Updated: April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015
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Here’s our take on what’s good to know this week.

 Mental Notes

 Darien Public Schools Spring Break

For those of you with little humans who are not yet in school, here’s a heads up that next week is spring break for Darien public schools. For those of you who are not fleeing town for warmer weather with a ZOING this afternoon, check out our  Spring Break Survival Guide for scoop on vacation camps and classes offered next week.

 Boy Scouts 43rd Annual Giant Tag Sale

Tax-deductible donations are now being accepted for this mega-event on May 3rd — drop-offs begin next week, or you can call to arrange for pickup. Click here for complete information about this bonanza tag sale event.

 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.

 Shopping Scoop

  • A chic new shop has opened on Tokeneke Road called Town House Finds & Designs.
  • At Home in The Heights now carries Company C, a home decor line that is renowned for their affordable, decorative wool rugs but has greatly expanded their line to include bedding, table linens, throws, shower curtains as well as furniture with a wide array of fabric choices.
  • Learning Express is closing its Darien and Westport stores and offering discounts of 20% and more, storewide in both locations.

 What’s On This Weekend

All Weekend Long

 Movies at the Darien Playhouse
THE LONGEST RIDE (PG-13) 139 mins
Showtimes – Fri: 5:15pm, 8:00pm; Sat & Sun: 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm
HOME (PG) 94 mins
Showtimes – Fri: 5:15pm, 7:30pm; Sat & Sun: 2:00pm, 4:15pm, 7:00pm

Saturday, April 11th

 Maker Family Challenge
SATURDAY, 11:00am-12:00pm (Ages 5 and up) @The Darien Library
Egg drop experiment! Using our supplies, can you protect an egg from a long fall, or will it smash on the floor?

Sunday, April 12th

 The Poet Speaks: Vivian Shipley
SUNDAY, 2:00pm @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

College Success Guaranteed 2.0: 5 Rules for Parents 
April 22, 2015: 7:00pm @Barrett Bookstore
A Discussion and Book Signing By Malcolm Gauld, brought to you by YWCA Parent Awareness.
HAZE – A Screening for Parents and High Schoolers
April 22, 2015: 7:00pm @Barrett Bookstore
The YWCA Parent Awareness, Youth Asset Team, Darien Library, and Family Centers share this tragic but important film about the issues of binge drinking, alcohol laden hazing rituals, and rapid fire drinking games — all so common in a campus environment.
Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students 
April 27, 2015: 12:00pm @Darien Library
Brought to you by Darien SEPAC: Dr. William Henderson, Ed.D. will discuss actions that individuals can take and policies that schools can develop to promote a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves.


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.
YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and Luncheon
May 7, 2015: 11:30am-1:30pm @Woodway Country Club 
Fundraiser to honor this year’s Women of Distinction: Sandy Nielsen Baumann, Alicia Sillars, Dr. Josephine Velazquez Rucquoi, Jane Yezzi, Susan Delaney & Merlyn Tejada (Young Woman of Distinction).
 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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