Special Programs

Special Programs


There are no fees for special events unless lunch is included ($5). Please also let us know you are coming so we set up enough chairs and make sufficient handouts.


Orientalism in American Art and the Silvermine Art Colony
A Gallery Talk by Art Collector Tom Davies

Wednesday, March 7, 1:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation

This exhibit celebrates the period, beginning in the 1840s, when artists and explorers from America traveled through the Sahara, Arabia and India to paint from life what was unique to them. The Silvermine artists were similarly drawn to paint and capture the character, nature and culture of this land. The European and American artists who ventured into this often-forbidden world were called the Orientalists.
This show was conceived by art historian Edward Vollmer, who co-curated it with museum consultant Susan Gunn-Bromley and local collector Tom Davies. The show includes paintings and etchings, but also furniture, decorative arts, textiles and jewelry.
Mr. Davies, who loaned many paintings to the exhibit, will discuss the paintings and the impact Orientalism had on American culture.
Please register at 203-594-3620. The group will meet at the New Canaan Historical Society.


Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

Wednesday, March 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Free

For centuries we’ve known that the health of the brain and body are connected. But now,
science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyles choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
This program will be presented by Shanon Jordan, SW Regional Director, Alzheimer’s
Association, CT Chapter.


Safe Tea

Wednesday, March 14, 2 p.m., Free

Angela DeLeon from People’s Bank and members of the New Canaan Police Department will discuss common crimes against older adults along with how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of new and emerging crime trends in New Canaan and surrounding areas.
Tea and light refreshments will be served. Please register at 203-594-3620.


A Healthier You with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County

Katherine Lasberg, JD, BSN, RN, Community Health Coordinator for VN&H, will come monthly on a Wednesday at 10 a.m. to discuss a health/wellness topic:

March 14: Sleep Smart: To sleep or not to sleep? That is the question! Explore the benefits of getting a good night’s sleep, common triggers that interfere with your sleep patterns and hear about some simple tips that will help you get the rest your body needs.
April 18: Arthritis—Staying Strong: Learn about the different arthritic diseases, treatments, and lifestyles changes that can help you manage your arthritis. Find out how an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise, staying connected, and rest and relaxation can help you manage your symptoms.
May 9: High Blood Pressure: What does a diagnosis of high blood pressure mean for your every-day life? Find out how to better manage your blood pressure through diet, exercise, medication and regular blood pressure checks.


St. Patrick’s Lunch

Wednesday, March 14, noon, $5

Enjoy a true Irish lunch with corned beef, potatoes and cabbage followed by Irish Trivia and Name that Tune.
Wear your green and make a reservation by Friday, March 9 at 203-594-3620.

Bingo and Lunch, Wednesday, April 4, Lunch noon $5, Bingo 1 p.m., Free
Aggie and a surprise caller will call a variety of bingo games with spring-themed prizes. Please reserve your spot by Monday, April 2 and let us know if you are also coming for lunch.


Hands on New Canaan – Hands Only CPR

with New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps Thursday, March 22, noon, Free

Approximately 300,000 people annually suffer sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting. Less than one in four receives CPR . Studies show survival rates fall 10% each minute without CPR. Hands-Only CPR has been shown to double or even triple a victim’s chances of survival. Learning the techniques that may allow you to save a life takes only 15 minutes. AED training also included.
Please register at 203-594-3620; limited to 20.


Lunch and Learns with Staying Put in New Canaan

Please call 203-594-3620 to register at least two days before the program.

Huh? Do I Really Need my Hearing Checked?
Tuesday, Feb. 20, Lunch at 1:00 p.m., Program 1:30 p.m., Free
Dr. Andrew Parker of Parker Ear, Nose and Throat in Norwalk will discuss hearing loss and the importance of having your hearing checked. Staff from Dr. Parker’s office will do hearing screenings and clean and check your hearing aid if you have one.
Phil Ives, who is an active volunteer with Staying Put, will tell you about getting his hearing checked and the difference it has made in his life.

Write Your Own Obit, Wednesday, April 11, Lunch noon, Program immediately after, Free
Write the obituary you would like to see in the paper – you’re the one who would do it best! Pat Stoddard, who serves on Staying Puts’ Advisory Council, will give you resources that will help you write it and then inspire you to actually do it. Read some obits before class and bring one that you particularly like or one you thought was incomplete.

Chronic Pain and Exercise – date/time to be announced – call 203-594-3620 to get more info
Common sense tells us to take it easy when we feel pain. That’s the wise course of action if the pain is caused by an injury such as an ankle sprain or muscle tear. For people suffering chronic pain, however, it appears that the opposite is true. Learn why a regular program of physical activity can help keep chronic pain under control and enable chronic pain sufferers to re-sume the daily activities that pain has prevented. Program will be presented by an ONS physician.


Fall and Injury Prevention

Thursday, April 26,10:30 a.m., Free

Suzanne Cleary, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Waveny, and Stacey Zajac, Waveny Home Health’s Rehabilitation Supervisor, will discuss who is at risk, the causes of falls, and how to safeguard yourself and your home. They will also demonstrate some simple
exercises that will improve your balance and how to safely and effectively get up after a fall.


Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady with Marc Courtade

Wednesday, May 23, 10:30-noon, $5
Marc will focus on what many regard as one of the finest musicals ever created, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady. The original production opened in 1956, and its recording remains a best seller. Loewe wrote the music, and Lerner wrote the book and lyrics. We will look, listen and see many examples from the original Broadway production, featuring Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews and Stanley Holloway, in celebration of the current Broadway revival.

Marc Courtade is Executive Director at the Huntington Arts Council and a frequent lecturer specializing in talks on Great Performers, Broadway Musicals and Opera.
Please register in advance at 203-594-3620; you can pay at the door with cash or check to Senior Center.