Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Fri, 07 May 2021 22:28:45 -0400 HamletHub.com Woofgang & Co. Cuts Ribbon at New Job Training Facility in Bpt. https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50110-woofgang-co-cuts-ribbon-at-new-job-training-facility-in-bpt50110-woofgang-co-cuts-ribbon-at-new-job-training-facility-in-bpt https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50110-woofgang-co-cuts-ribbon-at-new-job-training-facility-in-bpt50110-woofgang-co-cuts-ribbon-at-new-job-training-facility-in-bpt

Bridgeport, CT - Team Woofgang & Co. officially opened the doors of their new vocational training facility at 2861 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Mayor Ganim, City Council Representatives Scott Burns and Matthew McCarthy, and representatives of the Mayor’s office all participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Team Woofgang & Co. is a non-profit organization empowering adults with disabilities (known as team members) through a wide variety of vocational skill sets learned through production, packaging, marketing and selling of high quality pet treats and novelty items. Team Woofgang’s goal is to continue to meet the significant demand for these services with the opening of this new facility.

During the ceremony, Board President Amy Stern and Executive Director Amiee Turner, welcomed local government officials, supporters, and community members to celebrate the occasion.

“The opening of this facility is a milestone,” said Stern. “It will enable Team Woofgang to provide additional hours of vocational training and job skills development to more adults with disabilities. We are deeply grateful to our donors, partners, and volunteers.”

Mayor Ganim emphasized Stern’s sentiments, “It’s a milestone for Team Woofgang but also for Black Rock as well. While this is the opening and start of something new, Team Woofgang is already a success story,” Mayor Ganim remarked.

Team Woofgang’s team members participated in the event and gave the Mayor and Council Representatives a personal tour of the facility which features commercial grade equipment and spaces designed to accommodate people with a variety of skill and ability levels.

About Team Woofgang & Co.

Team Woofgang & Co. is a non-profit organization empowering adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Team Woofgang’s curriculum offers training tailored to the unique special abilities of each team member. By enhancing individual skills they achieve the invaluable sense of worth felt when independent, successful and productive. For more information please visit https://www.woofgangco.org/

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bornies@optonline.net (Deanna Bucher ) Places Fri, 07 May 2021 11:01:34 -0400
Trinity Southport Presents Swing Band Show, May 15 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50108-trinity-southport-presents-one-of-new-york-s-most-beloved-swing-bands-on-may-15th50108-trinity-southport-presents-one-of-new-york-s-most-beloved-swing-bands-on-may-15th https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50108-trinity-southport-presents-one-of-new-york-s-most-beloved-swing-bands-on-may-15th50108-trinity-southport-presents-one-of-new-york-s-most-beloved-swing-bands-on-may-15th

 

Southport, CT - One of New York’s most beloved jazz and swing bands -- Svetlana and the Delancey Five -- will perform a rare local area concert on the front lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday May 15 at 3:00 pm. This special event is open to ALL members of the community regardless of their religious affiliation.

Led by vocalist Svetlana Shmulyian, the internationally-known quintet plays a high-energy combination of 1920s-40s jazz and swing standards along with contemporary original music, all backed by the band members' harmonizing and virtuoso instrumentals. Svetlana and the Delancey Five has headlined many sold-out shows in the US, including such premier venues as the Blue Note, Iridium, and Joe's Pub. The band has toured internationally, appeared on national and international TV programs, and been featured in numerous news and music publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, All About Jazz, Broadway World, and more.

“We’re enormously proud to present Svetlana and the Delancey Five to our community,” said Robert Kwan, Music Director at Trinity Southport. “This will be a fun, family event that will make everyone smile. We are looking forward to an afternoon of great jazz and swing favorites geared toward all ages. There will be something for everyone.”

COVID CONSIDERATIONS: To comply with federal, state, and local guidelines, social distancing measures will be in place. All attendees should wear masks and be registered in advance for contact tracing purposes. Attendance at the event will be limited to 100 and no one will be admitted without tickets and advance registration. People should bring their own chairs.

The performance is the latest in Trinity’s “Music Under the Spire” series.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $50 for a family (1-2 adults; unlimited students); children 10 and under are free.

WHAT:            New York Jazz and Swing Band Svetlana and the Delancey Five
WHEN:            Saturday, May 15th at 3:00 p.m.
RAIN DATE:   Sunday, May 16th at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Trinity Episcopal Church, 651 Pequot Avenue at the Corner of Center Street, Southport, CT
COST:             Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students and seniors; $55 for a family (1-2 adults; unlimited students); Children 10 and under are free.
TICKETS:       Purchase online here

 

About Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church is located in the historic seaside district of Southport at 651 Pequot Avenue (at Center Street) and welcomes seekers of all denominations. Trinity’s mission is to provide a vibrant 21st century Episcopal community that inspires spiritual growth, nurtures genuine connections and promotes charitable service. Trinity is active in the greater community and holds several benefit events throughout the year.

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cerieck@yahoo.com (Chris Rieck ) Events Fri, 07 May 2021 10:56:58 -0400
SHU's Nursing Students Achieve 99% First-Time Pass Rate on Licensure Exam https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50109-shu-s-nursing-students-achieve-99-first-time-pass-rate-on-licensure-exam50109-shu-s-nursing-students-achieve-99-first-time-pass-rate-on-licensure-exam https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50109-shu-s-nursing-students-achieve-99-first-time-pass-rate-on-licensure-exam50109-shu-s-nursing-students-achieve-99-first-time-pass-rate-on-licensure-exam

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University nursing students have aced their tests.

The University’s Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing class of 2020 graduates received a 99% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). 

The NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam that nursing candidates must pass to enter the profession. Passing the exam results in licensure. SHU faculty, students and staff are proud of this momentous achievement. 

“The high first-time pass rate is a reflection of our program faculty’s dedication to student success, our curriculum plan and our talented students,” said Sherylyn Watson, associate dean of academic affairs and assistant professor in the Davis & Henley College of Nursing. “Despite the unprecedented times that faced our world, and especially our tri-state area last spring, our graduating class of 2020 persevered and was successful. The first professional degree (FPD) faculty rose to the challenge to support our students through this difficult and unsettling period. Our students met that challenge and were extremely successful. The first-time pass rate is a testament to the FPD faculty and students’ hard work and excellent program offerings.”

Heather Ferrillo, director of SHU’s FPD/second degree accelerated nursing programs and assistant professor, said the pass rate “exemplifies what sets the Davis & Henley College of Nursing apart from others.” She added that the 99% first-time pass rate is not just a report of test results, but rather a culmination of the students’ journey that starts with their liberal arts classes and continues through completion of the nursing program. 

“The Davis & Henley College of nursing’s FPD program prepares students in several ways,” Watson said. “The curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and is scaffolded from fundamental concepts in nursing that progressively increases to more complex nursing concepts, such as clinical judgement.” 

The program is “very rigorous,” Watson added. Each upperclassman course includes standardized exams to measure students’ progression. In the last semester of the program, students in the senior synthesis course synthesize concepts and develop plans to help prep for the NCLEX-RN exam.  

“The first-time pass rate percentage tells us that we are educating safe and competent nurses that are going out into the world to make a difference,” Ferrillo said. “I am so proud of how hard both faculty and students have worked through challenges of the pandemic to get to this point.”

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About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu

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bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz ) Places Fri, 07 May 2021 10:54:24 -0400
Fairfield CARES Community Coalition Marks Mental Health Awareness Month & National Prevention Week https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50107-fairfield-cares-community-coalition-marks-mental-health-awareness-month-national-prevention-week50107-fairfield-cares-community-coalition-marks-mental-health-awareness-month-national-prevention-week https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50107-fairfield-cares-community-coalition-marks-mental-health-awareness-month-national-prevention-week50107-fairfield-cares-community-coalition-marks-mental-health-awareness-month-national-prevention-week

Fairfield, CT - Have you noticed the green lights on the Tree of Hope at Sherman Green in Fairfield Center? Green is the color for May's Mental Health Awareness Month. The Fairfield CARES Community Coalition that focuses on youth and young adult substance use prevention as well as mental health promotion, is the featured Fairfield organization for the Tree of Hope and encourages everyone to be mindful of their emotional health.  

Fairfield CARES is conducting several related events throughout the month to promote healthy ways of managing stress or anxiety.

The Fairfield CARES Youth Committee, Generation of Change, is hosting a Wellness Fair at Sherman Green on Wednesday, May 12 from 3-5pm for upper elementary and middle school students and their parents.

On May 19 from 7-8:30pm, the coalition will host psychologist and comedian Matt Bellace, Ph.D. author of "Better High: Laugh, Help, Run, Love and Other Ways to Get Naturally High", who will get you laughing and discuss his book that actually teaches and encourages young people to get high - in safe, positive and natural ways. Get your free ticket for the online event at https://fairfieldcares2021annualevent.eventbrite.com and find more information on FC's website.

On Wednesday, May 26 from 4:00-5:00PM, join FC in a Laughing Yoga Class taught by Shelli Sullivan. Bring a beach towel or a yoga mat and meet on the beach at Penfield Pavilion.

National Prevention Week is from May 9-15. Fairfield CARES is joining the nation and state in observing this annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders. Visit FC's site dedicated to National Prevention Week to learn more about the many activities planned, one of which is a showing of the documentary "If They Had Known", an eye-opening account of the dangers of mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. Register by e-mail to info@positivedirections.org

Fairfield CARES looks forward to welcoming the Fairfield community to all events this month.  

ABOUT FAIRFIELD CARES
Fairfield CARES Community Coalition, established in 2009, is a town-wide organization of parents, school representatives, local business leaders, law enforcement, clergy, counseling professionals and youth services organizations. Fairfield CARES envisions a community that promotes healthy, responsible choices through prevention and education for youth, young adults, and families.

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bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield CARES) Events Fri, 07 May 2021 05:04:20 -0400
CT Dance School Offers SummerDance 2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50106-summerdance-2021-162032697250106-summerdance-2021-1620326972 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50106-summerdance-2021-162032697250106-summerdance-2021-1620326972

Fairfield County, CT - Attention parents of all aspiring dancers ages 3 -7! CT Dance School invites you to sign up your child for Summer dance and art programs before May 31st to receive a free leotard! Each fun-filled theme week will have your child exploring rhythmic dance and creating age appropriate art. Classes meet daily from 9:30am - noon in June and August. Summer Intensives for ages 8 -17 are also available. For more info please visit: website.

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info@ctdanceschool.org (Dyan) Places Fri, 07 May 2021 04:55:19 -0400
National Walk to End Epilepsy: Stamford, May 16 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/50105-national-walk-to-end-epilepsy-comes-to-stamford50105-national-walk-to-end-epilepsy-comes-to-stamford https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/50105-national-walk-to-end-epilepsy-comes-to-stamford50105-national-walk-to-end-epilepsy-comes-to-stamford

Stamford, CT - Fairfield County residents will be out in force on Sunday, May 16, 2021, as they show their support for epilepsy awareness and the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut (EFCT) by participating in the National Walk to End Epilepsy, which will be held at Cove Island Park.

“We are very excited to once again hold our Walk to End Epilepsy events again in-person across the state. We are looking forward to welcoming our tremendous epilepsy community to our walks that help the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut provide vital programs, services, and advocacy for the 36,000 individuals living with epilepsy in Connecticut. Despite the pandemic, seizures haven’t stopped…and neither has the fight to End Epilepsy," said Linda Wallace, Executive Director.

Stamford Mayor David Martin and Stamford State Representative Caroline Simmons will both be attending to support the epilepsy community in Stamford. “Thank you to the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut and all of the advocates for your support for the Walk to End Epilepsy and to improve the lives of people with epilepsy. In the state legislature, we have passed bills to expand medical marijuana use for individuals with epilepsy, to encourage more accurate reporting and data related to epilepsy, and to expand the Katie Beckett Waiver Program, and will continue do everything we can to champion policies to improve the lives of individuals with epilepsy,” said State Representative Caroline Simmons.

Based on new guidelines from the National Walk to End Epilepsy, there is NO FEE to register for any of the EFC's walk locations in Connecticut. However, every person regardless of age that is planning to walk must register! Once participants register, EFC will send a link to set up a fundraising page where they will have the opportunity to raise funds and share their connection to epilepsy.

EFC wants all members of the community to walk with then, but they cannot host these events and provide the resources for the epilepsy community without your help. They encourage every walker to make a personal donation and commit to raising funds to help them support the epilepsy community.

Registered walkers who make a $50 donation will receive an official Walk to End Epilepsy t-shirt!

All proceeds benefit The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut’s programs and services.

Sponsors include: Sunovion and Medtronic (Nationwide Sponsors); Greenwich Biosciences; SK Life Science; and Eisai, LivaNova and UCB (Signature Sponsors).

For more information visit: https://www.epilepsyct.com/walk/

About the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut

The Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut is Connecticut’s leading source of information and services for the 36,000 individuals living with epilepsy in the state. Founded in 1982, the Foundation works to ensure that people with epilepsy are able to participate in all life experiences through information, education, recreation, advocacy and support. To contact the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut please call 860-346-1924 or email info@epilepsyct.com. Our offices are located at 386 Main Street, Middletown, CT.

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michael@epilepsyct.com (Mike Finley) Charities Fri, 07 May 2021 04:52:17 -0400
Sidewalk Art Festival Held at HCC https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50103-sidewalk-art-festival-held-at-hcc50103-sidewalk-art-festival-held-at-hcc https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50103-sidewalk-art-festival-held-at-hcc50103-sidewalk-art-festival-held-at-hcc

Bridgeport, CT - Housatonic Community College (HCC) held its 21st annual Sidewalk Art Festival yesterday. The event, originally planned to be held outdoors in the college’s downtown Bridgeport campus courtyard, included students, music and creativity.

“The number of students on campus this year is very limited, but we felt the need to still do something. This event is part of our tradition, and we wanted to bring some sense of life to the campus, some of that tradition back today,” said Geoffrey Sheehan, HCC Professor of Theater Arts who helped to plan the event.

Due to the rain, students were invited into the HCC’s spacious Lafayette Hall atrium to draw pictures in sidewalk chalk on individual chalkboard easels. A live jazz band and graffiti art rounded out the fun.

“Right now, it’s finals week, and I also work, so balancing finals with my job is extremely stressful. So just having something artistic to do, and enjoying the music is really pleasant,” said Jovanny Hernandez, a graphic design, multimedia major.

The experience provided an opportunity for students to manifest their own ideas into creation through chalk media. It also empowered scholars by getting them, and their work, out into the public.

“It feels good to be here because I haven’t really seen people very much at the college. It feels like some sort of normalcy. It’s just nice to be around people and to be able to do this,” said Aeemay Dabrian of Shelton, who is double majoring in graphic design and illustration.

“We want everyone to know that Housatonic Community College is an active, energetic part of our community,” said Sheehan.

Serving southern Connecticut for over 50 years, Housatonic Community College offers a student-centered, high quality, and accessible education through over 75 associate degree programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The college also offers occupational associate degrees and certificate programs, and the non-credit division partners with local business and industry to offer workforce training and customized professional development. HCC is distinguished as an Achieving the Dream Leader Institution, is a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway provider, and is ranked by the Aspen Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges. Visit www.Housatonic.edu for more information.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts ) Places Thu, 06 May 2021 06:49:33 -0400
Westport's George Billis Gallery presents A Glimpse Ahead art exhibit May 14-June 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50102-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-1350102-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50102-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-1350102-a-glimpse-ahead-art-exhibit-at-george-billis-gallery-may-14-june-13

The new Elisa Contemporary Art exhibit, A Glimpse Ahead, will open May 14 as a Pop-Up exhibit in the George Billis Gallery at 166 Main Street, Westport CT, 06880.  The exhibit will run through June 13, 2021. There will be an Opening Reception on May 14 from 4pm – 7pm and a Closing Reception on June 10 from 5pm - 7pm.

A Glimpse Ahead is primarily a Figurative exhibit with a focus on the Summer Season. The artwork includes Ocean Swimmers, Surfers, Pool scenes, and Waterscapes. It is a curated selection of work aimed at creating a sense of peace, relaxation and joy.
 
The exhibit will feature the artwork of Hawaii Artist Carol Bennett; San Francisco Minimalist Jeffrey Palladini; Texas Pop Artist Mitch McGee; and Westport Artist Dale Najarian.
 
Water flows through the art of Bennett: "I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts. The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving.  Presently I'm working on wood, I'm intrigued by wood grain swirling like water and how that ground moves through the swimmer's form".  The exhibit will include works on Wood panel, as well as a series on paper with a painted wood grain background.
 
The Pool Scene series by Palladini features Male and Female Swimmers on lounge chairs – bringing to the viewer of a sense of relaxation and ease. We will also feature a new Birch wood dimensional figurative work by Pop Artist, Mitch McGee. 
 
The exhibit will feature several new abstracted waterscapes on canvas and wood panel by Najarian.
 
Images:
 
Artist: Carol Bennett
Title:  Dissolve
Medium: Acrylic, Oil and Varnish on Wood Panel
Dimensions: 35.5 x 35.5
Year: 2016
 
Artist: Jeffrey Palladini
Title:  Chaise 19
Medium: Oil and Charcoal on Wood Panel
Dimensions: 12x48 
Year: 2015
 
Artist: Carol Bennett
Title:  Malibu Dawn Patrol
Medium: Mixed Media on Wood Panel
Dimensions: 22.5 x 30 framed to 28x35
Year: 2019
 
Artist: Dale Najarian
Title:  Jewel Landscape
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 36x36
Year: 2021
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bornies@optonline.net (Lisa Cooper ) Events Wed, 05 May 2021 11:14:17 -0400
SHU Recently Hosted "Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes" Online Event for CFJ https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/50101-shu-recently-hosted-walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-online-event-for-cfj50101-shu-recently-hosted-walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-online-event-for-cfj https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/50101-shu-recently-hosted-walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-online-event-for-cfj50101-shu-recently-hosted-walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-online-event-for-cfj

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University recently participated in its ninth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” and hosted the online event for the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport. With the walk, SHU continues its commitment to raising awareness and funding for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. This was the second year that the pandemic forced an alternative to the customary walk-a-thon.

Gary MacNamara, SHU’s executive director of public safety and government affairs, and Debra Greenwood, president and CEO of the Center for Family Justice (CFJ), hosted the event.

The CFJ, based in Bridgeport, is marking its 125th year in 2021. It offers no-cost, confidential and bilingual services to women and children from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull who have been abused or assaulted.

“Although we could not walk today, we are here together to support the center and to make our voices known and heard,” said Sacred Heart University President John Petillo. “Today’s event, although virtual, does not mean there’s any less commitment or determination to support this important cause.”

Proceeds from “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” benefit the CFJ’s Camp Hope America of Bridgeport program, founded in 2017. It has served more than 170 children who have been affected by trauma due to domestic and sexual violence, said Greenwood. 

MacNamara is also chair of Sacred Heart’s annual White Ribbon Campaign, a global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls. According to statistics he provided:

  • One in four women will be victims of domestic violence
  • One in six women will be victims of sexual assault or rape
  • 44% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 18
  • More than 50% of girls experience sexual harassment at school
  • The average age of a girl trafficked for sex in America is 13

“Those statistics are not simply ‘statistics,’” said MacNamara. “Those are people, and those are individuals.”

Although the event took place virtually, members of SHU’s Iota Tau chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity did walk in person on campus. The fraternity’s local philanthropy is raising awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence, so members work closely with the CFJ each year, sponsoring multiple events to raise awareness, including their annual White Ribbon Campaign. 

“The White Ribbon Campaign is important because sexual assault and domestic violence often go unheard across most college campuses in America,” said Jordan Banks, Delta Tau Delta’s director of communications. “It hurts to hear stories of women at campuses being assaulted and the schools turning a blind eye to the situation. So here at Sacred Heart, with the population being majority female, we feel it is important to make their voices heard and present, and to create a safe atmosphere on campus that stands out and helps build up other campuses around the world.”

MacNamara is hopeful that the annual walk will resume as an in-person event next year, in time for its 10th anniversary. “If victims are reluctant to come forward, it’s because they don’t feel that they’re supported, and we’re here to change that,” he said.

View the event video here.

To download an image, visit SHU’s Photoshelter archive.

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About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu

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bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz ) Charities Wed, 05 May 2021 11:01:17 -0400
Ethan Allen Preparatory Meet & Greet for Parents on May 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50100-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-2050100-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50100-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-2050100-ethan-allen-preparatory-meet-greet-for-parents-on-may-20

Ethan Allen Preparatory is hosting a Meet & Greet on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm.

Prospective parents can join us for a campus tour, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with parents of alumni and current EAP students. This event is for adults 21+ only.

Located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) is a private academy for student-athletes in Grades 6-12. Students' class and study schedules are flexible enough to allow for intensive golf training at The Golf Performance Center, the Northeast's leading golf academy.

Ethan Allen Prep is located at 45 Stonehenge Road in Ridgefield.
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kerry@ducey.org (EAP) Events Tue, 04 May 2021 07:05:33 -0400
Beardsley Zoo Shares Calendar of Events Thus Far Planned Thru Sept. https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50099-beardsley-zoo-shares-calendar-of-events-thus-far-planned-thru-sept50099-beardsley-zoo-shares-calendar-of-events-thus-far-planned-thru-sept https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50099-beardsley-zoo-shares-calendar-of-events-thus-far-planned-thru-sept50099-beardsley-zoo-shares-calendar-of-events-thus-far-planned-thru-sept

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has released its calendar for May through June 2021. Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Zoo, as many of the animals are more active in chilly weather. As we all hope that the pandemic is in its last stages, the Zoo is still a great place to get outside with the family for fresh air.  Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $16.00; children (ages 3 -11) are $13.00, senior admission (62 and older) is $13.00 and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. 

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut and parking at the zoo is free of charge. The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9-4, year-round. 

Peacock Café: open, with outdoor picnic area seating available; indoor seating for up to 28 people or 6 tables. Playground open. Gift Shop: offered at an outdoor kiosk. W.O.L.F. Cabin, Indoor Spider monkey viewing area, and Natt Family Red Panda Habitat open. Carousel Building, Research Station, and Rainforest Building: Closed due to pandemic 

Through May 9, DAZZLE: A Garden of Glass

A presentation of 500 pieces of Glass Master Artist Peter Greenwood’s artwork. Greenwood’s brilliantly colored art will be displayed throughout the Victorian Greenhouse, using lush foliage and beautiful blossoms to enhance the beauty of both artwork and plants. The pieces are intended to evoke vines, leaves, roots and petals in vibrant shades: cobalt blue, ruby, green, and yellow. Included in Zoo admission. Free for members.

May 2021

May 12, Virtual Zoo Tots, 10:30 a.m.

This monthly 45-minute program for children ages 22 months to four years, may include song/story time, virtual animal encounters, and/or virtual tours of the Zoo. This session is titled “Garden Critters!” The cost is $10.  Please register online at beardsleyzoo.org

May 19, ZOOM: Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 p.m.; Monarch Migration Magic! With Court Whelan – Sponsored by AARP

The zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. One of the world’s most astounding wildlife events occurs each year in Mexico’s Central Highlands, featuring the most delicate of creatures. As we enter a grove of fir trees on a remote mountaintop, the trunks and branches appear to be blanketed with rusty autumn leaves. A closer look reveals they’re quivering. Then as the sun emerges from behind a cloud to warm them, hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies take to the sky—so many that we actually hear the beating of their wings, which glow translucent orange against the blue sky. Experience this moving phenomenon as Court Whelan takes us on a virtual tour of monarch magic. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Evening Lecture Series is sponsored by AARP and brought to you by the CBZ Volunteer Council. $10 suggested donation. Register here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTExODk0

May 21, ZOOM: Endangered Species Day Lecture, 6:00 p.m.; The Rarest Wolf of All; Jim Knox

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Once extinct in the wild, enigmatic and elusive, the Red wolf’s story is one of unfolding mystery and 21st century discovery. With fewer than 300 animals in existence, these remarkable creatures are found solely in the U.S., and are among the rarest species on the planet. Join Curator of Education and Zoologist Jim Knox to meet the animal behind the mystery and learn what we can all do to ensure its survival. $10 suggested donation. Register here: 

June 2021

June 5, Wild Wine, Beer and Food Safari at Home

Spend Saturday, June 5th partying with the Zoo! Each carefully crafted box has everything for your wild night, including: three bottles of wine (1 red, 1 white, 1 rose), two 4-packs of beer, two Zoo logo wine glasses featuring the Zoo's logo, two wine glass lanyards, music by The Navels to entertain you and a pre-recorded Zoo tour to watch while you sip. Whether it's for date night or a weekend social-distanced safari with friends, this is one wild night you don't want to miss! Cost is $200 per party box. Additional wine glasses and lanyards may be purchased. All boxes must be pre-ordered and picked up at the Zoo beginning Thursday, June 3rd.  

June 6, ZOOM: Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 p.m. Return of the Sea Otter! Todd McLeish – Sponsored by AARP

The zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Join natural history author Todd McLeish as he discusses North America’s cutest mammal, the sea otter, and describes his adventures studying the animals from California to Alaska. Nearly driven extinct for their thick fur, sea otters have rebounded throughout much of their range on the Pacific Coast but are still threatened by sharks, killer whales, oil spills and other factors. Todd’s book about sea otters was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 books about nature of 2018. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Evening Lecture Series is sponsored by AARP and brought to you by the CBZ Volunteer Council.  $10 suggested donation. Register here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTEzOTY1

June 9, Virtual Zoo Tots, 10:30 a.m.

This monthly 45-minute program for children ages 22 months to four years, may include song/story time, virtual animal encounters, and/or virtual tours of the Zoo. This session is titled “Summer Fun!” The cost is $10. Please register online at beardsleyzoo.org.

July 2021 

July 21, ZOOM: Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 p.m. Wonders from Down Under! Karen Sullivan – Sponsored by AARP

The zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Australia has some of the world’s most unique wildlife. Many species cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Join wildlife and nature photographer Karen Sullivan as she brings the amazing animals and scenery of Australia right into our living rooms. Karen has dedicated herself to photographing nature and wildlife subjects with a focus on then sharing her images and information about them through her lectures and photographic exhibitions. Karen will detail information about the animals she photographs and their environments, including personal stories from her experiences in the field. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Evening Lecture Series is sponsored by AARP and brought to you by the CBZ Volunteer Council. $10 suggested donation. Register here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTEzOTY2

July 26 through Aug 8; Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE

Chris Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Free. Shown at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm. daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. 

August 2021

Aug 18, ZOOM: Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 p.m. Red Wolves Rediscovered! Dr. Kristin Brzeski – Sponsored by AARP

The zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. As few as 24 wild red wolves are known to exist, but canids with red wolf genetics were recently found along the American Gulf Coast. Dr. Kristin Brzeski will offer a history of red wolf conservation actions. A brief discussion of red wolf taxonomy will include implications of red wolf ancestry in coyotes in Texas and Louisiana reshapes our view of hybridization between the species. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Evening Lecture Series is sponsored by AARP and brought to you by the CBZ Volunteer Council. $10 suggested donation. Register here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTEzOTY5

September 2021

Sept 13, Golf Tournament, Brooklawn Country Club

Gather three coworkers, friends or family members and join us on Monday, September 13 at the exclusive Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield for fun and fundraising!  Formed in 1895, Brooklawn was redesigned by A.W. Tillinghast, one of history's premier golf architects.  Brooklawn's sloping greens provide the biggest challenge; off the tee, accuracy is more important than distance. Bring your "A" game and have a ball! This year's tournament will feature tee times and food on the course for a socially-distanced day outside! 

Sept 22, ZOOM: Evening Lecture Series, 7:00 p.m. Weasels in the Wild! Kurt Zias – Sponsored by AARP

The zoo’s evening lecture series engage audiences of all ages, especially lifelong learners, who have an appetite for delving deeper into the wonders of wildlife. Wildlife Biologist Kurt Zias has extensively studied wolverines, fishers and martins in Oregon. Learn about these incredible animals through Kurt’s experiences trapping, surveying and researching the largest members of the weasel family. Through photos, tracks and observations Kurt will tell the story of survival in the rough terrain of the mountains and forests of the west. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's Evening Lecture Series is sponsored by AARP and brought to you by the CBZ Volunteer Council. $10 suggested donation. Register here: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTEzOTcx 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 99th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tiger and leopards, maned wolves, and Mexican gray wolves and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever. 

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. In accordance with the state of Connecticut COVID-19 guidelines: we strongly recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and are able to maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks are required. Everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available. 

 

 

 

 

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Lisa Clair) Events Tue, 04 May 2021 06:53:50 -0400
Westport Woman’s Club ART SHOW: May 22 & 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50070-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-2350070-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50070-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-2350070-westport-woman-s-club-art-show-may-22-23

Westport, CT - The Westport Woman’s Club will host its annual Art Show on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 (2:00 pm - 6:00 pm both days, indoors at the clubhouse) at 44 Imperial Ave, Westport, CT.  Admission to the Westport Woman’s Club Art Show is free and open to the public; masks will be required and attendance will be limited. This event will follow all protocols mandated by CT and the town of Westport.

Curated by Westport Artist Miggs Burroughs, this popular show features a variety of local artists and their works available for purchase.  Event Co-Chairs Jo Fuchs Luscombe and Leah Scherzer share that participating artists are donating a portion of their art sales to fund the club’s community service grants, scholarships and programs.

The roster of WWC Art Show 2021 artists, whose works will be available for purchase, include: Nina Bentley, Amy Bock, Trace Burroughs, Susan Fehlinger, Judith Orseck Katz, Tom Kretsch, Susan Leggitt, Kerry Long, Michael Ledner, Carole McClintock, Bernard Perry, Jon Puzzuoli, Katherine Ross and Jo Titsworth.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for Art Show purchases, as well as charitable donations to the Westport Woman’s Club.  

The Westport Woman’s Club thanks its generous sponsors for the 2021 Art Show which include The Drew Friedman Community Art Center, as well as New York artist JoMarie Dilorio who is donating an original piece of art, “Sunflowers Basking”, that will be given via a drawing to an Art Show attendee.  

For more information on the Westport Woman’s Club Community Service outreach, please visit “Community Services” on www.westportwomansclub.org.  

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport Resident to join The Westport Woman’s Club.  To join, call the WWC office at 203-227-4240.

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bornies@optonline.net (Gloria Smithson ) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 10:01:00 -0400
Zoom Meet Authors Rob & Elisa Bildner, Thurs., May 13, 6-7pm https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50098-pequot-library-162006354750098-pequot-library-1620063547 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/50098-pequot-library-162006354750098-pequot-library-1620063547

Southport, CT - Pequot Library invites the public to tune into a Zoom Meet with Elisa and Robert Bildner, authors of The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook: 125 Home-Grown Recipes from the New England Hills, with Chef Brian Alberg.

The Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts are famous for their unique culture, from scenic views to artistic and literary attractions. But in addition to the region’s classic landmarks, the Berkshires also boast an impressive number of family-run farms. Together with local restaurants, these farms add another feature to Berkshires culture: heartwarming and homegrown food.

Telling the story of family-run agriculture through the language of food, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook offers 125 recipes to recall the magic of the Berkshire region for readers far and wide. Sweet Corn Pancakes, Carrot Soup with Sage and Mint, Confetti Vegetable and Goat Cheese Lasagna, and more celebrate the lush landscape of the western New England area. Complete with farm profiles and vibrant photographs, The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook paints a vivid portrait of the relationship between the earth and what we eat.

Elisa Spungen Bildner is a professionally trained chef and a former CEO of a perishable food manufacturing company. Robert Bildner is a former lawyer who grew up in a food family and went on to found and run several food companies that help local farmers bring their products to market. Both Elisa and Rob are foodies by profession and have lived in the Berkshires for the last 25 years.

To register to receive a Zoom link prior to the program please go to: https://www.pequotlibrary.org/event/meet-the-author-rob-elsa-bildner/

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 03 May 2021 09:58:00 -0400
Single Tix for Westport Playhouse's 2021 All-Virtual Season Go On Sale Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50089-single-tix-for-westport-playhouse-s-2021-all-virtual-season-go-on-sale-may-450089-single-tix-for-westport-playhouse-s-2021-all-virtual-season-go-on-sale-may-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/50089-single-tix-for-westport-playhouse-s-2021-all-virtual-season-go-on-sale-may-450089-single-tix-for-westport-playhouse-s-2021-all-virtual-season-go-on-sale-may-4

Westport, CT - Single tickets for Westport Country Playhouse’s all-virtual 2021 Season will go on sale, beginning Tuesday, May 4, at noon EDT.  The Playhouse’s 2021 Season, from June 15 through December 19, has been reconceived as a diverse entertainment offering that can excel in a virtual environment. All content will be available on the Playhouse website, on-demand for patrons’ convenience. Single tickets, starting at $25 for staged productions and $20 for Script in Hand playreadings, may be purchased by phone at 203-227-4177, or online at westportplayhouse.org.

“The elimination of most COVID-19-related restrictions is great news for the Playhouse and Connecticut,” said Michael Barker, Playhouse managing director. “We continue to be guided by science. After May 19, and as caseloads continue to decline, we will announce our in-person return, first outdoors on our campus and later indoors onstage. Our 2021 virtual season remains the best theatrical and public health ticket in Fairfield County, available at the tap of your favorite smart device.”

The first of two new virtual productions is “Tiny House,” a timely new comedy, from June 29 through July 18, written by Michael Gotch, and directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. In the fall, the second virtual production, “Doubt: A Parable,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, will run from November 2 through November 21. 

Two HD video productions from the Playhouse archives will stream on-demand, beginning with the musical, “Man of La Mancha” (2018), from August 23 through September 5, and another TBA, from September 13 - 26. 

Three Script in Hand playreadings will include “The Savannah Disputation” by Evan Smith, from June 15 - 20, and two others TBA, October 19 – 24, and December 14 - 19.

Special pre- and post-show events are planned, including virtual LGBT Night Out cocktail parties, and interactive talkbacks.

The full season schedule is available at westportplayhouse.org. All virtual content in the Playhouse’s 2021 Season will offer open captions in Spanish. Playhouse productions will be rehearsed and filmed under Covid-19 safety protocols.  

2021 Season Sponsor is the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation. 2021 Season Media Sponsors are Moffly Media and WSHU Public Radio.

All play titles, artists, dates, and format are subject to change.

Due to the global pandemic, the Playhouse campus remains closed since March 2020. The Playhouse management will be following the science, and guidelines from theater artists’ unions and the State of Connecticut Department of Health in deciding when and how to safely open its buildings to the public.

To purchase tickets to the Playhouse’s virtual season, visit westportplayhouse.org, call (203) 227-4177, or email boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org.Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss ) Places Mon, 03 May 2021 08:10:00 -0400
Lifelines to Offer Free Daily Events for Mental Health Awareness Month https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/50097-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month50097-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/50097-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month50097-lifelines-to-offer-free-daily-events-for-mental-health-awareness-month

Westport, CT - LifeLines.com, a new wellness ecosystem designed to support people on their journeys towards mental health and authenticity, will be offering a robust lineup of free daily community events for Mental Health Awareness month in May.

Melissa Bernstein, the co-founder of the half-billion-dollar Melissa & Doug toy company, and her husband Doug Bernstein launched LifeLines in March 2021.

Melissa revealed she has struggled with severe depression and anxiety her whole life in her new book LIFELINES and on CBS Sunday Morning. Since the launch, there’s been an outpouring of interest in LifeLines’ wellness offerings, and the book went to #1 on Amazon and landed on the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestsellers lists.

LifeLines’ events for Mental Health Awareness Month range from yoga, meditation, and creative expression sessions to open and honest conversations surrounding the struggles of depression and anxiety (for example, "Breaking Up with Your Inner Critic" and "Embracing Grief"). Melissa and the LifeLines team will be interacting with the community every day throughout the month. Here's a calendar of events.

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bornies@optonline.net (Jennifer Blankfein) Neighbors Mon, 03 May 2021 07:47:50 -0400