AT HOME IN DARIEN UPDATE
At Home In Darien continues to provide essential services to meet the needs of those most at risk during the pandemic. True to our mission, we remain a source of assistance for seniors and their loved ones. We are providing essential transportation, grocery shopping, pick up and delivery of prescriptions, telephone contact, advice, referrals, and customized assistance as needed. We are operating Monday through Thursday, closed on Friday. Please call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227 if we can be of help. We are here for you!
Information about the vaccine is available on the Town website: www.darienct.gov. Please ensure you are signed up for the Town’s CodeRed community notification system, as this platform will be used to share information. Assistance is also available at https://portal.ct.gov/
HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHERS FOR SALE
Darien 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.
At Home In Darien is registered with AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice and we hope that’s At Home In Darien. Every item available for purchase on Amazon is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price with no extra cost to you. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Please keep this in mind when you are doing any shopping. Click on the link to register for Amazonsmile – it’s simple and easy to do. smile.amazon.com
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT
Many organizations are offering virtual programming during this time when we cannot safely gather, to provide information, education and support. We have included a few interesting offerings, and you can visit the following sites for more programs and to register:
Darien Senior Center
Darien Community Association
CONTRIBUTE TO DARIEN’S TIME CAPSULE
Submission deadline has been extended to June 1st 2021
What does Darien mean to you? What would you like to say to Darien residents in 2070 as they read about life in Town? As part of the 200th Bicentennial Celebration, the Museum of Darien will be a repository of a time capsule whose contents will reflect daily life in Darien 2020. One of the objects will be a book collection of reflections that the Darien Library will curate. There are two easy ways to contribute: Go online to http://bit.ly/
APRIL SPRING CRAFT: BIRDHOUSE GRAB-N-GO KIT
Please call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 beginning Thursday, April 1st to reserve a kit and set-up a pick up time.
This craft is literally “for the birds”! For those of you who love creativity that also serves the environment, this project is for you. Darien Senior Programs has a limited quantity of craft birdhouse kits, all materials included, to build and decorate. The birdhouses are very easy to assemble and can also be utilized as a lovely decoration.
DRIVE THRU LUNCH: BASKETS OF BEAUTY AND FUN FROM THE DARIEN YOUTH COMMISSION
Thursday, April 1st, 11:45am line-up. Register by Wednesday, March 31st by calling Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. Cost of lunch is $5. Darien Members only please.
Middle and high school students from the Darien Youth Commission and the Depot have created this delightful drive-through lunch surprise. Members will receive creatively decorated and cleverly filled baskets with all kinds of goodies to welcome the start to Spring. Space is limited, so call soon to make your reservation.
Thursday, April 1st at 7:00pm via Zoom; To register visit: https://darienlibrary.zoom.
Are you overwhelmed by the choices of Medicare? Explore and evaluate Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you make more well-informed decisions and explain what Medicare means.
BOOMERS TO ZOOMERS
Mondays, April 5th, 19th and 26th from 10:00am to 12:00pm; call Darien Senior Programs for an appointment at 203-656-7490.
Do you want to learn how to use Zoom? Need help learning how to FaceTime your friends or family from your iPad? Patient and capable volunteer Michelle is available to help answer these tech questions and more. Call today to get connected! Please note that all appointments are being done over the phone or by Zoom.
LAUGH OUT LOUD WITH COOKIE MARTINI
Monday, April 5th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call from your phone to join.
Cookie Martini is bringing her best material that is sure to have you laughing. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. It really is the best medicine.
VNA PRESENTS GENTLE YOGA
Monday, April 5th at 2:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Gentle yoga provides a safe, effective and non-competitive environment that is welcoming to all. The class will provide an introduction to classical hatha postures with variations to accommodate all levels of students. This class is appropriate for those who want a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice, and is suitable for everyone. No yoga experience necessary.
DCA INFORMATION AND INSPIRATION EVENT: “NAVIGATING START-UPS, CHILDHOOD CANCER AND A PANDEMIC” WITH AMI-LYNN BAKSHI
Tuesday, April 6th at 10:00am via Zoom; Register by Sunday, April 4th by visiting dariendca.org or call the DCA office at 203-655-9050 ext. 10. Tickets: DCA members $15/Public $20
Ami-Lynn Bakshi is the co-founder, president and COO of Cafe Agave, Inc., a California-based company whose lead product is Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew Coffee. Ami-Lynn is also a partner and business advisor for Sono 1420 American Craft Distillers, a local CT distillery building the country’s first federally legal, cannabis (hemp-derived) alcoholic beverage brand. As a resident of Norwalk, she is actively involved in the community, serving as the vice president of the board of the Norwalk Senior Center. Ami-Lynn and her husband Jon have two sons.
PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS GRAB-N-GO KIT
Tuesday, April 6th, 10:30am pick-up; To reserve a kit call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Please note, due to the increasing popularity of this activity, priority will be given to Darien Senior Members who have not yet had a chance to participate. There are a limited number of grab-n-go kits for the April Pleasure through Plants activity, graciously sponsored by the Garden Club of Darien. Each kit contains all the materials needed to create a one of a kind project.
MAGIC TO DO: STEPHEN SCHWARTZ’S “PIPPIN” WITH GIL HAREL
Tuesday, April 6th at 7:00pm via Zoom; To register visit: https://darienlibrary.
The plot of “Pippin” presents the audience with an exceedingly abstract and “meta” story. In fact, at points in the musical, one gets the feeling that one is watching a show within a show.
WAMBUI IPPOLITO AND JENNIFER JEWELL IN CONVERSATION
Tuesday, April 6th at 7:00 pm; To register visit https://www.crowdcast.
Barrett Bookstore welcomes Jennifer Jewell to discuss her book, The Earth in Her Hands: 75 Extraordinary Women Working in the World of Plants. Jewell’s conversation with Ippolito will focus on the people, places, and plants that grew her into the designer, scholar, and activist she is in the plant world.
Wednesdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th at 10:00am via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call from your phone to join.
One of the best ways to stay sharp and witty is to keep exercising your brain cells. Puzzles and quizzes are a great resource and enjoyable too.
HERE COMES ROSIE!
Wednesday, April 7th at 1:00pm via Zoom; Call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490 to register and receive the Zoom link.
For those of you who don’t know Rosie, she is the favorite pet visitor to Darien Senior Programs, and along with Geri Genovese, offers wonderful reminiscing topics. Geri will share Rosie’s latest adventures.
WALTER ISAACSON IN CONVERSATION WITH WENDY KOPP
Wednesday, April 7th at 7:00pm; To register visit https://www.
Barrett Bookstore and the Darien Community Association present Walter Isaacson and Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach For All, in virtual conversation about Walter’s newest book, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. A copy of The Code Breaker will be included in the price of the ticket.
Thursday, April 8th at 10:00am via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call in and play over the phone.
This month’s BINGO will celebrate spring with prizes sure to please. You will need to come by the Darien Senior Center to pick up your Bingo Cards by Thursday, April 8th. There is a suggested donation of $2.00.
DR. ALBRIGHT PRESENTS: “OH, MY ACHING FEET!”
Thursday, April 8th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link, call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call from your phone to join.
Spring is here so don’t let foot pain hold you back from enjoying what you love to do. Foot pain is a common problem with many potential causes such as poor walking mechanics or improper footwear. Dr. Rachel Albright, Podiatrist, Stamford Health, will discuss how you can avoid pain, prevent future injuries, and overall foot health.
Friday, April 9th at 10:00am via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link, call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Artist Autumn Chase of Sheraton Homecare is back for another round of painting instruction and fun. No experience is needed to enjoy this virtual paint party, as Autumn will provide step by step instructions. Please pick-up your kit with all the materials you need by April 8th. A $5.00 donation is suggested.
GENEALOGY BASICS: BIRTH, DEATH AND MARRIAGE
Monday, April 12th at 9:00am via Zoom; To register and get the Zoom link, call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”—Marcus Garvey. Knowing family history can be a powerful antidote against adverse life experiences. Bryna O’Sullivan, Charter Oak Genealogy, will lead participants in ways to locate vital records, church records, and more to help document birth, death and marriage of ancestors.
ART GOTLIEB PRESENTS: THE 1950’s
Tuesday, April 13th at 10:00am via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link, call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Art presents this photo retrospect of the mid-century decade of the 1950’s. This period seems placid and nostalgic in some respects, but oppressive and stifling in some others. Lived by the “Greatest Generation,” their “Turn of the Century” elders, and young “Baby Boomers,” their collective dreams and aspirations were shaped not only by events of the Great Depression and WW II but also the frightening and ever-present reality of the Cold War and the specter of nuclear annihilation.
SELF CARE: RELAX, REJUVENATE & REFRESH
Tuesday, April 13th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call in from your phone to join.
Rene Cortinhas, FCA, Senior Outreach and Engagement, will discuss and explore with us healthy food, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques. She will also have some helpful book and product recommendations.
HISTORY BEGINS WITH FAMILIES
Wednesday, April 14th at 11:00am via Zoom; To register and receive the link call 914-481-5706 or email email@example.com no later than Tuesday, April 13th. This event is being offered by one of At Home In Darien’s collaborative aging in place organizations in Westchester.
The television program, “Finding Your Roots” has turned thousands of viewers into armchair or serious genealogists and family historians. Local author and Rye resident Paul Hicks will discuss some of the resources available to beginners and more experienced practitioners, online and in archives, including the Knapp House in Rye. He will also look at the pros and cons of DNA programs that are used in tracing family backgrounds.
ALL ABOUT THE CONNECTICUT HUMANE SOCIETY
Wednesday, April 14th at 1:30pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call from your phone to join.
This is for all you animal lovers out there. Learn about the Connecticut Humane Society’s life-changing work with pets and the people that love them.
HISTORY CLOSE TO HOME WITH AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN KEN REISS
Thursday, April 15th at 7:00pm via Zoom; To register, visit: https://darienlibrary.
The town’s official Bicentennial events have been rescheduled to this year, so it is a great time to delve into the town’s past and discover how Darien gained its independence from Stamford in 1820.
MARK ALBERTSON: THE 19th AMENDMENT
Friday, April 16th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
This talk will begin in 1878, when an amendment for enabling suffrage without sexual discrimination was brought before Congress. The next forty-two years will be charted, culminating on August 18th, 1920 when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment.
GET YOUR GARDEN READY FOR SPRING
Friday, April 16th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
It is time to get the garden, planters and window boxes ready for spring and summer. Kim Fortuna, from Fairfield’s Outdoor Design & Living, will be sharing easy and quick tips to prepare for the season. Kim will also share what happens behind the scenes at their garden and nursery center.
Monday, April 19th at 12:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link, call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
It can be hard to cook for one or two people. Susan and Paul Doyle of Oasis Senior Advisors bring you a cooking demo via Zoom to solve the problem of how to enjoy cooking on a smaller scale for both during and after the pandemic. Learn to prepare easy and tasty treats from the comfort of your own home.
HILL-STEAD: THE HOUSE, THE ART, THE GARDENS
Tuesday, April 20th at 10:00am via Zoom; To register visit: https://darienlibrary.
Join a private virtual tour led by museum guide Kate Ebner through the historic house known as Hill-Stead.
Tuesday, April 20th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Join Mastering the Masters instructor and artist Christine Goldbach for a Zoom art class dealing with everything from how to hold a pencil to art history. This entertaining look into the wild and wide world of art will answer your questions and solve your art problems. Have your art supplies (any medium) handy and be ready to explore.
WAVENY LIFECARE NETWORK: HEAL, NOURISH AND RESTORE!
Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Join Vanessa Meyer, Licensed Massage Therapist, for an hour of complete relaxation. Vanessa will lead us in breathing, intention setting, gentle stretching, and guided meditation with Sound Healing. Allow yourself to experience the connection and tools for a mindful way of living. This program is perfect for all ages and activity levels. Dress comfortably, have water, a pen and paper, a pillow and blanket. Find a comfortable space to enjoy the program.
WORRIED BUT WELL: TIP OF THE TONGUE SYNDROME
Wednesday, April 21st at 11:00am via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Have you ever wanted to say something but could not think of the right word? This phenomenon is known as ‘tip of the tongue’ syndrome. Heather Gately from Home Instead will explore this phenomenon and gives us some ideas and tricks to help in these situations.
STORIES FROM THE ATTIC
Wednesday, April 21st at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Join Greg Van Antwerp, Urban Archeologist, to hear about some of his treasures found in cellars and basements at estate sales.
“MAKE ‘EM LAUGH”: A HISTORY OF MOVIE COMEDY
Wednesday, April 21st, 7:00pm via Zoom. To register visit: https://darienlibrary.
Since the beginning of motion pictures, making audiences laugh has been one of film industry’s chief box office attractions. Skilled acrobatic comedians like Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Charlie Chaplin were enormously popular in the silent era, as were their more verbally dexterous talking picture successors the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields.
THE CORBIN DISTRICT
Thursday, April 22nd at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Baywater Properties and PG Properties are re-imagining downtown Darien with their development of The Corbin District. They are resetting the landscape of shopping, dining, lifestyle and entertainment. Baywater and PG began working on this exciting transformation in 2006 with extreme attention to detail and a sharp focus on creating one of the most enjoyable and walkable downtown environments in the region. David Genovese, founder of Baywater Properties, will take us on a tour of what is planned in the upcoming months.
DRIVE THRU LUNCH WITH STEVE AVITABLE ON THE PATIO
Friday, April 23rd; Lunch at 11:45am and entertainment at 12:00pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Cost of lunch is $5. Call Darien Senior Programs to register at 203-656-7490. Darien Members only please.
Steve Avitable is back to perform on the patio at the Mather Center. Following lunch pick-up, staff will direct you to a parking spot to enjoy the show. Masks and social distancing will be required. In the event of rain, music will be cancelled but grab-n-go lunch will still be available.
POSITIVE POETRY: 10 CLASSIC SPRING POEMS EVERYONE SHOULD READ
Wednesday, April 28th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call from your phone to join.
Spring is one of the most written about seasons, perhaps because it evokes hope, rebirth, taking a new path or a deep appreciation for Mother Nature. In this session several classic poems will be discussed, and perhaps before the end of a session the group will come up with a few of its own.
ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Last Wednesday of every month, beginning Wednesday, April 28th, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm; To receive the virtual link email Jennifer Alvesat jalvez@
This support group will provide an opportunity to build social relationships, learn about dementia, and develop methods and skills to solve problems related to the disease in a safe and confidential setting. If interested you can also arrange to pick-up dinner before the meeting starts at The Residence at Selleck’s Woods, 1 Parklands Dr., Darien. Dinner pick up is between 3:30pm and 4:30pm. This group will be co-facilitated with Pamela Payne of Paint the Town.
Thursday, April 29th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. You can also call from your phone to join.
Caregiving is stressful in ordinary times and in these times even more so. A helpful topic will be discussed briefly by Beth Paris of Darien Senior Programs, and then participants may bring up concerns and challenges that they are facing. The goal of this group is to be beneficial in assisting caregivers with their tasks while receiving some much needed support.
MARK ALBERTSON: THE 160TH ANNIVERSARY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S INAUGURAL ADDRESS
Friday, April 30th at 1:00pm via Zoom; To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
This year marks the 160th anniversary of the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln. This talk will focus on Lincoln’s Inaugural Address. The year 1861 was a tumultuous year for the United States, and President Lincoln’s Inaugural Address discussed many of the complex issues of the time.
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