here in our state. Whether you like a dry rosé, a crisp white, or a hearty red, our state offers a wine for your palette.  With beautiful scenery, daily tastings, and live music, Connecticut wineries make great destinations.

HALLOWEEN PARADE AND PARTY FEATURING COMEDIAN TOM O’BRIEN
Monday, October 31st: Halloween Costume Parade at the Mather Center at 11:30am, Lunch at 12:00pm ($5.00), Entertainment at 12:30pm (FREE). Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register. 
The Halloween Party is back and better than before!  The costume parade will have prizes for several categories, followed by a Spooktacular lunch in the Café, and then welcome comedian Tom O’Brien who will tickle your funny bone at 12:30pm.     

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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