Southbury's HamletHub Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:16:21 -0500 Tickets Available for Tomorrow Night's Acts 4 Ministry Concert Fundraiser

Tomorrow, December 12, beginning at 7:00 p.m., the non-denominational non-profit Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. will host a fundraiser, “An Intimate Evening With The Kennedys” featuring the acclaimed classic folk, rock, and pop duo, The Kennedys. The duo tours across the U.S. and the United Kingdom and the fundraiser will accommodate 55 to 60 attendees at the Acts 4 Ministry’s retail store and offices at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury.

“This intimate fundraiser evening,” explained Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta, “is one of the numerous ways our organization impacts positive changes in the Greater Waterbury community. We raise funds to meet our mission is to support the daily needs of families and individuals who are in dire financial distress because they have lost virtually everything they possess to a fire, flood, or other devastating life events.”

The husband and wife duo of Maura and Pete Kennedy are enjoying a career that spans more than 20 years. The New York City-based guitarists and vocalists have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, Texas. Their career began when they joined the Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a few years before setting out on their own.

The duo’s musical influences are rooted in Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, The Byrds, and The Beatles, and to date, the married couple has released numerous CDs including their “safe until tomorrow’ which was released in May of 2018.

Early in their career, the duo’s Byrds-inspired jangle drew the attention of McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. They co-produced Nanci Griffith’s latest CD and toured extensively across the U.S. and the British Isles with the Texas songstress. Alan Harrison of Made in Newcastle commented that "The Kennedys offer a nice line of country-folk with a quaintly English edge to it. Their songs like ‘When I go’ and ‘The Midnight Ghost’ won them plenty of new fans, as we witnessed by the long queue buying up the CDs at the intermission.”

Acts 4 Ministry is a collaborative group of a volunteer board of directors, staff members and dozens of volunteers who desire to share God’s love by meeting the comforting physical needs of others. “We plan for this goal daily,” explained Acts 4 Ministry Board Member Bruce Martin, “by working with the community to collect and redistribute resources to people in need. This fundraiser is one of many ways we keep our program exciting to support.”

In place of purchasing tickets for the December 12th fundraiser, Acts 4 Ministry is requesting a monetary donation be made directly to the non-profit organization by individuals interested in attending the musical evening. Donations can be made by going to “Click to Give” at the top right corner of home page, and then clicking the Events page.

Tax-deductible donations, which can be made year-round, can also be made by check or money order made payable to Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. and U.S. Mailed to PO Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704 or brought to the Acts 4 Ministry retail store and donation center to receive a receipt at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, Mondays through Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays 12 to 3 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Additional information is available at or by calling 203-574-2287.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Events Wed, 11 Dec 2019 06:43:42 -0500
IMTI Offers Construction Career Training Programs In Three Waterbury High Schools

With their ongoing mission to “help tomorrow’s youth build their future today”, the Industrial Management & Training Institute (IMTI) has been using the NCCER, The National Center for Construction Education and Research curriculum, to present high school students with 102 hours of certified training in construction skills.

“Once the 102 hours of certified training are fulfilled,” explained Marcel Veronneau, IMTI Founder, “those hours can be applied as a credit towards the related instruction hours that are required by the Connecticut Occupational Licensing Regulations - CT DOL for any apprenticeship construction job in Connecticut. Trade schools have truly become today’s other colleges. These schools offer lower tuitions, faster entry into the workforce and the ability to be paid, plus skills and training that can create a lifetime career.”

Waterbury’s Wilby, Crosby and Kennedy High Schools will adapt NCCER’s curriculum into their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs through IMTI’s sponsorship instruction. Since March of 2019, Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools, has enthusiastically agreed to offer the CTE programs to Wilby, Crosby, and Kennedy High School students. To date, IMTI has certified four teachers in Wilby, Kennedy and Crosby High Schools to teach the Core Construction Course that include classes in Basic Safety Skills, Introduction to Construction Math, Introduction to Construction Drawings, Introduction to Hand Tools, Basic Rigging and several additional programs to meet the 102 certified hours in the construction trade.

“The Waterbury Public Schools system,” commented Dr. Ruffin, “is excited to collaborate with the Industrial Management and Training Institute, which, through a rigorous curriculum and hands-on training, has been preparing students for years in several technical fields. This unique partnership will elevate the District’s commitment to developing a robust Career and Technical Education Program.”

The Public High School Partnership Program with NCCER and the Waterbury Public School System was initiated by IMTI’s Veronneau who founded IMTI in 1986. For more than three decades, IMTI has been successfully training electricians, plumbers, and HVAC technicians in current technologies and career-oriented job skills. Curriculum for all IMTI programs focuses on classroom study and practical hands-on industry skill training. All IMTI graduates are equipped with the training, assistance, and education needed to obtain careers in high demand technical industries and receive all the related instruction hours necessary to obtain a State of Connecticut license.

“IMTI’s primary mission is to provide up-to-date training programs that prepare students with gainful employment or advancement in their chosen field for a sustainable career path,” explained Veronneau. In 1985, IMTI was approved by the State of Connecticut Commissioner of Higher Education, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) in 1989, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) in 2002.

“The benefits of having IMTI as an NCCER Accredited Training Sponsor (ATS),” continued Veronneau, “is that we are responsible for delivering quality NCCER construction craft training programs to high school teachers based on NCCER’s nationwide standardized criteria. By providing the Instructor Certified Training Program (ICTP) to high school teachers, IMTI is sanctioned to ensure the uniform and consistent delivery of training as certified by NCCER. Once a student completes the 102 hours with NCCER, those hours will be credited toward IMTI’s apprenticeship program. That would equate to $2,100 to $2,400 in 2020’s tuition fee and those hours would be accepted by any NCCER-sponsored schools or organizations.

Currently, IMTI is an NCCER-Accredited Training Sponsor to 10 high school’s CTE programs in New York City and the BOCES schools in Westchester County and Long Island. To date, IMTI has trained and certified over 140 IMTI instructors and proctors through NCCER’S ICTP, including four teachers in Waterbury and over 30 in New York City. IMTI has also issued over 600 NCCER credentials for high school students in New York City since 2016.

“As one of only two NCCER Accredited Training Sponsors in Connecticut,” stated Veronneau, “we hope that more education systems in our region will want to offer this standardized craft training curriculum in CTE programs to their students as a viable alternative to attending college, and a path that will lead them to lifelong careers in the construction industry.”

Recently IMTI Founder Marcel Veronneau (center in the photograph) visited Crosby High School and met with (left to right) Paul Gwiazdoski, Department Chairperson-Technology Education at Crosby, and Michael Merati, Supervisor of CT for Waterbury Public Schools.

IMTI is open five days every week, offering day, evening and weekend in-classroom courses, plus Continuing Education courses for licensed plumbers and electricians. For more information on IMTI technical training programs, visit or call 203-753-7910 in Waterbury, Connecticut.

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Neighbors Mon, 09 Dec 2019 07:52:18 -0500
Teen DIY Gift Series at Southbury Public Library

Teen DIY 2019 Gift Series

For Grades 6-12

Instead of one Teen DIY this month, we have two! For each part, you'll leave with one completed gift to either give to a loved one or keep and instructions on how to make more. Come for one or both! Like all our programs, this is free to attend and open to anyone in Grades 6-12 regardless of town of residency, but you do have to register!

To register, give us a call at 203-262-0626 x3.

Paracord Lanyards
Monday, December 9 from 4-5pm in the Kingsley Room

Learn how to make paracord lanyards! We'll have a bright mix of colors available. These lanyards contain about 10 feet of 550 weight paracord, a strong nylon rope useful in many survival situations.

Hot Chocolate Ornaments
Monday, December 16 from 4-5pm in the Kingsley Room

Make homemade hot cocoa mix and add in your choice of special fixings. Put it all in an ornament and decorate! Please note: Dairy will be present. We won't have nuts, but some ingredients may have been processed with them or other allergens.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.


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Honoring Veterans in Southbury: Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 12:00 PM, American Legion C.E. Hine Post #147 (CT0096P) will be helping Southbury Area Cemeteries to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes.

Please help us honor and remember as many fallen heroes as possible by sponsoring remembrance wreaths, volunteering on Wreaths Day, or inviting your family and friends to attend with you.

The wreaths cost $15.00 each. Go to to sponsor a wreath online. Or download this Sponsorship form.

]]> (Town of Southbury) Life Sun, 08 Dec 2019 13:06:15 -0500
Stew Leonard’s is 50, CT Celebrates with Live Cows at State Capitol

World's Largest Dairy and 400 Million Dollar Institution Honored by State of Connecticut Tomorrow

For the first time in a century, there will be live cows at the Connecticut State Capitol Building as Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont joins officials in a milk toast honoring iconic Stew Leonard’s on their 50th Anniversary. They will also be celebrating Mr. Leonard’s 90th birthday.

Beginning as a small dairy in 1969, the Leonard family began as milkmen supplying milk in rural Connecticut.  50 years later, the $400-million/year enterprise services over 11 million customers across the nation and has become an institution. They have served millions of local residents from Connecticut farms in the past five decades. 


]]> (Gov. Lamont's Office) Neighbors Sun, 08 Dec 2019 13:02:22 -0500
Southbury Happenings: Almost Maine, Tree Lighting, Victorian Tea, Pancakes, and More!

Pomperaug Theatre Company presents, "Almost, Maine"
12/6-8/2019 | Times vary

Pomperaug Theatre Company presents its winter show, "Almost, Maine"! Organizers: Pomperaug High School, Pomperaug Theatre Company.

Click for the event's details.

Southbury Police Department Annual Toy and Gift Drive
12/7/2019 | 10:00am-2:00pm

The Southbury Police have teamed up with merchants of the Southbury Plaza to organize a toy drive to benefit Southbury Needy Fund. Police officers will be in front of the Plaza's T.J. Maxx store collecting the items. Organizers: Southbury Police Department and Southbury Plaza.

Click for the event's details.

16th Annual Victorian Tea
12/7/2019 | 10:00am-2:00pm

Beautiful handknit clothing; holiday decorations; Tea Luncheon; Baked Goods. Holiday music. Organizers: South Britain Congregational Church.

Click for the event's details.

Annual Tree Lighting
12/7/2019 | 5:00pm

Come to the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the Veterans Memorial Green! Come see the lighting of the Santa's runway and join in the singing to greet Santa Claus. Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation Department.

Click for the event's details.

Pancake Breakfast at the Firehouse
12/8/2019 | 8:00-11:00am

Delicious breakfast to benefit the SVFA. Organizers: Southbury Volunteer Firemen's Association.

Click for the event's details.

Quarter Horse Concert
12/8/2019 | 1:00pm

Best description of Quarter Horse is a Crosby, Stills & Nash jam band. Organizers: The Blues Cafe.

Click for the event's details.

Letters to Santa Claus
Submit by 12/9/2019

Parks and Recreation Department would like to offer your child a chance to write to Santa Claus and get a letter from Santa! Organizers: Southbury Parks and Recreation.

Click for the event's details.

Holiday Library Lobby Book Sale
11/1/2019 - 2/1/2020 | Library Hours

Start of the special book sale for the holidays at the Public Library. Organizer: Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Click for the event's details.


12/13/2019 - Holiday Cabaret at Arts Escape

12/14/2019 - Wreaths Across America

12/14/2019 - Christmas Cookie Walk

12/15/2019 - Santa's Coming to Town

12/21/2019 - VFW Pot Luck Christmas Holiday Meal

12/22/2019 - Nutcracker

]]> (Town of Southbury) Events Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:48:37 -0500
Allstar Home Appliance Celebrating 35 Years In Business

The owners of Allstar Home Appliance Center in Waterbury celebrated their 35th anniversary with a blue ribbon-cutting ceremony and Out for Business networking event for members of the Waterbury Regional Chamber.

Assisting Allstar Home Appliance Center Owners John Ciccio (2nd from left) and Pamela Ciccio (3rd from left) were  Dan Pesce (2nd from right), Waterbury Development Corporation (WDC) Interim Director, and Connecticut General Assembly Representative Ron Napoli representing the 73rd Assembly District. Omitted from the photograph, due to Hamlet Hub spacing limitations, was Ms. Lynn Ward, president, and CEO of the Waterbury Regional Chamber.

Mr. Napoli and Mr. Pesce both verbally shared Proclamations addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Ciccio as owners of Allstar Home Appliance Center celebrating 35 years in business in Waterbury and located at 1215 Thomaston Avenue.

Allstar is an authorized seller and service provider for Whirlpool®, Kitchen-Aid®, MAYTAG®, and Amana refrigerators, stoves, built-in wall ovens and cooktops, dishwashers, microwaves, washers, dryers, and more.

To learn more, call 203-597-0363, email to, or visit

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Places Thu, 05 Dec 2019 08:37:20 -0500
Southbury Parks & Rec announces new one-day activity, Safety & Self-Defense Workshop, on January 11, 2020

Southbury Parks and Recreation is offering this new one-day activity, Safety & Self-Defense Workshop, on January 11, 2020.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn approaches for avoiding violence, basic techniques for defending yourself physically when you need to, and, most importantly, what to do after a violent encounter, This is not a martial arts class and is recommended for both men and women. 

To register for the class, go to

]]> (Southbury Parks and Recreation ) Neighbors Thu, 05 Dec 2019 02:46:38 -0500
Southbury Police Department Annual Toy and Gift Drive on Saturday

Southbury Police Department Annual Toy and Gift Drive

The Southbury Police have teamed up with merchants of the Southbury Plaza to organize a toy drive to benefit children in need.

This Saturday, December 7, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the police officers will be in front of the T.J. Maxx store collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts. Their goal is to fill their cruisers with enough toys and gifts so that every local child has presents to open on Christmas morning.

The drive will benefit the Southbury Needy Fund's 2019 Holiday Gift Program for Children.

Cash donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase items for older children and to accommodate any special requests families may have.

Toys can also be left off at the Southbury Police Department and Social Services.

Your donations are greatly appreciated!

]]> (Town of Southbury) Charities Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:58:04 -0500
Pomperaug Theatre Company presents Almost, Maine December 6-8, 2019

A performance of John Cariani's "Almost, Maine" put together by 57 students at Pomperaug High School on stage this weekend 

Our current production, Almost, Maine, will be showing on Friday, December 6th at 7:30, Saturday, December 7th at 7:30, and Sunday, December 8th at 2:30 and held in the auditorium at Pomperaug High School (234 Judd Road, Southbury CT).

Tickets are priced at $10 for students, senior citizens, and Region 15 staff and $15 dollars for adults. Any questions can be directed to

Playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost -- not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness -- experience the life-altering power of the human heart.

Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the Northern Lights and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.

Learn more here.


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Acts 4 Ministry Seeking Donations Of Winter Coats & Accessories For All Children And Adults Through Dec. 21st

Through Saturday, December 21, 2019, Acts 4 Ministry Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit charitable organization in Waterbury, will accept donations of new or gently-worn coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts, and new socks, thermals, and undergarments for children and adults toward their 2019 “Share the Warmth” drive.

“Winter’s cold makes life more challenging for everyone, especially for those who do not have basic things that many people take for granted. Acts 4 Ministry’s annual Share the Warmth campaign helps our community meet the physical needs of our most vulnerable members and lets them know they are not forgotten,” commented Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. Board of Directors Chairman, John Bishop of Woodbury.

“Our goal”, added Sarah Elizabeth Carabetta, Acts 4 Ministry Executive Director, “is to ensure that people in need of assistance throughout our Greater Waterbury community have warm clothing during the entire cold season. Men's and children's coats are especially needed and we are very appreciative of receiving clean and gently-worn winter items for women as well."

Through Saturday, December 21st all donations can be brought to Acts 4 Ministry at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, Mondays through Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Thursdays 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to drop off donations and receive a receipt for tax deductions.

Donations will continue to be accepted by Acts 4 Ministry Inc. through January 2020. Carabetta explained, “We recognize that our seasons have recently shifted and colder weather often appears more in January and February so we want to ensure that we can help keep children, men and women warm throughout the entire cold-weather season of 2019 into 2020.”

During Acts 4 Ministry’s 2018 Share the Warmth campaign, NVCC student Egzon Dauti (left) and his friend Waleed Shaikh were photographed assisting with sorting through donations of children, women’s and men’s warm clothing.

Acts 4 Ministry, Inc. is dedicated to building relationships with people while providing them with the basics of daily living needs. “Our continual mission,” explained Carabetta, “is to provide individuals or families who have experienced a life devastating event with opportunities to feel loved as they rebuild their lives with basic needs by coming to our facility to personally select clothing, dishes, glassware, furnishings, and other basic needs at no charge.”

The organization partners with churches, social service agencies, and public schools to help identify and serve people with these needs in the context of the broader community regardless of their faith, race, creed, or national origin, or their willingness to participate in religious activities.

Acts 4 Ministry’s retail store environment provides people with immediate ‘basic living needs’ the ability to select clothing, furniture, and household items at no cost. “Individuals and families are often referred to us by other charitable organizations,” explained Carabetta. “In our retail store environment, they are provided with an atmosphere which preserves their dignity and allows them to personally select what they need vs. being handed clothing or furnishings they do not desire. This is a respectful environment where everyone is treated with caring support.”

To provide monetary donations to Acts 4 Ministry’s “Share the Warmth” drive, contributions can be made payable to Acts 4 Ministry and sent to PO Box 4524, Waterbury CT 06704 or by visiting the Acts 4 website and tap on the ‘click to give’ button. For large donations of items or organizations and groups who would like to volunteer, contact Alice’n Renaud, Acts 4 Ministry Operations Coordinator at 203-574-2287 or email to

Acts 4 Ministry’s offices and their boutique store are located at 1713 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury. Tax-deductible donations may be brought year-round to the location Mondays through Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. when volunteers, guest services and community partners are also welcomed. The store and donation center is open to the general public on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cash or money order donations can also be U.S. Mailed to P.O. Box 4524, Waterbury, CT 06704. For more information, call 203-574-2287 or visit

]]> (Barbara Branagan-Mitchell) Charities Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:03:13 -0500
December Events at Southbury Public Library

Adult Events
Information and registration: Reference Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 130

We've got special events and a concert this month! All programs require registration unless otherwise noted. The majority of programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget. 

There will be no Wednesday at the Movies, Evening at the Movies, Coloring Club, or Computer Classes in December. We look forward to seeing you in January! 

Special Events

The Berkshire Jazz Orchestra Holiday Concert (NO MORE SPACES AVAILABLE)
Saturday, December 7, 1-3pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

(Snow Date: Saturday, December 14, 1-3pm)

The Berkshire Jazz Orchestra is back to give a twist to your favorite classic holiday songs! The songs featured will include "Winter Wonderland," "Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Sleigh Ride," and many other favorites. Vocalist Jan Maki will also bring us special arrangements of Bette Midler's "Baby its Cold Outside," Dianna Krall's "Jingle Bells" and other well known Holiday standards.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Coping with Dementia: Strategies for Families
Tuesday, December 10, 2-4pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Diane Davis will be giving a talk detailing the stages of dementia, the patient characteristics and problems arising within each stage, and appropriate coping strategies for family care givers. Resources for care giving are also reviewed. Handouts with space for notetaking will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Mystery Author Talk: Marian Lanouette
Thursday, December 12, 2-3:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join us for this talk with mystery author Marian Lanouette about how you can use your own experiences to create your own fiction stories. In her most recent novel, Loss of Power, Marian used her background working in a crematory to craft a believable and thrilling story.  

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Pearl Harbor: A Look at the Strategic Significance of the Attack
Thursday, December 19, 2-3:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Professor Mark Albertson looks beyond the Attack on Pearl Harbor to explore the events that led to the attack, why it happened, and how the attack on Pearl Harbor became a turning point for World War II.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Adult Book Clubs

For all our book clubs, there is no registration required, new members are always welcome, and copies of this month's book for each club are available at the Circulation Desk! The book clubs are led by volunteer moderators and staff.

Mystery Book Club
Monday, December 9, 3pm, Brown Room, NO Registration Required

Reading The Paris Spy by Susan Elia McNeal

Nonfiction Book Club 
Wednesday, December 11, 10am, Brown Room, NO Registration Required

Reading From I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara 

Tuesday Night Book Club
Tuesday, December 17, 6:30pm, Brown Room, NO Registration Required

Reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

What's new upstairs for Children and Teens?
Information and registration: Children/Teen Department at 203-262-0626 ext. 110

See below for information about our upcoming Children's and Teen Programming! All of our Children's and Teen Programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library. Library programs are not funded by the town fiscal budget.

Children's Storytimes

All Storytimes and Youth Services programs are cancelled for the day if Region 15 has a weather related delayed opening, early dismissal, or cancellation. 

Drop-In Storytime with Mrs. M.
Monday, December 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 , 10:30am, Storytime Room, NO Registration Required

All ages are welcome to join us for Drop-In Storytime every Monday! Listen to stories and complete a craft with Mrs. M!

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Children's Programs

Open House Craft
Saturday, December 7, 14, 21 & 28, All Day, Upstairs, NO Registration Required

Enjoy a fun holiday inspired themed craft all day (while supplies last)! Make it here or take it home!

Junior Friends (for Grades 4-12)
Thursday, December 5, 6-7pm, Upstairs, Registration Required

Join us for a meeting mixing work and recreation! We're going to be decorating the children's and teen departments for December and having some holiday treats at the same time.

Recreational meetings of the Junior Friends are sponsored by their own fundraising and the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Holiday Flower Arranging with the Southbury Garden Club (for Ages 6 & up)
Wednesday, December 11, 4:15-5pm, Kingsley B, Registration Required

Learn the fine art of floral arranging from the Southbury Garden Club and create your own holiday themed centerpiece.

This event is sponsored by the Southbury Garden Club and  the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

STEM with Anastasia (for Ages 7-11)
Thursday, December 12, 5:30-6:30pm, Upstairs, Registration Required

Join us for an evening of STEM learning. Anastasia is back with more fantastic experiments!  

This event is sponsored by Anastasia Meltzer.

Decorate a Gingergbread Cookie (for Ages 6-12)
Friday, December 13, 4:15-5pm, Upstairs, Registration Required

Nancy Stuart is back to teach the fine art of cookie decorating. Learn how to make and decorate a gingerbread house. Participants will decorate their own gingerbread cookie.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

STEAMonday: Holiday STEAM (for Grades 1-5)
Monday, December 16, 4:15-5pm, Upstairs, Registration Required

What is STEAM? It's Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math. Once a month we explore these concepts in a fun and informal setting. Join us for an afternoon of holiday inspired science fun.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Munchies & a Movie: The Grinch (for All Ages*)
Friday, December 20, 6-7:30pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required

Join us to watch this fun film on our big screen. We're getting in the holiday spirit with the 2018 animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic. This movie is rated PG and runs 1 hour and 32 minutes Snacks and water provided. *Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Teen Programs

There will be no Teen Advisory Board meeting in December. We look forward to seeing you in January! 

Junior Friends (for Grades 4-12)
Thursday, December 5, 6-7pm, Upstairs, Registration Required

Join us for a meeting mixing work and recreation! We're going to be decorating the children's and teen departments for December and having some holiday treats at the same time.

Recreational meetings of the Junior Friends are sponsored by their own fundraising and the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Teen DIY Gift Series: Paracord Lanyards (for Grades 6-12)
Monday, December 9, 4-5pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required- Space is Limited

Learn how to make paracord lanyards! We'll have a bright mix of colors available. These lanyards contain about 10 feet of paracord (a thin, lightweight, strong nylon rope useful in many situations). All materials provided.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Teen DIY Gift Series: Hot Chocolate Ornaments (for Grades 6-12)
Monday, December 16, 4-5pm, Kingsley Room, Registration Required- Space is Limited

Make homemade hot cocoa mix and add in your choice of special fixings. Put it all in an ornament and decorate! Dairy will be present. We won't have nuts, but some ingredients may have been processed with them or other allergens. All materials provided.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.

Art Gallery
Current Exhibit in the Gloria Cachion Gallery

Linda Banks Art Exhibit
December 3 through December 29 during open hours

Linda Banks is a multi-media artisan who owns and operates Banks Art Studio in New Preston, Connecticut. She has taught children's art in its many forms for 35 years at Washington Art Association as well as multiple after school programs. Linda has taught at Brookfield Craft Center for over fifteen years. She has also taught at Hot Glass Horizons for five years in Corning, New York and Portland, Oregon. Other places Linda has taught include Arrowmont Craft School in Tennessee, Fletcher Farm Craft School in Vermont, Farmington Valley Art Center in Avon, Connecticut, Peters Valley Craft Center in New Jersey and many adult education classes as well as private classes in her studio.

Linda has shown and sold her glass and art at Washington Art Association, Brookfield Craft Center, FVAC (Farmington Valley Arts Center), Peters Valley, Fletcher Farm Craft Center, Norfolk Artisans Guild, The Silo in New Milford (Connecticut), The White Silo in Sherman (Connecticut), Canton Art Guild and Canton Clay Works (in Canton, Connecticut), The Hens Nest in Washington CT, Kent Art Association, Western Connecticut State University, and many other small places.

Linda enjoys teaching the joy of life through her glass and art!

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Ashurst Irish Dancers Qualify for World & National Championships

The New England Regional Irish Dance Championships, also known as the "Oireachtas," was recently held in Hartford, CT. It is the area's most prestigious event bringing in top dancers from schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and competitions have as many as 100 competitors. 

Local dancers, representing the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance, were proud to bring home 3 World Championship qualifying positions, 7 National Championship qualifying positions, 3 podium placing traditional set positions, 3 top placing teams as well as numerous additional medals.

The World Irish Dance Championships, which is the Olympics of Irish dance, will be held in Dublin, Ireland this year. The Ashurst Academy is proud to have Colleen Mallon of Southbury, Cian Walls of Woodbridge and Piper Normand of Canton, qualified to compete in their respective solo championships this April.

These three dancers also qualified for the North American Irish Dance Championships to be held in Nashville this July in addition to their teammates Caroline Morneau of Danbury, Lucy Lowman of Ridgefield, Katie Sheehan of Southbury and Sarah Mallon of Southbury. 

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance is directed by former Riverdance and Lord of the Dance stars Craig Ashurst and Christina Dolzall-Ashurst of Newtown. Both were highly successful competitive dancers themselves collectively holding many regional, national and international titles.

The Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance holds classes and camps in Newtown, Danbury and Southbury for dancers ages 4+. For information, visit: or call (203) 928-0689.

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Southbury Movie Theater Makes Changes to Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with Riverview Theater, LLC doing business as Riverview Cinemas 8 (“Riverview”) in Southbury, to resolve allegations that the movie theater facility was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).

The settlement agreement resolves an ADA complaint filed by an individual with disabilities alleging that Riverview’s movie theater facility was not fully accessible for individuals with physical disabilities.  Riverview is in the process of making the changes required by the settlement agreement.  The changes include providing additional accessible parking spaces, ensuring that there are accessible tables in the lobby seating area, installing accessible signage, ensuring that the theater has sufficient hearing aid compatible assistive listening receivers, lowering countertops for its vendor café, and ensuring that its restrooms are fully accessible.  Riverview will continue to make improvements over the next six months.

Under federal law, private entities that own or operate places of “public accommodation,” including movie theaters, are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability.  The ADA authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate complaints and undertake periodic reviews of compliance of covered entities.  The Justice Department is also authorized to commence a civil lawsuit in federal court in any case that involves a pattern or practice of discrimination or that raises issues of general public importance, and to seek injunctive relief, monetary damages, and civil penalties.

“This office is committed to enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act so that individuals with disabilities are able to access and enjoy Connecticut’s movie theaters and other places of public accommodation,” said U.S. Attorney Durham.  “I commend the owners of Riverview Cinemas for their cooperation throughout our investigation and their clear commitment to complying with the requirements of the ADA.”

This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica H. Soufer of the District of Connecticut in coordination with the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging that any place of public accommodation or public entity in Connecticut is not accessible to persons with disabilities may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 203-821-3700.

Additional information about the ADA can be found at, or by calling the Justice Department’s toll-free information line at (800) 514-0301 and (800) 514-0383 (TTY).  More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at

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Southbury Festival of Wreaths on Dec. 4 Supports Needy Fund

Festival of Wreaths on December 4 from 4:00-7:30pm

A raffle of beautifully decorated wreaths donated by area businesses to raise monies for Southbury Needy Fund. Plus Santa, live music, food, cash bar. Organizers: Lutheran Home of Southbury and the Southbury Business Association.

Click for the event's details.

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