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What to Know in Darien This Week 10/02/15

October 2, 2015

 Mental Notes

 They Are Literally Walking A Mile in Her Shoes (In The Rain!)

Tomorrow, October 3rd, at 9:00am, teams of Darien First Responders, including the men of the Darien Police Department; the Fire Houses of Darien, Noroton, Noroton Heights, and Rowayton; and Post 53, are walking a mile in red high heels to show support and raise money for victims of domestic abuse.

The event will kick-off at Hindley School with an Opening Ceremony. To learn more about the event and ways you can participate, click here.

 Storm Tweets & Emergency Info

Who do you call to report a downed tree or power line? Is there a way to learn about local roads being closed due to flooding, downed trees, etc? These answers, and more, are available in our Darien Emergency Plans & Information post. Bookmark it so you have it handy through the weekend!

Just so you know, in most cases during a weather emergency you can visit our homepage via your computer or mobile phone, where we will post a real-time feed of tweets from local media, community and government sources.

If you use Twitter and have insight or other helpful information to contribute to the Storm Tweets feed, please use “#StormTweetsDarien.”

 2015 Guide to Halloween Happenings

Mark your calendars for some spooky family fun: here’s our ever-growing list of Halloweeny events in town.

 Registration FYIs

 Registered Storytime at the Darien Library

Registration opens on Monday, October 5, for the second session of Fall Storytimes at the Darien Library. To learn more and sign up, click here.

 Mom’s Oasis Ministry

Advance online registration is required for this local mom’s group, whose first meeting of the year is on Thursday, October 8.

Curious about other moms groups and ways to make new friends around town?Check out our list in the Newcomer’s eToolkit.

 Indoor Winter Soccer for Kids

Registration is now open for indoor soccer at the Darien Town Hall on Saturdays, for kids ages 2 years through second grade through Darien Parks & Rec. Click here for dates, times and to register.

 YMCA Adventure Princesses

Registration is open for dads and daughters, grades 1-4. Pumpkin carving, group hikes, whitewater river rafting, community service, and the ever-popular winter weekend campout are just a few of the fun activities planned. To learn more and sign up, click here.

 Darien YMCA Travel Basketball Tryouts

General registration opens for Winter Basketball (grades K-12) for YMCA members on Sept 29, 2015; non-members on Oct 13, 2019.  Travel basketball tryouts begin on October 15th, 2019 – see here for schedule by grade.

 What’s On This Weekend

(From our FREE-to-post Community Calendar: click the event title for more information.)

Friday, 02 October, 2015
Saturday, 03 October, 2015
Sunday, 04 October, 2015

Tailgate Trick-or-Treating at Noroton Presbyterian Church Parking Lot

October 30, 2015 – 4:30pm-6:30pm.
Fun for the whole family – click for more information.

Discover the Secret

Planning a corporate event, retreat, board meeting, wedding, special celebration or other event? This place should be first on your list!

 Save The Dates

Parent Enrichment & Community, Support Programs

 Is My Child Making Progress?
October 5, 2015: 11:00am @Royle Elementary School
Dr. Susie Da Silva, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, K-12 will discuss the purpose and components of a strong Scientifically Research-Based Intervention (SRBI) model in assessing the additional support needs of students. RSVP requested – please see website.

FUNdraisers

 11th Annual Wine & Food Tasting & Charity Auction
October 22, 2015: 6:00pm-9:00pm @BMW Darien
An evening of sipping, tasting and bidding on great treats, sponsored by the Darien Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for The Darien Arts Center and The Depot. Tickets may be purchased in advance at a discount by emailing susan@darienctchamber.com.

 We’re Buzzing About

 October is a month full of great, spooky fun for the whole family – check out our2015 Guide to Halloween Happenings
 Navigating the processes and vocabulary of special education can be intimidating — but there’s an independent group of Darien parents who can help:Special Education Parents Advisory Committee.
 Welcome to our new Buzzable Businesses this week! Click their card to learn more about them.

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Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC)

When I was growing up, I only ever heard the words "special education" used in reference to a group of students in school with such severe developmental disabilities that they required full-time assistance in a single, separate classroom. What I have since learned in my experience as a Darien parent is that the term actually refers to "specially-designed instruction" for students with any kind of disability: physical, mental, temporary, or permanent.

Marsh Mosquitos En Masse

They are EVERYWHERE: in our yards, in our houses, in our cars, on playgrounds, in parking lots - everywhere - and, apparently, until we get lots more rain, there's nothing we can do except spray and take cover.