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Chef Richard Barbour will lead a night of “chocolate indulgence” at the DCA

Final global lecture series

Uri Dadush, senior sssociate and director of the International Economics Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will deliver the final lecture in the Darien community Association’s Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues. His presentation, “The Euro Crisis: Lessons For and From the U.S.,” begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 following a 7:30 reception.

Dadush focuses on trends in the global economy and is tracing developments in the eurozone crisis. His perspective is strengthened by his public and private sector experience where he led a number of business turnaround situations. He was president and CEO of the Economist Intelligence Unit and Business International, group vice president, International for Data Resources, Inc. and a consultant with McKinsey and Co.

In the public sector, he served as the World Bank’s director of international trade and before that as director of economic policy. He is the author of four recent books and reports including Juggernaut: How Emerging Markets are Reshaping Globalization. He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics, Harvard University and his M.A. and M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dadush will speak in the Garden Wing of the Darien Community Association, located at 274 Middlesex Road, Darien. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $25.

More info: 203-655-9050.

Canasta starts next month

At the Darien Community Association, casual Canasta is not a class; it’s designed for those who already know how to play and just need a great space. Beginning Feb. 5, players are welcome to bring friends and their playing cards to the DCA’s historic home every Tuesday from 9 to 11am for just $3 per person. No reservations are required; players are asked to just check in at the DCA office upon arrival.

For those new to Canasta, our next beginning Canasta class will be held over three consecutive Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13 and 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. In this class instructor Sue Ozanne will teach students the flow of the game, how to create melds, point values, scoring and going out, as well as tips on strategies to help their partnership come out ahead. This three-session class is $80 for the public, or $60 for DCA members.

More info: info@dariendca.org.

Chocolate cooking class

Next month, let the DCA help you break the winter blahs with a night of chocolate indulgence. Chef Richard Barbour leads his “All Things Chocolate” class on Wednesday, Feb. 6th from 6 to 9.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, students will make flavored ganache and dip them for truffles, dipped and chocolate-painted strawberries, and a dessert of chocolate pasta with raspberry sauce. Techniques for handling, tempering, and storing chocolate will be covered as well, and all are encouraged to bring some wine to enjoy with! Red is suggested.

This evening is $60 for DCA members, $75 public price.

More info: 203-655-9050 or info@dariendca.org.

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