The Darien Community Association's open house from 9 to10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, will give visitors a chance to explore the variety of classes, workshops and lectures offered by the organization, based at 274 Middlesex Road.

Additionally, attendees will be able to gather fliers and speak directly to instructors and organizers; tour Meadowlands, the historic home and gardens of the DCA; speak to Marcia Selden catering professionals about functions from cocktails to weddings; consider volunteer opportunities at the DCA Thrift Shop; and understand how dollars spent in DCA activities help fund scholarships for high school and college students from Darien, which is a key part of the DCA's mission.

All lectures, activities and classes available from the fall will be showcased. The Art Lecture Series will be led by three curators of the Frick Collection; gardening enthusiasts will hear of upcoming activities, as well as the Greenhouse program; and Writer's Workshops, Pageturners book group, and Meet The Author series programs will be detailed. Presenting authors range from RoseMarie Terenzio, with her inside perspective on John and Carolyn Kennedy in "Fairy Tale Interrupted," and Lee Woodruff's launch of her newest novel "Those We Love Most." Classes this year include Beginning Bridge, Advanced Beginning Bridge, Supervised Bridge Play and Duplicate Bridge; also new to the DCA is Beginning Canasta, a team-based form of rummy. Beginning and Intermediate French language courses, and French Literature workshops will also continue. Body Tune-Up exercise classes will comingle with a focus on the creative side: Painting classes for beginner to advanced, Cooking classes led by various professional chefs, Arts & Crafts to include Scrapbooking and Card Making. Details of "Taking Control: Financial Workshop for Women" will also be available.

For the younger set, there is the Mom's Morning In program for tots and their parents or caregivers. Those with musical talents can look into joining the Blue Notes singing group; pianists may wish to explore the Duo Piano group. The Senior Men's Association always has a schedule of speakers, outings and community service projects, and the Women's Group has a variety of social activities and speakers lined up, including a luncheon featuring the "Entertaining Addict" Sheila McCaffery, and a bus trip to the New York Botanical Gardens.

Tours of the recently renovated interiors of Meadowlands -- listed in the National Register of Historic Places -- will be offered, and include the Ellen Biddle Shipman formal garden and Greenhouse.

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DCA dollars -- obtained through donations, membership dues, event and activity fees and the Thrift Shop -- fund scholarships for Darien High School graduates and collegiate. Members of the DCA Scholarship Committee will also be on hand to explain the program and the application process for Darien youth.

Admission is free. For information, call 203-655-9050.