Flats of Flowers fundraiser event sale underway The Darien Community Association is continuing its Flats of Flowers fundraiser event sale through May 13. Customers will be able to pick up their flowers between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 24 at the association\u2019s building at 274 Middlesex Road. Cost is $22 each per flat of 48 plants from a local grower. Orders can be made at the association\u2019s website at dariendca.org. Customers can choose the type of flower, color and quantity. More information is also available by calling 203-655-9050, Ext. 10. Fifth-grader named CT finalist in essay contest Pavana Attonito, a fifth-grader at Hindley Elementary School, is a state finalist in the 30th annual Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the Neag School of Education, the University of Connecticut Department of English and the Connecticut Writing Project. Some 558 submissions were received for the 2022 competition, which asked students in fourth through 12th grade to read a piece and write to the author and explain how their words affected them. Three students were named state finalists in each of three categories \u2014 elementary, middle and high school. Attonito wrote her letter to Veera Hiranandani, author of \u201cThe Night Diary,\u201d and related the main character\u2019s experiences to her own, describing her Indian grandmother\u2019s kitchen and connecting to her culture and her family through culinary secrets that are passed on through generations. Attonito won a $100 gift card for her winning essay. Her essay can be read at https:\/\/education.uconn.edu\/2022\/04\/14\/connecticuts-2021-letters-about-literature-contest-winners-named\/. Student wins DAR essay contest Elizabeth Abelson won first place in the 2022 Connecticut State Daughters of the American Revolution Fifth Grade Essay Contest. Abelson, who attends Ox Ridge Elementary School, tackled the topic for the 2022 contest, \u201cThe Tomb of the Unknown Solider,\u201d and competed with essays by other fifth-grader across the state. Her essay was the winner of the local essay contest sponsored by Darien\u2019s Good Wife\u2019s River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The topic celebrated the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Washington, D.C. Abelson received her state award and certificate from essay contest Chair Darcy King at the recent state conference in Hartford. Chapter honorary regent Karen Polett and recording secretary Rebecca Siciliano were in attendance. Hindley to host Spring Happening The Hindley Elementary School\u2019s Parent Teacher Organization will present a \u201cHindley Happening 2022\u201d from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7. There will be food, fun, rides, prizes and games at the event, which will be held rain or shine, at the school at 10 Nearwater Lane. To accommodate children who are sensitive to noise and activity, the PTO will open the rides at 9 a.m. for families of children with special needs. For more information, contact Hindley Assistant Principal Leslie Davis at 203-655-1323, or Lindsay DeVito at 203-451-3415. New Beginnings holds Haiti talk The rise of kidnappings as well as gang and political violence in Haiti will be the topic at a special conversation at 5 p.m. May 7 at New Beginnings Community Church, 65 Tokeneke Road. Former Haitian Congressman, entrepreneur and Harvard University graduate Jerry Tardieu will be the keynote speaker. The coordinator of the discussion will be Guy Bocicaut, owner of the Haiti Plus passport office at 9 Mott Ave., Suite 208, Norwalk. Several churches and community organizations are involved in the event, which is free. For admission and information, call Haiti Plus at 203-244-2504. RespectWorks to present info on Camp Hope The Darien Domestic Abuse Council\u2019s youth outreach program, RespectWorks, will present information about Camp Hope, a camp sponsored by The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport that is open to children throughout Connecticut. The presentation will be on May 12 at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Road. From 7:30 until 8:45 p.m., attendees can meet the campers, counselors, the director of the camp and the clinician for the camp, as well as learn about what makes the camp a place of healing for kids ages 7 to 17. Mission Possible registration open Registration is open for the Community Fund of Darien\u2019s \u201cMission Possible: Scavenger Hunt\u201d set for May 13 through May 15. Registration is available at www.flipcause.com\/secure\/cause_pdetails\/MTQyNzc2. Participants can win one of three prizes, $250, $500 and $1,000. The event is sponsored by the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road. DCA hosts talk with Julianna Margulies Actor and author Julianna Margulies will be on hand for a special paperback release of her memoir, \u201cSunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life,\u201d scheduled for 7 p.m. May 10 at the Darien Community Association. A reception is set for 6:15 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Barrett Bookstore and the DCA. The evening will also feature a question-and-answer session with Margulies. Margulies will be in conversation with Darien resident and author Kristen Harnisch. Harnish\u2019s books include \u201cThe Vintner\u2019s Daughter,\u201d \u201cThe California Wife\u201d and the soon-to-be published sequel, \u201cThe Vintner\u2019s Legacy.\u201d The cost is $30 for DCA members and $40 for nonmembers. A signed copy of \u201cSunshine Girl\u201d is included in the ticket price as is a wine reception. Registration is available by visiting dariendca.org or calling 203-655-9050, Ext. 10, by noon May 9. Margulies, who has won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, is known for her roles on the long-running television shows \u201cThe Good Wife\u201d and \u201cER.\u201d She lives in New York City with her husband and son. Abilis celebrates \u2018Home Is Where the Heart Is\u2019 Abilis, a nonprofit that serves and supports individuals who have disabilities and their families in Fairfield County, was recently featured in a special online program titled \u201cHome Is Where the Heart Is.\u201d The program was hosted by celebrity dancer, choreographer and fitness professional Billy Blanks Jr. It celebrated a month of activities at Abilis and provided an opportunity for the community to support the nonprofit with donations to go toward new initiatives that will improve the quality of life for Abilis community members throughout their lifespan. \u201cAll of us at Abilis have been so thankful for the continued support of our organization,\u201d said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. \u201cWith the particular challenges during the past two years during the pandemic, we decided to reimagine this year\u2019s annual Gala and created \u2018Home Is Where the Heart Is\u2019 to showcase and celebrate our Abilis program participants, their families and the community. We are having fun creating videos of dances and showcasing our very special community.\u201d To learn more and\/or to donate, visit www.abilis.us and click on the \u201cHome Is Where the Heart Is\u201d banner.