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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Final Academic Lecture, Tuesday night, February 3rd

Former Ambassador John Beyrle presents “Putin’s Russia: Cold War II?” at the 2015 Academic Lecture Series - "Russian Roulette" – evening lecture at the DCA on Tuesday, February 3rd at 10:00am.“Putin’s Russia: Cold War II?”
Tuesday, February 3rd
8:00pm lecture, 7:30pm reception

Join us for the final event of our 2015 Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues, “Russian Roulette.” At this evening lecture, Ambassador Beyrle will explore the ways the United States and Russia understand – and misunderstand – each other and the prospects for improving U.S.-Russian relations.

Tickets ($25) are available through this link, or at the door.

CANCELLED – General Program on Human Rights in Russia

DCA General Programs present Marina Pisklakova: Defending Human Rights in Russia on Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30pm.Yes, we’re open today (Wednesday, January 28th) from 9:00am to 3:00pm, back to regular hours.

This presentation however – Marina Pisklakova: Defending Human Rights in Russia – has been cancelled, after the recent storm forced an unfortunate rescheduling of Marina’s travel. (Those who registered have been contacted directly.)

We look forward to sharing details of the next General Programs meeting in the near future. Stay tuned!

Blizzard closing: adjusted hours for the storm

The Darien Community Association (DCA) front entrance blanketed in snowClosing early, from 12:00pm, on Monday, January 26th
-   Supervised Bridge – Advanced Intermediate Play and Mah Jongg classes will be held
-    Duplicate Bridge is cancelled

Closed all day Tuesday, January 27th
-    No activities or meetings will be held
-    Cooking Healthy and Light, Continuing Intermediate Bridge, Literature with Doug Paulsen, & painting classes will all be rescheduled

We hope to reopen for normal hours on Wednesday, January 28th. Any changes will be posted at dariendca.org, Facebook and Twitter.

We hope you and your families are safe and warm through this event.

Yes, there’s still space: register by noon today (Jan 19)

Cooking Light & Healthy classes will be held on 2 Tuesdays, January 20th and 27th.The DCA offers a variety of bridge classes as well as Duplicate BridgeCooking Healthy & Light: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Entertaining with Paula Nusslein
2 Tuesdays: January 20th & 27th
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Continuing Beginning & Continuing Intermediate Beginning Bridge classes, Begins Tuesday & Wednesday
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CANCELLED – ‘Tying the Knot’ Wedding Showcase

The-Knot-Calendar-ImageThe Tying the Knot! Wedding Showcase, previously scheduled for Sunday, January 18th, has been cancelled.

To create the unique and personal wedding of your dreams, we encourage you to contact our hand-selected preferred caterers and vendors directly. Please find them listed through the below link.

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What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Meet you New a Year resolutions with the DCATo improve your French? We have a class for that.
Conversational French begins this Wednesday – click for more
(Register by noon on Tuesday, January 6th)

Learn healthier cooking habits? We have a class for that.
Cooking Healthier & Light begins Tuesday, January 20th – click for more
(Register by Thursday, January 15th)

Get more out of great literature?
Literature classes begin Tuesday, January 13th – click for more
(Register by noon on Monday, January 12th)

Contact us directly for more… info@dariendca.org/ 203-655-9050

Academic Lectures Series tickets – deadline Monday (1/5)

The 2015 DCA Academic Lecture Series is titled "Russian Roulette" and begins Thursday, January 8th, 2015Today’s your last day to purchase series tickets – 4 morning lectures for $80 or $65 for DCA members.

By noon, please either call the office at 203-655-9050 or book online through the below link.

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Limited tickets will be available at the door for $25 per lecture.

New Bridge Classes for Beginners

The Darien Community Association (DCA) offers Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Duplicate Bridge.Classes for three levels of beginners are available in the new year:

Beginning Bridge
Tuesdays, starting February 24th

Continuing Beginning Bridge
Wednesdays, starting January 21st

Continuing Intermediate Beginning Bridge
Tuesdays, starting January 20th

View full details and online registration through this link 

New Literature class with Doug Paulsen

Instructor Doug Paulsen leads the DCA's Literature classes.Over three Tuesdays, beginning January 13th, retired Darien High School English Department Chair Doug Paulsen joins the DCA to teach this contemporary literature class.

If you’ve already selected your holiday reads, don’t worry; you needn’t read the book – Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann – prior to the first class.

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