News Briefs: DHS 5th Annual Invitational Jazz Festival, Youth Commission Hosts 2nd Annual Darien Dash
Darien High to host 5th annual Jazz Jamboree
DARIEN — The award-winning Darien High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jonathan Grauer, will host elite high school jazz ensembles from throughout the area at its Jazz Jamboree Festival on March 2 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5; proceeds will support the event. For information, call the Darien Music Office at 203-655-3981, ext. 2250.
2nd annual Darien
Dash March 10
DAIREN — The second annual community-wide scavenger hunt, the Darien Dash, will take place March 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Teams taking part in the scavenger hunt will compete to score the most points by answering town-based riddles and visiting participating merchants based on clues. The Darien Dash begins at the Town Hall gym and ends at The Depot Youth Center on Heights Road, where points will be tallied and prizes given to winners. Participation in the Darien Dash is open to all ages, but requires a vehicle and driver to travel about town, based on answers to riddles. Participants will be limited to the first 25 vehicles to register. The Darien Dash is hosted by the Darien Youth Commission. Registration forms for the Darien Dash will be available at darienct.gov/yc from Feb. 15 until March 7, or until the maximum number of 25 registrations are taken. Registration fee is $25 per vehicle. For more information, visit darienct.gov/yc or call 203-656-7388.
Crisis center names
new executive director
NORWALK — The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, a nonprofit serving seven communities in Fairfield County, has hired Kevin S. Shippy as its new executive director, succeeding longtime center leader Rachelle Kucera Mehra. The center serves Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton and Weston and is part of an 18-member statewide coalition, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Foundation offers scholarships
DARIEN — Fairfield County’s Community Foundation provides college scholarships to area students. This year, approximately $1 million will be awarded to more than 400 high school seniors. Scholarships range from $500 to $8,000, and some are renewable. There are scholarships for students applying to two- and four-year educational institutions and for technical certificate programs. A list of available scholarships for students living in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Milford, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull and Westport and the online application are on the foundation’s website, fccfoundation.org. The deadline is March 21.