Area Happenings


No Vet Left Behind moves into new home

ANSONIA — No Vet Left Behind, Inc. has a new, bigger home.

Stars and Stripes Thrift Shoppe, the home of the veterans’ organization, recently opened in a new location at 14 Jewett St., Ansonia. The new location is 4,000 square feet and houses the thrift shoppe along with a computer lab that will be dedicated for veterans and their families job searching and resume writing. Classes in Microsoft applications will be offered free to veterans.

According to a release issued by the organization, No Vet Left Behind will also now be offering veteran outreach and counseling.

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Naugatuck residents to lead courses at OLLI

WATERBURY — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Connecticut in Waterbury announced that Naugatuck residents, Judy Jaworski and Barbara Schafer, will be leading programs during the upcoming spring/summer 2012 session.

Jaworski will lead an eight-week course, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, designed to expand the powers of perception through drawing.

Schafer will present two eight-week courses, Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible, and Reiki II.

The classes will be held from March 16 to May 11 at the Waterbury campus. For more information on courses and pricing, visit, call (203) 236-9924 or e-mail

Friendly fundraiser for Easter Seals

WATERBURY — Easter Seals is teaming up with Friendly’s restaurants for a fundraiser.

Through Feb. 13 any Friendly’s customer who donates $1 to support Easter Seals will receive five Valentine’s Day cards, redeemable for free Friendly’s Kid Cones and $5 off a $25 purchase coupon.

Participating Friendly’s locations are 544 Reidville Dr., Waterbury; 130 Rubber Ave. Naugatuck; Heritage Village, Southbury; 408 Queen St., Southington; 497 Farmington Ave., Bristol; 81 Newtown Road, Danbury; and 108 Danbury Road, New Milford; and
48 Berlin Rd., Cromwell.

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Symphony presents ‘Forbidden Love’

WATERBURY — The Waterbury Symphony Orchestra will present “Forbidden Love” just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The program will feature Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy, excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet ballet score along with additional selections from West Side Story, and The Walk to the Paradise Garden.

The show I scheduled for Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $30 and $50.  For tickets, call (203) 574-4283 or visit

Dance to benefit St. Jude Hospital

WATERBURY— The Fifth Annual St. Jude Kyla’s Starlight Dinner Dance will be held in March.

The dance will take place March 9 at La Bella Vista Fine Catering (formally Villa Rosa, Pontelandolfo Club) in Waterbury. The dance is a fundraiser for St. Jude Research Hospital, a world leader in advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic disease in children.  The hospital commits itself to the mission of treating patients regardless of their ability to pay for medical services.  No child or family in need is ever turned away from St. Jude.

In 2011, the Starlight Dinner Dance raised over $25,000 for the hospital.

To become a part of this event or for more information, e-mail the dance committee at