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Dec
2
Sat
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery Tickets
Dec 2 @ 9:30 am – Dec 23 @ 5:00 pm
December Exhibit at the Geary Gallery in Darien, CT @ Geary Gallery |  |  |

The Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents “On Light and Florals,” featuring the still-life florals of New York painter, Murray Smith. His exhibit runs December 1 – 23. The Geary Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. (203) 655-6633. www.gearygallery.com

Dec
8
Fri
Visit with Santa and His Friends @ Stepping Stones Museum for Children Tickets
Dec 8 – Dec 24 all-day
Visit with Santa and His Friends @ Stepping Stones Museum for Children |  |  |

Meet Santa & his friends Frosty the Snowman, Penguin and Reindeer in a place just for kids of all abilities that is fun, safe and accessible. Children can play, make festive crafts, and engage in special activities to make it an enjoyable time for the entire family.Bring your camera to take FREE treasured photos of your smiling child with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from now through Dec. 17, and then each day from Tues. Dec. 19 to Sun. Dec. 24 from 11:15am – 12:15pm . Regular museum admission applies and can be put toward the purchase of a membership – a perfect gift for the holidays!

Dec
9
Sat
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center Tickets
Dec 9 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Scenes from the Nutcracker @ Darien Arts Center |  |  |

The Nutcracker comes to life as the Darien Arts Center’s (darienarts.org) dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at their annual production, ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.

The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted ‘Scenes from the Nutcracker’ keeping them in mind.”

This year’s production features new dances, characters and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

Performances will be held at the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Show times are December 9, 10, 16 and 17 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. Call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org for reservations.

Additionally, ages 6-11 attending Saturday, December 9th performances of the Nutcracker may want to participate in the Holiday Print-Making and Frame Decorating Workshop in the DAC Visual Arts Studio from 1-3p.m. Participants will sip hot cocoa and eat holiday treats while creating holiday-inspired Styrofoam prints on the DAC’s printing press. Their prints can then be put in a frame that they decorate, creating a perfect gift for family, teachers and friends. Fee for the workshop is $40, with no registration fee.Register for the workshop at darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683.

Dec
14
Thu
Holiday Magic: Selections From The Children’s Historical Collection At Pequot Library @ Pequot Library Tickets
Dec 14 2017 @ 10:00 am – Feb 4 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Holiday Magic: Selections From The Children's Historical Collection At Pequot Library @ Pequot Library |  |  |

In this exhibition of vintage postcards, holiday literature and caroling music, dating from 1848-1996, you can experience the magical and memorable role holidays play in the lives of all readers, especially children. Highlighted items showcase classic materials from Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Explore books and imagery covering a variety of religious and secular subjects, from Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and “Primrose Day,” including the antics of Eloise and Babar the Elephant. Exhibition runs December 14, 2017 – February 4, 2018 during regular Library hours.
Opening Reception December 14, 2017 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Light hors d’oeuvres and wine served. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., join children’s book author and Fulbright scholar Christine Pakkala for a gallery tour and discussion of the history of children’s holiday literature.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Dec
17
Sun
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.

The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques Tickets
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm
The Nutcracker Dream @ Ballet des Amériques |  |  |

Ballet des Amériques will present “The Nutcracker Dream” at their studio theater in Port Chester this December. The audience will step into Marie’s dream, a magical adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker. Marie falls asleep and envisions a grand party, which then morphs into The Land of Sweets.

The ballet was choreographed and coached by Artistic Director Carole Alexis, with excerpts after Rudolph Nureyev. The performance will feature the students of the Ballet des Amériques school, supported by the professional dancers of the company. The students will play the children in the party scene and various sweets in Act Two: Land of the Sweets.

Ballet des Amériques’ “The Nutcracker Dream” is a child and family friendly ballet that is a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season. Performances are Saturday, December 16 at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. as well as Sunday, December 17 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, please contact Shirley Rodriguez by e-mail at admin@balletdesameriques.com or call (646) 753-0457.

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport Tickets
Dec 17 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm
"#MeToo" is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport. @ The Unitarian Church in Westport |  |  |

“#MeToo” is the theme of the Sunday, December 17 services at The Unitarian Church in Westport.
The reality is that most all women have experienced sexual harassment, abuse and denigration. Rev. John Morehouse’s sermon will address the issue of sexual harassment from a faithful perspective.

Why is that women have so long been abused and ignored in our society? What role does religion play in this system of oppression? And how can we as women and men find a way for women to be heard safely and healing to begin? Our service, organized by women members of the congregation, will include the prophetic voices of women past and present as well as a healing ritual for all women so hurt.

Dec
19
Tue
Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Darien Library Tickets
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ Darien Library |  |  |

Do you ever wonder what your stuffed animals do while you’re asleep? Join the librarians for our annual storytime with your stuffed animal and we will stay up late to find out just what adventures your stuffed animals have at night! *Owners may pick up any stuffed animals that stay the night with us on the following day. All ages.

Fireside Tales at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library Tickets
Dec 19 @ 7:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Fireside Tales at Pequot Library @ Pequot Library |  |  |

Fireside storytime for fathers and their children, ages 3+. Wear pajamas (dads too), make popcorn in the fireplace, and hear some classic stories in conjunction with the exhibition, “Holiday Magic: Selections from the Children’s Historical Collection.” Free and open to the public. No registration required. Winter Session dates include: December 19; January 9 and 16.
Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

Dec
20
Wed
State Budget Impact on Darien at Darien Men’s Association @ Darien Men's Association Tickets
Dec 20 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
State Budget Impact on Darien  at Darien Men’s Association @ Darien Men's Association |  |  |

State Budget Impact on Darien
at Darien Men’s Association

Jon Zagrodzky, chairman of the Town of Darien Board of Finance, will talk about the impact of state-level budget challenges at the Darien Men’s Association on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. The town’s annual budget is $140 million.

He also will comment on broader governance issues for Darien and the state of Connecticut.

Jon said, “There will be as much levity and irreverence as a discussion of these topics permits.” He has been a Board of Finance member since 2008.

He also serves on Darien’s Town and Police Pension boards and the Public Works Garage Building Committee.

Jon is a member of Forman School Board of Trustees, a Litchfield, Conn., high school specializing in helping children with learning differences. He also is chief operating officer for Rhône Group LLC, a middle-market private equity firm.

His talk will start at 10:45 a.m. DMA meetings are held at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road, Darien.

Guest passes are available at the membership desk just outside the meeting room. DMA welcomes men age 50 or older.

For questions, text, phone or email Ray Meurer at (203) 856-4155, raymeurer9@gmail.com.