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Posted on October 12th, 2017

Boogie with Brenna – A Fundraiser to Benefit Dravet Syndrome 
Saturday, November 4th 9am-1pm


Proceeds benefit Dravet Syndrome Foundation whose mission is to raise money for research into Dravet syndrome and related childhood epilepsies.

This fun, family-friendly event includes hot dogs, crafts, face painting, a silent auction and more! 

St. Therese's Church
105 Leetes Island Road
Branford, CT 06405

Registration begins at 9:00 AM with the event ending at 1:00 PM

Admission: $15
Children under 3 years old are free

Free admission for any child with Dravet Syndrome or Epilepsy

For more information check our website:

https://dravetfoundation.rallybound.org/boogie-with-brenna/Static/Event-Info
 

Posted on October 12th, 2017

​What is it about the Branford Green that we find so compelling, so beautiful?  How did it happen, over time, that these buildings sit in such an interesting relationship to each other, as well as to the greenspace around them?  Is there a story?  Local architect Tony Terry will piece together the threads of his own research and lend his perspective again, on his second Walking Tour of the Churches on the Branford Green.   

It will include interesting notes on all 5 significant structures as well as a visit to each of the three churches, hosted by the ministers.  Although Tony is not an historian, this is meant as a blend of history and an architect’s perspective, reading between the lines of the events that put the buildings into form and their particular place, in the most iconic public space of Branford’s history and one of the most unique of New England’s town greens. 
 
The tour will begin at the Academy on the Green on Saturday morning, Oct 28, at 11, and it will be about 2.5 hrs in duration.  All are welcome but it will be most appreciated if you register, by replying to this e-mail BACA06405@gmail.com – with names/number of people

Posted on October 12th, 2017

5th Annual “Soup for Good” Event on Nov. 12 Benefits Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room
 
Guilford, CT –  The public is invited to a warm, soup supper while supporting two great shoreline organizations--Guilford Art Center and the Community Dining Room--at Soup for Good, Sunday, November 12, 4:30-6:30 pm at Guilford Art Center.
 
Guests are invited to the Guilford Art Center school to enjoy a bowl of hearty soup, bread, dessert and glass of wine or sparkling water. Each guest gets to choose their own one-of-a-kind soup bowl, handcrafted by Guilford Art Center potters. Bowls will be washed for guests to take home “for good.”
 
After enjoying soup, guests are invited to The Shop at Guilford Art Center to visit Artistry: American Craft for the Holidays, the Center’s extraordinary annual sale of fine holiday arts and crafts.
 
Tickets for Soup for Good are $30 in advance, $35 at door. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Community Dining Room, as well as Guilford Art Center.
 
The Community Dining Room, located in Branford, is committed to serving the shoreline community by feeding the hungry and helping with other basic human needs. Guilford Art Center is a non-profit organization established to nurture and support excellence in the arts through education, communication, and outreach.
 
For reservations and more information contact Guilford Art Center at (203) 453-5947 or www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
For more information contact Guilford Art Center at www.guilfordartcenter.org or 203-453-5947.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Award-Winning Financial Workshops Available for Free from Connex Credit Union
Professional financial literacy sessions open to both members and non-members this October

 
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Connex Credit Union, one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions, announces two of its award-winning workshops will be available for FREE in October.  Seasoned industry professionals will provide attendees with the information necessary to take control of their financial situation. These no-obligation seminars are available to both members and non-members of the credit union as part of its ConnexCares philanthropic initiative.

The following workshops take place at Connex’s North Haven Branch located at 412 Washington Ave. from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on their respective dates:

“Steering Toward Retirement with Individual Retirement Accounts” 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 
Connex Investment and Retirement Services Representative William DeBille will provide the information necessary to help you determine which type of Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is best for you.

“Online Security”
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Discover how to protect your personal data online, avoid viruses and phishing scams, and more. With the recent Equifax breach, this information is pertinent to everyone.

While Connex encourages guests to attend in person, a simulcast webinar is available for those unable to be present during these sessions.

These seminars are FREE, but registration is required and can be completed by visiting connexcu.org or by calling 1-800-CR-UNION (1-800-278-6466). During this process, you will select if you plan to attend in person or via webinar where applicable.  The workshops are open to members and non-members of the credit union, but act fast, seats are limited.

About ConnexCares:

ConnexCares is Connex Credit Union’s charitable and philanthropic program. The mission through ConnexCares is to promote financial literacy, well-being and understanding to our members and the greater communities Connex serves.
 
About Connex Credit Union:

As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 50,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Connex Credit Union Surpasses 50,000 Members
 
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (Oct. 11, 2017) – Connex Credit Union proudly announces it has surpassed 50,000 members. This tremendous milestone comes on the heels of the credit union toppling $500 million in assets earlier this year and solidifies Connex’s position as one of the largest and most successful financial institutions in Connecticut.

Headquartered in North Haven, Conn., with seven branches throughout the area, Connex is a full-service, member-owned credit union serving New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex and Fairfield County. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2015, Connex Credit Union has dedicated more than three-quarters of a century to improving the lives of its members through a diverse offering of financial services and products.

“Our unwavering commitment to understanding and satisfying the unique needs of our members has been a critical factor in our success,” said Frank Mancini, president and chief executive officer, Connex Credit Union. “Even as our membership steadily grows, we remain dedicated to providing the individualized service our members have become accustomed too.”
In addition to its financial offerings, Connex improves the surrounding community through the promotion of financial literacy and sponsorship of charitable programs as part of its ConnexCares philanthropic initiative.

To learn more about Connex Credit Union, please visit connexcu.org or call 1-800-CR-UNION.

About Connex Credit Union:

As the Unbank, Connex Credit Union is one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions serving more than 50,000 members at 7 branches throughout greater New Haven. Headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, Connex is a full-service member-owned credit union that offers members a full-range of financial services and products. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, attends school or worships in New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex or Fairfield Counties. Connex Credit Union helps guide and improve members’ financial lives through the Connex Advocacy Promises: We will always work in your best interest; we will work with you to understand your goals, identify your financial needs and provide solutions to improve your life; and we will be responsive to you and make your experience simpler, faster and friendlier. It’s time to Unbank! For more information, please call 1-800-CR-UNION or visit connexcu.org.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

​Observe Classes for Free at Guilford Art Center during “Picture Yourself at GAC” Week
 
Guilford, CT – Guilford Art Center will open its classrooms to anyone who would like to visit and observe a class for FREE during the week of Monday, November 6 – Saturday, November 11, 2017.  The public is invited to see the studios, meet instructors and fellow students, and experience the class environment at GAC.  Classes are offered for adults and children in a range of mediums, including blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber arts, metalsmithing, painting, drawing and more. 
 
“So many people are curious about taking classes here, but are sometimes nervous or intimidated about getting started because they don’t know what a class will be like,” says Maureen Belden, GAC Executive Director.  “We want to give people the opportunity to sit through a class, so they can literally picture themselves as a student at GAC and get really comfortable with that.  We know they’ll discover this is a very warm and welcoming place to learn, explore and have a lot of fun with a great group of people.” 
 
All GAC class information can be found online at www.guilfordartcenter.org.  No registration or payment is necessary for class observation, however, people should contact the office to make sure a class is running. 
 
Note: This opportunity is valid for one week (Nov 6-11) for classes only (no workshops).  
 
For more information contact the Guilford Art Center at 203.453.5947, email info@guilfordartcenter.org, or visit the website guilfordartcenter.org
  
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on October 9th, 2017

​Wanted: 500 Turkeys
 
The Branford Food Pantry needs 500 turkeys.
 
We deliver groceries and turkeys to an estimated 250 needy Branford  families for both Thanksgiving , Christmas and the December holy days so we are now soliciting help and the donation of turkeys.
 
Too many families live a life of hard choices so many of them would not enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving without our help.
 
The need is for birds that are mostly 12 to 16# each, fresh or frozen and we have large freezers to accommodate them until needed. We are asking Chamber members to consider doing a business turkey drive or making a cash donation and we will buy what is needed. In the past, we have been successful only because of generous community business support.
 
We think it is important that all families have an opportunity to enjoy the traditional holiday dinners and it is clear that we make a difference  And, kids don’t understand why they can’t celebrate like other families. You can make a difference.
 
If you can provide  turkeys they can be dropped off at 30 Harrison Ave. (lower level, right side of the building) on Tuesdays or Fridays between 8 and 11 a.m.  For large donations or for special issues, you can call Jay Webb at 203-215-3533 to make arrangements or to answer questions.
 
To learn more about the Branford Food Pantry, check www.branfordfoodpantry.org.
 
If it is easier to make a cash donation we will make the purchases. Checks can be made out to the Branford Food Pantry and mailed to the above address.
 
The Branford Food Pantry provides groceries to Branford families in need. Over 200,000 pounds of food is distributed annually to an average of 178 different families a month but services reach over 400 different families a year. We are a non-profit corporation using 100% volunteer workers and operate out of the Volunteer Services Center at 30 Harrison Ave. Clients are screened and qualified for assistance by the Branford Counseling Center. Clients include the elderly, physically and mentally challenged, disabled, single parent families, those out of work and the working poor. Food is donated or purchased as resources allow.