The New Canaan YMCA will host a family luau on Friday, Aug. 9, at Kiwanis Park, Old Norwalk Road, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sponsored by the Bank of New Canaan, the luau will include swimming in Kiwanis Pond, field games, a limbo contest, music and a campfire with s'mores. Dinner will also be provided and will feature burgers and hot dogs served by the Apple Cart.

"We're excited to be hosting our first family luau this summer," said Davie Cedela, youth and family director at the New Canaan YMCA. "The event should be a great opportunity for families who are in town in August to come together for an evening of summer fun together."

Heidi DeWyngaert, president of the Bank of New Canaan, added, "The Bank of New Canaan has always been a strong supporter of the Y and other organizations in town that make New Canaan such a special place to live and work. We are very pleased to sponsor this event which not only supports the Y, but also promotes family values and the importance of sharing the simple pleasures of summer with friends and family in the community."

The luau event has been planned in support of the Y's dedication to youth development and the importance of family time, in addition to the advancement of the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. The Developmental Assets are 40 research-based, positive qualities that influence young people's development, helping them become caring, responsible and productive adults. The Y strives to provide the community's families and youth with the tools to achieve many of these assets through programs, resources, and family events such as the upcoming family luau.

Tickets are $20 per family. For reservations, which must be made by Monday, Aug. 5, visit or the front desk or call 203-966-4528.

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