Neighborhood Squirrel | Playing and Saving in Greater Danbury, CT 365 Days a Year 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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WCSU To Host Veterans Appreciation Weekend Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:51:47 +0000 365Danbury WCSUWestern Connecticut State University‘s WXCI radio station, Student Veterans Organization and Commuter Student Organization will host a Veterans Appreciation Weekend to express thanks to veterans for their service on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.


On Friday, Oct, 4, there will be a buffet-style dinner and meet-and-greet at 7 p.m. in the Science Building on the Midtown campus. The events will be free and open to the public. Donations to support the T.J. Lobraico Scholarship Fund and Wounded Warrior Project will be accepted.


Saturday, Oct. 5, will feature a variety of events, including a 10 a.m. nature walk at the Westside Nature Preserve, a luncheon at noon in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom and a 2 p.m. “Hoops for Heroes” basketball game. The evening activities will include a 5 p.m.cocktail hour, followed by a 7 p.m. semi-formal dinner in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. All of the Saturday events will be on the Westside campus. The dinner is free for WCSU faculty, staff, students and veterans. The public may attend for $20.


For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

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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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Manhattan Short Film Festival Coming To Palace Danbury Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:05:58 +0000 365Danbury Manhattan Short Film FestivalFilmgoers in Danbury, CT will unite with audiences in over 300 cities spanning six continents to view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world when the 16th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at The Palace Danbury on Friday, October 4, starting at 7:30 PM.

From a record breaking 628 entries received from 48 countries around the world, MANHATTAN SHORT selected 10 short films as finalists. Each film is 18 minutes or under in length. Countries represented this year include the USA, England, Ireland, France, Finland and Australia.  With past finalists achieving the ultimate in recognition by being nominated and even winning the Oscar in the short film category, MANHATTAN SHORT is known as a breeding ground for the next big thing in film.
These 10 short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Filmgoers will be handed a voting card upon entry into a participating theater and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied at each participating cinema and submitted to MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters where the winner will be announced in New York City as well as posted on the Internet  ( ) on Sunday, October 6th at 10:00pm.
“In my 16 years of programming MANHATTAN SHORT, this is by far the strongest program I’ve ever put together,” says Festival Director Nicholas Mason. “There is something for everyone, from the ages of 16 to 80. This event is not going to cable TV or any form of digital download. If you don’t get down to your local cinema during the week of September 27 to October the 6th, you missed it.” adds Mason
For the first time, MANHATTAN SHORT will name a Best Actor based upon audience voting. MANHATTAN SHORT believes the outstanding work of actors and actresses in short films is often overlooked by the general public and the film community at large. By asking the MANHATTAN SHORT audience to vote for Best Actor, MANHATTAN SHORT wants to acknowledge the crucial role an actor plays in the execution of a short film director’s vision.


MANHATTAN SHORT began in 1998, when Mason screened 16 short films onto a screen mounted to the side of a truck on Mulberry Street, Little Italy, in New York City. A year later, the Festival moved uptown to Union Square Park in New York City. In the aftermath of 9/11, MANHATTAN SHORT transformed into a worldwide phenomenon, becoming the only film festival on the planet that unfolds, simultaneously, in more than 250 cinemas on six continents, bringing over 100,000 film-lovers in all corners of the globe together for one week, via the next generation of filmmakers. Click here to read how it all began  For more information on the Festival and to read detailed interviews with the 10 Finalists visit or click on the following links: 

Manhattan Short Film Festival is coming to The Palace Danbury on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 PM. Tickets cost $12 and may be purchased online at, by phone at 203 -794-9944, or at the box office starting one hour before showtime.
The historic theatre is located at 165 Main Street. Free parking for patrons is available behind the theater. For more information about The Palace Danbury, please visit their website at
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‘Operation Jungle Red’ Promotes Non-Violence at WCSU Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:08:52 +0000 365Danbury Operation Jungle RedWestern Connecticut State University will hold “Operation Jungle Red” (OJR) events throughout October in promotion of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is the third year the university is hosting OJR and the program will consist of four lectures on several topics relating to violence. Events will take place at the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury, and on the first floor of the Campus Center on the Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. All discussions will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If weather permits, the Midtown campus events will be held outside the Student Center on the patio area.

In addition to the discussions, each event will include the opportunity to sign a pledge against violence and have a pinky nail painted red, receive a card with the pledge and a free t-shirt or wristband.


Upcoming events will include:

Tuesday, Oct. 1:    “Stereotypes & Myths” – In the Midtown Student Center courtyard, attendees will participate in writing on a large banner titled “What have you been called?” prompting a discussion about myths and stereotypes related to gender, race and the realities of abusive relationships.

Monday, Oct. 7:    “Fighting Words” – In the Westside Campus Center, using the banner from Oct. 1, there will be a discussion about reactions to hostile language, the impact of these words, and how to respond or intervene within those circumstances with guest speaker State Victim’s Advocate Garvin Ambrose.

Thursday, Oct. 17: “Intimate Partner Violence” – In the Midtown Student Center courtyard, there will be a display and discussion about intimate partner violence, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape.

Wednesday, Oct. 23: “Campus Violence” – In the Midtown Student Center courtyard, the activities will conclude at 12:30 p.m. and the event will be moved into the Student Center Theater at which time guest speakers Executive Director of CCADV Karen Jarmoc and Attorney General George Jepsen will discuss campus violence.

“Each events’ activities are interactive and meant to prompt reflection along with buildingawareness,” said Shaun McDonough, who co-chairs the OJR Committee with Women’s Center of Greater Danbury Campus Advocate Monica Seivel. “The committee is tremendously appreciative of the support and encouragement of the campus community in our efforts to promote a better campus and larger community.”

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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Ladies Evening Out Danbury Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:51:52 +0000 365Danbury Ladies Evening Out Danbury, CTAttention to all the women out there – Ladies Evening Out is coming to Danbury on October 17, 2013, from 6:00pm – 10:30pm.    

Grab your gal pals and head to Ladies Evening Out for a fun night! The event will feature local businesses offering information, premier shopping, free or discounted services and activities, entertainment, FREE Signature Tote Bags filled with treats just for the ladies, cocktails, lots of FREE giveaways to WIN including a Couples Getaway to Woodloch Resort with a Spa Credit to their luxurious Lodge at Woodloch and much more.   Escape from everyday life and spend the evening with your friends at Ladies Evening Out!

The event producers, Connectologie, will hold this fun event in the beautifully renovated Ballroom of the Portuguese Cultural Center located at 65 Sand Pit Road in Danbury, CT.  Save now and purchase your advance tickets for just $12 online at through September 30, 2013.  Ticket prices thereafter and at the door will be $20. For those bringing a group of friends, special pricing is available, contact or call 203 794-6612 for rates. 

Businesses wanting to become an Exhibitor or Vendor at Ladies Evening Out can also take advantage of discounted fees available now through September 30, 2013. The event is a perfect venue to reach the women of the greater Danbury Area and surrounding towns in a relaxed party setting.

Being an Exhibitor at Ladies Evening Out gives businesses a chance to reach their local market directly. “Face-to-face marketing has an advantage over other types, by appealing to all the senses and creating a personal connection between the customer and the business,” said Lisa Agresta, Partner of Connectologie LLC. “Connecting businesses with their customers is the mission of our company.  In the virtual world we live in, we believe getting back to the basics of a warm handshake and getting to know customers individually can help to create long-lasting and profitable business relationships.” For information on how you can become an Exhibitor or Vendor at Ladies Evening Out, contact the organizers at or 203-794-6612. 

“Ladies Evening Out” is a premier Womanologie event produced by Connectologie, LLC, In addition to “Ladies Evening Out,” the Company has produced three successful children’s events in the Fairfield County area.  The Company’s most recent production was the 2nd Annual “Kidologie Goes Back to School” event held on August 18, 2013 at the Westfield Trumbull Mall with more than 1500 attendees.  The company also produced “Kidologie Gets Ready for Summer” held in early spring 2013 at the Reed Intermediate School in Newtown which benefited the Newtown Memorial Fund.   In addition, Lisa Agresta, participated in the production of a fundraiser and fun night out for women located in Bethel, CT, which benefited the EverWonder Children’s Museum in June 2012.                                                 

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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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CityCenter Danbury’s Last Concert on the Green for the Summer Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:01:16 +0000 365Danbury
Dr Ya Ya's Gumbo PartyWith music for everyone’s taste – from symphony orchestra; to tributes to the Eagles, RUSH, The Who, and the Grand Ole Opry; to West Afrikan Drumming and the Danbury Drum Corps; and the DJing of The Original Jazzy Jay – CityCenter Danbury’s Concerts on the Green have drawn a record summer crowd of 9,550, and CityCenter is not finished yet. With one more Concert on the Green to go, 2013 may reach the 10,000 mark. Dr. Ya Ya’s Gumbo Party & The Memphis Soul Machine take over the Bandshell with Mardi Gras and Southern Sounds on Friday, August 30 at 7:00 pm. Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and enjoy. There are multiple dining establishments surrounding the Green, and ample parking is available on the street and in the Patriot Garage, just behind the Bandshell. For additional information, visit or call 203-792-1711 
Please note: Only one concert was cancelled this summer due to inclement weather. Back to the Garden 1969, a celebration of Woodstock, has been rescheduled to appear at the Taste of Greater Danbury on Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 pm. 
When Dr. Ya Ya’s Gumbo Party comes to town, shoutin’ and paradin’  wih that BIG second-line beat, tossing colored Mardi Gras beads and doubloons to everyone, you’re in for some of the best Louisiana style musical cookin’ north of Lake Pontchartrain. Everybody deserves a Mardi Gras, 400 days a year. To administer a remedy, Dr. Ya Ya dispatches his musical minions, who resemble past and present members of rootsy rockin’ bands like The Bandidos, Hot Skillet Papas, Eight to the Bar, B. Willie Smith, The Convertibles and more. Parading into every gig with feathers flying, drums pounding, and brass horns blowing – just like Rampart Street on Fat Tuesday – the revue turns up the heat with their rock ‘n roll, rhythm & blues, funk and zydeco gumbo. It’s an all-Louisiana groove riot of party music from the land where rock was born, pumping out the classic sounds of Professor Longhair, The Meters, Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Lloyd Price, Lee Dorsey, Huey Piano Smith, Shirley & Lee, “Zydeco Princess” Miss Ann Goodly, and Clarence “Frogman” Henry. 
The spectacular that is Memphis Soul Machine is a stomping tribute to the Southern Soul sound of the 1960s, including greats like Sam & Dave, Al Green, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett; the dynamite vocals of Rob “Mr. Big Stuff” Jockel; and the blazing guitar of Branford native Mike Roth, a longtime local favorite. A relentless rhythm section and brass-knuckle horns from some of New England’s most seasoned bands round out the lineup to bring to life the laid-back romance, sweaty grooves, and front-pew power of the great Southern Soul era. 
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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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Monsters University at Edmond Town Hall Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:44:04 +0000 365Danbury Monsters University at Edmond Town HallWho doesn’t love the $2 movies at Edmond Town Hall?  It’s a great way to take in a newer movie without breaking the bank! 

The family friendly Monsters University opens this Friday, August 16th at Edmond Town Hall and will run through Thursday, August 22nd. 

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G) – This prequel to “Monsters Inc.” takes us back to the not-so-good old days at “Monster U” where Mike met Sully for the first time. A less than cordial start to their becoming best friends in this often hilarious animated family comedy.
Running Time: 1:44
With the vocal talents of : Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Steve Buscemi, Alfred Molina

Fri. thru Thurs. 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Matinees: Fri; Mon. thru Thurs. 1:00pm
Sat. & Sun. 1:00pm & 4:00pm

Edmond Town Hall is located at 45 Main St. in Newtown, CT.

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