The KeyBank Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant for the Person-to-Person Scholarship Program.

KeyBank Foundation’s charitable mission aligns with the goal of the Scholarship Program: to offer a pathway out of poverty for college students from low-income households by supporting each P2P Scholar’s journey toward self-sufficiency.

This academic year, P2P has awarded more than $300,000 to 119 P2P Scholars.

With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the P2P service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

Last month, Chris Evers, of Stamford-based Animal Embassy, visited the Royle School second-graders.

They enjoyed an interactive learning experience about the animals and their natural habitats. Furry and not-so-furry visitors to Royle School included Cyprus, a baby alligator, Judy Hopps the bunny and an African crested porcupine named Quilliam.

The September visit was sponsored by the Royle PTO’s enrichment program.

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 Senior Center Oct. 17 from 1 until 2 p.m.; at the Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Road, Oct. 20 and 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.

Flu vaccines are also 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 or go to one of the clinics where no appointment is needed:

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.

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:

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

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

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.