Dali with ‘Alice’ at the library, catch up on neighborhood news, and watch your health

Once AroundNORWALK, Conn. – If you like art and literature, you don’t want to miss the “Alice in Wonderland” celebration at the Norwalk Public Library at 1 Belden Ave. In addition to various books and pictures, there are original Salvador Dali drawings.

Also around the city, the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations meets Monday, the health department wants you to get vaccinated, and a youth group trying to bring police and youth together will benefit from a $30K grant


Library celebrates 150th anniversary of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

The Norwalk Public Library is commemorating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and celebrating the holidays with a colorful display marking Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland’s “The Madhatter’s Tea Party.”

The Norwalk Library lobby exhibit includes a copy of “Alice In Wonderland,” pop-up books, pictures, ephemera, and six original color lithographs by the surrealist artist Salvador Dali, each pencil signed by the artist. These unique limited lithographs were done for his portfolio, “Alice In Wonderland,” published in 1969.

This exhibit, which runs through December, is from the collection of Kathleen and Gil Rodriguez of Gilann Books in Darien.

For additional information, contact Library Programming Specialist Cynde Bloom Lahey at (203) 899-2780, ext. 15133, or email [email protected].


Six Salvador Dali drawings are on display at the library.
Six Salvador Dali drawings are on display at the library.

CNNA meets Monday night in City Hall

The monthly meeting of the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at Norwalk City Hall, Room 101.

Agenda items include status update on Manresa Association; draft position statement on revising aspects of Land Use/Planning in Norwalk, especially to inform and engage residents; current land use applications and permits of interest; continued discussion on 2015 CNNA priorities and forming standing committees.

Member associations are encouraged to attend, and all Norwalk residents are welcome.

For more information go to www.norwalkneighborhoods.com.


Norwalk Health Department now offering pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

The Norwalk Health Department now offers pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-13) as part of its Travel and Adult Immunization program. PCV-13 protects against pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia.

In August 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended PCV-13 for adults age 65 and older. The one-time dose of PCV-13 is recommended in addition to the long-used pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV-23). In other words, experts recommend that people older than 65 get both vaccines at least six months apart, and if you have been vaccinated with PPSV-23 already, experts now recommend that you also receive PCV-13.

You can schedule an appointment to get pneumococcal vaccine, flu vaccine, or any of the other vaccines offered by the Health Department. For more information about vaccine services, visit www.norwalkhealth.com and click the yellow “Travel & Immunization” button. You can also call (203) 854-7776 for additional information and to schedule an appointment.


SAVE gets $30,000 grant to support Youth Council for Justice

Serving All Vessels Equally, Inc. (SAVE) has received $30,000 in funding under the Perrin Family Foundation’s Building Leadership and Organizing Capacity (BLOC) Initiative. BLOC is a three-year initiative that will provide SAVE with general operating and capacity building resources and technical assistance.

SAVE will use the grant to continue development of the Youth Council for Justice (YC4J), which has identified “school push-out” and relations between law enforcement and youth as priority issues.

In announcing the grant, Ray Dancy, executive director of SAVE, said, “This funding will enable YC4J to grow its base and better position the group for youth-led community organizing.”

The Youth Council for Justice (YC4J) is a youth-led, adult-supported social justice organization that empowers youth ages 8 to 21 to take appropriate civic action on the issues that affect their lives. Issue awareness forums are conducted at school and advocacy campaigns are initiated to bring the identified concerns to light.

Under the BLOC framework SAVE is expected to:

  • Train 10 to 15 youth leaders
  • Conduct appropriate research to assist YC4J in the analyzing issues related to the “school to prison pipeline”.
  • Ensure that all SAVE/BLOC team members fully participate in initiative activities, including meetings, events, and retreats.
  • Fully implement the programmatic and organizational follow up activities required after each session and throughout the initiative.

For more information about the Youth Council for Justice, contact Judy Meikle (YC4J Youth Organizer) at 203-981-6889 or [email protected].


One response to “Dali with ‘Alice’ at the library, catch up on neighborhood news, and watch your health”

  1. Kathleen Montgomery

    Thanks Mark…I always look forward to these announcements. A must read for all who want to know the many positive things happening in Norwalk!

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