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Updated: March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015
We welcome our new subscribers and appreciate you all for your continued support. Here’s our take on what’s good to know this week.

 Mental Notes

 Darien Public Schools Spring Break

  • Reminder that there is no public school Friday, April 3rd or Monday, April 6th
  • Spring Break is from April 13th – April 17th, and it’s not too late to sign the kids up for some staycation enrichment: check out our Spring Break Survival Guide for scoop on vacation camps and classes offered during that week.

 Easter Egg Hunt

Mom’s Morning In hosts their Annual Easter Egg Hunt  next Friday, April 3, 2015 at 10:00am on the DCA great lawn. This annual favorite event begins at 10:00am (SHARP!) and is over as quick as a wink from the Easter Bunny, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time to park and get in position!

 Beach Stickers On Sale

You’ll need a beach sticker to enter Weed Beach beginning April 15th — but if you’ve got one, last year’s permit will suffice through the end of May. For everything you need to know about beach and boating permits, including where to purchase them online, check out our post 7 Things to Know About Darien Beach Stickers.

 Guide to Spring Cleaning & Tag Sales

Don’t miss our recent post that BROKE THE INTERNET this week! A comprehensive rundown of ways to de-clutter in Darien.

 Report Potholes, Requests for Road Repair

Whether it’s a particularly bumpy stretch of road, a street light not working, residential sidewalks not shovelled, a nearby construction project that you feel is creating excessive noise, a safety concern regarding a playground, a net on a tennis court in need of repair, a neighbor’s home whose lights haven’t been on for an extended period of time, or simply a request for an enhancement to any of our public facilities, if there’s a concern you have or something you want to say about our town and/or community, there’s a convenient way to do so: via the online Citizen Service Request form on the Town of Darien website.

 Registration Reminders

 Summer Enrichment

  • The Darien Arts Center is now accepting registration for its variety of summer music, visual arts and performance programs for kids: check out their catalog,here.
Shippan Racquet Club – Shippan’s premier indoor tennis club is offering an 8-week spring tennis clinic for only $30/class.Located just minutes from Darien and set to begin mid-March, the program is designed to get all players – beginner to advanced – ready for outdoor play.  Form your own group, or the club can place you in one based on your level.Offer is open to new players, as well as existing players looking to get in some extra court time at an unbeatable price.  Adult and junior groups are forming now.

Click here to learn more!

 What’s On This Weekend

All Weekend Long

 Movies at the Darien Playhouse
CINDARELLA (PG) 105 mins
Showtimes – Fri: 5:30pm, 8:00pm; Sat & Sun: 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm
HOME (PG) 94 mins
Showtimes – Fri: 5:00pm, 7:30pm; Sat & Sun: 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:30pm

Saturday, March 26th

 Book Signing: Michael Devine
SATURDAY, 11:00am-4:00pm @Kirby and Company
Author and Designer MICHAEL DEVINE will spend the day at the shop signing copies of “An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors” Michael’s home collection as well as fabric line will be at the shop as well! First 50 to RSVP will receive a special gift from us the day of the event!
 Maker Family Challenge
SATURDAY, 11:00am-12:00pm (Ages 5 and up) @The Darien Library
Using the easiest of all art techniques – collage – make a family self portrait using our recycled books!
 Spring Into Art! Workshop
SATURDAY, 2:00pm-3:30pm (Ages 5 and up) @The Darien Arts Center
** Registration closes end of business 3/27/15 ** After a long winter get your child ready for the spring season by indulging in their creativity. Your child will create several art projects that will celebrate this joyful season.
 Second Annual St. Baldrick’s Shave-a-Thon and Fundraiser
SATURDAY, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Help our volunteer Fire Fighters raise desperately-needed funds for childhood cancer research. Come to the Darien Fire Station to admire clean-shaven heads and enjoy food and drink from local restaurants while contributing to this cause that, sadly, impacts our community all too often and is especially important to the Darien FD.

Sunday, March 29th

 Music of the Grand Ole Opry: Gunsmoke in Concert
SUNDAY, 5:00pm @The Darien Library
Spend an evening on an entertaining musical journey to the Nashville, Tennessee landmark with local band Gunsmoke. The show will feature stories and songs from classic country stars from the longest running radio show in the world.

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Parent Enrichment & Support Programs

Understanding the Teenage Brain
March 31, 2015: 7:00pm @DHS Auditorium
Internationally known lecturer Michael Nerney will explore the underlying reasons for risky adolescent behavior and what parents can learn from this information. A YWCA Parent Awareness presentation.

FUNdraisers

Darien Library Spring Gala “Good Friends, Good Food, Good Times”
April 25, 2015: 6:30pm 
Enjoy cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and dinner featuring local food trucks: LobsterCraft, Bounty (gourmet sliders & fries) and Wood Fired Pizza.The evening will also include a silent and live auction.
 Spring Fling: March Madras for Opus for Person-to-Person 
March 28, 2015: Wee Burn Country Club
With a nod to basketball fever and preppy chic, the fundraising gala calls for brightly colored cocktail attire and anything madras. While taking advantage of Wee Burn’s picturesque setting, guests will enjoy signature cocktails, dancing to a live band, basketball and golf-themed contests, an exciting raffle, live and silent auctions and a sit-down gourmet dinner.  Auction items will include luxury vacation getaways, VIP sports packages, health and beauty indulgences and unique experiences. Tickets still available.
 Darien House Tour: Homes with Heart
June 4, 2015: 8:30am-3:00pm @First Congregational Church 
This fundraiser for more than 20 not-for-profit organizations serving our youth, the elderly and the disadvantaged features five homes in Darien, selected for a variety of distinguishing characteristics, including architecture, decorating, location, environmental sustainability, historic preservation and gardens.
 53rd Annual CCNS Art Show
June 4 – June 7, 2015: See website for specific times
This year’s featured artist is David Dunlop, a famous landscape painter and the writer and artist on an Emmy Award-winning PBS painting series. Joining David are a fresh group of professional artists who, together, will be offering one of the biggest and most diverse selections of original art for sale in Fairfield County.
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