The At Home In Darien office will be closed and transportation services will not be operating on Friday, March 30th, 2018 in observance of Good Friday.
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HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHER PROGRAM
At Home In Darien is excited to announce a new program that will make on-demand rides more affordable. Seniors and people with disabilities are able to purchase taxi vouchers from At Home In Darien at half the value of the voucher so rides will cost 50% off the regular price. Here’s how it works. A booklet of taxi vouchers worth $25.00 (that’s five $5.00 vouchers) can be purchased from At Home In Darien for $12.50 (cash or check only), and you use them to pay the taxi driver. You must have cash to pay for the tip and for any fare remainder under $5.00 as the Taxi drivers will not give change for the vouchers. To purchase the vouchers from At Home In Darien, Darien residents must provide proof of age in the form of a driver’s license, an official ID card, passport, or Social Security statement. Proof of disability must be provided in the form of a disability statement from Social Security or a verification letter from a Doctor. Rides are arranged by calling Eveready Taxi directly at 203-655-8779 once you have the vouchers in hand. Taxi rides are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year! 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.
SPECIAL OFFER FROM THE DARIEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Darien Historical Society is graciously opening their doors on Sunday, March 4th free of charge for all At Home In Darien members (Darien seniors 60 and over with a membership card) to view the Society’s exhibit, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of the Flag,” from 12:00pm – 2:30pm. In addition they are offering a discount on the Lincoln Flag lecture that afternoon at 3:00pm. Ilene Frank, chief curator of the Connecticut Historical Society, will tell the fascinating story of the flag that decorated Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theater and it’s rediscovery after 76 years in a cluttered storage area. Admission to this program will be discounted for At Home members (with membership card) at a reduced rate of $2.50 for Darien Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. Seniors who join the Darien Historical Society as members that day (at the special At Home In Darien discounted rate of 10% off at every level) will also receive free admission to the lecture. Please call the Society at 203-655-9233 for more information and to register. Darien seniors without an At Home In Darien membership card can contact At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 to receive their free membership card prior to the event.
Wednesday, March 21st, 7:00pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane
At Home In Darien invites seniors to attend a dress rehearsal performance of Footloose free of charge presented by the students of Darien High School. We have arranged for free transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the show. Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes, and returned home safely after the show. To reserve a seat and to arrange transportation to and from the show please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227.
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Fridays, 9:00am – 3:30pm and Saturdays, 9:00am – 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
IRS-Certified Trained AARP volunteer tax aides are available to local residents of all ages and incomes at no charge. It is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service. Started in 1968 and, since 1980, this service has operated under a cooperative agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For more information or to make an appointment, please call 203-669-5236.
ASK A CPA
Friday, March 2nd and 16th, 10:00am – 12:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Chris Vlahos, Certified Public Accountant with Nedder and Associates, LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments at the Senior Programs twice monthly. Chris will be available to answer any tax questions you may have. Sign up is a must for these appointments as they fill up quickly.
MUSIC IN THE STACKS – WOMEN OF SONG
Sunday, March 4th, 5:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Enjoy an afternoon honoring Women’s History Month with a wide range of popular classics, including songs by Patsy Cline, Judy Garland, and others. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sheri Miller writes and performs her soulful, poetic love songs, while playing guitar and piano. Named one of Music Connection’s “Hot 100 Unsigned Artists,” Sheri has released 2 records, “Mantra” and “Winning Hand,” as well as ”I Could Love You Still” (featuring Will Lee, Paul Shaffer, Steve Cropper), among others. In addition to writing her own songs, Sheri has collaborated with many Grammy Award-winning songwriters including J.D. Souther (Eagles). For more info visit www.sherimiller.com.
WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE
Mondays, starting March 5th, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge is the new duplicate bridge director. The game is a $13 open game, using hands from The Common Game, so hand records will be available. Games will be stratified, and Tom will also be available before and after the game for questions and discussion. This challenging game is held weekly until May. No reservations are required. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at email@example.com or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.
COFFEE WITH A COP
Tuesday, March 6th, 9:30am at 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 for a cup and some conversation. Coffee with a Cop provides a comfortable opportunity for positive officer-citizen engagements.
OUR STONE WALLS – THE GREAT, THE GOOD AND THE TRULY AWFUL
Tuesday, March 6th, 12:15pm – 2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
A local resident, stone wall enthusiast and historian, Sylvia Reiss will present a fascinating, educational and amusing look at these historical structures, which are the signature archaeological legacy of New England. They can be seen along roadsides, far into the woods, across backyards and between houses. Who built these walls, and why? Sylvia will also offer a look at the contemporary walls that are being built. Sylvia Reiss is a former teacher, retired antiques dealer, past president of the Antiques Council, and tag-along historian with her husband Ken Reiss, who is the Darien Historical Society’s historian. Luncheon will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering. Cost is $20 for DCA members and $25 for the public. Prepayment is required by noon on Monday, March 5th. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-655-9050 ext 10.
LEGENDARY FILM DIRECTORS – AKIRA KUROSAWA
Tuesday, March 6th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Akira Kurosawa put Japanese cinema on the world map after World War II with “Rashomon” and went on to dazzle international audiences with shattering action epics (“The Seven Samurai” and “Yojimbo“), electrifying Shakespearean adaptations (“Throne of Blood”) and poignant human documents (“Ikiru”).
BATS – MYTH AND REALITY
Tuesday, March 6th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Bats control mosquitoes, disperse seeds, pollinate flowers, and a few have extreme feeding specializations such as carnivory, fish-eating, and even blood-feeding (yes, there are Vampire Bats). If you think bats are hateful little creatures of the night, be prepared to view them as charismatic microfauna. This lecture will review all aspects of bat biology and allow time for questions and is presented by Don Wilson who spent 40 years as Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. During that time, Wilson traveled the world conducting research on bats. His photographs of bats will lead you on a journey of better understanding of their important role in almost every ecosystem on Earth.
LUNCH AND LEARN – THYROID HEALTH
Wednesday, March 7th, 12:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Symptoms such as fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and sleeplessness can make attempts at enjoying retirement difficult. Many seniors attribute these symptoms to the process of aging and simply choose to live with these complaints quietly, assuming its “par for the course.” The incidence of thyroid disease increases with age. An estimated 20% of women over the age of 60 have some form of thyroid disease. The symptoms of thyroid disease vary according to whether too many hormones are being produced (hyperthyroid) or too little (hypothyroid). Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will present an in depth program on Thyroid health. A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm. Please call to register.
RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS GEORGE I, KING OF GREECE
Wednesday, March 7th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Professor Ramona Garcia is a historian who imparts her knowledge about European Royalty in a captivating and interesting way. George I of Greece’s reign began in 1863 and ended with his assassination in 1913. George’s reign of almost 50 years (the longest in modern Greek history) was characterized by territorial gains as Greece established its place in pre-World War I Europe.
VETERANS GROUP BREAKFAST
Thursday, March 8th, 9:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Each month, the Atria Darien Veterans Group hosts a breakfast with a guest speaker. Share common experiences of serving in the military; pertinent information about veterans’ affairs and accomplishments – both in military and civilian lives. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, March 8th, 2:00pm & 5:30pm at Bridges by EPOCH, 123 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, 203-523-0510
Advice, information and support from dementia-care professionals who understand the challenges and concerns you face each day. These sessions are also great opportunities to socialize with other caregivers.
THE WORK OF LOCAL FAIRFIELD COUNTY ARTISTS
Thursday, March 8th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
A wine and cheese reception celebrating the work of local Fairfield County artists coordinated by artist and instructor Althea Ericson. The artists’ work will be on display throughout the month of March. The gallery is open every day from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
ROBIN HAYES – SPEAKER SERIES
Thursday, March 8th, 7:00pm at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050
This three part speaker series will spotlight local residents. Part 1 is Robin Hayes, President and Chief Executive Officer at JetBlue Airways Corporation. JetBlue is one of the world’s most acclaimed airlines, recognized for its award-winning product and customer service, and as one of America’s best places to work. Averaging 1000 flights a day, it carries more than 38 million customers a year. Robin joined JetBlue in 2008, after a wide-ranging 19 year career with British Airways. He was appointed as JetBlue’s third CEO in 2015. Series tickets for all three speakers is $80.00 DCA members and $120.00 for non-members.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, March 9th, 11:00am – 12:15pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
The featured guests will be Marlane Argianis, Director of the CT Parkinsons Association and Ivan Johnson, Chairperson of the CT Parkinsons Board of Directors. 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 will be served.
LUMINA STRING QUARTET
Saturday, March 10th, 2:00pm at Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk
Presenting Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) String Quartet #3 in B Flat Major Op. 67 (1875, Ziegelhausen, Germany) and the Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in 6 minor, Op. 115 (1891, Bad Ischl, Germany). Guest Artist – Phillip Bashor. Complimentary Tickets are available. Please call 203-857-7302.
SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT – WINGS
Sunday, March 11th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
A silent film screening of Wings the first to win Best Film in the Oscars went to this aerial World War I adventure about two fledgling aviators itching to take on the Kaiser’s aces. Look for a very young Gary Cooper as a veteran flier. John Mucci is a well-known local film historian and silent film accompanist, who has performed extensively on the East Coast, as well as in Westchester, Pittsburgh, and Phoenix. He taught film and video at Sacred Heart and Fairfield Universities, lectured on silents at ArtsEscape, as well as libraries in the area, and can be heard accompanying dozens of classic silent films. As a composer, he has also co-written 11 musical plays that have been performed internationally, and scores for two docudramas for Connecticut Public TV were nominated for New England Emmy awards.
AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE: HEARING CLINIC
Monday, March 12th, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
Audiology Concierge is offering free 45 minute appointments for hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations. Spots fill up quickly and appointments must be reserved by calling 203-656-7490.
PRESCRIPTION OF MEDITATION
Monday, March 12th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road, Stamford, 888-357-2409
Meditation is recognized by modern medicine to positively produce biochemical and physical effects on the body. It’s also free from side effects. Many of today’s diseases are driven by diet and lifestyle. Learn the benefits and basic techniques for practicing meditation, which has been scientifically documented to lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation, and improve sleep.
POLITICS OF THE DOLLAR
Beginning Monday, March 12th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join in for a four-week lecture series on the politics of the almighty American dollar.
AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE
Tuesday, March 13th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The AARP Smart Driver™ Course is the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. There are no tests to pass – just useful information to keep drivers safe on the road. Learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to compensate. Reduce your chances of receiving a traffic violation, getting into an accident, or becoming injured. Taking the course may get you an insurance discount, so please consult your insurance agent for more information about discounts. Cost of the Smart Driver Course is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. There will be a half hour lunch break for all participants. A bag lunch can be brought, or purchased ($5.00). Reservations for lunch must be made by 11:15 the day of the course.
ST. PATRICK DAY CELEBRATION WITH IRISH DANCERS
Wednesday, March 14th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and the students of Lynn Academy will share the art of Irish Step Dancing. These talented dancers have received awards at the New England Regionals and at the North American Championships. Please be sure to sign up.
WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Wednesday, March 14th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
George Washington, Paul Revere, the Marquis de Lafayette are all names we were taught in school as having been heroes of the American War for Independence. Molly Pitcher is a name we see given to a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. But who was Molly Pitcher? Women in the American Revolution: Putting the ‘Her’ in Heroics will introduce you to some of the women who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to lift the yoke of British control of the 13 Colonies. Women who are missing from our history books, their stories as soldiers and spies left untold.
THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE’S JOURNEY
Wednesday, March 14th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Are you and your family prepared for the future? Would you like to learn how to become empowered and make the right decisions for your life, health, and finances? Learn why you should reevaluate periodically to ensure your plans are still meeting your goals. This is an educational panel discussion to gather useful information to create and map your plan for longevity and peace of mind.
MONICA PEDERSON STORYTELLER
Thursday, March 15th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Monica Pederson will share the stories of her immigrant grandparents as they traveled to the US from Italy during the great immigration wave from Europe in the early part of the 20th century.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH THE SEDGEWICK SISTERS
Saturday, March 17th, 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
St. Patrick’s Day with the Sedgewick Sisters is like no other. Join a rousing sing-a-long of Irish tunes on this the day of the ‘wearin’ of the green.
COMMON UROLOGICAL PROBLEMS
Tuesday, March 20th,12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Dr. Moskowitz of Stamford Health Systems will present on common Urological issues for both male and female—bladder, prostrate and kidney.
WOMEN’S FINANCIAL LITERACY ROUNDTABLE
Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join this monthly roundtable of lectures and discussions designed to assist women in reaching financial independence. The March 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, market sector, and so much more. Talk about how they work, how to use them, and the “hidden” fees.
FLOWER ARRANGING WORKSHOP – USING GREENS
Wednesday, March 21st, 1:00pm – 2:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Greens are a great way to enhance arrangements. Explore using different sizes, shapes and seeded varieties. The workshop will be led by Diane Schlinkert and Allie Callan, both Darien residents and experienced floral designers from the New York Botanical Garden certificate program. Materials will be provided. The cost: DCA members $40/public $45. A prepayment is required by12:00pm on Monday, March 19. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at email@example.com or 203-655-9050, ext. 10.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE – ONLY THE BRAVE
Wednesday, March 21st, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
A drama based on the elite crew of men who battled a wildfire in Prescott, Arizona in June 2013 that claimed the lives of 19 of their members.
WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING IN THE FACE OF DEATH
Wednesday, March 21st, 5:30pm – 7:00pm at Greenwich Hospital – Noble Conference Center, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich
A caregiver as well as a medical professional, Lucy Kalanithi, MD, is the widow of Paul Kalanithi, MD, who authored the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air, a meditation on mortality and meaning. A professor at the Stanford School of Medicine, Lucy Kalanithi completed her medical degree at Yale and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford. At the cross-section of experiences as a physician and caregiver, she has interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient- centered care and end-of-life care. For more information call 203-863-3000.
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL
Friday, March 21st, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Whether you are a CEO, entrepreneur, student, or homemaker, knowing how to use Microsoft Excel to complete easy to complicated spreadsheets is a helpful and sometimes critical skill. This class will give you all of the basics you need to begin to use this powerful software program. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.
DEMENTIA SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Thursday, March 22nd, 2:00pm and 5:30pm at Bridges by EPOCH, 123 Richards Ave, Norwalk, 203-523-0510
Forgetting a time, place or face can often be explained by normal aging. But what happens when memory loss affects the cognitive skills necessary to focus, problem solve or even communicate? Go through the progression of dementia and its associated warning signs.
INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL
Friday, March 23rd, 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Often when using Excel, you need to think through and create spreadsheets that are complex and detailed. In this class, you will go deeper into the details of working with this program. Students will get hands on experience in the building of complex spreadsheets. To register, please call 203-669-5236.
CHEEK TO CHEEK DANCE MUSIC WITH DOUG FERONY
Friday, March 23rd, 4:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
They don’t make voices like his anymore, so say audiences who have seen Doug perform. It is always obvious that Doug loves timeless standards and has the voice and phrasing to make them sound fresh and relevant. While he makes no secret of his love for the singing of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Bobby Darin, he does not feel compelled to merely copy his predecessors and instead displays a sound of his own.
EYE CONDITIONS – CATARACTS, MACULAR DEGENERATION, AND GLAUCOMA
Tuesday, March 27th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at The Village at Waveny LifeCare Network, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Dr. Gregory Gallousis, Ophthalmologist at Stamford Hospital, will discuss eye disorders – the problem, the diagnosis, the latest medications and treatment options. This is a free community event. Bring any questions you may have and learn more about how to best prevent eye disorders. Light dinner will be served 5:30pm. Please RSVP to Mary Ntiri at 203-594-5310 or MNtiri@Waveny.org
SEDWICK SISTERS PRESENTS BIG BAND
Thursday, March 29th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Members of the talented Sedgwick Sisters group will present fun filled Big Band entertainment. This talented group hails from Stratford, CT and have been singing since they could talk and professionally sharing their voices and dancing since June of 2008. They have enjoyed over 350 performances.
Get matched with your next great read with Darien Library’s Book Matchmaker (previously known as Bookfix). If you would love to get a hand-selected book from the Readers’ Advisors, this new service makes it easier than ever. To participate in the program, patrons fill out the online form to determine reading preferences and every twelve weeks, you will be matched with a personalized book selection that will be placed on the hold shelf for you. You will be emailed when your book is ready. Book Matchmaker is open to adults with registered library cards. For more information visit darienlibrary.org/book-match-maker or call 203-655-1234.
SUPPORT FOR CAREGIVERS
Caring for a loved one? Feeling alone? Need community support and referrals? Family & Children’s Agency, through its Home Care Services, offers free in-home or telephone support to family members caring for elderly relatives. This program is sponsored by the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging. To learn more and speak to one of the licensed clinical social workers call 203-831-2900 or email www.familyandchildrensagency.org.
At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820
Tel: 203.655.2227 Fax: 1.866.224.4210
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