Community Soundings: Wedded bliss, New leadership...
Published 3:00 pm, Friday, October 6, 2017
Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic recently released its list of newly-enrolled students for the fall semester. Among the new students is Kurt Vollweiler, of Darien. Vollweiler’s major is finance.
Darien’s Michael N. Weaver is participating in an off-campus study abroad program during the fall semester through St. Lawrence University.
Weaver, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in government.
A graduate of Pomfret School, Weaver is studying at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C.
Laugh with three Treehouse comedians at the Piedmont Club on Oct. 7 to raise money for the Powahay District and the Connecticut Council, Boy Scouts of America.
The doors open at 6 p.m. and comedy starts at 8 p.m at the Piedmont Club, 152 Hecker Ave., Darien. It’s a night out for adults to have fun and support Scouting programs in Wilton, Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford. Dress is casual, no uniforms.
For tickets contact Karen Caiati at (203) 722-9177 or email@example.com.
Ashley Diane McEnery and Patrick Stephen Jennings were married Sept. 23 in New York City at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, with a reception that followed at the Brooklyn Museum among the art exhibits.
Ashley Jennings is the daughter of Carolyne Elizabeth McEnery and Kevin James McEnery, of Darien. Her father is the chief financial officer of Tunnel Hill Partners. Her mother recently retired as the vice president and controller of Palm Ventures, a private equity firm in Greenwich.
Ashley Jennings met Patrick Jennings while students at Cornell University, from which they both graduated. She graduated summa cum laude with a double major in economics and classics and was awarded the Classics Department’s Prize for Excellence in Classical Studies. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.
Ashley Jennings, 27, is the senior strategy manager for Microsoft’s gaming division located in Redmond, Wash.
Patrick Jennings, 28, is a vice president on the strategic partners investment team at the Blackstone Group, an investment firm in New York City.
He is the son of Karen B. Jennings, of Elmira, N.Y., and Dr. S. Thomas Jennings, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. His mother is a science teacher and the coordinator of the seventh- and eighth-grade programs at Notre Dame High School in Elmira. His father, a pulmonologist, retired from private practice in Elmira.
The couple honeymooned in Bali.
The Community Fund of Darien is pleased to announce their 2017-18 Board of Directors.
Taking charge of the nonprofit are Ryan Duffy, Jamie Roach Murray, Frank Huck, Ginger Morgan, Margaret Smith, Jake Hennemuth, Doug Ryder, Kirstie Howard, Kevin MacGuire, Chris Gugelmann, Millyn Gaaserud, Debi McGahren, Marla Chandler, Steve Ward, Carrie Bernier, Laurie Orem, Mara Neafsey, Cindy Banks, Holley Cavanna, Allegra Erickson, Shedd Glassmeyer, Kristine Miller, Bryan Murphy, Warren Pullen, Heather Raker and Leo Schlinkert.
Last year, The Community Fund invested more than $1 million in grants to nonprofits in Darien, Stamford and Norwalk and Darien community initiatives in areas such as hunger, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and academic achievement for at-risk youth.
To learn more, visit communityfunddarien.org.
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 American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.
Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly-diverse patient population. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.
Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help
patients fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Oct. 15: 10/15/2017: 7:45 a.m -12:45 p.m., Covenant Church of Easton, 1 Sport Hill Road
Oct. 7: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Soundview Medical Associates, 761 Main Ave. (Route 7), Suite 201
Oct. 10: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave.
Oct. 9: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive
Oct. 14: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.
Oct. 13: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff
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). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
The Darien Cops & Kids Adventures program is beginning its eighth year.
The first three years the program was funded by a grant from the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management, but that grant funding can only be acquired for a maximum of three years. Due to the great success of the program, the Darien Police Department chose to continue the program.
The Cops & Kids Adventures program runs during the school year from September through to May, and unites police officers and kids on ‘’adventures’’ and community outreach projects.
The outreach projects have consisted of supply drives for Darien Human Services and providing free smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors for residents in need.
Open to first 20 kids that apply at dariendepot.com.
Flu vaccines are now available at the Darien Health Department.
All vaccines are preservative free and available to anyone over three years of age. High-dose vaccines for seniors are also available.
To get your flu shot make an appointment with the town’s public health nurse by utilizing the online scheduler found at the “Flu Prevention Program” section of darienhealth.com or go to one of the clinics where no appointment is needed:
In Town Hall, Room 119, on Oct. 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
“Vote & Vax” on Election Day, Nov. 7 in Town Hall, Room 119, from 3 to 7 p.m.
The cost of flu vaccine is $30, payable by check, cash or ConnectiCare insurance. The Darien Health Department also accepts traditional Medicare but does not participate with any of the Medicare Advantage Plans.
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:
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 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 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.