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Register Soon: Five-Week Coding Class for Adults at Darien Library Starts Sept 4

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Darien Library is offering a five-week coding course for adults, meeting on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting this coming Wednesday, Sept. 4. Registration is now open. As of Wednesday morning, there were 10 spaces left in the course, half of the total available. The class continues through Wednesday, Oct.2.

Registration Open for Silvermine Arts Center Fall Courses and Workshops

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Registration is open for Fall 2019 courses and workshops at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan. Silvermine’s Fall Semester Course catalog is available online. Registration for the Fall Semester began on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Students can register over the phone, in person, or online for any of Silvermine’s courses or workshops.

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Darien Arts Center Registration Still Open for Youth and Adult Fall Classes

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Registration is open for classes for all ages in dance, visual arts, martial arts, music and theatre at the Darien Arts Center. Fall classes begin Sept. 3. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

To register for classes, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.

Rowayton Arts Center Offers Fall Arts Classes for Kids and Adults

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Looking for a fall art class? The Rowayton Arts Center has everything from “Intro to Painting” and “Figure Drawing” to “Alla Prima Portraiture” plus much more. You can check out the schedule for both kids and adults online, here. Here are many of the classes. Some start in early September or even August, so register soon:
One-Time Workshops for Youth
 

Fashion Workshop for Beginners — Instructor: Jessica LaRock — Sep 28 – Sep 29 (Sat – Sun) — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Halloween Workshop — Instructor: Jessica LaRock — Oct 25  (Fri) — 4 to 6 p.m.
Fashion Workshop for Intermediates — Instructor: Jessica LaRock— Nov 2 – Nov 3 (Sat – Sun) — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fashion Workshop for Advanced — Instructor: Jessica LaRock— Nov 9 – Nov 10 (Sat – Sun) — 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday Art Workshop — Instructor: Nancy Chapman — Dec 7 (Sat) — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Classes for Youths
Click on the links for fees and further information:

Portfolio Development for HS Students — Instructor: Nancy McTague-Stock — Saturdays, Sept.

Dance, Martial Arts Classes, Private Music Lessons Begin Sept 3 at Darien Arts Center

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Registration is open for fall classes that begin on Sept. 3 at the Darien Arts Center. See all classes and sign up at DarienArts.org. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Dance Program
The DAC Dance Program offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes for ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Adult Lyrical Jazz, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Pop-Pilates Tap, and Pointe.

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MN Acting Studio Has Open House on Thursday Aug 29, and Here are Upcoming Classes

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MN Studios invites the publlic to its open house  Thursday, Aug. 29 and learn about its upcoming acting classes and workshops in downtown Darien. — an announcement from MN Studios

Come meet Matt Newton (on-set coach for Ava Duvernay’s Emmy nominated mini series “When They See Us,” and learn about our upcoming fall workshops, classes and one on one coaching. PRICE: FREE
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
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MN Studios is at 22 Grove St., Darien. Questions?

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You Can Now Register for Darien Arts Center Fall Classes for Adults and Kids

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Registration is open for Darien Arts Center fall classes for all ages in dance, visual arts, martial arts, music and theater. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

To register for classes, visit the DAC website or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. DANCE
The DAC dance program offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. The DAC Weatherstone Studio converts to a black box performance space, giving DAC students the most performance opportunities in the area.

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Watercolor Painting Class at Rowayton Arts Center Starts Monday, July 8

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The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) is offering a new adult class, “Wonders and Spontaneity of Watercolors,” on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning July 8, 2019. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
Explore the wonders and spontaneity of painting with water and the numerous ways it can be used for optimum effect. The instructor, Judith Orseck Katz (known as Judy), will teach participants her techniques and the “secrets” she uses when painting with watercolors and gouache. This class is geared toward all levels of watercolor artists and others who are curious about the medium. Judy is well known in the region for her gouaches and ceramic sculpture.  Her distinct style is a blend of Eastern tradition and Western abstraction.  She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Silvermine School of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in various schools around the country.

Poker Chips Darien Holds 'Em

Beginning Poker Class Offered at Darien Library for the Next Five Thursday Evenings

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Learn when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em — Darien Library is presenting a five-week class covering the basics of poker and including several different games. The sessions, starting this Thursday, June 13, run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., each Thursday through July 18. If you’re gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right […]

“Join us as we cover the basics and then play several different poker games including 5 card draw, 7 card stud, Texas Hold ’em (the one you see on TV) — over five weeks. No experience necessary,” the library said in an announcement. Know when to walk away
And know when to run

You’ll need to register, here.

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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.

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AAA Driver Improvement Class Offered at East Norwalk Library on April 23

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Experienced Fairfield County motorists can lower their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills when they enroll in AAA’s Driver Improvement Program classes that teach the basics of defensive driving and provide current driving practice updates. — an announcement from AAA Northeast
AAA will conduct a free four-hour class at its newest location, the East Norwalk Association Library, 51 Van Zant Street, East Norwalk on Tuesday, April 23 from 9 am to 1 pm. Sgt. Ralph Fonseca of the Norwalk Police Department will lead the class. To register, go to AAA.com/DefensiveDriving  or call 866-901-8457.  However, walk-ins are welcome. “Our program is aimed at drivers with several years of experience, who wish to improve or refresh their driving skills,” explains Fran Mayko, AAA’s public affairs spokesman and DIP coordinator.

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‘Atmospheric Landscapes’ Painting Class — 12 Hours Long, Over Two Days at Rowayton Arts Center

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Will McCarthy will be teaching a workshop, “Atmospheric Landscapes” at the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) during the weekend of April 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

Back by popular demand, this workshop will inspire your imagination and loosen up your flow. William McCarthy engages the artist by sharing the techniques that enable him to paint from his imagination and achieve an atmospheric style that captures, in essence, the beauty and the emotion of the landscape. The day will begin with a lecture and demonstration and launches into a full day of painting and interaction. The second day will consist of starting new works as well as finishing up the previous day’s work, adjusting tone and adding detail bringing out the best in each image. Both oil and acrylic painters are welcome.  The concepts taught are applicable to all.  However, if you paint in acrylics, be sure to bring your own paints.

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Two Different Mah Jongg Classes Offered at DCA in March

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Popular instructor and longtime Darien resident Donna Holt is at the Darien Community Association to teach two different classes to learn and play Mah Jongg based on your ability. Mah Jongg: Learn to Play classes

Try this four week session with longtime Darien resident and instructor Donna Holt.

Beginners will learn the basics: how to identify tiles and understand the Mah Jongg card, and how to select and strengthen a winning hand. Rules and strategies of play as well as game etiquette will be covered. Please order your 2018 card at nationalmahjonggleague.org once class is confirmed. This class is offered on four Tuesdays (March 5, 12, 19 and 26) from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

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Cake Decorating Class Coming March 7 at Darien Community Association

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A beautiful cake makes any holiday or special occasion more festive! Here’s your chance to learn from the pros, in this buttercream cake class led by Palmer’s Bakery expert cake decorators. — an announcement from Darien Community Association

The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7 at the Darien Community Association. Each student will receive an eight inch cake, turntable and set of spatulas (yours to keep), and choose from a variety of cake flavors and fillings. Instruction will include: how to cut, fill and crumb coat a cake; icing a cake in buttercream, basic piping skills; and decorating techniques such as sugar roses and gum paste bows.

STAR Silvermine ArtAcademy

New Arts Program for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Silvermine Arts Center

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Silvermine Arts Center, in partnership with STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, announced on Thursday the creation of a new arts education program called “ArtAcademy.”

ArtAcademy taps into the transformative power of art for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by engaging them in a variety of art classes in an inclusive setting on Silvermine’s campus. — an announcement from Silvermine Arts Center

This new initiative expands Silvermine’s previous collaboration with STAR held at the Norwalk Public Library where students sampled classes in watercolors, pastels, and collages. On-site classes at Silvermine will enhance the instruction and experience by offering proper studios with special facilities and equipment in a creative environment where STAR participants will interact with teachers and fellow students. “ArtAcademy will offer the resources and pathways for adults with I/DD to explore, develop, and share their talents — and perhaps even discover skills that might lead to career development,” said Robin Jaffee Frank, director of strategy and development at Silvermine. “The STAR participants will develop art skills and social interactions, leading to improved creativity and independence,” Frank said.