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Family Dinner nights resume Sept. 27

Published 9:49 am, Sunday, September 22, 2013
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The New Canaan YMCA and New Canaan Youth Services Department will continue their Family Dinner program, which kicks off on Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A free family-style dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. Following dinner, activities will be offered, including Bouncing Bears for children ages 8 and younger, carnival-like sports games, photo booth, arts and crafts, plus family swim, dancing, and more.

The event, now in its fourth year, is inspired by "Family Day," a national movement that informs parents that the engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America's kids substance free.

"It's very easy for families to feel busy and rushed during this time of year," Youth and Family Director Davie Cedela said. "Our family dinners are meant to give families the opportunity to take a break and enjoy a fun night together."

Jacqueline D'Louhy, coordinator of youth and family services for New Canaan, added, "We know the research shows that children with hands-on parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs. I emphatically encourage all parents to remember the importance of their influence over their children: model good behavior, make family time important, and no conversation should be off limits."

For reservations, visit the YMCA front desk or www.newcanaanymca.org.