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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 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.

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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.

Weekend-long Art Workshop, ‘Color Schemes and Strategies,’ at Rowayton Arts Center

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Patti Mollica will be teaching a workshop called “Bending Reality – Color Theory Schemes and Strategies” at the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) the weekend of Feb. 9 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Patti, author of Color Theory, an Essential Guide to Color will be teaching the strategy behind working with color schemes and pushing color choices to the next level. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

In this workshop, learn how “less is more” in your palette for good color harmony, and learn to work with the colors of your choice. Many painters feel bound by the colors they see, which can lead to predictable paintings that lack drama, no matter how well they are painted.

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Registration for Beach Permits and Spring, Summer Programs Starts March 6: Here Are Some Offerings

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Darien Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that registration for 2019 spring & summer programs, as well as the sale of 2019 beach permits, will begin on Wednesday, March 6 online, here. Program registration and beach permit sales will also be accepted through the mail or in-person in Room 110 of the Darien Town Hall, starting March 6. — an announcement from Darien Parks and Recreation Department

For more information please call the office at 203-656-7325. Darien Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs for town residents. Program offerings will be accessible online starting Friday, Jan.

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You Can Still Register for a Class Saturday on Adobe Software at Darien Library

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Editor’s note: This free class at Darien Library takes place from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 (tomorrow) and it isn’t full yet. It costs nothing but your time and energy. Whether you are a small business owner, entrepreneur, graphic designer, or are just simply interested in creating a specific work such as a brochure, join us! This class will go step by step in helping you create a compelling stand out flyer or design a newsletter format for a published work.

Artist Sam Morrow Leads Darien Arts Center Photography Class for Kids, Painting Class for Adults

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Artist Sam Morrow is leading the Digital Photography class for ages 9-12, starting Friday, Oct. 5, and an Oil Painting class for adults at the Darien Arts Center, starting Oct. 10. Morrow has taught at local art centers including Silvermine, Rowayton Arts Center, Greenwich Art Society and Ridgefield Guild of Artists, as well as at East Tennessee State University and Virginia Intermont. He has a BFA from St.

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Workshop Series for Teens Who Want to Sharpen Theater Auditioning Skills

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The Audition Workout, an intensive workshop for high school students at the Darien Arts Center, promises to hone auditioning skills and give participants the tools to make every audition a positive experience. _____________

— an announcement from Darien Arts Center


The DAC’s theatre department has invited local industry professionals Claire Kelly, Carole Claps, Jenifer Menedis, and Dwayne Condon to share their expertise in this workshop series. The series consists of three sessions, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 26, Oct. 1 and Oct.

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New Classes Offered This Fall at Darien Arts Center, and You Can Register Now

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Darien Arts Center is offering some new classes this fall, and registration is now open for educational programs in dance, visual arts, music, theater and martial arts, along with special events and community theater produced by DAC Stage. For further information, to sign up for email newsletters, or to register for classes, visit the Darien Arts Center website or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. For Ages 3 Through High School
NEW! — Middle School Theatre Makers, ages 11-14, Tuesdays, 4 to 5:15 p.m., Sept. 11-Nov.

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New Playwriting Workshop Offered by Darien Arts Center: Starts Sept 20

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Adult students will be inspired to shape their ideas and start, rewrite or complete their scripts with internationally produced playwright Jason Pizzarello, in the new Playwriting Workshop at the Darien Arts Center. The workshop, available to those 18 and older, takes place on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 20 through Nov. 1. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

Over the six-session workshop, students will conquer the blank page together by focusing on core story building blocks: character, conflict, structure, dialog, dramatic action, and theatricality.

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Art, Dance, Music, Martial Arts Classes at Darien Arts Center: Register Soon

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The Darien Arts Center is offering a variety of creative opportunities for winter and spring of 2018, as well as Improv Night for adults on Feb. 3. View all classes and workshops and register at The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall. For more information, call (203) 655-8683
DANCE and MARTIAL ARTS: Spring classes begin Jan.

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You Can Sign Up for One or More Gardening Classes at Darien Nature Center

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The Darien Nature Center is pleased to announce a new gardening series starting this fall and continuing through the winter into spring. We will be joined by master gardener, Eve Mauger, and by native plant and composting enthusiast, Deepika Saksena, as we explore everything from pruning, planting, the benefits of native species, and what to do with those pesky weeds! “Adding native plants to your garden can have remarkable results — adding beautiful color and texture, simplifying care, and attracting birds, butterflies and pollinating bees,” said Mauger, who will be leading the series. “We also want to share tips on gardening basics and composting that every level of gardener can benefit from. Mostly, we will have fun in the garden and learn from each other as we share knowledge and experience.”

All classes will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and topics will include:

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Darien Junior Sailing Team Still Has Spots Available for Classes this Summer

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Darien Junior Sailing Team (DJST) is Darien’s best kept secret! There are still some spots available for this summer. Learn to sail without the hassle of owning a boat. Instruction for all levels of sailing and racing for youth ages 8-16 is at Weed Beach. For online registration and details, go to the DJST website. Questions about the program can be emailed to Here’s more bout DJST from the group’s website:
DJST provides all Darien families the opportunity to try the sport of sailing without the hassle and expense of owning your own boat!

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DCA Class on Sparkling Wines Taught by Experts from Nicholas Roberts

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) will feature a class about sparkling wines with Nicholas Roberts from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday. Join us to experience champagne alternatives that will tickle your nose, sparkle your palate and satisfy your budget. We’ll explore and taste a Prosecco, a Cava, a domestic sparkling wine, and a Crémant. And we’ll throw in the real thing, too, to completely satisfy your taste buds! Fees are $55 for DCA members and $60 for the public.