Darien Nature Center to Host Spring Into Nature Festival to Mark Earth Day, and More


The Darien Nature Center will hold its Earth Day celebration – called “Spring into Nature” – on April 23 at Cherry Lawn Park at 120 Brookside Road. The event takes place rain or shine.

Local environmental organizations will be stationed throughout the park, with activities and information for people of all ages to inspire sustainable lifestyles.

Activities will include a community art project using recycled materials; performances by the Sova Dance and Puppet Theater in Connecticut; encounters with animals; a StoryWalk for children; seed planting; and more.

Tickets are $50 per vehicle, no appointment or refund. Attendees have two options to attend: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit dariennaturecenter.org/events/spring-into-nature.

The DAC ballet will perform “Sophia”

The Darien Arts Center will be holding its spring ballet “Sophia Enters Fairyland” at its Weatherstone studio.

The narrated ballet tells the story of Princess Sophia as she seeks out the Good Fairy to help break a bad spell.

The ballet will have two performances over two days, from 2-3:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. on April 23 and 24.

The performances are appropriate for dance fans of all ages. For more information or to purchase tickets, costing $20 each, visit darienarts.org or call 203-655-8683.

The arts center is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien.

Two Olympic swimmers visit Y

Olympic swimmers Elizabeth Beisel and Craig Beardsley will hold a clinic with the Darien Y Piranha swim team from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 23.

They will then participate in a public meeting with the public in the lobby of Darien Y from 11 a.m. to noon.

They visit the Darien Y at 2420 Post Road E. as ambassadors for Swim Across America Fairfield County, which runs charity swims that fund cancer research and patient programs.

The nonprofit, which was co-founded by Darien resident Matt Vossler in 1987, celebrates 35 years of fighting cancer in 2022.

No registration is required to attend the meeting, which is free and open to the public.

Swim team members who are interested in the clinic should register directly with the Darien Y.

Darien YMCA program participants interested in the swim clinic should contact Aquatics Director Amy D’Andrea or Swim Team Coach Jason Memont at 203-655-8228 to register.

The center offers flower “bombs” to the community

The Nielsen Florist and Gardener at 1405 Post Road in Darien is offering the city three floral installations in April to celebrate the reopening of the business after two years of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The installations were to be displayed on April 14 at the Grove Street Plaza fountain. They are expected to release the joy contained within the flowers in natural art “flash mobs” crafted by the team.

While “flower flashes” or “flower bombs” appeared in other cities, they were never created for Darien, according to the company’s design team. Subsequent installations are planned for the following two Thursdays at surprise locations along Post Road in Darien.

For more information, visit nielseflorist.com.

The Tiny Miracles Foundation hosts an annual gala

The Darien-based Tiny Miracles Foundation will hold its annual fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the loading dock at 375 Fairfield Ave. at Stamford

The in-person event will celebrate the nonprofit’s work in supporting families of premature babies in the community. The theme for the gala is “Miracles…And All That Jazz”.

For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, visit ttmf.org.

‘Native Tree’ author to speak on Arbor Day

The Darien Library, Darien Nature Center, and Darien Pollinator-Pathway will feature local author John Ehrenreich in a discussion of his new book, “Native Trees of Connecticut: A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to Identifying the State’s Species.”

The in-person conference, in honor of Arbor Day, will take place at 7 p.m. on April 28 in the Darien Library Community Room.

Ehrenreich will explain how he came to write a book on trees and how it differs from other tree guides.

He has a doctorate in biological sciences and psychology and volunteers at Connecticut Audubon’s Deer Pond Farm Sanctuary in Sherman. In his professional life, he is a psychologist.

To register for this in-person event, visit darienlibrary.org/event/5609.

Conference on “Putin’s war in Ukraine”

The Darien Library will present a virtual discussion titled “Putin’s War in Ukraine: What It Means for America, the West, and the World” at 7 p.m. on April 25.

The speaker, Constanze Stelzenmiller, is a specialist in German, European and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy. She is the first holder of the Fritz Stern Professorship in Germany and Transatlantic Relations at the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s criminal attack on Ukraine is targeting the West as a whole, she says, with the ultimate goal of reversing democratic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, neutralizing Western Europe and eject the United States from Europe.

To register for this virtual event and receive a link, visit www.darienlibrary.org/event/5684.

Author to discuss the benefits of the garden

The Darien Library, the Barrett Bookstore, the Darien Nature Center and the Darien Pollinator Trail welcome author and gardener Frédérique Lavoipierre for a virtual event at 7 p.m. on April 26.

She will discuss how gardens can provide a thriving community for animals. Lavoipierre’s latest book, “Garden Allies”, is about the insects, birds and other animals that keep gardens beautiful and thriving. Participants will learn how to identify visitors who will enhance backyards as we enter gardening season.

To register and receive a link, visit darienlibrary.org/event/5604.

The author of “Sigma Force” will speak

Darien Library is hosting a virtual event titled “Celebrating Libraries” at 7 p.m. on April 26.

Author James Rollins will sit down with Jackie Cooper to celebrate libraries and discuss his book, ‘Kingdom of Bones’, the latest in his ‘Sigma Force’ series of thrillers.

Rollins is the author of international thrillers translated into more than 40 languages. Cooper is a writer and film critic as well as the host of “Jackie K. Cooper Show”, an entertainment review television show that airs weekly on the Com South and Progressive Tel cable networks in Georgia.

To register and receive a link, visit darienlibrary.org/event/5730.

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