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Date Event Description Time / Location
6/1810/15

Black Rock Farmers Market

The Black Rock Farmers Market is located at 481 Brewster Street in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, CT. Black Rock Farmers Market is a producer-only market featuring locally farmed vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs, bread, meats, jams, pickles, syrup, honey, coffee, tea, prepared foods, beauty care products, pet supplies, flowers, local artisans, vintage finds, weekly musicians, yoga classes, and the cutest vintage doughnut trailer in town, plus a real life rooster! SNAP/EBT, WIC, Farmers Market Checks, checks, cash, credit/debit accepted. When you spend your SNAP/EBT $1= $2 at the Market. The Market takes place every Saturday starting June 18 – October 15 in 2016 from 9am to1pm with a year-end Harvest Hootenanny on October 29 from 1-5 pm. (Sadly, no pets allowed are allowed on the field.)

Black Rock is nestled on the western edge of Bridgeport. It has the vibe of a nautical seaport town that harbors an eclectic group of passionate folks from the locals who sport their own t-shirts to hip artists, musicians, young families and retirees.

In our neighborhood, culture is everywhere and inspires everything. You can find it on Fairfield Avenue at the Burroughs Community Center where the non-profit organization “Our Woven Community” teaches refugee women sewing skills to create one of a kind bags, purses and scarves. You can taste it in our diverse restaurants, from the kebabs at the Turkish cafe Bereket to the tres leches cake from the Mexican panderia H&H Bakery, from the maple bourbon baby back ribs at Walrus + Carpenter, to the beer tastings at Aspetuck Brew Lab. You can hear it in the bars and clubs, with local musical talent at the Acoustic Café. You can see it in the attractions, from the sprawling seawall walkway at St. Mary’s by the Sea, to the tall ships at Captain’s Cove Seaport.

Featuring an ever-changing array of local vendors with everything from handmade soaps to doughnuts, from locally grown vegetables to freshly baked pies, from artisanal cheese to homemade ice cream, the Black Rock Farmers Market is the hottest part of the melting pot that is Black Rock. Once you step onto the field that serves as the market’s backdrop, you find that you’ve stepped away from the bustle of the avenue to a serene place, almost back in time. The community comes together as friends reconnect, families take time to picnic under a tree, perfect strangers play chess or parents can create a craft with their children. It harkens back to a time when folks knew the people who grew their food, when babies were pulled in little red wagons and when people slowed down to carefully think about their 

INFO Saturdays 9am-1pm, St. Ann Field, 481 Brewster Street, Bridgeport
7/118/27

Rock Out for our Vets!

BLACK SABBATH - THE END TOUR Concert! MOHEGAN SUN ARENA! Aug 27th @7:30PM

VIP TICKETS TO THE SKYBOX SUITE AND LOUNGE!

 

Get ready to rock out for our Vets!

TO BID Click "SkyBox Fundraiser" on the top left tool bar. Then click on any box to bid on tickets. Each box is for 2 TICKETS unless noted otherwise. (Bidding starts at $200 for 2 tickets) Bidding will end on July 4th. 

TICKET INCLUDES:

  • Dinner Buffet (Menu TBD)
  • Beer Sponsor (TBD)
  • Free-style seating in the comfort of our lounge (first come, first serve, seats for every guest)
  • Tickets to the Blackout after-party
  • Special View of Stage
  • Private Bar
  • Early Access to Skybox
  • Private Bathrooms

 On August 27th, legendary Black Sabbath will be hosting their "The End" Concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT! This will be the last and final concert tour for Black Sabbath! Don't miss out on their very last concert in CT for the greatest metal band of all time! These tickets are for the luxury Skybox Suite and Lounge of the arena! Great view of stage, free-style seating, private bar, dinner buffet and more! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Save-A-Suit, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports veterans in need! Join us for a rockin' night of Black Sabbath all for a great cause! For more information about the charity visitwww.saveasuit.org ! QUESTIONS? FILL OUT FORM BELOW OR CALL US (203)456-6801

INFO ALL, http://biddingowl.com/blacksabbath
8/26

ALL OUT FOR AUTISM 5K/Run/Walk 2016

New Balance New Canaan announces the 8th Annual ALL OUT FOR AUTISM 5K/Run/Walk 2016!  This year’s race will be held on Friday August 26th in New Canaan.  Proceeds will help build a playground with accessible features at the New Canaan YMCA for children with all abilities to enjoy!  Participants and Supporters of the race have helped raise

$25,000 to date, allowing the installation of an Omnispin Spinner offering children of all abilities sensory stimulation and encouraging interactive play. In addition, a We Saw providing a new and accessible take on the traditional See Saw.   Funds raised from the 2016 Race will help in purchasing interactive Sand Tables and a new accessible Swing,

Creating a welcoming environment within the YMCA playground for children with special needs.

 

 The race will begin and end at New Balance (128 Main Street), with the course running through downtown New Canaan.  The event will kick off at 6:00PM with exciting pre-race entertainment!  Stay tuned for details! A quarter-mile Kid’s Fun Run will take place at 6:15PM followed by the 5K course open to runners and walkers at 6:30PM.  Awards and festivities will take place after the race.   Register now at www.alloutforautism.org

 

Thank you to our sponsors to date Bankwell of New Canaan, Joe’s Pizza, Rosie’s, C&H Auto,

School of Rock New Canaan, New Canaan HealthFare, Walter Stewarts, Karl Chevrolet,William Raveis New Canaan, The Racing Times and Darien Sport Shop! If you would like to join them and support please contact PJ Marcella at 860-559-2524 or call or visit New Balance New Canaan,

128 Main Street, 203-801-0050.

 

All Out For Autism began in 2009 as a collaboration between New Balance owners Ron and Tina Rosenfeld, and SPED*NET, to extend their mission of health and fitness into the special needs community.  Come join the fun and fitness and show your support for this wonderful cause!   

 

INFO 6:15pm, New Balance, 128 Main Street, New Canaan, CT
8/27

Newtown Yoga Festival

The fourth annual Newtown Yoga Festival featuring renowned yoga personalities, Elena Brower and Gwen Lawrence will take place on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 9am – 4pm at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St., Newtown, CT. Suggested donation, $30. Children under 16 FREE! Register online at www.newtownyogafestival.org.

 
This year will offer both familiar and new additions including, Didgeridoo, tai chi, journey dance, the infamous “yoga buffet,” hoop and children’s yoga, silent auction, a multitude of local artisans and food vendors, and the community class with Elena Brewer and Gwen Lawrence which will be accompanied by Garth Stevenson. Garth is a film composer and double bassist. The festival will conclude by offering relaxation with crystal bowls led by Grammy nominated artist Jennifer Zulli, an experience which compelled one of last year’s attendees to proclaim, “If there’s a heaven, that’s where she took me!”
Contact Information:
Suzy DeYoung – suzyd440@gmail.com 203-731-7557
Karen Pierce - karenjpierce@earthlink.net 203-470-6969
www.newtownyogafestival.org
INFO 9am-4pm, NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St., Newtown, CT
8/27

Stamford’s Inaugural HarborFest

 SoundWaters, the Stamford-based non-profit organization with a mission to
protect Long Island Sound through education, is launching HarborFest, Stamford’s first and
long-coming celebration of its harbor.

Taking place along the waterfront at Harbor Point from 10am-
6pm on Saturday, August 27, HarborFest will include a day of
fun, exciting and educational activities for all ages on and along
the water, concluding with live music and followed at night by
the Stamford 375 fireworks spectacular. The Harbor Point
Waterfront is located at 2200 Atlantic Street. Parking is free in
the garages at Harbor Point.
According to SoundWaters President, Leigh Shemitz, “The City of Stamford is encouraging
greater waterfront access. We are on the cusp of a whole new relationship with our Harbor and
with Long Island Sound. At SoundWaters, we see the potential for a new way to see and
experience Stamford – via our waterfront, our Harbor and The Sound, so the timing is perfect to
create a celebration of the city’s most prominent natural resource.”
HarborFest has met with wide approval from organizations across the city. Expressing his
support, Stamford Mayor, David Martin, said “Stamford was founded on the harbor and for
years, the waterfront was dominated by industry and private ownership. Consequently, we may
not have appreciated all that our Harbor has to offer us. A celebration of our harbor is long
overdue. We are grateful to SoundWaters for taking the initiative on HarborFest and hope it will
attract more residents to the waterfront.”
Funding and support to make HarborFest possible is provided by The Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide Foundation, Coney Island Brewing Company, Stamford Health, Harbor Point, 95.9
The Fox and the City of Stamford.
Visit SoundWatersHarborFest.org for more information and registration for some HarborFest
activities.
Continued…
About SoundWaters
SoundWaters, founded in 1989, is the premier environmental education organization focused on
the protection of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Annually, SoundWaters hosts shipboard
and land-based programs for 28,000 children, including 9,000 from underserved communities.
SoundWaters just recently merged with Stamford-based Young Mariners Foundation, which will
strengthen SoundWaters’ ability to provide Long Island Sound sailing-based skill and
educational development programs to underserved youth throughout the Long Island Sound
region. SoundWaters works in partnership with individuals, schools, communities, businesses,
civic organizations, and other environmental and educational organizations to develop
experiences that foster a sense of responsibility for the environment and encourage actions that
ensure the sustainable future of the Long Island Sound ecosystem. For more information, please
visit SoundWaters.org
HarborFest Schedule of Events (subject to change)
10:00am – 6:00pm
 Waterfront Carnival Rides
 Green Exhibitor Village
 SoundWaters Learning Stations
 Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals
 Dockside Boat Tours
 Corn Hole on the Boardwalk
 Face Painting
10:00am – 2:00pm: Waterside Painting with Pinot’s Palette
10:30 – 11:30am: Waterfront Zumba with Nina Merlonghi
12:00 – 1:00pm
 Paddle Board Yoga on the Harbor *
 Waterfront Yoga with Exhale
12:00 – 2:00pm:
 Cardboard Kayak Building *
 Live Music on the Plaza with The Mars Project Continued…
12:00 – 3:00pm: Fly Casting Lessons with Orvis
12:00 – 6:00pm: Oyster Shucking & Eating on the Boardwalk
2:30pm: Cardboard Kayak Races for the HarborFest Cup *
2:00 – 4:00pm: Long Island Sound Cruise on the Schooner SoundWaters *
3:00 – 5:00pm: Guided Painting Class on the Boardwalk with Pinot’s Palette *
5:30 – 7:30pm: Sunset Sail on the Schooner SoundWaters *
9:00pm Stamford 375 Fireworks Spectacular
* Advance Registration Required

INFO 10am-6pm, waterfront at Harbor Point in Stamford, CT
10/16

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides of Westport
Sunday, October 16, 2016 10 a.m.
Sherwood Island State Park

Nobody fighting breast cancer should have to walk alone. When you donate to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, you’re helping save lives through groundbreaking research and early detection. You’re providing patients, family and caregivers with access to 24/7 critical information and support. When you donate to the American Cancer Society, you’re providing a hand to hold to someone who desperately needs one. Make a real difference for countless people fighting breast cancer and donate today at MakingStridesWalk.org



INFO 10am, Sherwwood Island State Park, Westport, CT
10/16

WILLIAM RAVEIS RIDE + WALK CONNECTICUT William Raveis Ride + Walk Connecticut

WILLIAM RAVEIS RIDE + WALK CONNECTICUT

William Raveis Ride + Walk Connecticut

 

FAMILY FUNDRAISING EVENT BENEFITS THE

DAMON RUNYON CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION, SCIENTISTS

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016

 

William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance will host the second annual William Raveis Ride + Walk Connecticut, benefiting the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, on Sunday, October 16 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This family and community fundraising event includes a 5K walk, a 12-mile or 25-mile bike ride, and a children’s 100-yard dash.  Following the walk, rides and dash, there will be food, music and kids’ activities.

 

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Damon Runyon identifies the brightest early-career scientists with innovative research ideas and provides them with funding to pursue new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of cancer.

 

Registration begins at 8am and participants will start at 8:30 a.m.  Just prior to the start, there will be a celebration of the cancer survivors and Damon Runyon scientists who are participating in the event.

The minimum fundraising amount for adults is $250. Minors under 17 must be accompanied by an adult and have a $25 fundraising minimum.

 

Participants can register for the event before October 10 at raveisridewalk.com or http://www.raveisridewalk.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=504, and the fundraising window closes on October 30. The web site also includes fundraising tips and tools, information about the scientists, and photos and video from 2015.

 

In 2015, more than 500 people participated and volunteered in the inaugural Ride + Walk, raising more than $500,000. With the funds raised, the William Raveis Charitable Fund created two fellowships for emerging scientists at Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Aaron Viny, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Yi Yin, PhD, of Harvard University received four-year grants to pursue new breakthroughs in cancer research.

 

About William Raveis Charitable Fund

Since its founding in 2004, the William Raveis Charitable Fund has raised over $2 million to support communities across the Northeast that are impacted by cancer. Their focus is on the advancement of cancer research and programs that offer cancer patients and their families’ physical and emotional support during treatment. In 2015, the fund partnered with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which provides young scientists with the funding to pursue their boldest, and most innovative ideas to prevent, diagnose, and treat all forms of cancer. With the $500,000 raised at the inaugural Ride + Walk events, Raveis was able to fund two very deserving scientists with the “William Raveis Charitable Fund Fellowships.”

 

 

 

Date:                                     Sunday, October 16, 2016

 

Location:                              Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, Conn.

 

Time:                                     7-8 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. event starts

 

Beneficiary:                        Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

 

Web site:                             raveisridewalk.com

 

Media Contact:                 Kriskey + Lane Communications
                                                Marni Lane, marni@kriskeylane.com
                                                Susan Kriskey, susan@kriskeylane.com

INFO 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn