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Volunteers Needed to Tag Horseshoe Crabs: Register for Maritime Aquarium How-to Classes

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A beach mating ritual that is millions of years old is about to occur again on Connecticut’s shorelines, and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk needs help documenting it. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Volunteers are needed this spring to help the Aquarium tag horseshoe crabs when the unique creatures come out of Long Island Sound to spawn in the sand. This mass event is a bonanza time to gather data for an ongoing horseshoe-crab census — so much so that help is needed from “citizen scientists.”

“These tagging trainings reach capacity every spring, which thrills and amuses us,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “Horseshoe crabs are hardly cute and cuddly. But a lot of people find it fun to go mucking around the beach in the middle of the night with us — all on the crabs’ behalf.

Learn About Artist Joan Miró at April 30 MoMA Lecture at Darien Library

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Get a sneak preview of the latest hit exhibit from the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Miró: Birth of the World, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 30 in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. — an announcement from Darien Library

“You and all my writer friends have given me much help and improved my understanding of many things,” Joan Miró told the French poet Michel Leiris in the summer of 1924, writing from his family’s farm in Montroig, a small village nestled between the mountains and the sea in his native Catalonia. The next year, Miró’s intense engagement with poetry, the creative process, and material experimentation inspired him to paint The Birth of the World. In this signature work, Miró covered the ground of the oversize canvas by applying paint in an astonishing variety of ways that recall poetic chance procedures. He then added a series of pictographic signs that seem less painted than drawn, transforming the broken syntax, constellated space, and dreamlike imagery of avant-garde poetry into a radiantly imaginative and highly inventive form of painting.

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REMINDER: Meet and Hear Your Local Officials on Challenges Facing Darien, Thursday Night

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The League of Women Voters of Darien will sponsor the annual Town Officials Program on Thursday, March 28 at Darien Library. — an announcement from the League of Women Voters of Darien

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

Participants will include: First Selectman, Jayme Stevenson; Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky; Board of Education Chairman Tara Ochman; Planning and Zoning Commission Vice Chair Steve Olvany and Representative Town Meeting Moderator Seth Morton. Each of the speakers will discuss the work of their respective boards and share their perspective on important issues facing Darien. There will be time for questions following the presentation. The program is free and open to the public.

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‘HAZE’ Documentary and Panel Discussion STILL ON for Tonight at Darien Library

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UPDATE: “[T]he screening of Haze tonight is on despite the Darien schools’ snow day. The roads are clear and the library is open!” Emily Larkin, the Thriving Youth Program director for the Community Fund of Darien announced Monday morning. Haze, a documentary about a college freshman who died from alcohol poisoning during a fraternity initiation in 2004, will be shown at Darien Library on Monday, March 4, followed by a panel discussion with experts. You’re invited to the event, which takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Darien Library Community Room.

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Marijuana Expert to Speak on Facts and Myths in New Canaan This Tuesday, March 5

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Author and marijuana expert Kevin Sabet, Ph.D will deliver a talk about facts and myths surrounding pot from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 in New Canaan at an event organized by New Canaan Parent Support Group. His talk, “Reefer Sanity Debunking the Myths About Marijuana” takes place at Saxe Middle School Auditorium, 468 South Ave. in New Canaan. Please visit NCParentSupportGroup.Org to register. — an announcement from New Canaan Parent Support Group

Sabet is author of Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, now in its 2nd edition.

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Presentation Thursday on How CT Schools Address Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities

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Dr. Margie Gillis will discuss “Understanding Dyslexia/Reading Disabilities: Using Data-driven Instruction to Make Progress,” about the process of getting the best support for every child who needs it. She also will answer questions. In this presentation, co-sponsored by Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) and Darien Library, Gillis will discuss identification and instruction, advocacy and empowerment during her presentation from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28. — an announcement from Darien Library

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)/Dyslexia affects 80 percent of those diagnosed with learning disabilities.

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U.S. Rep Jim Himes Speaks Wednesday Morning to Greenwich Retired Men’s Association

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The Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich is hosting Congressman Jim Himes at its weekly speaker series, Wednesday, Feb 20. The talk starts promptly at 11 a.m.
— an announcement from the Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich

Himes will discuss the challenges facing the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Over the coming months, Democrats will be taking action to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act, preserve the environment, invest in infrastructure, rein in the President’s power to make war, protect LGBTQ and women’s rights and create immigration solutions that work. Legislative priorities include providing paid family leave and working to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. From his seat on the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), Congressman Himes will also give his informed perspective on the reinvigorated investigation of Russian interference in our elections.

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Rowayton Arts Center ‘Art as Inspiration’ Creative Writing Workshop, Feb 27

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The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) is offering a creative writing workshop, “Art as Inspiration,” an inspired evening of art and writing on Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Using the current Abstraction Exhibition as a portal into creativity, the group will engage in individual and collaborative exercises under the guidance of Liz Matthews. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their writing. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

For those who wish to take this a step further, Liz will share tools for how to help transform these ideas and musings into polished stories and essays. Liz Matthews recently completed her first novel about the photojournalist Margaret Bourke White, and teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop.  She has an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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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Complimentary Dinner and Talk on Sleep Health for Parents of Premature Babies, Jan 29

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In an effort to provide valuable resources and practical help for parents with premature babies, The Tiny Miracles Foundation (TTMF) has announced their After the NICU Education Series for 2019 with their first program, “Sleep Health and Transitions” with Dr. John Ciannella, a neonatologist at Stamford Hospital. — an announcement from The Tiny Miracles Foundation

His presentation takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Wilton Congregational Church, Pilgrim Hall, 70 Ridgefield Road in Wilton.  The program and dinner is free, but RSVPs are required. Dr. Ciannella is associate director of the Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics at Stamford Hospital. He is responsible for bringing physicians assistants and neonatal nurse practitioners into the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) as well as overseeing the care and development of newborns, including immediate treatment of any medical emergencies should they arise during delivery.

Tips for Anyone Decluttering or Downsizing Into a Smaller Home: Presentation on Tuesday, Jan 15

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Are you thinking about downsizing? Is your home full of accumulated possessions that you don’t know how to handle? Are you unsure about where to begin? — an announcement from Darien Library

Professional Organizer Seana Turner of The Seana Method has some answers. Seana will offer strategies for the many facets of the downsizing process, including:

Where and how to begin decluttering
How to make decisions about what to keep and what to shed
How to go about moving items out of your space (e.g. donating, selling, trashing, redistributing to family members, etc.)
How to set a timeline for selling and moving

Seana’s tips will be helpful regardless of where you are in the process.

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Losing Weight and Keeping Fit — Free Lunchtime Presentation by Darien Wellness Therapy

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The holidays are over and we are beginning the new year with the same resolutions as last year. For many of us, losing weight and becoming fit are on the agenda again. We set goals and then forget them or after a day of struggle, give up, and give in to dessert! Darien Wellness Therapy invites you to a conversation with cognitive behavioral therapist and life coach David Ezell, CEO at Darien Wellness. — an announcement from Darien Wellness Therapy

David will help you better understand from his personal experience how to become fit — and stay that way — forever.

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St Luke’s Presents Lecture Series on Religious Art; Displays Handwritten, Illuminated Bible

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With the invention of the printing press, so went the practice of writing the bible by hand — until Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, produced a 1,165-page handwritten, gold-illuminated bible in 2011. A limited edition of one of the seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible is on display at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Parish for all to view for one year. St. Luke’s is also hosting a three-part lecture series this month on Bible art. — This announcement from St.

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‘American Gulag’ — Four-Week Lecture Series on History of Slavery Starts Monday, Jan 7

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Darien Library presents a new four-week series on American slavery which started in 1619 in Jamestown and ended with the Civl War in 1865. Mark Albertson’s first lecture of the American Gulag series is on Monday, January 7 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Lectures take place on Mondays through Jan. 28. — an announcement from Darien Library, with additional information from the library website

American Gulag: 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of Dutch traders bringing the first 20 Africans to the New World, depositing them at Jamestown.

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‘Turkey at the Crossroads’ — DCA Global Issues Series of Five Talks in January

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Darien Community Association’s 2019 Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues, “Turkey at a Crossroads”, begins Thursday, Jan. 3 and runs each of five weeks through the end of the month. —This article combines announcements from the Darien Community Association with information on the DCA website. First Lecture, Jan 3: ‘Turkey and the Neighborhood’
The first lecture begins at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3 with a timely talk by Steven Cook.