The following is a list of various senior programs offered at Mather Center.

"The Samurai: A Short History," Monday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m.

The samurai were a warrrior class in Japan whose lives were bound by a special code of honor and behavior known as "bushido." They practiced and perfected various martial arts skills every day. Fearless in battle and fiercely loyal to their lord, each samurai had his own distinctive family crest. Scenes from several samurai movies produced in Japan (not the inaccurate Hollywood versions) will be shown, as well as a show-and-tell of authentic historical artifacts.

Annual lunch sponsored by At Home in Darien and the Darien Senior Program, Tuesday, March 10, at 11 a.m.

Dorothy Baker will discuss"Living vitally, dynamically and happily at home," focusing on how seniors can meet their changing needs in their home as they age. Baker is a research scientist/scholar in internal medicine and geriatrics at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, where she is principal investigator of the statewide Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention. She is a nurse practitioner with clinical experience in outpatient and home care, and earned a doctorate in public health at Yale. This event is open to all Darien seniors, but space is limited. For reservations, contact At Home in Darien at 203-655-2227 or

Bingo: Darien Youth Asset Team, Thursday, March 12, at 1 p.m.

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The Darien Youth Asset Team of Darien High School will visit Mather Center for an intergenerational bingo game, as well as trivia and prizes. Registration is recommended.

St. Patrick's Day celebration: Irish dancers, March 16 at 12:30 p.m.

Irish step dancers from Lynn Academy will perform. The dancers have achieved numerous first-place New England Regional placements, as well as top placements at the North American Championships in Irish Step Dancing.

In addition, Chef Tom will be serving a traditional Irish lunch to complete the afternoon. Registration is required.

The Darien senior program takes place at the Mather Center, 2 Renshaw Road. For more information, call 203-656-7490.