Continuing a generous yearly tradition, Waveny received a thoughtful donation of teddy bears for all their Care Center residents and short-term patients, just in time for Christmas. Marilyn Gifford, a Waveny volunteer, once again hand-picked and delivered teddy bears donated by Toys-for-Tots.

Similarly, the owner of Pennyweights of New Canaan recently visited Waveny LifeCare Network. Geoff Sigg brought holiday gifts of jewelry for the ladies and gentlemen at Waveny Care Center, The Village and Waveny’s Adult Day Program — a tradition he has done for over 15 years.

Brendan McManus, of New Canaan, qualified for the fall 2017 Dean’s List at Belmont University in Nashville. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade-point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

Four new members, including one New Canaan resident, were elected to the board of trustees at Westport Country Playhouse during 2017. They join the current 31 trustees, led by chairman Barbara Streicker, of Westport.

Amy C. Corn, of New Canaan, is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in corporate law and governance. She retired in 2016 as vice president, secretary and chief governance officer at Pitney Bowes Inc. She has served as a board member of the Society for Corporate Governance, as well as chairman of its National Corporate Practices Committee. She is the 2016 recipient of the Bracebridge Young Award, the highest honor conferred by the Society for Corporate Governance. She is also a past president of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York, and has served on the boards of the United Way of New Canaan and the Volunteer Center of Southwest Fairfield County.

Corn received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and her law degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, where she was an editor of the Law Review.

In December, blood donations decline, but the needs of patients remain steady.

To encourage donations, those who give blood or platelets through Jan. 7 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Upcoming donation opportunities:

Fairfield

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., Trinity St. Michael’s Church, 554 Tunxis Hill Road

Stamford

Dec. 30: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court

Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Bankwell invites the community to help spread some extra holiday cheer this season through three collections in Bankwell’s Fairfield County branches.

For Person-to-Person’s “Keeping Warm” annual coat drive, Bankwell is collecting new and gently used winter outerwear for all ages and sizes to benefit those in need through Dec. 31.

Drop-off locations:

Bankwell in Norwalk: 370 Westport Ave.

Bankwell in New Canaan: 208 Elm St.

Bankwell in Wilton: 47 Old Ridgefield

Bankwell in Fairfield: One Sasco Hill Road and 2220 Black Rock Turnpike

Bankwell in Stamford: 612 Bedford St.

The Fairfield Museum invites professional, serious amateur, and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to participate in the IMAGES 2018 Juried Photography Show.

Submissions will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Jan. 22. IMAGES 2018 provides an excellent opportunity for artists to connect with prominent collectors, gallery owners, fellow photographers and the public.

A jury of artists, photographers and curators selects approximately 40 submitted photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2018 show, which will be on display at the Fairfield Museum and History Center from March 1 to April 15, 2018.

For rules and details, visitgogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2018.