donated $2,500 to the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk to support their “Mutt-i-grees” program.

Bankwell is a community bank that serves the banking and lending needs of residents and businesses throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. Stepping Stones partners with the Norwalk PAWS animal shelter to teach the program’s curriculum throughout Connecticut, and Bankwell’s donation will make the program available to children from underserved backgrounds.

With its important social-emotional learning lessons, the Mutt-i-grees curriculum strengthens children’s self- and social-awareness, relationship skills, and ability to make ethical decisions that benefit people, animals, and the environment. These and other social and emotional skills are important for children’s development and can also enhance academic achievement.

Bankwell was also the sponsor of Mutt-i-grees Night on Aug. 3.

Now in it’s 40th year, the New Canaan Society for the Arts annual member show celebrates the range, interests, and talents of our artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media in art.

New and current members may enter up to three pieces, one of which may be chosen for inclusion in the exhibition at the Carriage Barn Arts Center.

Submissions are due Aug. 18.

The entry fee is $20 for up to three pieces. To enter, membership must be current for the duration of the show through Oct. 7. Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception Sept. 10.

Those interested in exhibiting or participating in other activities can join or renew their membership at or by calling 203-972-1895.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, which serves children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan, is seeking additional volunteers for its Youth, Empowerment, & Support Mentoring Program.

The YES Mentoring Program supports children, ages 6 to 18, who are involved in System of Care in Stamford and Norwalk. CGC’s System of Care program helps families access integrated services to meet complex needs and safely maintain children at home.

Through YES, youth will have the opportunity to interact and participate in fun, age-appropriate activities with a positive role model. While the mentor is spending quality time with the child/teen, parents will have some time to themselves.

Each YES session lasts 12 weeks, and youth will meet with their mentor for three hours a week. Every mentor will complete thorough interview, orientation, and background checks. The mentor and family will work together to develop a convenient schedule of enjoyable activities for the child.

To learn more about the YES Mentoring Program or to volunteer, contact Sheila Figueroa at or 203-517-3346.

In May, two New Canaan natives earned degrees from Ithaca College in New York.

Alec Tucker graduated cum laude from Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences with a degree in theater studies.

Matthew Bruch graduated from Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences with a degree in computer science.