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.
JANUARY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
The At Home In Darien office will be closed and transportation services will not be operating on the following days in January: Monday, January 1st, and Monday, January 15th, 2018.

DECEMBER 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ ANNUAL MEETING 
Did you miss the At Home In Darien Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting? You can see all that happened including our special guest speaker Julia Evans Starr, Aging, Disabilities and Health Policy Consultant. Click here to go to vimeo to view the meeting.

MEMBERSHIP CARD OFFERS
Membership Card Offers are updated for 2018! Please click here to open the page or you can always find it on the At Home In Darien website at under membership benefits. If you would like to receive a printed copy please call 203-655-2227 to be added to our mailing list. Remember every Darien senior 60+ is a member at no charge. Let us know if you need a membership card.

THE FOLLOWING, EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT
ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW – TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE
Tuesday, January 2nd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Opening to traffic on December 15th, 1955, the “Tappan Zee” is a span crossing the Hudson River between South Nyack in Rockland County, NY and Tarrytown in Westchester County, NY. A prime example of the deficiencies of America’s aging infrastructure, the Tappan Zee has been carrying traffic loads far past its intended capacity for decades. In 2013 construction began on a new Tappan Zee replacement bridge consisting of 2 parallel spans that are scheduled for completion in 2018.

SMOKE CESSATION SERIES
Tuesday, January 2nd, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple St, Norwalk
A six-week smoking cessation program will be offered at Norwalk Hospital beginning Tuesday, January 2nd. Classes start at 6:00pm and are held in the third floor Pulmonary Department classroom. Facilitators are Beverly Jacoby, RRT and Cheri Webesky, CRT. The program is free and open to the public. To reserve your spot, call 203-852-2392 or 203-852-2476.

VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY: DE-CLUTTER YOUR LIFE
Wednesday, January 3rd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
With the New Year here, spring is just around the corner and many people find that spring is the perfect time to re-organize their lives. Whether re-arranging your closet, tossing out unwanted household items, or filing away important financial documents, now is the time to reset and reorganize. Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County will host a great program on how getting organized and de-cluttering can lead to a sense of wellbeing. To reserve a seat call 203-656-7490. A complimentary lunch will be served as 12:00pm.

RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS FREDERICK VIII, KING OF DENMARK
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Frederick of Denmark knew his destined role as Denmark’s future king. Little did he realize how long he would wait to become king and how short he would reign.

LOCAL ARTIST FEATURING THE WORK OF MAIA SRESELI 
Thursday, January 4th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Attend a wine and cheese reception celebrating the work of local artist Maia Sreseli. Maia’s work is mostly contemporary with some abstract pieces in a variety of media. The gallery is open every day from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

COFFEE WITH A COP
Friday, January 5th, 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. Join Sgt. Keri Isaac for a cup and some conversation. Coffee with a Cop provides a comfortable opportunity for positive officer-citizen engagements.

ASK A CPA
Friday, January 5th and 19th, 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 twice monthly beginning Friday, January 5th. Chris will be available to answer any tax questions you may have. Prior to joining Nedder and Associates, Chris worked as an experienced Assurance Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Chris earned his B.S. in Finance from the University of South Florida in 1999, his Masters in Finance from CUNY Lehman College, in 2014, and a second Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Sign up is a must for these appointments as they will fill up quickly.

AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE
Monday, January 8th, 11:00am – 2:00pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Audiology Concierge will offer free 45 minute appointments. For hearing tests, hearing aid cleaning and repair, wax inspection, and listening demonstrations.  Spots fill up quickly and appoints must be reserved.  To reserve a spot please call.

STALIN’S REVOLUTION (WEEK 1) – JOSEPH VISSARIONOVICH DZHUGASHVILI
Monday, January 8th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Learn about the Georgian chieftain’s life, from childhood to the Russian Revolution. As a bank robber, he “procured” funds for the Bolsheviks and, for his actions, would be consigned to Siberia at least seven times, escaping six. By 1917, Stalin was set to launch his political career as one of the dominate figures in the Bolshevik Party.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE
Tuesday, January 9th, 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. It has given millions of drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come. In fact, 97% of those who take it change at least one driving behavior, and the best part is there are no tests to pass – just useful information to keep you 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. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multi-year discount to course graduates. 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.  Bag lunch can be brought, or purchased ($5.00).  Reservations for lunch must be made by 11:15am the day of the course.

FLUTE AND OBOE PERFORMANCE
Tuesday, January 9th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Enjoy an afternoon of flute and oboe music. Gerard Reuter is a member of the renowned Dorian Wind Quintet and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Sharon Levin has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in Europe, South America and locally. Together they will delight your senses with a selection of classical and baroque music.

SENIOR MOMENTS – CONNECTICUT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Tuesday, January 9th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Despite being one of the Nation’s smaller states, Connecticut played an extraordinarily large role in the American War for Independence. Connecticut government, people, and industry helped pave the way to a remarkable victory against the superpower of the 18th Century. But it was not without cost, as Connecticut was repeatedly invaded by British forces during the war. This presentation reviews the importance of Connecticut and those whose actions proved significant during the eight years of conflict. So, grab your cocked hat and buckled shoes, your quill pen and paper for a visit to Connecticut’s Revolutionary past.

CT PHARMACY – A HEALTHY YOU
Wednesday, January 10th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
As your body ages, you can expect gradual changes, at your body’s own pace. How your body ages depends in part on your family’s genetic patterns of aging. Your lifestyle choices have a more powerful impact on how well your body ages. Fortunately, you can control your lifestyle choices. Diane from CT Pharmacy will have some tips and advice on how to live your healthiest life.

UNDERSTANDING ANTERIOR HIP REPLACEMENT
Wednesday, January 10th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich
Anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive, muscle-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery; it accesses the joint through the natural space between muscles in the front of the thigh. This reduces recovery time, pain and complications. Learn about this procedure and what type of patients are candidates. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events. This event is free. The speaker is Jonathan Berliner, MD hip replacement surgeon.

VETERANS GROUP BREAKFAST
Thursday, January 11th, 8:30am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Have breakfast with a guest speaker and share the common experiences of serving in the military; pertinent information about veterans’ affairs and the accomplishments – both in military and civilian lives.  A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am and the meeting starts at 9:00am.

GREAT DECISIONS – THE WANING OF PAX AMERICANA
Thursday, January 11th, 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. Eric Rambusch will lead the discussion.

BETTER TOGETHER – A STORYTELLING EVENT
Thursday, January 11th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Better Together is the first in a series of events to celebrate the importance of storytelling, as a means of human connection. StoryWise is a collection of thoughtfully curated topics and cues designed to spark memories, tap into personal experiences and help people everywhere connect more deeply through the power of storytelling. It is available as a boxed set of cards and an iPhone app, which is available for free on the App Store. The app allows users to record, share and keep their stories.

THE PITCHPIPERS ENTERAIN
Thursday, January 11th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Pitchpipers are a women’s volunteer, non-denominational four-part harmony singing group dedicated to entertaining seniors. The women are from many communities all over Fairfield County. Enjoy their beautiful voices and wonderful entertainment.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, January 11th, 5:30pm at Bridges by Epoch, 123 Richards Avenue, Norwalk
For more information contact Terry Tumpane, ttumpane@bridgesbyepoch.com or 203-523-0510.  Please RSVP for reservations.

PAINTING PARTY
Thursday, January 11th, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Awaken that artistic ability you never knew you had. Supplies, local art instructors, and refreshments will be provided. You provide the desire to be the next O’Keeffe or Basquiat. Each participant will leave with a masterpiece, created just by them. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, January 12th, 11:00am – 12:15pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road
Open to all people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. For further information contact Ilene Sumberg, LCSW- 203-662-1090. Light refreshments will be served.

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL
Friday, January 12th, 12:00pm 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. At the completion of the two hour class, you will learn how to build a simple spreadsheet, learn how to use formulas, and learn how to setup templates to use repeatedly. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

MENTAL ILLNESS 12 WEEK COURSE – FAMILY TO FAMILY
Saturdays, beginning January 13th, 9:15am – 11:45am at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich
Learn about your loved one’s illness and its symptoms, treatments and medications. Gain insight into what’s happening in the brain to cause symptoms, and how someone feels when symptoms occur. Learn how to handle crises, communication problems and the stress you feel as a family member. To register, call 203-322-3383 or 203-517-9185, or email Peter Case at pcase@optonline.net. The course is free.

TOM AALFS VIOLINIST EXTRAORDINAIRE
Sunday, January 14th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Tom Aalfs is a violinist-plus who entertains with lively melodies culled from all musical genres, tastes and stylings. Enjoy an afternoon of live music.

CHAIR YOGA
Monday, January 15th, 1:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Interested in yoga and not sure where to start? 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 just for you. 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. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

STALIN’S REVOLUTION (WEEK 2) – STALIN AND THE REVOLUTION 
Monday, January 15th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Considered an expert in nationalities, Lenin names Stalin as the head of the Commissariat for Nationality Affairs. Stalin goes on to assist Trotsky and Lenin with emergency decisions during the initial period of the Civil War. Learn about Stalin eventually becoming Commissar for State Control and, as Secretary-General of the Party in 1922, Stalin would put together that powerbase which would enable him to outmaneuver Trotsky to become Lenin’s successor.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL – DR. OWLIA CARDIOLOGIST
Tuesday, January 16th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
This program will be based on the principles of preventive cardiology – the idea that it is preferable to prevent heart disease than cure it. Dr. Owlia will discuss cardiovascular disease prevention, screening and treatment.

WALGREENS PHARMACY – ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA
Wednesday, January 17th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Information regarding the medication and treatment of Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Dementia.

FALL AND INJURY PREVENTION
Wednesday, January 17th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at The Village at Waveny, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Suzanne Cleary, Director of Rehabilitation, will share important tips on avoiding falls and injuries, especially this winter. Ask any questions you might have and learn more about how to best prevent falls. Refreshments will be served 5:30pm. This is a free event. Please RSVP to Mary Ntiri at 203-594-5310 or MNtiri@Waveny.org.

CABARET ON TOUR
Thursday, January 18th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Cabaret on tour is a trio of experienced musicians who have developed a program from the American song book. Enjoy favorites such as Just in Time, I Get a Kick Out of You, and A Fine Romance. 

INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT EXCEL
Friday, January 19th, 12:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
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. At the completion of this two hour class, you will: understand the importance of thinking the project through, complete a complex spreadsheet, and learn how to link multiple worksheets. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

STALIN’S REVOLUTION (WEEK 3) – STALIN’S REVOLUTION 
Monday, January 22nd, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
In 1927 Stalin began his program of collectivization of the peasantry in an effort to mold the Soviet Union in his image followed, in turn, by his forced industrialization of the nation. He was preparing Mother Russia for the continuation of the 1914-1918 conflict and would purge the Party of many of the old-line Bolsheviks with his merciless use of the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs, the Narodnyi Kommissariat Vnutrennikh or NKVD, forerunner of the KGB. Stalin’s employment of State Capitalism and draconian discipline would result in his becoming a totalitarian ruler.

DARIEN LIBRARY – GREAT ARTISTS
Tuesday, January 23rd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Every painting has its own story behind it.  Even the choice of brushes and colors used are part of the writing of that story on canvas. The ladies of Darien Library will take you on a tour of some of the world’s most famous paintings and their background stories. This is a great program for art lovers.

MOMA LECTURE – CLUB 57
Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Get a sneak preview of the latest hit exhibit from the Museum of Modern Art. Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 is the first major exhibition to fully examine the scene-changing, interdisciplinary life of this seminal downtown New York alternative space. The exhibition will tap into the legacy of Club 57’s founding curatorial staff—film programmers Susan Hannaford and Tom Scully, exhibition organizer Keith Haring, and performance curator Ann Magnuson—to examine how the convergence of film, video, performance, art, and curatorship in the club environment of New York in the 1970s and 1980s became a model for a new spirit of interdisciplinary endeavor.

YOUNG MOZART – WHAT IS A GENIUS?
Wednesday, January 24th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Regarded as perhaps the ultimate “Wunderkid” (child genius), Mozart’s younger years were filled with endless tours as he played for monarchs, popes, and other members of the powerful elite. During this program anecdotes and testimonials will be considered from those who met and wrote about the young prodigy, and you will listen to works that date to before his 20th birthday. After evaluating the evidence, the term “genius” will be considered in depth.

TONY CASTLE AND PATSY SHORE
Thursday, January 25th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
This talented duo will have you singing along to popular songs from Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and more. Lunch ($5.00) will be served at 12:00pm.

ASK A LAWYER
Friday, January 26th, 11:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Nedder and Associates LLC. will be available for 15 minute private appointments at the Senior Center. Attorney Michael Nedder can answer questions regarding power of attorney, living wills, trusts, guardianships, disability planning, IRA custodianships, and wills as well as any situations in which you feel you’ve been wronged, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, Worker’s Compensation issues or with any additional legal questions. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly.

MEDITATIVE CRAFTS
Saturday, January 27th, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Feeling frazzled after the Holidays? Create a Jewelry Box Accordion Book. This small box accordion book is easy to make and can be individualized by each creator. It is often designed to contain a small story, poetry and images. It may be used to hold a precious memory or given as a gift to a loved one. All supplies will be provided. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.

STALIN’S REVOLUTION (WEEK 4) – THE GENERALISSIMO 
Monday, January 29th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler hurled 3,300,000 German troops against the Soviet Union. A conflict which would help to see the transformation of the global dynamics of power, for the European colonial powers no longer dominated global affairs. A new balance of power arose to fill the void, the United States and the Soviet Union. The postwar history of the Soviet Union will be covered, up to the death of Stalin, March 5, 1953.

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NURSING – A MATTER OF BALANCE
Tuesday, January 30th, 10:00am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
This workshop will focus on fall prevention. Falls are the primary cause of injury in Connecticut’s older adults. The workshop will consist of eight weekly two-hour sessions on fall prevention methods with focus on reducing participants’ risk for falling. The program will help participants set goals for increasing physical activity, and teach exercises to increase strength and balance. The program has proven to increase confidence in the management and prevention of falls. There is significant evidence that fall prevention programs can decrease the rate of falls in older adults. Class size is limited to 15, please call to reserve a spot.

READ AND TELL – GOOD LIFE, GOOD LIT
Wednesday, January 31st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
James McGinn, LPN, NCC of the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien presents a monthly (last Wednesday) literary treat (poem, story, philosophical or inspirational essay) as a springboard into sharing from your own stories and concerns. As meetings progress, participants will also be invited 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 the stories which most move and keep you going, the ideas which nurture a good life and help you through tough times. Listen, interact, share inspiration and have fun.

TRIUMPHS AND STRUGGLES – MOZART’S SEARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE
Wednesday, January 31st, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Despite a celebrated childhood, Mozart’s transition into life as an independent adult was marked by difficulties finding employment and fulfillment in his love life. During this program you will consider works that include symphonies, concerti, and chamber music that date from a tumultuous period of uncertainty.

At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax:  1.866.224.4210
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