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
In observance of Independence Day, our  At Home In Darien office will  be closed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD
Sunday, July 2nd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Lifetime Learners instructor Byron Matthews takes you on a tour of the Golden Age of Hollywood and recounts the backstories that you never heard before.

CELEBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY
Tuesday, July 4th, 12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
American Independence Day is celebrated in grand style with a taste of Americana. Enjoy all of the great foods of summer in a big cook-out. To RSVP and for more information, please call 203-662-1090.

VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY LUNCH & LEARN: FATS AND SUGARS
Wednesday, July 5th, 12:30pm at  Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
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 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 and Hospice of Fairfield County will host a complimentary lunch at 12:00pm.  Please sign up by calling 203-656-7490.

RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS “JENNY” LADY CHURCHILL
Wednesday, July 5th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
University professor Ramona Garcia presents Lady Churchill, Winston’s American-born mother.

CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTISTS
Thursday, July 6th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Enjoy the work of featured artist Nobu Miki. Light refreshments will be available. The exhibit will be open daily 9:00am – 5:00pm.

DAVID WYNNE IN CONCERT
Sunday, July 9th, 2:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
New York based David Wynne plays powerful, compelling music praised by giants such as Ella Fitzgerald. Enjoy an afternoon of fine music.

BOB LUPI ENTERTAINS
Monday, July 10th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Bob’s vocal ability and extensive repertoire allow him to perform a mix of styles from the 40’s to the 80’s. Enjoy an hour of beautiful music. Lunch ($5.00) will be served at 12:00pm.

CHAIR YOGA
Mondays beginning July 10th, 1:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Chair yoga is a wonderful option for people with mobility limitations, seniors and anyone who has difficulty getting down on the ground. The classes are taught on chairs using classic yoga poses that have been modified. Incorporating breathing techniques, relaxation, stretches and yoga poses, you’ll leave feeling like a new person. Chair yoga helps increase flexibility and strength, improves posture and balance and helps reduce stress and anxiety. Class ends August 21st. To register for this program please call 203-669-5236.

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART AND THE BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDEN
Wednesday, July 12th, 8:30am – 6:00pm, Away for the Day
Take a guided tour of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to see magenta water-lilies, white lotuses, violet onions, blue hydrangeas, and pink Frangipani. The picturesque fire-red bridge in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is always a highlight.  Enjoy a boxed lunch from the Pantry before a museum tour of  “Georgia O’Keeffe:  Living Modern.” Call Jill Meyer, 203-226-4310 to make a reservation. The cost is $144.

CT PHARMACY: GERD
Wednesday, July 12th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Diane Corba from CT Pharmacy will discuss Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease – otherwise known as REFLUX or Heartburn.  Diane will help you understand symptoms and cover treatments, both over the counter and prescriptions.

GREAT DECISIONS WITH ERIC RAMBUSCH: LATIN AMERICA’S POLITICAL PENDULUM
Thursday, July 13th, 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.

RECOGNIZING & DEALING WITH CAREGIVER STRESS
Thursday, July 13th, 2:00pm and 5:30pm at Bridges, 595 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, 203-523-0510
Discuss the importance of guilt-free self-care for caregivers and learn great tips for creating the time and space to address your own needs.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, July 14th, 11:00am – 12:15pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
The group will meet on the second Friday of each month under the auspices of the CT Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association and is open to those living with the disease and their caregivers from the Darien area. Light refreshments will be served.  For further information contact the group facilitator, Ilene Sumberg, LCSW, Resident Relations Director, 203-662-1090 or ilene.sumberg@atriaseniorliving.com.

SEED SAVING
Saturday, July 15th, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Eric Frisk will teach you how saving seed is easy with the understanding of how plants are pollinated and produce seed. The basics of saving open-pollinated seed will be addressed in this workshop through the explanation of flower structure, importance of botanical classification and methods of varietal preservation. The workshop will conclude with demonstrations of saving tomato seed and mustard seed.

CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AND VANDERBILT MANSION
Tuesday, July 18th, 7:45am – 7:30pm, Away for the Day
Before a sumptuous meal at the Cuilinary’s Bocuse French restaurant, tour the facility to watch students prepare their delectable offerings.  Following lunch, visit the nearby Vanderbilt Mansion, the Gilded Age home of Frederick William Vanderbilt and his family until 1938. The famous New York firm, McKim, Mead and White, designed the home in the classic Beaux-Arts style which emphasized balance and symmetry throughout. Call Jill Meyer, 203-226-4310 to make a reservation. The cost is $151.

WALGREENS PHARMACY: DIABETES
Wednesday, July 19th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Do you know that as you age, you have a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes?  You have a greater chance of getting diabetes if you are age 45 or older, are overweight or obese, or have a family history of diabetes. (National Institute of Diabetes). Brian from Walgreens Pharmacy will discuss some simple lifestyle changes that will help you prevent or manage Diabetes.

WEDNESDAY MATINEE: “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”
Wednesday, July 19th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

FORENSIC SCIENCE
Thursday, July 20th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Lifetime Learners Instructor Ken Lyons presents a fascinating look at the science that helps law enforcement solve cases and helps to bring convictions or acquittals at trial. Lyon takes a look at some of the largest news-making cases and how they were solved with forensic evidence.

SUMMER READING BINGO NIGHT
Sunday, July 23rd, 6:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Get ready to shout Bingo. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned player, all are welcome for an evening of epic bingo battles at the first ever Adult Summer Reading Bingo Night. Refreshments, giveaways and lots of healthy competition will be on hand during this free event. Registration is required and space is limited. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

SEDGWICK SISTERS: SOUTHERN BLUES
Tuesday, July 25th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Feel the beat and tap your feet with Jonelle Sedgwick and Jeff Daniel and their “New Orleans” Dixieland Jazz show with lively songs and scat improvisation of Louie Armstrong vintage (i.e. When the Saints Go Marching In, Basin Street Blues, You Tell Me Your Dream, Blue Skies, etc.)  Lunch ($5.00) will be served at 12:00pm.

READ AND TELL: GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, July 26th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join James McGinn, LPN, NCC of the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, for a monthly (last Wednesday) literary treat as a springboard into sharing your 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. Explore how creativity motivates, comforts, unsettles and keeps you on your toes. Share stories which most move and keep you going and ideas which nurture a good life and help you through tough times.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR CAREGIVERS
Thursday, July 27th, 2:00pm and 5:30pm at Bridges, 595 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk, 203-523-0510
Taking care of a loved one with memory challenges can be difficult.  Learn several caregiving tips and tricks that will make both of your lives happier and less stressful.

ASK A LAWYER
Friday, July 28th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
Nedder and Associates LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments. Attorney Michael Nedder can 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 by calling 203-656-7490.

NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND HOW IT IMPACTS US
Friday, July 28th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Norwalk Community College’s Erik Rambusch leads the discussion on how the headlines affect us locally, regionally and nationally.

THE ALUMNI SWING BAND
Friday, July 28th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Alumni Swing Band’s love of performing and of music from the swing era have made each performance a labor of love.  The Alumni truly enjoy entertaining the audience and their songs are sure to bring back warm memories. The band’s repertoire includes classic big band swing and jazz as well as more contemporary selections.  Lunch ($5.00) served at 12:00pm.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS CALENDAR
The Darien Health Department has launched a new initiative to help promote community awareness and involvement in locally sponsored events relating to personal health and wellness called the Community Health and Wellness Calendar.  This online tool is available to the public as a resource for residents to see at a glance what events are upcoming in helping to learn more about leading healthy lives.  The calendar is intended to be a key step in creating a healthier and more involved Darien community.  You can access the calendar through the Darien Health Department website at www.darienhealth.com.

At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax:  1.866.224.4210
www.athomeindarien.org
Connecting Seniors to Community