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Kristina Gregory high fives the members of "Let me Run" team from The Royle Elementary School in Darien at the New Canaan Turkey Trot on Sunday, November. 19 2017 in New Canaan Conn. The 14th annual 5K run/walk Kristina Gregory high fives the members of "Let me Run" team from The Royle Elementary School in Darien at the New Canaan Turkey Trot on Sunday, November. 19 2017 in New Canaan Conn. The 14th annual 5K run/walk at Waveny Park donates its proceeds from the race to benefit The Open Door Shelter and its programs in Norwalk Conn. The shelter provides supportive housing and emergency shelter to those in need in the area, and their kitchen and food pantry provide over 30,000 meals every month to people struggling to make ends meet.
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Volunteers from the Darien Men’s Association replaced faulty light bulbs on the wreaths that are hung around town.
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Darien Junior Girl Scout Troop 50071 donated canned and dry goods to the Person-to-Person food pantry. From left: Cassidy Muscato, Emma Kennedy, Jillian Treacy, Gabby Stemp, Marianne Tsocanos, Samantha Riley, Darien Junior Girl Scout Troop 50071 donated canned and dry goods to the Person-to-Person food pantry. From left: Cassidy Muscato, Emma Kennedy, Jillian Treacy, Gabby Stemp, Marianne Tsocanos, Samantha Riley, Salma Thomas and Teresa Smelser.

The lights on the Christmas wreaths displayed in Darien on the Post Road and elsewhere are checked each year to make sure the bulbs are working properly by volunteers from the Darien Men’s Association (DMA).

This year, 18 DMA members showed up on Nov. 9 at Town Hall and replaced 213 bulbs that were faulty on 92 wreaths.

The wreaths, hung on lampposts on the Post Road from Noroton Avenue to Sedgewick Street and on Day Street and at Tilley Pond, are put up and paid for by the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

Darien Junior Girl Scout Troop 50071 kicked off the season of giving by donating canned and dry goods to the Person-to-Person food pantry.

A P2P representative, Teresa Smelser, gave the Scouts a tour of the pantry and donations center and explained the work P2P does to help those less fortunate in Fairfield County.

Maria Stockinger was one of more than 500 Miami University students who earned a degree during Miami University’s summer term.

Stockinger, from Darien, earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Ohio school.

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently-used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit the those in need through Dec. 31.

Through Dec. 6, the bank is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. All donations will be distributed to kids and families in need throughout Fairfield County as part of Inspirica’s holiday gift collection.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

Finally, Bankwell is helping out Kids Helping Kids and their annual “Gift of Giving” collection.

Through Dec. 7 Bankwell is collecting gently-used and new toys, sports equipment, games, crafts, puzzles for kids, and jewelry, frames, household items, wallets, like-new clothing, accessories for adults. Please label all bags and boxes “KHK Gift of Giving Event.” KHK creates a pop-up store on Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Boys and Girls Club in Stamford.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

On this year’s Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28), Susan G. Komen will be hosting the inaugural More than Pink Luncheon at The Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien.

Attendees will hear from New York Times-bestselling author and breast cancer survivor, Christina Baker Kline, and award-winning TV anchor Kristi Olds. Also in attendance will be honoree, Dr. Camelia Lawrence of Saint Vincent’s Medical Center.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and Fairfield County and Westchester County have the unfortunate distinction of being among the counties with the highest incidence of breast cancer in Connecticut and New York.

For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit komenluncheon.org.

Darien’s Dana Goodfellow, an award-winning painter and instructor, generously donated her painting, “Island Lighthouse,” to the Rowayton Arts Center’s holiday raffle.

The Holiday Gift Show, which opens Saturday, is a Rowayton tradition. Goodfellow’s painting, valued at $3,200, will be included the the annual raffle, which supports the Art Center and its educational outreach projects.

Raffle tickets will be available online (rowaytonarts.org) and at the Holiday Gift Show in the gallery until the drawing on Dec. 24.

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Fairfield

Nov. 24, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Assumption, 545 Stratfield Road

New Canaan

Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 21 Cherry St.

Norwalk

Nov. 28, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Norwalk City Hall, East Ave.

Stamford

Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive

Nov. 25, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

By giving blood or platelets, donors may give patients more time — and more holidays — with loved ones. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Jan Dilenschneider, a Darien landscape artist who has championed the cause of preserving the environment in exhibits worldwide, will display her paintings in a new show titled “Paint the Beautiful World” at Stamford’s Palace Theatre.

The show, which will runs through Dec. 31, is in the recently-refurbished Sackler Gallery and in Café Teatro at The Palace Theatre.

For her exhibit at The Palace, the expressionist painter has divided the paintings into themes based on the idea behind the works:

Decalcomania is a series where one surface is painted and then pressed onto or printed onto a second surface, either canvas or aluminum. This gives texture and a haunting mirror image that can be worked on.

Homage to Leaves is themed to help the viewer appreciate the beauty of the everyday leaf.

Reeds, Rivers and Reflections highlights her fascination with the landscape, its colors, variations and the reflections in water.

Dilenschneider, who with her husband, Robert, developed The Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts, which rescues artists and arts scholars from repressive regimes around the world. The award is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the largest international exchange organizations in the world, and has provided life-saving fellowships that have taken oppressed artists and their families out of danger and allowed them to create and flourish.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

The City of Norwalk Parking Authority’s Maritime Garage Gallery is inviting submissions from artists 18 and over for a new exhibit at the Maritime Gallery entitled, “Worth a Thousand Words.”

The exhibit will run from Jan. 29 to May 11 at the gallery, located in the Maritime Parking Garage exhibit space in Norwalk.

Every picture tells a story — it can communicate to anyone in the world a complex idea with just a single image, no translation needed. The Maritime Garage Gallery is seeking work that captures how the artist would communicate their stories, emotions, concerns, memories, and ideas about life, nature, hope, world events, humanity, etc. into works of art. The exhibit will be curated by Nadia Martinez.

For online guidelines and submissions, go tonorwalkpark.org/callforart. Please email maritimegallery@norwalkpark.org with any questions. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children 6 to 18 who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at sheila.figueroa@childguidancect.org or 203-517-3346.

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