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Posted on February 22nd, 2017

​Experience a Fairytale Evening at Vista’s Starlight Benefit
 
The 2017 Vista starlight Benefit social event and fundraiser will be held April 29 at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Westbrook.

Featuring live and silent auctions, a cocktail function, dinner and entertainment, funds raised by the Starlight Benefit support the many programs and services of Vista Life Innovations, a community-based program supporting the personal success of individuals with disabilities. The honoree for this year’s fairytale-themed event is Tina Dattilo, vice president of the Water’s Edge.

Event tickets start at $100, and guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite fairytale character.

For tickets, information about sponsorships or online fundraising opportunities, visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org/starlightbenefit. For questions or to get involved, contact Jessica Liedke, Fundraising and Events Manager, at jliedke@vistalifeinnovations.org or (860) 399-8080 ext. 268.

Posted on February 21st, 2017

​Connex Credit Union and WPLR Partner to Benefit
New Haven Diaper Bank with Shamrock & Roll 5K March 5
Community donations accepted at Connex branches through February 25 
Connex Credit Union partners with WPLR (99.1 FM) to present the Shamrock & Roll 5K, Connecticut’s largest St. Patrick’s Day themed race, on Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017, at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Diaper Bank in New Haven and community donations are accepted at all Connex branches through Feb. 25.

The Diaper Bank is a local non-profit organization founded in June 2004 to counteract the lack of public assistance poor and low-income families receive for purchasing diapers. The organization seeks to prevent the risk of health and parenting complications caused by limited access to diapers.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to once again sponsor the Shamrock & Roll after last year’s incredible showing produced a record-breaking contribution of more than 16,300 diapers ,” said Carl Casper, vice president of customer advocacy, Connex Credit Union. “Connex has a longstanding commitment to improving our surrounding communities and if we come together to assist these families in need, I am confident we can surpass last year’s donation and make an even bigger impact.”

Those looking to support this effort are advised to bring diaper donations to their local Connex branch by Feb. 25. All diaper sizes are accepted and contributions are welcomed from both members and non-members. A full list of locations is available at connexcu.org.

All Shamrock & Roll runners are encouraged to dress in their best St. Patrick’s Day costumes and bring a package of diapers. Anyone who fundraises $100 or more for The Diaper Bank will also receive free entry into the race. For additional information, and to register, please visit wplr.com.

Connex’s sponsorship is maintained through its charitable and philanthropic initiative, ConnexCares. To learn more about this program, or to get involved, please visit connexcu.org or contact Anita Annunziato at aannunziato@connexcu.org.

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 48,000 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, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. 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 February 21st, 2017


Posted on February 21st, 2017


Posted on February 21st, 2017


Posted on February 21st, 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, February 27– Saturday, March 4, 2017.  The public is invited to see the studios, meet instructors and fellow students, and experience the welcoming 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 (Feb 27 – March 4) 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
 

Posted on February 21st, 2017


Posted on February 21st, 2017

​Shoreline ArtsTrail Call For Artists 2017

The Shoreline Arts Trail announces its 16th annual Open Studios Weekend on November 11 and 12, 2017. Approximately 40 member artists who live and work in Branford, Guilford and Madison show and sell their work during the weekend.

Artists with media such as ceramics and pottery, stained and fused glass, paintings, jewelry, sculpture, weaving, prints, photography, textiles, quilts, paper and wood are invited to apply for this event. Artists will be considered based on their mastery of methods and materials and originality of concept. All considered art must be handmade by the artist.

Among the benefits of becoming a member are: inclusion on the ArtsTrail map and website; statewide publicity via print and online; 13,000 brochures/maps distributed throughout Connecticut; and year-round marketing, networking, and social media opportunities.

To apply for this Call for Entry, please register at https://youjudgeit.org/sat/ by creating a free profile, filling out all the requested information, and uploading three high-resolution images. The entry deadline is March 15, 2017. Jurying will take place in March and artists will be notified by March 21, 2017.

Please contact Barbara Shulman-Kirwin at bsk@bskdesign.net or 203.314.3250 with any questions.

Posted on February 21st, 2017

​What to Do When Your Child is Struggling Academically?

Many parents are just not sure how to help their kids in school. Let's take a look at some practical suggestions of how you can help your kids succeed at school. Learn the different strategies that could help you and your child to be better prepared. Materials provided.

Sessions: 1
Date: 3/8/2017
Meeting Time: Wednesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Branford High School Room TBD
Instructors: Faith Hamilton
Fees: $29 (Class Fee)
Click Here to Sign Up
 
Sessions: 1
Date: 4/18/2017
Meeting Time: Tuesday 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Branford High School Room TBD
Instructors: Faith Hamilton
Fees: $29 (Class Fee)
Click Here to Sign Up

Activities and Ideas for Struggling Learners; Parents as Learning Partners

Many parents are just not sure how to help their kids academically. If you child is struggling in class, grasping new concepts or learning in general; now is the time to find the tools and strategies to help them. Instead of failing to plan - let's all plan to succeed! During this 90 minute session we will discuss learning difficulties and share a series of activities, strategies and ways of learning that parents can use to help their young learners at home.

Sessions: 1
Date: 3/20/2017
Meeting Time: Monday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: James Blackstone Memorial Library
Branford, CT 06405
Instructors: Faith Hamilton
Fees: FREE - but registration required
call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323
Click Here to Sign Up

Sessions: 1
Date: 4/24/2017
Meeting Time: Monday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: James Blackstone Memorial Library
Branford, CT 06405
Instructors: Faith Hamilton
Fees: FREE - but registration required
call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323
Click Here to Sign Up
 

​A Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut

The goal of this Guide is to help families understand the key concepts of how to be an effective partner with the schools in the special education process. This has been developed to answer frequently asked questions regarding special education. When parents, families and schools work collaboratively we help children with disabilities reach their full potential.

Free
Where: kidscapades161 West Main Street Suite A, Clinton, CT 
Monday, March 6, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Posted on February 14th, 2017

​Connex Credit Union’s FREE Financial Literacy Workshops
Return February 21 with Home Equity Seminar
No-obligation seminar is open to members and non-members
 

TRUMBULL, Conn. (Feb. 13, 2017) – Connex Credit Union, one of Connecticut’s largest credit unions, announces that its highly-regarded financial literacy workshop series returns from its brief winter hiatus later this month. These FREE, no-obligation seminars are available to both members and non-members as part of the ConnexCares philanthropic initiative. Taught by industry professionals, attendees are provided with the information necessary to restructure their financial lives.

The first seminar in 2017 is “Home Improvements with the Best Payoff” presented by Christine Penney of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Penney, a full-time licensed real estate agent with more than 15 years of experience and eight different rankings in the top 6 percent of the nation for closed volume, will provide insight on which home improvements offer the biggest return on investment. Additionally, attendees will discover vital questions to ask their realtor when considering a sale of their home. This class takes place Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the main Trumbull Library branch at 33 Quality Street.

Anyone interested in attending must register by calling 1-800-CR-UNION (1-800-278-6466) or visiting connexcu.org. 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 48,000 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, including savings and loans, Unbank Checking, Smart Score credit score range, free online and mobile banking and more. 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.