Area briefs


Stamp to debut at Derby Library w/p

DERBY — The Derby Public Library is holding a First Day of Sale Ceremony for the War of 1812: USS Constitution Forever stamp Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m.

According to the United State Postal Service, The War of 1812, sometimes called “the forgotten conflict,” was a two-and-a-half year confrontation with Great Britain that brought the United States to the verge of bankruptcy and disunion. With this stamp, the Postal Service begins a series commemorating the bicentennial of a war that ultimately helped forge our national identity and gave us our national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

This program is being presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Cover Club, Derby Public Library, Derby Historical Society and the USPS. The Derby Library is located at 313 Elizabeth St. For more information, contact the Derby Historical Society at (203) 735-1908 or

Brass City Ballet holding open house

MIDDLEBURY — The Brass City Ballet will begin its 27th season with an open house on Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its studio at 1255 Middlebury Road,Middlebury.

The public is invited to attend, take a free trial lesson, and meet BCB faculty.

Brass City Ballet is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the art, technique and joy of dance to the community. For more information, call (203) 598-0186 or visit

Free social service screening in Southbury

SOUTHBURY — A free social service screenings for food stamps and other programs will be held Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jewish Federation, 444 Main St. North, Southbury.

Reservations are required for the one hour screening, which is given by Nera Clemente of the Connecticut Association for Human Services. To RSVP, call Debby Horowitz, Brownstein Jewish Family Service director, at (203) 267-3177. All calls are confidential.