Darien Senior Center activities
Published 2:42 pm, Thursday, July 19, 2012
Following is a list of some of the program offered at the Darien Senior Center, 30 Edgerton St.:
Alumni Swing Band -- 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6: The band returns to the center with musicians of all kinds -- music educators, military musicians and professional musicians. The band's repertoire includes classic big band swing and jazz as well as more contemporary selections. A $4 lunch will be served at noon; make a lunch reservation by Friday, Aug. 3. Call 203-656-7455.
Qigong -- Thursdays, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: William Wrenn will teach the ancient art of Qigong, a gentle self-healing practice related to ancient Chinese martial arts. It combines flowing movements with natural breathing to induce what is known as the Qigong state -- an experience of clear mind and deep relaxation, according to a press release from the senior center. Wrenn is a certified Qigong leader trained at the Institute of Integral Tai Chi & Qigong. The movements can be performed either standing or seated, and are suitable for all ages and conditions. Cost is $4.
- Ukulele classes -- Mondays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: "Uncle Zac" leads weekly ukulele classes at the center. His instruction covers a range of styles. He has performed in several bands, including Sharkey & the unknowns, a local 1950s and '60s oldies/Motown group, PT & the cruisers, a '60s and '70s doo-rock group, Roswell & the Ukulaliens, a five piece ukulele band, and also acted as "uke consultant" to the Darien High School Ukulele Group. As a solo uke performer, he plays music from Leon Redbone to Jimmy Buffett to Allan Sherman and more. Cost of the class is $3.
- "Coupon Cuties" -- Wednesdays, 12:30 to 1 p.m.: Learn how to collect and use coupons, and how to read store circulars for the most savings. Collect and save coupons from weekend papers and bring them to the sessions.
- "Let's Talk" -- Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m: Allison Plunk will be at the senior center on the first, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month for the discussion group. Plunk is the Friendly Connections coordinator for Family Centers, a private, non-profit organization that serves individuals and families in lower Fairfield County. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology.
- Senior Fitness -- Thursdays, 12:30 to 1 p.m.: Elizabeth Hall will lead the fitness class on Thursdays. The class includes stretching, warmups, near-aerobic activities, cool-downs and relaxation.