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Singing with a sense of Community

September 5th, 2012 at 5:29 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

 If you sing, read music and are interested in becoming a member of a professionally orchestrated group of singers who are committed to musical excellence and a sense of community you are in luck!   

The New Haven Chorale is a group of 100 singers who are not only known for their talent and love of music but also their dedication to community service. 

Among their many contributions to the community is their ”Student Singer” program which mentors and offers scholarships to young singers in the community as well as their frequent performances at nursing homes, hospitals and community events. 

Auditions for their 2012-2013 season will be held at The Educational Center for the Arts, 55 Audubon Street, New Haven on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To schedule an audition, please contact the Chorale business office E-mail: business@newhavenchorale.org     Phone: 203 776-SONG

Cookoff For a Cause

August 24th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

2012 is The Connection’s 40th anniversary year

 Thursday evening WTNH Community Affairs joined the Connection Fund at their annual Cookoff For a Cause at The Grove at Grand Oaks in  Middletown.  You may have seen their Associate Director of Communications, Claire Bien, on CT Style  last year speaking about the work they do in human services and community development.  They offer a range of services,  from behavior health to community justice, and have over 38 programs across the state.  Proceeds from the Chili Cookoff  went to support women, children and family services in Middlesex County.  

The weather was beautiful and the chili was spicy! First place went to Southside Market and this year the people’s choice award went to New England Emporium, upsetting the  two year record held by First and Last Tavern.  Speakers included, the Director of Fund Development Michael Woolworth  and Charles Michell, who spoke about coming through one of The Connection’s programs in 2008.   Michell told an inspiring story of how the program helped him to transform his life; he expressed such gratitude to the staff, volunteers, donors and people in the community that support The Connection and enable this kind of transformation for himself and many others.

 The event was a great success and there are many more to come for this non-profit celebrating its 40th anniversary year.  Please look for their Gala in Cromwell on September 18th as well as The Wicked Good 5k and Festival Family Festival in New haven on October 28th.

This years judges – State representative Matt Lesser, Middletown’s Mayor Dan Drew and Brian O’Rourke, owner of O’Rourke’s Diner


Christina Tomasso from Southside Market & Catering

Jaimie Stone from New England Emporium


Connecticut Communities help with Back To School Drives

August 23rd, 2012 at 12:35 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs


Closer to Free Ride

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:05 am by under Community, WTNH Blogs

September is getting closer and closer and among all the changes, from summer ending to the school year beginning, is an event that should not be overlooked.  September 8th is the Closer to Free Ride in New Haven!  This ride benefits the Smilow Cancer Hospital and The Yale Cancer Center and fundraising dollars go directly to support cancer research and improving patient care.  Last year this ride helped raise over 400,000!  What is unique about this ride is there are three different routes depending on the rider’s experience level and preference; a 25, 65 or 100 mile. 

A couple important deadlines:

August 31stis the deadline for the current fundraising challenge - winner receives a $100 gift card to The Devil’s Gear. 

Online registration ends at midnight, Wednesday, September 5th.
After the 5th registrations will take place the day of the event at the Yale Bowl. Participants must arrive by 6:00 am.

For more information about the ride and how to register please visit   http://www.rideclosertofree.org/


Commitment to Community

August 21st, 2012 at 4:24 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

Hello Connecticut residents and all of our WTNH.com visitors!  I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Community Affairs Director here at WTNH.  I grew up in Connecticut, attended a Connecticut State University and continue to live, love and work in the wonderful Constitution state. 

I am amazed everyday with the amount of generosity and service in our communities; from the huge participation in charitable events to the men and women who have devoted their lives and/or careers to working for the benefit of others.

We at WTNH are passionate about making a place on this website where we can share information about community organizations that do invaluable work and learn how we as members of the community can play a role in that work.  Part of my goal is to infect you with the WTNH enthusiasm for community commitment; these organizations and our communities depend on all our involvement!

We are steadfast in our mission to be a voice for the people, especially when being that voice can impact your lives in positive ways.  We want to commend those organizations, institutions and people who share this mission with us.  

Thank you,

Kierstin Sieser


More Kid-Friendly Events This Saturday

July 10th, 2012 at 3:28 pm by under Community

Still don’t have any plans with the kids this Saturday? Well, I can change that!

1. Head to Beardsley Park in Bridgeport for the 8th Annual Kids Day of Fun! This is an absolutely FREE event, with tons to do! There’s a bounce house with balloons, face painting, volleyball, football and frisbee games, water balloons, and more!

A talented 8-year old, DJ Bam Bam, will provide a soundtrack (more…)

This Weekend- Help Seniors, Dogs In Need

July 10th, 2012 at 12:43 pm by under Community

This Friday, July 13th, the Clelian Adult Day Center in Hamden will be holding its annual fundraiser, the “Classic Hollywood” Sizzle & Surf Dinner! The Clelian Center serves local seniors’ adult day care needs. This fundraiser has become a big event for the Center over the years, with a silent auction, music, and of course, terrific food! The Dinner begins at 5:30pm at Il Monticello Banquet Hall in Meriden (directions here). Reserve your spot by calling Sister Cecelia at 203-288-4151. They hope to see you there!

And on Sunday, July 15th, you can help dogs in the area find a forever home at the Cheshire Cat and Dog, Too! This fundraiser benefits Foster and Forever Pet Rescue, which facilitates fostering and adoption programs in the greater Waterbury area. The event is from 11:00am until 3:00pm at the store. Bring your pup with you for a visit with the Pet Psychic, Donna Velardi, have Fido’s picture taken by Greengirlz Pet Photographers, and purchase some homemade dog treats! Of course, there’s plenty of fun for humans, too, like face painting, music by the classic rock cover band Double Hung, and baked goods. The guests of honor will be some foster animals, and you can fill out an application to become a foster home, too! You can get directions to Cheshire Dog and Cat, Too by using this link.

FREE Family-Friendly Activities This Week!

July 9th, 2012 at 3:03 pm by under Community

If the 4th of July festivities drained your finances, you’re in luck! I’ve found a few local activities that allow you to get the kids out of the house and into some free, family-friendly fun.

1. On Tuesday, July 10th, you can take the whole family to see a movie for free! The Independent Day School is screening Space Dogs, a G-rated movie, starting at 6:30pm. You can relax in the A/C with free popcorn and water, too! Space Dogs is playing at the Galluzzo Theatre at the IDS’s campus in Middlefield (directions here). RSVP today by emailing . Enjoy the show!

2. It’s VBS Week at Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, and the entire week of activities is free! Vacation Bible School is for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and it’s appropriate for any child or parent looking for a week of faith education and friendly interaction with other area kids. VBS continues through this week until July 13th, and it takes place at the Church (directions here). The program runs from 9:00am until Noon, and a snack will be provided as well. You can register by visiting the Church’s website!

3. And, for the entire month of July, Mystic Aquarium is saying “thank you” to our nation’s troops with free admission! All active military members will get in to the Aquarium for free. Their family members get discounted admission, too; adults pay only $15 and children cost just $10 each for admission! You can get more information about the Aquarium (directions here), including any special daily programs and activities, by visiting their website.

Learn And Play At Summer Camp

July 2nd, 2012 at 6:33 pm by under Community

Once the 4th of July holiday is over, a lot of school-age children start getting a bit antsy. The novelty of the school year’s end has worn off, and maybe you’re looking for a fun way for your kids’ brains and bodies to stay active! Well, I have a couple ideas for you:

1. Every kid likes getting his hands dirty, right? Your little ones can do that and a lot more at this summer camp! The Bartlett Arboretum is holding a series of week-long summer camps, starting on Monday, July 9th, with a focus on exploring science. The camps run from 9:00am until 3:00pm, Monday-Friday. The camp features fun activities that allow for tons of hands-on learning opportunities for children 4-11 years old.

Each week has a fantastic theme, like Animal Week, Insects & Invertebrates, and Eco-Friendly Week! Bartlett’s Summer Camps begin the week of July 9th; the final camping week starts on August 13th. Special pricing is available for Arboretum Members, too! You can learn more about the camp and fill out a registration form by visiting this site.

2. Do you have a budding chef at home? Then, the Kiddie Kitchen Summer Camp is perfect for your youngster! The Brunch Week camp begins on July 9th; the week of July 16th is International Foods Week… sounds delicious!






Both camps run Monday through Thursday, from 9am until 1pm, and are for kids in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. The Kiddie Kitchen camp is taking place at the Outback Teen Center (directions here). You can register your child for the camp by using this link… and who knows… you might be able to “savor” their accomplishments, too!


Beat the Heat at the Zoo, or the Movies!

June 27th, 2012 at 2:42 pm by under Community

According to our StormTeam 8 Forecast, temperatures will be soaring back to around 90 degrees this weekend. Here’s a way to beat the heat this weekend… and, a way to possibly take advantage of it!

The C.H.A.I.N. Fund‘s signature “Breakfast and a Movie” event is this Saturday, June 30th beginning at 8:00am! The C.H.A.I.N. Fund raises money for cancer patients who have been physically and financially devastated by their disease. Everything from prescription co-pays to rent and mortgage payments falls under the C.H.A.I.N. umbrella. The Fund also provides educational and emotional support for patients, so they are well-armed to fight cancer from the beginning. Breakfast and a Movie is a great way to help the Fund grow, while growing your own social circle at the same time!






Bring your friends, and meet new ones, at one of three theaters in Connecticut on Saturday morning. A full breakfast will be provided, including sausage, eggs, grits, juice, coffee, and more! After filling your tray, you’ll head into the movie theater for the screening. This weekend, “Breakfast and a Movie” will feature the Tyler Perry hit, Madea’s Witness Protection! Participating movie theaters include (directions at link): Holiday Stadium 14 in Wallingford, Bowtie Cinemas Palace 17 in Hartford, and the Bowtie Cinemas SoNo Regent 8 in Norwalk. You can volunteer for the event or buy your tickets by clicking on this link.


Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo continues its 90 Days of Summer celebration through Labor Day weekend, in order to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Connecticut’s only Zoo! With all of their promotions, the theme is all about the 90s… :-)

This Thursday, you might actually want the temperature to rise; Beardsley Zoo is offering free admission for one child per adult when the high temperature is above 90 degrees on a Thursday. Keep an eye on the forecast… just last Thursday, our temperature topped out above 90 degrees, so it’s bound to happen again! The Zoo is in Bridgeport; you can get directions at this link.