Members of the New Canaan Country School faculty and staff wowed the school community with their songs, dances and skits at “Time and Talent for Service” on Feb. 3.

The faculty chorus opened the sold-out show with the school song, “Fortune Favors the Bold,” composed by music teacher Andy Tyson. Director of Community Service Lynn Sullivan, who organized the event, welcomed the audience and introduced special guests from the four organizations which received the proceeds from the event: Americares, Blossom Hill Foundation, K.E.Y.S., and Neighbors Link.

Veteran teachers Tom Giggi and Al Perry, both of New Canaan, reprised their “Who’s on First” performance originally made “famous” at a faculty and staff talent show more than a decade ago. Additional acts included a fiddler, a Shakespearean scene, a Ragtime band, Irish hip-hop and step dances, as well as songs by solo performers and rock bands.

Faculty and staff from the independent, co-ed, day school also contributed original artworks which were auctioned off as door prizes and others prepared culinary delights.

The dean’s list

Stephen Skaperdas, class of 2017 at Connecticut College in New London, has been named to the dean’s list for the 2016 fall semester, achieving honors. Skaperdas is an economics major.

Bankwell launches pet adoption project

As part of an ongoing effort to provide value to the community, Bankwell will launch the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project on March 1 to create awareness about the many dogs and cats in need of homes at animal shelters throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.

All Bankwell branches will feature photographs and information about available dogs and cats, which will also be previewed on the bank’s website during March and April. The branches will also serve as collection points for a “wish list” to benefit the Connecticut Humane Society, and a list of those items will also appear on the bank’s website.

Portraits of the featured animals were taken by local photographer Michael Bagley. Bankwell is hosting an opening reception in New Canaan at the 208 Elm St. branch on March 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the community.

The project was the brainchild of Lynne Gomez, Bankwell’s executive assistant to the CEO, who worked with Wilton Branch Manager Ann Mitrione and Marketing Assistant Lucy French to get the program off the ground.

Bankwell has partnered with Animal Haven, ROAR, STARelief and Pet Assistance, Stamford Animal Shelter, Red Leash Rescue, Strays & Others, Little Black Dog Rescue, One More Dog Rescue, Lexi’s Angels/Shaggy Dog Rescue, Sunshine Golden Retriever and the Humane Society for this project.

Pet Pantry has generously offered to provide a complimentary gift basket for the home of any pet adopted during the program and also serve as a collection point for the Humane Society “wish list.” Additionally, Canine Training & Behavioral Services in Wilton will offer a free 30-minute consultation for anyone who adopts a dog during the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project.

More information can be found at mybankwell.com.

In the world of business

Rand Insurance, which has offices across Fairfield County, announced Meredith Bach, a Rowayton resident and New Canaan native, will join the team as its director of marketing and business development.

Bach will develop and execute strategic marketing plans to help drive company growth and provide top-notch customer service. Bach’s background includes working with luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren, American Express, the United States Tennis Association and the PGA of America.

New Canaan-based Bankwell Financial Group hired Stamford resident Courtney Sacchetti as first vice president and director of financial planning and analysis. Sacchetti joins Bankwell from GE Capital.

Bankwell also announced filling the role of controller with Kevin McAndrew, formerly controller of the syndicated lending group for Doral Financial; and Nick Santorelli as director of investments and treasury operations, with Santorelli previously controller at Darien Rowayton Bank.

Learn about mental health issues

NAMI Southwest CT, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer its “NAMI Basics” course for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents under 17 with emotional and behavioral difficulties.

NAMI Basics is a free, six-session education program designed to teach participants how best to support their children at home, at school, and when getting medical care. Developed by NAMI, the course focuses on evidence-based practices most likely to produce positive outcomes as validated through clinical research.

The course will be taught by trained teachers from the local community who have lived experience. Open to all area residents, the course will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting March 1. Classes will be held at Grace Farms’ West Barn, 365 Lukes Wood Road.

Those interested in registering for the course should call Janet at 203-517-9185 or Denise at 203-314-0208. Early registration is recommended.

Visit namisouthwestct.org for more information.

At the Library

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

Movie magic: Yale University professor Mark Schenker will host a lively discussion on what makes a movie “a classic.” In this Oscar season, it’s worth noting that many movies considered to be classics have never won an Academy Award.

Consider three films: “The Wizard of Oz,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “Apollo 13.” One is a fantasy, the other an adventure, and the last is a historical drama. What they have in common is the fact that none have won an Oscar, but all have endured the test of time to become cinema classics.

Join Schenker on Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

The golden age of virtuosos: The Karkowska Sisters Duo will perform the glorious music of Chopin, Paganini, Wieniawski, and Liszt, among others on Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

The Karkowska Sisters Duo is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed ensemble. Anna Karkowska is a virtuoso violinist and Kasha Karkowska is a Juilliard School and Chopin Academy trained concert pianist.

Meet a local author: New Canaan author and Stepping Stones Museum founder Gigi Priebe will be showing off her debut book on March 5 from 2-3 p.m.

Her recently released children’s book, “The Adventures of Henry Whiskers,” takes a page from history, with the setting of this rollicking tale in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit: Queen Mary’s Dollhouse.

In addition to a short reading by the author, the afternoon will include craft activities and special treats.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Elm Street Books.