The New Canaan YMCA and Kiwanis Club of New Canaan have partnered again this year to present the Circus Vidbel.

The circus will perform under the

big top tent at Saxe Middle School Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30. There will be two shows each day, at

4 and 7 p.m.

The circus will be showcasing new acts, activities, and a new "Wild West" theme for its third year performing in town, as well as the return of the popular and breathtaking cloud swing and lyra acts by Susan Vidbel.

The show is appropriate for families with children of all ages, and no wild animals are part of the performance.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Kiwanis again to be bringing the circus back to our community for a third year," Y Executive Director Craig Panzano

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"With Circus Vidbel, we are so proud that we have not only created a tradition for families within our town, but that proceeds from the event all go back to benefiting our community," Kiwanis President Jenny Esposito said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the financial assistance program at the New Canaan YMCA, ensuring no one is ever turned away from the Y for the inability to pay, as well as the Kiwanis Community Fund, which allows

the club to provide grants to nonprofits whose missions are dedicated to serving children.

Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children under 2 are free. Advance tickets are available at the New Canaan YMCA, Baskin Robbins, Karl Chevrolet and TD Bank.

For additional information, contact New Canaan YMCA Vice President of Financial Development Susan Cossette Eng at 203-966-4528,

ext. 142, or email

Founded in 1954 by a group of community volunteers, the New Canaan YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich all people in spirit, mind, and body. As an inclusive community service organization, the YMCA turns away no one for reasons of race, religion, or economic background and last year awarded nearly $340,000 in direct financial assistance. Serving the communities of New Canaan, Pound Ridge, N.Y., and South Salem, N.Y., the YMCA also strives to partner with a variety of outside organizations to further its role as a community service provider.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis and its youth-oriented Service Leadership Programs serve communities in more than 80 countries and geographic areas. Founded in 1915 in Detroit, Mich., Kiwanis International now comprises 600,000 members worldwide.

The Kiwanis Club of New Canaan, founded in 1939, is a nonprofit organization that distributes its fund raising revenue to a variety of local community organizations and provides scholarships and other awards to New Canaan High School students.