The Darien Arts Center’s fall production by A.R. Gurney revolves around a dog “Sylvia”, the couple that adopts her, and the comedy that ensues. Jacquie Carlsen, David Jackins and Giovanna Olcese, of Norwalk, and Susan Stanton, of Westport, bring the comedy to life under the direction of Christian Amato.

“Sylvia” opens on Friday in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 8 p.m. Other performances are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 11.

A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older. Greg is a man of middle age, a restless empty-nester, tired of his job in finance and looking for meaning in his life. Sylvia is an exuberant and beautiful lab-poodle mix, astray in Central Park, looking for a new home. When they meet, it is love at first sight. But Greg’s wife Kate, a busy rising star in the public school system, is looking forward to some independence now that the couple no longer has children to care for. She is less than thrilled by the clever and coquettish canine that jumps, slobbers, sits on her couch, and takes Greg’s attention away from his marriage.

Sylvia is sponsored by A Total Look Mobile Dog Grooming of Darien and presented through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service.

Tickets are $25 at For more information, call the DAC at (203) 655-8683.

New ways of thinking about America’s War for Independence will be the topic of a two-part series, Revolutionary Perspectives, at the Darien Historical Society this month.

The first talk, entitled Alexander Hamilton: The Man, the Myth & The Musical, will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. The smash-hit Broadway musical is changing the mythology surrounding this Founding Father, and a new perspective is emerging. Robert Begley, president of New York Heroes Society, dives deeper into Alexander Hamilton’s life and legacy.

The next talk, Art, War and Identity in Early America, will feature Robin Jaffee Frank on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Frank, a guest curator with the New York Historical Society and former chief curator at the Wadsworth Athenuem, will discuss how certain works of art helped sway public opinion during the Revolution and helped forge our national identity.

Both programs will be held at Darien Historical Society, 45 Old Kings Highway North.

The cost for each program is $5 for members, $20 for non-members, and $30 for non-members and a guest. To register, visit or call 203-655-9233.

Art Gottlieb, a local historian on political and military history, will talk about the rising tension between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) at the Darien Men’s Association on Wednesday.

He will explore recent developments between these adversarial nations, as well as the other governments directly and indirectly involved: China, Iran, South Korea and Japan.

His talk will start at 10:45 a.m.

DMA meetings are held at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road. Guest passes are available at the membership desk just outside the meeting room. DMA welcomes men age 50 or older.

For questions, text, phone or email Ray Meurer at (203) 856-4155,

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

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will hold 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. 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.