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‘Burnout vs. Breakthrough in the Teen Athlete’ Panel Discussion Wednesday at Darien High School

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Does the start of the Fall athletic season have you wondering if your student athlete will surpass their personal goals or be faced with the stress of being a student athlete? HHS Stamford and the Blue Wave Booster Club  invite parents and student athletes to “Burnout vs. Breakthrough in the Teen Athlete,” an interactive panel presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Darien High School Auditorium. — an announcement from the Hospital for Special Services and the Blue Wave Booster Club

Speakers will provide tips related to Fall sport participation and …

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At Home In Darien Invites Community to Attend 10th Anniversary Celebration

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At Home In Darien will host an informal town-wide celebration on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Weed Beach from 4 to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The event is free of charge and open to the public. — an announcement from At Home in Darien

The entire community is invited to attend this special celebration and enjoy entertainment, ice cream, freshly popped popcorn, and refreshments generously provided by Palmer’s Market. If You’re Going …

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Sleep With the Fishes and More at Maritime Aquarium Friday to Saturday

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You can sleep with the fishes — and the sharks, sea turtles, jellies and other creatures — on Friday, April 6 during a fun “Family Sleepover” at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. This night of special access is open to children age 5 and older with an accompanying parent or caregiver over age 18.  

“‘Family Sleepovers’ let parents share with their children a deeper, more immersive Aquarium experience than is available during a typical visit,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Plus, it’s a more memorable, more personal experience because we cap capacity at 100 participants, and those 100 people have the whole Aquarium to themselves.”

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— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

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After check-in at 6 p.m. and a tasty dinner, Aquarium educators fill the evening with a fun- and fact-filled behind-the-scenes tour, an IMAX® movie, snacks and more. “Lights out” is at 10:30 p.m. Participants sleep in sleeping bags (BYOSB) throughout the Aquarium galleries.

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Public Parks and Private Gardens: Art in 19th Century France — Lecture Thursday at Darien Library

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Darien Library is hosting a lecture Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.inspired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, on display March 12 through July 29. From the Second Empire until the beginning of World War I, France blossomed —literally and figuratively. During this period, the country experienced a horticultural boom, as a flood of new and exotic botanical specimens became available for both public and private gardens.  

At the same time, Baron Haussmann’s spectacular transformation of Paris into a modern city of tree-lined boulevards and public parks, encouraged people to spend their leisure time promenading in these new green spaces, where they could “see” and “be seen,” and spurred a mania for both the cultivation and depiction of flower gardens. — an announcement from Darien Library

Offering myriad stylistic and chromatic possibilities, this distinctive scenery of contemporary French life was taken up again and again by the most avant-garde artists of the late 19th and early 20th century, including the Impressionists, Van Gogh, Seurat, Bonnard, and Matisse, many of whom were gardeners themselves.

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Meet Angela Santomero, Author of Book on Kids’ Screen Time, at Darien Library, 7 PM Tuesday

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Angela Santomero, author of Preschool Clues: Raising Smart, Inspired, and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World, will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 at Darien Library. We’ve all heard warnings about watching too much TV and compulsively looking at our phones. Looking at children we love, we wonder about screen-time and its effects on their development. — an announcement from Darien Library

Some parents are consumed by guilt — but should they be? Like eating, media diets can be healthy or unhealthy.