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Friday, October 20 News

Community Soundings: Artists honored, Donate blood...

Winners of the Brushwork Exhibition were announced at the Rowayton Arts Center’s opening reception Aug. 6, including four Darien residents.

Lisa Thoren took home third place in the acrylic category for “Regatta Day!”

In the oils category, honorable mentions were given to Steve Fritsch for “Great Blue Heron with Branch,” Yuko Ike for “Montego Bay Rose” and Vicki French Smith for “Moving.”

Nancy McTague Stock, an artist, art educator and designer, selected the winners from almost 80 entries. Exhibit chairs were Amy Schott and Jessica Huse.

James Harvey, of Darien, was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Harvey recently graduated from the university’s Olin Business School.

To qualify for the dean’s list in the Olin Business School, students must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.6 or above and be enrolled in at least 14 graded units.

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Darien

8/31: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Darien Library, 1441 Post Road

Easton

8/28: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road

Fairfield

8/30: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Trinity Baptist Church, 300 North Benson Road

8/30: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road

8/31: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ludlowe Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 118 Jefferson St.

Stamford

8/19: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

8/26: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

Stratford

8/25: 1:45 p.m. - 7 p.m., Baldwin Senior Center, 1000 West Broad St.

Trumbull

8/19: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Spring Meadows, 6949 Main St.

8/23: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Evangelical Free Church, 498 White Plains Road

8/24: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Maefair Health Care Center, 21 Maefair Court

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

A warm summer night, three long tables set with white linens and sparkling lights and a local band at Waterbury Field in Darien will set the scene for the third annual Farm to Table Event hosted by the Darien Land Trust Aug. 26.

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A three-course dinner will be served in the field by Tim LaBant catering, which specializes in fresh, local fare. Wine pairing recommendations for the menu will be created by WinePort of Darien.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Busker, an acoustic pop/rock band, featuring Darienite Kevin Bannerton on drums and vocals.

The Farm to Table Event was created to celebrate the success the Land Trust has had in preserving more than 200 acres in Darien. Their mission is to permanently preserve open space in Darien, providing the community with environmentally rich habitats, scenic vistas, opportunities for educational experiences and the quiet enjoyment of nature.

Several local businesses have lent their support as sponsors of the event, including Baywater Properties, Rings End, BMW of Darien, Darien Rowayton Bank, MacGuire, Cheswick & Tuttle Investment Counsel, LLC and Rowayton Wine Shop and Wine Port of Darien. BMW of Darien has generously donated a bicycle to be presented at random to a lucky guest at the event.

The DLT receives land through a combination of gifts from property owners and, in certain instances, direct purchase of the land. Once the land is under DLT protection, trustees begin an active stewardship program. Waterbury Field was permanently preserved through a combination gift by the Joslin family and purchase in 2008.

Over the past year, Waterbury Field, which is adjacent to the Wee Burn Country Club, has been transformed with a demonstration landscape showcasing native plant species.

To join the Darien Land Trust for the Farm to Table Event at Waterbury Field, purchase tickets at darienlandtrust.org.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children 6 to 18 who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at sheila.figueroa@childguidancect.org or 203-517-3346.

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