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WALLINGFORD COMMUNITY DINNERS
Come celebrate the holiday with us! Enjoy turkey and all the trimmings – with music, laughter, and a good time for all!
WHEN: THANKSGIVING DAY & CHRISTMAS DAY NOON – 2:00 PMWHERE: FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF WALLINGFORD 23 S. MAIN ST. TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED MEALS WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE HOMEBOUND DON’T SPEND THE HOLIDAY ALONE!! FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Nancy Freyberg at 284-8299
Sponsored by: Parents & Kids Foundation, Inc. and First Congregational Church of Wallingford
Michael Edward Fanning, 51, Topeka, KS passed away Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006.
Michael was born February 17, 1955 in Meriden-Wallingford, CT, the son of Edward and Louise Segaline Fanning. He married Tammy Tomlinson on May 10, 1980. Michael graduated from Horris-Wilcox Technical School and worked as an electrician for BNSF railway for 15 years. He was a member of ABATE. He served eight years in Army. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Tammy, son, Paul and his wife, Candace Fanning, daughters, Allison and Ashley Fanning, grandchildren, Neaveh and Brooklyn Fanning, all of Topeka, sisters, Karen Fanning, Clairmont, VT, Maureen Dugette-Fanning, Springfield, VT, and Linda Roukey, Tuscon, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Julius James Harvey. A celebration of Michael’s life was held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Rd., Topeka, KS. Services in Vermont will be announced at a later date.
The Senior Buddy Readers Program
The Senior Buddy Readers intergenerational mentoring & literacy program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2006-2007 school year. Active retirees are needed to help first- and second-grade students improve their reading skills. The program runs from October through the end of May and takes place in six of Meriden’s elementary schools: Ben Franklin, Casimir Pulaski, Hanover, Israel Putnam, Nathan Hale and Thomas Hooker schools. Anyone interested in sharing one hour a week mentoring a child is invited to call the office of Meriden Children First Initiative at 630-3566. Make a difference in the life of a child…become a Senior Buddy Reader volunteer! (The Senior Buddy Readers program is sponsored by nonprofit Meriden Children First Initiative and is supported financially through foundation grants and local business donations.)
Meriden Humane Society has opened a thrift store, also at 311 Murdock Avenue, Meriden. If you have any items you would like to donate, it would be most appreciative to receive them to bring over to the shelter. Thanks in advance for whatever help you can provide. It is a challenge raising over $200,000 yearly to support the stray and abandoned animals we serve at this no-kill shelter, so any help you can give would be wonderful. Thanks again. **
CT VNA Hospice: Volunteer
Do you want to make a difference in your life and the life of someone else?
Have you ever considered becoming a hospice volunteer? Hospice is about living life to its fullest, and we need your help to make this possible for our patients and their families. There are many volunteer opportunities available.... companionship, respite for weary caregivers, visiting patients with your pet, sharing your musical or artistic talents, or helping with clerical projects.
Training to become a volunteer with Connecticut VNA's hospice will be beginning soon. For an enriching and meaningful experience, please call today.
For more information, please call Jolan Szollosi, Volunteer Coordinator at 203-679-5342
Lyman Hall Plans 25-year reunion
The Lyman Hall High School class of 1981 will sponsor a 25-year reunion from 7:00 p.m. to midnight Nov. 24th at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn on Route 5. The cost is $50 per person and will include open bar, buffet dinner and a disc jockey. For information, call Joe or Debi (Fusco) Mrozowski at (203) 269-3106.
HOLY ANGELS CHURCH SEEKS CRAFTERS FOR HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Holy Angels Church, 585 Main Street in South Meriden is seeking Vendors and Craftspeople for its annual holiday bazaar “Christmas on the Hill” to be held on Saturday, November 18. The Bazaar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Holy Angels Parish Center. The bazaar will feature crafts, food, baked goods and raffle prizes. There is a per-table charge. For further information (203) 235-3822.
Enter Essay Contest to Win New Playground for Hubbard Park
Please help win a new barrier-free handicapped accessible playground for Hubbard Park! Hasbro is sponsoring an essay contest offering a $300,000 Boundless Playground for one grand prize winner's community, and online gift cards valued at $125 each for 20 finalist prize winners. Submit an original 500- to 750-word essay by November 30th, along with the completed entry form. One entry per family. Go to www.hasbro.com/playskool, click on In the Community/ Boundless Playground for contest rules and to download the entry form. The entry form is also available at www.noahsarkofhope.com .
For more information about the playground project send an email to hubbardParkPlayground@peoplespressnews.com
CRAFTERS NEEDED FOR CRAFT FAIR
A craft fair is being sponsored by the Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department, Meriden/Wallingford Relay for Life Team, and crafters are needed. It will be held on Saturday, November 11th, at the Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department, 143 Hope Hill Road in Yalesville. The fair will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Anyone interested in having a space, and would like more information and a registration form, please call Diane at 265-5576.
YALESVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT CRAFT FAIR
Craft fair November 11, 2006, Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department, 143 Hope Hill Road, Yalesville. Sponsored by The Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life Team
Volunteers Wanted For Meriden Public Schools
The Meriden Public Schools Volunteer Program is currently seeking media help at two elementary schools. This opportunity would consist of helping the library/media teacher check out books with elementary students and other related media tasks. If you would like to help out and have some fun, please call, Nan L Despres, Coordinator of Volunteers at 634-7985. Other volunteer opportunities in the Meriden Public Schools also exist. One half-hour a week is all that is required. Training is provided. We will work around your schedule. All are encouraged to volunteer. Retirees and bilingual are very welcome.
Connecticut VNA Announces Grand Opening of “The Art of Hospice Care” at NOMA Gallery in Middletown
Connecticut VNA’s Hospice has planned a grand opening celebration for the debut of their traveling art exhibit entitled, “Continuing the Journey - The Art of Hospice Care.” The public is invited to attend the opening of the exhibit on Friday, October 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the NOMA Gallery, 648 Main Street, Middletown. The exhibit is an extraordinary and powerful multimedia display depicting the use of the arts in hospice care. It is a collection of paintings, drawings, photography, poetry, shadow boxes and more that have been done with, for and about ordinary people at the end of their lives. The exhibit highlights the unique gifts patients and their loved ones have received through Connecticut VNA’s compassionate and supportive Hospice team. Susan Rosano, an Expressive Arts Therapist with Connecticut VNA’s Hospice team and an organizer of the exhibit, said the group wanted to show the public the incredible work that is being done with people at the end of their lives and how it can contribute to the process of emotional healing for family members and friends. “The poems we write with our patients -- the collages and drawings we help them make -- their hand castings -- all have become lasting memorials to them.” Marion Donahue, President of Connecticut VNA, said the exhibit will help people understand the major role art and art therapy can play in helping them cope with a terminal illness. “The strength and intensity of the arts and complementary services in end of life care are tangible through this dramatic collection. Our complementary therapies team put a great deal of time and energy into developing this exceptional exhibit and we are very proud of what they’ve accomplished.” “Completing the Journey: The Art of Hospice Care” will be on display at the NOMA Gallery through November 17, and will then be exhibited through various venues around the state. For additional information or to learn how you can showcase this traveling exhibit, please contact Susan Rosano at 203-679-5300.
Meeting of Parent Support Group in the Naugatuck Valley Region for parents who have out-of-control adolescent and adult children. Tough Love St. Anthony's Church Routes 68 and 69 Prospect, CT Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Fatima Women's Club of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Yalesville is sponsoring a craft fair on Saturday November 11, 2006, in the parish hall from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and crafters are needed. Please call Sandy P. at 235-2639 or Sandy C. at 269-6498 for more details.
The North Italian Home Club on 43 Thorpe Avenue in Meriden will be having its annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday December 9, 2006, from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Crafters interested in renting space may call MaryAnn at 203-238-4143 for more information.
EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2006
The Gallery's main building, designed by American architect Louis Kahn, reopens to the public on December 10. The reopening will feature masterworks from the African, Asian, early European, and modern and contemporary collections, including important new acquisitions. Information about special events for the reopening will be sent out in October. In the meantime, exhibitions, gallery talks, and master classes continue in the Gallery's Swartwout wing; please see link to PDF for complete schedule.
The Gallery's Kahn building reopens to the public on December 10, 2006.The new exhibition "Jasper Johns: From Plate to Print" opens December 10.The new exhibition "Making a Mark: Four Contemporary Artists in Print" opens December 10. The new exhibition "Responding to Kahn: A Sculptural Conversation" opens December 10.
Complete calendar of events (PDF) is available at:http://artgallery.yale.edu/pages/info/press.html
Volunteers Needed for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Sunday, October 15
Volunteers are needed for the 12th annual American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Sunday, October 15, 2006, at Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT. More than 250 volunteers are needed to help the Society make strides against breast cancer. Opportunities to help include greeting walkers, registration, distributing snacks and drinks, directing traffic and parking, setup and clean up. Individuals and groups are encouraged to become involved. If you have one or more hours to help anytime from 7:00 a.m. through the afternoon, please contact Kathy Maguda at 203.379.4875, via email at Kathy.email@example.com or in person at the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Avenue, Meriden. Making Strides is the oldest and largest one-day walk in the nation to fight breast cancer. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society's breast cancer research, education, advocacy and patient support programs. For more information about Making Strides, visit www.cancer.org/stridesonline, call 1.800.ACS.2345.
“A Night for Noah” Dance featuring Riverstreet
Saturday, November 18, 2006, Mountainside Outing Club, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the following locations in Meriden:
529 West Main Street
Fishers Fine Foods
21 South Colony Street
Katz Sports Shop
519 West Main Street
1231 East Main Street
If you are interested in purchasing tickets or would like to volunteer for this event, please call Kathy Showerda at 203/235-4508 or Nancy Crispino at 203/237-7908.
INTERFAITH VOLUNTEER CARE GIVERS WALLINGFORD WANTED!
Volunteers to help frail, elderly neighbors shop, get to medical appointments, provide respite to a family member.
QUALIFICATIONS: People with a warm, loving heart and one or two hours of time each week. No hands-on care!
BENEFITS: Feel great about yourself! Have fun! Plan you own hours! Meet new people!
Become an Interfaith Volunteer Care Giver! Find out more by calling Marie Cunha, Social Worker, Wallingford Senior Center at 265-7753.
MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION SESSION
Wallingford Senior Center, Thursday, October 26, 2006, 10:15 a.m.
The next opportunity to enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan is November 15 through December 31, 2006. Even if you are already enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan please come learn about:
a. Medicare drug plan coverage for 2007b. How to switch from one drug plan to anotherc. Who gets "Extra Help"d. How does the "Coverage Gap" worke. How to delay or avoid reaching the "Coverage Gap"
Please register for this program by calling 265-7753; open to the public.
COURSE FOCUSES ON FALL MIGRATION OF BIRDS
By popular demand, Guilford-based Sunrise Birding is offering another Fall Migration Bird Watching Course in October and November. Taught by instructor Gina Nichol, this course offers beginner and experienced bird watchers the chance to practice bird watching, gain experience, and improve bird identification skills with fall migrants, including shorebirds, raptors, sparrows, and more. Participants will learn how to use field marks, habitat, behavior, and sound as aids in identification. Through field observation, bird watchers will learn how to identify birds with confidence and gain knowledge of where and when to look for birds. The series of three outdoor sessions is offered on Tuesday mornings beginning October 31st and continuing on November 7th & 14th, 2006, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Lighthouse Point Park is a hotspot for bird migration through November. Many migrant birds including cave swallow, brant, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, common loon and other waterfowl pass through the park on their southward journey. Other species possible can include rough-legged hawk, great-horned owl, and shorebirds, including yellowlegs and dunlin. The fee for the course is $69 per person. Discounts are available to supporters of local conservation organizations. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, go to http://www.sunrisebirding.com/fall_migration_courseII.htm
Sunrise Birding offers personalized, authentic, affordable travel adventures and learning opportunities intended to reveal the splendor and diversity of the natural world.
Dear Business Owner:
As President of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the North Italian Home Club of Meriden, I ask you to consider becoming a part of a memory. Our auxiliary is currently designing a game board devoted to celebrating our fine city and its 200-year history. The game is called SilverCityOpoly, and we are honored to be granted the right to make this game our City’s Bicentennial Edition.
You are invited to claim your spot, your square, your place on the 2006 Bicentennial SilverCityOpoly game board. There are numerous levels of participation. All property sales on the board will be sold strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a list of the varied levels of sponsorship attached. All proceeds from the game sales will go to a building fund, which the Ladies have established in hopes of making improvement to our club’s grounds located on Thorpe Avenue, right here in Meriden.
Be one of the lucky folks who recognize what an incredible opportunity this is. For just a few cents per game board, you are placing a permanent advertisement to commemorate your business, your family name, the memory of a loved one or whatever you choose onto the board. That permanent part of our game board will be talked about, laughed about, played with and distributed to hundreds and hundreds of homes both within our city limits and beyond. Folks are bound to want to send our bicentennial edition to former city residents across the globe! With it will go your little piece of history?
Please place your order today. Time is of the essence. Be part of a very unique game board and be seen and heard from for years to come. Get in the game today by calling Sandy at 203-530-0236.
May you, your family and friends continue to thrive in Meriden as we all work to make our city a great place to live, work and play in. I thank you for your time.
Cynthia D’Agostino, President, Ladies Auxiliary
Platt High School Sports Card & Coin Show
Dates: December 2, 2006January 6, 2007February 3, 2007March 3, 2007April 7, 2007May 5, 2007June 2, 2007
Table info 203-634-0069 Ernie203-235-7962 x 139 Athletic office
Colonial Tymes Christmas Fair Saturday, November 4, 2006 Relax for the holidays. Center Congregational Church, Meriden has been working hard to make life easier for you this holiday season. Come and shop for your decorations, gifts, and baked goods. We have created beautiful handmade crafts to decorate your home. We have been sewing, gluing, twisting, stuffing, and painting all summer to fill the tables of our next fair, coming soon. We will have homemade baked goods, and there will be apple pies baking all day, just for you. Have a sample, or take home a whole pie for your freezer, to heat and serve on your special holiday. Your company will think you worked in the kitchen all day. You will find handmade items, including Christmas ornaments, house decorations, and special gifts as you wander around to the different booths. Join us for a mid-morning snack of coffee and our famous sticky buns, or relax and enjoy a cup of our homemade soup with a sandwich for lunch. Then take the “Cookie Walk” where you can gather up your favorite cookies to fill your freezer and make the holidays deliciously easy. We will have pecans fresh from Georgia and cheese direct from Vermont. It doesn't get any fresher than this. With giant specialty theme baskets, a tea cup auction, craft tables, and a tag sale which includes baby clothes, we have something for everyone. There will also be unique activities to occupy the children, and our book sale is always an event. Proceeds from the Fair will be used to help maintain our historic church building, contribute to activities for our youth, and to further local and worldwide ministries. Come join us for this fun day. Center Congregational Church is located at the corner of Broad and East Main Streets, Meriden. Park in the back and come in the side door. The Fair will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on November 4, 2006.
Giuffrida Park – Meriden, 800 Westfield Road
Giuffrida Park was originally part of an area farmed in the late 1600s and early 1700s by Jonathan Gilbert and later Captain Andrew Belcher. This farm, the first white settlement in this region, became know as the “Meriden Farm,” and from which the whole area eventually took its name.
Mount Lamentation was named in 1636 when a member of Wethersfield Colony became lost and was found by a search party three days later on this ridge, twelve miles from home. There is some controversy whether the Lamentation refers to his behavior or that of those looking for him.
In 1735 a group of local men leased land on the western edge of this mountain in an attempt to find gold, as quartz formations there seemed promising. None was ever found. The reservoir was built by the Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company for its use in the late 1800s. The dam was raised three feet in 1927. Eventually International Silver acquired the property, because it guaranteed the company a reliable source of water, which it used in great quantities in its manufacturing processes. After International Silver built its new factory on South Broad Street, it no longer needed the reservoir. As there was a shortage of water at the time, International Silver gave the city special permission to pipe into their now-unused reservoir.
The property was offered for sale, and the Connecticut Light and Power Co. (CL&P) purchased it in order to provide itself with the land to cross high voltage lines into the Westfield section of Middletown and beyond. CL&P then sold the rest of the land to the city, which bought it under the open spaces program.
The reservoir remains a backup water source today.
Wallingford Rotary Club
The Wallingford Rotary Club meets Wednesdays, 12:10 p.m. at Brothers Restaurant, 33 North Cherry Street. We welcome guests to come, share lunch and enjoy our weekly speaker program. The cost is $12 per person. Rotarians are dedicated to “Service above Self” in our community, La Romana in the Dominican Republic, in the worldwide battle of Polio Plus, and the family of all. Come discover how Rotarians make a difference, every day.
The Meriden Public Schools Volunteer Program is currently seeking media help at two elementary schools. This opportunity would consist of helping the library/media teacher check out books with elementary students and other related media tasks. If you would like to help out and have some fun, please call, Nan L Despres, Coordinator of Volunteers at 634-7985. Other volunteer opportunities in the Meriden Public Schools also exist. One half-hour a week is all that is required. Training is provided. We will work around your schedule. All are encouraged to volunteer. Retirees and Bilingual are very welcome.
Quilt Show and Bake Sale
The Northford Congregational Church is holding a Quilt Show and Bake Sale, November 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. View over 30 handmade quilts on loan from area quilters and quilt owners. Many antique and modern quilts will be on exhibit. The quality and craftsmanship are a must see! Tickets are $5. After the exhibit, enjoy a complimentary dessert, coffee/tea in the social hall while you peruse the homemade desserts from the Bake Sale table and stock up for Thanksgiving! There will also be Quilting materials from Quadrille Quilting, LLC, on sale in the social hall. Raffle tickets for our homemade quilt, weekend in Vermont and other prizes can also be purchased. For Quilt Show tickets, you can call the church office at 484-0795 or you can purchase them at the door.
Fun Events at the Wallingford Family YMCA
Friday Night Family Fit Club Come join us on the following Friday Nights to enjoy a family fitness activity. Each activity will also include a healthy snack. This is a great time for children and parents to stay fit together while having fun! See the most recent brochure for current schedules and fees. Parent's Night Out - Night on the Town This program is designed especially for children in grades K - 6. The program will take place every other Friday night from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Kids will enjoy pizza and juice, games in the gymnasium, and swimming in the pool, while you spend some quality time together, without the kids! See the most recent brochure for current schedules and fees. Ghouls & Goblins of all ages, join us for a fun-filled Halloween afternoon adventure! Arrive in costume for a trick-or-treat parade, costume contest, creepy crafts, ghoulish games, a healthy snack and ghostly storytelling. Youth and Teens- Join us for a ghoulishly fun Halloween overnight adventure! The fun begins at 7:00 pm on Saturday evening and doesn't stop until 9:00 am on Sunday morning. Arrive in costume and enjoy a ghostly scavenger hunt, creatively cool costume show, splashingly fun swim adventure (bring your swimsuit) and fall asleep listening to ghastly ghostly storytelling. Take a journey through our spook house, if you DARE! Breakfast will be provided.
Child Care Fun Fair - Saturday, November 18th, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Come one, come all to our Child Care Fun Fair! There will be a variety of activities for your family including our fintastic fishing game, pin the feather on the turkey, and our famous YMCA turkey trot. Register at the Welcome Center between October 1st and November 1st. Upon registration, your family's name will be put in our raffle for our YMCA Child Care "Basket of Fun". The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Saturday, December 9th, 2:00 p.m.Limit 40. Place: Paul Melon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall Appropriate for grades 1 - 7 This musical is based on C.S. Lewis' story about four children who enter the land of Narnia by mistake. Scuba Santa is Coming to Town Sunday, December 10th, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Come enjoy a holiday craft and listen to the story “A Night Before Christmas.” Then go into our pool and help Scuba Santa decorate an underwater Christmas Tree
Highland School 23rd Annual Craft Fair Highland School PTO will sponsor its 23rd annual Craft Fair on Saturday, December 2, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the school on Highland Avenue in Wallingford. There will be over 65 vendors selling items, such as jewelry, paintings, florals, holiday ornaments, woodworking, quilts, gift baskets, candy,knitting, sweatshirts, centerpieces, photography, animal treats, et cetera. Refreshments will be available including homemade apple crisp. Admission is free. For additional information contact the school or call 203-314-3413.
DVD/VHS Drive and Game Drive The Meriden Jaycees will be sponsoring a Children's DVD/VHS Drive and Toy Drive from October 1st through the 31st. Additionally, DVDs will be collected for the mothers to watch. All items collected will be donated to a local domestic violence shelter. Some of the requested items include: board games, card games, easy puzzles, Legos, et cetera. Items can be new or gently used. Boxes will be located at Meriden fire stations. The fire stations are located at 168 Capitol Avenue (South Meriden), 61 Pratt Street, 561 Broad Street, 260 Sherman Ave., and 1075 East Main Street. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Sara at 464-7939 with any questions or for more information about this project. The Meriden Jaycees is an organization that offers members the best opportunities for community action, leadership development, and career advancement to men and women 21-40 years of age. New members welcomed.
Maloney Band News
It's competition time again! Maloney High School Band performed in their first competition this year at Lyman Hall this past Saturday. All the students were very nervous and excited to be performing their show to the music of Tower of Power. They did a spectacular job in competition by placing 3rd in their division and 3rd overall. Following their performance the kids felt exhilarated and very proud of themselves, as was every parent and supporter in the stands. Special thanks to the Director, Brian Cyr, Colorguard Instructor - Caralyn Vicino, Colin Mason , Percussion Instructor Caption Head, Don Fortin, Percussion Instructor, and Irene Sheades , Pit Instructor. Without their dedication and support the band would not have been able to perform beyond their expectations.
Meriden Public Library Children's Library Announcing two New FREE passes to Museums!! We are pleased to announce we have just received two new passes for museums at the Meriden Public Library in the Children's Room - Imagine Nation Museum in Bristol, CT. The place to spark your imagination! This museum has ESPN Play Your Way, Greenhouse, Jungle Playscape and Climbing Wall, Otis Teaching Elevator, Kid Construction Zone, Cook Nook, Water Room, Creative Arts Center, Cyber Lab, 1940's Soda Fountain, and much more. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sundays 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and open until 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Our other pass is for Earthplace, the nature discovery center in Westport, CT. Earthplace maintains a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, live wildlife for public viewing, and it hosts many public nature program and events. It also has an explorer clubhouse, tiny tree house, nature lab, backyard resource center, nature theater, and wildlife dioramas. Explore the ecology lab, Animal Hall, Trails & Gardens. The grounds are open 7:00 AM. until dusk. Building open 9:00 AM.- 5:00 PM. Monday-Saturday. 1:00 PM.-4:00 PM. on Sundays. These passes can be taken out for two days with a library card and driver’s license. For more information call the Children's Library at (203) 630-6347.
Meriden Children's Library Specials! November 13th - SCRAPBOOKING-6:30 p.m. Come to the Meriden Public Library and learn all about scrapbooking. For children in grades 2 and older, with adults welcome. Leticia Harduby, our staff professional scrapbooker, will be teaching children the art involved in scrapbooking. Bring your own personal items, such as recipes, pictures, or other items you would want to learn how to display with class. Sign up in the Children's Library, or call us at (203) 630-6347.
The Village at Kensington Place and MidState’s Community Wellness Department will present a program entitled “Understanding Diabetes” on Monday November 13, 2006 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Village at Kensington Place. Jackie Hackbarth, RNC, BS, Clinical Coordinator at The LaPlanche Clinic will be the guest speaker. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, please call 237-0300.
The Civitan Club of Meriden/Wallingford will hold their 12th annual pasta supper to benefit the physically and mentally challenged youth and adults in the area on Wednesday, November 8th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, Rosary Hall, W. Main St. Meriden. Donation will be $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and children 5 years and younger free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from Norman Willmott at 634-0176.
MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE
2 NEW EXHIBITS - 3 WEEKENDS ONLY - OPENING OCTOBER 29, 2006
THE MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS 2 EXHIBITS:
1. Meriden Personalities2. Halloween
The doors of the Andrews Homestead, the showcase of the Meriden Historical Society, will once again be open to the public with two new exhibits:
1. Meriden Personalities, depicting art and artifacts of randomly-selected famous Meriden personalities. They may have not all been born here – but Meriden is where they made their name, or Meriden was were they started out. People on display range from craftsmen and women, designers, writers, musicians, and people in sports.
2. Halloween exhibits Halloween artifacts, toys, etc. from the collection of members and friends of the Meriden Historical Society.
The two exhibits at the Andrews Homestead, will be open for a limited time only, between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm: Sunday November 5, 2006Sunday November 12, 2006Or by appointment. The Andrews Homestead, 424 West Main St. Meriden, is the little red building located between McDonald's and Ben Franklin School.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Ms. Chris Ruel – Exhibit co-curator - 860-349-1046Submitted by Ruth Borsuk – President – 203-237-8042
MERIDEN YMCA OFFERS AMERICAN RED CROSS BABY-SITTING CERTIFICATION COURSE
This certification program is designed for today’s 11- to 15-year-olds. This training course gives participants the knowledge, skills, and confidence to care for infants through school-aged children. This program addresses safety issues, preventing injuries and illnesses, basic child care, first aid, decision-making skills, and age appropriate behavior and play. Participants learn by doing and are required to demonstrate several first aid skills including rescue breathing and dealing with a choking victim. Class will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Please contact the Meriden YMCA at 235-6386 to register today!
COME JOIN MERIDEN YMCA’S MASTERS ADULT SWIM PROGRAM
This program is designed for those adults 19 years of age and older who wish to work out with other adults accompanied by a certified swim coach. The purpose of this program is to promote fun, fitness, safety and possibly competition for all participants of whatever level of ability and interest. This program will run three days a week; Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:45p.m and Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:00p.m. through December 14th. Participants can start at any time. For further information or to register; please contact Lisa Hoover at (203)235-6386; ext 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian David Doenig of Wallingford has been Awarded the 2006 Milton Fisher Scholarship due to his Designing of a Memorial Garden
The 2006 Milton Fisher Scholarships for Innovation and Creativity have been awarded to Brian David Doenig, along with seven other Connecticut students in recognition of their successful efforts to solve problems in innovative ways or to encourage creativity in their communities. From a strong applicant pool, the selection committee chose eight scholarship award winners this year. Winners receive grants from $2,000 to $5,000, depending on financial need (although the winners are selected without regard to need, the amount of each grant depends on financial need). Five honorable mentions earned grants of $1,000 each. The scholarship was open to high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen from Connecticut. To be eligible, a student had to either attend high school in Connecticut or plan to attend college in Connecticut (or both). The winners were all students who showed unusual initiative and creativity. Their innovations were in fields that included the arts, public affairs, humanitarian crises, health, and sports. The scholarship program welcomes applicants who demonstrate creativity in any field. Doenig innovatively and creatively designed and remolded an abandoned lot into a memorial garden. These original ideas thus qualified him as one of the eight awardees of the Milton Fisher scholarship The Renee B. Fisher Foundation established this scholarship in memory of Milton Fisher, whose life was marked by a passion for innovative and creative problem solving that extended across a broad range of fields of endeavor. Milton Fisher was also passionate about encouraging others to take the initiative in finding innovative and creative solutions to the problems around them, in their personal and professional lives and in the lives of their families and communities. The scholarship is administered by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
“A Village Christmas,” South Meriden Trinity Methodist Church, 145 Main Street, South Meriden
November 18th, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Handmade Grafts - Luncheon Café, Baked Goods - Jewelry
Contact: Edie Marcantonio ,235-4810 Nite – 235-5759 Daytime
La Leche League of Meriden/Wallingford
If you are nursing or planning to breastfeed your baby, please join La Leche League of Meriden/Wallingford at our next meeting.
Meeting Topics Include:
Advantages of Breastfeeding to Mother and Baby Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby
The Art of Breastfeeding and overcoming difficulties
Nutrition and Weaning
Meeting Location: New Life Church, 92 Main St. South Meriden,CT
Meeting Dates: Third Wednesday Of each month at 9:45a.m.
Leaders: Jaime: 203-284-9735 Laura: 860-583-8996 Maryann: 203-630-0046
(Leaders are also available to answer breastfeeding questions over the phone. Please call for more information or directions)
La Leche League groups also meet in Cheshire, Hamden, Middletown, Rocky Hill and Southington. Call for more information or go online at www.lalecheleague.org
BABIES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETINGS
North Haven Garden Club Holiday Luncheon
The North Haven Garden Club presents the 2006 Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, November 30th at 11:00 at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Ave. with a Boutique, Raffle and Gourmet Table. The Program will be “The Little Black Dress” with Bill Graham, floral designer and lecturer. Donations are $35.00. For reservations, please call 203-239-3656 by Nov 21st.
PARENTS & KIDS FOUNDATION, INC. Of Wallingford
Parents & Kids Foundation, Inc. is a humanitarian and educational organization guided by the principles of faith and social responsibility, or “caring and sharing.” We serve people in the following ways: Counseling: is provided for individuals, families, women, couples, and children. A variety of support groups on various topics are offered. Call for appointments and schedule/description of activities. Recent groups: “Fun On Friday,” (art and conversation) “ Painting, Poetry, Pottery and Pizza” (women’s night out) “My Time” (nutrition, health, weight loss, exercise) Parenting / Family Education: “Raising Kids For Fun and Profit” is our trademark parenting program which focuses on communication and cooperation, discipline and decision making, rights and responsibilities, choices and consequences, and what it means to be “family.” Delivered with lots of humor and anecdotes. “We Are What We Eat or I Am A Chocolate Chip” is Nancy’s newest addition to the presentation developed because so many of our children and families are nutritionally deficient and in ill health. Chronic disease is out of control and most of it is nutritionally related and easily rectified. French fries are not vegetables. Broccoli is not a town in Italy. Fast Food on a plate is not a home cooked meal. An apple a day really will keep the doctor away and other truths I learned from my mother. Holiday Community Dinners: served Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, provide more than 500 meals each holiday. The meals are free. Transportation is provided as needed. Volunteers deliver meals and visits to the homebound, wrap presents, and write notes of encouragement. We strive to make everyone feel like they are “coming home” for the holidays. Much of the food is donated and completely prepared by volunteers. Come and join us. Adopt -A -Family grew from the holiday dinners. We have “adopted” individuals, families, nursing home residents without family, homeless shelter residents, and 100 children with AIDS. We sent holiday meals to residents in a home for the mentally retarded and gift baskets to their families. We provided materials and an instructor to a group of women learning to sew, and an artist to teach painting classes. As a need arises, we try to meet it. School Supplies Program: From paper, pens, pencils and notebooks, to backpacks, lunch boxes, sneakers, hats, gloves, jackets and more. Many children are provided the opportunity to begin their school year well supplied. Motivational Speaking: on Leadership, Communication, Positive Parenting, Nutrition and Health, and more. Guaranteed to send every audience out empowered. Focused and funny! Parents & Kids Foundation, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that believes children grow best in nurturing families. Nurturing families make nurturing communities. We are committed to strengthening people in all that we do. For more information on how you can become involved in any of our programs, please call. Together we can make such a wonderful difference! God’s peace and every blessing!
Annual Holiday Festival
St. John Lutheran Church and Preschool proudly presents out Annual Holiday Fair Saturday, November 11, 2006, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. We will have all new crafters and vendors, PLUS plenty of free, off-street parking, so come early for the great special. Come for lunch. Come for the homemade pies for sale, but please come and check out our newly expanded fair. St. John Lutheran Church & Preschool, 520 Paddock Avenue, Meriden, Ct.
The Polish League of American Vets Chapter 189 Ladies Auxiliary Coming Events
November 13th,2006, we are going to see an afternoon of Divine Comedy, Father Aloysius and a superb lunch at John J. Sullivans Restaurant, full meal and dessert and tip included. Cost is only $64. Payment and signup is due two weeks prior to the trip at the Club 193 East Main St. Meriden. The bus leaves at 10:30 from Bee St. commuter parking lot, and returning around 3:30. See ya there!
December 2nd, 2006, come join us for the Festival of Lights and Father Pat and lunch at Morins. Visit the Shrine in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and then the Festival of Lights. See the Holiday Concert, enjoy Mass, the Nativity Set, gift shops, and a delicious lunch with the works at Morins Restaurant. We leave at 10:00 a.m. from Bee Street commuter parking lot and return about 9:00 pm. Tip and everything included. Cost is $53 and must sign up and pay two weeks prior to the trip at the Club on 193 East Main St. Meriden, Ct.
March 11th, 2007. We leave from the Bee Street commuter parking lot for Mohegan Sun Casino. The cost is $20. Includes free bet, free buffet. We leave at 8:00 a.m. and return about 5:30. Trip must be signed up and paid two weeks prior to the date at 193 East Main St. Meriden.
We Are What We Eat
Cancer kills more children than any other disease. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Heart disease kills more women than cancer. One in two men will have cancer in his lifetime. Americans spend $330 billion per year on heart disease. One in four children is obese. Most kids think French fries are vegetables. Some kids think broccoli is a town in Italy. This is the bad news. The good news is that most of these statistics will change if we simply change the way we eat. Parents & Kids Foundation, Inc. is sponsoring a six-week information and education series that will support people who want to improve the quality of their lives by changing the way we look at food. The program will be led by Nancy Freyberg, MA. Whether you are overweight and undernourished, tired of being sick and tired, thick or thin, trying to raise healthy kids in a junk food world, and feel like you are losing the battle, this program is for you. We will learn the difference between habits and heredity, treatment vs. prevention, how your body works when it takes food in, how to read labels, foods to always eat and those to never eat, truth and lies of advertising and how and where to shop. The best exercise and diet is the one you will do, so a personal program for your body type and personality will be designed. This is a program for real people who live in the real world and have to make real choices with the time, money and schedules they live with. Guest speakers will include a naturopathic physician, nutritionist, and fitness trainer. We will sample foods, share recipes, ask and answer all your questions and have lots of fun learning new ideas that really work. This program is for young people, senior citizens, and everyone in between. Two groups, limited to 10 participants in each, will meet 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, or 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Saturdays. The cost is $75. Please call Nancy Freyberg at 284-8299 to register for the class An apple a day really can keep the doctor away!
RED SKELTON'S RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT MARRIAGE1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays. I go on Fridays.2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California and mine is in Texas.3. I take my wife everywhere..... But she keeps finding her way back.4. I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. “Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested the kitchen.5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. She said "There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!" So I bought her an electric chair.7. My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was. She told me, “In the lake.”8. She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, "Am I too late for the garbage?" The river said, "No. Jump in!"10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.11. I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.12. I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her.13. The last fight was my fault though. My wife asked, “What's on the TV?” I said, “Dust!”Can't you just hear him say all of these? I love it.........this is the good old days when humor didn't have to start with a four-letter word........ Just clean and simple fun.
2006 MERIDEN HALLOWEEN HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST RESULTS
Results from the 2006 Halloween House Decorating Contest are as follows:
BEST AUTUMN THEME
13 Baldwin Avenue
100 Sandy Lane
91 Sylvan Avenue
67 Hillside Street
80 Silver Street
14 Finch Avenue
52 Clinton Street
48 Virginia Drive
61 Hillside Street
1. 85 Linsley Avenue
2. 142 Schwink Drive
3. 248 Curtis Street
The Meriden Recreation Division would like to thank all entrants in this year’s contest for their effort & enthusiasm, and especially thank the Jessica Short – Maya Rain Purcell Memorial Foundation for sponsoring the event, and we look forward to your participation in our Holiday Decorating Contest.
Tulip Tour of Homes
The Wallingford Education Foundation has recently announced that they have begun working on their "Tulip Tour of Homes" to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2007. This tour has become a significant fundraiser for the Wallingford Education Foundation and is well attended by the Wallingford community and friends. It will again feature five to six homes to tour, and will include lunch at the Gouveia Vineyards on Whirlwind Hill. Anyone interested in offering their home for a tour, whether it be big or small, old or new, please contact Judi Gallagher at 203-715-1805 or Dave Baker at 203-269-5912.
Donate Your Car to Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Before winter arrives, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Connecticut reminds people with unwanted cars that now is the time to donate. It’s a program designed to raise funds for MADD and is being conducted throughout the state.
Anyone interested in donating a car is invited to call (203) 234-6524. Whether your vehicle is running or not, you can donate a used car, truck, boat or RV to help support MADD's mission. MADD Connecticut can pick the vehicle up from your home or business, and whether wrecked or in mint condition, every vehicle has a value, and the donation of your vehicle will help MADD fund its lifesaving mission.
You get an IRS deduction, get free vehicle pickup, and avoid the headaches and cost of selling a used car -- and help support MADD, all at once!
For more information contact the MADD Connecticut Office at (203) 234-6524.
Health Net Medicare Program Informational SeminarWallingford Senior Center - Monday, November 13th, 10:15 a.m.Health Net is a Medicare Advantage Plan offering medical plans with and without built-in prescription drug coverage. Because not everyone is looking for the same coverage, Health Net offers a variety of plan options, each with different levels of coverage so you can select the plan that best meets your medical and drug needs. Their comprehensive medical and prescription drug plan premiums start as low as $0 a month. Most Medicare plans change from year to year. If you aren't sure if you're getting the health and prescription drug coverage you need, or want to compare your coverage with Health Net Medicare plans, mark your calendar to attend this seminar. Please call 265-7753 for reservations.
AMERICAN RED CROSS OFFERS TRAINING COURSES
The South Central Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross is currently accepting registrations for upcoming Health & Safety courses.
The American Red Cross Community lifesaving courses are designed to help responders feel more confident in their ability to act appropriately in the event of an emergency. The program includes information on topics such as First Aid, CPR, and preventing disease transmission. The program is comprised of courses for adult, child, and infant care.
The schedule of lifesaving classes offered at the Wallingford/Meriden Branch Office for November 2006 follows. Please call the appropriate office to register. Pre-registration is required.
Branch Office Classes: 144 South Main Street, Wallingford. 203-265-6721
Standard First Aid with CPR-Adult: November 18, 2006, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Additional information may be found on the American Red Cross website at www.arcsct.org
Don't miss out on the most festive Holiday Fair in town!
The Ladies of St. Anne Society of St. Laurent Church, 121 Camp St., Meriden, will host their Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 19th from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Come Saturday to purchase the best variety of homemade cookies at our ever-popular "Cookie Walk" (with 30+ members baking them, there is always an interesting selection), then browse the craft/vendor tables where you can pick out that perfect item for Holiday gift giving or decorating. Choose from artificial arrangements from Hilzinger Farms, colorful baby quilts and bibs, Christmas wreaths and ornaments, cemetery boxes, crocheted items, jewelry, homemade apple butter, jelly, relish, "Gifts in a Jar" and "Hot Chocolate Cones" from St. Anne's Pantry ( all pantry items prepared by members of the Ladies of St. Anne Society), and much, much more. Plan on dining at the "Candy Cane Cafe" (open Saturday only) where you can order homemade pea soup or corn chowder, sandwiches, hotdogs or delicious French meat pie. Before leaving, be sure to take chances on the themed Basket Raffle - the quality and value of our gift baskets are superb! (Some of the proceeds from this event help support the Ladies of St. Anne knitting ministry which knit beautiful prayer shawls that are presented to parishioners and their loved ones dealing with a serious illness.) Plenty of off-street parking in the back of the church. Just follow the signs!
Lyman Hall Craft Fair
The Lyman Hall High School Music Parents Association will host a Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the school. The hours of the fair are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Over 50 crafters will offer a full line of unique and wonderful holiday gifts. The fair will feature American Folk Artist and Best Selling author John Sliney. Dozens of homemade crafts, as well as representatives from Mary Kay Beauty Products, Pampered Chef, Princess House, Gourmet To Go, and plenty more. Concessions provided by the Music Parents Association. Free admission and parking. Interstate 91 Exit 13 and follow the signs.
ANTIQUE VETERANS FUNERAL SERVICE
The Antique Veterans of Meriden Post No 1 was organized to give military veterans an opportunity to get together for brotherly socialization. They meet every Thursday morning at the Meriden Senior Center at 9:30. There are no dues. Coffee and pastries are served. Neil’s Donut Bake Shop in Yalesville donates pastries, and ShopRite donates the ingredients for coffee. Cotton tan work clothes were selected as a uniform to wear for special occasions. A special Antique Veteran emblem is worn on the right sleeve, and the member’s military unit emblem is worn on the left sleeve. Awards and decorations are also worn. Military rank is not recognized. Performing a military salute for deceased Meriden and Wallingford veterans has become an important activity of the group.
The United States Military believes that all veterans are entitled to a final military salute at their funeral. The situation in Iraq has put stress on finding active Army and National Guard troops to perform this service. The minimum military salute calls for two flag folders, a rifle salute, and the sounding of “Taps.” The Antique Veterans of Meriden has a graveside funeral service, which has a uniformed veteran holding the American Flag at the head of the entombment site. A row of uniformed veterans holding patriotic flags is lined up in back of the American Flag. A bugler plays “Eternal Father” as the pallbearers carry the casket to the entombment site. The military salute begins when the religious ceremony is over. It starts with a 3-volley 4-gun salute. A bugler sounds “Taps” as trained flag folders fold the casket American Flag into the proper triangle. It is then formally presented to the next of kin. Then the flag bearers march off as the bugler blows the theme song of the deceased branch of service. It requires 15 to 20 veterans to properly perform this service. The State of Connecticut has formed an organization, which will pay $250 per funeral if a group meets their minimum requirements. The Antique Veterans feel that it is an honor to perform this service for deceased veterans. They elected to forego joining the Connecticut group and not accept the $250 per funeral. Since “9/11,” the Antique Veterans of Meriden have performed at 456 funeral services and 89 in 2006 as of October 24.
Funeral directors ask the deceased veteran’s next of kin if they would like a military salute at the funeral. The directors generally recommend the Antique Veterans for this salute because they think that it is the best service. Sometimes two funerals are at the same time. This requires the Antique Veterans to work out a schedule so that they can rush from one gravesite to the other.
The current membership mainly consists of WWII veterans and a few Korean War veterans. The WWII veterans are mostly in their 80s. Sickness and passing of the aged has taken a toll on the membership. Retired veterans are encouraged to join the Meriden Antique Veterans Post No 1 to fill the ranks of those who have passed. Younger retired veterans are needed to continue this community service.
SEARCH FOR OWLS, EAGLES, AND WINTERING WATERFOWL ON THE CONNECTICUT SHORELINEhttp://www.sunrisebirding.com/walks.htm
Guilford, CT -- Guilford-based Sunrise Birding will offer a series of Bird Walks in the coming months to witness the southbound journeys of raptors, shorebirds, and songbirds and learn about the avian winter residents of the central Connecticut coast. Join professional guide Gina Nichol to search for the bird life in varied habitats along the Connecticut shoreline. The Bird Walk schedule is as follows:
Friday, November 10, 2006 - 8 AM, Secret Shorebird Spot, Westbrook
Saturday, November 11, 2006 - 8 AM, Stratford Shoreline, Long Beach, Stratford Saturday, November 18, 2006 - 8 AM, Lower Connecticut River, Old Saybrook
Tuesday, December 12 - 3 PM, Sunset Walk at Silver Sands State Park, Milford
Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 8 AM, Hammonasset State Park, MadisonTuesday, December 19 - 3 PM, Sunset Walk at Hammonasset State Park, Madison
Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 8 AM, Hammonasset State Park, MadisonThursday, December 28, 2006 - 8 AM, Hammonasset State Park, Madison The schedule includes explorations of top birding sites in Connecticut. In November, birders will be treated to a "secret" spot in Westbrook that attracts many species of migrating and wintering shorebirds. There will also be an exploration of the Lower Connecticut River in Old Saybrook, where wintering Bald Eagles and sea ducks can be seen. In December, the walks will focus on the varied habitats of Hammonasset State Park in Madison which can play host to many late fall migrants such as Northern Gannet and winter residents such as Purple Sandpiper, Lapland Longspur, Horned Lark, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Surf Scoter, Sanderling, and Red-throated Loon. There is also a special Sunset Bird Walk at Silver Sands State Park in Milford to look for wintering Short-eared Owls. The fee for each walk is $5 per person, and preregistration is required. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring binoculars, water, and spotting scopes (if available). Bird checklists will be provided free to participants. Register online at http://www.sunrisebirding.com/
or by calling 203.453.6724. Sunrise Birding offers personalized, authentic, affordable travel adventures and learning opportunities intended to reveal the splendor and diversity of the natural world.
We Are What We Eat
Cancer kills more children than any other disease. 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Heart disease kills more women than cancer. 1 in 2 men will have cancer in his lifetime. Americans spend $330 billion per year on heart disease. 1 in 4 children is obese. Most kids think french fries are vegetables. Some kids think broccoli is a town in Italy. This is the bad news. The good news is that most of these statistics will change if we simply change the way we eat.
Parents & Kids Foundation, Inc. is sponsoring a six-week information and education series that will support people who want to improve the quality of their lives by changing the way we look at food. The program will be led by Nancy Freyberg, MA. Whether you are overweight and undernourished, tired of being sick and tired, thick or thin, trying to raise healthy kids in a junk food world, and feel like you are losing the battle, this program is for you.
We will learn the difference between habits and heredity, treatment vs. prevention, how your body works when it takes food in, how to read labels, foods to always eat and those to never eat, truth and lies of advertising and how and where to shop. The best exercise and diet is the one you will do, so a personal program for your body type and personality will be designed. This is a program for real people who live in the real world and have to make real choices with the time, money and schedules they live with.
Guest speakers will include a naturopathic physician, nutritionist, and fitness trainer. We will sample foods, share recipes, ask and answer all your questions and have lots of fun learning new ideas that really work.
This program is for young people, senior citizens and everyone in between. Two groups, limited to 10 participants in each, will meet 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, or 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Saturdays. The cost is $75. Please call Nancy Freyberg at 284-8299 to register for the class
An apple a day really can keep the doctor away!
Turner Construction Golf Tournament Benefit American Cancer Society
Turner Construction Company hosted the first annual Turner Fall Classic 2006 golf outing to benefit the American Cancer Society on October 16 at the Tournament Players Club at River Highlands in Cromwell. Rusty Hirst, VP and General Manager, and Gregg Scholler, VP Operations Manager, reported that the proceeds from this exclusive, invitation-only event would benefit the Society's Capital Campaign Program for Patient Navigation being launched at 4 Connecticut hospitals. Turner Construction reported they had 144 golfers that day. The Tournament raised in excess of $50,000, according to Mary Murphy, Major Gifts Officer for the American Cancer Society. "It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, and everyone was happy to participate in an event to benefit The American Cancer Society," says Murphy. Don Gudaitis, CEO of the American Cancer Society said, "We can't thank Turner Construction Company enough for hosting this wonderful event, and thank them for raising so much money for such a great cause." Golfers representing the Society golfers included Tom Sellers, Randy Chase, Mickey Toro and Vincent DePaola. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 14 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org
AREA CHURCHES AND ORGANIZATIONS PLAN HOLIDAY FAIRS
As always, The Peoples' Press supports YOU! If you have an event for the Holiday Season – email it to us at email@example.com
MERIDEN – St. John Lutheran Church and Preschool is seeking crafters for its annual holiday fair, to take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in the fellowship hall of the church, 520 Paddock Ave. Table space is $20, plus a donation from the crafter to the raffle table. For information, call Cathy at (203) 634-9344.
MERIDEN – A craft fair, sponsored by the Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department’s Meriden/Wallingford Relay for Life Team, will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 11 at the fire station, 143 Hope Hill Road, Yalesville.
Crafters are needed. Anyone interested in table space may call Diane at (203) 265-5576 for a registration form.
MERIDEN – The annual Franciscan Christmas Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Ave.
The event will feature a living crèche with Christmas carols, Franciscan handmade and handcrafted items, Franciscan Christmas Bread, jams, jellies, pickles. Also offered will be children’s arts and crafts, basket booth and garden booth, roasted chestnuts, wreaths and Christmas trees. Refreshments will also be available to purchase.
For information, call (203) 237-8084.
MERIDEN – Holy Angels Church will sponsor its annual holiday bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the parish center, 585 Main St., South Meriden. Crafters interested in reserving table space may call Geri at (203) 237-8697.
MERIDEN – Wilcox Technical High School will sponsor its annual arts and crafts fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 18 at the School on Oregon Road.
MERIDEN – Thomas Edison Middle School’s Families As Partners Organization is seeking vendors for a holiday fair scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dec. 2 at the school, 1355 N. Broad St.
MERIDEN – The North Italian Home Club will sponsor its annual holiday craft fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dec.9 at the club, 43 Thorpe Ave.
WALLINGFORD – a HARVEST AND CRAFT FAIR WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Yalesville United Methodist Church, corner of Route 68 and New Place St. in Yalesville.The event will also offer breakfast and lunch.
WALLINGFORD – Zion Lutheran Church will sponsor its annual holiday fair from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nov. 11 at the church’s Fellowship Hall, 235 Pond Hill Road.
The event will feature arts and crafts, books, toys and games, jewelry, a bake sale and apple fritters. A tag sale will be offered by the church’s youth group. A soup and sandwich luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. Santa will also be available for pictures.
WALLINGFORD – The Fatima Women’s Club of Our Lady of Fatima Church will sponsor a crafts fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 11 in the parish hall on Hope Hill Road, Yalesville. Crafters are needed. For information, call Sandy Comeau at (203) 269-6498.
WALLINGFORD – Rock Hill School will present its annual craft fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 18 at the school on Rock Hill Road. Interested crafters may receive information or an application by calling the school at (203) 949-0115.
WALLINGFORD – Parker Farms School will sponsor its annual craft fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 18 at the school on Parker Farms Road. Interested crafters may call Jodi Bouza at (203) 294-0504 or 949-0349.
WALLINGFORD – The Lyman Hall High School Music Parents Association will sponsor a holiday crafts fair on Nov. 18 at the school. All proceeds will benefit the high school’s bands and choral groups. This year’s classes are planning to perform at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Crafters and artisans wishing to reserve space may call Dave Baker at (203) 269-5912 for registration applications.
WALLINGFORD – The East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual holiday craft fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 25 at the firehouse, 2 Kondracki Lane. A raffle and food will be available.
Crafters are needed. For information, call Robert Bonvini at (203) 269-6176 or Steve Polek at 265-6853.
WALLINGFORD – Highland School will sponsor its annual craft fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dec 2 at the school on Highland Avenue.
Any crafters interest4ed in an application or for more information, call the school at (203) 949-0121 or 235-0195.
SOUTHINGTON – Plantsville Congregational Church will sponsor its 16th annual “Ye Olde Country Fair” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 11 at the church, 109 Church St., Plantsville. The event will feature handmade crafts, homemade canned and baked goods, cookie walk, silent auction, gingerbread village, raffles, used jewelry and books and a luncheon.
For information, call (860) 628-5595.
SOUTHINGTON – Grace United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual Christmas tea and crafts sale from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dec. 2 at the church, 121 Pleasant St.
The event will feature knitted and craft items, unique ornaments, gift items, homemade fudge, boxed Christmas cookies, including a luncheon with tea, coffee, punch, finger sandwiches and cookies.
For information, call (860) 628-6996.
SOUTHINGTON – a Christmas bazaar will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dec. 2 at The Summit at Plantsville, 261 Summit St.
Table space is available for $15. Crafters, artists and holiday vendors may register by calling Pat Conlan at (860) 628-0364.
SOUTHINGTON –Crafters interested in registering for the craft fair planned to take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 145 Main St. are asked to complete the paperwork for submission by Nov. 18.
For registration materials, call Ann at (860) 621-0926. The fee to reserve table space is $25.
SOUTHINGTON – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will sponsor a craft fair from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Dec. 2 in the parish hall. All interested crafters are invited to participate.
Those interested in receiving a registration form with all of the details may send their name and mailing address to Charlotte Hinckley, c/o St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 145 Main St., Southington, CT. 06489.
CHESHIRE – St. Bridget’s Church will sponsor its annual craft and Christmas bazaar from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Nov. 11 at the parish center, 175 Main St.
The event will feature crafters, baked goods, penny auction, raffles, bottles booth, teddy bear booth, and food. Santa Claus will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Any crafters interested in table space may call the rectory at (203) 272-3531.
CHESHIRE – A holiday bazaar will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Ave. The event will feature handcrafted items, baked goods, attic treasures, free face painting, costume jewelry, luncheon menu, and new toys in Santa’s Kids Corner.
For information, call the senior center at (203) 272-8286.
MERIDEN - Craft Sale by local artisans Sat. Nov. 18 from 9:00 – 2:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden, 328 Paddock Ave. Baskets, jewelry, knitting, weaving, hooking, dog biscuits, porcelain dolls, photos and note cards, quilting, ornaments. Bake sale. Lunch available, including roast turkey sandwiches. Free admission.Contact person: Janet Hiller 203-238-0008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHFORD - FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HOLDS FALL FAIRFaith United Methodist Church of 81 Clintonville Road in North Haven will hold its annual Fall Fair on Saturday, November 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Fair features handmade items, a Cookie Walk where kids of all ages can fill a decorated can with homemade cookies of their choice, used jewelry, homemade baked goods, and our new church cookbook. We will also be offering homemade pies and fun activities for the kids. In our Tea Room, a full breakfast will be served from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Church, Synagogue - Worship Times and Services
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MERIDEN – Center Congregational Church, 474 Broad St., Sunday – 10 a.m. service, 8:30 a.m.. chapel service (except first Sunday of month). (203) 235-1389.
MERIDEN – First Baptist Church, 460 Broad St., Sunday – 8 and 11 a.m. service; Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. (203) 237-5529
MERIDEN – First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Sunday – 10 a.m. service, sanctuary; Taiwanese Christian Church, 10 a.m., chapel; 1 p.m., worship with Casa De Gozo Church, Smith Hall (203) 235-5704 or www.fccmeriden.org
MERIDEN – First United Methodist Church. 159 E Main St., Sunday – 10 a.m. service; 11 a.m., fellowship hour. (203) 235-9620
MERIDEN – Grace Fellowship Christian Center, 131 Windsor Ave., Sunday – 11 a.m., service; Sunday school, 10 a.m. (203) 235-5325.
MERIDEN – Holy Angels Parish, 585 Main St., South Meriden, Sunday – 8:30 and 11 a.m. Mass; Saturday – 5 p.m. vigil Mass (203) 235-3822.
MERIDEN – Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St., Sunday – 9:45 a.m. service; 8:30 a.m., Sunday school. (203) 238-1248.
MERIDEN –Life of Faith Ministries, 78 E. Main St., services: 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Call (203) 440-4258.
MERIDEN –New Life Church, 92 Main St., South Meriden, West Campus, Saturday: 6 p.m. service; 262 Bee St., East Campus. Sunday: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. services (203) 238-1114.
MERIDEN – Olive Tree Fellowship, YMCA, 110 W. Main St., Sunday – 10 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday school; 10:45 a.m. to noon, worship service. Call (860) 827-1895.
MERIDEN – Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Laurent parishes; Saturday vigil – Mount Carmel, 4 p.m.; St Laurent, 5:15 p.m.; Sunday – 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. Mount Carmel; 9 a.m., St Laurent.
MERIDEN – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 20 Catlin St, Sunday – 8 and 10 a.m. service; 9:30 a.m., Sunday School.
MERIDEN –St John Lutheran Church, 520 Paddock Ave., Saturday – 5 p.m. service; Sunday – 10 a.m. service; 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Sunday School and adult Bible study (203) 238-2331.
MERIDEN –SS Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, 54 Park Ave., Saturday, 5 p.m. vespers; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. (203) 237-4539 or www.sspeterpaul.org
MERIDEN – St. Rose of Lima Church, 35 Center St., Saturday – 4:30 p.m. vigil Mass; Sunday – 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. English Mass; 9 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Spanish Mass. Call (203) 235-1644.
MERIDEN – South Meriden Trinity United Methodist Church, 145 Main St., South Meriden; Sunday – 10 a.m. service; 11:10 a.m., Sunday School. (203) 235-6002.
MERIDEN – Temple B’nai Abraham, 127 E. Main St. Friday – call for time (203) 235-2581; Saturday – 9:30 a.m.; Sunday – 9:30 a.m. (when religious school is in session); Thursday – 8 a.m.
MERIDEN – Unitarian Universalist Church, 328 Paddock Ave. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. service; Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. Call (203) 237-9297.
WALLINGFORD – Church of the Nazarene, 26 Parker Farms Road, Sunday – 10:45 a.m. service; 9:30 a.m., Sunday School (203) 269-9313.
WALLINGFORD – Congregation Beth Israel, 22 N. Orchard St., Friday, 6:45 p.m. services, Oneg to follow. Call (203) 949-8656.
WALLINGFORD – Door of Hope Community Church, 120 Church St., Yalesville, Sunday – 9 and 10:45 a.m. service; nursery, pre-school, children’s and student classes at each service. (203) 741-1001.
WALLINGFORD – E and R United Church of Christ, 105 S. Cherry St., Sunday, 10 a.m. service. (203) 269-4827.
WALLINGFORD – First Baptist Church, 114 N. Main St., Sunday – 10 a.m. service; Sunday School, 8:50 a.m. (203) 269-4796.
WALLINGFORD – First Congregational Church, 23 S. Main St. Sunday – 8 a.m., communion service; 10 a.m. service; 10 a.m. church school. (203) 265-1691.
WALLINGFORD – First United Methodist Church, 941 Old Rock Hill Road, Sunday – 8:30 a.m. communion service; 10:30 a.m. service; 9:15 a.m. Sunday School (203) 269-9100.
WALLINGFORD – Good News Christian Church, 46 John St., Sunday – 9 and 11 a.m. service; 7 p.m. Wednesday (203) 284-9383.
WALLINGFORD – St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 360 Church St., Yalesville, Sunday – 9:30 a.m. service. (203) 269-9526.
WALLINGFORD – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 65 N. Main St. Sunday -8 a.m. English Mass and 10 a.m. service; 9 a.m. Sunday School. (203) 269-5050 or www.stpaulswallingford.org
WALLINGFORD – SS Peter and Paul Church, 127 N. Orchard St. Sunday – 8 a.m. English Mass and 10 a.m. English/Polish Mass. Saturday – 4 p.m. English Vigil Mass. (203) 269-4617.
WALLINGFORD – White Oak Baptist Church, 20 N. Whittlesey, Sunday – 9:15 a.m. worship; 11 a.m. Sunday school. (203) 265-3548.
WALLINGFORD – Zion Lutheran Church, 235 Pond Hill Road, Saturday – 5 p.m. service, Sunday – 10:30 a.m. service, 9:15 a.m., Sunday school and Bible studies. (203) 269-6847.
SOUTHINGTON – Faith Baptist Church, 243 Laning St., Sunday – 11 a.m. service; 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Sunday School. (860) 628-8147.
SOUTHINGTON – First Baptist Church, 581 Meriden Ave., Sunday – 10 a.m. service
SOUTHINGTON – First Congregational Church. 37 Main St., Sunday – 8:00 a.m. chapel communion; 9:30 a.m. service; 11:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. contemporary service; Tuesday – Taize worship, 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. (860) 628 -6958.
SOUTHINGTON – First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 232 Bristol St., Sunday – 9:30 a.m. service; Sunday School, 9:15 a.m. (860) 628-9001.
SOUTHINGTON – Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Pleasant St., Sunday – 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. services: 10:15 a.m., Sunday School. (860) 628-6996.
SOUTHINGTON – Plantsville Congregational Church, 109 Church St., Sunday – 10:00 a.m. service, 8:30 a.m. Taize service. (860) 628-5595.
SOUTHINGTON – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 145 Main St., Sunday – 8:15 and 10:15 a.m. service; 9:00 a.m., Sunday School.
CHESHIRE – Cheshire Lutheran Church, 660 W. Main St., Sunday – 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services; 9:10 to 10:10 a.m. education hour. (203) 272-5106.
CHESHIRE – Cheshire United Methodist Church, 205 Academy Road, Sunday – 10:45 a.m. worship service; 9:30 a.m. Sunday school. (203) 272-4626.
CHESHIRE – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 59 Main St., Sunday – 8 a.m. Rite I; 10 a.m. Rite II. Call (203) 272-4041.
CHESHIRE – Temple Beth David, 3 Main St., 7:30 p.m. service Friday, except first Friday of month when family services are at 7 p.m. Call (203) 272-0037.
Enter Essay Contest to Win New Playground for Hubbard Park!(Deadline is November 30th)Please help our community win a new barrier-free handicapped accessible playground for Hubbard Park! Hasbro is sponsoring an essay contest offering a $300,000 BoundlessT Playground for one grand prize winner's community, and online gift cards valued at $125 each for 20 finalist prize winners. Submit an original 500- to 750-word essay by November 30th, along with the completed entry form. One entry per family. Go to www.hasbro.com/playskool
, click on In the Community/ Boundless Playground for contest rules and entry form. For more information about the new Hubbard Park Playground project email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org
or send an email to NoahsARKofHope@yahoo.com
News from Cook Hill School
The Cook Hill Playground Committee is pleased to announce that our goals have been achieved! After a year and a half of hard work and perseverance, our new playground area is almost complete.
With the monies raised by our Committee, students and families, we have been able to purchase many exciting new elements for physical fitness and fun at Cook Hill. A few other purchases will be made in the early spring completing our overall plan.
While the Committee wishes to thank the many people and businesses who generously donated to our campaign, we would like to also recognize our “Platinum Donors.” Their names will be listed on a special Plaque of Appreciation soon to be placed in our school lobby area. They are:
Adam Manicone/Nickelodeon “Let’s Just Play”
The Snyder Family
Curves of Meriden
Due Amici Salon
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
United Concrete Products, Inc.
Street Rod Steve’s Garage
Wal-Mart of Wallingford
Rotary Club of Wallingford
Super Stop & Shop, Wallingford
Curves International, Inc.
Central CT Carpenters Local 24
Alesia Manicone & Doreen Gilhuly – Playground Committee Co-Chairs
A Night of Laughter
The Meriden Jaycees present A Night of Laughter with comedian Paul Venier. Some of the comedians Paul Venier has performed with include Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, and Paul Reiser. He has performed on The Tonight Show, HBO, and Comedy Central. Paul Venier's website is www.comedytornado.com
. The event will be held on Friday, Nov.24th at Il Monticello located at 577 S. Broad Street (Rte.5) in Meriden. The price is $25 per ticket and includes appetizers. A table for ten is $225. There will be a cash bar. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Available tickets will be sold at the door. Please contact Katie at (203) 676-2718 or Sara at (203) 464-7939 for ticket information or any questions regarding the event. The event is for people 21 and over.
The Meriden Jaycees are a group of 21- to 40-year-olds dedicated to community service and leadership development. New members are always welcomed.
The MIDDLESEX HOLPITAL VOCAL CHORDS are proud and honored to present their 17th Annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Middletown High School, 331 Hunting Hill Avenue at 7:30 p.m.
Gina Fredericks, Choral Director, has put together a musical program that will delight all who attend. Fifteen weeks of rehearsals, 75 members, two accompanists, and five instrumentalists are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
Tickets are $15 adult; $12 for seniors and children under 12. Start a holiday tradition! Call soon as this event is always a sell-out! 860-346-8045 or 860-342-3120.
WLT Fall Cleanup
The Wallingford Land Trust will have a fall cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:00 a.m. at two sites: Orchard Glen and Fresh Meadows I. Meet at Orchard Glen sign/kiosk off of Barnes Park North, off of Route 68. Meet at Fresh Meadows at the kiosk/cul-de-sac of Jeremy Woods Drive off of School House Road near Cook Hill School. Bring water and snacks. Work details will be in drizzle or shine, but not in hard rain. Bring tools. Wear appropriate clothing for various terrain (long pants, gloves, boots).
For more information please call Joe Palazzi at 284-2394.
Please check out the website at wallingfordlandtrust.org for more detailed information on the sites and other land trust links.
Come Join the Fun at Girls Inc. - Winter Registration is Here.Girls Incorporated of Meriden, located at 130 Lincoln Street, will begin registration for its winter classes Monday, December 4th at 9:00 a.m. Winter classes will begin on January 2nd and will be offered for 11 weeks. Girls Inc. is offering a number of programs, so be sure to check our brochure. Some of the classes being offered are Cooking, Scrapbooking, Quilting, Economic Literacy, Media Literacy, Wacky and Funky Crafts, and much more. If everything sounds like way too much fun and you don't know what to take, come join our House Sampler and try a little bit of each program. This program allows you to sample all of the above for two days over a 10-week period. Girls Inc. also has Gymnastics, Dance, Yoga, and Cheerleading. Girls Inc. has a number of exciting National Programs that will provide hands-on interactive fun learning in the areas of Science, Math and Relevant Technology, Sports and Health Fitness. The National Programs really allow the girls to get involved in subject matters that are geared just for girls. Girls Inc. is also launching Saturday classes! If you are a working parent and can't get here during the week, come and sign up for our Saturday dance or gymnastic classes! A 2006-2007 Girls Incorporated membership ($30 nonrefundable) is required to be current at time of registration. Membership and class fees are due at time of registration. Girls Inc. accepts cash, checks, MasterCard and VISA.
Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. is a premier organization that inspires girls to work to their full potential and exercise their rights through program-based curriculum. Girls Incorporated of Meriden is a United Way member agency.
COME TO A “FALL BALL”
The Wallingford Junior Woman’s Club invites women to their “Fall Ball,” a prospective member social, on Thursday, November 9, 2006, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., at the Wallingford Park and Recreation, 6 Fairfield Boulevard, Wallingford.
No gowns or dressing up is required! But just come “as you are” to find out about an “Awesome” Organization – the Wallingford Junior Woman’s Club! We are women of all ages – who love to help out the Wallingford Community in traditional philanthropic social events and unique specialized events too! We give Back to our Community that we have come to love. In fact, we are asking prospective new members, like yourself, to come and bring a Ball for the Wallingford Day Care Center! Balls of all shapes, sizes, kinds – could be in a board game, an infant toy, all the way up to playground balls!
Please come and say hello to us and help out the day care center too. For further information, contact Mimi LaFrance, Membership Chairwoman (203-284-8544), or Kathy Schave, President (203-949-1638).
Feeding Winter Birds is Subject of Continuing Ed CourseDuring the cold winter months, feeding wild birds can provide exciting and enjoyable opportunities for close observation of many fascinating species. How can you encourage wintering birds to take advantage of offerings at your bird feeder? The East Shore Region Adult & Continuing Education (ERACE) program is offering a special course for people interesting in learning more about feeding wild birds in winter. The course, entitled Feeding Winter Birds, will be taught by professional naturalist Gina Nichol, on Monday, November 20, 2006, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Branford High School. This class will cover feeder placement, maintenance, seed preferences and the best types of food to offer, how to deal with squirrels, and what birds you can expect to see. The fee for the course is $22 per person, and registration is through East Shore Region Adult and Continuing Education. For more information and to register contact the ERACE (East Shore Region Adult and Continuing Education) Office at 203.488.5693 or Email: email@example.com
Photo attached: Northern Cardinal at a feeder in winter. Photo by Gina Nichol. Event Details:FEEDING WINTER BIRDSMonday, November 20, 2006 (Note: This is a date change from November 2.)7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Branford High SchoolERACE (East Shore Region Adult and Continuing Education) 185 East Main Street, Branford, CT 06405 Phone: 203.488.5693 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Christmas on the Hill " Holy Angels Holiday BazaarSaturday, November 18th, 9:00 to 3:00585 Main Street, South MeridenCrafters, Food, Baked Goods, Penny Auction, Children's Corner & a Visit from Santa! Donate a canned good for our Soup Kitchen & receive a chance for our Penny Auction.
Making a Good Gift Better
New Gift Incentive Matching Grant Program for Agencies Serving Basic Needs in the Greater New Haven Community
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven announces the “Making a Good Gift Better” program. This program is designed to encourage nonprofit organizations to strengthen their operational and development capacities. These activities will focus on increasing resources by fundraising, planned giving, and endowment building.
The program is open to established nonprofit organizations actively serving needs of residents of Greater New Haven by providing for basic needs, including food, clothing, and shelter.
The Community Foundation will match on a one-to-one basis up to $5,000 of new contributions, which can be requested and documented during the final quarter of 2006 and first quarter of 2007. A total of $50,000 has been allocated to the “Making a Gift Better” program. The maximum matching gifts to any single agency will be $5,000. Agencies must raise a minimum of $1,000 in combined new giving to qualify for the initial matching grant. Qualifying contributions received from Oct. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006 will be eligible to receive matching funds. Qualifying contributions are new gifts from individuals, institutions and corporation, including some types of irrevocable planned gifts.
Square dance lessons offered
Wallingford – The Cheshire Cats Square Dance Club will offer square dance lessons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 360 Church St., Yalesville. For information or to register, call Barbara Brown at (203) 237-9599 or Bernice Montefusco at 269-2569.
Don’t miss this Quilt Show and Bake Sale
The Northford Congregational Church is holding a Quilt Show and Bake Sale, Nov. 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. View over 30 handmade quilts on loan from area quilters and quilt owners. Many antique and modern quilts will be on exhibit. The quality and craftsmanship are a must see! Tickets are $5.
After the exhibit, enjoy a complimentary dessert, coffee/tea in the social hall while you peruse the homemade desserts from the Bake Sale table and stock up for Thanksgiving!
There will also be quilting materials from Quadrille Quilting, LLC, on sale in the social hall. Raffle tickets for our homemade quilt, weekend in Vermont, and other prizes can also be purchased.
For Quilt Show tickets, you can call the church office at 484-0795 or you can purchase them at the door.
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VFC’s Relay team sets craft fair
Meriden – A craft fair, sponsored by the Yalesville Volunteer Fire Department’s Meriden/Wallingford Relay for Life Team, will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 11 at the fire station, 143 Hope Hill Road, Yalesville.
Crafters are needed. Anyone interested in table space may call Diane at (203) 265-5576 for a registration form.
Craft fair Nov. 18 at Rock Hill School
Wallingford – Rock Hill School will present its annual craft fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 18 at the school on Rock Hill Road. Interested crafters may receive information or an application by calling the school at (203) 949-0115.
Fairs on the way at Holy Trinity
Wallingford – Holy Trinity Church will sponsor an arts and crafts fair from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 68 N. Colony St. The event will also feature a country kitchen and homemade pies.
Also, a parish craft fair will take place from 8:00 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 in the church hall. All crafts will be made by parishioners. Free refreshments will be available.
Holiday fair Nov. 11 at Zion Lutheran
Wallingford – Zion Lutheran Church will sponsor its annual holiday fair from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Nov. 11 at the church’s Fellowship Hall, 235 Pond Hill Road.
The event will feature arts and crafts, books, toys and games, jewelry, a bake sale and apple fritters. A tag sale will be offered by the church’s youth group. A soup and sandwich luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. Santa will also be available for pictures.
Volunteer Fire Department to hold holiday fair
Wallingford – The East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor its annual holiday craft fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nov. 25 at the firehouse, 2 Kondracki Lane. A raffle and food will be available.
Crafters are needed. For information, call Robert Bonvini at (203) 269-6176 or Steve Polek at 265-6853.
Come support our soldiers!
On Saturday Nov. 11, Veterans Day, The Southington Elks Lodge along with WTIC-AM Personality Jim Vicevich, Sgt. Melissa Weaver, President of Connecticut Supports Our Soldiers (www.ct-sos.org
) and Cartoonist Guy Gilchrest will be collecting items for our Soldiers.
Collection will take place at the Southington Elks Lodge, 114 Main St., Southington, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some items of need are CDs, DVDs, headphones, CD and/or DVD players, Chap Stick, sun block, reading materials, AA and AAA batteries, socks, blankets, playing cards and powder.
Help support our soldiers. For a complete list please go to www.ct-sos.org
AARP Meriden Chapter 2954 will sponsor the following trip
Mohegan Sun and “A Holiday Cabaret Show” in New London, Nov. 29. Cost is $44 per person, and includes motor coach transportation; five hours at Mohegan Sun Casino; all-you-can-eat buffet or $10 food credit; $20 surprise casino bonus; 4:00 p.m. show at the Garde Arts Theatre in New London; a snack pack lunch (second meal); all taxes/service charges/tip for driver.
Call (860) 628-7717 for reservations or info. This trip is also open to the public.
Annual church fair
The women of the Middlefield Federated Church are busy getting ready for their annual Holiday Fair. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for homemade goodies. Look for baked goods, Christmas decorations and gifts, jams and jellies and of course pie of every variety with your breakfast or lunch!
Mistletoe Magic Holiday Bazaar
The Orchard Valley Garden Club of Southington presents its fourth annual Mistletoe Magic Holiday Bazaar featuring crafts, baked goodies, plants, candies and wreaths and greenery, plus a variety of other marvelous gift items, including a fabulous raffle of interesting items and goodie baskets! Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Orchards Community Room 34 Hobart St.,(off Rt. 10), Southington.
Crafters, call for a space
Parker Farms Annual Craft Fair, Nov. 18, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Interested crafters please contact Jodi Bouza 294-0504 or 949-0349.
Vendors still welcomed
The annual Christmas Bazaar at The Summit at Plantsville will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Crafters, artists, holiday vendors may call Pat Conlan at The Summit (860) 628-0364, 261 Summit St., Plantsville, or stop by to register. There is a $15 fee to reserve a table. This event includes the sale of hot dogs, chips, soda, hot chocolate, and there will be raffle prizes.
Katy’s Wallyworld Walker’s Annual Wine Tasting
You are cordially invited to Katy’s Wallyworld Walker’s Annual Wine Tasting to benefit The American Cancer Society Relay For Life 2007, Friday, Nov. 10, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hungarian Club, 147 Ward St., Wallingford. Tickets are $20. Raffle, appetizers, and many wines. For tickets please contact: Katy Wall, 294-0675 or Amy Blakeslee 265-3117.
Antique Veterans of Meriden World Post No. 1
All honorably discharged veterans from all branches of military service are invited to come join us and take part in our activities. Coffee and pastries are provided for a small donation. There are no membership dues. Please feel free to come and visit us every Thursday morning at the Muravnick Senior Center 22-26 West Main St. Meriden at 9:30 a.m. We are open to all veterans worldwide regardless of where you reside.
For more info contact Richard Egan (203) 634-0474 or Kenneth Dow (203) 235-2120.
Connecticut Food Bank Sponsors “Thanksgiving for All” Campaign Annual Food Drives and Fundraisers to Provide Meals & Hope to Thousands of Families
Connecticut Food Bank (CFB), partnering with local media, grocery stores and businesses, has launched “Thanksgiving for All 2006,” a series of special events, food drives and fundraisers to benefit individuals and families in need of food assistance during the holiday season and the cold winter months that follow.
The turkeys and “trimmings” collected from these events will be distributed by Connecticut Food Bank to food-assistance programs in the days before Thanksgiving. The funds raised will be used to purchase additional holiday food and to pay for transporting, warehousing, and distributing the donated food.
Last year, CFB distributed 22,000 turkeys and 415,000 pounds of food, which provided an estimated 318,500 meals for people in need during the holiday season. Every event planned for the next month is critical, not only to collect food and funds, but also to increase awareness about the ongoing battle with hunger and poverty that many Connecticut residents face.
“The people of Connecticut are always very responsive to their neighbors in need. With the increasing number of people turning to food-assistance programs for help, we hope this year is no different,” says Nancy L. Carrington, Executive Director of Connecticut Food Bank. “We need to collect as many frozen turkeys and other food items as possible for families and individuals who might not have a holiday meal, or any meal, this time of year.”
“Thanksgiving for All 2006” events include:
WPLR/99.1 “Fill the Bowl” Food Drive. November 8-11. Donate a frozen turkey, four food items or $10 and receive 2 tickets for Saturday’s Yale vs. Princeton football game. WPLR will broadcast live throughout the drive. Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 6:00 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to noon. Shop-Rite Supermarket, 1131 Campbell Avenue, West Haven.
“Fill the (Yale) Bowl” Food Drive. November 11. Presented by WPLR 99.1, WTNH/News Channel 8, Yale Athletics, and the New Haven Register. Donate a frozen turkey, four food items or $10 before the game and receive 2 tickets for that afternoon’s Yale vs. Princeton football game. 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 kickoff. Yale Bowl, 250 Derby Avenue, New Haven.
Governor’s Care & Share. November 13 - December 18. Collection sites for non-perishable food items and monetary donations at state office locations throughout Connecticut.
Bank of America “Turkey Tuesday.” November 14. Drop off frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items, and/or a monetary donation at the bank branch. 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 157 Church Street, 26th Floor, New Haven.
KC101 “Stuff A Bus” Food Drive. November 17 & 18. Donate frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items, and/or funds. KC101 will broadcast live throughout the drive. Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Shaw’s Supermarket, 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden.
WELI Car and Van “Caravan of Carriages” with Jerry Kristafer. November 20. 960/WELI Morning Show host Jerry Kristafer will lead a caravan of donated food from Stop & Shop on Leetes Island Road in Branford to CFB’s East Haven warehouse. Bring frozen turkeys and non-perishable “trimmings” to donate and join the caravan! Begins at 11:00 a.m.
Star 99.9 “Food for Friends” Thanksgiving Food Drive. November 21. Donate frozen turkeys and food for those in need while meeting Star 99 radio personalities at Stop & Shop Supermarket locations in Danbury, Milford, Shelton, and Westport. 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Also, CFB warehouses in East Haven, Fairfield, and Waterbury will have extended holiday hours to accept food and monetary donations from the public, and for volunteers to help sort and distribute food to member programs before Thanksgiving.
For event or warehouse information or to volunteer at Connecticut Food Bank, call (203) 469-5000 or visit www.ctfoodbank.org
Connecticut Food Bank serves emergency feeding programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties: Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham. In 2005, Connecticut Food Bank distributed 16.6 million pounds of food to 650 charitable food programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and child and adult day-care programs.
Volunteer Opportunity for Meriden, Southington and Wallingford GrandparentsMeriden Children First Initiative's 'Senior Buddy Readers' intergenerational literacy program is currently seeking volunteers to help first- and second-graders improve their reading skills. If you are retired, enjoy the company of small children, and have one hour a week to help a child read, please call Children First at 630-3566. Meriden elementary schools in need of volunteers include: Ben Franklin, Israel Putnam, Thomas Hooker and Nathan Hale. Make a difference in the life of a child...become a Senior Buddy Reader!
Wallingford Public Library News and Events
Due to reconstruction, the WPL Children’s Room will not be able to offer any events. While we are not able to provide the programs we normally have, we can assure patrons that they will still be able to choose from an ever-expanding collection of books, CDs, DVDs and other materials. They will find brand-new titles as well as their old favorites and, of course, the holiday books and music. Many free booklists are available, and staff members are always happy to help find what is needed. Speaking of the approaching holiday season, the Wallingford Public Library, throughout the month of November, will be collecting new children's books for Wallingford's Holiday for Giving Program.Sincerely, Bonnie Strickland-Naczi, Children's Librarian
Aging and Emotions, What to Expect. Topic of Lunch and Learn Program on November 9.Erica DeFrancesco, occupational therapist at Masonic Healthcare Center in Wallingford, will present a program on Aging and Emotions, What to Expect on Thursday, November 9. The Lunch and Learn program will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Ashlar Village, Cheshire Road, Wallingford. Lunch and Learn programs are provided for seniors and their caregivers as a public service by the Wallingford Public Library and Masonicare, Connecticut's leading not-for-profit provider of senior healthcare and retirement living. Because of current construction at the Library, the Lunch and Learn program is being held in the Activity Room at Ashlar Village. The program will start at 11:30 a.m., and a complimentary lunch will be served. The programs are free, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are asked to make a reservation by calling Masonicare toll free at 877-424-3537 by Tuesday, November 7.
United Way Day of Caring
On September 12, 2006 a total of 328 corporate volunteers from 18 companies came together to participate in the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford’s annual Day of Caring event. These corporate volunteers performed 2,502 hours of volunteer service at 27 local agencies.
In addition to lending a helping hand, the corporate volunteers gained a team-building experience. What a difference corporations can make, by volunteering to work with populations in need and making our communities an even greater place to live. Those who gave of their time and service through the 2006 Day of Caring made a huge impact.
As a result of this experience, the volunteers were afforded an opportunity to learn about the partner agencies supported by United Way of Meriden and Wallingford, and see firsthand how the United Way of Meriden and Wallingford helps people right here in community.
Working on a Day of Caring project provides a unique opportunity for a United Way donor to see their donation at work. It offers an up close and personal experience with the agency and the clients they serve. We have volunteers that request the same agency year after year due to relationships built during previous Day of Caring events.
Examples of the improvement projects taken on during the Day of Caring include: electrical work ~ landscaping ~ painting ~ baking with seniors ~ reading to children ~ organizing a food pantry ~ painting a playscape ~ attic organization ~ and much more.
Special recognition to the following companies who participated in the 2006 Day of Caring event: 3M Health Information Systems, Amphenol Corporation, Atlantic Guest Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Canberra Industries, Inc., Connecticut Hospital Association, CUNO, Cytec Industries Inc., First Coast Service Options, H. Pearce Company Realtors, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Masonicare, MidState Medical Center, Ulbrich Stainless Steel Corporation, Verizon Wireless, Wallingford Rotary, Wal-Mart, Webster Bank
La Leche League Of Meriden/Wallingford
If you are nursing or planning to breastfeed your baby, please join La Leche League of Meriden/Wallingford at our next meeting.
Meeting Topics Include:
Advantages of Breastfeeding to Mother and Baby
Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby
The Art of Breastfeeding and overcoming difficulties
Nutrition and Weaning
Meeting Location: New Life Church (West Campus) 92 Main St., South Meriden
Meeting Dates: Third Wednesday of each month at 9:45 a.m.
Leaders: Jaime: 203-284-9735. Laura: 860-583-8996. Maryann: 203-630-0046
(Leaders are also available to answer breastfeeding questions over the phone.
Please call for more information or directions. La Leche League groups also meet in Cheshire, Hamden, Middletown, Rocky Hill and Southington. Call for more information or go online at www.lalecheleague.org
. BABIES ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETINGS
“Monkey bars, castles, and rainbow slides”
Hubbard Park Playground Ideas on Display at Meriden Public Library
Come see the wonderful playground ideas dreamed up by Meriden’s school children for the New Hubbard Park Playground, in a new exhibit in the Children’s Department at the Meriden Public Library, on display until the end of November. The artwork was created at the Kids Playground Design Party at Meriden’s Autumn Fest, and captures wishes ranging from traditional playground items, such as swings, slides (straight, twisty, squiggly, rainbow, and humongous), monkey bars, seesaws, and sandboxes, to creative additions such as Ferris wheels, water slides, castles, “twisty pole ride,” and a giant starfish to climb on.
For more information about the new playground email Dawn at email@example.com,
About the Hubbard Park Playground Committee
Mayor Mark Benigni appointed the Hubbard Park Playground Committee in June 2004. Working as volunteers under the Meriden YMCA, the committee’s mission is to build a barrier-free playground for children of all abilities to play side by side. The Hubbard Park Playground Committee works hand in hand with Noah’s Ark of Hope, Inc. to make the dream of a barrier-free playground at Hubbard Park a reality.
The Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame honors Ellen Biercevicz-Piazza of Wallingford
The Connecticut ASA Hall of Fame has announced its honorees for its 2006 class of inductees for the Fast Pitch wing of the newly merged softball Hall of Fame. The Slow Pitch and Fast Pitch committees announced the merger in August.
Both the Fast Pitch and Slow Pitch honorees will be recognized at the annual Hall of Fame awards dinner on Sunday, November 19th at 4:00 p.m. at Costa Azzurra Restaurant in Milford. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling Ed Austin at 203-878-4036 or Jim Consiglio at 203-996-5206.
The Fast Pitch inductees for 2006 are Anthony Candido of Milford, Pat Dufficy of Trumbull, Ellen Biercevicz Piazza of Wallingford, and Bobby Quinn. Hank Koritkoski of Middletown will receive the Joseph T. Barber Distinguished Service Award.
Piazza has been a pioneer in girls’ sports as a softball player, an initiator of girls’ sports, a high school and college coach, and an athletic director. She played for the Raybestos Brakettes from 1966-1970, and was the catcher for a quartet of pitchers that may have been the best of all time: Joan Joyce, Bertha Ragan Tickey, Donna Lopiano and Donna Hebert. During her five years with the Brakettes, she competed in the National Championship finals five times, winning two national titles.
Starting her softball coaching career at Seymour High School in 1970, Piazza later became the first softball coach at Albertus Magnus College. She also coached her daughter’s 12 & under team to State & New England Championships. Piazza has been the A.D. at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford since 1994. She is a Shelton native.