Updated Aug 28, 2015

There’s excitement in the air as families prepare for the first day of school on Monday (click here for bus schedules, lunch menus, and more.)

For preschoolers whose school programs won’t start for a few more weeks, we highly recommend the sanity-saving Chipmunks program at the Darien Nature Center.

And school may be back in session, but the summer fun around town continues! On Friday September 4th , Big Hero 6 will be playing for free at Weed Beach. Free Friday night concerts continue at Grove Street Plaza through end of September. The library will be hosting Stories by the Sea at Weed Beach on Tuesdays in September beginning September 8th.  And Rowayton rocks Sunday night concerts through Labor Day weekend, with Spirit Family Reunion this week at Pinkey Park and Blues Traveler (squee!) next weekend at Bayley Beach.
We’re glad to have you here. If there’s something you want to see at AllAboutDarien, let us know! In the meantime, here’s our take on what’s good to know this week…
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 Mental Notes

 Back to School Bullets

Here’s our topline of what’s good to know about Back-to-School in Darien. (Recently updated to include bus schedules!)

 Open Houses Heads Up

Open Houses (see your childrens’ classrooms, meet their teachers, etc) for all elementary schools will be held the evening of September 24th, 2015 – so book your sitters soon!

 School Supply Donations

Darien Human Services would appreciate any donations you could provide to help local students in need with school supplies. Please drop any of the following items at the Darien Town Hall, Room 109, by 5pm this afternoon: Adult size backpacks,  #2 pencils, Pink Easers, Yellow highlighters, Pencil cases, Binder paper, 3-ring Binders (1.5in.) 3-ring Pencil cases, Pocket folders, Red pens, Blue pens, Black pens, Colored pencils, Crayons, Jumbo crayons, Rulers, Colored markers, Sticky notes, Scissors, Glue sticks, Book covers, Blunt end scissors, Book covers, $25 Payless Shoes Gift Cards.

 A New & Improved Downtown Darien

Have you heard about the proposed transformation of the Downtown Darien business district? Check out the details, renderings and FAQs here.

 Cops & Kids Adventures for Middle Schoolers

The Depot is now accepting the FIRST 20 applications for this popular program of team-building activities with the participants and members of the Darien Police Department intended to create working bonds between the officers and Darien’s youth. The application is available here.

 Audition Alert for Adult & Child Actors

Auditions for the DAC Stage production of The Nerd, by Larry Shue are being held on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio, located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall. In addition to several adult roles, there is a role for a boy between the ages of 10 and 14. Click here to learn more.

 Registration FYIs

 Fall Registered Storytime @ Darien Library

Registration is open for Session I of Fall Storytime through 9/1/15. For more information, click here.

 Darien YMCA Fall Sports

Registration is open for these fall sports programs. To view a complete catalog of Darien YMCA program offerings, click here.

 Darien Arts Center (DAC) Fall Classes

Registration is now open for classes including dance, visual art, music and theater for all ages. Click here to review program catalog.

 Darien Parks & Rec Fall Programs

Registration for Darien residents has begun. Non-resident regiatration begins September 1st, 2016. For a complete catalog of child and adult programs, click here. Use the Category/Subcategory links in the left margin of the page to navigate the catalog.

 What’s On This Weekend

(From our Community Calendar: click the event title for more information)

Friday, 28 August, 2015
Saturday, 29 August, 2015
Sunday, 30 August, 2015
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Parent Enrichment & Community Support Programs

 PSAT/ SAT/ ACT: Where Should You Start?
September 3rd, 2015: 7:30pm @The Depot
September 16th, 2015: 10:00am @The Depot
FREE presentation for parents of high schoolers on navigation the world of college prep testing by Lynn Carnegie, founder of local test prep center Carnegie Pollak.
 American Heart Association CPR Certification Class
September 17th, 2015: 10:00am – 12:00pm @ Office Suites of Darien – 30 Old Kings Highway South
September 24th, 2015: 6:00pm – 8:00pm @Office Suites of Darien – 30 Old Kings Highway South
Covers Adult, Child, Infant CPR as well as choking emergencies and using an AED. $55/ Click here to register.


 Another Night of Comedy Featuring Paul Reiser
September 12, 2015: 6:30pm-9:00pm @Palace Theater, Stamford
Enjoy a cocktail reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres and a live auction to support the Darien Technology & Community Foundation, followed by a comedy show by Paul Reiser, and then more drinks and dessert. For tickets, click here.
 36th Annual Darien Road Race
September 13, 2015: 1:00pm @Pear Tree Point Beach
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN to participate in this Community Fund of Darien fundraiser, with races that include a scenic 10k and a 1.5 mile “fun run” around the picturesque Pear Tree Point Beach coastline, and attracts over 700 runners, family and friends for a day of fun, music, food and a celebration of community.Click here to learn more.
 3rd Annual Chili Challenge at Darien Nature Center
September 19, 2015: 7:00pm-10:00pm @Darien Nature Center
TICKETS ON SALE NOW ~ Help judges decide which local restaurant’s chili is best while enjoying live music by Gunsmoke. Click here to learn more.
 The BIGGER Rig Gig (OPUS for Person-to-Person)
September 26, 2015: 6:30pm-11:00pm @Ox Ridge Hunt Club
TICKETS ON SALE NOW ~ First come, first-served. The beloved “touch-a-truck” fundraising event for kids of years past has now grown up! Enjoy an adult evening sampling cuisine from area food trucks, cocktails, dancing, a silent auction and more.
 Nielsen’s “Bras For A Cause” 
September 30, 2015: 5:00pm-8:00pm @Nielsen’s Florist
A Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser, showcasing hand-decorated/embellished bras contributed by local contestants. Guests can vote on their favorite designs, and prizes are awarded to winners and runners up. To learn more and/or contribute a bra, click here.
 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

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