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.

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly-diverse patient population. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity.

Donors of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as all blood types, are needed to help

patients fight sickle cell disease, alpha thalassemia and other illnesses.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


Oct. 2: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Housatonic Community College, 900 Layfayette Boulevard


Oct. 15: 10/15/2017: 7:45 a.m -12:45 p.m., Covenant Church of Easton, 1 Sport Hill Road


Oct. 3: 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Ave.


Oct. 3: -6:30 p.m., Norwalk Hospital, Maple Street

Oct. 7: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Soundview Medical Associates, 761 Main Ave. (Route 7), Suite 201

Oct. 10: 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Ave.


Oct. 4: 1-6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Ave.


Oct. 6: 1-6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 19 Church St.

Oct. 9: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive


Oct. 14: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.


Oct. 5: 1-6 p.m., YMCA Stratford, 3045 Main St.

Oct. 13: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fright Haven, 411 Barnum Ave. Cutoff

Make an appointment to give blood 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.

The Darien Cops & Kids Adventures program is beginning its eighth year.

The first three years the program was funded by a grant from the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management, but that grant funding can only be acquired for a maximum of three years. Due to the great success of the program, the Darien Police Department chose to continue the program.

The Cops & Kids Adventures program runs during the school year from September through to May, and unites police officers and kids on ‘’adventures’’ and community outreach projects.

The outreach projects have consisted of supply drives for Darien Human Services and providing free smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors for residents in need.

Open to first 20 kids that apply at dariendepot.com.

Flu vaccines are now available at the Darien Health Department.

All vaccines are preservative free and available to anyone over three years of age. High-dose vaccines for seniors are also available.

To get your flu shot make an appointment with the town’s public health nurse by utilizing the online scheduler found at the “Flu Prevention Program” section of darienhealth.com or go to one of the clinics where no appointment is needed:

At the Mather Senior Center on Oct. 5, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In Town Hall, Room 119, on Oct. 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“Vote & Vax” on Election Day, Nov. 7 in Town Hall, Room 119, from 3 to 7 p.m.

The cost of flu vaccine is $30, payable by check, cash or ConnectiCare insurance. The Darien Health Department also accepts traditional Medicare but does not participate with any of the Medicare Advantage Plans.

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:

Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Fairfield Warde

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 dhsbwfootball.org.

The Community Fund of Darien is giving parents a new tool with an “Active Parenting” course.

The classes are designed to equip parents with the skills they need to meet the challenges of parenting toddlers to teenagers. Through informative and interactive lessons, parents learn how to communicate effectively with children, set clear boundaries and encourage the growth of healthy self-esteem.

This evidence-based curriculum is a tool to help build strong character development, resiliency, resistance and judgment skills to help prevent underage drug and alcohol use.

Back by popular demand, Active Parenting Instructors Diane Hobbs and Moira Rizzo facilitate distinct four-week series for parents of preschool, elementary school, middle school and high school students.

To sign up for fall 2017 classes, email Emily.Larkin@communityfunddarien.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.