to the Darien Community Association

The DCA provides a unique community home in a welcoming setting, with stimulating learning and outreach experiences for the enrichment of the community. Within this site you will find information about programs and activities that are open to the public, DCA groups, volunteering opportunities, and holding weddings and events at the DCA Meadowlands, our historic home. Should you require more information, please contact us. Inclement Weather: the DCA will typically follow any closing decisions of the Darien Public Schools.

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It’s official! DCA Bird Sanctuary, now open to the public

The DCA Bird Sanctuary was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 30thThank you to all who joined us at our “official” opening of the DCA Bird Sanctuary. First Selectman Jayme Stephenson even proclaimed it DCA Bird Sanctuary Day in Darien!

The meandering trails, butterfly garden, and native plantings are now available to the public during daylight hours. See you in the woods! (Image: Cindy Ryan cutting the ribbon)

DCA Bird Sanctuary “Official” Opening – Tuesday, September 30th, 9:30am

Join us for the DCA Bird Sanctuary "official" opening on Tuesday, September 30th at 9:30am.After more than two years of extensive work by volunteers, it’s now time to celebrate the “official” opening of our DCA Bird Sanctuary.

The bird sanctuary is a wonderful asset for the public to enjoy, and would not be possible without the support of a number of businesses and community organizations, particularly the Darien Foundation for Technology and Community. Join us at the opening to thank all those involved, and to celebrate this beautiful space.

RSVPs for this free event are requested, and can be made through this link.

Book Signing with Kristen Harnisch, this Friday

Author Kristen Harnisch is featured at the DCA's Book Signing event on Friday, September 19th.Kristen Harnisch is a well-known Darien mom and blogger who now has author to add to her titles.

Join us this Friday for a book signing to celebrate her debut novel, The Vintner’s Daughter, a romantic and historical fiction set in wine country.

Friday, September 19th

Click for full details and reservations.

Join our Open House: Thursday, Sept 11, 9-11:30am

The 7 tables from our preferred caterers look fabulous, and their samples are simply beautiful (but not too beautiful for you to eat!). The instructors and program organizers are ready to explain which class suits you, or what fascinating programs they’ve organized. And this is the best time to investigate DCA membership, so you enjoy the discounted pricing and other benefits through the full year.

You’re invited to join this annual event. Drop on by… 9-11:30am. Hope to see you here!

Click for a list of programs & caterers represented

Bridge is back! (You’ve waited long enough!)

The Darien Community Association (DCA) offers Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Duplicate Bridge.Continuing Beginning Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding
Tuesdays from 9:00 – 11:00am
September 16 – October 21 with Instructor Meredith Dunne

Supervised Bridge – Intermediate Play
Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30am
Begins September 18th with Instructor Karen Barrett

Supervised Bridge – Advanced Intermediate Play
Mondays from 9:30 – 11:30am
Begins September 8th with Instructor Karen Barrett

Duplicate Bridge
Mondays from 12:30pm
Begins September 8th with Director Bill Wood

View full details and schedule of classes through this link.

DCA Scholarships awarded

2014 DCA Scholarships have been awarded!Every year, the DCA funds scholarships for not only new, but returning college students as well. These scholarships are made possible by donations and income from programs, house rentals and the Thrift Shop – thank you for your support.

Want to see who’s earned these awards? Click here to view the scholarship page…

Free overflow parking for Darien’s town fireworks, July 5th

The DCA offers free overflow parking for Darien's town fireworks on Saturday, July 5th at Darien High School, to benefit The Town of Darien Firefighters' FoundationDriving to the Darien’s town fireworks on Saturday, July 5th?

This event is again hosted by The Town of Darien Firefighters’ Foundation (click here for full details and parking passes).

In case the parking lot is full at Darien High School, please feel free to park for free at the DCA.

Happy Independence Day!

Women’s Group luncheon – Tuesday, June 3rd

The Women's Group presents Writers’ Workshop readings on Tuesday, June 3rd at the DCA.Our final Women’s Group luncheon of the season will be held from 12:15-2:15pm on Tuesday, June 3rd.

Join us to hear Writers’ Workshop authors read from their original works. Carolyn’s Absolutely Fabulous Events provides a full lunch and dessert for this event. Reservations are requested.

View full details and register online through this link.

Continuing Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding

Instructor Joan Bergen will lead Continuing Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding classes at the DCA beginning June 2nd, 2014.Mondays from 9:00 – 11:00am
Begins June 2nd

Instructor Joan Bergen will lead her next 5-week class for beginning bridge players. This class picks up where our Continuing Beginning Bridge class left off, and focuses on play of the hand defense and basic bidding skills.

Have you started learning bridge? Want to continue your education? Join Joan! Click here for full details.