Updated September 11, 2015


 Mental Notes

 No School Monday – But We’ve Got You Covered

Darien Public Schools are closed on Monday in observence of Rosh Hashanah, so we just updated our School Vacation Day Survival Guide to give you options for keeping the littles entertained.

 New DPS Website

Speaking of Darien Public Schools, check out the newly-redesigned website – we think it’s great, and we sure hope ASPEN is next on their list of overhauls!

 Darien Road Race Sunday

The annual fall favorite fundraiser begins early Sunday morning at Pear Tree Point Beach and offers family festivities late into the day, so expect delays and/or road closures in and around this area of town.

 A Complimentary Cuppa for Commuters

On Tuesday morning, September 15th, our friends at Dolce Norwalk (a full-service special events and conference center, right in our backyard!) will be handing out free cups of coffee to commuters at Darien and New Canaan train stations.  Planning a corporate event, retreat, board meeting, wedding, special celebration or other event? This place should be first on your list!

 Registration FYIs

 Darien YMCA Fall Sports

Registration is open for these fall sports programs. To view a complete catalog of Darien YMCA program offerings, click here. PLEASE NOTE: Online registration is not currently available for fall programs, please register in-person.

 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.

 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. To register online and/or to review available programs, click here. PLEASE NOTE: A Thursday session of Future Stars Baseball/Softball has been added, starting September 17th, and running eight weeks through November 5th.   The program is for boys & girls ages 5 – 10 and will meet from 4 – 5:30pm on the front baseball fields at Town Hall along Renshaw Road. To register or for more information, please click here.

Growth Through Divorce Support Group
Learn why divorce doesn’t have to be the “D” word, but can actually be a time of great personal growth.Lean on others who are also going through the un-coupling process for support in a caring and safe group.

This group will meet on the third Thursday of every month.

The next meeting is Thursday, Sept. 17 from 7 – 8:30 pm at Total Life Care Center, 52 East Ave., Norwalk, CT.

Please contact juliepunishill@gmail.com for more information.

 What’s On This Weekend

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

Friday, 11 September, 2015
Saturday, 12 September, 2015
Sunday, 13 September, 2015
Learn more about one Darien mom’s mission to end distracted driving and where to get your free car magnet (while supplies last) on the Facebook page“Drop It & Drive in Darien”

 Save The Dates

Parent Enrichment & Community, Support Programs

 Darien Arts Center (DAC) Open House & 40th Birthday Celebration
September 13th, 2015: Beginning at 1:00pm @The Darien Arts Center
Visitors can participate in mini-classes in dance, visual arts and music, learn more about community theatre produced by DAC Stage, and enjoy live music. Birthday cake will be served and DAC board members and faculty will be at the event.
 PSAT/ SAT/ ACT: Where Should You Start?
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.


 Fall Family Fest & Fundraiser
September 12, 2015: 3:00pm-8:00pm @St. John’s Church
Everyone’s invited to this bonanza of bouncy houses and inflatables fun, plus food and drink!
 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.

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