Grace Farms hosts addiction talk

NEW CANAAN — Grace Farms Foundation welcomes families to a discussion about overcoming the stigma and isolation of addiction. Moderated by the Rev. Stuart Knechtle, the discussion will feature Tom Hedrick, founder of DrugFreeAmerica.org; Frank Bartolomeo, a therapist and addiction specialist; and parents Paul Reinhardt and Kim Hyde, who will share stories of the battles they have endured as families dealing with addiction. The panel is Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Author to discuss presidents’ gardens

NEW CANAAN — Renowned author and garden historian Marta McDowell will discuss the colorful history of presidential gardens on March 7 at the New Canaan Nature Center. McDowell will trace the fascinating story of how presidents and their families have left their imprint upon the 18 acres surrounding the executive mansion. The free event is sponsored by the New Canaan Beautification League. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10. No reservation is necessary. Books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Elm Street Books.

Crisis center names

new executive director

NORWALK — The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, a nonprofit serving seven communities in Fairfield County, has hired Kevin S. Shippy as its new executive director, succeeding longtime center leader Rachelle Kucera Mehra. The center serves Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton and Weston and is part of an 18-member statewide coalition, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Foundation offers scholarships

DARIEN — Fairfield County’s Community Foundation provides college scholarships to area students. This year, approximately $1 million will be awarded to more than 400 high school seniors. Scholarships range from $500 to $8,000, and some are renewable. There are scholarships for students applying to two- and four-year educational institutions and for technical certificate programs. A list of available scholarships for students living in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Milford, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull and Westport and the online application are on the foundation’s website, fccfoundation.org. The deadline is March 21.