A new visual arts instructor has joined the Darien Arts Center.

Emily Evans, who is teaching cartooning, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and draws and co-writes a monthly comic strip, “Polly Tries.” She has previously worked as a teaching assistant at the Bush-Holly House in Greenwich and the Silvermine Art Guild in New Canaan.

To register for cartooning, or any other DAC classes, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.

Award for Darien first-responder

Stamford EMS, the community’s award-winning nonprofit EMS provider, recognized 23 volunteers at a volunteer service appreciation dinner held at Zody’s at Sterling in Stamford. SEMS Executive Director Patricia Squires and Volunteer Coordinator Captain Malcom Dean presented challenge coins to all volunteers in recognition of their service, as well as special awards to several exceptional volunteers.

EMT Mackenzie D’Iorio, of Darien, was one of two to receive the Captain’s Award, which is presented to volunteers who demonstrate dedication and provide contributions above and beyond normal requirements for volunteering.

The SEMS volunteer program is essential to servicing the 40 square miles of Stamford, as well as the town of Darien, and is a fundamental part of the SEMS organization. Built into the SEMS mission is the promise to provide volunteering as an important source of community contact and service, and to provide interested volunteers a place of training and development for entering the EMS profession.

To learn more, visit stamfordems.org or call 203-968-1118.

At the library

The Darien Library is located at 1440 Post Road.

Finding foreign genealogical records: The library, along with the Middlesex Genealogical Society, will present the free program “Finding Foreign Genealogical Records from Home” on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.

Anthony Lauriano, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, will provide detailed information on obtaining foreign records from Europe, Great Britain, Israel and more. The lecture includes websites, private search firms, and more.

Healthcare forum: State Rep. Terrie Wood (R-141) will host a public forum to discuss the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Connecticut residents Jan. 24.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the ACA and how it has, and will continue to, shape the health insurance industry in Connecticut. With the start of a new administration this month, it is important to stay abreast of any potential changes to the current law.

The event will feature two panelists; Attorney Victoria Veltri, chief health policy advisor in the Office of Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, and Maura Carley, founder and president of Healthcare Navigation. Both panelists serve on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange.

On the dean’s list

Emily Margaret Armstrong, of Darien, was recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. for the fall 2016 semester.

To achieve dean’s list status, a full-time degree seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 quality-point average during the semester.

Dean’s list status, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to Andrea Ranzilla, of Darien, for the fall 2016 semester at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Named to the dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. for the fall 2016 semester was John M. Eng, a sophomore psychology major, who is the son of Jeffrey and Susan Eng of Darien and a graduate of Darien High School.

Four Darien natives have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont in Burlington: Andrew Boe, Patrick Daigle, Grace Hildreth and Emma Janson.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

At the DCA

The Darien Community Association is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien. Reservations and payments can be made at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA at 203-655-9050 ext. 10.

Estate planning: On Jan. 27 at 9:30 a.m., two specialists will present “Plan for the Future — How an Estate Plan Puts You in Control.”

During this seminar you will learn ways to care for the people and things you love after you’re gone and leave behind a lasting, meaningful legacy. This seminar focuses on five key financial planning issues associated with estate planning: proper account ownership, beneficiary review, strategies to minimize estate and income taxes, gifting strategies and how long term care insurance can protect your estate.

Register for $20 per person, or $10 for DCA members, by Jan. 25. 10. Minimum enrollment is required in order to run this workshop.

Flower arranging: White is elegant, especially when you mix different shades of white and add unique greens. The workshop will be led by two experienced floral designers from the New York Botanical Garden certificate program.

Materials will be provided; please bring hand clippers if you have them. Class will be held Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. Fees are $40 for DCA members; $45 for the public.

Prepayment is required by noon on Jan. 23. Maximum enrollment is 20.

P2P accepting donations now

A full week earlier than anticipated, effective Jan. 17, the P2P Clothing Center in Darien is once again accepting donations of seasonally-appropriate clothing, footwear and outerwear as well as small household items.

For information, call Darien site manager Aidan Wildes at 203-621-0685.