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.
DARIEN STEPPERS WALKING CLUB – COME OUT AND WALK
As the weather is turning sunny and warm, join the At Home In Darien Walking Club and become a Darien Stepper. Walks take place Mondays at 9:00am at Waveny Park, New Canaan, Thursdays at 9:00am at Tilly Pond Park or Pear Tree Park – please call our office to confirm the location – and Fridays at 9:00am at Waveny Park, New Canaan. Join the fun, meet new people and socialize – all while getting outdoors and exercising. For more information, please call 203-655-2227 or email email@example.com.
In observance of Memorial Day, the At Home In Darien office will be closed and no services will be available on Monday, May 28th.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
Monday, May 28th
On behalf of the Town of Darien and the Memorial Day Parade Committee, we would like to invite you to attend Darien’s 2018 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. We are looking for walkers and riders to participate. Please contact us if you are interested at 203-655-2227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP CARD OFFERS
Membership Card Offers are updated for 5/1/2018 – 8/31/2018. Please click here to open the page or you can always find it on the At Home In Darien website 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.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
Tuesday, May 1st – May 11th at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road
PIC DARIEN – SMARTPHONE PHOTO CONTEST
Tuesday, May 1st – May 16th at the Darien Arts Center, 2 Renshaw Road
The Darien Arts Center is accepting entries for its annual smartphone photo contest, PIC DARIEN, at darienarts.org. Adults (18 and up) and Students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 6 categories: People and Pets; Landscape and Nature; Travel: Near and Far; Food; Humor and Abstract. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. All entries will be presented in a slideshow at a June 1st Award and Reveal Reception. To find out more visit darienarts.org or call the DAC at 203-655-8683.
ART GOTTLIEB, LCSW: THE LEGACY OF ROBERT MOSES
Tuesday, May 1st, 12:30 at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
A controversial figure, there is no single individual more responsible for influencing the 20th Century urban and suburban landscape of New York than Robert Moses. Moses was directly responsible for numerous bridges, tunnels, parkways, expressways, and public works projects throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
As you grow older, certain health concerns earn your full attention, especially the importance of oral health. You get one set of permanent teeth, so it’s crucial to take care of them for your entire life. A complimentary lunch will be served at 12:00pm. Call to register.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Darien resident and long-time commuter advocate Jim Cameron explores Connecticut’s transportation crisis and possible solutions to our crowded trains and highways, higher fares and proposed service cuts. The author of the weekly newspaper column “Getting There”, Cameron served almost two decades on the Metro-North Commuter Council, drawing on a career in communications at NBC News and a fascination with trains. A member of the Darien RTM, Cameron is also Program Director and co-founder of Darien TV79, the town’s government television station.
SPRING CHORAL CONCERT
Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:00pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane
Darien seniors are welcome to attend this event at Darien High School. Free and open to the public.
COOKIE MARTINI: TICKLE THE OLD FUNNY BONE
Thursday, May 3rd, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Laughter is still the best medicine. You’ve heard the expression time and again. For decades, researchers have explored how humor helps patients relieve stress and heal. Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. In addition to joy and amusement, laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Humor and laughter strengthen the immune system, boost energy, diminish pain, and reduce stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.
GRATIA GILLESPIE ART GALLERY
Thursday, May 3rd, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Atria Darien, 50 Ledge Road, 203-662-1090
You are invited to an art show opening and wine reception featuring the photography of Nanci Natale. The show will be on display throughout May.
SPRING BAND & JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT
Thursday, May 3rd, 7:00pm at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane
Darien seniors are welcome to attend this event at Darien High School. Free and open to the public.
LUMINA STRING QUARTET
Saturday, May 5th, 7:00pm at PepsiCo Theater, Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk
To receive complimentary tickets to the Spring 2018 Concert please call 203-857-7302
JUST A QUICK STORY
Monday, May 7th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Kathy Monro and Geoff Rezek will guide you in a fun game of storytelling by making a very short story out of one sentence. Participants will be given a sentence and will have 10 minutes to fill in middle and an end to the story. There will be an option of reading your story to the class and enjoying the comedy or pathos the stories bring.
GREAT DECISIONS WITH ERIC RAMBUSCH: CHINA AND AMERICA-THE NEW GEOPOLITICAL EQUATION
Thursday, May 10th, 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.
SOUTHWESTERN CT AGENCY ON AGING: SCAM ALERT
Thursday, May 10th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Medicare started issuing new Medicare cards on April 1, 2018 and will continue through April 1, 2019. It is important that you know that scammers are now targeting Medicare beneficiaries by calling and stating that they are from the Social Security Administration. A representative from SWCAA will present how to protect yourself from this scam as well as other common senior scams.
FROM MANUSCRIPT TO PUBLICATION
Thursday, May 10th, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Interested in publishing a book? Join authors Dee Davis and Jamie Beck to learn how to polish your manuscript, what it takes to get it published, and how to promote your work. This discussion will cover traditional and self-publishing options.
STAMFORD HOSPITAL – NEUROLOGICAL ISSUES
Tuesday, May 15th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
As you age, you notice changes in your hair, skin, and joints that let you know you are getting older. Along with these changes, your brain and central nervous system are going through the aging process too. This is one reason you are more likely to suffer from a neurological problem after the age of 65. Some of the more common neurological disorders that affect seniors include strokes, neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, many disorders of the brain and nervous system can be successfully treated. Dr. Buckingham of Stamford Health, will present the different treatments doctors utilize to improve neurological health.
HOW TO LIVE TO BE 100
Tuesday, May 15th, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at The Village at Waveny LifeCare Network, 3 Farm Road, New Canaan
Dr. Schuster, Cardiologist at Stamford Hospital, will discuss how to live to be 100 years old. This is a free community event. Bring any questions you might have and learn more about healthy lifestyle choices and habits that can help you live life to the fullest. A light dinner will be served 5:30pm. Please RSVP to Mary Ntiri at 203-594-5310 or MNtiri@Waveny.org.
DARIEN NEIGHBORS, GLOBAL PLAYERS – PART 3 – STEVE WIGGINS
Tuesday, May 15th, 7:00pm at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road
Steve is Founder and Chairman at Remedy Partners and Managing Director at EW Healthcare Partners. Steve has over 30 years of experience launching and managing healthcare companies, and has founded seven healthcare companies including Oxford Health Plans, which grew into a Fortune 300 company under his leadership. Oxford, along with four of his other start-ups, began in Darien. His businesses span information technology, advanced analytics, health insurance and specialty pharmaceuticals. A reception begins at 7:00pm with the presentation at 7:45pm. Single speaker tickets are $30 DCA members/$45 public / $20 students. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for single speaker tickets. If you are trying to purchase your tickets after 3:00pm on the day of the event, please purchase your tickets at the door. View further details online at dariendca.org, or contact the DCA at email@example.com or 203-655-9050 extension 10.
VETERANS CORNER OFFICE HOURS
Wednesday, May 16th, 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 4th District 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.
WALGREENS PHARMACY: MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY
Wednesday, May 16th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Brian Bouvier from Darien Walgreens will be on hand to discuss medication management. Many older adults have to manage a complicated medication regimen. Older adults are the largest users of prescription medication, yet with advancing age they are more vulnerable to adverse reactions to the medications they are taking. Approximately 30 percent of hospital admissions of older adults are drug related. Brian will have useful information and helpful suggestions regarding medication management and safety.
FROM CLUES TO CONCLUSIONS: APPLYING THE GPS
Saturday, May 19th, 2:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
To go from clues to answers for your toughest family history challenges, learn to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). This presentation will demonstrate how to arrive at a solid conclusion by defining and researching the question, citing sources, analyzing and correlating data, resolving conflicts, and answering the research question. Once you see the GPS in action, you’ll have practical new ideas for turning clues into real conclusions.
PARK STREET SINGERS MUSIC PROGRAM
Monday, May 21st, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
The Park Street Singers have been entertaining seniors in Fairfield County for over 30 years. What began as a casual group to sing for Mother’s Day at the Congregational Church on Park Street in New Canaan grew into a well-known women’s choral group that has performed over 1000 times since 1973. The Park Street Singers focus on “songs from yesterday”. They sing favorites including show tunes, popular oldies, traditional folk, swing and blues. Their upbeat show will entertain and is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
LET’S TALK CODING: A CONVERSATION ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
Monday, May 21st, 6:30pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post road, 203-655-1234
Notice a buzz in the air about coding? Today, everybody seems to be taking coding classes, attending coding bootcamps, attending hackathons, or participating in some kind of activity related to coding. This interactive session will introduce you to key ideas about computers, the origins of coding, its history and the different languages used to write code. Join this interactive session where you will have fun exploring the world of coding.
MAH JONGG GUIDED PLAY
Monday, May 21st, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked. Guided Play sessions offer the chance to improve 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, all in an encouraging atmosphere. Meet others mad for Mah Jongg. Please bring your 2017 card to each class. Attendees should already be familiar with both rules of play and the National Mah Jongg League card; this is not a learn to play class. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.
MEET THE AUTHOR: NYNA GILES
Tuesday, May 22nd, 7:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, 203-655-1234
Nyna Giles, author of The Bridesmaid’s Daughter, will be the featured speaker. As Nyna grew up, her mother became more and more distant. Carolyn Scott Reybold had been a model in 1947, a friend of Grace Kelly, and even a bridesmaid at her wedding. How had that confident, glamorous woman that Giles knew growing up – become the mother who was now living in a homeless shelter and diagnosed with schizophrenia? In her journey to uncover her mother’s past, Giles finds answers to questions she never knew to ask.
BOB GIANNOTTI KICKS OFF SUMMER
Wednesday, May 23rd, 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, while playing guitar and flute, and singing. He performs and records all his own background music which allows him to be more original. Bob never disappoints and his talent is not to be missed.
ASK A LAWYER
Friday, May 25th, 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, wills, litigation questions, and more. Please sign up as appointments fill quickly.
READ AND TELL: GOOD LIT, GOOD LIFE
Wednesday, May 30th, 12:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Join James McGinn, LPN, NCC of the Center for HOPE/Family Centers, Darien, for a monthly literary treat (poem, story, philosophical or inspirational essay) as a springboard to sharing from your own stories and concerns. As meetings progress, participants will be invited to share their own narratives, spoken or written, biographical or fictional. You will 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.
SENIOR MOMENTS: TOUR OF THE DCA BIRD SANCTUARY
Wednesday, May 30th, 3:00pm at Darien Library, 1441 Post Road
Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation group, will meet at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road. Please meet outside the main gate to the sanctuary, located in the rear of the DCA parking lot. The DCA Bird Sanctuary is open to the public and provides nearly four serene acres of shelter, food, water, and nesting sites. Walk a well-laid meandering trail, learn from educational features, and appreciate the bird-attracting beauty of native plantings. The sanctuary is child-friendly and entirely fenced-in. The DCA Bird Sanctuary was officially opened to the public in the fall of 2014, after several years of extensive work by volunteers clearing invasives, establishing a walking trail, and planting native bushes and shrubs attractive to birds and butterflies. To register for this program, please call 203-669-5236.
MIDDLESEX MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Thursday, May 31st, 11:30pm at Darien Senior Programs, 2 Renshaw Road, 203-656-7490
Students from the Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble will perform before lunch. The Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble that meets before regularly scheduled school hours and performs a repertoire of music from the Jazz genre. The talented children are led by James Carter (Alumni Swing Band). Enjoy some music and lunch with this fun group of kids.