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 Labor Day, our At Home In Darien office and services will be closed Monday, September 4, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday.

BYRON MATTHEWS GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD
Sunday, September 3rd, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Lifetime Learners Instructor Byron Matthews shares his encyclopedic knowledge of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Join Byron as he lets you in on the stars, movie moguls and people that made this a great time for entertainment.

SHORT STORIES FOR LONG DAYS
Tuesdays, September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The discussion series continues with a line-up of stories especially selected to offer insight into the human condition and provoke thoughtful conversation. Share with other short story enthusiasts. Stories are available for pickup at the Library the week before each meeting.

ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Wednesdays, September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 9:05am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
This course is designed for the practical use of the Italian language in everyday situations.  You will be introduced to basic Italian vocabulary and grammar with emphasis on speaking and listening. These skills are taught within a cultural context and the application to daily Italian life.

VISITING NURSE AND HOSPICE OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY LUNCH AND LEARN – FALL PREVENTION
Wednesday, September 6th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
Falls are the leading cause of injuries among older adults but falls don’t occur just because you are getting older. Falls are usually caused by a number of factors and many falls can be prevented. By making a few simple changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of falling. Learn how to assess your risk of falling and learn a number of tips on how to prevent falling.  A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm.  Please call 203-656-7490 to reserve your spot.

RAMONA GARCIA PRESENTS – KAISERIN AUGUSTA VICTORIA
Wednesday, September 6th, 2:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 
203-989-2414
Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein learned about the power of Prussia while still a young girl. Her father’s ambition to secure recognition as the reigning Duke of Schleswig-Holstein was swept aside in the tide of German unification. What will Augusta Victoria do when Prince William of Prussia asks for her hand in marriage thereby offering her the opportunity of someday becoming Queen of Prussia and German Kaiserin? Fairfield University professor and Lifetime Learners instructor Ramona Garcia presents a fascinating look at the Queens of Europe.

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND
Thursday, September 7th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Enjoy light refreshments while you celebrate the work of local featured artists Steve Labkoff and Liron Sussman. The exhibit is open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Friday, September 8th, 11:00am – 12:00pm 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. The meetings are open to those living with the disease and their caregivers from the greater 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.

ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS
Monday, September 11th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
One of the depression era New Deal programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt, The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), operated from 1933-1942, providing over 3 million young men with shelter, clothing and food in addition to a wage of $30 a month.  Focused on the conservation of natural resources within the United States, CCC volunteers planted trees, developed effective forest fighting methods and worked to improve public roads and parks.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM
Tuesday, September 12th, 10:00am – 2:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road. Learn defensive driving techniques and discover ways to handle left turns, right-of-way, highway traffic and blind spots. Twenty-four hour a day customer service support is available. $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members. In Connecticut, taking this course may qualify you for a multi-year insurance discount. Call to register 203-656-7490.

MOMA LECTURE – FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AT 150
Tuesday, September 12th, 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. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, MoMA presents Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice.

A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP
Wednesday, September 13th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
What’s more important than a good night sleep?  Turns out not very much. No matter how old you are, sleeping is essential for your health and well-being.  Diane from CT Pharmacy will answer all your sleep questions. How much sleep do seniors need? Why do sleeping patterns change as we age? What can be done to improve sleep patterns?

NEW CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH CLASS
Wednesdays, September 13th, 20th, and 27th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Are you a beginning Spanish speaker or Intermediate? Are you looking to use your Spanish speaking skills on a regular basis? Sybil Taccone, a Spanish instructor with several Connecticut school systems, will conduct these Spanish conversation classes. Sybil will host fun conversations in Spanish, and will provide corrections to vocabulary and verb tense. The class will not have an instructional tone and will be fun and enjoyable.

SENIOR MOMENTS – GAMING FOR GROWNUPS
Wednesday, September 13th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Attend an afternoon of casual tabletop gaming. A slew of games will be available, including some old favorites such as Jenga, Scattergories, Taboo, playing cards, mah jongg, and Trivial Pursuit, as well as some new games such as Pandemic, Bananagrams, Fluxx, Sushi Go! and Cascassone. If you have a favorite game at home bring it to share with the group. Play an old favorite, learn a completely new game, and make some friends along the way.

GREAT DECISIONS WITH ERIC RAMBUSCH: NUCLEAR SECURITY
Thursday, September 14th, 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.

BOB GIANNOTTI
Thursday, September 14th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Bob Giannotti will get you singing and dancing to all your favorite songs. Bob plays guitar and flute as well as sings. He performs and records all his own background music which allows him to be more original.

FALL PREVENTION AND BALANCE
Thursday, September 14th, 4:30pm – 6:00pm at Greenwich Hospital, 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich
Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury, with one-third of all falls occurring among people over the age of 65. Learn how to reduce the risk and improve balance. The speaker is Susan Cavanaugh, vestibular physical therapist. To register, call 888-305-9253 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events.

DARIEN NEWSMAKERS
Friday, September 15th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Meet Sherry D’Elia, a clinical social worker, who has been serving the Darien community for over 25 years. She has helped people resolve their difficulties in order to promote positive change. She will share insight on connecting mind and body with living life to the fullest.

ARTIST RECEPTION – DANA GOODFELLOW
Friday, September 15th, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Join the latest Artist on View, Dana Goodfellow, for a reception featuring fine art and good friends. The show runs from September 6th through October 20th. Dana Goodfellow is an award winning painter who works out of her Darien studio. A third generation artist, her works are based on strong compositions, values, and color harmony. Describing herself as a “colorist”, Goodfellow’s unique ability to blend and harmonize colors was perfected during an earlier career in the fashion industry. Within the last 20 years she has won many awards, has been included in juried exhibits, and has presented numerous solo shows in the Northeast. She paints both realism and abstract work and teaches at The Rowayton Arts Center.

THE KEY TO STAYING YOUNG IS STAYING ACTIVE
Saturday, September 16th, 10:00am – 1:00pm at Long Ridge Medical Center, 260 Long Ridge Road

The Center for Musculoskeletal Care Community Conference will help older adults learn how to keep bones and joints healthy, with a special focus on bone and joint injuries and disorders of the hip, knee, shoulder, foot and ankle. Topics include pain-relieving exercise techniques to improve the quality of life. The panelists are Yale Medicine physicians. Light refreshments will be provided. To register please call888-357-2409 or visit greenwichhospital.org/events.

STAMFORD HOSPITAL: DR. CHOI, CARDIOLOGIST
Tuesday, September 19th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Some changes in the heart and blood vessels normally occur with age. However, many other changes that are common with aging are due to modifiable factors. If not treated, these can lead to heart disease. Dr. Choi of Stamford Hospital will present a program designed to help seniors understand heart disease and basic heart health.

AUGUSTE RODIN – RESHAPING THE FRENCH SCULPTURAL IMAGINATION
Tuesday, September 19th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
2017 marks the centenary of French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s death. This occasion is being commemorated with exhibitions around the world, including one opening in mid-September at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This talk will explore the life and work of the artist responsible for creating such iconic works as The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, The Thinker, and The Kiss.

OPERA IN THE MORNING WITH ROSS CROLIUS
Wednesday, September 20th, 11:00am at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-989-2414
Ross Crolius is a former chorister with the Metropolitan Opera and shares his passion and knowledge about Opera. He contends that with a little bit of knowledge about Opera, everyone can become a fan.

WALGREENS PHARMACY: IMMUNIZATIONS
Wednesday, September 20th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Childhood vaccinations are one of the greatest medical success stories of the 20th century. But remember that as you age, you become more at risk for certain diseases, even ones you were vaccinated against when you were younger. Brian, the Pharmacist from Walgreens Pharmacy, will present a program covering all the vaccines seniors should ask their doctor about.

WEDNESDAY MATINEE – “THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE”
Wednesday, September 20th, 1:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband successfully run the Warsaw Zoo and raise their family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned, however, when the country is invaded by the Nazis and they are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed zoologist (Daniel Bruhi). To fight back on their own terms the Zabinska’s risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the zoo’s hidden tunnels and cages to save families from Nazi brutality.

WOMEN’S FINANCIAL LITERACY ROUNDTABLE
Thursday, September 21st, 10:00am at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
In this monthly series, the lectures and discussions are designed to assist women in reaching financial independence. This month’s discussion serves to answer the question, “What is going on in the market?”, an easy-to-follow discussion on what has been going on in the financial markets. It will be revealed what’s been moving the markets and why, then take a look ahead to see what may happen in the remainder of 2017. Best of all, you’ll hear some secrets for positioning your portfolio in these uncertain times.

AUDIOLOGY CONCIERGE –  LUNCH AND LEARN
Thursday, September 21st, Lunch at Noon, Program 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road
Audiology Concierge will host a lunch and learn program on topics such as anatomy and physiology of hearing, types of hearing aids, and the impacts hearing loss can have on the brain. Please call 203-656-7490 to reserve your spot.

WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY – WEEK 2: SUSAN B. ANTHONY
Monday, September 25th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Born in 1820 to a Quaker family, Susan B. Anthony would become a leading social reformer, women’s rights activist, as well as having been an abolitionist committed to social equality. An individual of great commitment to purpose, she would run for public office in New York, even at the risk of going to jail. She would help create the Women’s State Temperance Society in New York but will forever be known as a tireless champion for the Women’s Right to Vote.

BE PREPARED – NATURAL DISASTERS 
Monday, September 25th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
The Northeast can be faced with a multitude of different natural disasters: hurricanes, blizzards and floods. Learn more about the different types of natural disasters, how you and your family can be ready for them, and what to do if one happens. Dave Heiden, the Senior Director of Emergency Services of the CT/RI Region of the American Red Cross will discuss how the Red Cross can help you and your family when natural disasters occur.

FLU PREVENTION PROGRAM – VACCINE IS NOW AVAILABLE 
Tuesday, September 26th, 9:30am – 11:30am at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The vaccine is preservative free and a high dose vaccine is available for seniors. The cost of flu vaccine is $30, payable by check, cash or ConnectiCare insurance. Also accepted is traditional Medicare ONLY, they do not participate with any of the Medicare Advantage Plans. No appointment is needed but to make an appointment with the Public Health Nurse utilize the on-line scheduler found at the “Flu Prevention Program” section of the Health Department website: http://www.darienhealth.com.

HUMOR AND CAREGIVING
Thursday, September 28th, 2:00pm and 5:30pm at Bridges by Epoch, 535 Connecticut Avenue, Norwalk
Adding a healthy dose of humor to your interactions can improve communications. Call 203-523-0510 to register or email ttumpane@bridgesbyepoch.com.

AQUARION WATER COMPANY: CONSERVATION
Thursday, September 28th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
In 2016 southwestern Connecticut experienced the fifth worst drought since 1895. To ensure the supply of water for human consumption and fire protection, Aquarion worked collaboratively with local and state officials to increase the water supply to the area. While these measures and seasonal rainfall have resulted in supply improvements in 2017, “conservation” needs to become part of the water supply vocabulary to ensure everyone uses water wisely. Aquarion has prepared an informative presentation on the drought and supply conditions, past and current, and the wise use of water going forward. The presentation discusses the newly-enacted irrigation restrictions, and illustrates a number of water efficiencies that are easily and inexpensively implemented by homeowners.

THE HAMMERSTEINS: A MUSICAL THEATRE FAMILY
Thursday, September 28th, 5:00pm at The Village at Waveny, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Oscar Hammerstein III, grandson of Oscar Hammerstein II of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame, and author of “The Hammersteins”, will present a multi-layered portrait of the Hammerstein legacy, complete with personal and professional highlights, as well as scandals and tragedies. A light supper will be provide at 5:30pm – 6:15pm. The program will be followed by a Q&A. RSVP (seating is limited) to Mary Ntiri, Waveny Community Liaison at 203-594-5310 or MNtiri@waveny.org.

BE PREPARED – EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR
Saturday, September 30th, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Meet Darien’s first responders and learn about being prepared for emergencies. See emergency vehicles and learn who to call, where to go, and what to do in case of an emergency.

BEATLES NIGHT
Saturday, September 30th, 8:00pm at Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road (behind Town Hall)
Audience members will be transported back to 1964 at this fun-filled event featuring a live band performing the band’s popular favorites. A family-friendly evening all about the Beatles. Visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683 for details and tickets.

ADULT OFFERINGS AT DARIEN ARTS CENTER 
Visit darienarts.org or call the Darien Arts Center at 203-655-8683 for details on visual arts classes and workshops that include watercolor, acrylic, still life, portrait and plein air painting; acting and improv classes; a creative writing workshop; music lessons in piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, percussion and voice; ballet, tap and martial arts classes, and evening painting parties.

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2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
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