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‘Girl’s Night Out’ Gingerbread Decorating Night Dec 10 at Darien Community Association

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Gather your friends, neighbors, or book group for a Girls’ Night Out Gingerbread House Decorating from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. As one participant raved, “It’s like no other event of its kind—low key, lots of fun, and a really nice evening out with friends before the holiday rush begins.”

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association

The DCA and Palmer’s Catering will provide light bites, wine, gingerbread houses and all of the decorating supplies you’ll need. You supply the creativity! You’ll be supporting a great cause — the non-profit mission of the DCA — which includes college scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

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Learn About Gems (and Auctions) Nov 5, When a Sotheby’s Expert Speaks at DCA Women’s Luncheon

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A Darien Community Association Women’s Luncheon on Nov. 5 will feature  a representative from Sotheby’s auction house talking about colored gems— rubies, emeralds and sapphires — their qualities and origins, and how to determine which are the finest. The presentation will be given by Alexander Eblen, a Sotheby’s senior specialist and vice president. Audience participation will be encouraged. Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s is the oldest and largest internationally recognized firm of fine art auctioneers in the world.

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DCA Lecture Series ‘The Art of Looking’ Begins Oct 3 with Wall Street Journal Art Critic

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Darien Community Association’s annual Art Lecture Series this year is The Art of Looking presented by Lance Esplund, art critic for The Wall Street Journal. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

On four Thursdays in October, Esplund will present the lecture series based on his book, “The Art of Looking: How to Read Modern and Contemporary Art.” The Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 lectures begin promptly at 11 a.m., with luncheons to follow. Drawing on his experience beginning as an artist, becoming an award winning teacher in the classroom and now as acute observer in national media of art exhibitions in the United States, Esplund will be sharing his insights of interpretation to allow integration of the viewer’s understanding of both modern and contemporary art with what has preceded it — the ballast of art history.

Two Bridge Classes This Fall at Darien Community Association

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) is offering two bridge classes starting this fall. — an announcement from Darien Community Association

For any of the classes, registration is available online at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA directly at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10. Classes are held at the DCA at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien. Beginning Bridge Classes
This is the perfect class for anyone who wants to learn bridge. Absolutely no prior experience required.

‘History and Health Benefits of Tea’ Presentation at DCA Women’s Luncheon, Oct 1

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) Women’s Luncheons start their season featuring “The History and Health Benefits of Tea” presented by Bigelow Tea, a family-owned business for 75 years and three generations, for their luncheon on Tuesday, October 1 at 12:15pm at the DCA. Tea is the second most popularly consumed beverage worldwide behind water. It has a long and storied history tied to each culture, society and time period that it touched. Tea continues to be enjoyed today and is not only tasty but also a positive addition to a balanced diet. Join Bigelow Tea, a local family company operating for the past 75 years, for a discussion of the history of this amazing plant as we travel through the most important milestones in tea history.

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Eagle Scout Project Creates ‘Insect Hotel’ at DCA Bird Sanctuary

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A Darien Troop 53 Scout, Maximus Racanelli, completed his Eagle Scout service project in August at the Darien Community Association Bird Sanctuary. Racanelli led his team to construct two insect hotels which provide a home for various insects such as bees, beetles, fireflies, ladybugs, dragonflies, and butterflies. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

These various bugs help to pollinate the flowers, plants, and trees in the sanctuary. Insect hotels are natural structures that are helpful to the environment because not only do they provide homes for insects, but they provide food for species higher up the food chain including birds and small rodents, creating a stable base in the ecosystem. Each insect hotel was assembled using seven wooden pallets to create the frame and filling in each layer with various materials such as bamboo filled with hollow plant stems, straw, pieces of terra cotta pots, and seed pods for different insect species to live in.

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Boot Camps and Classes for Mah Jongg at the DCA

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You can now register for either a beginner class (in July) and one for advanced players of American Mah Jongg (in June) at the Darien Community Association:

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association
Advanced Class in June: Guided Play Mah Jongg — Four Weeks

You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked. This four week session will offer lots of playing time and the chance to meet other players, with instructor Donna Holt on hand to oversee play. She will be available to help with all aspects of the game, from choosing your hand, to guiding the group through any rules or etiquette questions that arise. Come meet others mad for Mah Jongg and build your confidence. Please bring your 2019 card to each class.

DCA Greenhouse Group 2019

55th Annual — or Should We Say Perennial? — DCA Plant Sale Coming Friday, May 10

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Beautiful plants at great prices, all for a good cause, will be offered on Friday, May 10 at the Darien Community Association from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy free coffee and tea with home baked scones and muffins while you shop, learn and socialize. There is no fee for entry to the plant sale or the workshops offered with it. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

The DCA Plant Sale, run by the DCA Greenhouse Group, offers over 1,500 naturally-grown hardy perennials from their greenhouse: sun-loving, shade-loving, native, deer-resistant, and highly-prized new plants are available. They are also offering colorful annuals and some newly-introduced succulents. Tomatoes and other favorites you just can’t live without will also be for sale.

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DCA Easter Egg Hunt at 10 AM SHARP TODAY, Good Friday

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Gather your Easter baskets and come out for an Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of the Darien Community Association! This annual event is a great way for children to get into the spirit of the holiday. Please come early, as the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp on Friday, April 19 (Good Friday) and takes only a few minutes. A special appearance by the Easter Bunny makes this a wonderful morning. Parking at the DCA is limited, carpooling is encouraged.

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Duo Piano Group Spring Concert on Sunday, April 28 at Darien Community Association

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On Sunday, April 28 at 4:00pm the Darien Community Association’s Duo Piano Group will perform their spring concert, “A Spring in Your Step – Let’s Dance!” at 4 p..m., Sunday, April 28. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Every melody dances – please join us for a “taste” of wonderful piano dance music. We will travel to Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, Spain and beyond to bring you on a dance-themed journey around the world! Light refreshments offered. The DCA Duo Piano Group is an enthusiastic group of accomplished amateur pianists who play together for fun and to continue their musical education.

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‘Financial Basics for Young Adults’ Workshop April 30 at Darien Community Association

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) will offer their next financial workshop – “Financial Basics for Young Adults” on Tuesday, April 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Are your adult children well-launched? Join us for an educational workshop on Financial Basics with a focus on young adults. During this session you will learn more about:

—The importance of goal setting and financial planning

—The basics of budgeting, managing debt and credit, investing and saving

—Good habits for the future

—Different retirement plans and the savings and tax implications they may have on your retirement goals

Attend with your adult child or encourage him or her to attend on his/her own. A light lunch will be provided. This session will be led by Karen Goersch, CPA, CRPC®, APMA®, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial.

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Free Spring Gardening Workshop on April 23 at the DCA

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Finally – spring is here! Members of the Darien Community Association Greenhouse Group are again offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, April 23. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Join the group to divide and transplant perennials, plant containers, and prune shrubs on the DCA grounds. Novice gardeners will be given guidance; experienced gardeners are welcome to just help out. Participants should wear clothes appropriate to gardening, and bring any hand tools available (trowel, hand shovel, clippers; the group will have extras).

Thrift Shop Prom Dresses 2019

Prom Dress Sale Starts Saturday, March 23 at DCA Darien Thrift Shop

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The DCA Darien Thrift Shop is holding a prom dress sale, starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 23. Another special event, a “New and Premium Label” clothing sale, will take place at the thrift shop on Monday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thrift Shop. About the DCA Thrift Shop
The DCA Thrift Shop was founded in 1931 to supply clothing and food to families in need, and offer employment for women during the Depression. Workers washed and mended donated clothing and repaired household articles, which were then sold at very low prices. Today’s Thrift Shop is run by volunteers, continuing the tradition of helping the community.

Bridge 4 Class at the DCA

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) is offering Bridge 4 classes starting in March. This class picks up where Bridge 3 left off. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

A solid knowledge of the basic play of the hand and basic bidding is required. Topics to be covered include play of the hand, basic defense, and some new conventions! Instructor: Joan Bergen

Bridge 4 will be held on Tuesday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am for six classes on March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 23.

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Learn About ‘Active Travel Adventures’ at DCA Women’s Luncheon on March 5

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The Darien Community Association Women’s Luncheons will feature “Active Travel Adventures” featuring Backroads for their luncheon on Tuesday, March 5 at 12:15 p.m. at the DCA. Come learn about this unique travel trend that takes you hiking and biking all over the globe while combining cultural encounters, exceptional cuisine and destination hotels into unique itineraries. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Heidi Sheldon has been traveling actively since her first adventure with her husband in 1988 when they climbed Mount Ararat in Eastern Turkey. Now a regional sales manager for Backroads and a Darien resident, Heidi enjoys traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada, sharing her passion for active travel. Whether history buff, photography enthusiast, spa devotee, or wine connoisseur, Backroads’ unique formula combines options and support so travelers of all ages are able to travel at their own pace and enjoy the outdoors on their own terms.

Men are welcome, too!