Bethel's HamletHub Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:41:11 -0400 Gail Carson Levine Launches New Book at Bethel's Byrd's Books on Oct. 15

Gail Carson Levine will launch her new book, "Ogre Enchanted," at Byrd's Books on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. To reserve a space at the event, click here.

About the book: Set in the world of the Newbery Honor-winning "Ella Enchanted," this tale by beloved author Gail Carson Levine stars a clever heroine who is determined to defy expectations—and outwit a fairy’s curse.

Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend (and test subject) Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him.

But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre!

Stuck in this new and confusing form, Evie now has only sixty-two days to accept another proposal—or else be stuck as an ogre forever.

About the author: Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, "Ella Enchanted," was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include "Ever," a New York Times bestseller; "Fairest," a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; "Dave at Night," an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; "The Wish;" "The Two Princesses of Bamarre;" "A Tale of Two Castles;" and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books "Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly" and "Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink," as well as the picture books "Betsy Who Cried Wolf" and "Betsy Red Hoodie." Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel.
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OctoberFeast in Bethel on October 12

OctoberFeast in Bethel will take place on October 12th from 6pm-9pm at The Stony Hill Preserve, 67 Stony Hill Road in Bethel.

This over 21 event will feature:

  • Beer, wine and cider tastings
  • Food from select local restaurants
  • Live music from The Rising Tide Band
  • Games such as Human Foosball and Corn Hole

Purchase tickets here
Over 21 only - attendees must have a valid ID

Questions? Contact Dawn at Bethel Chamber: 203-743-6500 or

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Blood donations needed in wake of Hurricane Florence, donate in Bethel on October 11

As the American Red Cross responds to Hurricane Florence, providing food, shelter and comfort to those affected, individuals outside the affected areas are urged to help by giving blood or platelets to care for patients in the storm’s path and across the country. People can also help by making a financial donation to support relief efforts.

Donate blood on October 11 from 1 to 6pm at Bethel United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Avenue.

Hurricane’s impact on blood and platelet donations

Hurricane Florence’s wrath left catastrophic damage behind and also took a toll on blood and platelet donations. Nearly 200 Red Cross blood drives in the Southeast were forced to cancel, resulting in more than 5,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations. 

“Natural disasters like hurricanes can disrupt blood drives and prevent donors from giving, but hospital patients still depend on lifesaving transfusions,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “There is an especially critical need for platelets to help cancer patients and type O blood donations for ongoing patient care and emergencies. Every donation can be a lifeline for patients.”

How to help

Donors of all blood types are urged to help restore hope to patients across the country by making an appointment today to give blood or platelets. Appointments can be made by using the Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Financial donations are also needed and allow the Red Cross to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Up-to-date information about how the Red Cross is responding to Hurricane Florence is available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County, Sept. 20-Oct. 15 


10/11/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bethel United Methodist Church, 141 Greenwood Avenue


9/29/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mcgivney Community Center, 338 Stillman St


10/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Raymour & Flanigan, 14 Candlewood Lake Road


9/20/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center, Westside Campus, Lake Ave.

10/4/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Hatters Town Park, 7 East Hayes Town Road

10/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Danbury Hospital, 24 Hospital Avenue


10/14/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Covenant Church of Easton, 1 Sport Hill Road


9/21/2018: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA, 841 Old Post Road

10/2/2018: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue


9/21/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Greenwich Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road

10/15/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., YMCA of Greenwich, 50 East Putnam Avenue


9/27/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Turnpike


10/2/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street

10/6/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Soundview Medical Associates, 761 Main Avenue (Route 7), Suite 201


9/23/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road


9/24/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Greater Valley Chamber Commerce, 10 Progress Dr, 2nd Floor

9/28/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street

10/5/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street


10/6/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sherman Volunteer Fire Department, 1 CT 39

South Norwalk

10/9/2018: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue


9/21/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Soundview Plaza, 1266 East Main Street

9/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1184 Newfield Ave.

10/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


9/22/2018: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Stephen's Church, 6948 Main Street

9/26/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull, 2750 Reservoir Avenue

10/10/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road

10/15/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 5958 Main Street


10/3/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Westport Fire Department, 515 Post Road E

How to donate blood

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross

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Bethel Community Say BOO to the Flu!

The Bethel Community can say BOO to the Flu on Wednesday, October 3 from 3 to 7pm at Berry School Gymnasium. The Bethel VNA will offer community families (ages 6 months and older) the flu vaccine. In addition, they will provide prevention tips and offer free giveaways!

Aetna, Anthem BC/BS, ConnectiCare, Harvard Pilgrim, & Medicare - will be billed directly (PLEASE BRING MEDICAL INSURANCE CARD!)

There is no charge for any child 4 and under regardless of insurance and no charge for children 18 and under who are Medicaid or Husky A/B enrolled, no health insurance/self-pay, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or under-insured.

Please click here for additional details.

Visit Bethel VNA online here.


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Trick or Treat Street in Bethel on October 27!

Trick or Treat Street, the family event that Bethel kids look forward to every year will be held on Saturday, October 27th at the Municipal Center and Greenwood Avenue in Bethel!

The day kicks off at 12pm with Halloween activities on the lawn of the Municipal Center with DJ Donnie Sizzle - Juke Box HERO playing vinyls and offering a BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl) option to join in the fun.

2pm - 3pm - Trick or Treating down Greenwood Ave to local businesses

3pm - 4pm - Costume Contest for Kids, Parents and Pets - there will be prizes awarded
in different categories!

Interested in being an event sponsor? There are many opportunities! Click here to learn more or contact Brad or Dawn at the Bethel Chamber (203) 743-6500 for more information.

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Rhythms of Grace special needs service in Bethel on Sunday

Rhythms of Grace – special needs Sunday service

Rhythms of Grace service for children and families with special needs occurs the third Sunday of every month, except in August.  The next service is Sept. 23 at 12:00 noon.  Please visit the church’s Rhythms of Grace page for more information and FAQ to ensure the best experience for your family. Click here.

For more information contact: Norma Schmidt, Pastor at 203.743.1494 or email

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church  is located at 95 Greenwood Avenue across from Caraluzziʼs Bethel Food Market

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Bethel Residents Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, September 29

The Housatonic Recovery Resources Authority is holding Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday, September 29 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Danbury Public Works Garage, 53 Newtown Road. This event is for the residents of  Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Newtown, Redding, and Ridgefield.

What to bring:

• Paints
• Stains and Varnishes
• Paint Thinners & Strippers
• Wood Preservatives
• Resins, Rosins & Adhesives
• Polishes for Furniture, Floor & Metal
• Cleaners for Rug & Upholstery
• Cleaners for Oven, Toilet Bowl & Drain
• Swimming Pool Chemicals
• Fluorescent Bulbs 
• Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides (including Lawn Care Products)
• Flea Powder
• Moth Balls
• Spot Removers
• Dry Cleaning Solvents
• Lighter Fluids
• Septic Tank Degreasers
• Engine Degreasers
• Waste Fuels (Kerosene, Gasoline)
• Carburetor Cleaners, Brake Fluids
• Transmission Fluids, Car Waxes
• Full or Partially Full Aerosol Cans
• Rubber Cement, Airplane Glue
• Photo Chemicals, Chemistry Sets
• Hobby Supplies
• Rechargeable (Ni-Cd) Batteries
• Camera Batteries
• Thermostats, Thermometers 

What not to bring:

• Electronics, Computers, VCR’s (Recycle at town Drop off Center)
• Empty Aerosol Cans (put in garbage)
• Household Batteries (put in garbage)
• PCB Capacitors
• Smoke Detectors
• Auto Batteries & Tires
• Motor Oil & Antifreeze (Recycle at Town Drop Off Center)
• Ammunition, Fireworks, Explosives (Call the Police Department)
• Radioactive Materials
• Unknown Gases
• Controlled Substances
• Pathological Material
• Pharmaceutical or Medical Wastes

For more information, please visit the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority website.

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Golf Tourney in Danbury Benefits Ability Beyond

2018 Ability Beyond Golf Championship on October 1 at Ridgewood Country Club

The Ability Beyond Golf Championship will take place on Monday, October 1st at Ridgewood Country Club in Danbury, CT. The event will consist of a day of golf, lunch, and dinner, silent and live auction of great gifts, vacation packages and golf outings on premier local courses including Winged Foot Golf Club.

Register HERE.

Ability Beyond provides integrated services and resources that have a profound impact on the lives of more than 3,000 people each year in Connecticut, New York and throughout the US. For over 60 years, Ability Beyond has led the way with independent housing options, community-based day programs, and award-winning job training initiatives. Above and beyond direct care services, Ability Beyond seeks to innovate at every turn and positively impact the broader health and human services arena

At Ability Beyond we discoverbuild and celebrate the ability in all people.

Learn about event sponsorship opportunities here.

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Drink Pink under a tent, comedian Christine O'Leary to emcee auction on October 10!

On October 10, 2018, from 6 to 8pm the 10th Annual Drink Pink for a cause, featuring Kristen Jensen's Courageous Faces and benefiting
Ann’s Place will take place under a tent outside of Bernard’s in Ridgefield. A big shout out (and thank you) the great folks at Durkin's of Danbury for their generosity in supplying the tent!
Adding even more pizzazz to this fundraising event will be comedian Christine O'Leary who will add commentary and laughter to our live auction.
We are expecting quite a crowd at this year's 10th Annual event and encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid waiting on line at the door! The cost to attend is $20 and all proceeds benefit Ann's Place.

What do you get for $20? One of the best nights of your life, a pink ticket good for one pink beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) cheese (courtesy of 109 Cheese and Wine), a Live Auction, opportunity to participate in a 50/50 raffle, live music, and - an up-close look at Kristen Jensen's photographic collection "Courageous Faces"

Purchase your ticket ($20) HERE. Please note: tickets will still be sold at the door!

Please consider support our 10 Courageous Faces by clicking here and making a donation.

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September 22 is National Fall's Prevention Day! Regional YMCA of Western CT can help to keep your loved ones safe!

Saturday, September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day and the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition to help raise awareness and prevention of falls in the Greater Danbury Area.

The Y is launching EnhanceFitness for the 4th time at New Hope Baptist Church and working with Community stakeholders to offer EnhanceFitness at Glen Apartments located at 67 Rocky Glen Road in Danbury CT near Rogers Park and the Jericho Partnership to offer EnhanceFitness at the Spring Street Neighborhood Community Center. The idea is to offer the program at different times of the day on M-W-F giving as many seniors as possible an opportunity for fitness.

On September 22nd, Falls Prevention Day, you will find the Y at the Danbury Farmer’s Market providing the community with value information to protect our loved ones from Falls.

To learn more about the Regional YMCA’s ENHANCE FITNESS program, please contact Debbie Nichols, Physical Director at 203-775-4444 ext. 136 or

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Fall Writing Workshops at Bethel's Byrd's Books

Byrd's Books will be offering two writing workshop series this fall. Prompt writing will run on Sunday afternoons with Judith Marks-White. Linda Chiara will lead Tuesday sessions on works-in-progress. Writers may choose one or both.

Here is more information courtesy of Byrd's Books:

Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with Judith: This is a very casual, all-skills-level prompt-writing workshop that is a lot of fun for all. Monthly on Sunday afternoons at 3:30, the group gathers to write from a choice of provided prompts, shares their work and their feedback. This workshop is a great way to break a writer's block, jump-start your writing or see if writing is something you would like to try. All skill levels are welcome, please bring something to write or type on. Each session is $15.00, with a minimum of 6 participants. 
Dates:September 16, October14, November 4, and December 12.
Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. with Linda: This workshop is structured so participants each bring a body of work in progress- three typed, double-spaced sheets to share with the rest of the group (6 copies). Each person reads their work and discussion follows. The intention of this workshop is to improve and refine work headed to publication. Further instruction is available with Linda, privately. Each session is $15.00, with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 participants.
Dates: September 18, October 2 and 23, December 4 and 18.
To sign up click here, respond to this email or call the store (203) 730-2973.
Byrd's Books is located at 178 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel.
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Bethel Boys & Girls Invited to Join Scouts!

Boys & Girls Encouraged to Join Cub Scout Troop 156

Troop 156 Flyer Girl Scout Troops are forming now!

Girl Scouts are bold and brave! They try new things, build important skills, and take the lead every day in a no-limits, girl-led environment.

Questions? Contact or express interest here


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Bethel Public Schools GO ORANGE to end childhood hunger!

GO ORANGE! September is No Kid Hungry Month

No Kid Hungry is Bethel Public Schools’ opportunity to be a part of a movement that has a real and lasting impact on the mission to end hunger in America! Students and staff please spread the word about hunger awareness and GO ORANGE on Thursday, September 20th! We will be holding a food drive at all Bethel Public Schools on Thursday, September 20th and encourage students to donate a kid-friendly food item; kid-friendly means that it can be opened and consumed without adult assistance.

These items will be distributed by school social workers and other agencies RIGHT HERE IN BETHEL! Popular items at our food drive last year were macaroni & cheese, pre-packed snacks (i.e. pudding), pop-top soups. Please bring your item to your school’s cafeteria on Thursday, September 20th

Ways to show your support:

 Wear ORANGE clothes

 Decorate your classroom or doors in ORANGE

 Donate a canned or dry good item for our 6th annual food drive

 There will also be a jar at each school for teachers and students to donate

 dollar bills or loose change to this cause. How ever you choose to participate, THANK YOU for your commitment to end childhood hunger in our Community! GO ORANGE!

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Fairfield County Bank Hosts Car Seat Safety and Inspection Day in Danbury

Fairfield County Bank will host a Car Seat Safety and Inspection Day, sponsored by Yale-New Haven Health, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available to assist with proper installation.

Fairfield County Bank located at 114 Federal Road in Danbury.

Fairfield County Bank is not affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital.


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Storytelling Open Mic at Molten Java

On the third Friday each month up to 10 story-tellers will share a 5-minute true story based on the month's theme. Storytelling Open Mic will take place on Friday, Sept 21, 8 -9 pm. This month the theme is Back to School. No story to share? Plan to cheer on our storytellers as part of the audience.

Story Hour follows the same storytelling guidelines as The Moth, available at

Story-tellers are asked to sign up in advance.  Sign-up info and links to story-telling tips and techniques are available at here.

Molten Java is located at 213 Greenwood Avenue.  The coffee house and arts venue is co-organizing the spring Hat Town Story Hour series with St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.  

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