Neighborhood Squirrel | Playing and Saving in Greater Danbury, CT 365 Days a Year» Brookfield Looking for something to do in the Greater Danbury Area? Our 365Danbury blog has you covered! Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:40:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Friends of The Brookfield Library Annual Book Sale Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:08:56 +0000 365Danbury
Photo courtesy Brookfield Library

Photo courtesy Brookfield Library

The Friends of the Brookfield Library’s Annual book sale begins this Thursday, October 3rd.
Thousands of books for adults, teens, and kids!  Shop non-fiction, fiction, mystery, romance, horror, biography, gardening, history, sports, and lots more.  The sale is not just for books! There will also be movies on DVD, audiobooks, and music CDs.

Thursday, October 3:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

($15 admission Thursday only)

Friday and Saturday, October 4 & 5:  9 to 5 

Sunday, October 6:  Noon to 5.  
Bag Day — fill our paper grocery bag for $5

Monday, October 7:  9 to 5.  Any remaining items are free.

The sale will be held in the Community Room of The Brookfield Library, 182 Whisconier Road (Route 25, across from Williams Park), Brookfield, CT  06804.  

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KidsFit Fall Session 2013 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:06:17 +0000 365Danbury kidsfitKidsFit is a “mother’s morning out” program that I, and many of my friends have used for our children over the years. It is a fantastic way for your child to make friends and develop new skills all while you get a little time for yourself!  

This pre-school readiness program is designed for children (without parent/caregiver) to experience the joy of learning, cooperative play, and social interaction with other children in hopes to prepare them for their first preschool experience. A typical class includes circle time, songs and parachute play, weather, group gym games, an arts & craft project, and a story. Appropriate transitions between activities allow children to recognize and become familiar with the structure of the day and to look forward to the next activity. Children must turn two by the start of the program and do not need to be potty trained. Please pack a snack and a drink for your child for each class.

Do you have a child at home ages 2-5?  If so, check out KidsFit!  October marks the start of the  fall sessions of Kidsfit in Brookfield and Newtown.   

BROOKFIELD – Held at 160 Whisconier Rd
Sponsored by Brookfield Parks & Recreation

Session 1:  10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13 (4 wks) -  Time:  9:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Session 2: 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 (4 wks) - Time:  9:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Session 1:  10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 (4 wks) -  Time:  9:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Session 2:  11/22, 12/6, 12/13, 1/3 (4 wks) -  Time:  9:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Please register through Brookfield Parks & Rec. Tel. # 203-775-7310
NEWTOWN – Held at the Teen Center, 57 Church Hill Road
Sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation
10/2/13 -  11/20/13  – Time: 9:15 – 11:15 am
10/4/13 – 11/22/13  - Time: 9:15 – 11:15am
Please register at, Tel.#  203-270-4340

For more information about KidsFit, email or call 203-312-0470.

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Connecticut’s Annual Sales Tax Free Week 2013 Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:09:46 +0000 365Danbury Have you started your back to school shopping yet? Or maybe you need something new for yourself? Connecticut’s annual holiday from the sales tax begins on Sunday, August 18th and runs through Saturday, August 24th. 
During this third week of August, individual items of clothing and footwear that cost less than $300 are completely exempt from state sales tax – other than sports equipment, specialty clothing, jewelry and accessories. Store sales, catalog and on-line purchases, purchases on layaway and rentals are exempt. In addition, the tax free holiday week includes items valued at more but discounted to under $300 with sales, coupons and similar merchant promotions.   
Check those sales ads and get your coupons ready! You could score a real bargain this week! And as always, don’t forget to shop local when possible. For every $100 spent in a locally-owned business, $68 returns to the community. Spend the same amount at a national retailer and only $43 comes back. Spend it online and the local community receives $0 (Source:  Civic Economics 2008 Study).
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Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company Kids’ Day 2013 Fri, 31 May 2013 19:20:35 +0000 365Danbury Kids’ Day at the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company is an event we try to get to every year.  There is much to see and do and it’s a lot of fun, too!  

Stop by this FREE event from 11am-3pm Sunday, June 2nd, and “stuff-a-truck” by bringing a non-perishable food or household item for the Brookfield Social Services Pantry*.

  • See and ride the fire trucks
  • Learn and practice fire prevention
  • Meet with the American Red Cross, Families First, and other groups
  • Amber Alert Registration
  • Refreshments
  • Demonstrations by the Brookfield Fire and EMS personnel as well as the Brookfield Police Department
  • Representatives from Connecticut Light and Power, Brookfield Parks and Recreation, Candlewood Lake Authority, the Bicycle Center
  • A dunk tank
  • Fire Brigade Game with great prizes!
  • The return of the “Get Out Safe” trailer

Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company is located at 92 Pocono Road in Brookfield, CT.

*Items needed at the Brookfield Pantry: 

Beans: baked, black, kidney, white, pinto and garbanzo, Tissues and toilet paper, Cleaning and laundry supplies, dish detergent, paper towels, Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, bar soap, shampoo and conditioners, deodorant and disposable razors, Canned soup, ravioli, chili, tuna and stews, Spam and any canned meats (chicken, turkey), Cereal, Mac and cheese, Pasta sauces, Coffee

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Brookfield Memorial Day Parade and Strawberry Festival 2013 Mon, 20 May 2013 16:26:57 +0000 365Danbury Brookfield’s annual Memorial Day parade will be held on Sunday, May 26th at 2pm.  The parade starts at Brookfield High School and will proceed down Route 25 to Route 133, ending at Center Elementary School.

Following the parade, the Brookfield Historical Society will host their annual Strawberry Festival.  The parade ends at the museum parking lot where strawberry shortcake and soft drinks will be sold to support future public programs of the Society. The Billy Michaels’ Jazz for Juniors band will be on hand to entertain and a display of antique and vintage automobiles will also featured in the parking lot. 

At the same time, within the Society’s Museum, the Annual Brookfield War Memorial exhibit, which honors former Brookfield residents who gave their lives in service to the United States, will be open to the public. Admission is FREE and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information on this and other upcoming events of the Brookfield Historical Society, visit

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Mother’s Day Brunch 2013 Wed, 08 May 2013 00:13:56 +0000 365Danbury Mother's Day Brunch Danbury, CTDon’t forget Mom this Sunday! Several restaurants in the Danbury Area are offering brunch on Mother’s Day. Celebrate over a lovely meal with all the wonderful moms in your life!

Rizzuto’s, Bethel
Adults $29.95; Children 5-12 $15.95; Children 5 and under are FREE
Brunch includes a glass of Prosecco, Bellini, Mimosa or Bloody Mary and coffee or tea
Moms receive a $15 gift card for your next visit

Maggie McFly’s, Brookfield

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Danbury
Adults $38; Children 5-12 $17
Reservations required for 11am and 2pm seatings

Molly Darcy’s, Danbury
Taking Reservations

The Inn at Newtown, Newtown
$24.95 per person

1st and 10 Sports Bar and Grill, New Milford

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First Lady Dolley Madison at the Brookfield Library Wed, 01 May 2013 22:54:22 +0000 365Danbury Dolley-MadisonJoin the Brookfield Library for an evening with First Lady Dolley Madison on Friday May 10th at 7pm.

Mrs. Madison will speak about the founding of our nation, the role of her husband, James Madison, as the Father of the American Constitution, and the events of the early Republic.  Carolyn Ivanoff, Housemaster at Shelton Intermediate School, will present the program in period dress.

Registration is requested by phone at (203) 775-6241 or at  The Brookfield Library is at 182 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, CT.

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Kids Bowl Free at Brookfield Lanes and Lores Lanes Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:42:40 +0000 365Danbury Kids Bowl FreeIt’s that time of the year again!

Have you signed up your kids up for free bowling at Brookfield Lanes or Lore’s Lane yet?  That’s right, FREE Bowling!  Register your children and Kids Bowl Free will email you passes to bowl 2 free games a day all summer long!

They make it easy to register… all you have to do is click here for Brookfield Lanes or here for Lore’s Lanes in New Milford. Children must be under 15 years of age. 

Lores Lanes passes are good from May 1st-Sept. 15th on the below days and times:

Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday 10am-5:30pm
Thursday 10am-4:30pm
Friday 10am-6:30pm
Saturday 2pm-7pm
Sunday 12pm-8pm

Brookfield passes are good from June 1st-August 31st on the below days and times:

Monday 12pm-5:30pm
Tuesday 12pm-5:30pm
Wednesday 12pm-5:30pm
Thursday 12pm-5:30pm
Friday 12pm-5:30pm
Saturday 12pm-5:30pm

Lores lanes is located at 145-D Danbury Rd., New Milford, CT, 06776.

Brookfield Lanes is located at 840 Federal Rd., Brookfield, CT, 06804.




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Brookfield Baseball Softball Association Family Fun Day 2013 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:17:10 +0000 365Danbury Brookfield Baseball Softball Association Family Fun DayJoin BBSA (Brookfield Baseball Softball Association) for their 1st Annual Family Fun Day and Pitch, Hit and Run Event on Saturday, April 27th from 10am-4pm at Golf Quest.

Enjoy mini golf, batting cages, clowns, face painting, a petting zoo, bounce castle, games, food, and drink! There will be great raffles and prizes. All attendees also receive a discount on their next purchase at Froyo World.

Tickets for Family Fun Day are just $8 per person.

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official FREE youth skills competition of Major League Baseball. Thousands of kids, aged 7-14, across the country participate in this exciting event every year!  BBSA is proud to be hosting their second annual local competition as part of Family Fun Day.  

The top scoring boy and girl in each age group and category will have the opportunity to advance and ultimately compete for the chance to win a trip to the MLB All-Star Game this July where they will pit their skills against other kids on the field to win the title of National Pitch, Hit and Run Champion!  This is a free competition open to all kids aged 7-14! All are welcome-you do not have to be involved with BBSA to join the fun.

Golf Quest is located at 1 Sand Cut Road in Brookfield, CT.

For more information, visit or email


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Ben’s Bells Newtown at Brookfield Library Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:45:12 +0000 365Danbury

Ben's Bells Ben’s Bells Newtown is coming to The Brookfield Library on April 29 from noon to 2:00 p.m.  Join them to make bells and help spread kindness!

What are Ben’s Bells?  Their mission is “to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.”  You can find more information, including a history of the project, at

Nationally renowned, Ben’s Bells are brightly colored ceramic works of art that are randomly hung in public places that bear a tag instructing the person who finds the bell to take it home and to remember to be kind.  It takes 10 different hands to make a single Ben’s Bells so, this truly is a community project!  Participants attending this workshop will have the opportunity to enjoy two steps of the bell making process.  First, you will form beads with clay and then you will have the opportunity to paint beads.  The bells you make will eventually be distributed throughout the area to fulfill their purpose of spreading kindness, one interaction at a time. 
This program is appropriate for all ages but younger participants do require assistance from an adult.  You don’t need to be a Brookfield resident to participate.  Ben’s Bells Newtown relies solely on donations so, don’t forget to bring a bring few bucks for our donation jar!  Reservations for this session are REQUIRED as space is limited.  Please register online at
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