Community Soundings: Communing with nature, Artist honored...

Tree Conservancy of Darien

, along with local non-profits Darien Nature Center, Darien Land Trust and Friends of Selleck’s Woods co-hosted a Shinrin-Yoku — forest bathing — walk with Jeffrey Wyant, a certified nature and forest therapy guide, on Oct. 14.

Along with co-hosting educational lectures, offering the forest bathing walk helps the Tree Conservancy achieve its goal of educating the community about the value of trees and their care.

Since its inception in 2010, the Tree Conservancy has planted over 490 trees in Darien.

Darien artist Marty Rainbow Hendrickson recently won first place for her oil painting, “Lunch-Rt. 27,” in the Rowayton Arts Center’s juried exhibition, Expressions.

The winners of Expressions received their awards at the RAC’s opening reception Oct. 1.

The show, one of RAC’s largest, was juried, opened to all artists, and received 218 entries. Exhibition chairs were Milan Chilla and Linda Francis, and the judge was award-winning artist Rosemary Webber from Mystic.

The exhibition will be in the gallery at the Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Avenue in Norwalk, through Oct. 29.

On Oct. 7, Darien resident Cappy Waters helped lead Team E to the top fundraising position of all participating teams in the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel event at Harbor Point in Stamford.

Also contributing to Team E’s showing were Karl and Andrea Reinhardt, of New Canaan, and Kim Hyde and Andrew Hyde, of Norwalk. Team E is named in loving memory of Evan “E” Reinhardt, a 2009 graduate of New Canaan High School who died in July 2015 of a drug overdose.

The rappelling event generated over $125,000 in support of Shatterproof’s initiatives to raise awareness and funds to fight addiction.

Following the descent of 65 rappellers 22 stories down the side of the Beacon Harbor Point building in Stamford, supporters and onlookers listened to brief remarks from Shatterproof founder Gary Mendell and Stamford Mayor David Martin.

The Challenge Rappel in Stamford was Shatterproof’s 51st and last rappelling event, as the organization is pivoting to larger-format 5K runs/walks in New York City, Boston and elsewhere.

Flu season is fast approaching and Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will hold several flu vaccine clinics in Darien this fall.

The nursing agency will hold flu clinics at the Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Road, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.; and at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will hold additional flu clinics at its offices in the Health & Wellness Center at I-Park, 761 Main Ave., Suite 114, at the intersection of Kent Road and Route 7 on the Wilton/Norwalk town line. These clinics will be held every Wednesday from 3:30 until 5 p.m. through Nov. 15.

Anyone four years of age or older can receive the seasonal flu vaccine at these clinics and there is no residency requirement.

All flu clinics are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and appointments are not necessary. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The cost of the vaccine is $50 for the regular dose and $68 for the high dose, which will be available for those aged 65 or over. Cash or check will be accepted or it can be billed directly to

Medicare Part B, Aetna, Anthem, Connecticare, Harvard Pilgrim, Multi Plan or Wellcare. Bring your insurance card with you to the flu clinic.

Those wishing to receive the flu vaccine are encouraged to wear short sleeves or sleeves that are easy to roll up.

For more information, please call the flu hotline at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at (203) 834-6341, ext. 444.

Jan Dilenschneider, a Darien landscape artist who has championed the cause of preserving the environment in exhibits worldwide, will display her paintings in a new show titled “Paint the Beautiful World” at Stamford’s Palace Theatre.

The show, which will runs through Dec. 31, is in the recently-refurbished Sackler Gallery and in Café Teatro at The Palace Theatre.

For her exhibit at The Palace, the expressionist painter has divided the paintings into themes based on the idea behind the works:

Decalcomania is a series where one surface is painted and then pressed onto or printed onto a second surface, either canvas or aluminum. This gives texture and a haunting mirror image that can be worked on.

Homage to Leaves is themed to help the viewer appreciate the beauty of the everyday leaf.

Reeds, Rivers and Reflections highlights her fascination with the landscape, its colors, variations and the reflections in water.

Dilenschneider, who with her husband, Robert, developed The Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Scholar Rescue Award in the Arts, which rescues artists and arts scholars from repressive regimes around the world. The award is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the largest international exchange organizations in the world, and has provided life-saving fellowships that have taken oppressed artists and their families out of danger and allowed them to create and flourish.

In partnership with At Home In Darien, the Darien High School football captains have extended a special invitation to senior citizens to attend the DHS home games with free admission.

The Blue Wave football team, led by Captains Nick Green, Brian Minicus, Michael Neary, and Mitchell Pryor, is excited to welcome senior fans to this season’s home games and look forward to seeing them cheer in the stands.

Admission to home games will be free to Darien seniors aged 65 and older, and handicapped accessible space will be available.

At Home In Darien, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services and aid for seniors, will arrange transportation with its sedan and van service for those who need it. To arrange a ride or for more information, call the At Home In Darien office at (203) 655-2227.

Upcoming home games:

Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. vs. Wilton

Nov. 23 at 10:30 p.m. vs. New Canaan

For a full schedule of games, go to

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 or 203-517-3346.