Acabella performs

Local group Acabella will peform on Sunday, May 20 at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Acabella was founded in 2001 by two friends who had recently moved to Darien and were eager to sing a cappella music, as they had done in college. The group was named Acabella, which combines the musical term, a cappella, which means unaccompanied by musical instruments, and bella, the Italian word for beautiful. The group is currently directed by Heather Raker, one of its founders, and Carolyn Woodberry, who has been singing with the group since its inception.

Acabella presently comprises 11 women from the Lower Fairfield County area. Membership in the group is by audition, including musical exercises and a solo performance. Members’ musical backgrounds include singing in undergraduate and graduate a cappella groups and various choirs, as well as performing in musical theater, bands and coffeehouses (and the shower, of course!).

Let’s talk coding: A conversation 

Breaking down coding, programming and hackathons will be part of an informal discussion at the Darien Library on Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. You will learn how to talk about computers and what goes into making them work. Attendees are invited to  bring their questions for instructor Varghese John, Ph. D. Beginner and expert computer users are welcome.

John is an experienced technologist with a scientific research background and a love for learning and teaching science, technology and mathematics. He has led large global teams delivering innovative solutions to complex problems for leading financial service organizations. John is described as “passionate about delivering STEM education for children and adults in order to build a community of citizens who can apply logic and scientific thinking to address global challenges.”