Special Events

 Special Programs

What to Watch and Where to Watch it
 February 20 at 2:00 p.m.

           800 channels and nothing to watch? Want to find out the best binge-worthy shows/series? Come and find out the hottest and latest trends. Aggie will get you in-the-know for what is on HBO, Amazon Prime, Acorn TV, and more. How to search for what you want to watch. 



St. Patrick’s Day Lunch 
Wednesday, March 11, noon, $5

            Enjoy a true Irish lunch with corned beef, potatoes and cabbage and Irish Soda Bread. Wear your green and make a reservation by Friday, March 6 at 203-594-3620.

April Fools Bingo Wednesday, April 1, Lunch at noon ($5); Bingo at 12:45 p.m.

Lunch will be a surprise! Please bring a joke to share or one item for the Food Pantry. Reserve at 203-594-3620 by Monday, March 30.


The First Centuries of French History with Pierre Bognon 
Wednesday, April 29, 10:30 a.m., Free

             Mr. Bognon will discuss the period from the conquest of Gaul by Caesar to the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, a time which he feels has been very unjustly labelled “the dark ages.” This was the time that saw the spread of a new religion - Christianity; a new language - French; and the first great monasteries - Cluny and Citeaux.  A new kingdom, the Kingdom of the Franks, emerged which would become the most dominant in Europe. Pierre Bognon, a published author, is French born and educated in France and the US. After retiring from a long career in business, his love of history and country has led him to become a passionate medievalist.



Wednesday Lunch & Learns with Staying Put in New Canaan, Free

             The following are joint programs with Staying Put which are all held at Lapham Center. They are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, a light lunch, courtesy of Staying Put, will be served at noon, and the program will begin at 12:15. Reservations are necessary at least two days before the program; call 203-594-3620.


March 4 - Census
Join us for an informative presentation about the 2020 Census. Partnership Specialist Yvette Rose will talk about why the 2020 Census is important, the ways you will be able to respond, and how your personal information is protected. The presentation will also inform the audience about Census Bureau part-time and full-time employment opportunities in our area.


March 18 - New Library Discussion Coffee, 10:30 a.m..-- different time Coffee and Conversation--
Lisa Oldham, Executive Director, will share the plans for the new New Canaan Library with time for questions from the audience. 


April 8 - What is Your Neck Pain Telling You?
Is your neck pain caused by a cervical condition or is it just from stress?  Join Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Heeren Makanji, MD, of Orthopaedic & Neurosurgery Specialists, (ONS) to learn about the many causes of neck pain and the symptoms of cervical disorders.  He will outline the non-surgical options and discuss circumstances when surgical procedures make sense. Q & A will follow.


 April 22 - New Canaan Nature Center Meet the Animals
Staff from Nature Center will take you on a furry, scaly, and feathery adventure into the world of the animal kingdom. During this program, you will meet a variety of live animals and get an up-close look at what makes them all so amazing! We will see and touch a Russian Tortoise, African Pygmy Hedgehog, Leopard Gecko, Chinchilla and a bird of prey… Sox the Great Horned Owl. NCNC is a not-for-profit environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to respect, protect, and enjoy the world of nature.


May 6 - Data Detox with Kayla Del Biondo from the New Canaan Library
Learn to control your smartphone data. Kayla will help you get rid of apps you don’t use and minimize the notifications your phone floods you with daily. She will also discuss privacy and your smart phone which includes location services and microphone access, web browser options, and screen locks.


Here Comes the Bride . . .May 20 Share Your Wedding Story and Photos
A wedding is one of the most important events of any person’s life so we are going to celebrate weddings starting in May.

Our May movies will be wedding-themed. And, we will have two special L&Ls May is Wedding Month at Lapham, so bring your own wedding story, photo albums, and newspaper clippings; everyone will have the chance to hear and share tales of their very special event. 


 June 10 - Something Old, Something New: Connecticut Weddings through the Ages
This will be the culmination of Lapham’s celebration of weddings; come and hear the always-popular Connecticut Historical Society discuss weddings in our area.


Hands on New Canaan - Hands Only CPR with New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps,
Tuesday, May 7, 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.


AARP Driver Safety ProgramTuesday, March 10 or May 19, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., $15/$20

             AARP Driving Instructor, Roger Colson, will lead a driving class that will give you valuable driving tips and a state-mandated reduction on your car insurance of at least 5% for two years. To register send a check payable to AARP to the Senior Center, P.O. Box 83, New Canaan.  Cost: AARP members $15; non-members $20. Please write your date of birth on your check .and your AARP membership number, if applicable.


French Films Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m., Free

             Angela Kelleher will lead a discussion on these French films with an introduction before and questions after the viewing. All these films are in French with English subtitles.

March 17: Au Revoir, les Enfants -  an autobiographical 1987 film written, produced and directed by Louis Malle
March 31: Hussard sur le Toit - In a time of war and disease, a young officer gallantly tries to help a young woman find her husband.
April 21: Le Retour de Martin Guerre - In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.
May 5: Cyrano De Bergerac - Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

 Angela received an MA in French Literature from Columbia University and lived in Paris for 5 years. She taught French language and literature for 44 years including 13 trips to France, Belgium, Monaco, and Switzerland. Her greatest pleasure is to share her passion for French culture and civilization.