The winter semester at Lapham Center will run through February. Some classes still have space and it is still possible to try a class out for free. This is a good time to test out a class before the spring registration for the months of March through May. The spring newsletter will be mailed in early to mid-February.

Dementia talk

Tania Paparazzo, Southwest Regional director of the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, will present Keeping Connected in the Disconnected World of Dementia at Lapham Center on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. In addition to a basic overview of dementia, she will explore communication strategies and ways to minimize behavioral challenges that can help caregivers, family and friends to stay connected with the person diagnosed with dementia.This program, organized by Staying Put, is free and open to the public. For reservations for this and other programs call 203-594-3620.

Bus to the Met

Reservations for the bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 10 are needed by Friday, Jan. 30.

The $32 fee is for the bus and driver's tip only.

Book groups

Among the activities at Lapham Center are four book groups, all of which welcome new participants at any time.

Literary Ladies, which will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. to discuss "The Boys in the Boat," is led by Aggie Aspinwall and Susan Klehm.

Irish Authors, led by Ned Monaghan, will meet on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. to talk about "Last September," by Elizabeth Bowen. Monaghan selects Irish authors who are largely unknown to American readers.

Rita Englund takes a different tack with her book group, Murder Goes Southwest, in which participants read books on a theme but not necessarily the same book. That group meets on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

The British Novels group, which will end "Heart of Darkness" on Feb. 12, will begin eight weeks devoted to Edith Wharton, starting with "The House of Mirth," on Thursday, March 5 at 12:15. Leader Stephanie Stiles, novelist and former British literature professor, guides the discussions.