Fairfield doctors collect school supplies

Pediatric Healthcare Associates recently held its annual back-to-school supply campaign.

Group doctors filled backpacks, which Group CEO Dr Andrea Hagani and Group Marketing Director Dr Nimrod Dayan presented to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.

Backpacks were filled with school supplies donated by patients and staff. They were donated to Building Neighborhoods Together, which provides affordable housing and financial advice to low- and middle-income families.

Pediatric Healthcare Associates is located at 50 Unquowa Place in Fairfield.

Inauguration of a new religious school

A new religious school staffed by students from Beth El Fairfield and B’nai Torah, in Trumbull, will open at 9.30am on September 11.

The new school is called Kalanu: Jewish Learning Adventure.

Fairfield Museum hosts Great Irish Hunger exhibition

The Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield in Ireland and Quinnipiac University present an exhibition from September 17 to October 16.

The exhibition, “An Gorta Mór: Selections from the Collection of the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland,” will feature nearly 30 pieces from the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland in Quinnipiac.

The selections on display range from those created during the Great Hunger era in the mid-19th century to contemporary reflections from this period in Irish history.

Quinnipiac University is making art from the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland accessible, while the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland in Fairfield is developing a new space to display the full collection. The university had announced that it would partner with the Gaelic American Club in supporting the new former Ireland Great Hunger Museum in Fairfield to serve as the new location for the museum’s collection.

The Fairfield Museum and History Center is located at 370 Beach Road in Fairfield. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for museum members, $5 for non-member adults, and $3 for seniors and students. Children 5 and under are free.

Visit https://www.fairfieldhistory.org for more information.

Department of Health launches diabetes and chronic disease support group

The Fairfield Health Department is launching a Diabetes and Chronic Disease Support Group for 2022-2023 in partnership with the Fairfield Senior Center and Rehabilitation Associates Inc.

Participants will receive support from each other, ask questions and participate in group discussions.

The group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from September to June. It takes place at the senior center, located at 100 Mona Terrace in Fairfield.

The group is facilitated by Courtney Sansonetti, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator from Rehabilitation Associates Inc., and Santina Jaronko, Doctor of Public Health and Certified Health Education Specialist from the Fairfield Health Department, where she is Deputy Director of Health.

All sessions are free. Each month will focus on a different health topic and include guest speakers.

Registration is recommended through the Fairfield Senior Center.

Visit https://www.fairfieldct.org/health for more information, or visit the Department of Health’s Facebook page to stay up to date on monthly topics and speakers.

The Center Sainte-Catherine pays tribute to two Fairfielders

Fairfield residents Anne O. McCrory and Charles “Jerry” Hemenway are honored for their leadership and volunteer service to the Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs.

The two will be recognized at the annual “Joy and Gratitude” fundraising dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the McClinch Family Center at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Trumbull.

McCrory will receive the Leadership Award. McCrory is the legal and real estate director for the Diocese of Bridgeport. She has been instrumental for the center as a resource and advisor on everything from the center’s lease to its expansion plans.

Hemenway will be recognized for his volunteer service. He’s a pediatrician at Fairfield. Her medical history was helpful as the center addressed the complexities of providing direct service during the coronavirus pandemic. Hemenway acted as an advocate for the center and referred patients when necessary.

The center includes a private Connecticut state-approved special education school in Fairfield. The school welcomes students of all faiths, aged 5 to 22. The center also includes a Connecticut Department of Developmental Services-approved adult services program, which provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills and participate in job training and community activities.

Visit stcatherinecenter.org, call 203-540-5381, or email [email protected] for more information.

Register for dinner at https://one.bidpal.net/sccdinner22/welcome, or contact Laura Grozier, Director of Operations at the St. Catherine’s Center for Special Needs, at 203-540-5381.

Charity bike ride stopping in Fairfield

Cycle for the Cause, a major charity event to end AIDS, is set to stop in Fairfield on September 18.

The event is a three-day bike ride expected to bring together nearly 350 people covering 275 miles from Boston, Mass. in New York, NY, starting September 16.

The bike ride has raised more than $17 million since 1995. It’s the first ride since 2019, after two years of virtual adaptations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ride has overnight stops in Westborough, Mass., Mashantucket, and Trumbull.

Visit https://cycleforthecause.org to learn more.

Tickets on sale for Sidewalk Prophets

The Sidewalk Prophets will perform at 7 p.m. on October 21 at Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.

Tickets are on sale now with a 20% discount available through September 20, using code LABORDAY22.

Buy your tickets at https://swp-ibin-fairfield.eventbrite.com.

Church Hosts “Unlock the Power of Your Dreams” Conference

“Unleash the Power of Your Dreams,” a conversation with Kabbalah expert Catherine Shainberg, will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. on September 15 at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 651 Pequot Avenue in Southport.

It will be held face-to-face and on Zoom.

Shainberg will show participants how to work with dreams and images to tap into the subconscious to identify important ways anyone can change their life. His techniques are based on practices from the ancient Jewish wisdom tradition of Kabbalah and contemporary Western psychology.

Tickets are $25. Registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com.

No affiliation with Trinity Church is required. The presentation is open to everyone.

Copies of her new book will be on sale at the event.

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