Community news: Darien’s Person-to-Person invites chef to be speaker at fundraising luncheon, and more

Chef to speak at Transforming Lives Luncheon

The nonprofit Person-to-Person is holding its Transforming Lives Luncheon on Oct. 27 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, 1 First Stamford Place, with chef Lidia Bastianich as the featured guest speaker.

Bastianich will be joined on the podium by Debra Ponzek, owner of Aux Delices. The luncheon is a fundraiser to support Person-to-Person.

Guests will be treated to one of Bastianich’s recipes during lunch and receive a copy of her latest cookbook, “Lidia’s A Pot, A Pan, and a Bowl.” There will be an opportunity to meet with her one-on-one before lunch and get the book signed.

The co-chairs for the event are Christina Johnson-Wolff and Michelle Lappas.

The committee and table hosts for the event are: Nancy-Jean Bono, Kim Brown, Andrew Brown, Russ Chapman, Cathy de Graaff, Allison Gagliardi, BJ Gedney, Mimi Griffith, Eden Huang, Caroline Moran, Mara Peters, Tracey Riccardi, Angela Riley, Holly Shulz, Julianna Spain and Eileen Sussan.

For sponsorship details and more information, visit https://e.givesmart.com or contact Engagement Development Officer Sarah DeRose at saraderose@p2pHelps.org.

P2P offers food assistance, casework support, financial assistance, scholarships, mentorships, camperships, infant layettes and holiday programs.

Tiny Miracles to hold NICU reunion

The Tiny Miracles Foundation will host its annual Family Fun Day Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Reunion on Sept. 18 at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford.

The event is the nonprofit’s largest family celebration of the year, honoring premature babies and their families. All families are asked to bring a NICU photo of their premature baby.

The free event will include lunch, children’s entertainment and access to the nature center and farm.

Registration is limited to two parents or caregivers along with their preemie child and siblings.

For more information, contact Executive Director Tina Tison at 203-505-8047 or ttison@ttmf.org.

The Darien-based foundation provides an array of compassionate support and assistance, touching the lives of more than 1,000 preterm babies and their families each year. For more information, call 203-202-9714 or visit www.ttmf.org.

Darien artist wins first place

Darien artist Julia Arstorp was awarded first place in the Rowayton Arts Center exhibition “Photography and Sculpture” for her photograph “Sunday Best.”

The art show, which is on view through Aug. 28, features artwork by 65 area artists who were chosen from 200 online submissions.

The winners were announced by the judge, Paula Tognarelli, former director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Mass.

Best in Show went to Bill Gore of Redding for his photo, “Song of the Saugatuck No. 38.”

In sculpture, first place went to Chuong Pham of Maplewood, N.J., for “Made of Clouds.”

The gallery at 145 Rowayton Ave. is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit rowaytonarts.org.

Farm-to-Table dinner served by Land Trust

Tickets are now on sale for the Darien Land Trust’s Farm-to-Table Dinner set for 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at its Waterbury Field.

The expected 250 guests will be treated to a three-course meal with menu selections from local farms. Wine pairings have been recommended by Sipstirs, 1053 Post Road, Darien. The pairings will be offered at a discounted price for guests before the event so they can bring them to the dinner.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception featuring a signature cocktail, select wines from Sipstirs and craft beer from the Stratford’s Two Roads Brewing Co.

Live music will be provided by Merlin, a cover band that plays classic rock.

Event guests will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the Darien Land Trust, which preserves and protects more than 225 acres of open space in the town.

Tickets are available at darienlandtrust.org.

DCA celebrates 99th anniversary

The Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, celebrated its 99th anniversary on Aug. 2.

The group began when about 20 women met at what was then the Royale School in town to organize what they called the Darien Improvement Association on Aug. 2, 1923.

The full history of the organization is available at dariendca.org.

Advisers offer help with Medicare

The Healtchcare Pathfinder professional advisers Anne McGuire and Victoria Bieler have developed a three-part series to assist people who are turning 65 in understanding the Medicare health care plan.

“Medicare Enrollment Done Right” will guide people through the Medicare enrollment process. The series, expected to meet once a month for two hours, will help attendees research and compare coverage options, select the best personalized plan and complete enrollment for the Medicare process..

Classes for the first series will begin Sept. 7 at the Hayvn co-working space in Darien, 320 Post Road.

The cost is $625. Class size is limited, and early registration is advised.

Citizens must register for Medicare at least four months before their 65th birthday to allow ample time for the U.S. Social Security Administration to process the necessary documentation.

For more information on enrolling or on the course, visit www.healthcarepathfinder.com.

One-on-one enrollment services are available by contacting the Healthcare Pathfinder directly at 203-557-7288.

The advocates and the advisers do not sell insurance or endorse any insurance companies or products.

Students earn Johns Hopkins high honors

Seven students from Middlesex Middle School were recently awarded high honors in the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth Talent Search.

In order to qualify for the advanced CTY Level program, students must earn a score on the SAT, ACT or the SCAT that reflects academic ability of about four grade levels above their current enrolled grade.

The honored students are Ryan Xing, James Hoffman, Stella Absolonne, Matilda Charland, Gavin Wheeler, Nicholas Steinke and Maya Collins.