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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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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New French language classes begin January 7th

Allison Ball teaches French language classes at the DCAWe are delighted to announce our new French language instructor – Allison Ball, who you may know is a French language teacher at Darien High School.

This Conversational French class is designed for those who’ve learned some French in the past, and would like to improve their accent and knowledge of this lovely language.

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#GivingTuesday – Tuesday, December 2nd

2014 DCA Scholarships have been awarded!#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. On this date, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Participants are then encouraged to tell everyone about how they gave, and spread the word to inspire others.

If you would like to help our privately-funded, non-profit organization support the scholarships we offer Darien High School students, the DCA Bird Sanctuary, and other DCA initiatives, and have not yet had a chance to contribute through our annual appeal, your donation as part of this global initiative would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Donations to the DCA can be made through this link
Learn more about #GivingTuesday through this link

Christmas Tea is Sold Out. Join us Tuesday instead!

Christmas Entertaining with Carolyn Eddie will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at the DCA.Your response to our Christmas Tea on Thursday, December 4th has been amazing – it’s now sold out!

If you already have reservations for tea, we look forward to seeing you next Thursday. If not, join us Tuesday, December 2nd from 12:15-2:15pm, for our Women’s Group luncheon – “Christmas Entertaining with Carolyn Eddie” - brought to you by the same team that offers the tea. Come to pick up some tips and recipes, and experience Christmas as celebrated at Carolyn’s house, complete with crackers, traditional Christmas lunch, trivia and singing.

Click for full details and online reservations. Prepayment required by noon, Monday, December 1st.

Make your own holiday Table Centerpiece

Make your holiday Table Centerpiece with the DCA Greenhouse Group on Thursday, December 4th at 9:30am.Let the DCA Greenhouse Group help you make your table festive and green this year, with our annual Holiday Craft Workshop. Bring a container, and they’ll provide the rest!

Thursday, December 4th
9:30am coffee, 10:00am workshop
$15 DCA members, $20 public

Prepayment is required by Tuesday, December 2nd.

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Do you want to play a game? New classes are starting…

Learn to play Bridge, Mah Jongg or Canasta at the DCANovember 5, 6 and 7 will see the start of five classes, teaching beginners how to play Mah Jongg, Canasta or Bridge. Four of these classes still have space for new students.

Click (or copy & paste) the appropriate link below for full details, and please note the date by which prepayment is required, so you don’t miss out!

Beginning Mah Jongg – http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1882
Learn & Play Canasta - http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1878
Beginning Bridge (1 class open) – http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1890
Intermediate Beginning Bridge – http://dariendca.org/event-registration/?ee=1900

DCA Art Lecture Series Concludes Thursday with Sorolla

Sorolla is the subject of the final DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series event on Thursday, October 9th, presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaJoin us for our final event of the 2014 DCA Art Lecture Series – El Greco, Goya & Sorolla: Three Artistic Visions – on Thursday, October 30th at 11:00am. Presenter Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of America, will lecture on Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923), the foremost Spanish artist, and surely the best-known internationally at the turn of the twentieth century.

Prepay by Tuesday, October 28th through the link below to enjoy a full gourmet Spanish-themed lunch including paella, tapas and more ($45 for DCA members; $50 public price). Alternatively, lecture only tickets are available online, or at the door ($20 DCA; $25 public).

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2014 Art Lecture Series continues with Goya on Thursday

Goya is the subject of the 2nd DCA 2014 Art Lecture Series event on Thursday, October 9th, presented by Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of AmericaJoin us on Thursday, October 16th at 11:00am to hear Marcus B. Burke, Ph.D., Senior Curator at The Hispanic Society of America, present on Goya, one of the first great modern artists, and the giant in Spanish art at the end of the Enlightenment and the beginning of Romanticism..

Lecture only tickets are available at the door. $20 for DCA members; $25 public price. Click for full series details.