NORWALK, Conn. – Beneficiaries for the Mayor’s Ball, scheduled for Jan. 25; College Bowl Sunday at NCC; Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum’ writers awards and holiday events.
The Mayor’s annual gala
It’s a seasonal tradition: every year we get to talk about the Mayor’s Ball for two or three months. This year’s “first announcement” is that the Norwalk Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) and Literacy Volunteers at Norwalk Public Library are the fortunate next beneficiaries.
Your next Mayor’s Ball will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Serafina at the Italian Center, in Stamford.
Here’s the public announcement from Mayor Harry Rilling:
“The Norwalk Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides services to adults and children. DVCC’s professional staff of counselors gives crisis intervention, safety planning, individual and group counseling in both English and Spanish to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse. The organization touches everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, culture, religion, sexual identity and socio-economic level or educational attainment. Their mission is to rebuild self-esteem and self-confidence, and help empower them to move toward a more independent existence. Domestic Violence Crisis Center has two locations in both Norwalk and Stamford, CT.
“Literacy Volunteers at Norwalk Public Library, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, teaches adults to read, write, speak and understand English so that they may achieve their personal, educational, employment and civic goals. Monthly, they serve approximately 450 students who hail from over thirty countries. Some students are well educated and others have had little access to education; however, all share the same goals of wanting to improve their English to better their lives and become better advocates for themselves and their families.
“…Reservations with payment will be accepted until January 18, 2019 or until the venue sells out, whichever comes first. Tickets are available at $150.00 per person. Tables of ten can also be reserved. Please make check(s) payable to the ‘Norwalk Community Benefit Fund.’ … For more information about reservations, please Call Maritza Alvarado at 203-854-7950. To donate a silent auction item, please call Sally Johnson, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, at 203-854-7707. Silent auction donations produce the major portion of the Mayor’s Ball proceeds. Tax-deductible contributions to the Mayor’s Ball can be made at any time.”
College Bowl Sunday
Students and parents can receive free, hands-on assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) this Sunday, Nov. 11, at Norwalk Community College. The session is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. in the East Campus Atrium.
A press release explains:
“College Goal Sunday is aimed at all students applying for financial aid, not just NCC students. NCC Financial aid advisors and faculty provide assistance for students and parents to complete the FAFSA as they pursue financial aid for college. Students walk away from this session with the satisfaction of having accomplished a major step in getting ready for college. In addition to FAFSA assistance, students can learn about state and federal financial aid programs.
“Those applying for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year will use 2017 Federal Income Tax information – referred to as ‘Prior-Prior Year.’ This change enables students to apply for financial aid months earlier than in the past, instead of waiting for a completed tax return for the prior year. Under this new formula, students can know their federal financial aid packages months earlier than was previously possible.
“No appointment is necessary to attend College Goal Sunday. For information, contact the NCC Financial Aid Office at (203) 857-7023.”
Winners of the 2018 Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum/Ernest Hemingway/Young Writers’ Competition will be honored Nov. 18.
The voluntary writing contest for third and eighth graders is intended to hone the participants’ writing skills and challenge their knowledge of history, a press release said. This year’s competition, the fifth annual, asked students to write an essay about the contents of a mid-to-late 19th century trunk mysteriously found during a museum tour.
“While the stories submitted were fictional, the objects imagined had to be connected to real life events and the history of the Mansion, Norwalk, and mid-to-late 19th century America,” the release said.
Judging the entries were Steve Balser, Mike Brennan, Marilyn Bort, Monique Govil, Jeff Rogart, and Haroldo V. Williams, chair of the Museum’s Education Committee, the release said.
Santa Claus is visiting the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum on Dec. 9 to listen to children’s Christmas wishes; after the bearded one heads back to the North Pole with his elf, the Wilton High School Music Program will be on hand to entertain guests.
The annual holiday open house runs from noon to 4 p.m. in the museum, located at 295 West Ave., with Santa’s visit scheduled for 12:30 to 1 p.m., and the music program from 2 to 3:45 p.m. For your $5 entry fee you will also be able to enjoy the exhibit, A Magical Christmas Eve at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and the museum’s holiday displays. The café will also be open, with complimentary refreshments – provided by Stew Leonard’s – served by costumed interpreters.
The holiday open house is partially made possible by “generous support” from USI Insurance Services (and Stew’s), the press release about all of this said. The 2018 season is assisted by “generous funding” from:
- The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown (LMMM’s Founding Patrons)
- The City of Norwalk
- The Maurice Goodman Foundation
- The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc