A Darien resident was a finalist for a New Voices in Children’s Literature: Tassy Walden Award, a competition hosted by the Shoreline Arts Alliance in Guilford.

In the 17th annual competition, Pamela Farley, of Darien, was a finalist in the young adult novel category for “Chasing Flawless.”

To date, over 65 books have been published as a result of this competition. Judging is done by professional literary agents in the first round, with the final tier of judging done by senior editors and art directors at major publishing houses.

Collegiate honors

Three Darien natives recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Nicole Schmidt is pursuing a degree in Education at Elon University in North Carolina.

Both Edward Tiano Jr. and Ryan Wirtemburg were initiated at University of Bridgeport.

John M. Christensen, a Darien High School graduate, was inducted into St. Lawrence University’s Irving Bacheller Society, the Department of English’s honorary society.

Christensen, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in environmental studies and english at the New York school.

To be eligible for membership, students must have either completed four English courses and maintained a 3.5 grade-point average in English or completed six English courses with at least a 3.25 GPA in English and a 3.0 GPA overall.

Get your tickets now

Avoid lines by getting your tickets now.

Darien EMS-Post 53 is pre-selling admission tickets for its annual Memorial Day Food Fair at select locations around town, outside some 17 retail and non-retail locations some weekdays, evenings and all weekends until May 27.

The Food Fair is a fundraiser to support Post 53, which provides emergency medical services to the Darien community.

Tickets are $5 each and will be sold by young adult Post 53 members outside locations such as At Home In The Heights, Darien Doughnut, Darien Sport Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Fabricare Cleaners, Heights Pizza, Jake’s Place, Jimmy's Southside Tavern, Nielsen’s Florist & Garden Shop, Palmer’s Market, Ring’s End, Splash Car Wash, Stop & Shop Good Wives Shopping Center, Stop & Shop, Noroton Heights Shopping Center, Tengda Asian Bistro Darien, The Goose, Vavala’s Deli & Catering at a varying schedule.

The fair at Tilley Pond Park, which begins immediately after the parade on May 29, continues until 2 p.m. and features live music, a silent auction, games, crafts and food from local shops, including from Palmer’s Market, Michael Joseph’s, Fisherman’s Net, The Goose, and Smoky Joe’s.

Study abroad

Four Darien natives studied abroad during the winter semester.

Camille Mason and Kerry O'Brien studied in both Oman and the United Arab Emirates. James Teschner and Eric Schnakenberg spend their time in Cuba.

All four students attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Be in the show

The 58th Darien Art Show and Sale returns to the Darien Arts Center’s Weatherstone Studio from June 3 through June 10 and is still accepting registrations online at darienarts.org through May 22.

The 58th Darien Art Show and Sale offers cash awards and is open to DAC students and children and adults who live or work in Darien. Artists of all ages are encouraged to register, and entries are welcome in a variety of media. Nonresidents may also enter the show with a donation to the organization.

The winner of Best in Show will be given a solo exhibit in the Town Hall in the spring of 2018.

Darien Rowayton Bank is the corporate sponsor of the Art Show and Sale.

Prize sponsors are Ben Larrabee Fine Art Portrait Photography; Big Shots; The Dock Shop; Dana Fead of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties; Rose-Marie Fox, Board Chair, Silvermine Arts Center; Geary Gallery; Jerry’s Artarama; David M. Osherow, D.D.S., Orthodontist; Sugar Bowl and Wilson Avenue Loft Artists.

Show sponsors consist of Baubles; Darien Carpet; Frederic & Co.; The Gardener’s Center & Florist; Grieb’s Pharmacy; Imported Cars of Darien; Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club; Michael’s Cleaners; Rowayton Fuel & Oil; Rowayton Market; Silverhill Landscaping; Tammy Langalis of William Raveis Real Estate and Wineport of Darien.

The awards reception will be held on June 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. The show will be open for public viewing every day from June 3 through June 10, from noon to 5 p.m.

To find out more about the 58th Darien Art Show and Sale, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

At the Y

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is located at 49 Old Kings Highway North, Darien. For more information, call 203-655-2535 or visit ywcadn.org.

Toddler Time: Registration is open for the 2017-18 school year.

Toddler Time is a two-hour, drop-off program consisting of free play, organized play, story time, singing, art project and snack in a classroom setting.

The program begins in September and meets through May. Families can enroll their toddlers for one, two, or three days per week. To be eligible, children must turn two between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.

The program is open to the public but space is limited.

At the DCA

The Darien Community Association (DCA) 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.

Volunteer Recognition Day: The Community Fund of Darien will be hosting a luncheon to honor local volunteers on May 23.

The Community Fund has invited dozens of nonprofits in the area to honor an outstanding Darien volunteer or current project at the 38th annual event held at the DCA from 12 to 2 p.m.

Each nominee must be a Darien youth, adult or senior resident or someone who has volunteered in a nonprofit agency or organization in Darien.

The masters of ceremony will be First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and state Rep. Terrie Wood, R-141.

Sparkling wine class: Learn about sparkling wine class with Nicholas Roberts on May 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and try a Prosecco, a Cava, a domestic sparkling wine, and a Crémant.

Fees are $55 for DCA members and $60 for the public. Prepayment is required by May 22.

Revitalizing downtown Darien: At this year’s DCA Annual Meeting, May 25 at 9:30 a.m., hear from two well-known Darien developers as they share their plans for our town: R. David Genovese, the founder of Baywater Properties, which owns 12 properties in Darien, and Penny Glassmeyer, a long-time Darien resident who has been renovating and building properties since 1979.

The event will be preceded by several minutes of DCA business but is open to the public.

The cost is $10 per person or free for DCA members. Reservations are requested.

Summer styles: The next Women’s Luncheon, on May 30, will feature Susan Singer of Closet Curator.

Singer will talk about how to participate in the trends of the day, offer tips for how to stock your closet and, with the help of three volunteer models, she’ll demonstrate how you can accessorize to create and define your own unique style.

The luncheon, which starts at 12:15 p.m., will be provided by Michael Joseph’s Catering.

This event is $25 per person, or $20 for DCA members. Prepayment for this event is required by noon on May 29.

Bulk pickup program

The Darien Department of Public Works will continue its bulk pickup program by appointment again this spring.

Pickup will be by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays ending June 7. Each residence is restricted to a single pickup per calendar year.

Residents should have their debris placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of their scheduled pickup. No pickups will be made at addresses on private streets (unless property has road frontage on public street and material is placed along public road frontage).

Items are limited to those too large for transport by a passenger car or SUV.

The following items will not be accepted:

*Hazardous waste.

*Sealed containers or barrels.

*Liquid wastes or paint

*Propane tanks, fire extinguishers or other pressure vessels

*Pathological or medical waste

*Logs, stumps, leaves, grass clippings or brush

*Batteries (bring to Transfer Station).

*Drywall (gypsum board, sheet rock or wall board)

*Wood items must be less than four feet long and six inches in diameter.