2 RENSHAW ROAD DARIEN, CT 06820 203.655.2227
MARCH 2020

GODSPELL THE MUSICAL
Wednesday, March 18th, 7:00pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane
Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal performance free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School for the 7:00pm performance.  At Home In Darien has arranged for transportation at approximately 6:30pm to the High School show for seniors using volunteer drivers.  Seniors can be conveniently picked up at their homes and returned safely after the show.  Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 to reserve your seat and to arrange transportation to and from the show.

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.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 8th.

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

ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE
Sunday, March 1st, 2:00pm – 3:30pm at Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
How could America call itself the world’s greatest democracy, but deny the right to vote to more than half its citizens? Join for a special screening of One Woman, One Vote narrated by Susan Sarandon. This film documents the nearly seventy-year battle of women’s suffrage that ends with the Nineteenth Amendment. Discover why the crusaders faced entrenched opposition from men and women who feared the women’s vote would ignite a social revolution. NR. Running Time 106 minutes.

TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH APRIL 15TH
Mondays, 1:00pm – 8:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-669-5236 for appointments
Wednesdays, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Mather Center home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00am – 4:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-669-5236 for appointments

The no cost, full service VITA/AARP/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program – with special attention to seniors and low to moderate income households – will again be available to the Darien community at the Darien Library and Mather Center.  Tax preparation and electronic filing of state and federal returns will be offered.  Bring all 2019 tax report forms (W-2’s, 1099’s, brokerage statements, etc), social security and official photo identification, health insurance documentation (Form 1095A) and your 2018 tax return. Appointments are suggested.

PLAY PENNY MICHIGAN RUMMY
Mondays, 10:00am – 11:45am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Michigan rummy is also called pinochle rummy, rummy 500, Persian rummy and 500 rum.  The game of canasta and several other games are believed to have developed from this popular form of rummy.  Each game lasts about 20 minutes and is the most fun with 3-8 players per table. Betting is with pennies and the pot can build quickly.  Bring your pennies and come have fun.  First time players are very welcome.  The first few games will be instruction games.

WEEKLY DROP-IN DUPLICATE BRIDGE
Mondays, weekly starting March 2nd, 12:30pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
The Monday game is a $13 open game, without a DCA membership requirement, to help players obtain more master points. This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing and is directed by Tom Hunter of Come Play Bridge. 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 game is held 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.

UKULELE MEET UP WITH DAINA SCHUMAN
Mondays beginning March 2nd, 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Bring your ukuleles, guitars, banjos, and mandolins to play and sing traditional folk songs, spirituals, 60’s and some Beatles in a no pressure fun way.  All levels are welcome and only about 10 chords will be used for every song.  Song sheets with chords will be provided and suggestions for songs are always welcome.

AMERICAN WOMEN AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Mondays, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd, 3:00pm – 4:15pm, Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join for a four-week series on American Women and their struggle to obtain the right to vote coinciding with The Centennial of the Women’s Right to Vote.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING AND ASK A NURSE
Tuesday. March 3rd, 9:30am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
VNH of Fairfield County’s Nurse Jeannie Bain is available the first and third Tuesday for blood pressure monitoring and to answer any health related questions you may have.

DCA WOMEN’S LUNCHEON PROGRAM – “MODERNISM IN CT ARCHITECTURE”
Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:15pm – 2:00pm at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050
Hicks Stone, founder and principal of Stone Architecture located in Roxbury, CT, received his Master of Architecture from Harvard. He is the son of the late famous midcentury American architect, Edward Durell Stone, who was from an era of modern architecture, right after World War II, that was especially evident in Connecticut. Philip Johnson of the notable Glass House in New Canaan, who was a student of Marcel Breuer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, along with 3 other students, have become known as the Harvard Five, all settling in New Canaan, building modern homes.  Hicks Stone will speak of his own experiences growing up with his father’s important accomplishments and his friendships with the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, to his own business established in 1991.  He has published a Rizzoli book titled Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect and is currently working on a documentary film with Emmy-award winning filmmaker Jake Gorst with the title “New England Modernism”. Prepayment is due by Monday, March 2nd, 12:00pm.  $25 for members and $40 for public.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: ROSA PARKS AND THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT
Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
This commemorative program honors Rosa Parks who, on December 1st 1955, boarded a bus in Montgomery Alabama and refused to give up her seat to white passengers after the bus became full. Arrested and found guilty on December 5th 1955, this incident triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and remains a seminal event of the Civil Rights Movement.

MAH JONG GUIDED PLAY CLASSES – TWO SESSIONS
Wednesdays, March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, 9:30am – 12:00pm at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked. Here’s the chance to meet other players and benefit from consistent play. This four week session will offer lots of playing time and the chance to sharpen your game, with instructor Donna Holt on hand to oversee play. She will be available to help with all aspects of the game, from choosing your hand, to guiding the group through any rules or etiquette questions that arise. Please bring your 2019 card to each class. Please note that players should already be familiar with both rules of play and the NMJL card.  Second session of classes will be April 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th.  Cost is $70 for members and $85 for public. Prepayment is required by Monday, March 2nd for the first session, and Monday, March 30th for the second. Minimum and maximum enrollment applies. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY LUNCH AND LEARN: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
Wednesday, March 4th, Complimentary lunch 12:00pm, Program 12:30pm, at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
A representative from the Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will present a program on how you can prepare a personal/family basic emergency plan.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH RICHARD STILLMAN  
Tuesday, March 10th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Wear your green and be a “little Irish”.  Back by popular demand, Richard Stillman will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – with Irish music, storytelling and step dancing all accompanied by bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, and guitar.  Richard is a Broadway actor, musician, singer and dancer. Chef Judi will have a delicious Corned Beef lunch to complete this festive day. Please sign up in advance.

CT PHARMACY: ALLERGIES
Wednesday, March 11th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Spring is almost here and pollen will start filling the air.  Like many millions of Americans, seniors are not exempt from the stuffy noses and watery eyes that go along with allergies.  Many seniors however, often have complicating factors such as chronic diseases that can make it difficult to deal with their allergies.  Diane Corba of CT Pharmacy will discuss ways seniors can make allergy season bearable.

THE SWEET HISTORY OF HONEY
Wednesday, March 11th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Why do we love honey so much? What makes honey so dark or so light? How many varietals of honey are there? Why does honey crystalize? Why doesn’t honey need to be pasteurized? Learn the answers to these questions and much more during this engaging talk and taste five varietals of honey from The Humble Bee Honey Company.

NORWALK HOSPITAL TRAUMA SERVICE: STAND UP TO FALLS 
Thursday, March 12th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Carli Lee Spinola, MHA-Injury Prevention Coordinator in the Trauma Center from Norwalk Hospital will be presenting a program on Fall Prevention followed by a strength and balance exercise. The program is designed to raise fall prevention knowledge and mindfulness, and introduce ideas to reduce falls and improve the health and well-being of participants.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, March 13th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Ruth Sherman will discuss and demonstrate exercises for those living with Parkinson’s Disease.  The group is open to all those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.  Light refreshments will be served. Contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW at 203-662-1090 with any questions.

VNH OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING AND ASK A NURSE
Tuesday, March 17th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
VNH of Fairfield County’s Nurse Jeannie Bain is available the first and third Tuesday for blood pressure monitoring and to answer any health related questions you may have.

PAULA MODERSOHN-BECKER: A MODERN WOMAN
Wednesday, March 18th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien Library welcomes back art historian Larissa Bailiff for a talk on German painter Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907). In addition to looking closely at Modersohn-Becker’s strikingly modern and unique paintings, the talk will shed light upon the challenges of being a woman artist around 1900. Discussion will highlight the painter’s coterie, which included the poet Rainer Marie Rilke, and explore her wide range of inspirations – from Paul Gauguin to Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits. And perhaps most controversial – Modersohn-Becker’s possible influence upon the young Picasso will be considered.

CHANGES IN SOCIAL SECURITY
Thursday, March 19th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. When to collect Social Security may be the single most important decision you make in context of planning your retirement.  This is a great opportunity to learn KEY CONCEPTS you need to know BEFORE applying for Social Security. Depending on your age, Social Security filing strategies may boost lifetime benefits and increase retirement income by tens of thousands of dollars. Always consider Social Security payout as a component of your retirement plan.

PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES LIFESTYLE CHANGE PROGRAM
Begins Friday March 20th, 10:30am at 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 CDC recognized 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 $675.00 free of charge through Medicare to qualifying pre-diabetic candidates.  Call for the qualifying questionnaire to be filled out prior to the beginning of the program.

DARIEN HIGH SCHOOL CORE GROUP
Friday, March 20th, 12:45pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Darien High School CORE students will be at the Mather Center to explore the differences and the likenesses between themselves and seniors.

HER LIFE: MARTHA WASHINGTON
Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
She married one of Virginia’s wealthiest men and became a widow at age 26. She had four children and outlived each one. Her second marriage made her a public figure. Martha Washington was the first “First Lady of America”.  Although she lived in the shadow of her husband’s greatness, she emerged as the most famous woman of her time. In the words of her obituary, to the foremost man of his times Martha Washington was truly a “worthy partner”.  Professional Actress, Maggie Worsdale, portrays Martha Washington, a woman who wanted nothing more than a peaceful domestic life only to find herself in the unwanted glare of a national spotlight. Through it all Martha Washington maintained her natural, unassuming presence. Cheerful, attentive, and appreciative: the very model of a President’s Lady.

COFFEE WITH A COP AND K-9 ARGO
Wednesday, March 25th, 9:30am at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Sergeant Keri Isaac and K-9 Officer Amanda Hinkley have an exciting morning planned at this month’s Coffee with a Cop.  Have you ever wondered how K9 dogs help police officers? Argo is certified in both tracking criminals as well as sniffing out narcotics. Come see a demonstration from Argo and find out how this amazing dog helps the Police force in Darien.

CT PHARMACY: BROWN BAG MEDICATION REVIEW
Wednesday, March 25th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm by appointment at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Bring every medication, supplement, herbal, over the counter medication you have at home in a bag for a pharmacist to review for interactions, safety and efficacy. Spend one-on-one time with a pharmacist from Connecticut Pharmacy. All information you share will be kept confidential. Appointments are 15 minutes long and are required due to the popularity of this program.

COME AND SHOW: GOOD ART, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, March 25th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Jacqueline Ofria, LMSW, clinician with the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, leads a monthly (last Wednesday) literary treat (poem, story, philosophical or inspirational essay) as a 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. Explore how creativity motivates, comforts, unsettles and keeps us on our toes. Share in the stories which most move and keep us going, the ideas which nurture a good life and help us through tough times. Come listen, interact, share inspiration and have fun.

MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION 
Thursday, March 26th, 12:30pm at Mather Center Home of Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
This monthly skills-based therapeutic breath and movement group is facilitated by Elanit Linder and sponsored by Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  The program is based on Harvard University’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Elanit’s 22 year yoga practice.

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION: BEATRIX FARRAND’S AMERICAN LANDSCAPES
Thursday, March 26th, 7:00pm at Darien Library Community Room, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Although she created gardens for the rich and powerful, including John D. Rockefeller, Jr., J.P. Morgan, and President Woodrow Wilson, Beatrix Farrand was an early advocate for the value of public gardens and believed strongly in the power of the natural world to make people’s lives better. Through the documentary, Miller journeys to iconic Farrand gardens, engaging designers, scholars and horticulturists in a spirited dialogue about the meaning and importance of this ground-breaking early 20th-century woman. Lynden Miller’s experience as New York City’s most prominent public garden designer is woven into a wide-ranging biography of Farrand’s life and times.  Shavaun Tower of The Project Studio for Landscape Architecture and Spatial Studies will introduce and lead the post documentary discussion.

DARIEN NEIGHBORS, GLOBAL PLAYERS
Tuesday, March 31st, 7:00pm reception, 7:45pm presentation at Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, 203-655-9050
Steve Mandel, Founder and Managing Director at Lone Pine Capital will present “Investing and Philanthropy”.  Previously, he was managing director and consumer analyst at Tiger Management Corporation. He grew up in Darien and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy (1974), Dartmouth College (1978) and Harvard Business School (1982). Mr. Mandel served as board chair of Teach for America and Dartmouth and is a former trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy and The Children’s School in Stamford. He is also a founder and board member of the Lone Pine Foundation, whose mission is to help children and families in the communities where Lone Pine has offices.

Tuesday, April 14th, 7:00pm reception, 7:45pm presentation
SE Cupp, Political Commentator, CNN Television will present  “Unfiltered…the White-Hot Intersection between Politics and the Media”
Tuesday, April 28th, 7:00pm reception, 7:45pm presentation
Ian Murray, CEO and Co-Founder, vineyard vines will present “vineyard vines, The Story Behind the Brand”

Series tickets for all three speakers: $80 DCA members/$120 public  Individual speaker tickets: $30 DCA members/ $45 public. Ticket prices include a wine reception. Purchase series tickets by March 30th.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended for individual speakers.  View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

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! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers, Adults, Thursday, Mar. 12th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, $45.
Ladies Night Out! Sew it Up, Adults, Thursday, April 23rd, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, $75.

YMCA – 3 MONTH FITNESS PROGRAM FOR CANCER PATIENTS
The Darien YMCA is pleased to announce “revive”, a 3-month, progressive health, and fitness program designed to transition cancer patients from treatment to a renewed stamina for day-to-day living. Local residents who are currently undergoing or have undergone cancer treatment in the past year are eligible to receive a complimentary 3-month membership to the Darien Y, which includes access to the Wellness Center, pools, group fitness classes and other amenities. In addition, all participants will receive a 12 pack of 1-hour personal training sessions with a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES) trainers. All interested participants will meet with revive’s Integrative Medical Coach, who will complete an initial physical and medical history assessment to determine the best approach for the patient. The medical coach will be in contact with the participant throughout the 3 months.  Please email Health and Fitness Director, Jessica, at Jvansciver@darien-ymca.org for further information.

 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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