Paul Cezanne Mont Sainte-Victoire

A Talk on Influential Artist Paul Cezanne, Whose Drawings Will Be Exhibited at the Met in June

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The life and work of Paul Cézanne, one of the most influential artists in the history of painting, will be the subject of art historian Page Knox in an hour-long talk Tuesday evening, May 18. — an announcement from Darien Library

Cézanne has inspired generations of artists. Born in 1839 and generally recognized as a Post-Impressionist, his unique method of building form with color and his analytical approach to the natural world influenced the art of Cubists, Fauves and avant-garde artists from his death in 1906 until the present day. Through an in-depth examination of his work, including the portraits of Provençal card players and his long-suffering wife, the famous apple still lifes, and the landscapes of his beloved Mt. Saint Victoire, this lecture will explore the life and art of Cézanne as he sought to attain the “essence of form.”

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Still Spaces Left in Library’s ‘For Teens, By Teens Intro to Filmmaking’ Five-Part Series

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Do you love movies? Join us for a month long exploration of film! During this series you will learn the basics about film-making from page to screen and get hands on experience in video production. From writing a script to acting in the final product, work together to create a movie masterpiece! This online “For Teens, By Teens: Intro to Filmmaking” class is for 12- to 18-year-olds.

Sibshops Abilis

Event May 19 for Kids 10 to 14 With a Sibling Who Has a Disability

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Kids from 10-to-14 years old who are brothers and sisters of someone who has a disability are invited to attend an online “Sibshops” workshop from 5 to 6:30 Wednesday, May 19. Sibshops are high-spirited and fun workshops combining recreation, discussion and information. Note that registration fills up fast, according to the organizer. — an announcement from Abilis

The event is organized by Greenwich-based Abilis, which serves those with disabilities in Darien and other towns, primarily in southwest Fairfield County. It will take place on Zoom.

Friends of Animals tree removal

Friends of Animals Staff Confronts Town Workers to Prevent Removal of Trees

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While Friends of Animals’ work extends internationally, Monday morning it hit close to home—literally outside a window of the organization’s downtown Darien headquarters at the corner of Sedgwick Avenue and the Post Road. “A crew from the Darien Public Works Department began the removal of the first of four HEALTHY trees abutting sidewalks around our office building,” a news release from the animal advocacy organization said. “Friends of Animals’ staff stood in front of the second 100-year-old tree, forcing the crew to stop what they were doing and leave until town officials could hear FoA’s reasons for opposing the dreadful plan.” At least one tree was removed by the DPW, and a tree remains on Sedgewick Avenue. The remaining tree now has a sign on it, saying, “Removing this healthy tree is a crime against nature and humanity.”

Most needed food items Person to Person May 2021

Food Needed Now, Says Person-to-Person: Food Drive Saturday Morning, May 8 at P2P HQ

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A food drive is taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, May 8 at the headquarters of Person-to-Person. During the pandemic, the organization has had a 71% increase in its food assistance programs for the people it helps in Darien and the surrounding area, and it hasn’t been able to use one of its biggest food donation programs, the Postal Food Drive, the organization said. “We need your help to fill our pantries,” P2P said in an announcement. “Please contribute to our Spring Food Drive this Saturday, start a virtual food drive, or donate to our food program. Thank you!”

The Art of Living Well: A Free, Online Conference to Improve Anybody’s Mental Health and Spirits

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It’s time you start making time for yourself! Take a break from your busy schedule and endless to-do lists and join Mountainside Treatment Centers Saturday, May 22 for three hours of wellness, fun, and community. This free event, while created for individuals in recovery, is appropriate and open to everyone. — an announcement from Mountainside Treatment Centers

Mountainside addiction treatment centers, which has an office in Wilton, rounded up a team of experts to help you discover new passions, let go of whatever is holding you back, and gain practical and tangible ways to change your life. The series of workshops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are designed to help you learn how to save money to make that dream vacation happen or find new ways to manage stress.


Jennifer Geddes, 78, Active Volunteer on Town Boards, Nurse, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs Member

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Jennifer Geddes, age 78 of Darien, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2021 at Stamford Hospital. Jennifer was born on Nov. 1, 1942 in Philadelphia to the late David S. and Marion Moore. She graduated Darien High School, Class of 1960, and the Stamford Hospital School of Nursing in 1963. After brief rotations in the ER and OR, she found her forever home in Labor & Delivery.

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Online Talk by Author of a Novel in Which Queen Elizabeth II Solves a Murder Mystery

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Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome author SJ Bennett will speak at an online event May 12 to speak about her latest book, a detective novel — The Windsor Knot, in which a royal pain in the palace is dealt with by Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England. — an announcement from Darien Library

This virtual event will take place on Wednesday, May 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. You can register here on Darien Library’s website. Something’s Afoot in the Castle … In The Windsor Knot, Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. The preparations are interrupted when a guest, a young Russian pianist, is found dead in one of the castle bedrooms.

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‘Divorce, Now What?’ An Online Presentation May 12

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Starting the divorce process brings up a number of questions: what are the steps that you will need to take? Should you choose litigation, mediation, or collaboration? What professionals will best serve you in this process? Darien Library presents an online event Wednesday, May 12, with experts who will share their knowledge on navigating these questions and more. — an announcement from Darien Library

“Divorce, Now What?” will delve into the common mistakes and misconceptions that parties have about divorce.

Marilyn Van Sciver obit

Former Town Clerk Marilyn Van Sciver, 86, Worked Her Entire Career for Darien Town Government

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Marilyn (Mariotti) Van Sciver a lifelong resident of Darien died peacefully at home with family on Saturday, April 24. She was 86. Born January 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, she was the daughter of the late Louis J. Mariotti and Adele Camisa. Mrs. Van Sciver graduated from Darien High School in 1952. Following graduation, she worked as an assistant town clerk for Darien.