Darien’s Maura Carley, founder and president of Healthcare Navigation, LLC, was honored at the New York Yacht Club on Sept. 6 as a 2017 healthcare and life sciences national leader. The reception and dinner were co-hosted by Irish America Magazine and ICON plc, a global clinical research company.

Carley, a Darien resident, and the other honorees were profiled in the August/September issue of Irish America Magazine.

The award goes to a broad spectrum of professionals making contributions in healthcare and the life sciences including executives of large hospital and others healthcare organizations, physicians and researchers, government officials and entrepreneurs.

Carley was selected for the award for her pioneering efforts in founding Healthcare Navigation, LLC, one of the first firms devoted to help patients and consumers navigate the complex world of healthcare. Carley is also the author of an award-winning book, “Health Insurance: Navigating Traps and Gaps,” one of Carley’s many efforts to educate consumers regarding health insurance concepts and issues.

Healthcare Navigation, with offices in Darien, New York City, Chicago and Bonita Springs Fla., is a national healthcare advocacy and insurance consulting firm that works solely for its clients. The firm does not sell insurance products or accept commissions.

Carley received her master’s degree in public health from Yale University and worked for over 20 years in executive positions in hospitals and health plans before founding Healthcare Navigation. She has been a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1989.

The Darien Arts Center’s fall production by A.R. Gurney revolves around a dog “Sylvia”, the couple that adopts her, and the comedy that ensues. Jacquie Carlsen, David Jackins and Giovanna Olcese, of Norwalk, and Susan Stanton, of Westport, bring the comedy to life under the direction of Christian Amato.

“Sylvia” opens on Friday in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 8 p.m. Other performances are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 11.

A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older. Greg is a man of middle age, a restless empty-nester, tired of his job in finance and looking for meaning in his life. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab-poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight. But Greg’s wife Kate, a busy rising star in the public school system, is looking forward to some independence now that the couple no longer has children to care for. She is less than thrilled by the clever and coquettish canine that jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch, and takes Greg’s attention away from his marriage.

Sylvia is sponsored by A Total Look Mobile Dog Grooming of Darien and presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.

Tickets are $25 at darienarts.org. For more information, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683.

On Oct. 26, The Community Fund of Darien hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning author, reporter and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman at The Country Club of Darien. The event was moderated by Darien’s Scott and Jane Pelley, and was generously underwritten by The Peter and Ann Tombros Family Foundation.

Friedman captivated the sold-out crowd in a room filled to capacity with over 300 people. His data-driven presentation focused on the big trends shaping the accelerations in the world today.

Following his presentation, Scott Pelley moderated a Q&A. The evening concluded with Friedman signing copies of his latest bestseller, “Thank you for Being Late.”

All proceeds from the event benefitted The Community Fund of Darien, a nonprofit that supports initiatives in areas such as hunger, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and academic achievement for at-risk youth.

Flu season is fast approaching and Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will hold several flu vaccine clinics in Darien this fall.

The nursing agency will hold flu clinics at the Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Road, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.; and at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will hold additional flu clinics at its offices in the Health & Wellness Center at I-Park, 761 Main Ave., Suite 114, at the intersection of Kent Road and Route 7 on the Wilton/Norwalk town line. These clinics will be held every Wednesday from 3:30 until 5 p.m. through Nov. 15.

Anyone four years of age or older can receive the seasonal flu vaccine at these clinics and there is no residency requirement.

All flu clinics are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments are not necessary. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The cost of the vaccine is $50 for the regular dose and $68 for the high dose, which will be available for those aged 65 or over. Cash or check will be accepted or it can be billed directly to

Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan or Wellcare. Bring your insurance card with you to the flu clinic.

Those wishing to receive the flu vaccine are encouraged to wear short sleeves or sleeves that are easy to roll up.

For more information, please call the flu hotline at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at (203) 834-6341, ext. 444.

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.

In partnership with At Home In Darien, the Darien High School football captains have extended a special invitation to senior citizens to attend the 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.

Upcoming home games:

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 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.