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. 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.
In observance of Independence Day, our At Home In Darien office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. Have a safe and happy holiday!
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. Rides cost 50% of 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 – 4:00pm to purchase vouchers.
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED
At Home In Darien is looking for volunteers to drive seniors to medical appointments when our professional drivers are booked or when a senior requests to be accompanied. If you are interested in being a volunteer driver, please call 203-655-2227 or email email@example.com.
LUNCH AT DARIEN SENIOR PROGRAM AT MATHER CENTER
The new Chef, Kris Young, has expanded the menu, fortified it to be healthier and more varied, with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and dishes that are tasty, satisfying and nutritious. Still the best value in Town at $5.00. The weekly menu can be found online at www.darienct.gov – click on ‘Departments & Services’ then ‘Senior Center’. To order call 203-656-7490 by 11:15am the day of. Lunch is served promptly at noon. Please call if you have questions or want more detailed information.
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
Sunday, July 1st, 2:00pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road. 203-662-1090
Norwalk Community College’s Lifetime Learners Instructor Byron Matthews shares the little known back stories of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: IWO JIMA
Tuesday, July 3rd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
In early 1945, Iwo Jima was the scene of desperate combat between the US Marines and the Japanese Army, and the most remembered photograph of WWII, the raising of the US flag atop Mount Suribachi.
SHORT STORIES FOR LONG DAYS
Tuesday, July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Meeting every Tuesday this month, the discussion series continues with a line-up of stories selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Stories are available for pickup the week before each meeting.
A STAR-SPANGLED FOURTH OF JULY BBQ
Wednesday, July 4th, 12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Award-winning Chef Parker brings his culinary expertise to create an exciting barbecue to celebrate our Nation’s independence. Call 203-662-1090 to make a reservation.
Thursday, July 5th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Patrick and Jane Marino will perform the sounds of Big Band jazz, ballroom music, 50’s, Latin, and pop music. Enjoy some fun, friends, and dancing. Lunch ($5) is available at 12:00pm.
Sunday, July 8th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Larry Batter sings and performs music from the Great American Songbook along with contemporary hits.
HERE COMES ROSIE
Monday, July 9th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Geri Genovese will bring in her dog Rosie for some reminiscing. Enjoy the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of interacting with pets.
INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL
Tuesday, July 10th, 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Knowing how to use Microsoft Excel to complete easy to complicated spreadsheets is a helpful and sometimes critical skill for everyone. This class will teach you how to begin using this powerful software program. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.
ISLAND RHYTHM WITH CT ENTERTAINMENT
Tuesday, July 10th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
John Baker will bring his steel drum sound and Jimmy Buffet voice to get you dancing and singing to some of your favorite songs. Lunch ($5.00) is available at 12:00pm.
CT PHARMACY: ALZHEIMERS VERSUS DEMENTIA
Wednesday, July 11th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Dementia is a collection of symptoms including memory loss, personality change, and impaired intellectual functions resulting from disease or trauma to the brain. These changes are not part of normal aging and are severe enough to impact daily living, independence, and relationships. Brian will be presenting a program on what signs and symptoms should be looked for.
BEETHOVAN IN THE TWILIGHT OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT
Wednesday, July 11th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The young composer grew up in an era very much dominated by Enlightenment thoughts and philosophies. During this program, you will discuss Beethoven’s childhood and adolescence, as well as comparing him to Mozart.
VETERANS GROUP BREAKFAST FEATURING DAN CAPORALE
Thursday, July 12th, 8:30am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
The Atria Darien Veterans Group welcomes Dan Caporale, a former US Marine who fought in the Vietnam War. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am and the meeting starts at 9:00am.
NEW CHAIR DANCE CLASS WITH CLAUDIA
Thursday, July 12th, 11:15am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Move to popular music while learning simple chair choreography. This 40 minute class will focus on posture, flexibility, coordination, and strengthening.
CELEBRATE LOCAL ARTISTS FEATURING THE WORK OF JEANNE STEERS
Thursday, July 12th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Wine and cheese reception celebrating the work of Jeanne Steers, known for her dynamic and colorful acrylic paintings on shaped hardboard. The artist’s work will be on display throughout the month of July. The gallery is open every day from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
MEET THE AUTHOR: BEATRIZ WILLIAMS
Thursday, July 12th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Celebrate summer reading with Beatriz Williams as she discusses “The Summer Wives“, a postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set on a New England island. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barrett Bookstore. Refreshments will be served.
PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, July 13th, 11:00am – 12:30pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Heather Oberhand, Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Rehabilitation Associates in Fairfield, will talk about the Lee Silverman Big and Loud Program. The group is open to those living with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW, 203-662-1090. Refreshments and pizza will be served.
DARIEN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP: THE PLASTIC POLLUTION PROBLEM
Monday, July 16th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Darien Environmental Group will present a documentary about plastics and its effects on the world’s waterways and oceans and ways to reduce single use plastics and make a lasting impact.
LEADING A SUCCESSFUL BOOK GROUP DISCUSSION
Monday, July 16th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
This interactive workshop will explore the reasons why some book groups fail and others thrive. How to begin and sustain lively discussions, keeping everyone involved, and how to come away from your book group feeling enriched from both a social and a literary perspective will be covered. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.
COFFEE WITH A COP
Tuesday, July 17th, 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. This is a comfortable opportunity for positive officer-citizen engagements.
Tuesday, July 17th, 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
In this class, you will go deeper into the details of working with Excel. Students will get hands on experience in the building of complex spreadsheets. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.
STAMFORD HOSPITAL: PODIATRY
Tuesday, July 17th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
There are multiple foot issues seniors may encounter such as bunions, calluses, and heal pain. Dr. Juiga will present a program on these common issues and their treatments.
VETERANS CORNER OFFICE HOURS
Wednesday, July 18th, 12:30pm – 2:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Ramon Agosto, Veterans Benefits Officer for the 4th District of Connecticut, will meet with Veterans and their families to answer any questions they may have. The District 4 Connecticut Veterans Service Office assists Veterans and their dependents in preparing claims for benefits or privileges to which they may be entitled as administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. If you have copies of your discharge paper, please bring them along.
WALGREENS PHARMACY: SKIN CARE
Wednesday, July 18th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
It’s important that seniors take care of their skin because they are more susceptible to skin infection and skin disease due to the changes that take place to skin as it ages. Seniors are prone to skin problems ranging from itching, scaling and mild dryness to grave skin conditions such as infection and ulcerations. Brian will present tips to keep skin happy and healthy.
WEDNESDAY MATINEE: “ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD”
Wednesday, July 18th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road. 203-655-1234
Dramatization of the kidnapping and rescue of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of billionaire J. Paul Getty.
AFRICA THROUGH THE LENS OF KEN COE
Thursday, July 19th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Ken Coe, the Nature Conservancy’s Africa Council Chair will share his photos of the Great Rift Valley of Africa. Ken is passionate about Africa and conservation; having visited Africa 34 times. Enjoy this wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Africa.
MARK ALBERTSON ON GEOGRAPHY
Friday, July 20th, 11:00am, Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
Join Norwalk Community College Lifetime Learners instructor Mark Albertson as he discusses the geography in today’s headlines.
Tuesday, July 24th, 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
This advanced Microsoft Excel class uses the knowledge gained from Introduction and Intermediate Excel classes. The focus will be on the most specialized aspects of the Microsoft Excel program. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.
READ AND TELL: GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, July 25th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join Ashleigh Miller, a clinician with the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, for a monthly literary treat. As meetings progress, participants will be invited to share their own narratives, spoken or written, biographical or fictional.
FATE KNOCKING AT THE DOOR: BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 5
Wednesday, July 25th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road. 203-655-1234
This symphony constitutes an important watershed in the development of classical music, and marks what many commentators describe as a foreshadowing of the romantic style.
ASK A LAWYER
Friday, July 27th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Nedder and Associates LLC will be available for 15 minute private appointments. An attorney will answer questions regarding power of attorney, living wills, trusts, guardianships, disability planning, IRA custodianships, and wills as well as litigation questions just to name a few. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly.
PURCHASE BEACH STICKERS
Parks and Recreation Department, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7325
With summer around the corner remember to purchase your beach permits. The stickers are available to Darien residents and taxpayers only. Proof of residency must be presented in the form of current motor vehicle registration. Senior residents, age 65 and older, are free (one per family). For more information call 203-656-7325.