One of the challenges many people face is what to do with all the stuff they have lying around, that they no longer need or use. Can this stuff be recycled, and more importantly, where can they take it?
Well, if you've got a smartphone (Android or iPhone), the FREE app My Recycle List takes the guesswork away. According to the website, the app lets users quickly find recycling locations nearby that accept items you pick from a list. Easily organize locations you want to use by adding them to your list. My Recycle List takes the pain out of recycling by making it easy to accomplish your recycling goals in the least amount of trips.
But hey, don't take my word for it. Head on over to the mobile section of the website for details.
If you don't have a smartphone, not to worry — you can still use the 1800recycling.com website for information about where you can recycle various products.
So go ahead, get rid of that stuff!
Today, David Knauf, Director of Health for the Town of Darien, announced the 2010 Flu Clinic schedule.
The Darien Health Department will be offering five flu clinics this fall. For the dates and all the details, please click on the attachment below.
On Thursday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m., as part of our Health & Wellness series, we will be hosting a special program on Managing Your Medication. Presenting will be Elaine Abrams, MPH RN CHES Community Health Coordinator at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County (formerly Nursing & Home Care).
According to the National Institute on Aging, adults over age 65 consume more prescription and over-the-counter medicines than any other age group. Older adults tend to have more long-term, chronic illnesses – such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, which can be successfully managed with a variety of pharmacological treatments. While these medications contribute to overall quality of life, taking multiple medications can also be dangerous. About 7000 deaths each year and thousands of hospitalizations are the direct result of medication misuse, drug-drug interactions, or from adverse effects of medications.
“It’s often necessary to take drugs in combination; it just requires more care,” said Ms. Abrams. She also notes that at least one quarter of all medication-related problems are preventable through improved awareness and education.
In response to the growing concern of medication safety, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County developed an educational program called “Medication Management.” “Medication Management” stresses a pro-active approach including steps to take before filling any new medication prescription, understanding how and when to take medications, interpreting the drug facts label, proper storage of meds, documenting and reporting of side effects, and potential drug-drug interactions. The program offers tips about medication reminder systems, travelling with medications, and planning for emergencies.
All participants will complete a medication safety self-assessment. Free medication organizer and a packet of valuable informational materials will be provided.
This program is part of our Health & Wellness Series, A Picture of Health, an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, computer workshops, and films. The schedule offers sessions on a variety of health issues, including nutrition, stress management, personal safety for children and teens, pain management, holistic medicine, sleep disorders, and medication management.
Click here for more information about our Health & Wellness Series.
Co-hosted by Darien Health Department and Liberation Programs, Inc.
Parking vouchers may be purchased at the following local establishments:
Auditions will be held at Darien Library for Weekend One-Acts on Tuesday, August 17, from 6 – 9 p.m. (Callbacks (if necessary) will be on Wednesday, August 18, from 6 – 9 p.m.)
Weekend One-Acts will include performances of “The Golden Fleece” by A.R. Gurney, Jr., and “Waiting for Philip Glass” by Wendy Wasserstein (inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnet 94).
The performances of Weekend One-Acts take place in the Community Room at Darien Library on Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, October 17 at 2 p.m. Performances are Actors’ Equity approved .
Please contact and confirm audition appearance at firstname.lastname@example.org to give approximate time of arrival.
By A.R. Gurney, Jr.
Betty and Bill tell the audience they are going to show them the golden fleece. To prove it is authentic, Jason and Medea are to deliver it. A hitch develops. Jason is taking off with another doll and Medea is doing a slow burn. Everyone remembers the impending tragedy, but no one envisioned it taking place here and now with hilarity.
30-minute, two-character, one-act comedy.
Directed by Marie Reynolds
JIM: MALE 30-45
Knows Jason-- sailed with him during the war.
BETTY: FEMALE 25-45
Bills’ wife putters in pottery with Medea.
Upwardly striving, they are anxious to impress us with their celebrity friendships and ready to capitalize on it. The actors can be any race, but must have good sense of comic timing.
Please bring headshot and resume for files. Audition sides will be provided.
Also seeking production assistance. To inquire, please contact ReynoldsML@aol.com.
Flexible evening and weekend rehearsal schedule starting August 23.
By Wendy Wasserstein, inspired by SHAKESPEARE’ S SONNET 94
In “Waiting for Philip Glass,” a socialite throws a benefit at her posh East Hampton estate for composer Philip Glass. When the guest of honor is late arriving, the other guests are forced to mingle among themselves, and examine their own lives while poking fun at arrivistes of every stripe.
Lots of dry humor mixed, gossip, and a dash of pretentious drama, in a 12-15 minute one act play.
Directed by Donna Wyant.
Casting: 7 speaking parts, 2 non-speaking parts.
HOLDEN: FEMALE 35
Very attractive socialite and hostess of Philip Glass benefit.
SPENCER: FEMALE 30-40
Holden’s attractive, social-climbing friend.
HARRY: MALE 50-60’s
An excessively warm guest.
LAURA: FEMALE 40-50
Columnist and Harry’s date.
GERRY: MALE, 40-50’s
Life-of-the-party, commands attention.
RINA: FEMALE 20-30
Gerry’s attractive young new wife.
JOE: MALE 40-50
Holden's date for the night. Burly, outdoorsy type, over achiever in designer loafers with matching belt.
FEMALE: 50's Non-speaking, attractive guest.
MALE: 50-60 Non-speaking, attractive guest.
Flexible evening and weekend rehearsal schedule starting August 23.
Please bring headshot and resume for files.
Also seeking stage and production assistants: contact email@example.com.
The Darien Department of Public Works continues to paves roads in town. Minor traffic delays are to be expected. Here is the current schedule:
Schedule subject to change based on weather conditions. For more information, call the Department of Public Works at 203-656-7346.
Our next Monday at Seven meeting will be on Monday, August 9 from 7 - 9 a.m. The featured speaker will be Paul Epstein, ND.
Paul Epstein, ND, is a Naturopathic Physician, mind-body therapist and Buddhist meditation teacher who integrates the teachings of the Buddha, mindful awareness and contemplative psychotherapy in his whole-person approach supporting people on their self healing journey and spiritual path. He is a 1984 graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, where he did a residency in holistic medicine. Paul co-founded and co-directed the Israel Center for Mind-Body Medicine. He is also a certified yoga instructor, and has studied Buddhist psychology, mindfulness meditation, clinical guided imagery, stress reduction and psychotherapy in a spiritual context and has successfully advocated the clinical application and integration of mind-body-spirit therapies in health care for over 25 years. He graduated from the Academy for Guided Imagery, completed the three year training program for Community Dharma Meditation Leaders at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and has trained in the Internal Family System Model of Psychotherapy. He currently writes and lectures extensively, leads workshops and mindful healing retreats and mind-body medicine training worldwide. He is a core faculty member of the Graduate Institute Masters Program in Experiential Health and Healing. Paul maintains a private practice in Westport CT. where he is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Fairfield County, and teaches ongoing Mind-Body Health classes at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, and Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction classes in Norwalk.
Our goal with Monday at Seven has been (and continues to be) to provide a resource and meeting center for Job Seekers and Networkers by opening our doors every Monday from 7 to 9 a.m. Happily, we're helping many in the community achieve their goals, too.
When asked to name my favorite day-trips in Connecticut, I knew my task would be an easy--and pleasant--one. Here are a few that came rapidly to mind, with online links to sites that will provide visitor information, including hours of operation, prices, and directions.
A natural for kids going through their dinosaur phase, and for parents who have never outgrown theirs, Dinosaur State Park is fun for the whole family. Walking among authentic dinosaur tracks made millions of years ago in our own backyard is only half the fun. The other half is making plaster casts of these ancient footprints using materials available on-site or nearby. Our 4th grader's show-and-tell souvenir is still intact (in the attic) a decade or more later.
Looking for an old-fashioned New England town to show your visiting in-laws? They don't get much more typical (or charming) than this compact village, just off Exit 69 of I-95. Water views of the Connecticut River, a grassy park with a gazebo, an inn with a restaurant that attracts visitors from all over the state on holidays (our favorite over the years has been Mother's Day), and boutique shopping are among the lures of this visitor magnet.
Nineteenth-century actor William Gillette gained fame and fortune during the Gilded Age through his memorable and melodramatic portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. He used a considerable part of that fortune to build the house now known as Gillette's Castle. When we first visited this spot, it was partially closed for renovations. These have now been completed, and the Castle and its grounds overlooking the Connecticut River (a few miles upstream from Essex) are now open to all comers, making a repeat visit a new addition to our family's to-do list. Tours of the grand mansion are available.
Connecticut's version of Coney Island, located smack in the middle of the state, off I-84 between Waterbury and Hartford, is smaller and homier, which has made it a godsend for parents wanting a good spot for an outing. More than once have I boarded a bus as a chaperone for a day of sun, water rides, and lots of noise. The nation's oldest, continuously operating amusement park, Lake Compounce is a cheaper and nearer alternative to Six Flags.
One of the most celebrated towns in Connecticut--and not just because it was the setting for the Julia Roberts' breakthrough film Mystic Pizza. Besides the Aquarium and the historic ships, Mystic also offers less pricey alternatives to visitors, including a charming village with shops, superb seafood eateries, ice-cream parlors, and, yes, a pizzeria with a famous name. My favorite moment in Mystic was not the windy day we spent inspecting the tall ships, but an early evening in which we watched--from the second floor of a harbor restaurant--the drawbridge open and close for returning boats as the sun was setting and we were enjoying a New England fish dinner.
If none of these is quite your cup of tea, no worries. Connecticut is rich in history and full of places of interest to singles, families, and seniors, too. Before you embark on your next day-trip, check out our catalog. We have a wonderful selection of local travel guides to help you plan your getaway. Here are my top picks:
Once you've whet your appetite browsing through our travel guides, go online and check out these web sites for the latest information on events, prices, and special offers:
Bonus link: The Connecticut Supreme Court, State Capitol and the Museum of Connecticut History have planned two days of programming this summer for families interested in a day-trip with their kids. Click here for details!
See you @ the Library (when you get back)!
The adult winners of the 52nd Annual Darien Art Show are currently displaying their artwork in the Library's Art Gallery until July 26. Winners were selected from artwork in oils and acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and paste ls.
Participants in the Darien Art Show include adult and student artists who live or work in Darien, and others enrolled in Darien Arts Center classes. Artwork had been submitted to Darien Arts Center at Weatherstone Studio at Town Hall for judging. Prizes and ribbons were awarded on June 4.
The adult 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners (except sculpture) of the 2010 Darien Art Show, now exhibiting at the Library, are Anne Anderson, Adam Campbell, Robert Carley, Lori Glavin, Pierre Lahaussois, Christine Leddy, Mary Morant, Gillian Marshall, Nobuko Miki, Kazumasa Oda, Stan Pastore, Leslie Rottner, Vicki French Smith, and Lisa Thoren. The images above are just a small sampling of the exeptional winning works of art gracing our building right now. (Here's news! The photograph at right was taken by Darien resident Bob Carley and it took first place for color photograhy. On Friday, July 2nd, The Advocate ran a story about Bob and his focus on the red, white, and blue. Click here to read the feature.)
Please come on by and catch this Art on View exhibit through July 26th.
The Art Gallery is located on the Library's Lower Level.