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 Meadowlands, our historic home. Should you require more information, please contact us.
The holiday season is straight ahead. This year, would you like to present a more dazzling you? Mattie Roberts of The Care and Feeding of Divas will offer some tried-and-true tips to help you be as glamorous as you dare to be, including a list of the best beauty products to have on a night out, and tricks to surviving the season without breaking the bank – or the scale. Annie Sullivan from Brooks Brothers in Darien will focus on the dressing side of things, with the latest trends and clever dressing tips to help give you that extra bit of sparkle this season.
Take a break from your busy holiday schedule to learn how to make delicious gifts from the kitchen. Learn to make flavored salts, cookie-dough-to-go and other sweet treats that are the perfect way to say “Happy Holidays.” This class is led by Nicole Straight of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning.
**New price – now $40 DCA members, $50 public (was $90/$100)
Pre-registration is required by noon on Tuesday, December 10th; minimum enrollment applies. Click for details and online registration.
Join our Greenhouse Group for a little holiday cheer, as they lead you in this hands-on workshop, to make a table centerpiece of your very own. With holiday tunes in the background, you’ll be shown the basic steps, then left to follow your own inspiration.
9:30am coffee, 10:00am workshop.
Certified Home Chef Paula Nusslein is back with her next Cooking Essentials class designed to help you cook without the cookbook. This time you’ll learn a delicious cooking technique for roasting meats and vegetables in clay and earthenware, for beautiful for oven-to-table serving. (Yes, cooking methods & recipes can be used with other types of cookware too.) Sprinkled in the mix will be some holiday recipes, perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
Join her on Tuesday, November 19th from 9:30 – 11:30am in the DCA commercial kitchen. Click for full details.
“Electrifying! This is a night that will rock your world.” – The LA Times
In this 40 minute presentation, experienced executive coach Gavin Pommernelle will walk you through exercises to help you understand why you might want to go back to work. Identify your underlying capabilities and skills gained with or without classic “work experience,” then match these two things together to clarify the type of opportunities that suit you best.
Reservations are requested; this event runs from 1:00 – 2:30pm. Find out more about this Explore! Programs for Women event through this link.
Curious what needs to be done in your garden? Join our Greenhouse Group for a little hands-in-the-dirt practical learning at this community event. See how we put ours ”to bed” by dividing Astilbe & Epimedium, lightly pruning various shrubs and updating winter pots, among other things. This is a hands-on workshop – wear your boots, bring your clippers and gloves, and join us in the DCA formal garden.
Please let us know you’re coming, so there’s enough lunch for all (yes, there’s a free lunch too).
The DCA’s Intermediate Beginning and Advanced Beginning Spanish classes offer 6 weeks of interative, fast-paced classes with instructor Antonia Basu.
If you’ve always wanted to learn French, or would like to increase your current skills, join instructor Florence Anglade to learn the language of love.
Classes are for one hour on Mondays; two levels of learning available. Find the full details and online registration through this link.