Community Buzz: NCHS takes to the runway, A Mormon on a mission...
Published 12:00 am, Friday, March 23, 2018
A New Canaan native has been called to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ogden, Utah.
Parker Ames entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah Feb. 7 and spent three weeks in training before departing to his field of service.
Ames is a 2017 graduate of New Canaan High School, where he was an honors student, a principal violinist in the NCHS orchestra, and acted in many NCHS drama productions from freshman to senior year. He recently completed his freshman year of college at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he is majoring in computer science.
New Canaan High School is having its annual Fashion Show March 23 at 7 p.m.
The entire community — parents, grandparents, friends, cousins — are welcome to watch and support the New Canaan High School seniors as they walk the runway in today’s latest fashion trends.
The NCHS Fashion Show will feature members of the New Canaan High School senior class, as well as high school faculty. They will be modeling current fashion trends of the season.
Proceeds from the annual event will help support the New Canaan High School Post Prom, held at Waveny House following prom and offering a safe, alcohol-free option for the teenagers.
Students who receive a term grade-point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses earn the fall Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence at Colgate University
New Canaan High School graduates Emily Brand and George Buck both earned this honor. Brand, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in English and Buck, a member of the class of 2018, is majoring in economics.
Ellen Jennings, of New Canaan, was named to the University of Dallas fall dean’s list for earning a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. Jennings is majoring in psychology.
New Canaan-based LiveGirl hosted a “BRAVE” girl empowerment leadership summit at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk on March 9 that brought together 75 middle school girls from across Fairfield County.
The summit featured CEOs and company founders Sarah Beach (Strong Magazine for Girls), Claire O’Hare (Livewell Design), and Cynthia Barnett (Amazing Girls Science). LiveGirl also announced the winners of their Girl Boss contest, for which girls presented their own entrepreneurial ideas. Zuri Giddings (eco-lawn mower), Audrey Long (Trophy Bags), and Kellie Taylor (Cleo fashion app) were then mentored by the CEO/founders panel.
The girls also celebrated Women’s History Month by paying tribute to women who have broken barriers, shattered ceilings, and changed lives.
Person-to-Person (P2P) received a $400,000 grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to support the new P2P Mobile Food Pantry in Stamford.
The Cohen Foundation has been a longstanding and generous supporter of P2P, providing funding for the agency’s 2013 expansion into Norwalk, underwriting the purchase of a new box truck in 2016 and now making this grant for the Mobile Food Pantry.
There is a high rate of food insecurity in Stamford and “P2P on Wheels” will give residents the opportunity to select free grocery items, including fresh produce, dairy items, meat and poultry, and canned goods.
P2P will be able to serve more residents of the city than they can currently accommodate in their Darien office, up to 40 additional families daily, with casework counseling and emergency financial assistance. This also increase their collaboration with partner agencies in Stamford, at which the Mobile Food Pantry will be stationed during the week.
Established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services, P2P’s service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton.
The Young Women’s League of New Canaan will host the 45th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 24 with activities beginning at 9 a.m. at Waveny Park.
The Easter Bunny’s arrival kicks off the festivities, which include family entertainment, bounce houses, glitter tattoos and crafts. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures with children courtesy of Christina Saburro Photography. The hunt will start at 10:15 a.m. with children collecting over 10,000 eggs and searching for the coveted golden eggs containing gift certificates redeemable at New Canaan Toy Store.
Proceeds from a bake sale will benefit the YWL Giving Fund to support this year’s giving theme of “Strong Women, Strong Communities.”
Sponsors of the event include New Country Porsche of Greenwich, Ashley Petraska-Berkshire Hathaway, Camp Playland, Toddlertime Nursery School, Stamford Health, Wadia Associates, AuPair in America, Bankwell, Walter Stewart’s Market, New Canaan Pediatric Dentistry and Prizio Roofing.
In the event of inclement weather, the Egg Hunt will take place on the same day and time at New Canaan High School.
The annual Saxe Middle School seventh and eighth grade production this year will be the romantic comedy Guys and Dolls.
Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy filled with classic Broadway songs such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “A Bushel and A Peck.” Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, this award-winning classic gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway.
Performance dates are March 23 at 7 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. Both performances will take place in the newly-renovated Saxe Middle School auditorium.
Under the direction and choreography of Lauren Nicole Sherwood, along with musical director Zachary Kampler, assistant musical director Joe Gergle, stage manager/assistant director/choreographer Matthew Blank, and orchestra director/conductor Janet Rosen, audiences will be transported from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Cuba and even to the sewers of New York City as created by production designer Maggie Pennoyer.
More than 75 Saxe students have dedicated themselves to practicing their singing and dance routines to dazzle audiences in this performance. Over 20 students are also building sets and props, working as stage crew, and providing live accompaniment in the pit orchestra.
Tickets may be purchased at saxeptc.org or in person one hour prior to each performance.
Dance shoes in closets around Fairfield County are being brought out for polishing as leaders of the local business community begin the demanding process necessary to compete in ElderHouse Adult Day Center’s annual Dancing with the Stars.
The fifth annual gala benefit is being held March 24 from 6 to 11 p.m., at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.
The gala event showcases seven Fairfield County business representatives, each paired with an award-winning dance professional from Norwalk’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, who donate their time to practice routines, hone them to perfection, and compete in this exciting and impressive dance competition.
The notable lineup of 2018 dancers representing Fairfield County includes:
Carolyn Donohue-Ulman, assistant to president and director of Trademark Anti-Counterfeit, Dooney & Bourke in Norwalk;
Hank Fatigate, general manager of the Little Pub in Wilton
Eric Ferraris, chief operating officer at Toohner-Ferraris Insurance Group in Wilton;
Nathan Gottlieb, co-owner of All Seasons Marine Works, located in Rowayton and Westport;
Karen Kelly, senior vice-president at First County Bank in Stamford;
Andrea Kostanecki, a realtor at William Pitt Sotheby’s in Rowayton;
Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre Darien;
Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit is ElderHouse’s largest annual fundraising event and helps the Norwalk nonprofit to sustain its award-winning program of adult care, socialization, and recreational activities to a senior population living with aging diseases. Funds will be raised through ticket sales, pledges, onsite voting, live auction, and a paddle raise.
For more information on how to donate, make a pledge to a favorite dancer, or for event tickets, contact ElderHouse at 203-847-1998 or visit elderhouse.org/events.