MONTHLY CALENDAR OF EVENTS: FEBRUARY 2023

SAVE THE DATE – NEWSIES THE MUSICAL
Wednesday, March 15th at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane. To register call At Home In Darien at 203-655-2227.
Once again, At Home In Darien is partnering with Darien High School’s Theatre 308 to provide a free theatre experience for Darien’s senior citizens! Seniors can attend this dress rehearsal free of charge and enjoy free transportation to and from the High School. The show will take place in the evening (exact time TBD).

HALF PRICE TAXI VOUCHERS FOR SALE
Darien seniors and people with disabilities are able to purchase taxi vouchers from At Home In Darien for 50% off the cost for taxi rides for whenever you want to go. Call us at 203-655-2227 for more information.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Please note At Home In Darien will be closed:
Monday, February 20th for President’s Day. 

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 within Darien, Stamford, Norwalk and New Canaan. Our service hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please give us as much advance notice as possible to book your reservation.

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS, DATES, AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE CONFIRM WITH THE ORGANIZATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT

DARIEN SENIOR PROGRAMS AT THE MATHER CENTER INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
When Darien Schools are closed, Darien Senior Programs is closed. When Darien Schools are delayed, Senior Programs will open at 10:30am and all morning activities before that will be cancelled. Tune into Channel 3, 8 or News 12 for updates. Please use good judgment through the winter season and only drive once roads are cleared and passable.

TAX ASSISTANCE
Appointments are required and can be scheduled by visiting https://www.darienlibrary.org/tax-help, or by calling the Tax Aide call center at 860-590-8910. 
Darien Library has teamed up with SimplifyCT to provide the community with a no cost, full-service AARP/VITA/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. The service will be available both on-site at Darien Library and virtually through a secure internet site.

WAVENY LIFECARE NETWORK PRESENTS: UNDERSTANDING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Wednesday, February 1st at 12:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
High Blood Pressure?  Do you know what this really means? What puts you at risk? How can you prevent or maintain a healthy blood pressure to avoid further health issues? Christine Burns, RN will answer these questions and more in this presentation.

GARDENS OF CHARLESTON WITH JANA MILBOCKER
Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00pm, over Zoom; To register for this Darien Library virtual event click here.
Charleston, South Carolina, is the “city set in a garden“. Come see for yourself the exquisite charm, beauty and romance of its famous gardens with author and garden designer Jana Milbocker, who will take you on a virtual tour and intimate glimpse of the city’s historic gardens.

PAGE TO SCREEN: HOW A BOOK BECOMES A MOVIE WITH AUTHOR CAROLA LOVERING AND PAIGE KYLE
Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00pm, Darien Library Community Room. To register click here.
From “the pitch” to “the option”, development and production, how does an author get a book on the big screen or, on that small (streaming television) screen? Join best-selling author, Carola Lovering, in conversation with Darien resident and long-time friend and colleague Paige Kyle as they discuss this and Carola’s book, Tell Me Lies, which has been turned into an intoxicating television drama series available on Hulu.

MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE SERIES BY AARP 
Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00pm: The Theory of Everything
Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00pm: Black Holes
Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00pm: Extra-Terrestrial Life
To register for these virtual events, click here

Learning new things can improve brain health especially as we age. Join AARP CT and its Age-Friendly University, CCSU for this 3-part series designed to engage you in conversation on how the universe has made an impact on how we live, learn and exist for billions of years. Registration required for each session.

TECH HELP THURSDAY AT MATHER CENTER: BY APPOINTMENT
Thursday, February 2nd from 10:00am to 11:00am. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Mary-Beth Mason, Knowledge & Learning Services Librarian, Darien Public Library will be at the Mather Center to help you use your cell phone, tablet, or computer. Questions may include computer basics, Internet and email, using a tablet or smart phone.

“CHINESE HOMESTYLE” COOKBOOK DISCUSSION AND COOKING DEMO WITH MAGGIE ZHU
Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00pm, over Zoom. To register for this Darien Library virtual event click here
Darien Library, along with Essex Library and The Hotchkiss Library,  welcome Maggie Zhu, who will talk about her new cookbook, Chinese Homestyle, and will demonstrate the art of plant based Asian cooking with the classic dish, Mapo Tofu. Chinese Homestyle features 90 foolproof plant-based recipes for the Western cook and kitchen. No wok required!

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, February 6th at 7:00pm and Tuesday, February 21st at 11:00am. To register for these Bridges by EPOCH virtual events click here.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be an emotional roller coaster ride – one fraught with stress, frustration, guilt and uncertainty. Join other family caregivers and dementia care professionals who understand your challenges and can help make your journey a little bit easier.

PLEASURE THROUGH PLANTS WITH THE GARDEN CLUB OF DARIEN 
Tuesday, February 7th at 10:30am. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. Space is limited and Darien Members have priority.
The Garden Club of Darien brings their Pleasure through Plants program to our members in the Center.  Participants will create a one-of-a-kind project with all materials supplied.

WAVENY LIFECARE NETWORK: BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEALTH SCREENING
Tuesday, February 7th from 11:00am to 12:00pm, and Thursday, February 16th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Waveny Lifecare Network provides monthly blood pressure and health screenings by a registered nurse.

BEEYONDER TRAVEL: COLORFUL FISHING HARBOR OF MBOUR, SENEGAL
Tuesday, February 7th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Call Darien Senior Programs to register at 203-656-7490.
Come join this live, virtual walking tour on the big screen from the comfort of the Mather Center! Beeyonder’s capable tour guide will be providing a guided tour of the artisanal fishing port of Mbour, which starts at the area where artisanal handmade fishing boats are made. The tour guide will also take participants to the area where the women of the market transform fresh fish products into dried products to sell. This tour offers an amazing look at the traditions and trades of Mbour.

GREG VAN ANTWERP: THE URBAN ARCHEOLOGIST
Wednesday, February 8th at 12:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
History Hunter Greg Van Antwerp will share some of his latest discoveries. Old commercials, some really unique books, a few famous signatures and a whole box of papers from a red cross nurse who served during the Second World War. Come help uncover the history of someone who should not be forgotten.

A HISTORY OF AMERICA 1920 – 2022
Wednesday, February 8th at 1:00pm: The Great Depression & the New Deal
Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:00pm: Voices & Sounds of America
Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm: Influence of Sports on Society
To register for these virtual events, click here

Join AARP through the decades and the changes in music, movies, entertainers, sports and more. Professor Stephen Armstrong from Central CT State University will focus this series on how moments in time have impacted our communities, societies and experiences. Generational perspectives will be discussed focusing on the aged 50-plus individual and their experiences over the 1920s to the current time. You will need to register separately for each class you are interested in attending.

MOVIE & TREATS AT MATHER: THE BOOK CLUB
Thursday, February 9th at 12:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
The Book Club is a spicy romantic comedy about four women who have met for 40 years sharing books, dreams and their lives. The movie theme explores intimacy, family relationships, friendships and what it means to age in today’s society especially as women. Along with a lot of laughs there will be colorful language and beyond innuendo scenes. Be prepared to laugh at a full range of lively situations!

IN CONCERT: RAMBLIN’ DAN STEVENS AND THE AMERICAN BLUES
Thursday, February 9th at 7:00pm, Darien Library Community Room. To register click here
In a special tribute to Black History Month, enjoy the sounds of veteran bluesman, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, as he explores the history of the blues in America. Listen to rockin’ fingerstyle blues, and Americana emanating from the depths of the delta. The music he presents can be traced chronologically through its development in different regions of the south and follows the great African American migration to important centers like Memphis, Chicago, and beyond. The roots of rock and roll, jazz and even hip-hop can be traced to this important form.

MONTHLY MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION FOR EMBODIED RESILIENCE
Monday, February 13th at 12:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Darien’s Monica Keady, registered yoga teacher, leads practices that enhance awareness of the body/mind connection to fuel energy, steadiness, calm and resilience. Monica will teach gentle movements to release the joints, and stretch and tone muscles. Learn breathing practices that help to release stress and deepen awareness. You will learn meditation techniques to put it all together so that you can experience inner joy and resilience throughout the day. This class is for everyone — no prior experience needed!

SWEETHEART LUNCHEON
Tuesday, February 14th at 12:30 pm at Bridges by EPOCH at Norwalk, 123 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT. RSVP to Christy Perone at 203-767-4502.   
This lunch is exclusively for those with memory loss. Bring your spouse with memory loss to enjoy this special day!

ART GOTTLIEB PRESENTS: THE EIFFEL TOWER
Tuesday, February 14th at 12:30 pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Bearing the name of engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower, this iconic 986-foot-high wrought iron masterpiece was constructed as the entrance gateway to the 1889 World Fair. The Eiffel Tower, or as the French call it, La Tour Eiffel, is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks in the City of Paris.

SWEETHEARTS DELIGHT CELEBRATION
Wednesday, February 15th, lunch at 12:00pm ($5.00), Entertainment at 12:30 pm (free). To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Darien Senior Programs will continue to celebrate the Valentine’s Day theme with Over Easy, an exceptional entertainment group making their debut at the Mather Center. Their playlist is amazingly varied and includes the Everly Brothers, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Ed Sheeran, Michael Buble, Bob Seeger and more. If you choose to sign-up for lunch, Chef Judi will be preparing a special Sweetheart’s Delight Luncheon served promptly at Noon! For all those who attend, the Darien Youth Commission will be providing a little token of their affection.

WOMEN’S SELF DEFENSE
Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30pm, Darien Library Community Room. To register, click here.  
There is never a bad time to learn self-defense. Darien Library welcomes back Sifu Elliot Leung to learn about this very important strategy for women. The goal of Women’s Self-Defense is to teach students basic striking techniques and escape tactics from everyday situational threats. Students will learn how to effectively use their hands, elbows, and knees to convince an aggressor that they are not a target. Additionally, they will learn how to dissolve and escape from various grabs and chokes. The goal is to get you home safe, not fight.

TAXES, UPCOMING CHANGES, AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON YOUR RETIREMENT PLANS
Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00pm, Darien Library Conference Room. To register click here
The implications of taxes on the American population are a widely discussed and debated topic. Rising deficits at both the state and federal level are cause for concern for every taxpayer, especially those near retirement. At this educational workshop, you will learn how effective planning and timing can alter the outcome of your retirement. The discussion will include current tax law, potential changes to tax law, effects of inflation and strategies to help you minimize your tax liability. Unique case studies illustrating how to successfully navigate this complex topic and get you as close to “tax-free in retirement” as is possible will be shared.

COMPUTER BASICS FOR BEGINNERS CLASS
Thursday, February 16th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
This class is for beginners. Mouse and keyboard skills not required! Mary-Beth Mason, Knowledge and Learning Services Librarian, Darien Public Library will help students learn basic skills such browsing the internet safely, opening applications, and setting up email.

DEMENTIA EDUCATION SERIES: HONORING RESISTANCE AND REFUSALS
Thursday, February 16th at 11:00am and 7:00pm. To register for this Bridges by EPOCH virtual event, click here.
Alicia Seaver, Certified Memory Impairment Specialist with Bridges, facilitates a dementia education and caregiver support group. She is available at the end of the dementia education sessions to answer questions.

SPECIAL CONCERT: HARPIST EILIDH MCRAE
Thursday, February 16th at 7:00pm, Darien Library Community Room. To register click here.
Enjoy a special concert with Darien’s own professional harpist, Eilidh McRae. Some of you may have had the chance to listen to Eilidh’s enchanting music during the holidays when she played on Main Street. Now, you have the chance to listen to a special solo performance. Eilidh will play special songs from her repertoire of harp music, including romantic ballads and other mesmerizing tunes.

CAREGIVERS EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, February 16th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Led by Beth Paris, Gerontologist and Director of Darien Senior Programs, this group is open to anyone who cares for a family member or a friend with needs, especially related to cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This group will explore your concerns in a supportive and safe environment. Beth has over 30 years of experience helping caregivers navigate caregiving.

AARP CT HOCKEY WEEKEND
Friday, February 17th at 7:00pm: Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, February 18th at 7:00pm: Bridgeport Islanders
To register for February 17th tickets, click here.
To register for February 18th tickets, click here

Register for up to two complimentary tickets to see CT’s professional hockey teams take the ice. Ticket pick up runs 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

DOWNSIZED GOURMET VIA ZOOM
Monday, February 20th at 3:00 pm. To register and receive the Zoom link call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Throw open the cabinets and refrigerator, pull up a chair, and watch Susan and Paul Doyle, Oasis Homecare, work their magic creating and cooking with things you have at home. Learn how to solve the problem of how to enjoy cooking on a smaller scale by preparing easy and tasty treats from the comfort of your own home. It is sure to be entertaining!

PAINTING WITH SHERATON HOMECARE
Tuesday, February 21st at 12:30 pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Sophie Slater, Art Therapist Sheraton Homecare, is back for her monthly art class. This class is for everyone, beginners through advanced. Sophie guides her students through the entire process. All materials supplied and a $5.00 donation is suggested.

DSP BOOK CLUB: THE TALENTED MISS FARWELL
Tuesday, February 21st at 1:00pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Books are a wonderful way to explore the world around us and share the lives of folks we may never meet! This month’s book is The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe. Books and audiobooks can be reserved by contacting Darien Senior Programs.

MARK ALBERTSON PRESENTS: HUMPHREY BOGART
Wednesday, February 22nd at 12:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490.
Bogey was a self-made actor (never attended acting school). His career began on stage in the 1920s, and by 1928 he began to make films. His films include Casablanca, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, African Queen, and The Caine Mutiny.  Although he was a popular actor during the 1940s and 1950s, Bogart achieved the status of a legend after his death. In 1999, he was named the top male film star of the 20th century by the American Film Institute.

DR. ORR: HOW TO PREVENT HEART FAILURE AND HEART ATTACKS
Thursday, February 23rd at 12:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Dr. Nicole Orr, MD, FACC is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the founder and president of Post-Acute Cardiology Care. Dr. Orr will be providing general tips for heart healthy aging and educating on how to recognize cardiac symptoms.

CRAFTING WITH ARTIST RENE SOTO
Tuesday, February 28th at 12:30pm. To register call Darien Senior Programs at 203-656-7490. 
Local multimedia artist, Renee Soto is back this month with another great activity! Rene wants to help people never forget that everyone was born an artist, and some just have not tapped into their creative side yet. In this workshop Rene will bring help unleash your creativity. All materials will be supplied. Suggested donation is $5.00 per class.

At Home In Darien
2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT  06820
Tel:  203.655.2227  Fax: 1.866.224.4210
www.athomeindarien.org
Connecting Seniors to Community