Students from Darien’s Ox Ridge Elementary School joined their peers from Stamford’s Murphy Academy, which is part of the after school program at KT Murphy Elementary School on Jan. 20. The two groups went on an inter-district field trip together to study forest habitats at the New Canaan Nature Center.

Led in conjunction with Stamford-based nonprofit Domus and Stamford Public Schools, the program is designed to increase academic engagement related to environmental science and to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation by connecting a cohort of urban and suburban students in cooperative learning and teamwork.

New Canaan’s Alexandra Chunhua Orndahl has been named to the dean’s list at James Madison University for the fall semester.

Students who earn dean’s list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a grade-point average of between 3.5 and 3.899.

Orndahl is majoring in Graphic Design.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top twenty percent of undergraduate students within each division for first semester 2017-18 have been named to the dean’s list recognizing academic excellence, including New Canaan’s Cameron Devitt, Liam Mooney and Lauren Serena.

The University of Hartford announced the following New Canaan natives have been named to the dean’s list for fall 2017: Nicole Awad, Emma Clay and Sara Norton.

Ithaca College congratulated two New Canaan natives named to the dean’s list for the fall semester.

John Powell, a film, photography and visual arts major, was named to the dean’s list in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Leanne Macaione, a television-radio major, was named to the dean’s list in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

Bankwell has teamed up with the Darien Depot, donating $10,000 to the organization to support their upcoming Apres Ski Winter Fundraiser on Feb. 10 and to launch the first annual Bankwell in Darien/Darien Depot Scholarship that will highlight the accomplishments of a high school member of the Depot as part of the bank’s “Bankwell for Good” program.

Bankwell will be opening a branch in Darien, along with two other branches in Fairfield County, this spring.

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

Sounds from the heart, strings: The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and its (Not) Just for Kids music program, which introduces children and their families to the joy of different instruments and music, is back at the library. Join them on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. in the Curtis Gallery for a presentation that highlights the beauty of string instruments.

Children (age 5 and older) and their families are invited to learn about and have hands-on time with the different instruments from the string family. Participants will hear the different sounds each instrument makes and listen to selections from the orchestra's Feb. 10 “Night Of Romance” Broadway Love Songs Concert, including songs from the Great American Songbook by Gershwin, Hammerstein, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Afterward, children can explore the different string instruments and try them out.

The program is sponsored by the New Canaan Community Foundation in partnership with New Canaan Library and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

National security: Karen Greenberg will speak about her most recent book, “Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State,” and related topics on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

Greenberg is the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University's School of Law. She will talk about the themes of her book, which explores the War on Terror’s impact on justice and law in America.

Picasso in occupied Paris: Despite the horrors and extreme conditions in Europe during World War II, the art scene was not entirely suppressed and artist and lecturer Cliff Tisdell will discuss Picasso in occupied Paris on Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Tisdell will discuss how Picasso, a known anti-fascist and labeled a “degenerate artist,” managed to produce art and remain in France during World War II. This lecture will examine Picasso’s work from this period and inspect how he made his own statements against fascism with art, while under house arrest.

Stewart’s Market and Planet New Canaan have teamed up to promote the use of reusable bags and support The New Canaan All Sports Booster Club.

From now until mid-March, for every reusable bag used, 5 cents will go to New Canaan All Sports Booster Club.

This donation is in addition to the Stewart’s Market policy of a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag used by customers. Any reusable bag may be used for the donation and discount. Stewart’s Market does sell a variety of their own bags, including an insulated bag, and customers can use their T-Bill points toward the purchase of bags.

Planet New Canaan is a non-partisan group, founded by local members of the community, committed to bringing awareness about the environmental issues that face New Canaan and the world, both today and in the future, through film screenings, presentations and community outreach.

St. Luke’s School seniors Meg Adams, Brendan Casey, Bridget Dalton, Emma Duryea, Chloe Kekedjian, Maria Minuesa, Alexandra Schwartz, Isabelle Stone and Leo Van Munching are all featured in the Katonah Museum of Art’s Young Artists 2018 Exhibition.

Now in its 35th year, this art show features pieces by senior art students from surrounding area high schools. The Young Artists 2018 Exhibition will be on display through Feb. 11 at the Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah, N.Y.