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Americares Sends Relief Supplies to Earthquake-Striken Areas of Haiti

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Americares has medicines and relief supplies on the way to Haiti for survivors of Saturday morning’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake. — an announcement from Americares

A shipment carrying 9 tons of intravenous fluids is headed to earthquake-damaged Les Cayes, and Americares relief workers in Haiti and the United States are preparing additional shipments in the coming days to supply health workers treating the injured with antibiotics, wound care supplies and urgently needed medical supplies. Americares relief workers on the ground in Haiti are assisting the local response, and the health-focused relief organization plans to deploy additional staff in the coming days to support the relief efforts. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 7.2-mangitude earthquake at 8:29 a.m. local time in the southwestern part of the country, 78 miles west of Port-au-Prince—slightly stronger than the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake that devastated the country. Aftershocks as strong as 5.2 continued throughout the day and early reports from the region indicated major destruction in Jeremie and Les Cayes.

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‘Knights for Aces’ Tennis Tournament for Kids and Teens, Aug 22 in Darien and Norwalk

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Kids and teenagers of any skill level are invited to play in the Knights for Aces tennis tournament, coming Sunday afternoon, Aug. 22. — an announcement from Grassroots Tennis & Education
The competition, from 1 to 6 p.m., features round robin doubles tennis matches, starting on the courts of four clubs in Darien — Middlesex, Tokeneke, Wee Burn and Woodway. Participants are asked to arrive by 12:45 p.m.

After matches are played, the winning doubles team in each division will play in the finals at Grassroots tennis courts in Norwalk. Players and spectators are invited to enjoy pizza and refreshments, and winners will take home trophies and t-shirts. 
Finals and food will be  at the William Rippe Tennis Center at Springwood Park, 11 Ingalls Ave.

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Save the Date: Annual Darien Road Race Swiftly Approaching on Sept 19

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The Community Fund of Darien’s 41st annual Darien Road Race is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Pear Tree Point Beach. This year’s race will begin at 9 a.m. for the 1.5-mile Fun Run and 9:45 am for the 5-mile race. — an announcement from the Community Fund of Darien
About the Darien Road Race
The race will feature “The Finish Line” tent with music, games, sponsor booths, raffle items and an awards ceremony. The Community Fund of Darien’s signature event, The Darien Road Race, welcomes Mirador as the “presenting sponsor” for the event.

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Darien Library’s ‘1894 Day’ Free Celebration (and Fundraiser) Coming This Wednesday, May 26

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Darien Library celebrates its “1894 Day” this Wednesday, May 26, with an ice cream truck, a special craft station, a guest book you can sign that will go into Darien’s time capsule — and a request for donations. Every donor gets an “exclusive giveaway,” the library says — and that’s in addition to what the library does for free, year-round. “Our goal is to raise $127,000 in 24 hours from our incredibly generous Friends and community members who continue to enjoy the programs, services, and collections of our library each and every day, even from home during these unprecedented times,” the library says in an announcement. You can stop by the library courtyard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to participate, or donate online any time that day. Each donor who participates in 1894 Day will receive a special gift at the following suggested contribution levels:

$12.70: A Darien Library car magnet
$127: A Darien Library water bottle
$1,270: A custom Weatherman Darien Library umbrella
$12,700: All of these items plus extra Darien Library swag!

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Six Darien Residents Honored for ‘Outstanding Volunteer Advocacy’ for Children

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Six Darienites who have taken on the task of advocating for vulnerable children have been honored for their services by Child Advocates of Southwest Connecticut, the organization announced. — an announcement from Child Advocates of SW Connecticut

The Darien residents recognized for “outstanding volunteer advocacy” are Amy Harned, Robert Noonan, Megan Pryor, Maureen Roach, Ruthie Strother and Jody Truwit. Child Advocates of SW Connecticut (CAC) is a Fairfield County-based non-profit organization that trains and supervises volunteer advocates for vulnerable children. “CAC is thrilled to honor our incredible volunteers,” said Stacey Sobel, executive director of CAC. “Vulnerable children have suffered disproportionately during the COVID pandemic, and our volunteers have done a tremendous job ensuring needs are being met.”

CAC volunteers are a consistent, caring presence in a child’s life and advocate for the child’s best interests in the community, school and courtroom.

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Food Needed Now, Says Person-to-Person: Food Drive Saturday Morning, May 8 at P2P HQ

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A food drive is taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, May 8 at the headquarters of Person-to-Person. During the pandemic, the organization has had a 71% increase in its food assistance programs for the people it helps in Darien and the surrounding area, and it hasn’t been able to use one of its biggest food donation programs, the Postal Food Drive, the organization said. “We need your help to fill our pantries,” P2P said in an announcement. “Please contribute to our Spring Food Drive this Saturday, start a virtual food drive, or donate to our food program. Thank you!”

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Domestic Violence Crisis Center Hosts Online Spring Luncheon on May 20

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Donna Ferrato, an award-winning photojournalist, author, domestic violence prevention activist, and feminist will be the keynote speaker at the Domestic Violence Crisis Center Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 20. — an announcement from the Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Donna’s work was selected as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential Images of All Time.” Her powerful images and the stories behind them have helped to bring domestic violence out of the shadows and into the light. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a special “Voices of Courage” boxed lunch from Aux Delice, available for pick up at the Darien or Westport locations on the day of the event. Aux Delice will donate a percentage of the sales from the lunch to DVCC. The fundraising event will also feature an online silent auction which opens May 14.

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Darien Scouts’ Rolling Auctions Fundraiser Continues, With Some Closing Thursday, Friday

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Darien Scouts has taken its annual tag sale online this year, with a series of auctions running in April and May. New auctions are online now. All auctions feature a mix of furniture, art, décor, antiques, bikes, sporting equipment, toys, and more, with bidding starting as low as $1. — an announcement from Darien Scouts

Visit soon and visit often! Next auctions close Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, and more will be added regularly until at least May 6.

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Packed With Entertainers, ‘Spring for Abilis’ Online Gala on May 1 Is Free to Attend

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The “Spring for Abilis” virtual gala, organizers promise, will be packed with comedy, entertainment, singing, dancing, the Abilis’ Giving Garden and a live auction appeal. Special guests at the May 1 gala include: actors Brendan and Afton Fraser, musician Rob Mathes, singers Loren Allred and Sharon Catherine Brown, and dancers/choreographers Billy Blanks Jr. and Michael Dameski. — an announcement from Abilis

While the Spring for Abilis gala is free to attend, registration is required at Hosted by entertainer and comedian Brett Walkow, the event is meant to be fun for the whole family. Spring for Abilis is a major fundraiser for the Fairfield County-based nonprofit, which is celebrating its 70th year.

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Join Community Fund of Darien’s Dinner for a Cause and Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day Weekend

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Grab a delicious meal for Mother’s Day weekend as a special treat while helping The Community Fund of Darien address the hardest hit by the pandemic, our youth. — an announcement from the Community Fund of Darien
Please join TCF as we dine “together” at home to benefit tomorrow’s generation of leaders on Saturday, May 8. Order a family meal for contactless, free delivery, and TCF will direct half your purchase to its local nonprofit partners providing stop-gap services and immediate assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors. What You Get
The meal costs $160 per family, and the menu includes:
—meatballs marinara
—baked ziti with shaved parmesan
—mixed field green salad
—Oreo fudge brownie
—assorted breads/rolls
—bottle of wine provided by SipStirs

Orders must be submitted online by 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 for delivery on Saturday, May 8 between 3:45 and 5 p.m. Half of the cost — $80 — is tax deductible. To order, go to this Web page.

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Darien Police, Darien YMCA Jointly Holding Community Blood Drive May 6 at the Y

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The Darien Police Department, in partnership with the Darien YMCA will host a community blood drive at the YMCA in honor of Quinn Waters, known across the South Shore of Massachusetts as “The Mighty Quinn.”

— an announcement from the Darien YMCA

Quinn, 5, has spent much of his life battling brain cancer. He gained local notoriety in Massachusetts over the last several months as his hometown and beyond followed his journey. Following the recent news that his cancer has returned, the family has asked for one thing: blood donations. His mom, Officer Tara Waters with the Quincy Police Department said, “During his sickest times, Quinn needed multiple platelet transfusions a day, showing us how critical blood donations are.”

In response to the family’s request, the Darien Police Department, along with the Darien YMCA have scheduled a blood drive on May 6, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Darien YMCA at 2420 Post Road, Darien. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, sign up online with sponsor code “Quinn” or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to make your appointment.

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Darien Scouts Still Seek Donations for Online Mega-Auction: Clutter for You, Treasures for Others

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As you are doing your Spring cleaning this year, please consider donating items to the Darien Scouts Online Mega-Auction. — an announcement from Darien Scouts

Seeking new or gently-used, clean, “auction-ready” items including indoor and outdoor furniture, bicycles, sporting goods, artwork, jewelry, vintage and antique collectibles, toys, lawn and garden items, tools, lawnmowers, snowblowers, electronics, and musical instruments. Darien Scouts also takes cars, boats, and motorcycles in any condition throughout the year. So please sort through your clutter and Send It to the Scouts! Items can be dropped off at the Scout Cabin at 140 West Ave.

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‘Broadway at the Bartlett’ Gala Fundraiser This Wednesday for Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

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Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is holding a virtual gala fundraiser, “Broadway at the Bartlett,” on Wednesday night, March 31, hosted by Chuck Scarborough of NBC 4 New York, and featuring a silent auction and the Broadway cast of “Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations.” — an announcement from the Bartlett Arboretum
Tickets for the online event, which runs from 6:50 to 7:30 p.m., are priced anywhere from “a donation of your choosing” to $500, which “includes a complimentary bottle of wine or spirits, two stemless wine glasses and a charcuterie board for two DELIVERED to your home within 10 miles of the Bartlett. Choose from Josh Cabernet Sauvignon, Josh Prosecco or Luksusowa Vodka.” “Please view our silent auction items, which will open on [Saturday] March 27 and close at 8 p.m. on March 31,” the organizers said on Bartlett’s website. “Please consider a donation to our ‘paddle raise’ this year, which is to make the Herb Garden accessible for all abilities. This includes widening and replacing the pathways to connect with those of the Sensory Garden.”