Program aimed at women in transition

"Explore! Programs for Women, a program designed for empty nesters and other women who want to revisit their goals and how they spend their free time, begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

The opening session, "Thriving (not just surviving) Through Times of Change," will be led by Maud Purcell, founder of the Life Solution Center of Darien. Purcell is a psychotherapist with a short-term, solution-focused approach. A frequent YWCA parent awareness speaker, she writes regular columns for five local publications, including the Darien News.

Through her 40-minute presentation, Purcell will help women in transition establish a healthy life balance, rediscover who they are, and take a peek at where they might be headed next, all in an informal and supportive environment.

Subsequent sessions will take place monthly on Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

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3 levels of bridge classes offered

Bridge classes once again will be in full swing. Three levels of play are offered.

Instructor Karen Barrett leads Supervised Play-Advanced Beginning Bridge classes, which are for those who have some knowledge of the game but are not yet confident. Classes run Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 19. The cost is $20 per session.

For intermediate players, Barrett will lead Supervised Play-Intermediate classes, which focus on how to bid, play and defend. Classes run Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 9. The cost is $20 per game.

Those who want a greater challenge can take Duplicate Bridge, led by Gloria Sieron. Classes run Monday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. beginning Sept. 9. The cost is $12 per game. For Duplicate Bridge classes, one of the partners must be a DCA member.

All classes are drop-in play so reservations are not required.

Mom's Morning In returns on Sept. 14

Moms, caregivers and grandparents with energetic toddlers are invited to join the Mom's Morning In program, which begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14.

Every week there is a fun activity, perfect for toddlers, while the adults have a chance to socialize with one another. This year's schedule begins with The Bossy Frog on Sept. 14.

Reservations are not required. The cost is $10 per child per class. DCA members can purchase season tickets for $165 per child.

Broadway theater bus ready to roll

The Broadway theater bus program offers tickets to three shows over the course of the year.

This season's first show is Kinky Boots on Oct. 10. The other two shows will be announced shortly.

The subscription price is $450 for DCA members and $480 for nonmembers.

The Darien Community Association is at 274 Middlesex Road. For information or to register, visit, call 203-655-9050 or email