March 2022
Marching into March
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 484, New Canaan, CT 06840
Member Events
Thurs., Mar. 10, 6 pm: "Dinner Out" at Restaurant 123. Help us thank Barb for her 8 years of leading Staying Put by joining us for dinner at our favorite restaurant. $30 per person. RSVP with your entree choice by Mon., Mar. 7.
All meals come with a mixed spring green salad and dessert.

Choice of entree:
Roasted Salmon with Spinach and Corncake
Chicken Saute with Lemon and Capers
Penne Sausage
Wild Mushroom Ravioli

Please let us know if you'd like to have a ride to this event when you RSVP.

Thurs., Mar. 17, 12:30 pm: Lunch and Film Screening at Grace Farms.
We'll have lunch together overlooking the rolling hills of Grace Farms. There is a 2 pm screening of Director Devon Chivvis' film Pathfinders: First Women of the Explorers Club, followed by a roundtable discussion with Devon and the Director of the Nature Initiative at GF, Mark Fowler. You purchase your lunch. $10 for the screening. RSVP by Mon., Mar. 14, Noon.
It's Coffee Time
Tues., Mar. 15, 10 am: Men's Coffee at Staying Put. Join us for Zumbach's coffee, delicious homemade treats and perhaps a discussion about Caesar and his fate on the Ides of March, 44 BCE. Hope you'll be there!
 Et tu, Brute?
RSVP by Mon., Mar. 14.
Tues., Mar. 22, 10 am: Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put. Everything is coming up tulips as we celebrate the arrival of spring! Join us for tasty treats, Zumbach's coffee and a warm conversation with your Staying Put friends.
RSVP by Mon., Mar. 21.
Thurs., Mar. 24, 12:15 pm: Lunch and Learn at Lapham. "Healthy Hearing Equals a Sharper Brain". We'll have lunch followed by a 1 pm program by audiologist Dr. Reap. Please let us know if you'd like to participate in a free hearing screening when you RSVP. Free. RSVP by Mon., Mar. 21.
Wed., Mar. 30, 2 pm: Tour and Treats at the Mather Homestead. Tour this impeccably preserved homestead, built in 1778, and hear how it played an important role during the revolutionary war. Parking is tight (19 Stephen Mather Road, Darien) so if you'd like to carpool, we'll meet at Staying Put at 1:30. $10. RSVP by Mon., Mar. 28.
Freezable Foods
Your freezer is one of the most underrated kitchen tools, according to David Lee, cofounder and executive chef of Planta restaurants in Miami and Toronto. It can help you jump-start dinner, take advantage of sales, reduce waste and spoilage, and always have ingredients on hand. Try keeping these unexpected items in the freezer….

1. Avocadoes
Slice in half, peel and remove the pit. Brush the avocado halves with lemon juice and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. Place them in a freezer-safe bag, press out the air and freeze. When you need them, thaw and mash.

2. Cheese
Harder kinds of cheeses, such as aged cheddars or Parmesan, withstand freezing better than soft ones. Keep the cheese whole, in its original wrapping, and place it inside a freezer bag near the front of the freezer.

3. Fresh herbs
Don’t let excess parsley or basil go to waste. Blend it with olive oil or water, then freeze in an ice cube tray. Stir the frozen cubes into sauces.
All the Devils Are Here
Louise Penny
This is the 16th novel in Louise Penny's Armand Gamache series and has been described as the "most haunting yet." Penny excels at creating a meticulously constructed mystery where Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec investigates a sinister plot in the City of Light.

Gamache’s love is put to the test when someone in a van tries to run down his godfather, sending him to the hospital. An accident? The inspector thinks not. But what has Horowitz, a kind and generous old billionaire, ever done to make someone want to murder him? To answer that question, Gamache undertakes a dizzying investigation that takes him all over the city, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the depths of the national archives.

The New York Times says, "Although Penny touches on a wide range of subjects in this expansive story, her main concern is with the sacrifices we make for those we love. If you think about it, the underlying theme of all of Penny’s books is Honor Thy Family — the one you were born with, the one you’ve acquired during your lifetime and the Family of Man.

Beware of medication side effects! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of people age 65 and older taking five or more prescriptions has tripled, from 14 to 42 percent, over the last 20 years. Nearly 20 percent of older adults take 10 drugs or more. Use of dietary supplements and over-the-counter drugs is also at an all-time high. While medicines have a critical role to play in keeping us healthy, most tend to have side effects. And the more medications you take, the higher your risk of experiencing a problem or dangerous interaction. For older adults, the problem is compounded by the fact that medication sensitivity increases with age. Because kidney function declines as you age – and drugs are filtered by the kidneys – it is not unusual for a drug that has been taken for years to start causing side effects. Sometimes, side effects from a medication are misdiagnosed as a new problem, triggering more prescriptions – a situation known as a “prescribing cascade”. How can we avoid prescription overload? Schedule a medication review with your primary care doctor or pharmacist and discuss each of your medications and supplements to understand why you are taking it and if there are safer ways to manage your condition. Stick to one pharmacy. If all of your prescriptions are filled in one place, it is easier for the pharmacist to spot possible interactions and safety issues. Read the medication inserts and take note of harmful interactions and side effects.

Happy Birthday!
Mar. 3: Linda Kelly
Mar. 4: Sandy DeAsi
Mar. 7: Margaret Hebard
Mar. 9: Anne Kniffin
Mar. 10: Joan Jaworowski, Betsy Afragola
Mar. 11: Pete Runnette
Mar. 13: Riv Neiss
Mar. 20: Lila Coleman
Mar. 22: Dorcas Hills
Mar. 23: Maru Brown
Mar. 25: Lou Guzzetti
Mar. 27: Jack Billhardt
Mar. 30: Carol Bayne
Mar. 31: Susan Blabey
Lapham Center
Wed., Mar. 2, 1 pm: Coping with Macular Degeneration

Thurs., Mar. 10, 1 pm: Coffee with a Cop - Officer Vartuli will present on the history of fingerprinting, how the PD uses fingerprinting in fighting crime, and how to recognize counterfeit money.

Mar. 7 and 21, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 pm: Blood Pressure Clinic

Mar. 10 and 24 by Appointment: Free Medicare Counseling
Call the Lapham Center at
203-594-3620 for more information and to RSVP.
Tues., Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29,
2 - 4 pm: Drop In Tech Support at Lapham. Sessions are 20 minutes and on a first come basis.
New Canaan Beautification League

"The Best View of Our World: Through a Garden" presented by Linda Larson. Wed., Mar. 2, 9:30-11:30 am, Zoom. Register using the link below.

On-site counseling at the New Canaan Library with the AARP/VITA/IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance Program. Available on Mondays, through Apr. 15, 2 - 7 pm.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling 860-590-8910.  The virtual option can be accessed via
New Canaan High School Theater
The Little Mermaid
March 17, 18, 19 at 7 pm
March 19 at 2 pm
New Canaan Chamber Music
with Andy Armstrong
March Concert Sextet
Sun., Mar. 27
First Presbyterian Church

Andrew Armstrong will be joined by Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet), David Cooper (French horn), Arnaud Sussman (violin), Molly Carr (viola) and Ani Aznavoorian (cello).
Please call on us anytime at 966-7762
- Barb, Kim, and Nic
PO Box 484
New Canaan CT 06840