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Library, ballet team up for Dancemakers

Brass City Ballet and the Middlebury Public Library are launching the Dancemakers project in March. –CONTRIBUTED
Brass City Ballet and the Middlebury Public Library are launching the Dancemakers project in March. –CONTRIBUTED

MIDDLEBURY — Brass City Ballet, in partnership with the Middlebury Public Library, are launching Dancemakers, a new project with the goal of providing the community a chance to experience the creative process of making dance.

The Dancemakers project, which is being funded through a state grant, begins in March with dance composition workshops that are free and open to the general public ages 5 and up. They are open to all levels of abilities, and canes, walkers and wheelchairs are welcome. Dancemakers workshop attendees will create their own dance compositions by means of dance improvisation and discussion.

The project concludes with an open demonstration of the workshop dances in April and the opportunity to present them on the stage at the ballet’s final year-end performance in June.

The workshops will be conducted at the Middlebury Public Library on March 21, March 28 and April 4 from 5:45 to 7 p.m. The fourth and final workshop will be held April 11 at the Shepardson Community Building in Middlebury. A preview workshop will be held Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the library. To register, call the library at (203) 758-2634.

YMCA offering cancer survivor support program

WATERBURY — A few spots are still open in the Greater Waterbury YMCA’s upcoming Livestrong exercise program.

The main goal of the 12-week program is to help cancer survivors return to their “old normal,” and achieve things they didn’t think they were capable of post-treatment. The program is available free of charge to all survivors and one support person.

For the duration of the session, both the survivor and their supporter have full access to the YMCA as well as the twice weekly organized program. Space is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. The next session runs from March 11 to May 31.

For more information or to register, contact Meghan Curley at (203) 754-9622 ext. 155 or

Regional chamber to host legislative dinner

WATERBURY — The Waterbury Regional Chamber is hosting its annual legislative dinner March 4.

The dinner is held to provide chamber members the opportunity to hear from state leaders. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been invited to be the dinner’s keynote speaker. Local legislators and municipal leaders have also been invited.

The dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza Southbury hotel at 1284 Strongtown Road in Southbury from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 for chamber members and $150 for non-members. A reserved table with priority seating for nine is $1,100. Reservations are requested by Feb. 28. For more information or to register, visit, or contact Courtney Ligi at or (203) 757-0701.

Dinner dance to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital

WATERBURY — The sixth annual Starlight Dinner Dance to benefit the St. Jude Research Hospital will be held March 8 at La Bella Vista Fine Catering in Waterbury.

St. Jude Research Hospital averages 5,700 active patients per year, with over 260 patients passing through its doors each day. No child or family in need is ever turned away from St. Jude.

In 2012, the Starlight Dinner Dance raised over $30,000 for St. Jude Research Hospital.  Tickets for this year’s dance are $75 per person or $750 for a table of 10. For tickets or more information, contact our Lindsey Iacovacci at

Church hosting Valentine’s dinner

WATERBURY — The South Congregational Church, 160 Piedmont St., is holding a Valentine’s family dinner on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call (203) 754-8154.