Once Around the City: Take a walk at NCC, check out the new theater, and lots more


NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D., will lead the first Wellness Walk.
NCC President David L. Levinson, Ph.D., will lead the first Wellness Walk.

NORWALK, Conn. — Walk for wellness today at Norwalk Community College, give your small business a boost Wednesday at the library at Sept. 23 at City Hall, and mark your calendar for the next Mayor’s Night out. There’s plenty going on around the city this month.

Campus Wellness Walks step off at NCC

Norwalk Community College is kicking off a series of Wellness Walks around campus at noon today (Sept. 16).

NCC President David Levinson will lead the inaugural walk. The Norwalk Community College Wellness Advisory Board invites the public to join the Wellness Walks Program.

Many scientific studies report a relationship between chronic physical activity and health outcomes, with some activity being good, but more being better (Garber et al., 2011)., according to a press release from NCC. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 30 minutes of moderate pace walking is recommended but as little as 15 minutes of physical activity can bring about the above-mentioned health benefits (Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2008).

Starting at the main entrance of the Center for Science, Health and Wellness, walks will be led at 9 a.m. and noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. These walks are intended to last between 15 and 30 minutes and will be guided by a different NCC community member each time.

During guided walks, the leader will discuss a topic of interest while covering the .97-mile course, which is located on both the west and east campus. A schedule of walking guides and discussion topics will be made available at the Wellness Department website.  All participants will be able to access the Wellness Walks Calculator on the Wellness Center website and by entering body weight and time to walk the course you will be able to determine total calories expended.

The program is looking for volunteers to help lead the walks. Anyone interested in walking or engaging in social conversation about a topic of interest may sign up to be a leader.  For more information about the Wellness Walking Course, contact Paul Gallo ([email protected]) or Nicole Hafner ([email protected]).  To sign up to be a walking guide, contact Jennifer Lipps ([email protected] or ext. 77148).


Welcome to the theater!

The Music Theater of CT opened its doors to the public recently at its new Norwalk home. It’s Relevant was there:


Mega Marketing Morning

The Norwalk Public Library and Constant Contact will co-sponsor a Mega Marketing Morning from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Main Library auditorium, to help you build a marketing toolkit. All of the building essentials needed to help create a successful marketing structure for your business or non-profit will be provided, according to the program announcement. From the keynote presentation on Finding Time for Social Media, to the four interactive sessions addressing four different high demand topics, participants will learn simple strategies from well-known experts.

Register online or by calling library programming specialist Cynde Bloom Lahey at 203-899-2780, ext. 15133 or email [email protected].


Small Business Day in Norwalk

Small business owners can gather from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Community Room at Norwalk City Hall for coffee and conversation with Mayor Harry Rilling, Norwalk Economic Development Director Elizabeth Stocker, leaders from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic Development and other groups. For more information, contact Economic Development Office, 203-854-7948


South Norwalk Library gets $10K grant

AT&T gave the South Norwalk Library a boost with a $10,000 for some high-tech improvements and classes.



Touch a Truck at the DPW

A free open house and Touch a Truck event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Public Works Center and NFD Training tower on South Smith Street.

The Norwalk Fire, Police and Public Works departments will feature hands-on activities, giveaways and demonstrations for all ages. Children and adults will learn how the City departments prepare and respond to all types of events to keep residents safe and can explore different fire, police and public works vehicles.

In support of the Person to Person Food Pantry in South Norwalk, the departments are sponsoring a food drive as part of this year’s open house. All visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, especially peanut butter, jelly, soup and kid friendly school snack.

Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Costco and Stew Leonard’s. The event will be held rain or shine.

For questions, contact Norwalk Customer Service at 203-854-3200.


Mayor’s Night Out comes to Cranbury

Mayor Harry Rilling will host his next Mayor’s Night Out on from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Cranbury Elementary School. The event brings together city department heads and some elected and appointed officials to meet with citizens to receive comments and input on city services.


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