NEW CANAAN — The shelves are empty at the New Canaan Food Pantry, and community members are asked to bring in bags of nox-expired, nonperishible foods. Items most needed are juice, juice boxes, large snacks (pretzels, Tostidos, etc.), laundry detergent and baby food (cereals and jars of vegetables, fruit, etc.) Beans and soup are not needed at this time.

Financial donations are also appreciated. Please make your check out to New Canaan Food Pantry, 77 Main St., New Canaan, CT 06840. Food donations may be left at the New Canaan Food Pantry, at St. Mark’s Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge Road. For more information, call New Canaan Human Services at 203-594-3076.

Lecture on history of Country School

NEW CANAAN — New Canaan Country School archivist Mark Macrides will present a 100-year retrospective “Country School and the Community of New Canaan” at 4 p.m. April 3 in the Lamb Room of the New Canaan Library. Admission is free.

Are you interested in Chief Ponus and the American Indian Rippowam tribe which trekked seasonally through New Canaan? Did you know that the Country School barns were once a dairy farm which supplied milk to the west side of the village? Or that the school was originally located in the center of town at 46 Seminary St., moved to 63 and 62 Park St. and finally found its permanent home on 75 acres at the corner of Ponus Ridge and Frogtown Road?

Macrides will cover these topics and also share stories of teachers fleeing the Japanese invasion of China, arrowheads found in the school’s athletic fields and how a Country School building came to be designed by Harvard Five architect Landis Gores. The one-hour presentation will include images as well as historical artifacts and should appeal to anyone with an interest in New Canaan history. For more information about the school, its history or its centennial activities, visit

“Birds of Waveny” at Waveny LifeCare

NEW CANAAN — Through a collaboration between Waveny LifeCare Network and the Carriage Barn Arts Center, a specially curated selection of the Carriage Barn’s recent “For the Birds exhibit is now on display in Waveny’s front lobby for residents, patients, families and guests to enjoy.

The nine-piece mini-collection called “Birds at Waveny” features both literal and abstract avian interpretations, and is the first installment in the Carriage Barn’s plan to rotate art at Waveny on an ongoing basis. Waveny’s residents welcomed the colorful collection and new nonprofit partnership at an intimate evening “Resident Gallery Opening” in the company of Carriage Barn leadership and several featured artists who discussed their pieces, techniques and inspirations.