The Kiwanis Club of New Canaan will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Aloysius School’s dining hall, 33 South Ave.

Tickets are $10 for children, free for age 2 and under, $15 for adults ($20 at the door) and are available at:

Nurenu Brand Marketing, 43 Pine St.

New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, 91 Elm St.

Baskin Robbins, 103 Main St.

Walter Stewart’s Market, 229 Elm St.

The event will bring together families, food, music, and community in a traditional Irish celebration. The Pender-Keady Irish dance troupe and the Anam Cara Irish dancers will perform.

Sponsors include Walter Stewart’s Market, Stewart’s Spirits, TD Bank, South Avenue Butcher, Flynn’s Hardwoods, First County Bank, the Wronski family, Hawthorne, Ackerly & Dorrance LLC, James Buchanan (Lucky Lawn Irrigation LLC), Hoyt Funeral Home, NurenuBrand Marketing, NewCanaanite.com, as well as the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce and Baskin Robbins.

The Ram Council will benefit from a portion of the evening’s proceeds.

Revolutionary War heroes

On Monday, historian James Bach will look back to 1776 and New Canaan Parish’s 1,000 residents.

Three soldiers with New Canaan backgrounds stood out in the Revolution:

a captain who went on to become a big land owner on Oenoke Ridge and found the New Canaan Episcopal Church;

a colonel who served as George Washington’s chief spy, with headquarters on Ponus Ridge;

a lowly platoon sergeant who earned our country’s first and highest award for valor during the Yorktown defeat of Gen. Cornwallis.

Refreshments will be served following the half-hour talk, which starts at 8 p.m. in the Lindstrom Room at the New Canaan Historical Society, 13 Oenoke Ridge.

St. Luke’s students help out

Inspired after a visit to the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford, St. Luke’s School students hosted a clothing drive to create care packages

Ten freshmen from St. Luke’s visited the center on Feb. 1 for an impromptu seminar and discussion about gender dynamics and inequality. Rosie Enyart, center lead counselor, met with the young women from the New Canaan school to help them develop a J-Term project about gender issues and sexual assault.

After learning that during a hospital exam victims of sexual assault must surrender their clothing for inclusion in the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence kit, the girls were curious about what victims wear home from the hospital. Often victims are given donated clothing from the emergency room, whatever might be on hand.

Inspired, the Gender Inequality Group conducted a clothing drive within the St. Luke’s School community, asking for gently used clothing, as well as direct financial contributions to purchase new undergarments and toiletries. Their plan was to create care packages for the center’s hotline volunteers to bring to sexual assault victims at the hospital.

On Feb. 15, the group and their adviser returned to the center with 26 colorful gift bags filled with clean, comfortable clothing, sorted into outfits in various sizes, and including undergarments, toiletries and a note card with a heart drawn on the envelope.

Reading pays off

In January, South School students participated in a two-weeklong reading event to raise money for their school. Approximately 70 percent of students participated in South School’s annual Read-A-Thon and raised over $21,000.

Funds from this year’s Read-A-Thon will go toward upcoming grade-level field trips, as well as the STEM Bots assembly. This one-of-a-kind assembly will use robots to promote STEM learning and make it fun, participatory and engaging.

Per grade, a top reader and top fundraiser were awarded for their hard work, as well as one class per grade for the highest participation rate. South School Read-A-Thon winners include Jack Haley, E.J. Kollitides, Bryson Baker, Niko Nikeas, Henry Bertelson, Tripp Paniwozik, Brandon Barua, Amelia Bergheim, Ian Lanning and Arden Alexander.

At the end of the event, readers and their families were invited to a magic show to celebrate.

Student art on display

The community is invited to view and celebrate the work of New Canaan High School art students whose work was selected for inclusion in “Through Our Eyes V” at The Carriage Barn Arts Center in Waveny Park.

An opening reception will be held March 10 from 5 to 7 p.m., and the exhibit will be on view through April 1. New Canaan High School performing arts students will also be showcased and celebrated during the exhibit, with live music performed at the opening reception and a closing poetry event on April 1.

This is the fifth year the Carriage Barn Arts Center has partnered with the New Canaan High School art department to showcase student artwork in the gallery. The work of more than 100 students will be showcased and include photography, original paintings, drawings and jewelry as well as video and installations. The selected works represent students in introductory level courses up to Advanced Placement level art classes.

The students whose will be shown are Lukah Aguilera, Claire Batchelor, Lauren Berardino, Audrey Bloom, Sydney Britt, Claire Brunner, Alex Carlson, Matt Chalon, Quincy Connell, Skye Curren, Skyler Davidson, Kiefer Dresser, Rachel Driver, Jack Dunn, Charlie Hane, Morgan Hibbert, Tighe Hoey, Isabel DiGiacomo Meghan Kloud, Michelle Labadie, Nicholas LaMorte, RJ Lauture, Gabriela Limone, Daniel Lu, Isaac Marshall, Grant Mellinger, Katherine Mettler, Aurelie Moutran, Cortland Parrott, Megan Rigione, Skyler Risom, Nicole Schlesinger, James Sweet, Katie Tan, Gwynne Tenney, Aurelio Alvarez, Cameron Blair, Reid Dahill, Catherine Doytcheva, Taylor DeVito, Devin Findlay, Emma Garner, Olivia Germann, Anne Greer, Claudia Guerrero, Katherine Lisecky, Katherine Lindberg, Connor McDevitt, Molly Mazabras, Isabela Montano, Adrianna Morina, Sharanya Mukherjee, Caroline O’Dea, Ashlyn Pace, Ann Pakhayev, Jessica Penman, Isabella Rocha, Rosa Alfizures Cifuentes, Darleicy Ruiz, Mead Savage, Rachel Smith, Zoe Spencer, Madison Starr, Hannah Suthons, Ashley Sztam, Joshua Vindas, Gwenan Walker, Alexandra Yee, Brooke Barber, Ellery Baran, Emma Barker, Lauren Bisceglia, Elizabeth Bochicchio, Jackson Braden, Margaux Brennan, Shannon Bucci, Caroline Challe, Brielle Connelly, Morgan Connelly, Courtney Coutts, Elizabeth Cuoco, Camaren Dayton, Matthew DePalo, Jessica Eccleston, Emily Dowdle, Maria Fagerstal, Alexander Galvan, Hannah Gelnaw, Casey Gertsen, Jane Gesing, Luis Gonzalez-Miranda, Sophie Graham, Caroline Grogan, Timothy Hardy, Zoe Jones, Danielle Klapper, Reilly Krug, Anna Lysenko, Chloe McAuliffe, Grant Mellinger, Michelle Mercede, Samantha Pepe, Elizabeth Pohle, Chiara Rapuano, Bailey Reehl, Grace Riley, Thomas Roscoe, Nicolas Savini, John Slattery, Sammi Smith, Emma Smith, Becca Walshin, Emily Wasser, Wyatt Wilson, Stephen Wronski, and Amy Chu.

This year’s exhibit is underwritten by Bankwell, with additional sponsorship support from HTG Investment Advisors, New Canaan Alarm Co., Santella Electric and William Raveis.

Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

More details can be found at www.CarriageBarn.org.

Bankwell launches pet adoption project

As part of an ongoing effort to provide ongoing value to the community, Bankwell launched the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project on March 1 to create awareness about the many dogs and cats in need of homes at animal shelters throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.

All Bankwell branches will feature photographs and information about available dogs and cats, which will also be previewed on the bank’s website during March and April. The branches will also serve as collection points for a “wish list” to benefit the Connecticut Humane Society, and a list of those items will also appear on the bank’s website.

Portraits of the featured animals were taken by local photographer Michael Bagley.

The project was the brainchild of Lynne Gomez, Bankwell’s executive assistant to the CEO, who worked with Wilton Branch Manager Ann Mitrione and Marketing Assistant Lucy French to get the program off the ground.

Bankwell has partnered with Animal Haven, ROAR, STARelief and Pet Assistance, Stamford Animal Shelter, Red Leash Rescue, Strays & Others, Little Black Dog Rescue, One More Dog Rescue, Lexi’s Angels/Shaggy Dog Rescue, Sunshine Golden Retriever and the Humane Society for this project.

Pet Pantry has generously offered to provide a complimentary gift basket for the home of any pet adopted during the program and also serve as a collection point for the Humane Society “wish list”. Additionally, Canine Training & Behavioral Services in Wilton will offer a free 30-minute consultation for anyone who adopts a dog during the Bankwell Pet Adoption Project.