Community Soundings: A grant for P2P, Support the Blue Wave...
Published 12:00 am, Friday, September 15, 2017
has awarded an $8,000 grant to Person-to-Person, which will be used for the agency’s scholarship program.
P2P is committed to supporting the educational aspirations of college students from low-income families. Many of the students receiving scholarships are the first in their families to attend college.
Eighty percent of P2P Scholars graduate college — a figure well above the national average of 26 percent for college students from low-income households.
With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the P2P service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
In partnership with At Home In Darien, the Darien High School football captains have extended a special invitation to senior citizens to attend the five DHS home games with free admission.
The Blue Wave football team, led by Captains Nick Green, Brian Minicus, Michael Neary, and Mitchell Pryor, is excited to welcome senior fans to this season’s home games and look forward to seeing them cheer in the stands.
Admission to home games will be free to Darien seniors aged 65 and older, and handicapped accessible space will be available.
At Home In Darien, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services and aid for seniors, will arrange transportation with its sedan and van service for those who need it. To arrange a ride or for more information, call the At Home In Darien office at (203) 655-2227.
The 2017 home game schedule:
Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. vs. Brien McMahon
Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. vs. St. Joseph
Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Fairfield Warde
Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. vs. Wilton
Nov. 23 at 10:30 p.m. vs. New Canaan
For a full schedule of games, go to dhsbwfootball.org.
The Darien YMCA invites the community to meditate, enjoy massages, shop local businesses, and bend with the Y’s community of yogis for a great cause at the second annual Mind*Body*Spirit Festival, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Darien YMCA.
A variety of the Y’s yoga and meditation instructors, stand up paddleboarding coaches, rock wall guides, and trainers, will be providing special workshops throughout the day. The workshops have been designed to transform the mind, body, and spirit of participants.
Luckyoga designed an exclusive shirt for participants. Local businesses will also set up their shops right in the front lobby of the YMCA.
Festival vendors include luckyoga, Jea Jea Sport, India Hicks, LuLaRoe, The Funky Hippie, Meena Creations, Beauty Counte, Arbonne and Essential Adornment.
Ten percent of proceeds from the vendors and admissions fees will directly support the Darien YMCA’s cancer rehabilitation program, revive. The revive program is a free, three-month progressive health and fitness program designed to transition cancer patients from treatment to returning to day-to-day living with a renewed stamina.
For more information about the festival and to purchase advanced tickets at a discounted rate, visit darien-ymca.org.
The 38th annual Darien Road Race is Sunday at Pear Tree Point Beach and includes a 10K and 1.5-mile loop.
This year’s race will begin at 3:30 p.m. for the 1.5 mile fun run and 4 p.m. for the 10K. The race will feature “The Finish Line” tent with music, games, food trucks, sponsor booths, silent auction and an awards ceremony.
The Darien Road Race proudly supports The Community Fund of Darien. The race has raised more than a million dollars over the years to benefit those in critical need in Stamford, Norwalk and Darien. All money raised from the race will benefit local nonprofits and community initiatives. The Community Fund grants will target youth success, self-sufficiency, basic needs and Darien programs.
The race is made possible by local business sponsors and volunteers.
The title sponsor for the 2017 Darien Road Race is Newport Academy; and the lead sponsors are Callari Auto Group, Mercer, ONS, Tooher-Ferraris, and Vibe Fitness.
In addition, 2017 sponsors include Baywater Properties, Carnegie Pollak, Christine Hamilton-Hall, Corbo’s Deli, CST 50, Darien Boat Club, Darien Rowayton Bank, Embody Fitness, Farrell Construction, Fox Hill Builders, The Goose, Halstead, Heights Pizza, Hutchinson Tree, Kumon, Little Bites, Lymbr, Methodist Family Center, Palmer’s Market, Pear Tree Point School, The Pi Group, Professional Physical Therapy, Pure Barre, Saint Luke’s, TD Bank, and Thomas Costello Landscaping.
The day-of registration fee is $50 and $15 for children 12 and under. The first 500 registered runners will receive an official 2017 Darien Road Race performance t-shirt on race day.
For more information or to register for the Darien Road Race, visit communityfunddarien.org or call (203) 655-8775.
Bike the Beach has been an annual fundraiser for over 25 years.
This year’s festivities will be held Sunday at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. An additional option, Hike the Beach — a 5K fitness walk — is available for supporters who are non-cyclists. The walk is on a level route in the Fairfield beach area.
Bike/Hike the Beach is designed for bikers or walkers of all ages.
The bike tours feature a variety of routes from leisurely to challenging, accommodating serious cyclists as well as families out for a Sunday ride. Riders start and finish at Jennings Beach and may choose a 10-, 20-, 45-, or 62-mile route. All routes are along the scenic Connecticut coastline, with the longest passing through Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Norwalk, and Darien.
Bike the Beach supports the charitable activities of the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting housing, training, and social programs for Fairfield County community members with intellectual disabilities.
The first 350 registrants will receive a souvenir T-shirt.
Detailed information and registration forms can be found at bikethebeach.com.
The Community Fund of Darien is giving parents a new tool with an “Active Parenting” course.
The classes are designed to equip parents with the skills they need to meet the challenges of parenting toddlers to teenagers. Through informative and interactive lessons, parents learn how to communicate effectively with children, set clear boundaries and encourage the growth of healthy self-esteem.
This evidence-based curriculum is a tool to help build strong character development, resiliency, resistance and judgment skills to help prevent underage drug and alcohol use.
Back by popular demand, Active Parenting Instructors Diane Hobbs and Moira Rizzo facilitate distinct four-week series for parents of preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school students.
To sign up for fall 2017 classes, email Emily.Larkin@communityfunddarien.org.
The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is seeking public comment on the draft five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS outlines economic development strategies to enhance the economy of the Western Region of Connecticut, encompassing the municipalities of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.
A 30-day public review comment period of this draft document is required prior to adoption and submittal of this report to the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This public review comment period ends Sept. 20.
Anyone desiring to review the draft document may do so at the WestCOG office in Sandy Hook, 1 Riverside Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The CEDS can also viewed at westcog.org. Printed copies are available upon request.
Comments should be received no later than 2 p.m., Sept. 20. Comments may be submitted by email to email@example.com or in writing, addressed to Elizabeth Esposito and sent to the Sandy Hook office.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-517-3346.