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Aquarium gives back, helping the hungry, voting for books and more

Norwalkers get free admission to the Maritime Aquarium Saturday, Nov. 2
Norwalkers get free admission to the Maritime Aquarium on Saturday, Nov. 2. (Maritime Aquarium photo)
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Upcoming events around Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalkers get a free pass at the Maritime Aquarium, voters and peace lovers can help feed the hungry, and kids can get in on the voting action by choosing their favorite books and authors. Plus, it’s time to make reservations for the Norwalk Education Foundation’s “Taste of Norwalk,” set for Nov. 12.

 

Norwalkers visit Aquarium for free Saturday, Nov. 1

Norwalk residents can get close to seals, sharks, sea turtles and other animals for free on Sat., Nov. 1 in a special deal offered by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The Maritime Aquarium is thanking the residents of Norwalk for their support by offering free Aquarium admission on Nov. 1, the second of three such opportunities. The first was Oct. 4. A “Salute Norwalk Day” also is planned for Saturday, Dec. 6.

Norwalk residents can enjoy their favorite Aquarium animals and touch live sharks and jellies for free. Proof of residency is required. Plus, Norwalk residents will receive $1 discount on IMAX movies and 10 percent off in the Aquarium Gift Shop.

The Maritime Aquarium has more than 2,700 marine animals – including sand tiger sharks, harbor seals, river otters, sea turtles and pulsing jellyfish – nearly all of which are native to Long Island Sound and its watershed. Highlights include the seals demonstrating some of their behaviors during feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 and 3:45 p.m., and the Shark & Ray Touch Pool, the “Jiggle A Jelly” touch-a-jellyfish display and the Intertidal Touch Tank. Plus, everyone loves “Meerkats,” a special exhibit that is home to a family of active meerkats who dig, romp and explore in a re-created African desert landscape.

Learn more about the exhibits, IMAX films and special programs offered at The Maritime Aquarium by calling (203) 852-0700 or by going online.

Also, hands-on after-school insights into the marine world will be available to as many as 120 girls in three Bridgeport schools, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Dominion Resources to The Maritime Aquarium.

The grant will fund “Girls in Science” programs for girls in grades 4 to 8 at Beardsley, Park City Magnet and John Winthrop schools.

Once a week for 12 weeks, Maritime Aquarium educators will meet the girls after school and lead them through explorations of such topics as fish and squid anatomy, marine habitats, water pollution and animal adaptations.

Schools in Bridgeport were chosen by need. More than 97 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and all three schools have a majority of black and Hispanic students, ethnicities that are significantly underrepresented in the sciences.

Programs will be presented in age-appropriate activities for the girls in grades 4-5 and 6-8.

Dominion Resources’ K-12 Education Partnership program has awarded grants of up to $10,000 each to 77 schools in nine states and the District of Columbia to fund projects related to energy and the environment. The grants are given by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Dominion and the Dominion Foundation are dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. (In Connecticut, Dominion Resources is the parent company to Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell in Bridgeport, the Millstone Power Station in Waterford and the Somers Solar Center in Somers.)

 

A vote to fight hunger

The 7th annual Norwalk Election Day Food Drive will be held at all Norwalk city polling sites on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

This year’s donations are for the Person-to-Person Food Pantry in South Norwalk, providing more than 750 local families each month with needed food, including more than 1,000 children.

All non-perishable canned and packaged foods are needed, but especially canned turkey gravy, peanut butter and jelly, tuna, canned soups and fruits, boxed macaroni and cheese, and cereals.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Diane Cece at [email protected] or call 203-854-6930.

 

Buns, not guns

A group from the Wilton Quaker Meetinghouse is inviting fellow citizens to join on the weekend before the election in drawing attention to community needs and the financial resources squandered on the stockpiles of weapons while people are going hungry.

The peace/anti-poverty witness group will bring a couple of car-loads of food to the Open Door Shelter on Sunday. They will leave the Wilton Quaker Meetinghouse, 317 New Canaan Road, around noon to arrive by 12:30 p.m. at the Open Door Shelter, 4 Merritt St., Norwalk. All food donors are welcome along with those with strong backs to carry the food that will be delivered.

 

Vote for Books!

It’s not just parents who will vote on Nov. 4. Children may drop into the SoNo Branch Library from noon to 8:30 p.m. to get ballots to vote for their favorite picture book and chapter book authors.

Children of all ages may vote for picture book authors Mo Willems or Doreen Cronin for president, Eric Litwin or Rob Scotton for vice president, H. A. Rey or David Shannon for House representative, and Jane Yolen or Anna Dewdney for Senator.

Children may also vote for chapter book authors Daisy Meadows or Barbara Park for president, Lois Lowry or Suzanne Collins for vice president, Lincoln Pierce or Jeff Kinney for House representative, and Roald Dahl or Kate DiCamillo for Senator.

Voters will receive bookmarks, stickers, and pens for their efforts. Winners will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 5.

 

 

Norwalk Education Foundation to host annual Taste for Education

The Norwalk Education Foundation (NEF) is calling on the community to support its annual Taste for Education benefit from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Aitoro’s in Norwalk.

This year’s event is showcasing some newcomers. Chef Hunter Z, the teen Chopped Champion, will prepare tastings along with some fellow students. Hunter is a Stamford resident attending Norwalk’s Center for Global Studies and will marry his interest in Asian culture with his culinary talent. Hunter will be preparing food contributed by Whole Foods. You can follow him on Twitter or go to his website.

Other newcomers include Romanacci’s, Bloom Bros. Oysters & Clams, Dash of Salt, Mama’s Boy, Garden Grill & Bar, los Poblanos, BMS Baking Company, Sweet Sabrina’s Cake Shop, One Bro Pizza Co.and Spiked Seltzer, along with long-time partners Diageo, Fountainhead Wines, Wave Hill Breads, Solude Coffee and the local culinary students cooking with produce from Norwalk Grows.

Corporate sponsors include AT&T, FactSet, Webster Bank, Terex, Dean Cleaners, and Benefit Planning Services.

Guests can bid on a variety of items donated from local and non-local businesses. There will be sports memorabilia from Steiner Sports, including several Derek Jeter items. All-Star Driver has donated a comprehensive driver’s ed class, valued at over $700, and NBC Universal has donated two VIP Meredith Viera tickets. All proceeds go toward NEF’s mission of supporting excellence in education in Norwalk.

To purchase a ticket, go to the NEF website  and click on the Taste for Education logo, or send a check to the NEF office at 125 East Ave., 3rd Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851. Tickets are $45 prior to the event and $55 at the door.

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