Tyler to emcee Better Chance fund-raiser

CBS 2 News anchorwoman Dana Tyler will emcee the College Tailgate Gala for A Better Chance in Darien (ABC in Darien) on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Wee Burn Country Club.

Tyler anchors CBS 2 News at 6 p.m., and has been weekend co-anchor and reporter for WCBS-TV since 1990. During her 24 years at CBS 2, Tyler accrued many awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists; a New York Emmy Award for Community Service; Emmy Awards for anchoring the Breaking News stories “Flight 1549 Lands in the Hudson River” and “New York City Blackout;” Emmy Awards for anchoring Outstanding Single Newscast for CBS 2 News at 11’s “City Hall Shooting” and “New York City Subway Firebombing.”

In 2011, Tyler was honored by the Friars Club in its annual “Salute to News Veterans.” In 2007, she was honored in the McDonald’s annual salute to “Black Broadcast Legends” and in 2006 she received a New York Association of Black Journalists Award for her report on Broadway’s “The Color Purple.”

Tyler also contributes as host for “CBS 2 at Tonys” and the “Tunnel to Towers Run.”

Tyler began her broadcasting career as an intern at WCOL Radio and WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. She was a general assignment reporter and anchor for WBNS and received an Ohio Valley Emmy Award in 1988 as Outstanding Anchor for her work on the popular “Heart of Ohio” broadcasts. In 1990, she and the late Reggie Harris became the first African-American anchor team in New York on WCBS-TV.

As a volunteer, Tyler served for more than a decade on the Board of Trustees of Learning Leaders, the 7,000-member volunteer organization dedicated to the education of New York City public school students.

The ABC in Darien College Tailgate Gala will feature dinner, full bar, tailgate games and a live and silent auction; attendees will also be entertained by The Short Bus Band from Greenwich. The event will be held at Wee Burn Country Club, 410 Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien. Tickets can be purchased at www.501auctions.com/abcdariencollegetailgate. View further details about ABC in Darien at abcdarien.org. Donations may also be made at abcdarien.org, or mailed to P.O. Box 3204, Darien, CT 06820.

Reading Finale Party

Darien Library will celebrate the efforts of young readers during its Summer Reading Finale Party on Monday, Aug. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library courtyard. Revelers will play Giant Jenga and Giant Connect Four, participate in Red Carpet interviews, indulge in mini hotdogs and hamburgers from the local Bounty Food Truck, and dance to kid-friendly music. Winners of the Grand Prize Raffle and Creative Challenge winners will be announced, and the paparazzi may be present, so partygoers are encouraged to dress like the stars.

Online registration for this event can be found on darienlibrary.org/kids. Registration is limited to children ages 6 to 12.

Younger children can celebrate the end of summer with the band Funkytown Playground on Friday, Aug. 14 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. This event is open to all ages, no registration necessary.

Nobu to teach acrylic painting

The artist Nobu will begin teaching acrylic class for the Darien Senior Program on Mondays at 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 14.

Nobu moved to Darien with her family in 2003. Nobu has painted scenes of the New England countryside and in Darien and New Canaan and many of her paintings are in private and public collections. She has designed the cover of the Darien Parks and Recreation Department brochure since 2008 and many local nonprofits have used her works to raise money. Class cost is $4.