Neighborhood Squirrel | Playing and Saving in Greater Danbury, CT 365 Days a Year» Services 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 S.H.O.P. Announces 3rd Annual Passport to Sandy Hook Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:39:58 +0000 365Danbury S.H.O.P.Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (S.H.O.P.), a group of local business owners and community members from Sandy Hook, is pleased to announce the third annual Passport to Sandy Hook.  The event will take place on Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the downtown Sandy Hook Village area.

“Sandy Hook is a special place,” said Mike Burton, S.H.O.P. President.  “It is a great opportunity for people to come, enjoy the day, and celebrate all that Sandy Hook has to offer.  We have over 30 businesses participating this year – some new, and many returning.  This event grows every year and is always an exciting day.”

The event, sponsored by i95, Newtown Savings Bank, and Andy Sachs’ Deals Around Town, will feature live music from two bands, giveaways or discounts at local shops, samples from dining establishments, face painting, a Bounce House, special visits from the Newtown-Strong Therapy dogs and Bocker the Labradoodle, and the Newtown Juggling and Circus Arts, among other activities.

“Sandy Hook is a wonderful place to own a business,” said Sharon Doherty, owner of PJs Laundromat.  “I am looking forward to welcoming frequent visitors and new faces.  It’s a fun day for people of all ages to be in Sandy Hook.”

During the event, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department will have a fire truck on hand.  The truck will serve as both a “touch-a-truck” for participants to enjoy, as well as a “stuff-a-truck.”   The Passport event is free, but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help stuff the truck. Items will be donated to the Faith Food Pantry.

On October 12, participants will be able to pick up their passport from any of the participating locations in Sandy Hook.  As they walk from place to place enjoying the treats, they will receive a stamp.  Completed passports will be entered in a drawing to receive a prize package worth over $1,500.

“This year, Sandy Hook village will be even more accessible for walkers,” said Rob Manna, owner of LRM, Inc.  “The streetscape project is well underway with new sidewalks, crosswalks, and street lights.  This will be the first chance for a big crowd to take advantage of these exciting new additions.”

For more information, please visit or “like” S.H.O.P. on Facebook by searching “Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.”

Click here for a list of participating businesses and details about events at each location.

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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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Summer Enrichment Program at Webb Mountain Discovery Zone Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:03:02 +0000 365Danbury Webb Mountain Discovery Zone Egg HuntWebb Mountain Discovery Zone is pleased to announce that online registration is now open for “Summer Discoveries”, an enrichment program for 3, 4 and 5-year olds and their parents/caregivers beginning in early July!   Due to interest from parents, a summer series has been added to complement their spring and autumn weekly preschool program.  This new series will run in addition to Discovery Zone’s existing school field trips, birthdays and special events.   Each of these programs supports their goal to introduce nature to children at an early age, so its benefits will last a lifetime.

Each weekly hour long program will feature a story and craft at the Discovery Zone outdoor classroom and a walk along the trails tying in the day’s theme.  Each Saturday a class will be held at 9am for 4-6 year olds, and an additional class on Saturdays will be offered at 10:30.  This Saturday class has been popular with families who are looking for a creative way to spend time with their preschool or kindergarten students on a weekend.

Tom Ellbogen, Director of the Discovery Zone stated:  “We believe it is critical to make young children’s initial encounter with nature a fun, positive experience.  Studies show that time spent outdoors in natural setting at an early age offers unsurpassed opportunities for mental, emotional and physical growth for children.  Our rich and varied ecosystem provides the perfect platform to offer children a stimulating and memorable experience, with important long-term benefits.”  

The five weekly programs are offered on Saturdays beginning July 13th and are available for $30 per child. For more information, visit or email at

Webb Mountain Discovery Zone is located at 71 Webb Circle in Monroe. It opened in 2007 to promote outdoor exploration and learning, in a fun, hands-on environment.  The Discovery Zone has an easy to walk trails of over four miles on 171 acres with twenty eight learning stations and a self-directed scavenger hunt that was created by Hank Gruner, Vice President of Programs for the Connecticut Science Center in Harford with the assistance of Connecticut State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni.  The Discovery Zone is located at 71 Webb Circle in Monroe.  Please note the Discovery Zone entrance is separate from Webb Mountain Park.

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Nutrition Therapy at Cucumber & Chamomile in Ridgefield Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:20:06 +0000 365Danbury Cucumber & Chamomile Ridgefield CTLocal resident, Meredith Mulhearn, officially launched Cucumber & Chamomile, a Nutrition Therapy business, on June 13 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and mix and mingle event at the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce.  Mulhearn shared both her healthy eating message and nutritional recipes at the outing.               

A fews years back, Ms. Mulhearn could barely get out of bed to care for her then, one year old daughter.  After months of vague symptoms and trips to varied specialists, Mulhearn was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  Hesitant to take the anti-viral drug prescribed, Ms. Mulhearn researched alternatives.  Thus was the start of her journey from illness to health via nutrition.     

Placed on restrictive diets, Mulhearn became underweight and sought dietary changes.  Hours at the computer helped her garner new knowledge about holistic foods and their healing properties.  She determined which foods were the most theraputic and ate those aimed at alleviating her CFS symptoms.  Her efforts were successful.  It was then Mulhearn decided to pursue her certification in Nutrition Therapy to help others find relief and a more fulfulling lifestyle through food.  “I experienced personal success and knew I could help others with chronic conditions such as CFS or Diabetes.  Healing foods can positively impact your your life for the better, in many ways.  That’s why my company’s tagline is “Nutrition for Mind, Body and Spirit.  I want to give people hope,” said Mulhearn.

Cucumber & Chamomile offers a variety of services to those seeking better health,  weight loss and the like, through a custom diet.  After a comprehensive consultation (to include an intake evaluation and diet analysis), Ms. Mulhearn works with your physician to develop a unified plan, from determining tests to identify deficicies to suggesting specific supplements or beneficial teas.  A former teacher and art therapist, Mulhearn has a gentle approach and understands one size does not fit all.  Instead, she is a “food coach,” and meets clients where they’re at.  “I wanted to change my eating habits in hopes of better health and well being and with Meredith’s help, I’ve done so.  I cannot fully express my gratitude,” said Cucumber & Chamomile client, Hannah Barber.

What sets Ms. Mulhearn apart is her personal touch; her approach is extremely individualized and she sees both children and adults.  Mulhearn also offers a “Nutrition Immerson Experience,” in which she accompanies you to the grocery store and spends time at your home as you transition to new habits and menus.  What’s more, she offers unlimited texting to all of her clients.  “People text me while they’re eating out to confirm they’re making healthy choices,” said Mulhearn.  I’ve made myself available for these types of circumstances, even if it’s simply advising someone to choose brown over white rice.”

On a larger scale, Ms. Mulhearn is working closely with Ridgefield First Selectman, Rudi Marconi, on a new initiave entitled, “Eat Well Ridgefield.”  The concept is to provide healthful choices — two adult items and one kid-friendly meal — at community eateries.  Those menu choices will then recieve a Cucumber & Chamomile ‘seal of approval,’ marked by a cucumber slice icon.  Mulhearn’s objective is to create educated diners who consume foods that are not processed or canned, and organic where possible.  A few restaurants are already on board, to include Early Bird Cafe and Tusk and Cup.  “Eat Well Ridgefield” has already stirred support and excitement and Ms. Mulhearn is working towards a mid-summer rollout.  For details, visit  

Meredith Mulhearn’s vision — and ultimate goal — for Cucumber & Chamomile is to provide nutritional coaching for those seeking optimal health in a specialized, compassionate environment. “I don’t want clients feeling guilty about the occasional, moderate splurge if it makes them happy.  I even let them eat chocolate,” Mulhearn added.  For more information or to make an appointment at Ms. Mulhearn’s Danbury Road office, visit, e-mail or call (203) 403-7007.  


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Webb Mountain Discovery Zone Announces “Discovery Summer” Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:56:27 +0000 365Danbury Webb Mountain Discovery Zone Egg HuntWebb Mountain Discovery Zone is excited to announce “Discovery Summer”, a half-day summer program to start the summer off with excitement and nature discoveries for adventurers in preschool through 5th grade. Half a day will be twice the fun, because summer fun is “natural” at the Discovery Zone!

Plan to join us early summer for a week (or two!) of unique programs, whether we’re exploring our various ponds, walking along our beautiful trails, or searching for birds, amphibians, and other wildlife throughout our 171 acres.  Through science experiments and art through nature, live animals, games, crafts and songs, our campers will be in tune with the natural wonders surrounding them.  The possibilities and discoveries are endless in this one of a kind summer program!

Session One will run from June 24th-June 28th, 9am-noon and is available for $125 for the 1st child registering and $100 for each additional child in a family.  Monroe students who will still be in school on June 24 are welcome to participate in this class Tuesday through Friday with a prorated cost of $100 for first child and $80 for each additional child in a family.  

Session Two will run from July 1st-July 5th , excluding July 4th, also from 9am-noon.  Because of the 4-day week, the price drops to $100 for first child and $80 for each additional child in a family.  

There will be 3 separate programs running parallel to each other for children entering preschool and kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, and 3rd through 5th grades.

For any families interested in registering their children for both weeks, an additional discount will be applied.

For more details about these programs, visit or email us at

Webb Mountain Discovery Zone is located at 71 Webb Circle in Monroe. It opened in 2007 to promote outdoor exploration and learning, in a fun, hands-on environment.  The Discovery Zone has easy to walk trails of over four miles on 171 acres with twenty eight learning stations and a self-directed scavenger hunt that was created by Hank Gruner, Vice President of Programs for the Connecticut Science Center in Harford with the assistance of Connecticut State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni.  The Discovery Zone is located at 71 Webb Circle in Monroe.  Please note the Discovery Zone entrance is separate from Webb Mountain Park. 


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Spring Break Gym Time at Gymnastics Revolution to Raise Funds for Relay for Life Bethel Sun, 07 Apr 2013 23:41:27 +0000 365Danbury Relay for Life BethelHelp fight cancer and help yourself to two hours of free time on Friday, April 19th from 1pm-3pm.

Relay for Life Bethel has teamed up with Gymnastics Revolution to offer your kids a fun spring break activity! Drop your kids off for supervised gym time with experienced coaches, plus a snack, for $20. The majority of the funds will go to Relay for Life Bethel to help fight cancer.

Space is limited. Email with children’s names and ages to reserve a spot. Children must be at least 3 years old and potty trained to participate.

Gymnastics Revolution is located at 14 Starr Road in Danbury.

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WCSU Open Houses and Accepted Students Day Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:33:10 +0000 365Danbury WCSU_photoWestern Connecticut State University will host several opportunities in April for the public to learn more about the university, explore undergraduate and graduate-level course offerings, and recently admitted students can celebrate their acceptance.

On Tuesday, April 2, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., those wanting to learn more about graduate programs at Western can attend a Graduate Open House in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Coordinators representing a diverse variety of graduate programs will be available to answer questions. To register or for more information, visit

Among the programs represented at the Graduate Open House will be: the Ed.D.  in Instructional Leadership, Ed.D. in Nursing Education, M.A. in Earth & Planetary Sciences, M.A. in English, M.A. in History, M.A. in Math, the Master of Business Administration, M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing, M.F.A. in Visual Arts: Painting & Illustration, M.H.A. in Health Administration, M.S. in Justice Administration, M.S. in Education (Curriculum Leadership, Instructional Technology, Reading, Special Education), M.S. in Music Education, M.S. in Counselor Education (School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling), M.S. in Nursing and Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education Biology, Secondary Education Mathematics, Secondary Education Spanish). Also available will be information about the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate.

High school students who have received a letter of admission from Western are invited to Accepted Students Day on Saturday, April 6. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Students and their parents will have an opportunity to meet faculty, coaches and current and future students to find out more about Student Life at Western, including athletics, clubs, study abroad opportunities and student activities. Information about Residence Life and housing options also will be available. To register or for more information, visit

Saturday, April 13, is the date of the annual Open House for high school students wanting to learn about undergraduate studies at Western. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Feldman Arena of the O’Neill Center on the university’s Westside campus, will feature booths representing Western’s many academic departments; the opportunity to meet faculty, students and coaches; and a campus tour. To register or for more information, visit


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Pole Dancing Classes at FormFitting Fitness Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:05:23 +0000 365Danbury formfitting fitnessInterested in trying Pole Dancing? It’s great for increasing arm and core strength, and flexibility!

Check out FormFitting Fitness in Brookfield, CT on 483 Federal Road to try your first beginner pole class! Classes are offered in both the morning and evening. Their new schedule begins the week of April 8th.

FormFitting Fitness also offers dance fitness classes, first class is FREE!

Visit or call (203)702 7026 for more info.


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RVNA Community Healthy Fair Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:31:50 +0000 365Danbury The Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a Community Health Fair on Saturday, March 16th at the RVNA Offices from 9am-1pm.  Stop by for free health screenings in one convenient location!

  • Cholesterol, Anemia, & Blood Pressure Screening
  • Nutrition Counseling, Diabetes Risk Assesment and BMI
  • Hearing, Vision & Glaucoma Screening
  • Durable Medical Equipment Safety Check
  • Children’s Corner and “Ask the Pediatrician”
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • “Ask the Doctor” Consultations
  • Foot Exams and Balance Screening
  • “Ask the Pharmacist” Consultations
  • “Ask the Osteopath”
  • Mammograms by Appointment
  • Vein Screening
  • “Ask the Orthodonist”
  • Chiropractic Assessment
  • Emotional Wellness and Mental Acuity Assessment
  • Lung Function
  • Meditation Moment, Massage Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Healing Touch
  • Tax deductible medical equipment recycling opportunity

There will be FREE handicap accessible transportation provided by Almost Home Adult Day Care Center and Riva’s Rides.

For more information about the Health Fair, contact RVNA at 203-438-5555 or visit

RVNA is located at 90 East Ridge in Ridgefield.

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Ridgefield Library Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:42:42 +0000 365Danbury dr_seussSaturday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and The Ridgefield Library wants to celebrate with you! Gather all your Seuss lovers ages 3 and up and head to the library for a drop in story time at 10:30am. There will also be Seuss crafts, a raffle, and giveaways from 9am-1pm.

The Ridgefield Library is currently located at 21 Governor Street. in Ridgefield (due to construction). Call 203-438-2282 for more info.


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