The YWCA Darien/Norwalk invites all new area residents to its Newcomers Wine and Cheese Ladies Night Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. This event, which will take place at a YWCA Newcomers Club member's home, is designed to help new residents meet others new to the area while introducing them to the YWCA Darien/Norwalk's activities and community outreach programs.

Women who are interested in attending can RSVP by e-mailing to get location details. This is a free event for new residents and YWCA Darien/Norwalk Newcomers Club members.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Newcomers Club has welcomed residents since 1954. A group run by women who are also newcomers, it is designed to help women who are new to the community to quickly feel at home. There are plenty of opportunities to make new friends through activities including ladies nights out, a monthly book club, informal playgroups, volunteering opportunities and couples activities including the Gourmet and Winetasters groups.

The Newcomers Wine and Cheese event this past Fall was held at a member's home and attended by close to 60 new area residents, most of which had moved in over the summer.

"When I moved to town, everyone told me to join the YWCA Newcomers Club and that's how I made my best friends here," said Lida Ward, YWCA member.

The co-chairmen of this year's Newcomers Wine and Cheese events are Laura Baum, Beth Ann Kissko, Jori Meyer and Carlyle Upson who are all newcomers to Darien themselves. Fellow newcomer Heather Curran is this year's YWCA Darien/Norwalk Newcomers Club president. To contact the YWCA Newcomers Club or get more information about YWCA Newcomers, e-mail, visit or call the YWCA Darien/Norwalk at 203-655-2535.

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving women the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families. The national YWCA mission is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.