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REMINDER: Presentation TONIGHT on ‘Decoding the SAT and ACT’ College Admission Tests

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Join Lynn Carnegie, founder & CEO of Carnegie Prep, for a presentation on “Decoding the SAT and ACT” college tests on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Depot Youth Center. — an announcement from the Depot Youth Center and Carnegie Prep

Find out how to interpret PSAT scores, the difference between the SAT and the ACT, where to take these tests, and how to prepare for them. Carnegie’s presentation will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Depot at 25 Heights Road. __________

This article originally was published Jan.

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Expert Talks on ‘Social Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety Disorder’ in Youth at Darien Library on Jan 8

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Youth today worry about academics, sports, college. When is it too much? The Darien Special Education Parents Advisory Committee and Darien Library invite you to a presentation Jan. 8 on “Social Anxiety & Generalized Anxiety Disorder” by national expert Jerry Bubrick, PhD. — an announcement from Darien SEPAC

The presentation takes place from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan.

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Winners of Youth Commission 2019 Halloween Window Painting Contest Announced

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Here’s who won the Darien Youth Commission’s  22nd Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest this year. Town Youth Director Alicia Sillars announced the winners Thursday and described this year’s contest with this statement:
Fortunately, the weather was absolutely perfect — a bright, crisp, sunny fall day. With 30 teams of middle & high school aged students painting storefronts throughout the community, it was hard not to get caught up in the fun! Like many special events, these activities are made possible as a result of the unique partnership the Darien Youth Commission forges with the public and private sectors. Special thanks to Beth Cherico, owner of Pie in the Sky, LLC (a mobile art education service) for lending her expertise to the judging portion of this event.

Mary Poppins JR Auditions

Auditions for Mary Poppins JR for Kids 8 to 18 Start Dec 4 in Greenwich

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Open Arts Alliance has announced auditions for its upcoming musical production of Mary Poppins JR. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at the YMCA of Greenwich (50 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830). — an announcement from Open Arts Alliance

Students ages 8 to 18 are encouraged to come audition for this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius story about a family in turmoil and the magical nanny who saves the day. Featuring classic songs like: “Step In Time,“ “Jolly Holiday” and “A Spoon Full Of Sugar,” Mary Poppins is one of the world’s most beloved musicals. Performances of Mary Poppins JR. will take place on April 24, 25 and 26, 2020.

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Police Break Up Teenage Party With Alcohol on Contentment Island Road

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A complaint about parking led police on Saturday night to a home on Contentment Island Road, where they came across an intoxicated teenager hosting a party with his sibling and 14 other teenagers, police said. No charges were filed, although police said they informed all partygoers that the department’s Youth Division detectives would be getting in touch with them and their parents. Darien police described what happened with this account, including accusations that have not been proven in court (if they ever get to court):

At 9:15 p.m., police received the complaint (the police announcement didn’t describe anything more specific about that report). When they went to the house, police spoke with children of the homeowner, who was out of state. The homeowner later told police that his teens were supposed to be staying with friends.

Darien Library Kids Spooky Programs 2019

Halloween Programs for Kids at Darien Library: Register Soon

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These programs for kids at Darien Library all require registration, and some (as noted) are already full or nearly full, so you’d have to sign up for the waiting list:

— an announcement from the Darien Library newsletter
Graphic Novel Book Club for ‘The Okay Witch’
Thursday, Oct. 24 from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

Ages 9 to 12. Does your child love graphic novels? We do too! Graphic novels are great for young minds because they reinforce language with high quality images — it engages both sides of your child’s brain!

Disney’s ‘Gabby and the Unsittables’ Sunday at Darien Playhouse, a Free Show With Free Food

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CALLING ALL KIDS! The Darien Playhouse will be showing two episodes of Disney’s newest program, “Gabby & the Unsittables” this Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The two 22-minute episodes are free of charge, as is the popcorn and drinks. — an announcement from the Darien Depot Teen Center

Disney describes the new TV program, which debuts on Friday, this way:

“Gabby Duran (Kylie Cantrall) constantly feels like she’s living in the shadows of her uber-polished, successful mother Dina (Valery Ortiz), and smart younger sister Olivia (Coco Christo).

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Social Worker Joins Community Fund’s Youth Asset Team

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker Andrew Tepper has joined The Community Fund of Darien as an advisor to the organization’s Youth Asset Team. Tepper will help plan prevention-related events and speakers, as well as alcohol-alternative events for their peers. He’ll provide the teen perspective at Thriving Youth Task Force meetings, and mentor middle school Youth Give Back students. “We are so excited to welcome Andrew to the Youth Asset Team this year,” said Janet King, executive director of TCF. “He really connects with students thanks to his humor, compassion and contagious enthusiasm.”

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‘Burnout vs. Breakthrough in the Teen Athlete’ Panel Discussion Wednesday at Darien High School

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Does the start of the Fall athletic season have you wondering if your student athlete will surpass their personal goals or be faced with the stress of being a student athlete? HHS Stamford and the Blue Wave Booster Club  invite parents and student athletes to “Burnout vs. Breakthrough in the Teen Athlete,” an interactive panel presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Darien High School Auditorium. — an announcement from the Hospital for Special Services and the Blue Wave Booster Club

Speakers will provide tips related to Fall sport participation and …

DHS Club and Activities Fair 2019

Darien High School’s Annual Club and Activities Fair on Friday Showcased 50 Clubs

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To cap off its second week of the new school year, Darien High School held its annual Club and Activities Fair. The festive atmosphere featured over 50 clubs representing a wide array of interests including scholastics, community service, and social clubs, according to Andrea Cragin, one of the parents helping to organize the event. Here’s what the event looked like (contributed photos):

Emily Torchiana speaks on teen suicide, mental health

Talk on Teen Suicide From One Who’s Tried It: Teens and Parents Invited to Darien Library, Oct 3

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Teens and their parents are invited to hear suicide attempt survivor Emily Torchiana speak at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 at Darien Library. She speaks about being a victim to severe cyberbullying in high school, which led her to her struggles with post traumatic stress disorder, depression and social anxiety, as well as overcoming a suicide attempt. — an announcement from the Depot, Darien’s youth center

Torchiana, shatters the stigma surrounding mental health, by speaking at middle and high schools, conferences, and universities across the country about her experiences. Her speech brings to light the silent stigma of mental health and build awareness about the serious effects of bullying and her presentations help individuals who are currently struggling to know they are not alone.

Blue Wave DHS Girls Varsity Swim and Dive Team 2019

REMINDER: Blue Wave Girls Swim Dive Team Car Wash Goes Till 1 PM, Sunday

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The Darien High School Girls Varsity Swim and Dive team will host its annual car wash fundraiser until 1 p.m., Sunday. — an announcement from the team

The car wash takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, at Darien High School. Ticket Sales on Saturday

Here’s where and when you can buy tickets around town on Saturday, Sept. 14:

—Caffè Nero: 9 a.m. to 12 noon (1071 Post Road)
—Darien Sport Shop: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (1127 Post Road)
—Darien YMCA: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (2420 Post Road)
—Mama Carmela’s: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (1981 Post Road)
—Palmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (264 Heights Road)
—Uncle’s Deli: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (1041 Post Road)
—Vavala’s Deli: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (156 Heights Road

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The DHS Girls Varsity Swim and Dive team kicks off its competition season when it faces off against the Wilton High School Warriors on Thursday, Sept.

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Do the Volunteers or the Visitors Have More Fun at the Maritime Aquarium? Here’s the Best Way to Find Out

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Pursue your interest in marine animals — and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others — by becoming a member of the volunteer staff at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. — an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Interviews for potential volunteers will be held on Tues., Sept. 17 and Thurs., Sept. 19, on both days at 5:30 p.m. (You need attend only one.)

“Volunteering here is fun and personally rewarding, and it’s also vital to fulfilling the Maritime Aquarium’s mission of educating and inspiring guests about Long Island Sound,” said Lisa Slinsky, assistant director of Volunteers and Community Service. “If you’re retired, the Aquarium offers a great way to stay active and connected.

DHS Swim Dive Car Wash 2019

DHS Girls Varsity Swim and Dive Team Selling Tickets for Annual Car Wash Sept 15

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The DHS Varsity Girls Swim & Dive team has launched its ticket-selling campaign this weekend for the team’s annual car wash. — an announcement from the Girls Varsity Swim and Dive Team

Blue Wave swimmers and divers invite the community to drop by select Darien locations to purchase tickets for the car wash, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 at Darien High School. Car wash tickets ($10 each) will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept.