Recreation Services

Recreation Services encourages personal growth and builds relationships through involvement in a variety of social events, classes, and physical activities. 

Supported activities include the ARI Artists Initiative Classes, Aqua-Aerobics, Dinner Dances, Vacations, Bocce, Trips to Watch Local Sporting Events including the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Monthly Dinners, and much more.  Members of ARI participate in community recreational groups including Challenged People in Motion Golf, Darien YMCA Funbusters, Special Olympics (including swimming, snow shoeing, bowling, and track & field), and much more.   ARI also facilitates vacations including overnight stays at nearby destinations and week long vacations.

This month’s Recreation Calendar:

September, 2021

The last Bocce practice will take place on Tuesday, September 7th at Scalzi Park from 4:00-5:00pm.  The Bocce Special Olympic’s Tournament will take place on Saturday, September 11th at 8am at Scalzi Park. 

Aqua-Aerobics will begin on Wednesday, September 15th from 6:15-7:15pm at the Darien YMCA.  Participants MUST sign up by contacting Gerard Gasparino at (203) 324-9258 ext. 3023 or email

The ARI Artists’ Initiative Class will begin on Thursday, September 2nd from 3:00-4:30pm.  Participants will be able to work on their artwork.  Class will be open to all interested.  There will be NO art class on September 16th.  Please note that we plan to have an opening reception for an ARI Art Show at the Mayor’s Gallery on this evening.  More information will be sent.  Please contact Gerard Gasparino for more information.

Golf practice will take place on Wednesday, September 1st and 8th at the Sterling Farms Golf Course driving range from 6:00-7:00pm.  This is open to the first 10 people to RSVP each week.  Please RSVP by the prior Monday.

ARI Fall Ball for Independence—Come One, Come All circus themed event will take place on Friday, October 1st at the Italian Center from 6:00-10:00pm.  The cost for individuals receiving services and 1 chaperone is $75.  $150 for other guests.  MUST RSVP BY SEPTEMBER 15th!  For more information, contact Gerard Gasparino. 

****Please note that the following programs offer Special Olympics. If interested please contact.

Darien Lions, Kera Connolly, Sports include: aquatics, bowling, powerlifting, sailing, snowshoeing, tennis and cross country skiing.
Greenwich Special Olympics, James Warner, Sports include: aquatics, track and Field, figure skating, golf and speed skating.
Stamford YMCA, Pat Fervil, Sports include: basketball, bowling and soccer.
Special Olympics of Norwalk, Olivia Skiffington, Sports include: track and field, bowling, floor hockey and volleyball.

For more information regarding recreation services or to sign up for activities, contact Gerard Gasparino, Manager of Development & Recreation at (203) 324-9258 ext. 3023, or e-mail

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