In Brief – August 2014

NAMI Waterbury August support groups

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Waterbury support group meetings for August will be as follows: A NAMI Connections support group for adults living with mental illness is held the first and third Monday of each month (Aug. 4 and 18 this month) at Shady Knoll at 41 Skokorat Street in Seymour. For more information, calling the facilitator, Jenn, at 203-592-9843.
Monday, Aug. 18, the NAMI Waterbury Spousal Support Group will meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at 40 Deforest St. in Watertown. For more information, call Beverly at 860-274-5841.
The NAMI CAN (Children and Adolescent Network) Support Group will meet Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 969 West Main St., Room 3D, in Waterbury. For more information, call Eileen at 203-910-8229.
Wednesday, Aug. 27, NAMI Waterbury will hold its general support group meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 969 West Main St., Room 3D, in Waterbury. For more information, call Beverly at 860-274-5841.

Quilts that Care

Quilts that Care, an organization that makes quilts for people who undergo cancer treatment, will have the following meetings in August. Monday, Aug. 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., it will meet at The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center at 1075 Chase Parkway in Waterbury. It will meet Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library at 5 High St. in Bristol. Monday, Aug. 18, the meeting will be back at The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center.
Quilts are donated to seven Connecticut hospitals. Volunteers are needed, as are donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent-cotton fabric, cotton flannel, quilting material, and gallon Ziploc bags. For information, call Deb at 860-945-0184, email or visit

Diabetes prevention program

The public is invited to register for “Sugar Tips: Recognition and Prevention of Diabetes”, a free four-week series presented by Sandra Micalizzi, APRN, CDE, the Heart Center of Greater Waterbury’s clinical nurse specialist, that will meet Thursdays, August 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut at 444 Main St. N. in Southbury.
Diabetes is a widespread health problem with over 6.2 million individuals with undiagnosed diabetes in the United States. This program is free and open to the public, but class size is limited. For more information or to register, call 203-267-3177.

A mid-summer’s night lantern tour

Saturday, August 9, at 7 p.m. (first tour) and 8:30 p.m. (second tour), experience an evening in the late 17th century with a lantern tour of the Hurd House in Woodbury. Each room will come alive with costumed docents recreating what life was like in Old Woodbury. The tour will conclude in the barn where guests can view the vast collection of farm implements and enjoy light refreshments.
The fee is a suggested donation of $10 per person for the Woodbury Scholarship Fund. Children under 12 are free. To make a reservation, call the Hurd House Museum at 203-266-0305 or e-mail them at

Summer wildflower and tree walk

Sunday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m., Flanders Nature Center will host Emma Lorusso of the Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center. She will present a program on the wildflowers and trees of Flanders’ Van Vleck sanctuary. Leading a guided walk, she will identify wildflowers and talk about their growing habits and the folklore associated with them as well as the trees that make up the nature center’s forest of the nature center.
The program will run rain or shine. The cost is $5 per person or free to Flanders members. Meet in the Flanders Sugar House parking lot off Church Hill Road (1/4 mile east of the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads in Woodbury). Online registration is available at For more information, call 203-263-3711, ext. 10.

Luck2Tuck Paddle and Swim 4 a Cure

September will be Childhood Cancer Month. Please join folks who will mark this month and what would have been Tucker Gowen’s 20th birthday by raising money to help kids fight cancer with the Luck2Tuck Paddle and Swim 4 a Cure event Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Lake Quassapaug Outing Club in Middlebury. Please register at by Aug. 15.

Free permaculture workshop

The Center for Sustainable Living at 90 Cabbage Lane in Bethlehem is offering a free “Introduction to Permaculture” workshop Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants will discuss the history of permaculture and its importance in creating healthy and sustainable homes and communities. The principles and ethics of permaculture and a brief look at basic tools used in designing sustainable homes, gardens and farms also will be covered.
Time will be spent outside, so please dress accordingly. Beverages and snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Cynthia Rabinowitz at or 203-266-5595 or visit There is no fee, but registration is requested.

Careful care-giving

The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) will present a lunch and learn program about the various care-giving options for aging adults Thursday, Aug. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at the CCHA at The Hospital of Central Connecticut Bradley Memorial campus at 81 Meriden Ave. in Southington. Jessica Dakin, CCHA geriatric care manager, will lead the program.
Individuals can learn about choosing the right home healthcare provider, benefits that can be realized by hiring a geriatric care manager and where to locate resources necessary for aging in place. A complimentary lunch will be served.
Registration is required. RSVP to the CCHA at 1-877-424-4641 (toll free).

Schmooze and schmear

A new program called Schmooze and Schmear meets twice a month at the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut at 444 Main St. N. in Southbury. Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz, chaplain for Brownstein Jewish Family Service, invites participants to come for a nosh and informal conversation on “When I Was a Little Yidl …” Tuesday, Aug. 12 and 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants of all ages and stages are invited to reminisce about growing up Jewish in America, celebrating holidays, Jewish food and more.
Seating is limited for each session, and registration is required. To make a reservation, call 203-267-3177.

Gate House Cafe concerts

Two free concerts will be held at the Gate House Cafe in August. Aug. 5, Darlingside, featuring classical strings, tight vocal arrangement and smart lyricism in bluegrass and rock, will perform. Aug. 12, Miles to Dayton will perform folk, country and classical music in four-part harmonies with improv violin and cello. Concerts are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next to the cafe on the Southbury Training School grounds on Route 172 in Southbury. Concerts are rain or shine; they move to the pavilion if needed.


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