Two New Canaan natives studied abroad during the winter semester.

Jamie Murphy studied in both Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Lauren Serena spend her time in the Netherlands.

Both students attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Beauty fundraiser

On May 20, Sara Campbell women’s boutique is partnering with PRAI Beauty, a premium skincare company, to host a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence at the boutique, located at 137 Elm St. in New Canaan from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly skilled service dogs free of charge to people with disabilities, including children and veterans.

Sara Campbell will offer a 10 percent discount to all customers and donate 10 percent of all May 20 sales to Canine Companions for Independence. The first 50 customers at Sara Campbell will also receive PRAI Beauty’s AGELESS Throat & Decolletage Creme, one of its best-selling products, which retails for $39.95. New Canaan resident Cathy Kangas, CEO and Founder of PRAI Beauty, is a long time supporter of Canine Companions for Independence.

Among the graduates

Amanda McKenzie, of New Canaan, was among more than 3,000 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during commencement exercises May 5-6.

McKenzie earned a Bachelor of Science in education and human sciences from the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Dog Days of summer

Pet Pantry Warehouse in New Canaan, 21 Grove St., will host the 8th Annual New Canaan Dog Days of Summer for the third consecutive year. The furry “fun-raiser” on May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. benefits local animal adoption groups, Adopt-A-Dog and Strays & Others.

Pet rescue organizations will have adoptable animals available for viewing during the event. Many of the leading pet food manufacturers will also be on hand distributing a variety of free giveaways and samples.

Food and refreshments will be available and DJ Cochon De Lait & The School Of Rock will provide entertainment. There will also be caricature drawings, face painting, a petting zoo, a pie-eating contest and more.

Children 12 and under can attend the event for free. Adults will be charged $10 each with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Adopt-A-Dog and Strays & Others.

Pet Pantry will also donate 10 percent of pre-tax sales on all purchases made at The New Canaan store location on May 21 to the pet rescue organizations.

This year’s presenting sponsors are Weruva and New Canaan Veterinary Hospital. Business sponsors include Gregg’s Garden Center, Weed & Duryea, Bankwell and Moffly Media. Gold sponsors include Blue Buffalo, Bravo. Merrick, Natures Variety and Open Farm. Silver sponsors include Earthborn, Triumph, Health Extensions, Mars Pet Care, Petcurean, Primal, Stella & Chewy’s, Wellpet, Zignature/Fussie Cat.

Event parking will be available at the Metro North station, 198 Elm St.

Swinging for Seniors

Waveny LifeCare Network’s 15th annual “Swinging for Seniors” Golf and Tennis Outing takes place May 22 at the Country Club of New Canaan.

All funds raised provide financial assistance to residents and participants who cannot afford the full cost of their care at Waveny, as well as special program enhancements.

The Swinging for Seniors event will begin with registration and lunch, followed by a golf shotgun start and a tennis round robin in the afternoon. Golfers will enjoy several hole-in-one opportunities on the course with prizes including a 2017 Corvette Stingray Coupe courtesy of Karl Chevrolet.

The event will conclude with a gourmet reception featuring an awards ceremony and raffle drawing.

Gold-level sponsors to this year’s event include Louise B. Goodridge, Dede and Jim Bartlett and Voices of September 11th, Bourgeon Capital Management, Joan F. Dionne, American Transit Insurance, Barbara & John Burns, Four Friends of Waveny, and Morrison Community Living.

Additional golf teams include Bankwell of New Canaan, First County Bank, American Transit, Medline Industries, and Robin & Brian Leach. Special thanks to Jeffrey & Tiffany Begoon.

Silver Sponsors include McKesson, Connecticut Pharmacy, Unitex, Robinson+Cole, People’s United Bank, LH Brenner — Thompson & Peck Insurance, CBP, Harry & Susan Rein, and Hancock Pharmacy. Waveny welcomes Baybrook Remodelers as a new Bronze sponsor.

To sign up either as a player or sponsor for Swinging for Seniors, contact Joanne Boyer in Waveny’s Development Office at 203-594-5416 or

At the Library

Please register online at for events at the New Canaan Library, 151 Main St.

Legal matters: The library and the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce present the final “Small Business, Big Ideas” workshop in the spring series, which launched last year to target and answer the specific needs of small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups. The talk will be held May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Adrian Lamb Room. “Small Business, Big Ideas” is free and open to the public but registration is required.

On May 23, “Legal Matters: Legal Considerations for Small Business Owners” will be presented by Alexis Brooks and Elizabeth Dirusso, of DiRusso & Brooks Law Group, LLC, and David Wallman, of Wallman Law Firm.

Author visit: Award-winning author and illustrator Elisha Cooper will visit the Children’s Room May 25 at 4:15 p.m. to share latest book, “Big Cat, Little Cat,” which tells the thoughtful tale of two cats’ friendship.

Also, Cooper will delight his audience with a live demonstration of drawing, as well signing any purchased copy of the book, available at the event courtesy of Elm Street Book.

This is the first event since the establishment of a fund to host children’s authors in honor of Rose Marie Zaharek, the library’s former head of children’s services who retired last June.

Latin American music: Enjoy the beauty of Spanish and Latin American piano music when pianist Donald Alfano performs May 25 at 6 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Complementing the recital will be commentary by Alfano on Spanish and Latin American piano music that spans the time period of 1738 to 1965. The music performed, which spans over 200 years, will be represented by both well-known and more obscure composers.

Fun run

The Young Women’s League of New Canaan and its Little Rams Service League will host the 1st Little Rams Fun Run on May 20 at 3 p.m.

Runners ages 2-10 will run a short, fun race on the historic property and sprawling grounds of Waveny Park in New Canaan. The run is open to all children who would like to participate.

The runners will raise money for one of two featured charities, New Canaan YMCA Special Needs Programs or Project Morry.

Face painting, entertainment and snacks will be available. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy on the field after the run.

Sponsors of the event include Stamford Health, AuPair in America, Bankwell, New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry, Toddlertime Nursery School, and Walter Stewart’s.

Phantom of the Opera

On Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan will be showing the original 1925 silent film, Phantom of the Opera, with live improvised accompaniment on organ by Jackson Borges.

Silent films originally didn’t have talking or a soundtrack to help drive a storyline, the way we experience movies today. In the silent movie era, movies were shown in theaters or playhouses and were commonly accompanied by improvised accompaniment on piano, a Mighty Wurlitzer organ, or in larger venues or cities, a symphony orchestra. Experiencing a silent film with live accompaniment is unique as the interplay between film and music cannot be replicated.

Borges will improvise music for Phantom of the Opera on First Presbyterian’s 52-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ.

This exciting event is family-friendly, provided the children are slightly older as some scenes may be frightening for young ones. Admission at the door is $20 for adults and children 18 and under are free. Popcorn and drinks will be served.

Art on display

The Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts, is exhibiting the 28th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Show through May 21. The juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork by local and regional artists features about 100 works all executed in grayscale.

Hilary Wittmann, the Carriage Barn Arts Center executive director worked with guest juror and contemporary art specialist Adrienne Ruger Conzelman who reviewed about 450 submissions in all media rendered in grayscale. All works were created in the past two years and not previously exhibited at the Carriage Barn

The Carriage Barn recognized three “Artists To Watch,” selected by Conzelman, at the opening reception: Linn Cassetta of Westport, Mary Janacek of Fairfield and Anouk Krantz of Darien.

See the art, meet some of the artists and enjoy complimentary coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on May 20.