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Darien Parks & Recreation News, Events and Programs!

<h3>Spring/Summer Registration starts Feb 28th at 10am!</h3><p>Darien Parks &amp; Recreation presents our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.darienct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3332/2024-Darien-Spring-and-Summer-Brochure---FINAL" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Spring/Summer program brochure</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.darienct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3332/2024-Darien-Spring-and-Summer-Brochure---FINAL" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">viewable here</a>. Registration will open at 10am online via the "Activity Registration" tab to the left. Please ensure your login credentials are correct prior to 2/28 to ensure an easier registration process.</p><h3>Kayak/Paddleboard Storage Lottery - Deadline March 11th!</h3><p>The 2024 kayak/paddleboard storage lottery for Pear Tree Point &amp; Weed Beaches is now open! Please&nbsp;click <a href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/darienparksandrec/activity/search/detail/6502?from_original_cui=true&amp;onlineSiteId=0" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><h3>Paddle Tennis Social @ Weed Beach - Saturday, March 2nd!</h3><p>Join us from 6:30-8:30pm for a terrific evening of round-robin paddle tennis, raffles and light refreshments.&nbsp;All levels welcome.&nbsp;<a href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/darienparksandrec/activity/search/detail/6501?onlineSiteId=0&amp;from_original_cui=true" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Please visit us here to register.</a></p><h3>Seasonal Front Desk Clerk Position Available</h3><p>Darien Parks &amp; Recreation is looking for help in our office from April through July. For more information or to apply, please visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://ct-darien.civicplus.com/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=99&amp;From=All&amp;CommunityJobs=False&amp;JobID=Parks-Recreation-Seasonal-Front-Desk-Cle-15" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Human Resources website</a>.</p><h3>Overtime Athletics February Vacation Camp!</h3><p>This exciting variety sports camp for youth ages 5-12 includes instruction in sports such as basketball and soccer as well as non-traditional sports such as kickball, relay races and cooperative games. Full-week and daily options available.&nbsp;<a href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/darienparksandrec/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&amp;activity_select_param=2&amp;activity_keyword=february&amp;viewMode=list" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Visit us here for more information.</a></p><h3>Youth Fencing Lessons begin March 1st!</h3><p>Competitive bouts, basic footwork and bladework will be worked on each week with Candlewood Fencing instructors.&nbsp;Fencing teaches discipline, coordination, athleticism, critical thinking and confidence, all in a fun and incredibly safe environment.&nbsp;<a href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/darienparksandrec/activity/search?activity_select_param=2&amp;activity_keyword=fencing&amp;viewMode=list" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Learn more and register for this great program</a>.</p><h3>Now Accepting Applications for Summer Beach Lifeguards</h3><p>Darien Parks &amp; Recreation is currently accepting applications for summer lifeguard positions for Pear Tree &amp; Weed Beaches. For more information, please visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://ct-darien.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/3147/Job-Posting_PR-Lifeguard_1-17-24" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Human Resources website</a></p><h3>Private Paddle Tennis Lessons @ Weed Beach</h3><p>Can't make one of our group paddle tennis lessons this fall or winter? We offer 1-hour and 1.5 hours private lessons throughout the paddle season.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.darienct.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Weed-Beach-Paddle-Tennis-11" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Please visit us here for more information on private lessons.</a></p><h3>Dog Walking Program @ Weed Beach is Back</h3><p>From November 1st through March, we are welcoming your pups back to Weed Beach! Dogs are allowed in the designated area only and owners are reminded that all dogs over 6 months must be licensed with the Town Clerk's office.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.darienct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2795/Weed-DOG-WALKING-Nov-2023" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Click here for more information on the Weed Beach dog program.</a></p>

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Great Balls of Fire! Go See ACT of CT's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and be ROCKED!

<p>Tickets to ACT of CT’s production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET are selling faster than you can say “blue suede shoes”!&nbsp;And... a picture is worth a thousand words, right?&nbsp;<strong>Just look at this one!</strong></p><p>ACT of CT's enthusiastic theater-goers flooded social media after last night’s show with rave reviews:</p><p>“Awesome show!”</p><p>“Best show EVER!!”</p><p>“Have tickets for tonight and CAN’T WAIT!”</p><p>“Wonderful show!!”</p><p>Step inside the small, time-worn recording venue owned by Sam Phillips [Bart Shatto]. Here, in the iconic Sun Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956, four musicians dubbed The Million Dollar Quartet serendipitously converged for an unforgettable impromptu jam session.</p><p>Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine brought in his longtime friend Hunter Foster to direct MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. A Broadway veteran who has both performed in and directed the show seventeen times, Foster's expertise shines in bringing each unique character to life.</p><p>The stellar cast includes Alessandro Viviano embodying the earnest and sultry Elvis Presley, flamboyant pianist Nat Zegree (in his ACT of CT debut) as the unstoppable and unforgettable Jerry Lee Lewis, guitar maven Christopher Wren as Carl Perkins, the soulful Scott Moreau as Johnny Cash (and he KILLS IT singing “Walk the Line”),&nbsp;Bart Shatto as Sam Phillips, and the captivating Megan Reinking as Dyanne, Elvis's girlfriend.</p><p>For the first time in ACT of CT history, there is&nbsp;<em>no orchestra&nbsp;</em>backing up the cast. Each actor is also an&nbsp;<em>insanely talented musician&nbsp;</em>who personifies their character with deft and authenticity! This extraordinary ensemble gets the audience on their feet, singing, dancing, and cheering!So, if you're ready to be transported back in time and experience the magic of rock and roll history, put on your blue suede shoes and head to ACT of CT for a performance that will rock your world. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is a show not to be missed, a true celebration of music and the legends who created it.</p><p>As Sam Phillips once said of rock 'n' roll, “This is where the soul of a man never dies.” Great balls of FIRE! Go see MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET! Visit<a href="https://www.actofct.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="https://www.actofct.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.actofct.org/</a></p>

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Meet Leonard Bernstein's Daughter at Darien Library on February 29!

<p><a href="https://darienlibrary.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c17339c2ea9922174f2c0428&amp;id=8fe2554e28&amp;e=75920aab3b" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Growing Up Bernstein with Jamie Bernstein</strong></a><strong> on Thursday, February 29th at 7 p.m.</strong></p><p>Darien Library and Barrett Bookstore welcome <strong>Jamie Bernstein</strong>, author of <em>Famous Father Girl: a Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein.</em></p><p>In this intimate and evocative memoir, published on the centennial year of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the oldest daughter of the revered composer/conductor offers a rare look at her father.</p><p>In <em>Famous Father Girl</em>, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.</p><p>Meet the author, and discover the connection between her 2018 memoir and the recently released film, <em>Maestro</em>, starring Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, which chronicles the lifelong relationship of conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein and actress Felicia Montealegre Bernstein.</p><p><a href="https://darienlibrary.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8c17339c2ea9922174f2c0428&amp;id=3355714c95&amp;e=75920aab3b" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>Save Your Seat Today!</strong></a></p><p><br></p>

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Lottery for kayak/paddleboard storage at Pear Tree Point & Weed Beaches

<p>The Darien Parks &amp; Recreation Department will be conducting a lottery for kayak/paddleboard storage at Pear Tree Point &amp; Weed Beaches for the 2024 beach season. Please note the following:</p><p>•Registration for the lottery will end on Monday, March 11th at 11:59pm.</p><p>•Lottery will be held on Tuesday, March 12th.</p><p>•Storage is permitted for Darien residents only.</p><p>•Only one lottery registration per family is allowed.</p><p>•Multiple registrations will disqualify registrant from the lottery.</p><p>•At registration, you will be asked for a 1st &amp; 2nd location preference.</p><p>•You will be notified of lottery results by Monday, March 18th.</p><p>•Storage space is $200 for the 2024 beach season. </p><p>•Each storage space is limited to three vessels.</p><p>•Vessels must be removed on or before November 15th.</p><p>•If you are selected in the lottery, you will have 10 business days to submit payment for the storage spot. After a period of 10 days, all spaces that have not been paid in full will be assigned to those on the waiting list as selected during the lottery.</p><p>•Those who had a spot at either beach last summer must register for the 2024 lottery.</p><p>•Please note - only apply for the lottery if you have a kayak(s)/paddleboard(s) and are serious about using the spot. Those who are chosen in the lottery and either don't pay for the spot or don't use the spot, will be removed from all future lotteries.</p><p>To register for the lottery, please visit: <a href="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fanc.apm.activecommunities.com%2Fdarienparksandrec%2Factivity%2Fsearch%2Fdetail%2F6502%3FonlineSiteId%3D0%26from_original_cui%3Dtrue%26fbclid%3DIwAR3XY5H-KAO8SDkL-Fv2B7sXjfyzd8486IShmcZnKpD6NdliYPQuez0SeFQ&amp;h=AT0AdYnubhSasl49Rq0Eu6TIBKwFWDykKwkEv9UOWhBWL_HYKZwAMbdd3YKQgFUpukhh79j9ljMkoqKhWLVViX5jdLXL8FTffsIMlqaz2wgXJiWbEC38j_Ib5JhFSvM&amp;__tn__=-UK-R&amp;c[0]=AT3f3wGvFRp4IRqJoUMqqFbIMG5jPgAVDnSwiPsr4QZ2AGxoW-PKR_79A8WBkY8rp8pFFTDG77zMB9EIbcrA3q2EjmZ2kkel6iSHw8a-lpdgfzc6VAEe48IjDcdB3U_R4h_gHY0ALVJejwcFffJTU5_CK4JtZ8vhSf52vaxQvzNL2S8-51M9SEauLNhJ8uzFiMNBweD7m8Cj" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/.../detail/6502...</a></p><p><br></p>

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St. Patrick's Day Cupcake Decorating at Weed Beach for Pre-schoolers on March 12

<p>Children age 2 1/2 - 5 years and their significant adult will work together to make St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes on Tuesday, March 12th from 1:30pm-2:30 pm at Weed Beach.</p><p>All recipes, ingredients, frosting, packaging and equipment will be provided! </p><p><strong>Learn more and register </strong><a href="https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/darienparksandrec/activity/search/detail/5730?onlineSiteId=0&amp;from_original_cui=true&amp;fbclid=IwAR1fkvrev8DuewsqySH8Ct7A3_t9JY_CsaysB_Bj_LP4DqYU_lEMf8BVPI8" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a></p><p>Resident Pricing: $38/class</p><p>Non-Resident Pricing: $46/class&nbsp;</p>

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Fairfield County Bank Continues Strong Partnership with RVNAhealth

<p>Fairfield County Bank President Daniel Berta recently met with the recipients of the 2023 RVNAhealth-Fairfield County Bank Scholarship.</p><p>The 2023 scholarship recipients are Keri Linardo, CCO RN, Lauren Messina, hospice RN, and Elaine Leitao, QAPI RN. Fairfield County Bank has been a long-standing supporter of RVNAhealth and their mission. Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President &amp; CEO of RVNAhealth, said of the partnership: “They stand as not just a sponsor, but a true partner, mentor, and friend. We are profoundly appreciative.”</p><p>The Fairfield County Bank Scholarship program began in 2019 as an expansion of the Bank’s annual sponsorship. The scholarship is awarded to a group of RVNAHealth employees each year who aim to further their education. Recipients have completed programs ranging from RN to Masters and PHD qualifications through the scholarship. “We are thrilled to play a part in the continuing education of these dedicated medical professionals,” said Daniel Berta, Fairfield County Bank President. “RVNA provides invaluable support to those most vulnerable in our community, and we are proud to support their staff as they further their education.”</p><p>RVNAhealth is a private, non-profit, mission-driven organization founded and focused on care. While their name and services have evolved since their founding as a home health care agency in 1914, their guiding principles have remained steadfast: a mission to serve, exceptional patient care, and a commitment to excellence in quality and service.</p><p><em>Pictured left to right: Lauren Messina, Hospice RN; Keri Linardi, RVNAhealth Chief Clinical Officer; Dan Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank; Theresa Santoro, RVNAhealth President &amp; CEO; Jennifer Christensen, RVNAhealth Donor Engagement Officer; Missing: Elaine Leitao, QAPI RN.</em></p>

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Michaela Pond of Darien Named to Bryant University  Deans' List

<p>Michaela Pond, of Darien has been named to Bryant University's Deans' List for Fall 2023 in recognition of academic excellence.</p><p>To earn a place on the Deans' List, students must have a GPA of 3.4 or better for at least 12 semester hours of work.</p><p>Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!</p><p>For over 160 years,&nbsp;<a href="http://email.readme.readmedia.com/ss/c/EK01aZvwbK530bRKUIS7kBbbGirDZJyBDLs2dN9MdT0/442/wyq5tTvrTFOmH97Hv6FzCQ/h0/b9KdwnfyeQpeZLk9jDHyiuob5S_IW1wAUnQTSV9e4MI" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Bryant University</a>&nbsp;has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel.&nbsp;</p>

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