STAR Inc gifts to kids in Rubino Center

Students Make Holidays Brighter for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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Each child in the STAR Rubino Family Center, an early intervention pediatric therapy program in Norwalk, will receive a handmade card with a cheerful holiday note along with a book to enjoy during the holidays, thanks to a project spearheaded by Amanda King Heavey and her son, Will. — an announcement from  STAR Inc., Lighting the Way

Heavey, a STAR board member and New Canaan resident, and Will, a student at East School in New Canaan, were joined by students in Grades K-4, the Community Service committee of volunteer parents, the PTC board, and Principal Mrs.Woleck came together to give the holiday gifts. Along with the gifts to individual children, the project is also providing a specially curated selection of books that address age appropriate understanding of unique abilities, inclusion, diversity, and kindness will be shared at the school and donated to STAR Rubino Family Center lending library. Through STAR Rubino Family Center, STAR provides a multi-lingual program for children experiencing, or at risk of, developmental delays. This program, generously supported in part by The New Canaan Community Foundation and The Community Fund of Darien and other generous grants, offers services from birth through age eight.

Mark Your Calendars for Darien’s Christmas Tree Pick-Up Schedule

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The Darien Department of Public Works will conduct its annual Christmas tree pick-up program according to the following schedule:

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THE FOLLOWING ARE A FEW IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

· Christmas Trees must be at the curb by the first morning of the scheduled pick-up. · Christmas Tree pick-up is conducted on public streets only. · Residents are asked to refer to a Town map to determine their designated area for schedule. · The schedule has been rotated from last year.

Your Might Win One of 6 Weekly Drawings for #DarienTogether $250 Gift Certificate

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The Corbin District is teaming up with The Darien Chamber of Commerce to spread the joy of the holiday season again this year to support our local retailers. 2021 continues to be a difficult time for our local businesses and it is important to support our local shops. — an announcement from the Darien Chamber of Commerce and The Corbin District

We have so many amazing businesses here in Darien, many of which are locally owned and operated, with incredible service and high quality and unique offerings. This Instagram/social media initiative between The Corbin District and The Darien Chamber of Commerce will enable us to support our community businesses and at the same time thank residents and visitors who choose to shop locally. Welcome back, #Darientogether!

Square Dazzling December YWCA Darien/Norwalk 2021

Dazzling December Shopping Night at Everything Is Rosey Supports YW’s Parent Awareness Programs

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YWCA of Darien/Norwalk’s annual Dazzling December shopping event, a fun and festive evening celebrating the upcoming holiday season, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9 at Everything is Rosey in Darien. — an announcement from the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk

Everything is Rosey at 1072 Post Road in Darien offers a wide array of colorful apparel, resort wear and unique holiday gifts. Light hors d’oeuvres and complimentary wine tastings will be served by local Scout & Cellar representative Sally Betz. Several gift baskets will be raffled off throughout the evening.

Cooking advice for Thanksgiving turkeys

Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely — Advice from Darien Health Department

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Some advice on keeping your Thanksgiving food healthy — information passed on by Mindy Chambrelli, a registered sanitarian at Darien Health Department:
Last year, more than 46 million turkeys were carved and eaten at Thanksgiving. Turkey is typically accompanied by a host of side dishes and desserts, making the Thanksgiving meal by far one of the largest meals most people will cook all year.  Please do so safely and remember NO need to wash the bird, place it directly into the roasting pan! Fresh or Frozen? Fresh Turkeys

Allow 1 pound of turkey per person. Buy your turkey only 1 to 2 days before you plan to cook it.

Methodist Family Childrens Preschool Thanksgiving Sing

Methodist Family Center Preschool Collects Record-Breaking Amount in Annual Food Drive for P2P

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A record-breaking 300 canned and dry goods were collected for Person-to-Person’s pantry at the recent “Thanksgiving Sing” at the Methodist Family Center Preschool. — an announcement from the Methodist Family Center Preschool

On a bright and unseasonably warm November morning, the MFCP welcomed the school’s families to the Thanksgiving Sing, a cherished annual tradition that had been canceled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The ‘Sing’ as it is affectionately called, concluded a month-long food drive in partnership with Person to Person’s Darien Pantry and their mobile food pantry, P2P On Wheels. Children ages 3 to 5 began the Sing by bringing their food donations and placing them in a basket. “Listening to the children sing reminds us of how blessed we are to come together on a gorgeous day with the sole purpose of being thankful,” said MFCP Director Laurie Anderson.

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Donate to the Darien Human Services Holiday Gift-Giving Program

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Celebrate the holidays by bringing joy to a struggling family or senior. You can do it through the Darien Human Services Department’s holiday gift-giving program. — an announcement from the Darien Human Services Department

Families range in size from two to six people. Due to COVID-19, we are asking for donations of gift cards (you will receive suggestions to make things more personalized). Drop off the gift cards in our office and your “adopted” family or senior will pick them up from us.

Christmas wreath making at DCA 2021 Darien Community Association

‘Like the Wreath? I Made It Myself!’ at DCA Workshop, Thursday, Dec 2

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Members of the DCA’s Greenhouse Group will be holding a holiday greens wreath workshop to create your own wreath on Thursday, Dec. 2. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Join the Darien Community Association’s Greenhouse Group at 10 to 11:30 a.m. as they lead you in this hands-on workshop to make a festive wreath of your very own. Bring your gloves, pruners and imagination and we’ll provide the rest, including fresh greens, ribbons and a variety of embellishments. Masks required.

Stamford Park Party Nov 2021

Free, Family Friendly ‘Park Party’ With Giant Thanksgiving Parade Balloons in Stamford This Sunday

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A free, family-friendly “Parade Spectacular Park Party” with giant parade balloons, entertainment and photos with Santa, will take place throughout Mill River Park in downtown Stamford this coming Sunday afternoon, Nov. 21. The party is a replacement for the city’s traditional giant balloon Thanksgiving parade, which was also cancelled last year. The event, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. (but will “loop, in hour-long segments” according to this report in the Stamford Advocate) is sponsored by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, which has been sponsoring downtown holiday events for decades. No tickets or pre-registration is required.

Carolyn's Absolutely Fabulous Events Christmas Tea 2021

Have Christmas Tea at the Darien Community Association (or at Home) Dec 10

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Carolyn Eddie and her Absolutely Fabulous supporting cast return for the holidays at the Darien Community Association on Friday, Dec. 10. The DCA mansion will be decorated for the season and provide a festive backdrop for a welcome catch-up with friends, amidst the hustle and bustle of this time of year. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

Savor a delightful offering of tea sandwiches, assorted scones with jam and clotted cream, and a selection of cakes, pastries, and sweet treats — accompanied by a special holiday cocktail. If you prefer, order a take-home package that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, with pick-up from the DCA.

Halloween Safety Darien Police 2021

Halloween Safety Tips From Darien Police for Parents, Trick-or-Treaters, Householders and Drivers

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In order to assist our community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the Darien Police Department has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. To enjoy a fun and safe Halloween, we suggest parents, children, motorists, and homeowners follow this advice:

PARENTS
• Always escort your children and carry a flashlight. • Be familiar with the neighborhood where your children will be trick-or-treating. • Set a specific time for your child/children to be out. • Always know who is trick-or-treating with your children.