Area briefs


Wings of Freedom Tour coming to Oxford

The Wings of Freedom Tour is coming to the Oxford-Waterbury Airport this weekend. -CONTRIBUTED
The Wings of Freedom Tour is coming to the Oxford-Waterbury Airport this weekend. -CONTRIBUTED

OXFORD — The Wings of Freedom Tour will touch down at the Oxford-Waterbury Airport this weekend.

The Wings of Freedom Tour, sponsored by The Collings Foundation, is a living history display of military World War II aircrafts, such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Consolidated B-24 Liberator, and North American B-25 Mitchell.

The tour will be at the airport, 288 Christian St., from Sept. 6 through Sept. 8. Visitors can tour the aircrafts. Walk-through tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 years old and younger. Thirty minute flights aboard the B-17 or B-24 are available for $425 per person. Reservations are needed to take flights and can be made by calling (800) 568-8924 or visiting

Veterans from World War II are invited to attend at no cost. Veterans are asked to bring memorabilia and share their stories with fellow veterans and the public. Tables will be set up for WWII veterans on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. Veterans can come and go at their leisure.

Veterans who want to participate can call Walter Hushak at (860) 276-0749 for more information.

The Wings of Freedom Tour will be at the Oxford-Waterbury Airport Sept. 6 from 2 to 5 p.m.; Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DAV holding monthly meeting

WATERBURY — The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11 will hold its monthly meeting Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Conference Center on Union Street. A certified service officer will be on hand to help veterans and their families fill out claim forms. For more information or any veteran who can’t make the meeting and needs help, contact Tom Cannavaro at (860) 274-5293 or or Greg Alulis at (203) 262-1615.

Griffin Hospital hosts workshops on diabetes

DERBY — The Diabetes Education and Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free presentations about diabetes treatments and management on Sept. 10 at Griffin Hospital, 103 Division St, in Derby.

The first workshop will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Griffin Hospital’s Meditation and Learning Center room 1. The second workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. in room 2 of Griffin Hospital’s dining room. No registration is required. For more information, call Mary Swansiger at (203) 732-1137.

Quilts that Care holding meeting

WATERBURY — Quilts that Care, an organization that makes quilts for people who undergo cancer treatment, will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, 1075 Chase Parkway, Waterbury.

Donations of fabric shop gift cards, 100 percent cotton fabric, quilting materials, a used vacuum cleaner and gallon ziplock bags are being accepted. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, call Deb at (860) 945-0184 or email

Brunch to benefit breast wellness center

DERBY — A community-wide fundraiser brunch will be held Sept. 8 at the La Sala Banquet Hall, Sons of Italy, 23 High St., to benefit The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital in Derby.

Hosted by Ralph Durante, the brunch is inspired by his wife, Anna, who is a breast cancer survivor. The brunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and are available in advance or at the door. Proceeds will benefit The Valley Goes Pink, a grassroots, community-wide effort throughout the lower Naugatuck Valley to support The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness. For tickets or more information, contact Ralph or Anna Durante at (203) 732-1977 or or visit The Valley Goes Pink at

Watertown Art League holding meeting

WATERTOWN — The Watertown Art League is meeting Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 40 DeForest St.

Middlebury Artist, ShawnaLee Kwasnak will demonstrate the art of charcoal as it applies to pet portraiture. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  For more information, call May at (203) 574-2835 or visit