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Thursday, January 18 News

Community Soundings: A grant for P2P, ‘So We Think We Can Dance’...

Person-to-Person

has received a $10,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides food, clothing, financial assistance and casework counseling to the working poor and people experiencing a situational crisis.

For nearly 30 years, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have supported the work of Person-to-Person, whose mission — providing emergency assistance for basic needs and support for individuals and families as they move toward stability — aligns with the foundation’s focus on empowering those less fortunate.

Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. Since 1982, 100 percent of the profits from the sale Newman’s Own products, now totaling more than $500 million, has been contributed to thousands of nonprofit organizations worldwide.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. A student must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition.

Darien residents from the class of 2018 include Barbara Bell, Sarah Cattano, Jackie Nicoletti, Schuyler Platt, Mollie Riegel and Sam Schrenker.

From the class of 2019, John Leasure and Will Massie made the dean’s list.

Five students from the class of 2020 made the list: Katherine Culliton, Jack Droogan, Kate Nusslein, Megan Shanahan and Harry Watt.

Finally, Kelly Cattano, Jillian Clements, Thomas Dale and Hailey Zimmerman — all from the class of 2021 — made the dean’s list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

Dean’s list status, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to Connor Schiff, of Darien, for the fall semester at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

The popular showcase of talent, “So We Think We Can Dance,” is back for its 7th year at the Darien Arts Center, where the student-run production has had sold-out audiences for the past six years.

Totally produced by DAC dance student volunteers, ages 10 to 18, the show returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

DAC dance students manage all stages of creation and execution, and choreograph and perform approximately 17 dances that encompass many different styles of dance.

Students Natalie Pitteway, Mackenzie Swift and Meghan Wood are producing the 2018 show.

Tickets for So We Think We Can Dance 2018 are $10 and the show runs for approximately 2 hours. Purchase tickets at the door or email DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos at bonnie@darienarts.org. For questions call 203-655-8683.

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The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall.

Margaret Gaffney Benedict, Ph.D., executive director of the Matthew Gaffney Foundation, will discuss her work helping economically-disadvantaged students obtain a college education at the Darien Men’s Association on Jan. 17.

Over the past 20 years, Benedict’s foundation has helped more than 100 students gain acceptance to top schools on the eastern seaboard. Many receive scholarships covering 75 to 100 percent of their education. Students pay no fee for the Gaffney services.

Her talk will start at 10:45 a.m. The presentation will include stories of students who now enjoy happy and productive lives.

DMA meetings are held at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, Darien. Guest passes are available at the membership desk just outside the meeting room. DMA welcomes men age 50 or older.

For questions, text, phone or email Ray Meurer at 203-856-4155, raymeurer9@gmail.com.

The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the republic it represents and an exhibit at the Darien Historical Society, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of Our Flag,” which opens Jan. 18, will tell the story of the flag in all its red, white and blue glory.

Among the flags on display is a 35-star flag that was official from 1863 to 1865. This hand-stitched flag has stars that tilt randomly, an example of how people used to come up with creative patterns before it was formally set by Congress in 1912

In addition to several antique flags, the exhibit will include a timeline that traces the evolution of the nation’s banner through both local and national events. Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added, the exhibit will feature photographs, a soundtrack with music and voices from the past, and a lecture series on subjects relating to the flag’s history.

An interactive portion will challenge viewers to design a 51-star flag and also to write in a journal about a time when the flag stirred a strong emotion.

The “Long May She Wave” exhibit will run through March 13 and can be viewed during the Society’s open hours and during lectures. The exhibit is free for members, Darien’s first responders, teachers and students. The cost for non-members will be $5.

Exhibit sponsors include M3 Messenger and Christie’s Quilting Boutique of Norwalk.

The exhibit will feature three lectures including:

“Star Spangled Banner & Opening Champagne Reception” will be held Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with Ed Hynes, a local history expert and financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Westport. Hynes will discuss the flag and the inspiration behind the national anthem. A Champagne reception will follow the lecture.

“Our Flag: Folklore & Fact” will be held Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Did Betsy Ross make the first flag? Get the real story about our flag’s history with Susan Jerome, collections manager for the Historic Textile & Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island.

“The Lincoln Flag — Rediscovered” will be held March 4 at 3 p.m. After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theater was rediscovered. Hear the fascinating story with Ilene Frank, chief curator at the Connecticut Historical Society.

To register, visit darienhistorical.org or call 203-655-9233. The cost for the lectures will be $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest. Students attend free.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers, and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers, and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.

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