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Tickets on Sale Now for Darien Foundation’s April 25 ‘Yacht Rock On’ Benefit

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Tickets are now available for purchase for this year’s Darien Foundation benefit, Yacht Rock On, to be held on Saturday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. at The Tokeneke Club. The event will feature a live performance by the high-energy, award-winning, six-piece band Three Sheets to the Wind: America’s Number One Tribute to Yacht Rock. — an announcement from the Darien Foundation

Last year, tickets sold out over two weeks in advance, so The Darien Foundation encourages those interested in attending to purchase tickets early. Tickets are available at the Darien Foundation website. “We continue to be amazed by the tremendous support for our annual flagship event,” said Byrne Pozzi, Darien Foundation board member, fundraising chair and event co-chair.

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Darien Human Services Asks You for Household Goods Donations for Darienites at Poverty Level

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The Darien Human Services Department will be holding a household goods drive beginning Monday, March 2. Here’s the department’s announcement:

Many Darien residents (up to 5%) live at or below the poverty level. Services are available in town to provide these families and individuals with food and clothing, but not everyday essentials such as toilet paper, paper towels, personal grooming and hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Furthermore, families and individuals in need are prohibited from purchasing these items with food stamps. The Darien Human Services Household Goods Closet was designed to fill this gap by providing much-needed cleaning supplies, paper goods, and personal grooming and hygiene products to eligible Darien families and individuals.

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Bestselling Author, Actress, Philanthropist Deborah Goodrich Royce to Speak March 5 at Opus Luncheon

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Author Deborah Goodrich Royce will speak on March 5 about her best-selling book, “Finding Mrs. Ford,” as well as her storied career as an actress and philanthropist at the annual Spring Luncheon of Opus for Person-to-Person. — an announcement from Opus for Person-to-Person. (The “See Also” section below was added by Darienite.com.)

The luncheon will be held at the Woodway Country Club in Darien on Thursday, March 5 in support of Darien-based nonprofit Person-to-Person (P2P). All attendees will receive a copy of Goodrich Royce’s debut novel “Finding Mrs. Ford.” Spring luncheon tickets are $110 and selling fast!

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Undies Project’s ‘Mardi Bra’ Collection Campaign for New and Gently Used Brassieres Starts Feb 21

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For the 5th year, the Undies Project will hold its annual bra drive, called Mardi “Bra,” to coincide with Mardi Gras. — an announcement from the Undies Project

Project volunteers in the drive are collecting donations of new and gently used (clean) bras to donate to those less fortunate. The drive is being conducted in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Stamford, Westport and, new this year, Wilton. In Darien, donations can be made Friday, Feb. 21 to Monday, March 9 at:

—Aux Délices, Goodwives Shopping Center, 25 Old Kings Hwy.

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Darien Library’s Novel Tea Fundraiser on March 25 Features Novelist Lara Prescott

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Darien Library presents the fifth annual Novel Tea fundraiser featuring Lara Prescott, bestselling author of “The Secrets We Kept” at a March 25 luncheon held at Wee Burn Country Club. — Darienite.com previously published articles about the upcoming visit by Lara Prescott. This announcement from Darien Library has more information about the Novel Tea fundraising luncheon. “We look forward to having Lara Prescott who is touring with her first novel, The Secrets We Kept,” said Alex Eising, development chair for the Board of Trustees. “This is a gripping novel inspired by the true story of spies, the Cold War and Doctor Zhivago.

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Tickets Now on Sale for Darien Library’s Novel Tea Fundraiser With Novelist Lara Prescott

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Single tickets are now on sale for our 5th Annual Novel Tea! We are thrilled to welcome Lara Prescott as our featured author. — an announcement from Darien Library

She’s the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept. Now is your chance to meet her in person and hear about her thrilling tale of spies in the Cold War. The Wall Street Journal says, “Prescott crafts a cloak-and-dagger story of passion, espionage, and propaganda.”

Single tickets are $150. BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE. The Novel Tea will be at the Wee Burn Country Club of Darien on Wednesday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Novel Tea is sponsored by the Wyper Family Author Fund, David Harvey Fine Jewelers, DR Bank, New Canaan/Darien Magazine, and Darien Library.

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Dance Party During School Break for Families With Kids 6+ Feb 20 at DL Studio

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Looking for a fun activity to share with your children during the February school break? The Community Fund of Darien is partnering with Dance on the DL to host a dance party for parents and boys & girls ages 6 and over. No previous dance experience required. — an announcement from the Community Fund of Darien
Come to DL Studio at Goodwives Shopping Center on Feb. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and dance away your winter blues for a great cause!

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Depot Fundraiser to Recognize Individuals, Families Who Helped Open Its Doors 30 Years Ago

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Celebrating its 30th year, the Depot Youth Center — the oldest teen center in the nation — will be kicking the year off from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Country Club of Darien with its “Blue Jeans and Blazers” fundraiser. — an announcement from the Depot Youth Center

The event will feature live music with Jump the Gunn, dancing and delicious eats. There will be a special tribute honoring Depot founders Edmund von Schmidt and Carol Bishko. Going forward, the inaugural “Founders Award” will be given each year to a person who best exemplifies and supports the original Depot mission.

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Mitch Albom Will Talk in Westport Jan 30 About His Latest Book, ‘Finding Chika’

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Mitch Albom, the best-selling author of Tuesdays With Morrie will talk about the subject of his book “Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake and the Making of a Family” on Jan. 30. His appearance at Westport Country Playhouse on Thursday, Jan. 30 is to benefit Circle of Care, a Connecticut-based nonprofit supporting families of children with cancer. Albom has waived his speaking fee for the event, and all ticket purchases will serve as a donation to Circle of Care.

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Americares Sends Emergency Response Team to Area of SW Puerto Rico Earthquake

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Americares is responding to the devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Puerto Rico’s southwest coast on Tuesday, killing at least one person, toppling buildings and causing power outages across the island. — an announcement from Americares

Gov. Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency and activated Puerto Rico’s National Guard, cautioning residents to prepare for additional aftershocks. Tuesday’s earthquake follows the 5.8-magnitude quake that hit Puerto Rico early Monday, collapsing homes in Guánica and heavily damaging dozens of buildings. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, hundreds of small earthquakes have hit the island since Dec. 28, including at least 29 over magnitude 4.0.

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Wear Your Jeans to the Depot Youth Center’s ‘Blue Jeans & Blazers’ Feb 8 Fundraiser

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You’re invited to shake off those winter blues, get into your favorite blue jeans and come to the Depot Youth Center’s annual winter fundraiser “Blue Jeans & Blazers” on Saturday, Feb. 8. — an announcement from the Depot Youth Center

Blue Jeans & Blazers takes place from 7 to 11 p.m. at Country Club of Darien. The fundraiser supports programming at the Depot. The fundraiser features music by Jump the Gunn, “signature” cocktails and, of course, eats.

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Stamford EMS Contributes to Salvation Army Christmas Aid Program

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Stamford EMS recently bought new clothing and toys to the Salvation Army’s Be An Angel Tree program and delivered them on Monday, Dec. 9. The donation will  support 10 families in need. — an announcement from Stamford Emergency Medical Services
“We are happy to participate in this worthy holiday giving effort,” said Patricia Squires, chief and CEO of Stamford EMS. “As a nonprofit ourselves, it’s one way we can give back to the community that has supported us for over 25 years.”
Stamford EMS has paramedics based in Darien who go to the scenes of more serious medical emergencies, along with Darien EMS-Post 53 ambulances. Participation in the program eliminates the cost of these gifts that would normally be part of the Salvation Army’s holiday expenses.

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What Happens When You Put Money in the Salvation Army Kettle in Darien

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The Salvation Army bell ringing season runs through Christmas Eve when the red kettles are packed away for the season. When you give at the red kettle outside of Palmer’s Market, 90% of the money dropped in the kettle goes right back to our community! — an announcement from Darien Department of Human Services

Did you know that the volunteers outside of Palmer’s Market collects on average about $500 in donations? The volunteers are your friends and neighbors. Groups such as the Boy Scouts, the Masons, Darien Men’s Group and others spend their weekends in December ringing the bells to benefit our community.

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Well, NOW We Beat ’em: Darien Tops New Canaan in Third ‘Most Generous Town’ Competition

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This year, Thanksgiving marked the date of not one, but two competitions between perennial rivals Darien and New Canaan — the hotly contested Turkey Bowl, and the final day of the third annual “Most Generous Town” fundraising competition between the Community Fund of Darien and the New Canaan Community Foundation. — an announcement from the Community Fund of Darien
Although New Canaan won the football competition, Darien is this year’s fundraising champion!  Collectively, the two nonprofit organizations raised an impressive $300,280 — double last year’s amount — which is then allocated through grants to local charities. Last year, New Canaan won by a slim margin, with over $150,000 raised between both nonprofits — more than doubling the amount collected in the inaugural year.  In another very close contest, Darien edged out the first victory in 2017. To commemorate the event, The Community Fund of Darien will proudly house a large “Turkey Trophy” at its office for the next year. What began as a fun way to encourage local donors to give to the two nonprofits on “Giving Tuesday” — a nationally-recognized day focused on charitable donations on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — evolved into a full-fledged week of giving.

Rowayton Gardeners Christmas Market Coming Saturday, Dec 7

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From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, the Rowayton Community Center transforms into a stunning showcase of holiday decorations with the annual Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual Christmas Market. — an announcement from Rowayton Gardeners

The Market, which takes place at the Rowayton Community Center, 22 Highland Ave., features designer-quality wreaths and center pieces, one-of-a-kind gifts, boxwood trees and ornaments — all reasonably priced. A range of fabulous items are on offer at the silent auction, and Santa is also on hand to welcome children and grandchildren. Come support the Garden Club’s mission of spreading the word about conservation, maintaining most of our public spaces, introducing children to the joy of growing living things, and raising community awareness about the environment.