Once Around the City: Annual observations, South Norwalk community dialogue

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) are planning a Winter Solstice party on the correct date.
The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) are planning a Winter Solstice party on the correct date.

NORWALK, Conn. – A safer SoNo, a Pearl Harbor remembrance, observations of International Human Rights Day and a Solstice party.


‘A Safer South Norwalk’ Community Conversation

The Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program (BCJI) asks you to help revitalize South Norwalk by attending a community conversation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. In the “Choice Neighborhood Building” community room, 149 Water St.

This is the third “A Safer South Norwalk” Community Conversation, where BCJI will discuss research data, its strategy plan and its early action plan.

“The BCJI Initiative supports data and research driven projects to build and enhance the capacity of communities to create comprehensive strategies to address social concerns,” the press release said.



Norwalk to remember Pearl Harbor

Mayor Harry Rilling will host a Pearl Harbor 75th Remembrance Day ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the City Hall community room.

“I invite citizens of all ages to honor the American soldiers and sailors who died or were injured in the December 1941 attack on the U.S. Naval Base in Pearl Harbor near Honolulu,” Rilling said in a press release. “Veterans, City officials, and the Color Guard will participate in this tribute to them.”


25th International Human Rights Day

The Human Relations Commission in collaboration with the Norwalk Branch NAACP is observing International Human Rights Day Thursday with a community conversation on white privilege and racism.

Panelist the Rev. Alan Thorne, Judy Meikle and Robert Welsh will “discuss these subjects in an honest and open way intended to encourage self-reflection on the effects of race in our everyday experiences and interactions,” the flier for the event said.

The event is at 6 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall community room.


Murphy marks International Human Rights Day

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will speak about the political and economic impact of globalization and its effect on human rights at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Westport Public Library, located at 20 Jesup Road in Westport.

“As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Murphy has been an outspoken proponent of diplomacy, international human rights and the need for clear-eyed American leadership abroad,” a press release said, adding that the program held in observance of Human Rights Day,  will focus on the impact of globalization, trade, immigration and refugees, cultural diversity and the demands of a high-tech economy.

Sponsored by the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut (UNA-SWCT) and hosted by the Westport Public Library, the event is free. There will be an opportunity for the public to ask Murphy questions.
The UN Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the work of the United Nations among the American people.  For information on the event and/or the UNA, please contact Bill Hass at 203-434-6609.


Winter Solstice Party: ‘HFFC’s Answer to Saturnalia’

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC) are observing the Winter Solstice at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Burger Bistro at 60 North Main St.

“A fun evening on the ACTUAL SOLSTICE,” the event’s invitation reads, listing:

  • A secular hat contest
  • White Elephant grab bag
  • Secular carols with electric piano support


Drinks are $3 between 6:30 and 7 p.m., followed by anything on the menu for dinner.

“Bring an item, gift wrapped, for the White Elephant Grab Bag,” the invitation states. “Maybe something you don’t need, or got for $5.  Perhaps something someone else might covet, or bring laughter.  No telling who will wind up with what – there’s a chance to trade when it is your turn.”

You can also share New Year’s resolutions, “for therapeutic, collegial, or comedic purposes.”

RSVP to [email protected]


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